Variable Portions of the Divine Liturgy

25 October 2009

20th Sunday After Pentecost



After the Little Entrance


Troparion         Let the heavens rejoice!

Resurrection    Let the earth be glad!

(Tone 3)           For the Lord has shown strength with His arm!

                          He has trampled down death by death!

                          He has become the first-born of the dead!

                          He has delivered from the depths of hell,

                         and has granted the world great mercy!


                          Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.


Kontakion       On this day Thou didst rise from the tomb, O Merciful One,

Resurrection    leading us from the gates of death.

(Tone 3)           On this day Adam exults as Eve rejoices;

                         with the prophets and patriarchs

                         they unceasingly praise the divine majesty of Thy power!


                         Now and ever, and unto ages of ages.  Amen.


Apolytikon       Steadfast Protectress of Christians,

(Tone 6)            constant Advocate before the Creator:

                          do not despise the cry of us sinners,

                          but in your goodness come speedily to help us

                          who call on you in faith.

                          Hasten to hear our petition and to intercede for us,

                          O Theotokos,

                          for you always protect those who honor you.



(Tone 3)           Sing praises to our God, sing praises!

                         Sing praises to our King, sing praises!


Scripture Readings


Galatians 1:11-19                                             Luke 16:19-31





Priest:             Let us attend!  Peace be unto all!


Reader:            And to your spirit.


Priest:             Wisdom!


Reader:            The Prokeimenon in the 3rd Tone:  Sing praises to our God, sing praises!  Sing praises to our King, sing praises!


People:            Sing praises to our God, sing praises!  Sing praises to our King, sing praises!


Reader:            Clap your hands, O people!  Shout to God with loud songs of joy!


People:            Sing praises to our God, sing praises!  Sing praises to our King, sing praises!


Reader:            Sing praises to our God, sing praises! 


People:            Sing praises to our King, sing praises!


Priest:             Wisdom!


Reader:            The Reading is from the Epistle of the holy Apostle Paul to the Galatians.


Priest:             Let us attend!


(Galatians 1:11-19)


Reader:   Brethren, I make known to you that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ. For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it. And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers. But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb and called me through His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and remained with him fifteen days. But I saw none of the other apostles except James, the Lord's brother.


Priest:             Peace be unto you, Reader!


Reader:            And to your spirit.  Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!


People:            Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!   


Reader:            In Thee, O Lord, have I hope; let me never be put to shame!


People:            Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!   


Reader:            Be Thou a God of protection for me; a house of refuge in order to save me!


People:            Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!





Priest:             The Reading is from the holy Gospel according to St. Luke.


People:            Glory to Thee, O Lord, glory to Thee!


(Luke 16:19-31)


Priest:     Let us attend!  At that time, the Lord said this parable:  "There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. Then he cried and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.' But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.' Then he said, 'I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father's house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.' Abraham said to him, 'They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.' And he said, 'No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.' But he said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.' "


People:            Glory to Thee, O Lord, glory to Thee!


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