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Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria & All Africa

Archdiocese of Good Hope

Festal Vespers Hymns


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1 August
Procession of the Holy Cross
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GREEK ORTHODOX PATRIARCHATE OF ALEXANDRIA & ALL AFRICA
ARCHDIOCESE OF GOOD HOPE
HOLY CHURCH OF THE DORMITION OF THE MOTHER OF GOD
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ipsoute, ke kosmos ek planis Exalted and the world has been
ileftherote. Simeron tou Hristou i Freed from error! Today the
Anastasis egkenizete, ke ta perata tis Resurrection of Christ is
gis agallonte, en kimvalis Davitikis, Consecrated, and the ends of the
imnon Si proferonta, ke legonta. Earth Rejoice as with David’s
Irgaso Sotirian en meso tis gis O cymbals they offer Thee their Hymns
Theos, Stavron ke tin Anastasin, di’ and proclaim: “Thou has wrought
on imas esosas, Agathe ke Salvation in the midst of the Earth, O
Filanthrope, Pantodiname Kyrie, ✞ God, Good and Loving of mankind –
Doxa Si! the Cross and Resurrection –
whereby Thou hast Saved us! O
“NIN APOLIIS TON DOULON SOU...” & Almighty Lord: ✞ Glory to Thee!
TRISAGION PRAYERS 
F E STAL A P OLY TIKION – H OLY M ARTY RS – T ONE 1

Tas aligidonas ton Agion, as iper Sou Thy Holy Martyrs suffered painful
epathon, disopithiti Kyrie, ke pasas tortures for Thy Sake, O Lord.
imon tas odinas, iase Filanthrope Compelled by what they have
Deometha. endured, Heal all our pain we Entreat
Thee, as the Only One Who Loves
mankind.
✞ Doxa Patri ke Io ke Agio Pnevmati, ✞ Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
ke nin ke ai ke is tous Eonas ton and to the Holy Spirit, now and
eonon. forever, and to the Ages of ages.
Amin Amen
F E STAL A P OLY TIKION – T H E H OLY C ROSS - T ONE 1

Soson, Kyrie, ton Laon Sou, ke Evlogison Unto Thee Who mediated the Salvation
tin Klironomian Sou, Nikas tis of our race, we sing praises, O Virgin
Vasilefsi kata varvaron doroumenos, Theotokos. For Thy Son and our
ke to Son Filatton dia tou Stavrou Sou God in the Flesh that He assumed
plitevma. from Thee, accepted Suffering by
means of Crucifixion and has
DISMISSAL BLESSINGS  thereby set us free from corruption,
in His Love for mankind.

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O de Theos Vasilefs imon pro Eonon, God is our King before all Ages; He
irgasato Sotirian en meso tis Gis. worked Salvation in the midst of
the Earth.
I As
Proskinountes en Pisti, Stavron ton
Timion, ton en afto pagenta,
we Worship in Faith the Precious
Cross, we Worship our Master Who Festal Vespers Hymns & Readings – Holy Cross
proskinoumen Despotin, ou ti epinefsi was nailed upon It, by Whose Will we
KINDLY USE THE SERVICE BOOK UNTIL THIS POINT,
hili omou, ke psihas agnizometha, ke Purify our lips and our soul, by Its THEN CAREFULLY FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS WITH REGARD TO THESE HYMNS
tes ellampsesi toutou tes noites, Spiritual Illumination we are made
HYMN OF THE EVENING INCENSE
fedrinometha enountes afton. Radiant as we Praise It. THE CONGREGATION MUST STAND
✞ Doxa Patri, ke Io, ke Agio Pnevmati ✞ Glory to the Father, and to the Son, PSALM 140/141 – TONE 2
and to the Holy Spirit Kyrie ekekraxa pros Se, isakouson mou. Lord, I cry out to Thee: hear me,
MENAION - FESTAL APOSTICHA – HOLY MARTYRS - TONE (8) PLAGAL 4 Isakouson mou, Kyrie. Kyrie, O Lord! O Lord, when I cry
Psihe Dikeon en Hiri Kyriou, kathaper The souls of the Righteous such as ekekraxa pros Se, isakouson mou, out to Thee, hear me! Hear
Avraam, ke Isaak, ke Iakov, i pro Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are in our proshes ti foni tis deiseos mou, en to my voice, when I cry out to
Nomou Propatores, ke Makkaveon Lord’s Hands, being our Forefathers kekragene me pros Se, isakouson Thee! Hear me, O Lord!
progoni, ton nin evfimoumenon par’ before the Law and the Ancestors of mou Kyrie.
imon. Outi gar i karteropsihi, the Maccabees whom we now praise. Katevthinthito i prosevhi mou os Let my Prayer rise before Thee
Avramiei iparhontes, tin Pistin For they, as Children of Abraham, thimiama enopion Sou. Eparsis ton like incense - the lifting up of
ezilosan, tou eafton propatoros were Valiant in soul, and Zealous in hiron mou Thisia Esperini. Isakouson my hands as the Evening Sacrifice.
Avraam, ke mehri Thanatou the Faith of their Forefather, mou Kyrie! Hear me, O Lord!
igonisanto di efsevian. Efsevos gar Abraham, and they Struggled even F E STAL ME NAION S TIH ERA – H OLY C ROSS - TON E 4
sintrafentes, ke ennomos unto Death for the sake of our True
sinathlisantes, tin asevian diilexan Faith. For, having lived together Ean anomias paratirisis, Kyrie, Kyrie, If Thou, O Lord, should mark
tou eparatou Antiohou, ke miden devoutly and having Lawfully tis ipostisete? Oti para Si O ilasmos transgression, O Lord, who would
protimisantes ton tis parousis Zois, Competed, they refuted the impiety estin. stand? For there is Forgiveness
dia tin Eonion, panta Theo anethento, of the accursed Antiochos, with Thee.
psihin, andrian, esthisin, Soma preferring nothing of this present Os kinon filaktirion, os pigin Agiasmatos As General Protection, as Source of
apalon, ke amivas ton Agnia life and offering everything to God:
ton Stavron ton Timion aspasometha. Sanctification let us embrace the
tethrammenon. O rizis efsevous! Ex their souls, senses, tender bodies
Ke gar kimizi, pathimata, ke pavi Precious Cross; for It calms
is imis evlastisate Makkavei. O Mitros and the Recompenses of those who
nosimata, ke pantion alginon, sufferings, brings an end to disease,
Agias! Tis tetokiias ton isarithmon tis are nurtured in Purity. O Devout
apallatti tous kamnontas, iper and Delivers those who suffer from
evdomados arithmon. All’ Rod from which You sprange, O
avisson, pelagizon ta rithra ton all pain. More than the great depths
iketevomen imas makkavei, sin ti Maccabees! O Holy Mother, who
Thavmaton, tis Pistos aftou, ton It forms a sea, with Streams of
miri imon Solomoni, ke to Sofo Ieri gave birth a number of sons equal to
tipon, ke proskinousi ke sevousin. Wonders for those who faithfully
Eleaaro, os paristameni Hristo to the days of the week! Wherefore we
Venerate and Reverence Its Image.
Theo, di on kekopiakate, tous ponous implore You, O Maccabbees, with
ton karpon imon apolavontes, ekteni Your Mother, Solomoni, and the Wise Eneken tou Onomatos Sou ipemina Se, Because of Thy Law, O Lord, I waited
ikesian piisate iper tis anthropotitos. Priest, Eleazar, when You stand Kyrie; Ipeminen i psihi mou is ton for Thee; my soul waited for Thy
Pii gar osa voulete, ke pliri ta before Christ our God, for Whose Logon Sou, ilpisen i psihi mou epi Word. My soul Hopes in the Lord.
thelimata imon, ton fovoumenon sake You have Toiled, as You receive ton Kyrion.
Afton. the Fruits of Your Labours, Intercede I tou viou tis kimasi, thalatteontes We mortals, who sail among the waves
on behalf of all mankind for He does
anthropi, pathimaton zali te of life, and who are storm-tossed by
what He Wills, and Fulfils the wishes
kimenomeni, os is olkada Sotirion, to tempests of suffering, let us with
of those who Fear Him.
zilon to Timion, katafigomen pistos, Faith take Refuge in the Precious
Ke nin ke Ai ke is tous eonas ton Now and ever, and to the Ages of ke sigisi ta kimata, ke ta pnevmata, Tress as a Vessel of Salvation that
eonon. ages. ke ragisete pathi, ke pros ormon, silences the waves and the winds,
akimantou Sotirias, harmonikos and breaks the passions, Joyfully
Amin Amen katantisomen. reaching the storm less Haven of
F E STAL ME NAION S TIH I – H OLY C ROSS – T ONE (8) P L AGAL 4 Salvation.
I foni tou Profitou Sou, Moiseos O Theos, The voice of Thy Prophet Moses has Apo Filaktis proias mehri niktos, apo From the morning watch until night;
peplirote i legousa: Opsesthe tin Zoin been fulfilled, O God, which said: “ filakis proias, elpisato Israil epi ton from the morning watch until night
imon kremanemin, apenanti ton Behold, Thy Life hanging before Kyrion. – let Israel Hope in the Lord.
ofthalmon imon. Simeron Stavros Thine Eyes!” Today the Cross is

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Iper ilion elampsen, O Stavros O The All Holy Cross has shone brighter Ierousalim, i Kratea ke Anolethros, homeland is Jerusalem, the Mighty
Panigiris de, i meta Angelon diagogi, and Indestructible! Our Festival is
Panagios, os aktinas Thavmata than the sun, shedding Wonders like
Kyrie, Presvies afton, eleison ke Soson the Angelic Life!” O Lord, at their
provallomenos, ke os volidas iamata. sunbeams, and Healings like flashes
imas. Intercessory Prayers, have Mercy and
Proselthomen anthropi, i to skoti ton of lightning. Let us mortals – ever
Save us.
dinon, sinehomeni Pantote, ke held fast by the Darkness of dread
lipsometha, fotoparohon Harin dangers – draw near and receive the Ke nin ke Ai ke is tous eonas ton Now and ever, and to the Ages of
iamaton, ton en touto prospagenta, Light-bearing Grace of Healings as eonon. ages.
Sarki Theon Megalinontes. our God Who was nailed to It in the Amin Amen
Flesh we Magnify.
M E NAION S TICHE RA – H OLY CR OSS – T ONE (8) P L AGAL 4
F E STAL ME NAION S TIH ERA – H OLY M ARTYRS – T ONE 1

Oti para to Kyrio to Eleos ke polli par For with the Lord there is Mercy, and On per pale Moisis, protiposas en eafto, That which Moses of old prefigured in
ton Amalik katavalon etroposato. Ke himself, and thereby struck down
afto Litrosis. Ke aftos Litrosete ton with Him is Abundant Redemption;
David O melodos, ipopodion Si voon, and routed Amalek; which David the
Israil ek pason ton anomion aftou. and He will Redeem Israel from all
proskinisthe dietaxato, Timion Melodist ordered to be Adored,
his transgressions.
Stavron Sou, Hriste O Theos, simeron calling It Thy Footstool – Thy
Tou Nomou ton oforon epta, stilis Tyranny did not shake the roof of the amartoli proskinountes hilesin Precious Cross – O Christ our God,
eperomenon, i tyrannis ou katesise. Law, supported by Seven Pillars, for anaxiis, Se ton kataxiosanta pagine today we sinners Venerate, kissing it
Tin gar alogiston, tou dioktou lissan, they bravely Endured the irrational en afto, animnountes voomen Si. with unworthy lips. As we now Extol
andrikos ipeminan, to Soma frenzy of the persecutor, giving up Kryeis, Sin to Listi tis Vasilias Sou Thee Who deigned to be crucified
paradontes tis temnousin, i their bodies to executioners, those Axioson imas. thereon, to Thee we cry out: Count
evgenestati, neaniae ke omemones, Noble Youths, Kinsmen of Moses, us also Worthy of Thy Rule, O Lord,
ton Moseos Thespismaton filakes. and Guardians of God’s Decrees! THE ENTRANCE – “FOS ILARON...”  together with the Robber, we pray.”
Enite ton Kyrion panta ta Ethni! Praise the Lord, all Gentiles! Praise P ROKE IME NON - W ED NE SD AY – P SAL M 53- T ONE (6) P L AGAL 2

Epenesate Afton pantes i Lai! Him, all you people! O Theos, en to Onomati Sou Soson me, O God, in Thy Name Save me, and by
Iper ta oromena ton noun, ontos Raising their mind to Heights beyond ke en ti Dinami Sou Krinis me. Thy Might, Judge me.
anipsosantes, meli sarkos things visible, the Most Devout and O Theos, isakouson tis prosevhis
STIHOS VERSE O God, hear my Prayer and hear
katetemnounto, i efsevestati, ke Noble Children, with their God-Wise mou, enotise ta rimata tou stomatos the words of my mouth.
gennaii Pedes, Sin Mitri Theofroni, Mother, Strengthened by the Highest mou.
megistes en elpisi nevroumeni, on nin Hope, had their bodily limbs hacked
epetihon, Avraam anapafsameni, en off. Their Hopes have not been O Theos, en to Onomati Sou Soson me, O God, in Thy Name Save me, and by
tis kolpis, tou afton Propatoros. fulfilled as they rest in the Bosom of ke en ti Dinami Sou Krinis me. Thy Might, Judge me.
Abraham, their Forefather.
FERVENT SUPPLICATIONS 
Oti ekrateothi to Eleos Aftou ef’ imas, For His Mercy rules over us; and the F E STAL A POSTIC HA – HO LY C ROSS - T ONE 1
ke i alithia tou Kyriou meni is ton Truth of the Lord endures forever.
eona. Ti tou Stavrou proelefsi, defte fileorti, tin As the Precious Cross comes forth,
Eortin piountes, fedrinthomen come, O Lovers of Festivals, let us
Psihis en neotiti sterros, eaftous Stoutly arming themselves with youth voontes, en Pisti adistakto, Stavre tou celebrate the Feast, let us be radiant
oplisantes, ke ton thimon osper of soul, and whetting their Courage, hristou, imas agiason Hariti, tou epi and cry aloud with unwavering Faith:
thixantes, pros ton antipalon, Most Holy Eleazar, the All Wise Se ipsothentos, ke exelou, pasis vlavis O Cross of Christ, Sanctify us with
statheros ehoroun, efsevias eneka, ke Youths with their Godly-Wise ti Dinami Sou. the Grace of Him Who was lifted up
Nomou tou patroou tiriseos, O Mother, unflinchingly held their on Thee, and Deliver us from all
Ierotatos Eleazar ke i Pansofi, neanie, ground against the adversary for the harm by Thy Power.
Sin Mitri Theofroni. sake of True Faith and the
Maintenance of their Ancestral Law. Ipsoute Kyrion ton Theon imon ke Exalt the Lord our God, and Worship
proskinite to ipopodio ton Podon at the Footstool of His Feet.
✞ Doxa Patri, ke Io, ke Agio Pnevmati ✞ Glory to the Father, and to the Son, Aftou.
and to the Holy Spirit
MENAION- FESTAL STIHERA – HOLY MARTYRS – TONE(8) PLAGAL 4
Tas Ouranious pories, Stavros O Timios, The Precious Cross prepares the Path to
exeftrepizi pasi, tis afton prokinousin, Heaven for all who worship It with
I Agii Makkavei ton tyranno elegon: The Holy Maccabees said to the tyrant: en fovo ke Agapi ke tis horis, ton Fear and Love, and the One Who was
Imin O Antiohe, is Vasilefs O Theos, For us, Antiochos, there is One King ailon Dinameon, os en afto prosilothi nailed upon It numbers with the
par ou gegonamen, ke pros on – God – from Whom we came to be sinarithmei, tous ek pothou Choirs of the Immaterial Powers
epistrfomen. Kosmos meni allos imin, and to Whom we return. Another animnountas afton. those who with longing sing Its
tou oromenou ipiloteros ke world awaits us – Higher and more Praise.
monimoteros, patris de imon lasting that the one we see! Our

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