The Scripture Readings
Mark 16:1-8 (2nd Matins Gospel)
Romans 2:10-16 (Epistle)
Matthew 4:18-23 (Gospel)
Hebrews 11:33-12:2 Epistle, Saints
Matthew 4:25-5:12 Gospel, Saints
All venerable and holy Fathers of the Holy Mount Athos, Troparion, in Tone I
In hymns let us honor the fathers of the wilderness of Athos, the angels in
the flesh, the confessors and the venerable, holy hierarchs and martyrs; and,
emulating their virtues, let us cry aloud, saying: Glory to Him who hath
glorified you! Glory to Him Who hath crowned you! Glory to Him Who hath shown
you to be our intercessors amid tribulations!
Kontakion, in Tone IV, "O Thou Who wast of Thine own will lifted up on the
Come ye, let us all praise the fathers who have made Mount Athos a heaven,
who have shown forth therein an angelic life, and have assembled a multitude of
monks; and let us cry out unto them: deliver us from every misfortune and
temptation, O ye multitude of the venerable, boast of Athos.
All Russian Saints, Troparion, in Tone VIII
The land of Russia doth offer Thee, O Lord, all the saints who have shone
forth in it, as the beauteous fruit of Thy salvific splendor. By their
supplications and through the Theotokos preserve Thou the Church and our land in
profound peace, O most Merciful One.
Kontakion, in Tone III, "Today the Virgin... "
Today the choir of the saints who have pleased God in our land standeth forth
in the Church and invisibly prayeth to God for us. With them the angels give
glory, and all the saints of the Church of Christ celebrate with them; for all
together they entreat the pre-eternal God for us.
Troparion of the Sunday, Tone I
When the stone had been sealed by the Jews; / while the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure
Body; / Thou didst rise on the third day, O Savior, / granting life to the world. / The powers of
heaven therefore cried to Thee, O Giver of Life: / Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ! / Glory to
Thy Kingdom! / Glory to Thy dispensation, O Thou Who lovest mankind.
Hymn to the Theotokos, Tone I
When Gabriel announced to Thee, O Virgin, Rejoice! / with that word the Master of all was
incarnate in Thee, O Holy Ark. / As the righteous David said, / Thy womb became more spacious
than the heavens, bearing Thy Creator. / Glory to Him Who took abode in Thee! / Glory to Him
Who came from Thee! / Glory to Him Who freed us by being born of Thee!
Kontakion of the Sunday, Tone I
As God, Thou didst rise from the tomb in glory, / raising the world with Thyself. / Human
nature praises Thee as God, for death has vanished! / Adam exults, O Master! / Eve rejoices,
for she is freed from bondage, and cries to Thee: / Thou art the Giver of Resurrection to all,
Holy Prophet Elisha, Troparion, Tone IV
The angel in the flesh, the foundation of the prophets,/ the second
forerunner of the coming of Christ,/ the glorious Elijah from on high sent down
grace upon Elisha/ to dispel infirmities and to cleanse lepers.// Wherefore, he
poureth forth healings upon those who honor him.
St. Methodius, Patriarch of Constantinople, Troparion, Tone IV
The truth of things revealed thee to thy flock as a rule of faith,/ a model
of meekness and a teacher of abstinence/ wherefore thou hast attained the
heights through humility/ and riches through poverty.// O hierarch Methodius our
father, entreat Christ God that our souls be saved.
Kontakion of the Holy Hierarch, Tone II, "The steadfast..."
Thou didst struggle on earth like an incorporeal being, O Methodius,/ and
hast inherited the heavens,/ as one who explained the veneration of icons to the
ends of the earth;/ for subjected all the more to labors and pangs,// thou didst
not cease boldly to denounce those who cast aside the icons of Christ.
Kontakion of the Prophet, Tone II: "Seeking the highest..."
Thou wast shown to be a prophet of God,/ receiving a twofold measure of
grace,/ which truly befitted thee, O blessed Elisha;/ for thou wast the
companion of Elijah,// and with him dost unceasingly entreat Christ God in
behalf of us all.