The Scripture Readings
Matthew 28:16-20 (1st Matins Gospel)
2 Timothy 3:10-15
Galatians 5:22-6:2 Venerable Maximus the Greek
Luke 6:17-23 Venerable Maximus the Greek
After Matin Gospel, Publican and the Pharisee, Troparion, Tone VIII
Open to me the doors of
repentance, O Life-giver. For my spirit rises early to pray towards Thy holy
temple, bearing the temple of my body all defiled. But in Thy compassion, purify
me by the loving kindness of Thy mercy.
Make straight for me the paths of salvation, O Mother of
God. For I have profaned my soul with shameful sins, and have wasted my whole
life in easy-going indifference. But by thy intercessions deliver me from all
Have mercy on me, O God, according to Thy great mercy; and
according to the multitude of Thy compassions, blot out my transgression. When I
think of the multitude of ghastly things I have done, wretch that I am, I
tremble at the fearful day of Judgment. But trusting in the mercy of Thy loving
kindness; like David I cry to Thee: Have mercy on me, O God, according to Thy
(Note: These penitential songs are sung on Sundays during the Great Fast
from the Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee to the fifth week.)
Kontakion, Tone IV
Let us avoid the proud speaking of the Pharisee and
learn humility from the groans of the Publican, and let us cry in penitence: O
Saviour of the world, be merciful to Thy servants.
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,
St. Maximus the Confessor, Troparion, Tone VIII
O instructor of Orthodoxy, teacher of piety and purity,/ beacon for the whole
world, divinely inspired adornment of monastics./ O most wise Maximus by
thy doctrines thou hast illumined all.// O harp of the Spirit, entreat Christ
God that our souls be saved.
Holy Martyr Neophytus, Troparion, Tone IV
In his suffering, O Lord,/ Thy martyr Neophytus received an imperishable
crown from Thee our God;/ for, possessed of Thy might,/ he set at nought the
tormentors and crushed the feeble audacity of the demons.// By his supplications
save Thou our souls.
Kontakion of the Venerable One, Tone VIII, "To thee the Champion Leader"
With fitting hymns, O ye faithful, let us honor the great Maximus,/ the
lover of the Trinity, who manifestly teacheth us the divine Faith,/ to worship
Christ in two natures, volitions and activities;// and let us cry aloud:
Rejoice, O preacher of the faith!
And this Kontakion, Tone VI, "When Thou hadst fulfilled Thy dispensation"
The thrice-radiant light which abode in thy soul showed thee forth as a
chosen vessel, O most blessed one,/ revealing things divine to the ends of the
earth./ O blessed Maximus, recount understandings of things hard to comprehend//
and manifestly preach to all the transcendent and unoriginate Trinity!