Moveable Portions for the Divine Liturgy



1 October 2009


Protection of the Theotokos (Prokrov)

St. Romanos, Melodist


After the Little Entrance


Troparion      Today the faithful celebrate the feast with joy,

Feast             illumined by your appearance, O Theotokos.

(Tone 4)        Beholding your pure image, we fervently cry to you:

                      Encompass us beneath the precious veil of your protection;

                      deliver us from every form of evil and distress,

                      by entreating Christ, your Son and our God,

                       that He may save our souls!


Troparion      You gladdened the Church of Christ by your melodies,

Saint             like an inspired heavenly trumpet.

(Tone 4)        After being enlightened by the Theotokos

                      you shined on the world as the poet of God;

                      therefore we lovingly honor you, O righteous Romanos!


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

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


Apolytikon     Today the Virgin stands in the midst of the Church

Theotokos      and with choirs of saints she invisibly intercedes for us.

Tone 3           Angels and bishops gather in worship

                       as Apostles and prophets rejoice together,

                        since for our sake she prays to the pre-eternal God.




Tone 3          My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.


Holy Scriptures


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


Communion Hymn


                        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 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!


Reader:            For He hath regarded the low estate of His handmaiden, for behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.


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


Reader:            My soul magnifies the Lord.


People:            And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!


Priest:             Wisdom!


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


Priest:             Let us attend!


Reader:            Brethren, 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:            Hearken, O daughter, and see, and incline thine 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!


Priest:             Let us Attend! 


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


At that time, 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 Thee, and the breasts which nursed Thee!" 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