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Divine Liturgy 13 September 2020

Sunday before the Exaltation of the Cross

While public liturgies at our Nanaimo parish have resumed on Saturday mornings, under COVID-19 social distancing measures and stay-at-home advice for at-risk individuals, we will continue to live-stream Sunday Divine Liturgy from Victoria.

Divine Liturgy of our Father among the Saints John Chrysostom, celebrated by Father Yuriy at Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker Parish, Victoria. 10AM 13 September 2020.

Troparion, Tone 6
Angelic powers were upon Your tomb * and the guards became like dead men; * Mary stood before Your tomb * seeking Your most pure body. * You captured Hades without being overcome by it. * You met the Virgin and granted life. * O Lord, risen from the dead, * glory be to You!

Troparion, Tone 4
O Lord, as You had shown from on high the splendour of the firmament, * so did You show on earth * the splendour of the dwelling place of Your holy glory. * Make it stand firm for ever and ever * and accept the supplications * which we offer unceasingly to You through Your Mother. * O Lord, You are the Life and Resurrection of all of us.

Troparion, Tone 4
We offer You the Life-giving Cross, O Lord, * as a means of intercession, and as a sign of Your bounty * which You have given to us in spite of our unworthiness. * Save our country and Your people * who offer You their supplications through Your Mother, * for You alone are the Lover of Mankind.

Kontakion, Tone 6
With His life-giving hand * Christ our God, the Giver of life, * raised all the dead from the murky abyss * and bestowed resurrection upon humanity. * He is for all the Saviour, * the resurrection and the life, and the God of all.

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

Kontakion, Tone 4
You have made the Church a resplendent heaven, enlightening all the faithful. * Therefore, we stand in the midst of this holy dwelling place and cry out to You: * Make firm this house, O Lord.

Now and forever and ever, Amen.

Kontakion, Tone 8
Today we see the saving Tree which blossomed from earthy seed. * It is lifted up in the Church by the hands of the bishop. * The universe adores and greets It with awe. * Save us by It, O Lord.

Prokeimenon, Tone 5
Save Your people, O Lord, * and bless Your inheritance.
Verse: Unto You I will cry, O Lord, my God, lest You turn from me in silence.
(Psalm 27:9,1)

Epistle : Galatians 6:11–18
A Reading from the letter of Saint Apostle Paul to the Galatians:
Brothers and Sisters, see with what large letters I am writing to you in my own hand! It is those who want to make a good appearance in the flesh who are trying to compel you to have yourselves circumcised, only that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. Not even those having themselves circumcised observe the law themselves; they only want you to be circumcised so that they may boast of your flesh. But may I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither does circumcision mean anything, nor does uncircumcision, but only a new creation. Peace and mercy be to all who follow this rule and to the Israel of God. From now on, let no one make troubles for me; for I bear the marks of Jesus on my body. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.

Alleluia, Tone 1
Verse: I have exalted one chosen from the people and with my holy oil anointed him.
Verse: My hand shall always be with him and my arm shall make him strong.
(Psalm 88:20-21,22)

Gospel : John 3:13–17
The Lord said, ‘No one has gone up to heaven except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.’ For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.

Сommunion Hymn
Praise the Lord from the heavens; * praise Him in the highest. (Psalm 148:1) *
O Lord, I love the house where you dwell, * the place where your glory abides.
(Psalm 25:8) * Alleluia, alleluia, * alleluia!

[A private prayer of spiritual communion:
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in these Holy Gifts!
I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot receive You now,
I place before You my whole life and hope, O loving Master;
and I ask, pray, and entreat You: Make me worthy to partake in a mystical way
and with a pure conscience of Your awesome and heavenly Mysteries:
for forgiveness of sins, for the pardon of offences, for communion of the Holy Spirit,
for the inheritance of the kingdom of heaven, for confidence before You,
and not for judgment or condemnation.
I embrace You as You enter and abide in me, and I unite myself completely to You.
Permeate my soul and body, and never permit me to be separated from You.