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December 18, 2013 + Verses from Advent Paraklesis

ODE 1 – Tone 2

A force overwhelming in its might at one time laid low the host of all the army of Pharaoh within the deeps; even so, the Word made flesh, yea, the Lord who is glorified, hath utterly destroyed sin in all its wretchedness: for gloriously is he glorified.

Glory to thee, O Lord, glory to thee.

Under Caesar's law wast thou enrolled in thy wish to register man in the Book of Life, O thou the King of all. As a stranger hast thou come to thine own, unto those who were estranged in suffering outside Paradise, so that to heaven thou mightest call them back.

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

Receive Christ, O town of Bethlehem; for he cometh bodily to dwell in thee, opening Eden unto me. Prepare to behold, O cave, wondrously contained in thee the One who cannot be contained, who in the wealth of his loving kindness is become a beggar now.

Both now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Lo, Christ cometh that he may be born, granting in his goodness that those sprung from Adam may strangely be born anew. Make thou glad, O barren one; be thou merry, all mortal nature which beareth not. For the Master cometh to grant birth of many children unto thee.

ODE 3 – Tone 2

The desert bloomed and blossomed forth as a lily at thine Advent, yea, O Lord, even the Church of the Gentiles which was barren before; in which my heart hath been confirmed in steadfastness.

Glory to thee, O Lord, glory to thee.

Redeeming me from evil's bonds, as an infant wrapped about in swaddling garments art thou come, O Lord who art the Lover of mankind. I venerate thy condescension most divine.

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

The Virgin cometh to give birth in time unto thee who shinest from the Father timelessly, so that thou mightest bring unto an end the temporal passions which beset our souls.

Both now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

To seek for me, gone far astray, thou hast come unto the cave to dwell, as though in heaven's courts, and thereby hast prepared a place fro me, O thou compassionate and greatly merciful.


O Sion, be thou glad; Bethlehem, make thou ready: Preceded by a star, he that upholdeth all things revealeth his own measureless condescension in coming down; before whom the Powers of the heavens do tremble, who, being alone our God, is born of the Virgin without undergoing change.


Martyr Sebastian at Rome, and his companions

Troparion, Tone 1

O Sebastian, spurning the assemblies of the wicked, you gathered the wise martyrs who with you cast down the enemy; and standing worthily before the throne of God, you gladden those who cry to you: Glory to him who has strengthened you! Glory to him who has granted you a crown! Glory to him who through you works healing for all!

Kontakion, Tone 4

Excelling in godly zeal, you gathered a band of martyrs from which you shone as a star. The arrows that wounded your body, O Sebastian, pierced the hearts of the enemy. Therefore Christ has glorified you!