Friday, May 22, 2009

Choir Cues for 6th Sunday of Pascha, May 24, 2009

Blind Man
The Troparia on the Beatitudes are from the translations of Mother Mary (The Sunday Octoechos, Sundays and Feasts from the Pentecostarion). Scriptures are according to the approved Revised Standard Version. Everything else is from standard OCA texts as published by St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, the Soroka family, St. Tikhon's Seminary Press, the Department of Religious Education, and the Department of Liturgical Music and Translations. Rubrics follow the 2009 Liturgical Calendar and Rubrics published by St. Tikhon's Seminary Press.

6th SUNDAY OF PASCHA -- Tone 5. Blind Man.

Sunday Readings:
Epistle: (38) Acts 16:16-34
Gospel: (34) John 9:1-38

Ven. Simeon the Stylite (the Younger) of the Wonderful Mountain (596). Ven. Nikita the Stylite, Wonderworker of Pereyaslavl'--Zalesski (786). Martyrs Meletius Stratelates, Stephen, John, and 1,218 soldiers, with women and children, including Serapion the Egyptian, Callinicus the Magician, Theodore, Faustus, the women: Marciana, Susanna, and Palladia, two children: Cyriacus and Christian, and twelve Tribunes--Faustus, Festus, Marcellus, Theodore, Meletius, Sergius, Marcellinus, Felix, Photinus, Theodoriscus, Mercurius, and Didymus, all of whom suffered in Galatia (138-161). St. Vincent of Lerins.



At the 3rd Hour, we begin with "Blessed is our God..." and then "Christ is risen..." is read thrice, then "Holy God..." and the rest as usual, including "Come, let us worship...". At the 6th Hour, we read "Christ is risen..." thrice, instead of "Come let us worship...".

At all Hours:

Troparion, Resurrection
Now and ever...
Theotokion from the Horologion
Kontakion, Feast


Priest: "Blessed is the Kingdom.... Christ is risen..." (2 1/2 times). Choir: "...and upon those in the tombs...."

BEATITUDES TROPARIA on 8, Tone 5: Resurrection--4; Feast--4.

8. The thief on the cross believing Thee to be God / confessed Thee earnestly from his heart, / crying aloud: O Lord, remember me // in Thy Kingdom.

7. Let us with one accord praise as Savior and Creator / Him Who made life flower for our kind by the wood of the Cross / and Who withered // the curse coming from the tree.

6. Thou hast been crucified, O Christ, between two condemned thieves / and one of them blaspheming Thee was rightly sentenced / while the other, confessing Thee, // went to dwell in Paradise.

5. The holy women coming to the choir of the apostles lifted their voices crying: / Christ is risen. / Worship ye Him // as Master and Creator.

4. Crucified with thieves, O Master, O Lord who lovest mankind, Thou hast plucked from evil robbers and soul-corrupting passions, those who praise with one accord Thy Crucifixion and Thy Resurrection.

3. They laid Thee in the tomb as dead without breath, O Christ Who hast breathed life into all the dead: and Thou art Risen, O Lord, having emptied all the sepulchres by Thy divine might, O Word.

2. After Thy Resurrection, O Christ, Thou hast said to Thy friends: 'Sit ye in Jerusalem until ye be clothed with unconquerable strength and confirmed succor from on high.'

1. Making clay Thou hast anointed the eyes of the man blind from birth and vouchsafed him sight, while he praised Thine incorruptible power through which Thou hast saved the world, O Word.


Troparion, Resurrection, Tone 5: Let us, the faithful, praise and worship the Word, / Co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, / born for our salvation from the Virgin; / for He willed to be lifted up on the Cross in the flesh, / to endure death, / and to raise the dead // by His Glorious Resurrection.


Kontakion, Feast, Tone 4: I come to Thee, O Christ, / blind from birth in my spiritual eyes / and I call to Thee in repentance: / Thou art the most radiant light // of those in darkness!

Now and ever...

Kontakion, Pascha, Tone 8: Thou didst descend into the tomb, O Immortal. / Thou didst destroy the power of death. / In victory didst Thou arise, O Christ God, / proclaiming "Rejoice" to the myrrhbearing women, // granting peace to Thine apostles, and bestowing Resurrection on the fallen.


Reader: The Prokeimenon in the 8th Tone: Pray and make your vows before the Lord our God.
Choir: Pray and make your vows before the Lord our God.
Reader: In Judah God is known; His Name is great in Israel!
Choir: Pray and make your vows before the Lord our God.
Reader: Pray and make your vows
Choir: before the Lord our God.

Reader: The Reading from the Acts of the Holy Apostles.

[(38) Acts 16:16-34] In those days, as we apostles were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by soothsaying. * She followed Paul and us, crying, "These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation." * And this she did for many days. But Paul was annoyed, and turned and said to the spirit, "I charge you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her." And it came out that very hour. * But when her owners saw that their hope of gain was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the market place before the rulers; * and when they had brought them to the magistrates they said, "These men are Jews and they are disturbing our city. * They advocate customs which it is not lawful for us Romans to accept or practice." * The crowd joined in attacking them; and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders to beat them with rods. * And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, charging the jailer to keep them safely. * Having received this charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. * But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, * and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and every one's fetters were unfastened. * When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. * But Paul cried with a loud voice, "Do not harm yourself, for we are all here." * And he called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas, * and brought them out and said, "Men, what must I do to be saved?" * And they said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household." * And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all that were in his house. * And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their wounds, and he was baptized at once, with all his family. * Then he brought them up into his house, and set food before them; and he rejoiced with all his household that he had believed in God.

Priest: Peace be unto you, reader.
Reader: And to your spirit.
Deacon: Wisdom!

(PAUSE before first verse)

Reader: In the 8th Tone, Alleluia.
Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Reader: Look upon me and have mercy on me.
Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Reader: Direct my steps according to Thy word.
Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


[(34) John 9:1-38] At that time, as Jesus passed by, He saw a man blind from his birth. * And His disciples asked Him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" * Jesus answered, "It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be made manifest in him. * We must work the works of Him Who sent Me, while it is day; night comes, when no one can work. * As long as I am in the world, I am the Light of the world." * As He said this, He spat on the ground and made clay of the spittle and anointed the man's eyes with the clay, * saying to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam" (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing. * The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar, said, "Is not this the man who used to sit and beg?" * Some said, "It is he"; others said, "No, but he is like him." He said, "I am the man." * They said to him, "Then how were your eyes opened?" * He answered, "The man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, `Go to Silo'am and wash'; so I went and washed and received my sight." * They said to him, "Where is He?" He said, "I do not know." * They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. * Now it was a sabbath day when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. * The Pharisees again asked him how he had received his sight. And he said to them, "He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see." * Some of the Pharisees said, "This man is not from God, for He does not keep the sabbath." But others said, "How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?" There was a division among them. * So they again said to the blind man, "What do you say about Him, since He has opened your eyes?" He said, "He is a prophet." * The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight, until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight, * and asked them, "Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?" * His parents answered, "We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; * but how he now sees we do not know, nor do we know Who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age, he will speak for himself." * His parents said this because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if any one should confess Him to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue. * Therefore his parents said, "He is of age, ask him." * So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and said to him, "Give God the praise; we know that this man is a sinner." * He answered, "Whether He is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I know, that though I was blind, now I see." * They said to him, "What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?" * He answered them, "I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you too want to become His disciples?" * And they reviled him, saying, "You are His disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. * We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where He comes from." * The man answered, "Why, this is a marvel! You do not know where He comes from, and yet He opened my eyes. * We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if any one is a worshiper of God and does His will, God listens to him. * Never since the world began has it been heard that any one opened the eyes of a man born blind. * If this man were not from God, He could do nothing." * They answered him, "You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?" And they cast him out. * Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him He said, "Do you believe in the Son of man?" * He answered, "And Who is He, sir, that I may believe in Him?" * Jesus said to him, "You have seen Him, and it is He Who speaks to you." * He said, "Lord, I believe"; and he worshiped Him.


The angel cried to the Lady full of grace: / Rejoice, rejoice, O pure Virgin. / Again I say: Rejoice. / Your Son is risen from His three days in the tomb. / With Himself He has raised all the dead. // Rejoice, rejoice, O ye people.

Shine! Shine! / Shine! O new Jerusalem! / The glory of the Lord / has shone on you. / Exult now, exult / and be glad, O Zion. / Be radiant, O pure Theotokos, // in the Resurrection, the Resurrection of your Son.


Receive the Body of Christ! Taste the Fountain of Immortality!
Praise the Lord from the heavens! Praise Him in the highest!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!


"Christ is risen..." (once)
"Let our mouths be filled..." is sung as usual.


The Priest says, "Glory to Thee, O Christ..."
Choir: "Christ is risen..." (thrice)
The Priest gives the Sunday dismissal.
Choir: "Christ is risen..." (thrice). Then, in Tone 8: "And unto us He has given eternal life. Let us worship His Resurrection on the third day."

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