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Choir Cues: 32 Pentecost, 24 December/6 January 2007: Forefeast of the Nativity of our Lord

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  • Meg Lark
    Please remember the handmaiden of God, Elizabeth Riggs, in your prayers. Elizabeth, who began the Choir Cues, has a number of health issues, chiefest of which
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      Please remember the handmaiden of God, Elizabeth Riggs, in your
      prayers. Elizabeth, who began the Choir Cues, has a number of health
      issues, chiefest of which is the crippling rheumatoid arthritis.

      For this day, the SJKP Liturgical Calendar specifies a vigil service
      for the Holy Fathers, combined with the service for the Forefeast of
      the Nativity. The serice to Nun-Martyr Eugenia is transferred to
      Little Compline on the eve of 29 December.

      The outline given is for a temple dedicated to a saint. If your temple
      is dedicated to the Lord or the Theotokos, please make the appropriate
      adjustments.

      If you have any comments or questions, please contact me. If you have
      corrections, please be sure to post to me at woolfolk3@....
      However, please note that translations are from another source, and
      are not my own.

      My thanks, as always, to Fr. John Whiteford and Fr. John McCuen for
      the work they do in putting these services together.

      In Christ,
      Meg Lark



      17/30 December 2007
      32nd SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST: Sunday before Nativity (Tone 7).

      Sunday Readings:
      Hebrews 11:9-10, 17-23, 32-40
      Matthew 1:1-25

      Eve of the Nativity. Sunday before the Nativity. Sunday of the Holy
      Fathers. Nun-Martyr Eugenia of Rome, and with her Martyrs Philip her
      father, Protus, Hyacinth (Jacinth), Basilla, and Claudia. St.
      Nicholas the monk of Bulgaria. St. Antioch, monk of Palestine, and
      St. Vitimionus of Scete. St. Aphrodisius, monk of Palestine.
      New-Martyr Achmed (Ahmet) the Calligrapher (or Architect) of
      Constantinople. Greek Calendar: Martyr Achaicus.


      The SJKP specifies: a vigil service for the Holy Fathers, combined
      with the service for the Forefeast of the Nativity. The service to
      Nun-Martyr Eugenia is transferred to Little Compline on the eve of 29
      December.


      READER AND CHOIR CUES

      HOURS:

      Third Hour:
      Resurrectional Troparion
      Glory...
      Troparion of the Fathers
      Both now...
      Theotokion from the Horologion
      Kontakion of the Fathers

      Sixth Hour:
      Resurrectional Troparion
      Glory...
      Troparion of the Fathers
      Both now...
      Theotokion from the Horologion
      Kontakion of the Forefeast: Today the Virgin cometh (from the service
      on 24 December)


      DIVINE LITURGY

      The Beatitudes: 4 from Ode 3 of the Canon of the Fathers, and 4 from
      Ode 6 of the Forefeast.

      1. Faithfully preserving the glory of the image and likeness of God,
      with the fire of the Spirit the children, as champions, extinguished
      the fire of the golden image, chanting: We know but one Lord!

      2. The captive children, clothed with the wisdom and power of the
      Spirit, put to shame the wise men of Babylon and boldly cried out:
      None is holy save Thee, O Lord Who lovest mankind!

      3. The law doth rejoice and joineth chorus with the children and the
      prophets and doth exult today before the divine advent of the Lord.
      And Abraham doth rejoice, for from his seed hath the incarnate Lord
      appeared.

      4. A conception without pain, an acceptance of thy birthgiving hath
      transpired in manner beyond recounting, O Theotokos, for the Word of
      God, Who is God and was proclaimed by the prophets, hath shown Himself
      to be a mystery beyond nature.

      5 & 6. O Mistress, as a new heaven thou dost come, that Christ, the
      Sun of glory, might shine forth in the flesh from thy womb, as through
      a cloud, in the cave; for, in His boundless loving-kindness, He
      desireth splendidly to illumine all who are of this earth with rays of
      His own light.

      7. Thou didst perceive our infirmity and misery, O compassionate
      Christ, and didst not disdain us; but, without leaving the Father,
      Thou didst abase Thyself and make Thine abode in the womb of her who
      knew not wedlock, who now cometh forth to give birth unto Thee,
      without pain, in the cave.

      8. Ye mountains and hills, fields and vales, people and generations,
      nations and every creature: exult, filled with divine gladness, for
      the deliverance of all, the Word of God, the Timeless One, Who in His
      loving-kindness hath come under time, doth come with haste.


      TROPARIA AND KONTAKIA

      Resurrectional Troparion, Tone 7: Thou didst destroy death by Thy
      Cross, / Thou didst open paradise to the thief. / Thou didst change
      the lamentation of the Myrrh-bearers, / and Thou didst command Thine
      Apostles to proclaim / that Thou didst arise, O Christ God, // and
      grantest to the world great mercy.

      Troparion of the Fathers, Tone 2: Great are the achievements of
      faith! / In the fountain of flame, as in refreshing water, / the
      Three Holy Children rejoiced. / And the prophet Daniel proved a
      shepherd of lions as of sheep. // By their prayers, O Christ God,
      save our souls.

      Troparion of the Forefeast Tone 4: Once Mary, being with child by a
      seedless conception, / was registered in Bethlehem with the aged
      Joseph / as being of the seed of David. / The time came for the birth,
      and there was no room in the inn; / but the cave proved a delightful
      palace for the queen. // Christ is born to raise the image that fell
      of old.

      Glory…Kontakion of the Fathers, Tone 1: Rejoice, O Bethlehem! /
      Ephratha, make ready! / for behold, the Ewe hasteneth to give birth
      unto the Great Shepherd Whom she carrieth in her womb. / And seeing
      Him, the God-bearing Fathers rejoice, // and with the shepherds praise
      the Virgin who giveth milk.

      Both now… Kontakion of the Forefeast, Tone 3: Today the Virgin cometh
      to the cave to give birth ineffably / to the Word Who was before the
      ages. / Dance, O earth, at the message! / Give glory with the angels
      and shepherds / unto Him Who was willing to be gazed upon as a young
      child // and is pre-eternal God.


      EPISTLE

      Reader: The Prokimenon in the 4th Tone: Blessed art Thou, O Lord, the
      God of our fathers, and praised and glorified is Thy name unto the
      ages.
      Choir: Blessed art Thou, O Lord, the God of our fathers, and praised
      and glorified is Thy name unto the ages.
      Reader: For righteous art Thou in all which Thou hast done for us.
      Choir: Blessed art Thou, O Lord, the God of our fathers, and praised
      and glorified is Thy name unto the ages.
      Reader: Blessed art Thou, O Lord, the God of our fathers.
      Choir: And praised and glorified is Thy name unto the ages.

      Reader: The Reading is from the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Hebrews.

      [Hebrews 11:9-10,17-23,32-40]: Brethren: By faith Abraham sojourned
      in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in
      tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same
      promise: * For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose
      builder and maker is God. * By faith Abraham, when he was tried,
      offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his
      only begotten son, * Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed
      be called: * Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from
      the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure. * By faith
      Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. * By faith
      Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and
      worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff. * By faith Joseph, when
      he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and
      gave commandment concerning his bones. * By faith Moses, when he was
      born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a
      proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment. *
      And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of
      Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also,
      and Samuel, and of the prophets: * Who through faith subdued kingdoms,
      wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
      * Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of
      weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight
      the armies of the aliens. * Women received their dead raised to life
      again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they
      might obtain a better resurrection: * And others had trial of cruel
      mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: *
      They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain
      with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being
      destitute, afflicted, tormented; * (Of whom the world was not worthy:)
      they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of
      the earth. * And these all, having obtained a good report through
      faith, received not the promise: * God having provided some better
      thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.


      THE ALLELUIA (PAUSE before first verse)

      Reader: Alleluia in the 4th Tone:
      Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
      Reader: O God, with our ears have we heard, for our fathers have told us.
      Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
      Reader: Thou hast saved us from them that afflict us, and them that
      hate us hast Thou put to shame.
      Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


      GOSPEL
      [Matthew 1:1-25]: The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son
      of David, the son of Abraham. * Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat
      Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren; * And Judas begat
      Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat
      Aram; * And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and
      Naasson begat Salmon; * And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz
      begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse; * And Jesse begat David the
      king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife
      of Urias; * And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia
      begat Asa; * And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and
      Joram begat Ozias; * And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz;
      and Achaz begat Ezekias; * And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses
      begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias; * And Josias begat Jechonias and
      his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon: * And
      after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel; and
      Salathiel begat Zorobabel; * And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud
      begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor; * And Azor begat Sadoc; and
      Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud; * And Eliud begat Eleazar;
      and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob; * And Jacob begat
      Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called
      Christ. * So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen
      generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are
      fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto
      Christ are fourteen generations. * Now the birth of Jesus Christ was
      on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before
      they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. * Then
      Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a
      publick example, was minded to put her away privily. * But while he
      thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto
      him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take
      unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the
      Holy Ghost. * And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his
      name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. * Now all
      this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord
      by the prophet, saying, * Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and
      shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which
      being interpreted is, God with us. * Then Joseph being raised from
      sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him
      his wife: * And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn
      son: and he called his name JESUS.


      COMMUNION VERSE: Praise the Lord in the heavens, praise Him in the
      highest! Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous; praise is meet for the
      upright. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
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