Variable Portions of the Divine Liturgy

22 November 2009

24th Sunday After Pentecost

Afterfeast of the Presentation of the Theotokos

 Festal Antiphons

 1st Antiphon     Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us.

 2nd Antiphon    O Son of God, who art risen from the dead, save us who sing to Thee:  Alleluia!

 3rd Antiphon    Today is the prelude of the good will of God

Troparion           of the preaching of the salvation of mankind.

Feast                   The Virgin appears in the temple of God

(Tone 4)             in anticipation proclaiming Christ to all.

                            Let us rejoice and sing to her:

                            Rejoice, O Fulfillment of the Creator's dispensation!


After the Little Entrance


Troparion        By Thy Cross, Thou didst destroy death!

Resurrection    To the thief Thou didst open Paradise!

(Tone 7)           For the myrrhbearers, Thou didst change weeping into joy!

                         And Thou didst command Thy disciples, O Christ God,

                          to proclaim that Thou art risen,

                          granting the world great mercy!

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


Kontakion      The dominion of death can no longer hold men captive,

Resurrection    for Christ descended, shattering and destroying its powers!

(Tone 7)           Hell is bound, while the prophets rejoice and cry:

                          the Savior has come to those in faith!

                          Enter ye faithful, into the Resurrection!

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


Kontakion      The most pure Temple of the Savior,

Feast               the precious Bridal Chamber and Virgin,

(Tone 4)         the sacred Treasure of the glory of God,

                        is presented today to the House of the Lord.

                        She brings with her the grace of the Spirit,

                        Which the angels of God do praise:

                       "Truly this woman is the Abode of Heaven!"




(Tone 6)           Thou, O Lord, shall protect us

                          and preserve us from this generation forever!


(Tone 3)           My soul magnifies the Lord,

                         and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!


Scripture Readings


Ephesians 2:14-22                                            Luke 12:16-21            

                                Hebrews 9:1-7                                                 Luke 10:38-42, 11:27-28


Instead of the Hymn to the Theotokos on page 24:


(Tone 6)           The Angels beheld the entrance of the Pure One

                          and were amazed!

                          How has the Virgin entered into the Holy of Holies?

                          As you are a living Temple of God,

                          Let no impure hand touch you, O Theotokos.

                         But let the lips of all believers sing,

                         Constantly magnifying you in joy with the angelic salutation:

                         Truly you are above all creatures,

                         O Pure One!


Special verse of the Communion Hymn on page 29:


I will receive the cup of salvation

and call on the name of the Lord.




Priest:             Let us attend!  Peace be unto all!


Reader:            And to your spirit.


Priest:             Wisdom!


Reader:            The Prokeimenon in the 7th Tone:  The Lord, shall give strength to His people.  The Lord shall bless His people with peace!


People:            The Lord, shall give strength to His people.  The Lord shall bless His people with peace!


Reader:            Offer to the Lord, O you sons of God. Offer young rams to the Lord.


People:            The Lord, shall give strength to His people.  The Lord shall bless His people with peace!


Reader:            And in the 3rd Tone:  My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!


People:            My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!


Priest:             Wisdom!


Reader:            The Reading is from the holy Epistle of St. Paul to the Ephesians.


Priest:             Let us attend!


(Ephesians 2:14-22)


Reader:            Brethren, Jesus Christ Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone, in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.


(Feast - Hebrews 9:1-7)


Indeed, even the first covenant had ordinances of divine service and the earthly sanctuary. For a tabernacle was prepared: the first part, in which was the lampstand, the table, and the showbread, which is called the sanctuary; and behind the second veil, the part of the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of All, which had the golden censer and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which were the golden pot that had the manna, Aaron's rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant; and above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail. Now when these things had been thus prepared, the priests always went into the first part of the tabernacle, performing the services. But into the second part the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the people's sins committed in ignorance.


Priest:             Peace be unto you, Reader!


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


People:            Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!   


Reader:            It is good to give praise to the Lord, to sing praises to Thy name, O Most High.


People:            Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!   


Reader:            To declare Thy mercy in the morning and Thy truth by night.


People:            Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!


Reader:            Hear, O daughter, and see, and incline your ear.


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 12:16-21)


Priest:             Let us attend!  Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: "The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?' So he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry." ' But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?' So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."


(Luke 10:38-42; 11:27-28)

Then Jesus entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me." And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her."

And it happened, as He spoke these things, that a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, "Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!" But He said, "More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!"

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


This content has been generously provided by Fr. Jerome Cwiklinski, CAPT, CHC, USN