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December 11-17

SECOND SUNDAY BEFORE THE NATIVITY

Sunday of the Forefathers

At Vespers

music (litija)

There are six stichera at "O Lord, I have cried": six of the Resurrection in the Tone of the Week, and four for the Forefathers.

Tone 8, special melody Iže vo Jedemi. Today we commemorate the forefathers of Christ. * Sing with fervor a hymn of praise to Christ the Savior * who exalted them among all nations. * He is the Lord who does wondrous deeds * because he is powerful and mighty. * From them he brought forth a royal scepter, * the immaculate maiden of God and virgin Mary. * From her, Christ our God came forth * to give life and eternal salvation for all.

O Lord and Master, * you rescued the three holy youths from the fire. * You saved Daniel from the lions' mouths; * you blessed Abraham, Isaac your servant, and Jacob his son. * You willed to be like one of us * by choosing to be born from them * in order that you might save our forefathers who had fallen. * By your Cross and Resurrection you tore apart the bonds of death. * You raised up all those who for ages had been among the dead * and who bow to you, O Christ, the eternal King.

The three holy youths were refreshed by the Holy Spirit * when they walked in the fire as though in a cool place. * In them the Trinity and the incarnation of Christ * were prefigured in a mystical manner. * By their wisdom and faith * they overcame the power of fire. * As for the just Daniel, he stopped the mouths of lions. * Through their intercession, we beseech you: * O Savior and Lover of us all, * protect us from eternal fire * and make us worthy of your heavenly kingdom.

When the three holy youths stood in the flaming furnace * as if covered with dew, * they mystically prefigured your coming from the Virgin, * giving light to us without being consumed. * And Daniel, the just and wondrous prophet, * clearly saw in a vision your divine second coming. * He said: I saw thrones set up and the Judge seated * and the river of fire flowing in his presence. * Through their intercession, deliver us from this fire, O Lord.

Glory –  Tone 6.  O believers, let us give praise today * to all the Fathers who lived before the Law: * Abraham who was beloved by God, * Isaac who was born according to the promise, * Jacob and the twelve Patriarchs, * the very meek David * and the favored prophet Daniel. * Let us also glorify with them the three youths * who changed the fiery furnace into a place of refreshing dew. * Let us beg forgiveness of our sins from Christ our God * who is glorified in his saints.

Now and ever – the dogmatikon of Saturday evening, in the same tone, or (on Friday night or Saturday night) in the Tone of the week

Entrance with censer, and prokeimenon of Saturday evening.  Then three readings:

A reading from Genesis (Genesis 14:14-20).

A reading from Deuteronomy, the Book of the Second Law (Deuteronomy 1:8-11,15-17).

A reading from Deuteronomy, the Book of the Second Law (Deuteronomy 10:14-21).

Litija stichera of the patron of the church. Then:

Glory – Tone 1 Bolhar.  The prophets of great renown, splendid in the rays of divine eloquence, are ever blessed, and, putting forth the sayings of the Spirit as fruit, they preached to all the ineffable birth of Christ God; and having lived most wondrously, they ended their lives in accordance with the Law.

Now and ever – the aposticha theotokion of Saturday evening, in the same tone.

TThe aposticha are from the Octoechos for Sunday. Then, for the Forefathers:

Glory – Tone 3.  Come, O lovers of the feast, * let us sing a hymn of praise to the assembly of the Forefathers: * Adam, the father of the human race, * Enoch, Noah, Melchisedek, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. * Let us also honor those who came after the Law: * Moses, Aaron, Joshua, Samuel, and David; * together with Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Jeremiah, * Daniel, and the twelve minor Prophets; * likewise Elijah, Elisha, and all the others; * also Zechariah and the Baptist, * and all those who preached Christ, the life and the resurrection of our race.

Now and ever – the aposticha theotokion of Saturday evening, in the same tone.

The troparia:

Troparion of the Resurrection, in the Tone of the Week.

Glory, now and ever – Troparion of the Forefathers, Tone 2. By faith, you, O Christ, justified the forefathers. * Through them you betrothed yourself to a Church from all nations. * The saints rejoice in glory * because a glorious offspring has blossomed from their seed: * the Mother who bore you without seed. * Through their prayers, O Christ our God, have mercy on us.

But if bread is blessed: sing "Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos", twice, Glory, now and ever, and the troparion of the Forefathers, once.

At the Divine Liturgy

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Troparion of the Resurrection, in the Tone of the Week.

Troparion of the Forefathers, Tone 2. By faith, you, O Christ, justified the forefathers. * Through them you betrothed yourself to a Church from all nations. * The saints rejoice in glory * because a glorious offspring has blossomed from their seed: * the Mother who bore you without seed. * Through their prayers, O Christ our God, have mercy on us.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion of the Forefathers, Tone 6.   You did not worship a man-made image, O thrice-blessed youths. * You armed yourself with uncreated divinity. * You were glorified in the trial by fire. * Withstanding the flames, you stood and called out: * Hasten, O compassionate God, and hurry to help us in your mercy. * For you can do whatever you will.

Prokeimenon, Tone 4 (Daniel 3:26,27). Blessed are you and praiseworthy, O Lord, * the God of our Fathers, * and glorious forever is your name.
V. For you are just in all you have done for us.

Epistle:  Hebrews 13:7-16

Alleluia, Tone 4 (Ps. 98:6). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Moses and Aaron were among his priests; Samuel was among those who called upon his name.
V. They called upon the Lord and he answered them.

Gospel:   John 17:1-13

Communion Hymn for Sunday (Ps. 148:1). Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise him in the highest. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Communion Hymn for the Forefathers (Ps. 32:1). Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous ones; praise from the upright is fitting. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!