THE lyre of the Apostles, harmonious in all things, and stirred by the Spirit, hath made the rites of the loathsome demons of no effect, and proclaimed the one Lord, it hath redeemed the Gentiles from the deceit of the idols, it hath taught them to worship a consubstantial Trinity.
UNTO thee who dwellest in heaven have I lifted up mine eyes. Behold, as the eyes of servants are directed to the hands of their masters, and as the eyes of a maidservant to the hands of her mistress; so our eyes are directed to the Lord our God, until he have mercy upon us. Ps 122:1-2 (LXX)
YE famous martyrs, the earth covered you not, but heaven welcomed you; the gates of Paradise opened unto you, and having passed within, ye rejoice at the tree of life, where ye make intercession with Christ, that he should grant unto us his peace and his great mercy.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Now and forever, and to the ages of ages.
O VIRGIN, praised everywhere by all, with the eyes of prophecy Moses saw in thee the mystery of the bush that was not consumed, though it burned: for the fire of the Godhead in thy womb, O pure Lady, did not consume thee: therefore we ask thee, as mother of our God, to give thy peace unto the world.
Vespers for Thursdays, First Tone. Source.
REJOICE, restoration of humans,
Rejoice, downfall of the demons.
Rejoice, for you trampled on the error of deception,
Rejoice, for you exposed the trickery of idols.
Rejoice, sea that drowned the Pharao of the mind,
Rejoice, rock that gave drink to those thirsting for life.
Rejoice, pillar of fire, guiding those in darkness,
Rejoice, protection of the world, wider than the cloud.
Rejoice, food that replaced the manna,
Rejoice, minister of holy delight.
Rejoice, Land of promise.
Rejoice, you from whom flow milk and honey.
Rejoice, O Bride Ever-Virgin.