Exapostilarion of the 1st Gospel
Mode II. Original Melody
ith the disciples let us go * to Galilee, to the mountain, * and with the eyes of faith see Christ * saying He has been given * authority in earth and heaven. * Let us learn how He teaches * the way to baptize nations all * in the name of the Father and of the Son * and the Holy Spirit, and that He is with * His mystics even to the close * of the age, as He promised.
ith the disciples you rejoiced, * O Virgin Theotokos, * that you had seen your Son and Christ * from the grave resurrected * as He had said on the third day. * And He appeared and taught them * revealing things superior * and commanding to baptize in Father, Son, * and the Spirit, so that we might believe in * His resurrection from the dead * and glorify you, O Maiden.
Glory. Mode I.
hen the Disciples made haste and went to the mountain for His elevation from the ground, the Lord appeared unto them. And when they saw Him they worshipped Him. And they were told of the omnipresent authority He was given. Then they were sent abroad to preach in all the earth under heaven the resurrection from the dead and the restoration in the heavens. And He, being truthful, promised that He is with them eternally, as Christ our God and the Savior of our souls.
Exapostilarion of the 2nd Gospel
he women with the myrrh rejoiced * when they saw that the great stone * had from the tomb been rolled away. * For they had seen a young man sitting within on the right side. * And he addressed them, saying: * “Lo, Christ has risen from the dead. * Go and tell His disciples and Peter too, * to proceed to Galilee on the mountain. * For He will there appear to you * His friends, as He foretold you.
he salutation, “O rejoice,” * prior to Your conception * an Angel to the Virgin brought. * Again, O Christ, an Angel * did from Your tomb roll the stone away. * The one, instead of sorrow, * tokens of joy ineffable; instead of death, the other heralded You * the Giver of life and he magnified You * and told the resurrection to * the women and Your mystics.
Glory. Mode II.
ith their spices did the women who were attendant on Mary go to the tomb. And to one another they wondered how they would obtain what they desired. Then they saw that the stone was rolled back, and a godly young man allaying the turbulence within their souls. For he said, “Jesus the Lord has risen. And therefore unto His disciples and heralds proclaim that they ought to hasten to Galilee; and you will see Him resurrected from the dead as the Giver of life and Lord.”
Exapostilarion of the 3rd Gospel
et no one doubt and disbelieve * that Christ was resurrected. * For unto Mary He appeared; * Afterwards by those walking * in the field was He seen clearly. * To the eleven Mystics * reclining, He appeared again. * When He sent them to baptize, He did ascend * into heaven from which He had descended, * and with abundant miracles * He did confirm their preaching.
Sun that did arise today * as a Groom from his chamber * from the all-holy sepulcher, * after plundering Hades, * and making death ineffective: * heeding the intercessions * of her who bore You, send out light * unto us, light illumining hearts and souls, * light that leads all people who lay in darkness * to walk in Your commandments’ paths * and in the ways of peace.
Glory. Mode III.
hen Mary Magdalene had announced the good tidings of the resurrection from the dead of the Savior and His appearing, and the disciples did not believe, they were upbraided for their hardness of heart. But when they were fully equipped with signs and miracles, they were sent out with the commission to preach. And whereas You, O Lord, were taken up unto Your Father, the Source of Light, they preached the word of the Gospel everywhere, the miracles confirming them. And therefore we who through them have been illumined glorify Your resurrection from the dead, O Lord who love mankind.
Exapostilarion of the 4th Gospel
et us with virtues dazzling bright * envision two men standing * in the life-bearing sepulcher * wearing dazzling apparel * beside the myrrh-bearing women * who bow their faces to the earth. * Let us be taught the rising of * Him who rules over heaven. And let us run * unto life within the tomb, joining Peter. * Marveling at what has occurred, * let us abide to see Christ.
hen You pronounced the word “Rejoice,” * You, Lord, exchanged the sorrow * of the Ancestors, in its stead * in the world introducing * the joy of Your resurrection. * Hence, O Life-giver, send out * its light illumining the hearts, * the light of Your compassions, by means of her * who gave birth to You, so that we might cry out: * O God-man, Lover of mankind, * glory be to Your rising.
Glory. Mode IV.
orning twilight was dim, and the women came to the sepulcher, O Christ. But Your body, which they longed for, was nowhere to be found. While they were perplexed about this, the men in dazzling apparel appeared and stood by them, saying to them: “Why do you seek among the dead Him who lives? He rose as He foretold you. Why do you not remember the words He spoke to you?” And they believed them, and they proclaimed all that they had seen. But the good tidings seemed to be an idle tale. Thus were the disciples still slow to understand. Yet Peter rose and ran; and when he saw, he went home glorifying Your marvels.
Exapostilarion of the 5th Gospel
hen Christ who is the life and way * had from the dead arisen, * He went with Luke and Cleopas, * who dining recognized Him * breaking the bread in Emmaus, * whose souls and hearts within them * were burning while He talked to them * on the road and interpreted unto them * in the scriptures all the things He had suffered. * With them cry out that He arose * and has appeared to Peter.
hymn Your inexhaustible * mercy, O my Creator. * For You emptied yourself, O Lord, * to wear and save the nature * of mortals which had been injured. * And though God, You accepted * to become like me and be born * from the pure Maid who bore God, and to descend * unto Hades, wishing that I be saved thus, * O Master all-compassionate, * through the prayers of Your Mother.
Glory. Mode Pl. I.
h how wise are Your judgements, O Christ! How was it that to Peter You granted to understand Your resurrection by the grave clothes alone? But to Luke and to Cleopas You spoke as You walked with them together, and though You spoke You did not immediately reveal yourself. For which cause You were upbraided as the only one visiting Jerusalem who had no knowledge of the things that had happened of late therein. But, O Master, as You arrange all things for the benefit of Your creature, You interpreted for them the prophesies concerning You, and when You blessed the bread they recognized You. Even before this, as a token that it was You, did their hearts burn within. Then to the disciples gathered together, now as not before they clearly proclaimed Your resurrection; through which have mercy on us.
Exapostilarion of the 6th Gospel
emonstrating that You are man * essentially, O Savior, * after Your rising from the grave, * in the midst You did stand and partake of food, and You taught them * baptism of repentance. * You, being forthwith taken up * to the heavenly Father, promised to send * the Paraclete Spirit to Your disciples. * O God, beyond divine, and man, * glory to Your arising.
he Maker of creation all * and the God of the whole world * took human flesh from your most pure * and immaculate blood, O all-holy Mary and Virgin. * And our entire nature * that was corrupted He made new, * leaving you after childbirth again as you * had been before childbirth. Hence we extol you * and cry out faithfully: Rejoice, * O Lady of the whole world.
Glory. Mode Pl. II.
Christ, You are truly the peace of God that is given to men. You gave Your disciples peace after Your resurrection from the dead. But it frightened them, for they thought that they were seeing a ghost. But You quieted the agitation of their souls by showing Your hands and Your feet. But they still did not believe. So by eating the food and repeating the teaching, You opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. Then You announced to them the promise of the Father, and after blessing them, You departed for heaven. And therefore with them we worship You. Glory to You, O Lord.
Exapostilarion of the 7th Gospel
hen Mary Magdalene had said * that the Lord had been taken, * to the tomb Simon Peter ran * as did the other mystic of Christ, who was the beloved. * Both of them ran together * and found the linen cloths inside * by themselves lying, and also not with these * was the napkin from His head lying rolled up. * And therefore they went back in peace * until they saw the Lord Christ.
reat and extraordinary things * for me have You accomplished, * O my Christ, very merciful. * For inexplicably You were born of a virgin damsel, * and the Cross You accepted, * and death You endured, O Savior, * and You arose in glory after three days, * and from death You liberated our nature. * O Christ, to Your glory, glory be. * Glory be to Your power.
Glory. Grave Mode.
ehold, it is early and still dark. And why are you, O Mary, standing outside the tomb with much darkness covering your mind, such that you inquire where Jesus has been laid? But look at the disciples who together run, and how they came to understand the resurrection from the linen cloths and the napkin, and they remembered the scripture concerning this. And we have believed with them and through them, and we sing in praise of Christ the Giver of life.
Exapostilarion of the 8th Gospel
hen Mary Magdalene beheld * inside the tomb two Angels, * she was struck with astonishment. * Not knowing it was Jesus * supposing He was the gardener, * “Sir,” she questioned Him, saying, * “where have you laid the body of * my Jesus?” Then He called her, and then she knew * that it was the Savior himself. And she heard, * “Touch me not. To my brothers tell * that I go to the Father.”
Damsel, you ineffably * gave birth unto the one of * the Trinity, in nature two, * and two in operation, * and one in His hypostasis. * Do therefore importune Him * always for those who faithfully * reverence you to deliver us from the foe’s * every plot against us your people. For now * we all for refuge run to you, * O Lady Theotokos.
Glory. Mode Pl. IV.
ot in vain were the tears of Mary warmly shed. Behold, she was deemed worthy of having angelic teachers and of laying eyes on You, O Jesus. But still her thinking was mundane as a weak woman that she was. And therefore she was sent away and not allowed to touch You, O Christ. But even so, she was sent as a herald unto Your disciples, and the good tidings did she speak to them, and she announced Your ascent to the Paternal inheritance. Along with her account us also worthy of Your appearance, Sovereign Master, O Lord.
Exapostilarion of the 9th Gospel
he doors where the Apostles were * being closed shut, O Master, * You entered and You gave them peace, * and when You blew upon them * You gave them the Holy Spirit, * and enjoined them concerning * binding of sins and loosing them. * And coming eight days later, You showed Your side * and Your hands as tangible proof to Thomas. * With him we also cry aloud: * You are our Lord and our God.
hen you beheld your Son and God * from the tomb resurrected * on the third day, O Bride of God, * all-holy Virgin Mary, * you set aside all the anguish * you suffered as a mother * when you had seen Him suffering, * and you with His disciples were filled with joy * and together worshipped Him and extolled Him. * Hence save us all who now declare * you to be Theotokos.
Glory. Mode Pl. I.
n the latter times, it was evening on the first day of the week, You came and stood among Your friends, O Christ. And by the miracle of Your entrance through the closed doors You verified the miracle of Your resurrection from the dead. And You filled the Disciples with joy, and unto them transmitted the Holy Spirit, and gave them the authority over forgiveness of sins. And You did not abandon Thomas to drown beneath the waves of disbelief. And therefore also grant to us true knowledge and forgiveness of transgressions, O compassionate Lord.
Exapostilarion of the 10th Gospel
t the Sea of Tiberias * did Peter with Nathaniel * also the sons of Zebedee * and two other disciples and Thomas of old go fishing. * At Christ’s command they let down * the net on the right side and caught * a great number of fish. Recognizing Him, * Peter sprang to meet Him. This was the third time * that He appeared to them, and showed * bread and fish on the charcoals.
ervently pray the Lord who rose * from the tomb on the third day, * O Virgin, on behalf of those * who sing your praises, Lady, and longingly call you blessed. * We have you as a refuge * where for salvation we all run, * and mediatrix with Him; for we are yours. * We are your inheritance and your servants, * O Theotokos, and we all * look to you for assistance.
Glory. Mode Pl. II.
fter Your descent into Hades and resurrection from the dead, Your disciples were disheartened as it were for being parted from You, O Christ our God. So unto working they turned once more, and unto the boats and the nets again, and nowhere was there a catch. But You, O Savior, when You appeared, as the Master of all things, did command the nets be cast on the right side of the boat. And straightaway Your word became a deed, and the quantity of the fish was great; and a strange banquet was ready on land. This very banquet of which Your disciples then partook, count us worthy also now to delight in spiritually, O Lord who love humanity.
Exapostilarion of the 11th Gospel
o you love me?" the Lord inquired * three times of Peter after * the divine rising from the dead. * Whereupon He appoints him * as chief shepherd of His own sheep. * Who, seeing the disciple * whom Jesus loved to follow them, * questioned the Master, "Lord, what about him?" * And He said, "If it is my will that this one * remain until I come again, * what's it to you, friend Peter?"
h what an awesome mystery! * Oh paradoxal wonder! * O Logos, for by death is death * wholly obliterated. * And therefore who will not glorify, * who will not rightly worship * Your crucifixion, burial, * and third-day Resurrection, and also her * who as Theotokos did purely bear You. * From Gehenna redeem us all, * hearing her intercessions.
Glory. Mode Pl. IV.
hen You revealed yourself to Your disciples, O Lord, after Your resurrection, You appointed Simon to pasture Your sheep, as requital for loving You, asking him to take care to shepherd them. And that is why You said: “If you love me, Peter, be a shepherd of my lambs, be a shepherd of my sheep.” And he, immediately displaying his own kindred affection, inquired about the other disciple. By their entreaties, O Christ our Savior, protect Your flock and guard it from wolves that would injure it.