Variable Portions of the Divine Liturgy

10 January 2010

31st Sunday After Pentecost

Sunday After Epiphany

Afterfeast of Epiphany

St. Gregory of Nyssa



Festal Antiphons


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

2nd Antiphon    O Son of God, baptized in the Jordan, save us who sing to Thee:  Alleluia!

3rd Antiphon    When Thou, O Lord, wast baptized in the Jordan!

Troparion           The worship of the Trinity was made manifest! 

Feast                   For the voice of the Father bare witness to Thee,

(Tone 1)             and called Thee His Beloved Son! 

                            And the Spirit, in the form of a dove,

                            confirmed the truthfulness of His Word. 

                            O Christ our God, Who hast revealed Thyself,

                            and hast enlightened the world Glory to Thee!


After the Little Entrance


Troparion       The angelic powers were at Thy tomb;

Resurrection   the guards became as dead men.

(Tone 6)          Mary stood by Thy grave,

                         seeking Thy most pure Body.

                         Thou didst capture hell,

                          not being tempted by it.

                         Thou didst come to the Virgin, granting life.

                          O Lord who didst rise from the dead: 

                          glory to Thee!


Troparion      You were revealed to your flock as a rule of faith,

Saint             as an image of meekness, and a teacher of abstinence. 

(Tone 4)        You have attained the heights by your humility,

                       and by poverty riches were granted unto you! 

                       O holy Hierarch Gregory,

                       pray to Christ, God that our souls may be saved!


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


Kontakion      When Christ God, the Giver of Life,

Resurrection   raised all of the dead from the valleys of misery

(Tone 6)                       with His mighty hand,

                          He bestowed resurrection on the human race.

                          He is the Savior of all, the Resurrection, the Life,

                         and the God of all.


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


Kontakion      Today Thou hast appeared to the universe,

Feast               and Thy light, O Lord, has shone on us,

(Tone 4)           who with understanding praise Thee: 

                        Thou hast come and revealed Thyself,

                        O Light Unapproachable!


                          Instead of the Trisagion


                   As many as have been baptized into Christ,

                             have put on Christ.  Alleluia...




(Tone 1)           Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us

                          as we have set our hope on Thee.


Scripture Readings


Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7                                       Matthew 3:13-17

Eph. 4:7-13                                                     Matthew 4:12-17

Instead of the Hymn to the Theotokos


                   Magnify, O my soul,

                   the most pure Virgin Theotokos,

                   more honorable and more glorious than the heavenly hosts!


                   No tongue is capable of praising you worthily: 

                   the angelic mind is overawed in exalting you, O Theotokos!                          

                    But accept our faith, since you are gracious

                             and know our divine love. 

                     You are the Protectress of Christians,

                     and we praise you!

Communion Hymn verse


                      The grace of God that brings all men salvation has appeared.      

Epistle - Sunday After Epiphany


Priest:             Let us attend!  Peace be unto all!


Reader:            And to your spirit.


Priest:             Wisdom!


Reader:            The Prokeimenon in the 1st Tone:  Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us as we have set our hope on Thee.


People:            Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us as we have set our hope on Thee.


Reader:            Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous!  Praise befits the just!


People:            Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us as we have set our hope on Thee.


Reader:            Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us.


People:            As we have set our hope on Thee.


Priest:             Wisdom!


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


Priest:         Let us attend!

 (Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7)


Reader:         My child Titus, the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;  looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ;  who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.  But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Spirit;  which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior;  that being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.


(Ephesians 4:7-13)


To each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift. Therefore He says: "When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men." (Now this, "He ascended"--what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.) And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ


Priest:             Peace be unto you, Reader!


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


People:            Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!   


Reader:            I will sing of Thy mercies, O Lord, forever; with my mouth I will proclaim Thy truth from generation to generation.


People:            Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!   


Reader:            Thou hast said:  Mercy will be established forever; Thy truth will be prepared in the heavens.


People:            Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

Gospel - Sunday After Epiphany


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


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


Priest:             Let us attend!


(Matthew 3:13-17)


At that time, Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?" But Jesus answered him, "Let it be so now; for thus it is fitting for us to fulfil all righteousness." Then he consented. And when Jesus was baptized, he went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on him; and lo, a voice from heaven, saying, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased."


(Matthew 4:12-17)


When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee. And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: "The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned." From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."


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


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