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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Chaplet of St. Catherine of Alexandria

Based on Orthodox Lectionary, Orthodox Prayers and Episcopal Lectionary.

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On the Cross: 
Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, "The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within[1] you." Then he said to his disciples, "The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. Men will tell you, 'There he is!' or 'Here he is!' Do not go running off after them. For the Son of Man in his day[2] will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other. But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. - Luke 17:20-25
By your virtues as by rays of the sun you enlightened the unbelieving philosophers, and like the most bright moon you drove away the darkness of disbelief from those walking in the night; you convinced the queen, and also chastised the tyrant, God-summoned bride, blessed Catherine. You hastened with desire to the heavenly bridal chamber of the fairest fairest Bride-groom Christ, and you were crowned by Him with a royal crown; standing before Him with the angels, pray for us who keep your most sacred memory. - Orthodox Troparion in tone 4
I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall ever be in my mouth. - Psalm 34:1
Week 1 I will glory in the LORD; let the humble hear and rejoice.
Week 2 Proclaim with me the greatness of the LORD; let us exalt his Name together.
Week 3 I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me out of all my terror.
Week 4 Look upon him and be radiant, and let not your faces be ashamed.
Week 5 I called in my affliction and the LORD heard me and saved me from all my troubles.
Week 6 The angel of the LORD encompasses those who fear him, and he will deliver them.
Week 7 Taste and see that the LORD is good; happy are they who trust in him!
--Psalm 34:2-8
Exit Invitatory: 
Let all of us who love to honor the martyrs form a great choir in praise of the most wise Catherine, for she preached Christ and trampled the serpent, despising the knowledge of the orators! - Orthodox Kontakion in tone 2
Final Cross: 
Indeed, you are our glory and joy. So when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens. We sent Timothy, who is our brother and God's fellow worker in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. You know quite well that we were destined for them. In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know. For this reason, when I could stand it no longer, I sent Timothy to find out about your faith. I was afraid that in some way the tempter might have tempted you and our efforts might have been useless. But Timothy has just now come to us from you and has brought good news about your faith and love. He has told us that you always have pleasant memories of us and that you long to see us, just as we also long to see you. Therefore, brothers, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith. For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord. - 1 Thessalonians 2:20-3:8

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