Today hath John the Forerunner, the fruit of prayer,
sprung forth in a barren womb.
Make merry, O desert, and join chorus with mankind;
for, lo! The preacher of repentance cometh forth to be incarnate in his mother’s womb.
Come, O ye who love the feasts of the Church,
and, rejoicing in his glorious conception, let us form a choir, crying out:
O thou who art the greatest born of woman,
cease not to make supplication in behalf of those who celebrate thy divine conception,
that we may find cleansing of our sins and great mercy.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Слава Ісусу Христу! Слава на віки Богу!
Added today to pastyr.ca:
- The Order of Vespers presents a simple table outlining the basic differences between Small Vespers, Daily Vespers and Great Vespers.
- The Order of Tropars and Kondaks at the Little Entrance of the Divine Liturgy outlines the basic rules around the reading of Troparia and Kondakia at the Little Entrance — and how the order of their reading is determined according to the Feast Day, Saints’ Commemorations and the temple dedication itself.
- The Stykhyry, Tone 6 from the Oktoikh and Stykhyry from the Menaion for the Conception of the Holy Forerunner and Baptist John for the evening’s Vespers are also posted.
- An expanded Vespers page now links to all the updated Vespers music currently prepared.
- An expanded Divine Liturgy page brings similar functionality and content to the Resurrectional Tones.
- A new audio player is being deployed to enable more intuitive streaming, downloading, scrubbing, pausing and rewinding. Audio files are in the process of preparation — and it is hoped that in two week’s time, melody lines for all of the music currently posted will be streaming.
Pray for us — and pray with us: the Second Lecture of the Eastern Eparchy’s Cantoring Skills Workshop begins today at 1pm, St. Demetrius’ church, 3338 Lakeshore Blvd. West, in Etobicoke:
Vespers follows the lecture and practicum at 5pm.
All brothers and sisters in Christ are welcome.