The Scripture Readings
Luke 24:12-35 (5th Matins Gospel)
2 Timothy 3:10-15
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 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!"
Holy Martyr Agatha of Palermo in Sicily, Troparion, Tone IV
Thy ewe-lamb Agatha crieth out to Thee with a loud voice, O Jesus:/ "I
love Thee, O my Bridegroom,/ and, seeking Thee, I pass through many struggles:/
I am crucified and buried with Thee in Thy baptism,/ and suffer for Thy sake,
that I may reign with Thee;/ I die for Thee that I might live with Thee./ As an
unblemished sacrifice accept me,/ who sacrifice myself with love for Thee// By
her supplications save Thou our souls, in that Thou art merciful.
Troparion of the Feast, Tone I
Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos full of grace,/ for from thee hath shone forth
the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God,/ enlightening them that are in
darkness./ Be glad thou also, O righteous elder,/ who receivest in thine arms
the Deliver of our souls,// Who granteth us Resurrection.
Kontakion of the Martyr, Tone IV "Thou hast appeared today"
Let the Church be adorned today with a glorious robe of purple/ dyed in the
pure blood of the martyr Agatha,// crying out: Rejoice, O boast of Catania!
Kontakion of the feast, Tone I
O Thou Who didst hallow the Virgins womb by Thy birth/ and didst bless the
hands of Symeon as was meet,/ now Thou hast come and saved us O Christ God./ In
the midst of battle grant peace to Thy community,/ and strengthen kings whom
Thou hast loved,// O Thou Who alone lovest mankind.
St. Theodosius, archbishop of Chernigov, Troparion, Tone IV
O holy hierarch Theodosius, most honored among hierarchs, thou wast a beacon
to thy flock; then thou didst pass on to the mansions of heaven. Pray thou at
the throne of the King of glory, that He deliver us from the evils which assail
us and save our souls, O holy one, by thine intercessions.
Kontakion of St. Theodosius, in Tone IV
O holy hierarch Theodosius, for Christ the Chief Shepherd didst thou labor,
nurturing thy rational sheep in the spiritual pasture; and from Christ God didst
thou receive the gift of healing to cure the spiritual and bodily infirmities
of all that with faith have recourse to thy healing relics. Wherefore, pray thou
now, O holy one, that all that call upon thy name be saved from the assaults of
the enemy, and that our souls find mercy.