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March 26

Great Lent

Leavetaking of the AnnunciationSynaxis of the Archangel Gabriel. Hieromartyr Irenæus, Bishop of Sirmium (304). Martyrs Bathusius and Bercus—Presbyters, Arpilus—Monk, Abibus, Agnus, Reasus, Igathrax, Iscoeus (Iskous), Silas, Signicus, Sonirilus, Suimbalus, Thermus, Phillus (Philgas)—laymen, and the women: Anna, Alla, Larissa, Monco (Manca), Uirko (Virko), Animais (Animaida), Gaatha and Duklida, in the Crimea (375). Saint Malchus of Chalcis in Syria (4th c.). Ven. Basil the New, Anchorite, near Constantinople (10th c.). Martyr Montanus, Presbyter, of Singidunum, and his wife, Maxima (235).

Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel

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Synaxis of the Holy Archangel Gabriel: The Archangel Gabriel was chosen by the Lord to announce to the Virgin Mary about the Incarnation of the Son of God from Her, to the great rejoicing of all mankind. Therefore, on the day after the Feast of the Annunciation, the day on which the All-Pure Virgin is glorified, we give thanks to the Lord and we venerate His messenger Gabriel, who contributed to the mystery of our salvation.

Gabriel, the holy Archistrategos (Leader of the Heavenly Hosts), is a faithful servant of the Almighty God. He announced the future Incarnation of the Son of God to those of the Old Testament; he inspired the Prophet Moses to write the Pentateuch (first five books of the Old Testament), he announced the coming tribulations of the Chosen People to the Prophet Daniel (Dan. 8:16, 9:21-24); he appeared to Saint Anna (July 25) with the news that she would give birth to the Virgin Mary.

The holy Archangel Gabriel remained with the Holy Virgin Mary when She was a child in the Temple of Jerusalem, and watched over Her throughout Her earthly life. He appeared to the Priest Zachariah, foretelling the birth of the Forerunner of the Lord, Saint John the Baptist.

The Lord sent him to Saint Joseph the Betrothed in a dream, to reveal to him the mystery of the Incarnation of the Son of God from the All-Pure Virgin Mary, and warned him of the wicked intentions of Herod, ordering him to flee into Egypt with the divine Infant and His Mother.

When the Lord prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane before His Passion, the Archangel Gabriel, whose very name signifies “Man of God” (Luke. 22:43), was sent from Heaven to strengthen Him.

The Myrrh-Bearing Women heard from the Archangel the joyous news of Christ’s Resurrection (Mt.28:1-7, Mark 16:1-8).

Mindful of the manifold appearances of the holy Archangel Gabriel and of his zealous fulfilling of God’s will, and confessing his intercession for Christians before the Lord, the Orthodox Church calls upon its children to pray to the great Archangel with faith and love.

The Synaxis of the Holy Archangel Gabriel is also celebrated on July 13. All the angels are commemorated on November 8.

Troparion of the archangel Gabriel, tone 4

Gabriel, commander of the heavenly hosts, / we who are unworthy beseech you, / by your prayers encompass us beneath the wings of your immaterial glory, / and faithfully preserve us who fall down and cry to you: / “Deliver us from all harm, for you are the commander of the powers on high!”

Troparion  of the Annunciation, tone 4

Today is the beginning of our salvation, / The revelation of the eternal mystery! / The Son of God becomes the Son of the Virgin / As Gabriel announces the coming of Grace. / Together with him let us cry to the Theotokos: / Rejoice, O Full of Grace, / The Lord is with You!

Kontakion of the archangel Gabriel, tone 8

Supreme commander Gabriel, / you are the glorious intercessor and servant / before the all-radiant, worthy, all-powerful, infinite and awesome Trinity. / Ever pray now that we may be delivered from all tribulations and torments, / so that we may cry out to you: / “Rejoice, protection of your servants!”

Isaiah 9:9-10:4 (6th Hour)

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All the people will know – Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria – who say in pride and arrogance of heart:
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“The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with hewn stones; the sycamores are cut down, but we will replace them with cedars.”
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Therefore the Lord shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him, and spur his enemies on,
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the Syrians before and the Philistines behind; and they shall devour Israel with an open mouth. For all this His anger is not turned away, but His hand is stretched out still.
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For the people do not turn to Him who strikes them, nor do they seek the Lord of hosts.
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Therefore the Lord will cut off head and tail from Israel, palm branch and bulrush in one day.
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The elder and honorable, he is the head; the prophet who teaches lies, he is the tail.
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For the leaders of this people cause them to err, and those who are led by them are destroyed.
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Therefore the Lord will have no joy in their young men, nor have mercy on their fatherless and widows; for everyone is a hypocrite and an evildoer, and every mouth speaks folly. For all this His anger is not turned away, but His hand is stretched out still.
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For wickedness burns as the fire; it shall devour the briers and thorns, and kindle in the thickets of the forest; they shall mount up like rising smoke.
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Through the wrath of the Lord of hosts the land is burned up, and the people shall be as fuel for the fire; no man shall spare his brother.
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And he shall snatch on the right hand and be hungry; he shall devour on the left hand and not be satisfied; every man shall eat the flesh of his own arm.
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Manasseh shall devour Ephraim, and Ephraim Manasseh; together they shall be against Judah. For all this His anger is not turned away, but His hand is stretched out still.
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“Woe to those who decree unrighteous decrees, who write misfortune, which they have prescribed
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to rob the needy of justice, and to take what is right from the poor of My people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless.
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What will you do in the day of punishment, and in the desolation which will come from afar? To whom will you flee for help? And where will you leave your glory?
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Without Me they shall bow down among the prisoners, and they shall fall among the slain.” For all this His anger is not turned away, but His hand is stretched out still.

Genesis 7:1-15 (Vespers, 1st reading)

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Then the Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation.
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“You shall take with you seven each of every clean animal, a male and his female; two each of animals that are unclean, a male and his female;
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“also seven each of birds of the air, male and female, to keep the species alive on the face of all the earth.
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“For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made.”
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And Noah did according to all that the Lord commanded him.
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Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters were on the earth.
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So Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives, went into the ark because of the waters of the flood.
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Of clean animals, of animals that are unclean, of birds, and of everything that creeps on the earth,
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two by two they went into the ark to Noah, male and female, as God had commanded Noah.
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And it came to pass after seven days that the waters of the flood were on the earth.
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In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
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And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights.
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On the very same day Noah and Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark –
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they and every beast after its kind, all cattle after their kind, every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, every bird of every sort.
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And they went into the ark to Noah, two by two, of all flesh in which is the breath of life.

Proverbs 8:32-9:11 (Vespers, 2nd reading)

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“Now therefore, listen to me, my children, for blessed are those who keep my ways.
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Hear instruction and be wise, and do not disdain it.
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Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
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For whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the Lord;
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but he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; all those who hate me love death.”
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Wisdom has built her house, she has hewn out her seven pillars;
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she has slaughtered her meat, she has mixed her wine, she has also furnished her table.
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She has sent out her maidens, she cries out from the highest places of the city,
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“Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!” as for him who lacks understanding, she says to him,
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“Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed.
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Forsake foolishness and live, and go in the way of understanding.
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“He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself, and he who rebukes a wicked man only harms himself.
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Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you;
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give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
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“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
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For by me your days will be multiplied, and years of life will be added to you.

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Emma Cazabonne

Emma Cazabonne

Emma Cazabonne was born and raised in France. She taught English before entering the Cistercian Order. She translated and published articles relevant to her interest in Cistercian spirituality, the Middle Ages, and Orthodoxy. She moved to the United States in 2001, converted to Orthodoxy in 2008, and married. Her husband is an Orthodox priest. She continued to publish articles, a Cistercian texts anthology, then finally launched her career in literary translation, while teaching French. If you are interested in having your book translated into French, she can be contacted here https://wordsandpeace.com/contact-me/

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