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Canon Of St. Andrew - Thursday

ODE ONE

Irmos: A HELPER AND PROTECTOR HAS BECOME SALVATION FOR ME. HE IS MY GOD, I WILL GLORIFY HIM; MY FATHER'S GOD AND I WILL EXALT HIM, FOR GLORIOUSLY HAS HE BEEN GLORIFIED.

O Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of all, take from me the heavy burden of sin, and in Your compassion forgive me.

I fall down before You, O Jesus, imploring Your mercy, for I have sinned against You. Take now from me the heavy burden of sin, and in Your mercy grant me tears of repentance.

Now is the time for repentance and, I come to You, my Creator. Take from me the heavy burden of sin, and in Your compassion forgive me.

Having wasted my soul in evil habits, I am empty of the fruit of virtue and in great hunger. Therefore, I cry to You, my merciful Father, "Watch over me and have mercy on me."

O VENERABLE MARY OF EGYPT, PRAY TO GOD FOR US.

In submitting to the laws of Christ, you renounced all uncontrollable lust and came to Him, piously adopting every virtue.

GLORY TO THE FATHER, THE SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT:

O Trinity above all essence and worshipped as One God, take from me the heavy burden of sin, and since You are compassionate, grant me tears of repentance.

NOW AND EVER AND UNTO AGES OF AGES. AMEN.

O Theotokos, Hope and Protection of those who sing to you, take from me the heavy burden of sin, and as our pure Lady, accept me as I repent.

ODE TWO

Irmos: SEE, SEE THAT I ALONE AM GOD WHO FOR MY PEOPLE IN THE WILDERNESS MADE MANNA FALL LIKE RAIN, AND WATER FLOW FROM A ROCK BY MY RIGHT HAND AND IN MY STRENGTH!

Lamech cried, "I have killed a man for wounding me, and a young man for hurting me!" How can you hear this, O my soul, and not tremble? For you too have polluted your flesh and defiled your inward being.

You, my soul, desire to build a tower as a fortress for your lusts, as the people of Babel erected a tower to increase their strength. But as He did with them, so will the Creator also overthrow your desires and shatter all your plans.

How well have I imitated those first murderers, Cain and Lemech! Through the desires of the flesh I have killed my soul as did Lamech a man, and my mind as once he did a young man. I have also murdered my body as did Cain his brother.

Long ago the Lord rained burning sulfur on the city of Sodom to consume its flagrant wickedness. But you, O my soul, have kindled within yourself the fires of hell, which now are about to consume you!

I am wounded; I am pierced. See how the Enemy's arrows have sunk into my soul and body! See the bruises, the sores, and the mutilations which cause me to cry out - the wounds resulting from my own passions.

O VENERABLE MARY OF EGYPT, PRAY TO GOD FOR US.

O Mary, as you sank into the depths of sin, you reached out to our merciful God, and as He once saved Peter on the water, He caught you, desiring in His love for mankind your conversion.

GLORY TO THE FATHER, THE SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT:

O God of all, I sing of You as One yet three in Person: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

NOW AND EVER AND UNTO AGES OF AGES. AMEN.

O Must-Holy Theotokos, Virgin alone praised everywhere - pray fervently that we may be saved.

ODE THREE

Irmos: ON THE ROCK OF YOUR COMMANDMENTS, O LORD, STRENGTHEN MY WAVERING HEART, FOR YOU ALONE ARE HOLY AND THE LORD.

Like Hagar the Egyptian long ago you, my soul, are by your own choice a slave and have given birth to a new Ishmael - your own stubbornness.

You know, my soul, of Jacob's ladder, which appeared from earth to heaven. Why then have you not held fast to the secure rung of piety?

Imitate Melchizedek - that image of the royal and priestly life of Christ.

Do not become a pillar of salt, O my soul, by turning back to what you have left behind; let the destruction of Sodom fill you with fear, and save yourself in the town of Zoar.

O Master, do not reject the prayers of those who praise You, but in Your love for mankind, be merciful and grant forgiveness to all who ask in faith.

GLORY TO THE FATHER, THE SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT:

One simple and uncreated nature without beginning, Whom we praise as God in Trinity - save us who in faith worship Your power.

NOW AND EVER AND UNTO AGES OF AGES. AMEN.

Without seed you gave birth in time to the timeless Son of the Father, O Theotokos, and - O strange wonder! - you nourished Him at your breast while remaining a virgin.

ODE FOUR

Irmos: THE PROPHET HEARD OF YOUR WISH TO BE BORN OF A VIRGIN AND APPEAR TO US. AND HE PRAYED, "LORD I HAVE HEARD OF YOUR COMING AND AM FILLED WITH AWE." GLORY, O LORD, TO YOUR POWER.

My fleeting life is full of pain and wickedness, but accept me, O Lord, in repentance and allow me to behold Your presence. May the Enemy never possess me; may I never fall prey to him. O Savior, have mercy on me.

Job, once crowned and regally-attired, abounding in both wealth and virtue, found himself suddenly a beggar, cut off from all his riches and the glory of his kingdom.

Job, who God deemed more righteous and blameless than anyone else alive, did not escape the traps of the Deceiver, so what will you do, O my sin-loving soul, if something unexpected befalls you?

Like the Pharisee I am boastful and my heart is cold; my life I have passed in vanity. O my merciful and righteous Judge do not condemn me with him, but grant me the tax-collector's humility and accept me.

I know, O merciful Lord, that I have sinned and corrupted the temple of my soul, but accept me in repentance and allow me to behold Your presence. May the Enemy never possess me; may I never fall prey to him. O Savior, have mercy on me.

I have become an idol to myself, and in passions have I injured my soul. But accept me now in repentance, O merciful Lord, and allow me to behold Your presence. May the Enemy never possess me; may I never fall prey to him. O Savior, have mercy on me.

I have never listened to Your words nor obeyed Your commands, O Lawgiver. But accept me in repentance and allow me to behold Your presence. May the Enemy never possess me; may I never fall prey to him. O Savior, have mercy on me.

O VENERABLE MARY OF EGYPT, PRAY TO GOD FOR US.

The depths of sin to which you were dragged were unable to hold you captive. After careful reasoning, you returned to safety in God through repentance, and in deeds you attained the heights of virtue - beyond all expectation of the angels.

GLORY TO THE FATHER, THE SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT:

I confess You as One God in Trinity, a single essence unconfused in Persons, co-enthroned and co-ruling. And I sing to You: "Holy! Holy! Holy!" - Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

NOW AND EVER AND UNTO AGES OF AGES. AMEN.

As a virgin you gave birth, and a virgin you remained by nature, your womb giving birth painlessly, for He Who was born of you renewed the laws of nature, since when God wills its order is overthrown.

ODE FIVE

Irmos: KEEPING VIGIL I PRAY TO YOU, MY SAVIOR WHO LOVES MANKIND: ENLIGHTEN AND GUIDE ME IN YOUR WAYS, TEACHING ME TO DO YOUR WILL.

Imitate the desire of the crippled woman, O my powerless soul; come and fall down at Jesus' feet, and allow Him to heal you that your path may lead toward God.

As a deep well of Living Water, O Lord, pour upon me the rivers of life which flow from Your wounds. Let me, like the Samaritan woman, drink of them that I may thirst no more.

Let my tears, O Lord and Master, be for me a pool of Siloam in which to wash my spiritual senses that I may see You, the Light Which existed before time began.

O VENERABLE MARY OF EGYPT, PRAY TO GOD FOR US.

O blessed Mary, with unmatched fervor you longed to venerate the Tree of Life until your desire was granted. Help us now to be made worthy of attaining the heavenly glory.

GLORY TO THE FATHER, THE SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT:

We glorify You, O Trinity, One in essence, and we praise and adore You forever, singing: "Holy! Holy! Holy!" - Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

NOW AND EVER AND UNTO AGES OF AGES. AMEN.

God, the Creator of all things, became incarnate through you, O Pure Virgin Mother, uniting our human nature to Himself.

ODE SIX

Irmos: FROM THE DEPTHS OF HELL, I CRIED WITH MY WHOLE HEART TO THE MERCIFUL GOD, AND HE HEARD ME. AND HE RAISED MY LIFE FROM CORRUPTION.

I am the lost coin bearing Your royal likeness, O Word. Therefore, light the lamp (which is John, Your forerunner and baptizer) to find and renew that which was created in Your image.

As Joshua subdued Amalek and the lying Gibeonites, arise, O my soul, and subdue the weakness of your flesh, subduing everything which leads your mind astray.

O VENERABLE MARY OF EGYPT, PRAY TO GOD FOR US.

O Mary, a constant stream of tears fell from your eyes, extinguishing the flames of lust while setting your soul afire with love of God. Grant me, your servant, this grace of tears.

O VENERABLE MARY OF EGYPT, PRAY TO GOD FOR US.

Because you lived a heavenly life on earth, you were able to ignore the temptations of this world. Therefore, help those who praise you, that we may also be freed from temptations.

GLORY TO THE FATHER, AND TO THE SON, AND TO THE HOLY SPIRIT:

"I AM the Trinity, simple and undivided in essence, yet divided in Persons. I AM also unity, united in nature," says God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

NOW AND EVER AND UNTO AGES OF AGES. AMEN.

Your womb, O Theotokos, held God, Who for our sakes took human form. Implore Him, the Creator of all, that through your prayers we may be justified.

THE KONTAKION (Tone 6)

MY SOUL, MY SOUL - ARISE! WHY ARE YOU SLEEPING? THE END IS AT HAND; DESTRUCTION HANGS OVER YOU. COME AGAIN TO YOUR SENSES THAT YOU MAY BE SPARED BY CHRIST OUR GOD, WHO IS EVERYWHERE, FILLING ALL THINGS.

ODE SEVEN

Irmos: WE HAVE SINNED, WE HAVE TRANSGRESSED AND DONE WRONGLY BEFORE YOU; WE HAVE NEITHER REMEMBERED NOR KEPT YOUR COMMANDMENTS. YET DO NOT FORGET US UTTERLY, O GOD OF OUR FATHERS.

My life is vanishing like a dream on waking. Therefore, like Hezekiah, I cry upon my bed, asking that years may be added to my life. But what Isaiah will help me - except the God of all?

I fall down before You, O Lord, offering my words as if they were tears, for no less than the prostitute have I sinned; I have transgressed as no one else on earth. But take pity on Your creature and restore to me Your mercy.

I have distorted Your image, O Savior, and broken Your commands. The beauty of my soul has been spoiled and its light extinguished by my sins. But have pity on me, and in David's words, "Give me again the joy that comes from Your salvation."

Return! Repent! Uncover what is hidden! Say to God Who knows all things, "You are my only Savior and know my terrible secrets. Yet in David's words, "Be merciful to me according to Your constant love."

O VENERABLE MARY OF EGYPT, PRAY TO GOD FOR US.

You cried to the pure Mother of God and were freed from the deadly grip of sin, putting Satan your tempter to shame. Grant also to me, your servant, aid in times of trouble.

O VENERABLE MARY OF EGYPT, PRAY TO GOD FOR US.

God, Whom you loved and for Whom you longed, Whose path you followed, O Mother, found you and granted you repentance in His compassion. Pray, therefore, that we may be freed from sin and adversity.

GLORY TO THE FATHER, THE SON, AND TO THE HOLY SPIRIT:

Simple and undivided, One in essence and nature, Light and Lights, One Holy and three Holies - God is praised in Trinity. So sing praises to Him, O my soul, and glorify the Life and Lives, the God of all.

NOW AND EVER AND UNTO AGES OF AGES. AMEN.

We praise you, we bless and venerate you, O Mother of God, for from the undivided Trinity, you brought forth the only Son of God and restored to us on earth the heavenly realms.

ODE EIGHT

Irmos: LET EVERY BREATH PRAISE THE LORD! THE HOST OF HEAVEN GLORIFIES HIM. THE CHERUBIM AND SERAPHIM TREMBLE BEFORE HIM. LET ALL CREATION SING AND EXALT HIM THROUGHOUT ALL AGES.

As the prostitute broke her priceless jar of myrrh to anoint Your head, O Savior, so do I weep before You with a broken and contrite heart. Hear my prayer; forgive and have mercy on me.

I am the first and greatest of sinners, O patient Savior, but I cry to You in fear and love: "Though I have sinned against You, You alone, and done evil in Your sight, nevertheless have mercy on me!"

Spare me, O my Savior, for I am the work of Your own hands. Seek me, Your lost sheep, O Good Shepherd, and deliver me from the jaws of the wolf, including me as a lamb in Your royal fold.

O most merciful Christ, when You ascend Your dread tribunal as Judge, all of creation will be overcome with fear and tremble, for on that day Your glory will be revealed as a blazing fire.

O VENERABLE MARY OF EGYPT, PRAY TO GOD FOR US.

The Mother of the never-setting Sun enlightened you and freed you from the darkness of your passions. Since now you rejoice in the grace of the Spirit, O Mary, illumine all who praise you in faith.

O VENERABLE MARY OF EGYPT, PRAY TO GOD FOR US.

Zosimas the Elder marvelled meeting you, O Mother, for in you he saw an earthly angel. Filled with awe, he praises Christ forever.

GLORY TO THE FATHER, THE SON, AND TO THE HOLY SPIRIT:

O Eternal Father, co-eternal Son, and gracious Comforter, the Spirit of Truth: O Father of the Divine Word, Word of the eternal Father, and life-creating Spirit - Trinity in unity - have mercy on us.

NOW AND EVER AND UNTO AGES OF AGES. AMEN.

O Pure Virgin, the flesh of Emmanuel was formed within your womb as a robe of royal crimson is spun from scarlet silk. We proclaim you to be truly the Mother of our god.

ODE NINE

Irmos: BY THE BIRTH IN THE FLESH, O VIRGIN, OF GOD, WHO IN YOU WAS INEFFABLY CONCEIVED WITHOUT SEED OR CORRUPTION, HAS ALL NATURE BEEN RENEWED. THEREFORE, ALL GENERATIONS RIGHTLY MAGNIFY YOU AS BOTH MOTHER AND BRIDE OF GOD.

Have pity on me, O Son of David, Who, by your word, cured a man possessed by a demon. Let me also hear Your compassionate promise to the thief: "You will be with Me in paradise when I return in My glory!"

Two thieves were crucified beside You, O Christ. The one abused You while the other confessed You to be God. O most merciful Lord, open to me the doors of Your glorious Kingdom as You did to the believing thief.

Creation shook beholding Your crucifixion, O Jesus. The mountains and rocks split in fear; the earth quaked, and hell surrendered its prisoners. The sky grew dark at midday - seeing You nailed in the flesh to a Cross.

O only Savior, do not require of me in my weakness fruits which will show that I have changed my ways. Grant rather that finding contrition of heart and poverty in spirit, I may offer these to You as a pleasing sacrifice.

Since You know me, O my Judge, look on me in compassion when You come to judge the whole world. Spare and have mercy on me, though I have sinned more than any other.

O VENERABLE MARY OF EGYPT, PRAY TO GOD FOR US.

O Mary, you overcame the flesh and lived as though bodiless, crossing the River Jordan unhampered by your body. Your wondrous life is an amazement to the ranks both of angels and men.

O VENERABLE MARY OF EGYPT, PRAY TO GOD FOR US.

O venerable Mother, intercede with the Creator that we who sing your praises may be delivered from the afflictions and sorrows which surround us. That being delivered from temptations we may unceasingly glorify the Lord Who has glorified you.

O HOLY FATHER ANDREW, PRAY TO GOD FOR US.

O Honorable Andrew, thrice-blessed Father and shepherd of Crete, never cease praying to God for those who sing your praises, that he may deliver from anger, sorrow, corruption, and countless sins all of us who faithfully honor your memory.

GLORY TO THE FATHER, THE SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT:

We glorify the Father, we exalt the Son, and we worship the Holy Spirit - the indivisible Trinity Who exists as One - the Light and Lights, the Life and Lives Who grants light and life to the ends of the world.

NOW AND EVER AND UNTO AGES OF AGES. AMEN.

O Purest Mother of God, preserve your people, for through you we are kept faithful, strengthened, and made able to overcome every temptation, trial, and tribulation.


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