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By the Grace of God Matins & Divine Liturgy Hymns


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27 December
ARCHONDISSA & TEACHER BY DIVINE GRACE 3RD DAY OF THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD & SAVIOUR, JESUS CHRIST

St Stephen the Archdeacon & Protomartyr


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16. FESTAL MATINS & DIV LIT HYMNS – ST STEPHEN PROTOMARTYR – 27 DECEMBER
St Stephen the Archdeacon & Protomartyr Ke elithovoloun ton Stefanon,
epikaloumenon ke legonta: “Kyria
And they stoned Stephen as he called
on God, saying: “O Lord Jesus:
St Stephen the Archdeacon and Protomartyr was an early Christian convert from Iisou, exe to Pnevma mou!” receive my soul!”
among the Hellenistic Jews - one of the original seven Deacons who were
ordained by the Holy Apostles of Christ and the first Holy Martyr of the Orthodox
This de ta gonata ekraxe foni Megali: Then he knelt down and cried out with
Christian Church. He is commemorated on 27 December – the day on which he “Kyrie, mi stisis aftis tin amartian a loud voice: “O Lord, do not charge
was martyred – and on 2 August, which Commemorates the Translation of his Holy taftin!” them with this sin!”
Relics. On 15 June, St Stephen is Commemorated together with St Fortunatos and St Ke touto epon ekimithi. And when he had said this, he fell
Achaikos. asleep.
St Stephen had been a Hebrew who lived in the Hellenic Provinces and was related to T H E H OLY G OSPEL ACCO RD ING TO S T M ATTHE W 21: 33 – 42
St Paul, the Great Holy Apostle to the Gentiles. After his conversion to Christianity,
St Stephen was chosen to serve the Holy Church and the Apostles in Jerusalem. To kero ekino, ipen O Kyrios tin At that time, our Lord spoke this
St Stephen was “... the starting point of the Martyrs – the Instructor of Suffering for Christ Paravolin taftin: Parable:
– the Foundation of Righteous Confession – since he was the first to shed his blood “Anthropos tis in ikodespotis, ostis “There was a certain Man Who
for the Holy Gospel...” of Christ Whom he served so faithfully and devoutly.
efitefsen Ampelona ke Fragmon planted a Vineyard and set a Hedge
The Holy Spirit worked powerfully through his Faith in Christ, which enabled him to
afto periethike ke Orixen en afto around it, dug a Winepress in it,
perform many Miracles in the Name of our Lord and Saviour, and to defeat the
linon ke okodomisen Pirgon. and built a Tower.
arguments of those who disputed or debated with him.
Consequently, the Hebrews grew to hate St Stephen and continuously tried to falsely “Ke exedoto afton Georgis, ke “And He leased it to Vinedressers, and
accuse him of all manner of sins. However, St Stephen reminded them all of the apedimisen. went into a far country.
Divine Miracles that God had worked through him – and he even dared to rebuke “Ote de ingisen O keros ton karpon, “When harvest time drew near, He
them for killing our Most Innocent, Sinless Christ – the long-awaited Messiah Who apestile tous Doulous Aftou pros sent His servants to the
is the Eternal, Only Begotten Son of God the Father. tous Georgous lavin tous Karpous Vinedressers, that they might
The enemies of the Holy Church were enraged by what they thought was blasphemy aftou. receive the Fruit.
and while they ranted and raged, St Stephen beheld our Lord Jesus Christ in
Heaven - Enthroned at the Right Hand of God the Father, which he most joyfully “Ke lavontes i Georgi tous Doulous “And the Vinedressers took His
proclaimed to the people. Aftou on men ediran, on de Servants, beat one, killed one, and
Hearing his words, the self-justified but spiritually blind Hebrews seized St Stephen and apektinan, on de elithovolisan. stoned another.
dragged him out of the city and stoned him to death, while his kinsman, Saul, “Palin apestilen allous Doulous - “Again He sent other Servants - more
[who later became the Great Holy Apostle of Christ, St Paul] stood to one side, plionas ton proton Ke epiisen aftis than the first - and they did likewise
holding the coats of the executioners. osaftos. to them.
Our Ever Blessed Lady Theotokos and St John the Beloved Apostle witnessed that first
Martyrdom for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ, and they prayed for his immortal “Isteron de apestile pros aftous ton “Last of all, He sent His Son to them,
soul while he was being so cruelly stoned to death, which occurred about a year Iion Aftou legon: ‘Entrapisonte ton saying: ‘They will respect My Son.”
after that first Glorious Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended on the Faithful Iion Mou.’
Disciples of Christ. “I de Georgi idontes ton Iion, ipon en “When the Vinedressers beheld the
The bloody, broken body of St Stephen the Protomartyr was left at the foothill of eaftis: ‘Outos esti O Klironomos. Son, they said among themselves:
Jerusalem for two days – “... to be eaten by dogs...” but on the second night, Defte apoktinomen Afton ke ‘This is the Heir. Come, let us kill
Gamaliel, (who was the great erudite teacher of St Paul and St Barnabas), katashomen tin Klironomia Aftou!’ Him, and seize His Inheritance!’
accompanied by his son, secretly took the Holy Relics to his own estate in
Capharganda and buried them. St Nicodemos, who had Reposed while weeping “Ke lavontes Afton exevalon exo tou “And they took Him, and cast Him out
and praying at his grave, was also buried there along with Gamaliel’s Godson, Ampelonos ke apektina. of the Vineyard, and killed Him.
Abibos, and Gamaliel himself, after they had Reposed in the ensuing years. “Ota noun elthi O Kyrios tou “Therefore, when the Owner of the
After many years, the memory of St Stephen’s burial site was forgotten, until 415 when Ampelonos, ti piisi tis Georgis Vineyard comes, what will He do to
Gamaliel appeared three time to a Priest – Father Lucian – at Capharganda, ekinis?” those Vinedressers?”
revealing to him the place of their burial and everything concerning it. Having
received the Blessings of the Patriarch, Father Lucian exhumed the Holy Relics Legousin Afto: Kakous kaos apolesi They said to Him: “He will destroy those
from their resting places, and an unmistakable sweet fragrance of Sanctity filled aftous, ke ton Ampelona ekdosete wicked men miserably, and lease His
the area. allis Georgis, itines apodosousin Afto Vineyard to other Vinedressers who
St Stephen’s Holy Relics were Translated to Zion, where they were honourably re-buried. tous Karpous en tis keris afton. will render unto Him the Fruits in
Many Pilgrims who suffered physical and spiritual ailments and diseases were their seasons.”
Miraculously Healed, while the other Holy Relcs were laid to rest in a church built Legi aftis O Iisou: “Oudepote anegnote Jesus said to them: “Have you never
above the original site, on a hill.St Stephen’s Relics were later carried to en tes grafes, lithon on read in the Scriptures: “...the Stone
Constantinople and his whole right arm is kept at the Holy Trinity of St Sergios apedokimasan i ikodomountes, that the Builders rejected has
Lavra, in 1345, at Sergiyev Posad, Russia. outos egenithi is kepahlin gonias. become the Chief Cornerstone.
May his memory be Eternal and may he ceaselessly Intercede with Christ our Lord and Para Kyrou egeneto afti, ke esti This was the Lord’s doing, and it is
Saviour for the sake of our immortal soul. Thavmati en ofthalmis imon!” Marvellous in our eyes!’”

2. FESTAL MATINS & DIV LIT HYMNS – ST STEPHEN PROTOMARTYR – 27 DECEMBER F E S T A L M A T I N S & D I V L I T H Y M N S – S T S T E P H E N P R O T O M A R T Y R – 2 7 D E C E M B E R 15.
O de efi: “Andres Adelphi ke Pateres, Stephen said: “Brethren and Fathers,
akousate: O Theos tis Doxis ofthi to listen: the God of Glory Appeared to
Patri imon Abraam onti en ti our Father Abraham when he was in
Mesopotamia, prin i katikise afton en
Harran, ke ipe pros afton: ‘Exelthe ek
Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in
Haran, and said to him: ‘Get out of Festal Matins Hymns – St Stephen Protomartyr
tis Gis Sou ke ek tis Singenias Sou, ke your country and from your 3 R D
D AY OF THE N ATIV ITY OF OU R D IV INE S AVIOU R
defro is Gin in an si dixo.’ relatives, and go to a land that I KINDLY USE THE SERVICE BOOK UNTIL THIS POINT,
will show you.’ THEN CAREFULLY FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS WITH REGARD TO THESE HYMNS

“Tote exelthon ek Gis Haldeon katokisen “Then he went out of the land of the
en Harran. Chaldeans and dwelt in Haran. P SALM 117 /118
Kakithen meta to apothanin ton Patera From there, when his father was dead,
PRAISE TO GOD FOR HIS EVERLASTING MERCY

aftou metokisen afton is tin Gin taftin He moved him to this land in which Theos Kyrios ke Epefanen imin. The Lord is God, and has Appeared to
is in imis nin katikite. you now dwell. Evlogimenos O erhomenos en us. Blessed is He Who comes in the
“Ke ouk edoken afto Klironomian en afti “And God gave him no Inheritance in it, Onomati Kyriou! Name of the Lord!
oude rima podos... not even enough to set his foot on... 1. Exomologisthe to Kyrio, oti Agathos, 1. Confess the Lord, for He is Good;
“...Solomon de okodomisen Afto Ikon. “...Solomon built God a House. oti is ton eona to Eleos Aftou! ✶ for His Mercy endures forever! ✶
“All’ ouh O Ipsistos en hiropiitis Nais “However, the Most High does not dwell 2. Panta ta Ethni ekiklosan me, ke to 2. All the Nations surrounded me, but
katiki, kathos O Profitis legi: ‘O in Temples made by hands, as the Onomati Kyriou inamin aftous. ✶ in the Name of the Lord I drove
Ouranos Mi Thronos, i de Gi Prophet says: ‘Heaven is My Throne 3. Para Kyriou egeneto afti, ke esti them back. ✶
Ipopodion ton Podon Mou. Pion Ikon and earth is My Footstool. What
ikodomisete Mi?’ legi Kyrios: ‘i tis House will you build for Me? says the
Thavmasti en ofthalmis imon. ✶ 3. This is the Lord’s doing, and it is
Topos tis Katapafseos Mou? Ouhi i Lord, Or what is the Place of My Rest? Marvellous in our eyes. ✶
Hir Mou epiise tafta panta?’ Has My Hand not made all these F E STAL A P OLY TIKION – S T S TE PHE N - T ONE 4
things?’ Vasilion diadima, estefthi Si Korifi, ex O Stephen, a Crown of Royalty was
“Sklirotrahili ke aperitmiti ti kardia e tis “You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in athlon on ipeminas, iper Hristou tou laid on Thy head for contests Thou
osin! Imis ai to Pnevmati to Agio heart and ears! You always resist the Theou, Martyron protoathle. Si gar courageously endured for Christ our
antipiptete! Os i Pateres imon ke imis. Holy Spirit! As your fathers did, so tin Ioudeon, apelegxas manian, ides God, as First among our Martyred
Tina ton profiton ouk edioxan i do you. Which of the Prophets did Sou ton Sotira, tou Patros dexiothen. Saints. Thou stood in the accusation
Pateres imon? Ke apektinan tous your fathers not persecute? And they Afton oun ekdisopi ai, iper ton psihon of the raging Judeans; and Thou
prokatangilantas peri tis Elefseos tou killed those who foretold the Coming imon. beheld Thy Saviour at the right Hand
Dikeou, ou nin imis prodote ke fonis of the Just One, of Whom you now of the Father. We pray that Thou
gegenisthe. Itines elavete ton Nomon have become the betrayers and will ever Entreat Him to Save our
is diatagas Angelon, ke ouk efilaxate. murderers, who have received the soul.
Law by the Direction of Angels, and
have not kept it.” ✞ Doxa Patri, ke Io, ke Agio Pnevmati ✞ Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
Akouontes de tafta dieprionto tes When they heard these things they and to the Holy Spirit
kardies afton ke evrihon ep’ afton were cut to the heart, and they Vasilion diadima, estefthi Si Korifi, ex O Stephen, a Crown of Royalty was laid
tous odontas. gnashed at him with their teeth. athlon on ipeminas, iper Hristou tou on Thy head for contests Thou
Iparhon de pliris Pnevmatos Agiou, Being filled with the Holy Spirit he Theou, Martyron protoathle. Si gar courageously endured for Christ our
atenisas is ton Ouranon ide Doxan gazed into Heaven and beheld the tin Ioudeon, apelegxas manian, ides God, as First among our Martyred
Theou ke Iisoun estota ek Dexion tou Glory of God, and Jesus standing at Sou ton Sotira, tou Patros dexiothen. Saints. Thou stood in the accusation
Theou, ke ipen: “Idou! Theoro tous the right Hand of God, and said: Afton oun ekdisopi ai, iper ton psihon of the raging Judeans; and Thou
Ouranous anaeogmenous ke ton Iion “Behold! the Heavens open and the imon. beheld Thy Saviour at the right Hand
tou Anthropou ek exion tou Theou Son of Man standing at the right of the Father. We pray that Thou
estota!” Hand of God!” will ever Entreat Him to Save our
Kraxantes de foni megali sineshon ta ota They cried out with a loud voice, soul.
afton ke ormisan omothimadon ep’ stopped their ears, and ran to him Ke nin ke Ai ke is tous eonas ton Now and ever, and to the Ages of ages.
afton, ke ekvalontes exo tis poleos with one accord; and they cast him eonon.
elithovoloun. out of the city and stoned him.
Amin Amen
Ke i martyres apethento ta imatia afton And the witnesses laid down their
para tous podas neaniou kaloumenou clothes at the feet of a young man
Savlou. named Saul.

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F E STAL A P OLY TIKION – N ATIVITY OF C H RIST – TO NE 4 S EASONAL K ONTAKION - N ATIVITY OF CH RIST – T ONE 3

I Gennisis Sou Hriste O Theos imon, Thy Nativity, O Christ our God, has I Parthenos simeron, ton Iperousion tikti, Today the Virgin gives Birth to Him
anetile to kosmo to Fos to tis gnoseos. caused the Light of Knowledge to ke i Gi to Spyleon to aprito prosagi. Who is above all being, and the
En afti gar i tis astris latrevontes, ipo rise upon the world. For therein the Angeli meta Pimenon Doxologousi, Earth offers a Cave to Him Whom
asteros edidaskonto, Se proskinin, ton worshippers of the stars were Magi de meta Asteros odiporousi, di’ no man can approach. Angels with
Ilion tis dikeosinis, ke Se ginoskin ex instructed by a Star to worship Thee, imas gar Egenniti, Pedion Neon, O Pro Shepherds give Glory, and Magi
ipsous anatolin. Kyrie, Doxa Si! the Sun of Righteousness, and to Eonon Theos. journey with a Star. For unto us is
know Thee as Orient from on High. Born a young Child: the Pre-Eternal
SMALL LITANY ➔ TRISAGION HYMN  God.
Glory to Thee, O Lord!
F E STAL P ROKE IM E NON –N ATIVITY – P SAL M 18/19 – T ONE 4
M E NAION - F IRST F ESTAL K ATH ISM A - N ATIV ITY – T ONE 3

O Throno Pirimorto, en Ipsistis Seated on the Highest Fiery Throne,


Is pasan tin Gin exilthen O Fthongos Into all the Earth His Proclamation went
Afton ke is ta perata tis ikoumenis ta forth and His Words to the ends of
kathimenos, Sin Patri to Anarho, ke with the Unoriginate Father, and Rimata Afton. the world.
to Thio Sou Pnevmati, evdokisas Thy Divine Holy Spirit, Thou were
tehthine en Sarki, ek Koris well pleased to be Born in the Flesh I Ourani diigounte Doxan Theou, piisin The Heavens declare the Glory of God!
apirandrou Iisou. Dia touto ke Astir of a Virgin, O Jesus. For this de Hiron Aftou anangeli to stereoma. The Firmament shows the Creation
Se, tis ek Persidos Magis kathipedixe. reason a Star showed the Way to of His Hands.
✞ Doxa ti Panagatho Sou Vouli! ✞ Thee for the Magi from Persia. ✞ T H E A CTS OF THE AP OSTLE S ACCORDING TO S T L U KE 6 : 8 – 7 : 5
Doxa ti epifania Sou! ✞ Doxa ti pros Glory to Thine All Benevolent Will! & 47 – 60

imas akra,sigkatavasi Sou! Glory to Thine Epiphany! Glory to En tes imeres ekines, Stefanos pliris In those days, Stephen, full of Faith and
Thine extreme Condescension to Psteos ke Dinameos epii terata ke Power, did great Wonders and Signs
us. Simia Megala en to Lao. among the people.
✞ Doxa Patri ke Io ke Agio Pnevmati, ✞ Glory to the Father, and to the Son, Anestisan de tines ton ek ‘tis Sinagogis There arose some from what is called
ke nin ke ai ke is tous Eonas ton and to the Holy Spirit, now and tis Legomenis Livertinon ke (Kyrineon “the Synagogue of the Freedmen”
eonon. forever, and to the Ages of ages. ke Alexandreon ke ton apo Kilikias ke (Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and those
Asias) sizitountes to Stefano. from Cilicia and Asia), disputing
Amin Amen with Stephen.
O Throno pirimorto, en ipsistis Seated on the Highest Fiery Throne, Ke ouk ishion antistine ti Sofia ke to And they were not able to resist the
kathimenos, Sin Patri to Anarho, ke with the Unoriginate Father, and Pnevmati O elali. Wisdom and Spirit by which he
to Thio Sou Pnevmati, evdokisas Thy Divine Holy Spirit, Thou were spoke.
tehthine en Sarki, ek Koris well pleased to be Born in the Flesh
apirandrou Iisou. Dia touto ke Astir of a Virgin, O Jesus. For this
Tote ipervalon andras legontas oti: So they secretly induced men to say:
reason a Star showed the Way to ‘Akikoamen aftou lalountos rimata “We have heard him speak
Se, tis ek Persidos Magis kathipedixe.
Vlasfima is Moisin ke ton Theon.’ blasphemous words against Moses
✞ Doxa ti Panagatho Sou Vouli! ✞ Thee for the Magi from Persia. ✞
and God.”
Doxa ti epifania Sou! ✞ Doxa ti pros Glory to Thine All Benevolent Will!
imas akra,sigkatavasi Sou! Glory to Thine Epiphany! Glory to Sinekinisan te ton laon ke tous They stirred up the people, the Elders,
Thine extreme Condescension to presviterous ke tous grammatis, ke and the Scribes; and they went to
us. epistantes sinirpasan afton ke igagon him, seized him and took him to the
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is to Synedrion. Council.

Tin tou Pnevmatos Pigin, en ti kardia As he Mystically possessed the Holy


Estisan te martyras psevdis legontas: “O They set up false witnesses who said:
anthopos outos ou pavete rimata “This man does not cease speaking
Mystikos, kektimenos tou Hristou, O Spirit in his heart, welling forth the vlasfima lalon kata tou Topou tou blasphemous words against this Holy
Protomartys Alithos, ton Ioudeon Words of Grace, the Protomartyr of Agiou toutou ke tou Nomou. Place and the Law; for we have
apilegxe tin Avthadian, ke edixen Christ reproved the stubbornness of Akikoamen gar aftou legontos oti heard him say that this Jesus of
aftis, ton Iiontou Theou, ek spermatos the Jews who were stiff-necked. The Iisous O Zazareos outos katalisi ton Nazareth will destroy this Place and
David, anavlastisanta, to tis Sofias ke Glorious One was filled witht he Topon touton ke allazi ta thi a change the customs, which Moses
Haritos pliromati, pepliromenos O Fullness of Grace and Wisdom, paredoken imin Moisis.” delivered to us.”
endoxos. All O Trismakar, tous Se whereby he also proved to them that Ke atenisantes is afton apantes i And looking steadfastly at him, all who
timontas, Soze Thies Presvies Sou. the Son of God is a Descendant of kathezomeni en to Synedrio idon to sat in the Council beheld his face as
King David and had sprung forth prosopon aftou osi prosopon the face of an Angel.
from his seed. Thrice Blessed Angelou.
Stephen: Save us who honour Thee,
by Thy Holy Intercessions. Ipe de O arhierefs: “I ara tafta outos The High Priest said: “Are these things
ehi?“ so?”

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T H IRD FE STAL A NTIP H ON – N ATIV ITY OF C H RIST – T ONE 4
✞ Doxa Patri ke Io ke Agio Pnevmati, ✞ Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
I Gennisis Sou Hriste O Theos imon, Thy Nativity, O Christ our God, has ke nin ke ai ke is tous Eonas ton and to the Holy Spirit, now and
anetile to kosmo to Fos to tis caused the Light of Knowledge to eonon. forever, and to the Ages of ages.
gnoseos. En afti gar it is astris rise upon the world. For therein
latrevontes, ipo asters edidaskonto, the worshippers of the stars were Amin Amen
Se proskinin, ton Ilion tis dikeosinis, by a Star instructed to worship M E NAION - S EC OND FE STAL KATHISMA – N ATIV ITY OF CH RIST -
ke Se ginoskin ex Ipsous anatolin. Thee, the Sun of Righteousness, and TONE 4
✞ Kyrie, Doxa Si. ✶ REPEATED to know Thee as Orient from on
High. ✞O Lord, Glory to Thee! ✶ O ahoritos panti, pos ehorithi en Gastri; He whom nothing can contain has been
1. Ipen O Kyrios to
Kyrio mou: Kathou 1. The Lord said to my Lord: Sit at My O en kolpis tou Patros, pos en agkales contained in a Womb. He is in the
ek dexion mou, eos an tho tous righ Hand, until I make Thine tis Mitros? Pantos os iden, os ithelise Father’s Basom and His Mother’s
ehtrous Sou ipopodion ton Podon enemies the Footstool of Thy ke os iidokisen. Asarkos gar on, Embrace. How can this be? But He
Sou.✶ Feet. ✶ esarkothi ekon. Ke gegonen O On, O knows and Wills and is Well Pleased.
ouk in di’ imas. Ke mi ekstas tis Fleshless as He was, He willingly
2. Ravdon Dinameos exaposeli Si 2. The Lord shall send forth the Rod of fiseos, meteshe tou imeterou took on Flesh. And He Who Is
Kyrios ek Sion, ke katakirieve en Thy Power from Zion and rule in
meso ton ehthron Sou.✶ the midst of Thine enemies. ✶ framatos. Diplous etehthi, Hristos became what He was not, for us.
ton ano, kosmon thelon anaplirose. And while departing not from His
3. Meta Sou i arhi en Imera tis 3. With Thee is the beginning in the own Nature, He shared in our
Dinameos Sou, en tes Lamprotisi Day of Thy Power, in the nature’s substance. So Christ was
ton Agion Sou.✶ Brightness of Thy Saints. ✶ PSALM 50/51 Born with dual Natures, wishing to
“ O MONGENIS IIOS KE LOGOS...”  Replenish the world on High.
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S M ALL E NTRANC E H YM NS
O Despotis hthes imin, dia sarkos Yesterday, the Master arrived through
F E STAL I SOD IKON –P SALM 109/110 - NA TIV ITY - T ONE 2 epedimi, ke O doulos simeron, apo the Flesh, and today, the servant
Ek Gastros pro eosforou Egennisa Se. Out of the Womb, before the Morning sarkos exedimi. Hthes men gar, O departs from the flesh. Yesterday,
Omose Kyrios ke ou metamelithisete. Star have I Begotten Thee: the Lord Vasilefon sarki etehthi, simeron de, O the King was Born in the Flesh, and
Si Ierefs is ton eona, kata tin taxin has sworn and will not repent: iketis lithovolite, di afton ke telioute, today the servant is stoned for His
Melihisedek. Thou art a Priest forever, after the O PROTOMARTYS KE THIOS sake. And we know him as the HOLY
Order of Melchizidek. STEPHANOS. PROTOMARTYR STEPHEN.
M E NAION - F E STAL I KOS – S T S TE PH EN
Soson imas, Ie Theou, O EK Save us, O Son of God, B O R N O F
PARTHENOU TEHTHIS, psallontas Si T H E V I R G I N , who sing to Thee: Os Astir fainos simeron sinexelampse, ti Today, together with the Nativity of
Allilouia! Alleluia! Gennisi Hristou, O Protomartys Christ, the Protomartyr Stephen has
F E STAL A P OLY TIKION – N ATIVITY OF C H RIST OUR L ORD – T ONE 4 Stefanos, astrapton ke Fotizon ta shone forth like a bright shining
perata apanta, ton Ioudeon monon Star, flashing and Illuminating all the
I Gennisis Sou Hriste O Theos imon, Thy Nativity, O Christ our God, has imavrose tin pasan dissevian, Sofias ends of the earth, except that he cast
anetile to kosmo to Fos to tis gnoseos. caused the Light of Knowledge to Logis toutous dielegxas, apo ton a shadow on the impiety of the
En afti gar it is astris latrevontes, ipo rise upon the world. For therein Grafon dialegomenos, ke pithon Hebrews, when he reproved them
asters edidaskonto, Se prokinin, ton the worshippers of the stars were toutous, ton gennithenta ek tis with his Words of Wisdom. For he
Ilion tis dikeosinis, ke Se ginoskin ex by a Star instructed to worship Parthenou Iisoun, Iion afton ine debated with them using the
Theou, katishine touton tin asevi Scriptures, and tried to persuade
ipsous anatolin. ✞Kyrie, Doxa Si. Thee, the Sun of Righteousness,
kakourgian, O PROTOMARTYS KE them that Jesus Who was Born of the
and to know Thee as Orient from
THIOS STEFANOS. Virgin was indeed the Son of God.
on High. ✞O Lord, Glory to Thee! He exposed their impious crime.
F E STAL A P OLY TIKION – S T S TE PHE N P ROTOM ARTYR – T ONE 4 And we know him as THE HOLY
PROTOMARTYR STEPHEN.
Vasilion Diadima, estefthi Si korifi, ex O Stephen, a Crown of Royalty was laid S Y NAX ARION – 27 D ECEM BE R
athlon on iperminas, iper Hristou tou upon Thy head for contests Thou
Theou, Martyron protoathle. Si gar courageously endured for Christ our Ti KZ’ tou aftou minos, Mnimi tou Agiou On the 27th day of this month we
tin Ioudeon, apelegxas manian, ides God, as First among Martyred Saints. Apostolou Protmartyros ke Commemorate the Holy Apostle and
Sou ton Sotira, tou Patros dexiothen. Thou stood in accusation of the Arhidiakonou Stefanou, enos ton epta First Martyr and Archdeacon, St
Afton oun ekdisopi ai, iper ton psihon raging Judeans; and Thou beheld our Diakonon. Stephen, one of the Seven Deacons.
imon. Saviour at the Right Hand of the Ti afti imera, Mnimi tou Osiou Patros On this day we Comemmorate our
Father. We pray that Thou will ever
PATRONAL FESTAL HYMN➜
imon Theodorou tou Graptou, Righteous Father, St Theodore the
Entreat Him to Save our soul. Adelphou Theophanous tou Piitou. Branded, the Confessor, Brother of St
Theophanes, the Hymnographer.

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Ti afti imera, Mnimi tou Agiou On this day we Commemorate the Holy
Ieromartyros Mavrikiou, ke ton Sin Hieromartyr, St Maurisce and the the

Divine Liturgy Hymns - St Stephen Protomartyr


afto evdomikonta Martyron. Seventy Holy Martyrs with him at
Apamea, Bithynia.
O Osios Patir imon Loukas O Triglinos, On this day our Righteous Father, St
iti O ek Moudanion, en Irini telioute. Luke of Triglia Reposed in Peace. F IRST F ESTAL A NTIPH ON - N ATIV ITY OF CH RIST – T ONE 2
Mnimi ton Agion ke Dikeon On the Sunday After the Nativity of
1. Exomologisome Si, Kyrie, en oli 1. I will Praise Thee, O Lord,with my
Theopatoron, Iosif tou Mnistoros tis Christ, we Commemorate the Holy kardia mou, en Voili Evtheon ke whole heart, in the Council of the
Agias Parthenou Despinis imon and Just Ancestors of God: St Joseph Sinagogi. Upright and in the Assembly.
Theotokou, Iakovou tou Adelphou tou the Betrothed of the Holy Virgin, our
Kyriou, ke David tou Profitou ke Lady Theotokos; St James, the ✞Tes Presvies tis Theotokou, Soter, ✞Through the Intercessions of the
Vasileos. Brother of our Lord and First Bishop Soson imas. ✶ (REPEATED) Theotokos, O Saviour, Save us.
of Jerusalem; and St David the ✶ (REPEATED)
Prophet and King. 2. Megala ta Erga Kyriou, exezitimena 2. Great art the Works of the
Tes ton Agion Sou Presvies, O Theos, By the Intercessions of Thy Saints, O is panta ta Thelimata Aftou. ✶ Lord,sought out in all things
according to His Will. ✶
eleison ke Soson imas. God, have Mercy and Save us.
3. Exomologisis ke Megaloprepia to 3. Praiseworthy and Majestic art His
Amin. Amen Ergon Aftou, ke i Dikeosini Aftou Works, and His Righteousness
K ATAV ASIA OF THE NA TIV ITY - I AM BIC V E RSE S - T ONE 1 meni is to eona tou eonos. ✶ endures unto the Ages of ages. ✶
1. Esose laon, Thavmatourgon 1. Of old the Master Who works 4. Litroin apestile to lao Aftou. 4. He sent Redemption to His people.
Despotis, iiron thalassis kima Wonders Saved His people, Enetilato is ton eona diathikin He Commanded His Covenant
hersosas pale. Ekon de tehthis ek making the watery wave of the Aftou. Agion ke foveron to forever. Holy and Fearful is His
Onoma Aftou. ✶ Name. ✶
Koris, trivon Vatin, Polou tithisin sea into dry land; and now of His
imin. On kat ousian, Ison te Patri, own Will has He been Born from ✞ Doxa Patri ke Io ke Agio Pnevmati, ✞ Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
ke Vrotis Doxazoumen. a Virgin, and so He establishes a ke nin ke ai ke is tous Eonas ton and to the Holy Spirit, now and
Path for us whereby we may eonon. forever, and to the Ages of ages.
mount to Heaven. We glorify Amin ✶ Amen ✶
Him Who in Essence is equal to
the Father and to mortal men. SMALL LIT ANY ➜
2. (Always excluded) 2. (Always excluded)
3. Nefson pros imnous iketon Energeta, 3. Graciously accept, O Benefactor, the S EC OND F E STAL A NTIPHON – NA TIV ITY OF C HRIST – T ONE 2
Ehthrou tapinon tin epirmenin praises of Thy servants, and 1. Makarios anir, O fovoumenos ton 1. Blessed is the man who fears the
ofrin. Feronte Pantepopta tis bring down the spiteful, haughty Kyrion, en tes Entoles Aftou thelisi Lord; he will delight
amartias, Iperthen akloniton, looks of the enemy. O Blessed sfodra. exceedingly in His
estirigmenous, Makar, melodous Lord Who sees all, raise us up far Commandments.
tin Vasi tis Pisteos. above sin, and establish Thy
singers firm and unshaken upon
✞ Soson imas Iie Theou, O E X ✞ O Son of God, W H O A R T B O R N O F
the foundation of the Faith. P A R T H E N O U T E H T H I S , psallontas T H E V I R G I N , Save us who sing to
Si: Allilouia! ✶ (REPEATED) Thee: Alleluia ✶ (REPEATED)
4. Genous Vrotiou, tin anaplasin pale, 4. Of old Habakkuk the Prophet was
2. Dinaton en ti gi este to sperma 2. His seed shall be Mighty on earth;
Adon Profitis, Avvakoum counted worthy to behold aftou, genea evtheon the generation of the upright
prominii, Idin afrastos, axiothis ineffably the Figure and Symbol Evlogithisete. ✶ shall be Blessed. ✶
ton tipon. Neon vrefos gar ex of Christ’s Birth, and he foretold
orous tis Parthenou Exilthe laon is in song the renewal of mankind. 3. Doxa ke ploutos en to Iko Aftou, ke i 3. Glory and riches shall be in His
anaplasin Logos. For a Young Babe, the Word, has Dikeosini Aftou eni is ton eona tou House, and His Righteousness
now come forth from the eonos. ✶ continues unto Ages of ages. ✶
Mountain that is the Virgin, for 4. Exanetilen en skoti Fos tis evthesin 4. For the Upright, Light springs up in
the Renewal of the people. Eleimon ke Iktirmon ke Dikeos. ✶ Darkness, for He is Merciful,
5. Ek niktos ergon, eskotismenis planis, 5. From the night of deeds of dark Compassionate and Righteous. ✶
Ilasmou imin Hriste, tis egrigoros, error we watch vigilantly, and ✞ Doxa Patri ke Io ke Agio Pnevmati, ✞ Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
nin Si telousin imnon, os evergeti, sing to Thee, O Christ, as to our ke nin ke ai ke is tous Eonas ton and to the Holy Spirit, now and
elthis porizon evheri te tin trivon. Benefactor. Come to us and eonon. forever, and to the Ages of ages.
Kath in anatrehontes evrimen grant us cleansing; make the Amin Amen
kleos. Path easy for us, whereby we
may ascend and so attain Glory. “ O MONOGENIS IIOS KE LOGOS... ” 

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ek dexion estota tou aoratou Patros. Thou beheld the Heavens opened 6. Neon Ionas, en mihis thalattiis, 6. Enclosed in the uttermost depths of
Dio, os Angelos eklampsas to and the Son of God at the right Hand Elthin edito ke zalin aparkese. the sea, Jonah entreated Thee to
prosopo, en hara anekravgazes iper of the invisible Father. Thy face Nigis ego de, to tirannountos Veli, come and still the storm. And I,
ton lithazonton. Mi stisis aftis tin shone like an Angel. And with Joy Hriste prosavdo, ton kakon O Christ, pricked by the dart of
amartian taftin. Ke nin etise, tis ek Thou cried on behalf of those who aneretin, Thatton molin Se tis the tyrant, call upon Thee, the
pothou evfimousi Se, ilasmon were stoning Thee: Do not hold this emis rathimias. Slayer of evil, beseeching Thee to
amartion, ke to Mega Eleos. sin against them. So now, pray for come quickly and deliver me
us who lovingly sing Thy praises, from my slothfulness.
that w may receive Forgiveness of
sins and Great Mercy.
7. To pantanaktos exefavlisan potho, 7. Caught and held fast by Love for the
itahimenontos igkistromeni, Pedes King of all, the children despised
Ke nin ke Ai ke is tous eonas ton Now and ever, and to the Ages of tirannou, distheon glossalgian, “Is the impious threats of the tyrant
eonon. ages. ikathe gir aspeton, to Despoti, in his boundless fury; and as
legousin: Is eonas, Evlogitis I!” the terrible fire withdrew before
Amin Amen them, they said to the Master:
T H E OTOKION “Unto all Ages Blessed art
THE C ONGREGATION MUST STAND Thou!”
Akatalipton to teloumenon, en Vithleem Incomprehensible is the Mystery that is 8. Mitran aflektos, ikonizousi Koris, i 8. The Children of the Old Covenant
simeron Mystirion! O aoratos orate, O accomplished today in Bethlehem! tis paleas pirpoloumeni nei, who walked in the fire, yet were
asarkos sarkoute, O Logos pahinete, The Invisible One becomes Visible; YperfIos, kiousan esfragismenin, not burnt, prefigured the Womb
ke O On ginete O ouk in, Parthenos the Fleshless One assumes Flesh; the amfo de drosa, Thavmatourgia of the Maiden that remained
Logos takes on substance; and the mia Laous pros imnon, exanistisi sealed, when she gave Birth in a
tikti en splaeo Vrefos Neon, ton Plasin
One Who became what He was not. Haris. fashion past nature. By the same
tis fiseos. Fatni ektipoute, is Thronon Divine Grace both these
Epouranion, ktini apikazi, Herouvikin A Virgin gave Birth in a Cave to a
New Infant Who is the Fashioner of Wonders were brought to pass in
parastasin. Pimenes Thavmazousi. M AGNIF IC AT ➜ a Miracle and rouses all people to
Magi dora prosferousin. Angeli nature. A Manger portrays a
sing in praise.
Heavenly Throne, and animals
animnountes legousi. Doxa en Ipsistis F E STAL KA TAV ASIA – CA NON 1 – I AM BIC V ERSE – N ATIV ITY T ONE 1
represent an array of Cherubim.
Theos, ke epi gis Irini. En Anthropis
gar evdokisen, analiotos O
Shepherds marvel; Magi bring gifts. Megalinon psihi mou, tin Magnify, O my soul, Her who has
Angels sing praises, saying: Glory to Litrosamenin, imas ek tis Kataras. Delivered us from the Curse.
Emmanouil. God in the Highest, and Peace on
earth. For Emmanuel, without
Stergin men imas, os akindinon fovo, It would be easier for us, because free
GREAT DOXOLOGY raon siopin. To potho de Parthene, from all danger, to keep silence in
changing, is well pleased to be with
imnous ifenin, sintonos tethigmenous, fear while it is hard indeed, O Virgin,
mankind.
ergodes Estin. Alla ke Mitir sthenos, in love to devise songs harmoniously
F E STAL A P OLY TIKION – S T S TE PHE N – T ONE 4
osi pefiken, i proeresis didou. put together. But do Thou, O Mother,
Vasilion diadima, estefthi Si korifi, ex O Stephen, a Crown of Royalty was laid give us Strength that so we may
SMALL LITANY & PRAISES TO THE fulfil our good intent
Athlon on iperminas, iper Hristou tou on Thy head for Contests Thou
LORD 
Theou, martyron protoathle. Si gar courageously endured for Christ our
M E NAION - F E STAL EX APOSTEILARION – S T S TEPH E N - T ONE 3
tin Ioudeon, apelexas manian, ides God, as First among Martyred Saints.
Sou ton Sotir, tou Patros dexiothen. Thou stolld in accusation of the Stefanos Si os Vasili, empsihos As he departs now from his flesh,
Afton oun ekdisopi ai, iper ton psihon raging Judeans; and Thou saw Thy proseninekte, nin tis sarkos Stephen, in keeping with his name,
imon. Saviour at the right Hand of the ekdimisas, to endimisanti sarki, Theo presents himself as a living and soul-
Father. We pray that Thou will ever to Pantokratori, di on ke ton agona, endowed Crown to Thee as King and
Entreat Him to Save our soul. Endoxos etelesen. God the Ruler over all, for Whom he
fought the Good Fight and finished
in Glory.
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O pliris Thias Haritos, ke Dynameos Stephen was Full of Grace Divine and
ontos, teratourgon diileghe, Faith and Power, truly. He did great
Theoktonon ta stifi, diakenis Wonders and rebuked the deicidal
meletonta, ipsigoro de glotti, people, who meditated on vain
Theologon O Stefanos, tou Patros things. Eloquently, he uttered words
dexiothen, ton Iisoun, kathoro nin of sublime Theology, saying: I now
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litholefstoumenos stefiforos anilthen. at the right Hand of God the Father.” Protos en Diakonis, protos ke en Thou were the First of the Deacons and
Then he was stoned; and being
Martysin edihthis, Panagie Stefane. also the first of the Martyrs, O All
Crowned, to the Lord he ascended.
Odos gar egenou tis Agiis, ke pollous Holy Stephen. Thou opened the Way
F E STAL EX APOSTE IL ARION – THE N ATIVITY – T ONE 2
to Kyrio prosigages Martyras. Dio for the Saints, and Thou brought
O to Patri ke Pnevmati, sinedios Logos, The Logos, Co-Beginningless and of one Ouranos Si inigi, ke Theos Si efani. many Martyrs to the Lord.
ke simfiis ke sinthronos, ek Parthenou Throne and nature with the Father Afton iketeve, sothine tas psihas Therefore, Heaven opened for Thee
Gennate, en Vithleem nin os brefos. and Spirit, is Born today from a imon. and God appeared to Thee. Entreat
On Theon ke Sotira, O Protomartys Virgin in Bethlehem as an infant. He Him to Save our soul.
Stefanos, aridilos kirixas, ipo hiron, is God and our Saviour, the
miefonon heron litholefstite, ke Protomartyr Stephen publicly Enite Afton en iho salpingos. Enite Praise Him with the sound of trumpet;
Stefiforos anisi, pros afton meta preached, so by blood-stained hands Aftn en psaltirio ke kithara. praise Him with the harp and lyre.
Doxis. he was stoned to death, while Ton Protomartyra, ke geneon tou Let us worthily honour Stephen, the
Rejoicing, for with a Crown he Hristou Theraponta, Stefanon ton First Deacon, the Protomartyr and
Ascended with Glory. Protodiakonon, epaxios timisomen. courageous servant of Christ. For he
L AUD S : TH E P RAISE S TO G OD - P SALM 148 Outos gar estos en meso paranomon stood in the midst of those who
ALL CREATION PRAISES THE LORD OUR GOD
en dexia Patros Iion etheasato. broke God’s Law, and he beheld the
Pasa pnoi enesato ton Kyrion. Enite Let everything that has breath praise Son at the right Hand of the Father.
ton Kyrion ek ton Ouranon. Enite the Lord. Praise the Lord from the F E STAL I D IOME LA – S T S TE PH EN –T ONE 4
Afton en tis Ipsistis. Si prepi imnos Heavens; praise Him in the Highest.
to Theo. To Thee praise is due, O God.
Enite Afton en timpano ke horo. Enite Praise Him with timbrel and dance,
Afton en hordes ke organo. praise Him with strings and flute.
Enite Afton, pantes i Angelli Aftou. Praise Him, all His Angels; praise Him,
Enite Afton, pase e Dinamis Aftou. all His Powers. To Thee praise is
Stefane Endoxe, Ouranopolita, Hristou Glorious Stephen, Citizen of Heaven,
Si prepi imnos to Theo. due, O God. Therapon Makarie, Presvian piison, Blessed servant of Christ, make
P SALM 150 – F ESTAL I D IOME LA – S T S TEP HE N –TO NE 1 iper ton psihon imon. Intercession on behalf of our soul.

Tou piise en aftis krima engrapton. To fulfil among them the Written
Enite Afton en kimbalis evihis. Enite Praise Him with Resounding Cymbals,
Afton en kimbalis allalagmou. praise Him with Triumphant
Doxa Afti este pasi tis Osiis Aftou. Judgement: this Glory have all His
Pasa pnoi enesato ton Kyrion. Cymbals. Let everything that
Holy Ones.
breathes praise the Lord.
Athloforikon Stefanon, to Protathlo i Pisi Let us the Faithful plait a wreath of
Stefanos, i Kali Aparhi ton Matyron, O Stephen, the Fine First Fruit of the
plexomen, ek logikon antheon. Aftos Victory for the Protomartyr, using
pliris Haritos ke dinameos, O piion Martyrs, Full of Grace and Power, did
gar tin ton Martyron proitimasen words instead of laurels. For he
simia ke terata, megala en to lao ipo Great Wonders and Signs among the
odon, ke en Hara anevoa. Idou tous prepared the Way for Martyrs. He
anomon elithazeto. All exelampsen people. And he was stoned by those
Ouranous aneogmenous Theoro, ke joyfully cried out: Behold, I see the
os Angelos, ke Theori tin Doxan, ek who broke the Law. But he shone
ton Iion tou Theou ek dexion estota Heavens opened and the Son of God
dexion tis dinameos, ke to Pnevmati like an Angel, and he beheld the
tou aoratou Patros. standing at the right Hand of the
tis Haritos, is Ouranous Glory of Thee Who were Incarnate
Unseen Father.
anelamvaneto. Ke dia touto, tes for us and who were standing at the
F E STAL I DIOMEL A – S T S TE PH EN –T ONE 2
horostasies ton Angelon right Hand of the Power, and by the
Enite ton Theon en tis Agiis Aftou. Praise God in His Saints, praise Him in sinavlizomenos, presvevi sothine tas Spirit of Grace he was taken into
Enite afton en Stereomati tis the firmament of His Power. psihas imon. Heaven. He therefore dwells with
Dinameos aftou. the Choirs of Angels, and he
Intercedes for the Salvation of our
Agiosinin enediso, Stefane Makarie, O Blessed Stephen, Thou were clothed
soul.
Protomartys ke Protodiakone, ton with Holiness, O Protomartyr and
Angelon simmetohe, disopithiti, ke First Deacon, and Companion of the ✞ Doxa Patri, ke Io, ke Agio Pnevmati ✞ Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
presveve iper imon, pros ton Sotira Angels. Intercede and pray for us to and to the Holy Spirit
Kyrion ton anamartiton. our Lord and Saviour, Who is F E STAL I D IOME LA – S T S TE PH EN –T ONE (5) P L AGAL 1
without sin. Protomartys Apostole ke Protodiakone, i O Prototmartyr, Apostle and First
Enite Afton epi tes Dinasties Aftou. Praise Him for His Mighty Acts! Praise pili ton Martyron, i Doxa ton Dikeon, Deacon, Thou art the Gateway of
Enite Afton kata to plithos tis Him according to the abundance of ton Apostolon to kavhima. Si Martyrs, the Glory of the Righteous
Megalosinis Aftou. His Greatness. Ouranous etheaso aneogmenous, en and the Pride and Joy of the
to stadio estos, ke ton Iion tou Theou, Apostles. When Thou stood trial,

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