The Scripture Readings
John 20:11-18 (8th Matins Gospel)
Hebrews 11:9-10, 17-23, 32-40 Sunday Before
Matthew 1:1-25 Sunday Before
Troparion of the Sunday, Tone V
Let us, the faithful, praise and worship the Word, / Co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit,
/ born for our salvation from the Virgin, / for He willed to be lifted up on the cross in the
flesh, / to endure death / and to raise the dead by His glorious resurrection.
Hymn to the Theotokos, Tone V
Rejoice, O impassable gate of the Lord! / Rejoice, O wall and protection of those who run to
you! / Rejoice, O unshakable refuge! / Rejoice, O Virgin Mother of your God and Creator! /
Do not cease praying for those who praise you and worship your Son. (1x)
Blessed be the name of the Lord, henceforth and forever more.
Kontakion of the Sunday, Tone V
Thou didst descend into hell, O my Savior, / shattering its gates as almighty; / resurrecting
the dead as Creator, / and destroying the sting of death. / Thou hast delivered Adam from the
curse, O Lover of Man, / and we all cry to Thee: "O Lord, save us!"
Sunday Before the Nativity of the Savior, Troparion, Tone II
Great are the accomplishments of faith,/ for the Three Youths rejoiced in
the fountain of flames as though in the waters of rest;/ and the prophet
Daniel appeared/ a shepherd to the lions as though they were sheep.// So by
their prayers O Christ God save our souls
Kontakion, Tone I
Rejoice O Bethlehem! Prepare yourself O Ephratha!/ The Lamb is on her way
to give birth to the Chief Shepherd she carries in her womb./ The God-bearing
forefathers will rejoice beholding Him// and the shepherds will glorify her
Holy Hieromartyr Ignatius of Antioch, the God-Bearer, Troparion, Tone IV
As thou didst share in the ways of the apostles/ and didst occupy their
throne,/ thou didst find thine activity to be a passage to divine vision,/ O
divinely inspired one./ Wherefore, ordering the word of truth,/ thou didst
suffer for the Faith even to the shedding of thy blood.// O hieromartyr
Ignatius, entreat Christ God, that our souls be saved.
Forefeast of the Nativity, Troparion, Tone IV
Make ready, O Bethlehem!/ Open unto all, O Eden!/ Adorn thyself, O
Ephratha!/ For the Tree of life hath blossomed forth from the Virgin in the
cave./ Her womb is shown to be a noetic paradise,/ wherein lieth a divine
garden,/ eating from whence we live,/ not dying like Adam.// Christ is born to
raise up His image which before was fallen.
Kontakion of the Forefeast, Tone III "Today the Virgin"
Today the Virgin cometh to give birth ineffably/ to the preeternal Word in
the cave./ Dance, O world! And having heard this,/ with the angels and shepherds
glorify// the preeternal God, Who is to appear as a little babe.
Kontakion of the Hieromartyr, Tone III "Today the Virgin"
The luminous day of thy radiant struggles/ proclaimeth beforehand to all Him
Who hath been Born in the cave;/ for thirsting to delight in His love,/ thou
didst hasten to be devoured by the wild beasts.// Wherefore, thou hast been
called the God-bearer, O most wise Ignatius.
Righteous John of Kronstadt, Troparion, in Tone IV
With the apostles thy sound hath gone forth into all the earth;/ with the
confessors thou didst endure sufferings for Christ;/ thou didst resemble the
holy hierarchs in thy preaching of the Word;/ and with the venerable hast thou
shone forth in the grace of God./ Therefore, the Lord hath exalted the depths of
thy humility above the heavens,/ and hath given us thy name as a source of most
wondrous miracles./ Wherefore, O wonderworker, who livest in Christ forever,/
take pity in thy love upon people in misfortunes;/ and hearken unto thy
children,/ who with faith call upon thee,// O righteous John, our beloved
Or this Troparion, in Tone IV
O wonderworker, who livest in Christ forever,/ take pity in thy love upon
people in misfortunes;/ hearken unto thy children who with faith call upon
thee,/ expecting compassionate aid from thee,// O John of Kronstadt, our beloved
Kontakion, in Tone IV
O father John, namesake of grace, who wast chosen by God from childhood, who
in thy youth miraculously received from Him the gift of learning, and in a dream
wast most gloriously called to be a priest: Entreat Christ God, that we may all
be with thee in the kingdom of heaven.