Sunday March 29, 2020 / March 16, 2020

Fourth Sunday of the Great Lent. Tone eight.
Great Lent. Food with Oil

Venerable John Lestvichnik (movable holiday on the 4th Sunday of the Great Lent).
Martyr Sabinas of Hermopolis, Egypt (303).
Martyr Papas of Lycaonia (305).
St. Serapion, archbishop of Novgorod (1516).
Apostle Aristobulus of the Seventy, bishop of Britain (1st c.).
Hieromartyr Alexander, pope of Rome (119).
Martyr Julian of Anazarbus (305).
Martyrs Trophimus and Thalus of Laodicea (300).
Venerable Christodulus, wonderworker of Patmos (1093).
Martyr Romanus at Parium on the Hellespont.
10 Martyrs in Phoenicia (Greek).
St. Pimen, Fool-for-Christ and Enlightener of Dagestan, and his companion Anton Meskhi, the Censurer of Kings (13th c.) (Georgia).
St. Ambrosi (Khelaia) the Confessor, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia (1927) (Georgia).
New Martyr Malachi of Rhodes, who suffered at Jerusalem (1500).
St. Abban of Kilabban (650) (Celtic & British).

The Scripture Readings

John 20:11-18 (8th Matins Gospel)
Hebrews 6:13-20
Mark 9:17-31
Ephesians 5:9-19 (Venerable John Lestvichnik)
Matthew 4:25-5:12 (Venerable John Lestvichnik)

Troparion

The Fourth Sunday of Great Lent: Venerable John Lestvichnik, Troparion, Tone I —
Thou didst prove to be a freeman of the desert, an angel in a body, and a wonder-worker, O our God - bearing Father John. By fasting, vigil and prayer thou didst obtain heavenly gifts, and thou healest the sick and the souls of those who have recourse to thee with faith. Glory to Him Who gave thee strength, glory to Him Who crowned thee, glory to Him Who works through thee healings for all.

Kontakion, Tone I —
Offering ever-blossoming fruits of learning from thy book, O wise one, thou delightest the hearts of those who study it seriously, O blessed one. For it is a ladder which leads up from the earth to the heavenly and abiding glory souls who with faith honour thee.

Troparion of the Sunday, Tone VIII —
Thou didst descend from on high, O Merciful One! / Thou didst accept the three-day burial to free us from our sufferings! / O Lord, our Life and Resurrection: glory to Thee!

Hymn to the Theotokos, Tone VIII —
For our sake Thou wast born of the Virgin / and did endure crucifixion, O Good One, / destroying death by death. / Revealing the resurrection as God, / do not despise the work of Thy hand. / Reveal Thy love for man, O merciful One, / and accept the Theotokos praying for us, / and save Thy despairing people, O Savior.

Kontakion of the Sunday, Tone VIII —
By rising from the tomb, Thou didst raise the dead and resurrect Adam. / Eve exults in Thy Resurrection, / and the world celebrates Thy rising from the dead, O greatly Merciful One!

Holy Martyr Sabinas —
No Troparion is given in the Menaion.

Kontakion, Tone II "The steadfast" —
O God-bearing Sabinas,/ thou divine scion, unfading bloom, branch heavy-laden with fruit,/ with thy gladness fill them that with faith honor thy memo­ry,// and pray thou unceasingly for us all.