THE GENERAL VIGIL SERVICE TO AN APOSTLE.

On "Lord, I have cried ...", the Stichera, In Tone VIII:

Spec. Mel.: What shall we call ye.

   O Apostle what shall we name thee?, * heaven, since thou hast confessed the glory of God ? * a stream, since thou dost mystically give drink unto creation? * a star, that illumines the Church? * a cup which pours forth holy nector? * or true friend of Christ and companion of the Bodiless Powers? * We entreat thee, do thou make supplication that our souls be saved.

   O glorious God-seeing Apostle! * Beautiful have become thy feet treading well along the paths of preaching * and making narrow the way of the enemy by the breadth of thy divine knowledge of the Word * who hath appeared in the coarseness of the flesh * and who O radiant one hath selected thee as a most glorious disciple. * Do thou make supplication unto Him that our souls may be saved.

   O Godly-spoken Apostle, * thou wast truly sent from Christ * as a luminous arrow wounding our enemies * and manifestly granting unto wounded souls cures; * wherefore we dutifully, * glorify thee and celebrate today thy holy feast. * Do thou ever intercede that our souls be saved.

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   Thousands of times, have I O all-pure one, * promised to repent of my transgressions, * but the passionate habits of my evil deeds leave me not; * wherefore I cry unto thee and fall down before thee with this supplication: * ‘Do thou, O Sovereign Lady, * release me from this tyranny, * instructing me in better ways, that lead to salvation’.

The Stavrotheotokion: Beholding thee, the Lamb and the Shepherd, * hung upon the tree, * the ewe that gave birth to Thee wept inconsolably * and as Thy mother spake unto Thee: * 'O Son most desired! How is it that Thou, O Long-suffering one, art hung on the tree? * How is it, O Word, that Thy hands and feet are nailed to the cross by a lawless people, * and how is it that Thou, O Master, hast shed Thy blood?'

If an Idiomelion be appointed, Glory ..., In Tone VI:

   Divine grace was poured out through thy lips, * O glorious Apostle [name], * and thou wast shown to be a lamp of the Church of Christ, * teaching the spiritual sheep * to believe in the Consubstantial Trinity, * and in the One Divinity.

Now & Ever ..., In Tone VI:

   If the Celebration be with a Polyeleos, and not a Resurrection Service, sing the following Dogmatic of In Tone VI [If the service is a Resurrection service sing the Dogmatic of the In Tone for that service ]:

   Who will not call thee blessed, * O all-holy Virgin? * Who will not hymn thy child-birth without labor? * For the only-begotten Son, who shone forth from the Father before time, * came forth ineffably incarnate from thee, O pure Maiden. * By nature he is God, by nature for our sakes, he hath become man * not divided in a duality of persons, * but known without confusion in a duality of natures. * O all-honored and all-blessed one, implore him to have mercy on our souls.

Otherwise, Theotokion: None who fleeth unto thee for refuge, ever leaveth thee ashamed, * O most pure Virgin Theotokos, * but imploring thee for grace, * they obtain granting of their profitable petitions.

The Stavrotheotokion: The all-pure one seeing Thee hung on the cross * with motherly tears cried out unto Thee: * ‘O my Son and my God, * O my sweetest Child, * how is it that Thou sufferest * such a shameful death?’

The Entrance. The Prokeimenon of the day. The 3 Readings for an Apostle

The 1st General Epistle of John [3:21 - 4:6]

   Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, [then] have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us. Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false Prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that [spirit] of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

The 1st General Epistle of St. John, [4, 11-16]

   Beloved: if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son [to be] the Savior of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

The 1st General Epistle of St. John, [4, 20-21 ; 5, 1-5]

   Beloved: If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also. Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, [even] our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God. 

At the Aposticha, these Stichera: In Tone IV:

Spec. Mel.: Thou hast given a token.

   Thou O Apostle hast obtained * an invincible authority over demons, * and power in the name of Christ * to drive away the princes of darkness. * Like unto a sun hast thou passed through the regions of the earth * shining forth enlightenment, * and, O glorious one, instructing all the lands, * preaching Christ's first and saving coming.

Stichos: Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth and their words unto the ends of the world.

   Resembling the first grace * and the most natural and divine life, * thou hast shown thyself [name] a good man in very deed, * and thus art called a son of divine grace. * for on account of the goodness of thy character and the purity of thy mind * thou hast appeared unto all to be a sincere disciple of Christ.

Stichos: The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaimeth the work of His hands.

   O Apostle [name], / through divine inspiration, * and like unto an instrument well fashioned, * thou didst devote thyself unto the conversion of the Gentiles, * instructing them by word and deed, * in the knowledge of Christ, * and thus enlightening all to confess * the true Divinity of Jesus, the Savior of our souls.

Glory ..., In Tone II:

   Leaving earthly cares O Apostle [name], * and having followed Christ sealed with the breath of the Holy Spirit * thou wast sent by Him unto the lost nations * to turn men unto the light of the knowledge of God, * thereupon, having ended the exploits of thy divine passion * and the suffering of various tortures, * thou hast given up thy soul unto Christ; * we beseech thee O all-blessed one to entreat Him, * to grant unto us great mercy.

Now & Ever ..., In Tone II:

   If the celebration be with a Polyeleos, sing the Theotokion of the Resurrection:

   O new wonder greater than all the wonders of old! * For who hath ever known a mother to give birth without having known a man, * and to bear on her arm Him Who sustaineth all creation? * Yet it was the will of God to be born. * O all-pure one, who carried Him as an infant in thy embrace * and towards Whom thou hast gained a mother's freedom of supplication: * cease not to pray in behalf of those who honor thee, * that He have compassion and save our souls

Otherwise, Theotokion: As a fertile olive-tree * the Virgin hath brought forth Thee, * the Fruit of life that enricheth the world * with great and abundant mercy.

The Stavrotheotokion: Seeing Thee, O Jesus, nailed to the tree of the cross, * she who knew not wedlock spake unto thee in tears: * ‘O my sweetest Child, why dost Thou leave me, who didst bear Thee? * O Unapproachable Light of the Unoriginate Trinity, * But do Thou glorify Thyself * that Thy divine glory may be granted unto all * who glorify Thy divine passion’.

   The Troparion from the Typicon. If there be no Typicon, sing the following:

Troparion, In Tone III:

   O holy Apostle [name], * entreat the Merciful God * that He may grant remission of sins * unto our souls.

Theotokion In Tone III:

   We hymn thee who hast mediated the salvation of our race, * O Virgin Theotokos; * for thy Son and our God, * accepting suffering on the Cross in the flesh * He had received of thee, * hath delivered us from corruption, * in that He is the Lover of mankind.

    The Dismissal:

AT MATINS

   At "God is the Lord ...", the same Troparion [twice]. Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., The Theotokion.

After the 1st Kathisma, the Sedalion, In Tone II:

   Having caught the nations, * the glorious Apostle hath taught the ends of the earth * to adore Thee O Christ God, * together with the Father and the Holy Spirit; * for which sake do Thou establish Thy Church * and send down unto the faithful Thy blessings, * O Only-merciful One and Lover of mankind. [Twice]

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   We have become partakers of the divine nature through thee, * O Theotokos and Ever-Virgin; * for thou hast brought forth unto us God Incarnate; * wherefore we all devoutly magnify thee.

After the 2nd Kathisma, the Sedalion, In Tone IV:

   Christ the Sun of righteousness * hath emitted thee, O glorious Apostle [name], * as a bright ray that enlightens all the earth, * wherefore thou dost illumine with thine intercessions and enlightenest with the never-setting Light, * all those who in faith celebrate thy holy memory. [Twice]

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   A hope which can never be put to shame, * of those that put their trust in thee * the only one who, above nature, * hast brought forth Christ our God in the flesh, * with the holy apostles, entreat Him to grant unto all before the end, * cleansing of transgressions and reformation to our lives.

After Praise ye the name of the Lord. the Megalynarion:   We magnify thee, O holy Apostle [name], and honor thy sufferings and pains with which thou hast labored in the preaching of the Gospel of Christ.

Stichos: The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaimeth the work of His hands.

After the Polyeleos, the Sedalion: In Tone VIII:

Podoben: Of the wisdom.

   With a net of divine words * thou hast caught the spiritual fishes, * bringing them unto our God as first-fruits, * and, in thy desire to put on Christ's wounds, * thou didst resemble Him in His passion. * Wherefore, O glorious Apostle, * being gathered together we dutifully honor thine all-festive memory * and with one voice cry unto thee: * Make supplication unto Christ our God * that He grant remission of sins unto those who lovingly venerate thy holy memory. [Twice]

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   Let us hymn the heavenly portal and ark, * the all-holy mountain, and the cloud of light, * the heavenly ladder, * the spiritual paradise, * the recall of Eve, and of all the universe, * the great treasure, * for in her was wrought the salvation of the world * and forgiveness of the ancient transgression. * Wherefore let us cry unto her: ‘Entreat thy Son to grant remission of sins * unto those who devoutly worship thine all-holy birth-giving.

If not a Resurrection Service, Sing the following for the Graduals.

The 1st Antiphon of the 4th Tone:

   From my youth * do many passions war against me; * but do Thou Thyself defend * and save me, O my Savior.

   Ye haters of Zion * shall be shamed by the Lord; * for like grass, by the fire * shall ye be withered.

   Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, * both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

   In the Holy Spirit, * every soul is quickened, * and, through cleansing, is exalted * and made radiant by the Triple Unity in a hidden sacred manner.

Prokeimenon, In Tone VIII, [Psalm 18:4, 1]

The Prokeimenon: Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth * and their words unto the ends of the world.

Stichos: The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaimeth the work of His hands.

Let every breath.

The Holy Gospel according to St. Mathew

[Math. 9, 36-38; 10, 1. 5-8].

   At that time Jesus: saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest. And when he had called unto [him] his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into [any] city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

   After the 50th Psalm:

Glory: Through the intercessions of the Holy Apostle [name]…

Both now: Through the intercessions of the Theotokos…

Have mercy upon us:

Then the Sedalion:

In Tone VI:

   Clearly receiving the grace of the Divine Spirit, * thou, O [name], wast numbered with the sacred choir of the Apostles; * wherefore thou also received the fiery breath that once descended from heaven * in the form of tongues of fire, * with which thou didst burn up the thorny godlessness of the heathens. * Do thou, O preacher, supplicate Christ God * that our souls may be saved.

The Canon, In Tone VIII:

ODE I

Irmos: Let us, O people, send up a melody * unto our most marvelous God * Who hath liberated Israel from bondage, * singing unto Him an ode of victory and exclaiming: * We sing unto Thee, our only Lord.

   Refrain: Holy Apostle [name] pray to God for us

   Standing on high before the Master Who hath glorified thee, O wondrous Apostle [name], and hath manifestly shown thee to be His disciple, I beseech thee to enlighten my soul that I may hymn thy divine memory.

   Christ, righteous in His judgment, hath granted unto thee an abundance of good things, and as the pinnacle of divine gifts hath shown thee to be a God-inspired Apostle, being Himself the Only-righteous One.

   Having received the spiritual light that came down from heaven upon thee, O Apostle, thou wast inspired with the Holy fire, burning the deceit of polytheism.

Theotokion: My mortal and corrupt substance hast Thou, O Savior, shewn as immortal and incorrupt. For having dwelt in the womb of the holy all-pure Virgin, who knew not wedlock, Thou didst take upon thyself the nature of man.

ODE III

Irmos: There is none holy as the Lord, * and none righteous as our God, * Whom the whole of creation hymns: * There is none righteous but Thee, O Lord.

   The divine mystery of the incarnation hast thou, O God-acceptable Apostle, truly learned, having received from the Savior Himself illumination from above.

   The Word Unoriginate and Eternal hath abundantly illumined thee His minister with the lustrous brightness of divine grace, O wondrous Apostle [name].

   Ablaze with the spiritual dawning, thou, O most glorious Apostle, proceeded forth as a God-inspired brilliance sent from Christ. Wherefore, O radiant one, thou hast enlightened the world with thy teaching.

Theotokion: The Prophet foretold of thee, as one likened unto a golden candlestick carrying the never-setting Light, Christ our God, Who enlighteneth the world with the rays of His divinity.

The Sedalion, In Tone III:

Spec. Mel.: Of the divine.

   With the illumination of the Divine Spirit * thou didst disperse the darkness of polytheism * and enlightened the hearts of the faithful, * loudly proclaiming, O all-wise Apostle [name], the saving commandments, * entreat Christ God to grant us great mercy.

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   All have the freedom * to make recourse unto whomever grants them salvation, * and what other recourse can there be, O Theotokos, * that shelters our souls, * other than thee?

The Stavrotheotokion: Thou didst acquire as a staff of strength the cross of thy Son, * O Virgin Theotokos, * with which we subdue the rage of enemies * and unceasingly and lovingly magnify thee.

ODE IV

Irmos: O Word, the Prophet clairvoyently perceived Thee, * desiring to become incarnate * of the overshadowed mount, * the only Virgin Theotokos , * and hath with awe therefore, glorified Thy might.

   Being the treasury of all the gifts of the gospel, thou, O all-radiant [name], was found to be full of grace, the light of the world and the salt of the universe.

   O wondrous one, turning away from shameful things, thou wast found worthy to behold the immaterial light of the Divinity, Who assumed the form of a man.

   As a disciple of the incorruptible Life, do thou, with the life-creating power of the Lifegiver, Whose energy hast thou received, slay the sin that lives within us.

Theotokion: Being equal with Thy Father in essence, Thou didst become equal unto man in nature, having taken, O Master, our flesh from the all-pure Virgin.

ODE V

Irmos: Thou hast enlightened * with the knowledge of God * the ends of the universe * that lay in the night of ignorance, * do Thou also, O Lord, illumine me * with the dawning of Thy love for mankind.

   Thy tongue, O God-seer, became mingled with the spiritual fire which thou didst lovingly receive sitting in the upper chamber.

   Living on high as one dwelling in the uppermost abodes, thou, O Apostle [name], hast brought unto us lofty and noble teachings.

   Having thy pure mind turned towards God in quietitude, thou didst acquire a pure heart and behold God, Who is incomprehensible for the intellect, incarnate.

Theotokion: With thy childbirth, O Virgin, the first law ceased, grace blossomed, and truth shone forth.

ODE VI

Irmos: O Thou that puttest on light as a garment * grant unto me also a tunic of light, * O All-merciful Christ, our God.

   O glorious Apostle, as a disciple and friend of Christ thou hast zealously worked for the Lord God Almighty.

   The Savior hath shown thee to be a selfless worker of divine wonders, having given thee such power through the operation of His grace.

   O most praiseworthy Apostle of Christ [name], adorned with the divine grace of teaching, thou didst announce unto all the world the universal salvation of God Who is Lord over all.

Theotokion: Let the mouths of the wicked be closed , and let their faces be clothed with shame, for they do not reckon thee, O all-spotless one; as the Theotokos .

   The Kontakion from the Typicon ; but if there be no Typicon, sing the following:

Kontakion, In Tone IV:

Spec. Mel.: Thou hast appeared.

   As a most bright star enlightening all * with the granting of a multitude of thy miracles, * the Church hath for ever acquired thee, * O Apostle [name], * wherefore we cry aloud unto Christ: * Save, O Greatly-merciful One, * those who in faith honor the memory of Thine Apostle.

The Ikos: O Lord grant unto me a stream of speech, O thou Who didst create the nature of water, and strengthen my heart. O Compassionate One. O Thou Who hast established the universe with Thy Word, enlighten also my thoughts. O Thou who puttest on light as a garment, grant that I may speak and sing such things worthy of the veneration of Thine Apostle, O Greatly-merciful One.

ODE VII

Irmos: The Hebrew youths didst boldly tread * upon the flame in the furnace * and seeing fire changed into dew, * cried out: Blessed art Thou, * O Lord God, unto the ages.

   Possessing wonderful zeal, thou, O [name], now standing before the throne of the Master crowned as a servant of Christ and teacher of the law of God, crieth out: Blessed art Thou, O Lord God, unto the ages.

   Exulting together with the Word and having been His companion, thou wast made a co-partaker of the Kingdom of the Most High, calling out: Blessed art Thou, O Lord God, unto the ages.

   Full of wisdom, and enlightened by grace, adorned with serene beauty, thou, O Divinely speaking holy Apostle, crieth out: Blessed art Thou, O Lord God, unto the ages.

Theotokion: Through the false promise of a better life, the serpent of old drove the fore-parents from paradise, and thou, O Mother of God, hast recalled them; blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, O most pure one.

ODE VIII

Irmos: Long ago in the plain of Dura, * the musical instruments rang out their sounds in harmony, * and people innumerable adored the Pagan image, * but disobeying the orders the three youths hymned the Lord * and glorified Him unto all the ages.

   As thy feet appeared beautiful, so also was thy speech stately, which proclaimed the glory of Christ and taught us all to call to Him: 'Hymn the Lord and exalt Him unto all the ages'.

   Adorned with brilliant-rayed virtues and emitting the light of a multitude of miracles, thou didst become known unto the people as a blessed seed impelling us to call out: 'Hymn the Lord and exalt Him onto all the ages'.

   A holy disciple, well versed in the heavenly mysteries, thou O Apostle, hast passed throughout the universe, teaching openly the word of faith in Christ, and confessing the ineffable grace, whilst exclaiming: 'Hymn the Lord and exalt Him unto all the ages'.

Theotokion: The mind cannot fathom thy child-bearing, O Mother of God, being feeble and incapable of expressing it in words; for having conceived, thou, O Virgin, didst give birth unto the very God, Whom we exalt unto all the ages.

ODE IX

Irmos: Saved by thee, O pure Virgin, * we confess thee as truly the Theotokos, * and together with the choirs of the bodiless hosts * we magnify thee.

   Unto the ends of the world hast thou revealed, O Apostle, shining with the divine light. Receiving the spiritual fire, thou didst appear, O Apostle [name], resplendent with light, wherefore we magnify thee.

   Giving thyself up entirely unto God, O Divinely revealed one, thou didst become thoroughly mingled with Him. Do thou now supplicate Him on behalf of us who in faith and with love praise thee.

   Celebrating thy memory, O most radiant one, we entreat thee that by thy bold intercession, which thou dost possess as an Apostle of Christ, we be freed from all tribulations, O all-honorable God-seer.

Theotokion: We magnify in hymns the Mediatrix and the salvation of all, who hast appeared unto mankind, and illumined the world with the radiance of her God-like purity.

Expostilarion [Svetilen]:

Spec. Mel.: By the Spirit foreseeing.

   Having ceased the progress of thy beautiful feet, * O Apostle [name], * thou hast joyfully ascended making the heavenly passage, * and standing before the Trinity * thou dost see in the Father both the Son and the Divine Spirit; * wherefore we in faith celebrate thy most sacred and divine memory.

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   Having recalled to myself * the hour of the dreadful trial * I am horrified and frightened * by the multitude of my wicked deeds; * but take compassion on me, O most pure one, * and in thy warm supplications vouchsafe unto me salvation; * for whatsoever thou dost will thou can do.

With Lauds, the Stichera, In Tone IV:

Spec. Mel.: As a virtuous.

   With the staff of grace O wondrous one, * thou hast snatched men from the depth of their vanities, * and having thyself obeyed, O [name], the beckoning of thy Teacher, * Who hath in everything * enlightened thine understanding, * thou hast been shown, O all-radiant one, * to be an Apostle and honorable herald * of the incomprehensible Divinity of God. [Twice]

   O radiant one, * the enlightenment of the Spirit came down upon thee * in the shape of fire and made thee a divine receptacle, * that swiftly drives away the mist of godlessness * and enlightens the world with the splendor of thy most wise speech, * O expounder of mysteries, * ornament of Apostles, * blessed eyewitness of Christ.

   O glorious one, * with the lightning flashes of thy preaching * thou hast shown, that for the sake of their faith, * those that were sitting in the darkness of ignorance * became sons of the Master and God. * For His passion and death thou hast emulated * and thus hast become an the heir of His glory, * as one wise and Godly-spoken, * and as a disciple of truth.

Glory ..., In Tone II:

   O Apostle [name]; * having given up earthly things * thou hast followed Christ, and been sealed with the breath of the Holy Spirit, * and sent by Him unto the lost nations * to turn men unto the light of the knowledge of God. * Having thereupon ended the exploits of thy divine passion * and of various torments, thou didst give up to Christ thy soul; * do thou ever supplicate Him, * O all-blessed one, * to grant unto us great mercy.

Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   All my trust I place in thee, * O Mother of God, * do thou preserve me * under thy shelter.

The Stavrotheotokion: When the undefiled lamb saw her offspring * as a man willingly dragged to the slaughter, * with weeping she spake saying; * 'Dost Thou now, O Christ my God, strive to make childless * the one who gave birth unto Thee? * Wherefore hast Thou done this to me, * O Deliverer of all? * Nevertheless, I hymn and glorify Thine extreme goodness * O Lover of mankind * which is above both mind and speech’.

   The Doxology:

   If the service be with the Great Doxology, but not a Resurrection service, the Troparion is sung after the Doxology:

Troparion, In Tone III:

   O holy Apostle [name], * entreat the Merciful God * that He may grant remission of sins * unto our souls

   The Dismissal:

    

AT THE LITURGY

Typika and Beatitudes.

   1. The divine mystery of the incarnation hast thou, O God-acceptable Apostle, truly learned, having received from the Savior Himself illumination from above.

   2. The Word Unoriginate and Eternal hath illumined thee His minister abundantly with the lustrous brightness of divine grace, O wondrous Apostle [name].

   3. Ablaze with the spiritual dawning, thou, O most glorious Apostle, proceeded forth as a God-inspired brilliance sent from Christ. Wherefore, O radiant one, thou hast enlightened the world with thy teaching.

   4. O glorious Apostle, as a disciple and friend of Christ thou hast zealously worked for the Lord God Almighty.

   5. The Savior hath shown thee as a selfless worker of divine wonders, having given thee such power through the operation of His grace.

   6. O most praiseworthy Apostle of Christ [name], adorned with the divine grace of teaching, thou didst announce unto all the world the universal salvation of God Who is Lord over all.

   7. Unto the ends of the world hast thou been manifest, O Apostle, shining with the divine light, and receiving the spiritual fire, thou didst appear, O Apostle [name], resplendent with light; wherefore we magnify thee.

   8. Giving thyself up entirely unto God, O Divinely manifest one, thou didst become thoroughly mingled with Him. Do thou now supplicate Him for us who in faith and with love praise thee.

   The Troparion and Kontakion from the Typicon. If there be no Typicon, sing the following:

Troparion, In Tone III:

   O holy Apostle [name], * entreat the Merciful God * that He may grant remission of sins * unto our souls.

Kontakion, In Tone IV:

Spec. Mel.: Thou hast appeared.

   As a most bright star enlightening all * with the granting of a multitude of thy miracles, * the Church hath for ever acquired thee, * O Apostle [name], * wherefore we cry aloud unto Christ: * Save, O Greatly-merciful One, * those who in faith honor the memory of Thine Apostle.

Prokeimenon, In Tone VIII, [Psalm 18:4, 1]

The Prokeimenon: Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth * and their words unto the ends of the world.

Stichos: The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaimeth the work of His hands.

The First Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians

[1 Cor. 4:9-16]

   Brethren: I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men. We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honorable, but we are despised. Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace; And labor, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it: Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, [and are] the offscoring of all things unto this day. I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn [you]. For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet [have ye] not many Fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.

Alleluia, In Tone I, [Psalm 88:5, 7] The heavens shall confess thy wonders, O Lord, thy truth in the Church of the saints.

Stichos: God, who is glorified in the council of the saints.

The Holy Gospel according to St. Mathew

[Math. 9:36-38, 10:1-8]

   At that time: Jesus saw the multitudes, and was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest. And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him. These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

Communion Verse: [Psalm 18:4] Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth * and their words unto the ends of the world.