The Scripture Readings
Mark 16:9-20 (3rd Matins Gospel)
Sunday of Myrrhbearing Women. Troparion. Tone II
When Thou, the Deathless Life, didst go down to death, then didst Thou slay
hell by the lightning flash of Thy Divinity. And when Thou didst raise the dead
from the lower world, all the Powers of Heaven cried aloud: Christ our God,
Giver of Life, glory to Thee.
Noble Joseph took Thy immaculate Body down from the Tree, wrapped It in a
clean shroud and spices, and having embalmed It laid It in a new sepulchre. But
on the third day Thou didst rise, O Lord, granting to the world great mercy.
To the myrrbearing women at the sepulchre an Angel appeared and cried: Myrrh
is fit for the dead, but Christ has shown Himself a Stranger to corruption. So
cry: The Lord has risen, granting to the world great mercy.
Kontakion, Tone II
Thou didst command the Myrrbearers to rejoice, O Christ our God, Thou didst
dry the tears of our first mother Eve by Thy Resurrection, and Thou didst
command the Apostles to preach: The Saviour has risen from the tomb.
Troparion of the Sunday, Tone II
When Thou didst descend to death, O Life immortal, / Thou didst slay hell with the splendor
of Thy Godhead! / And when from the depths Thou didst raise the dead, / all the powers of
heaven cried out: / O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to Thee!
Hymn to the Theotokos, Tone II
All beyond thought, all most glorious, / are your mysteries, O Theotokos. / Sealed in purity,
preserved in virginity, / you were revealed to be the true Mother who gave birth to the true
God. / Entreat Him to save our souls.
Kontakion of the Sunday, Tone II
Hell became afraid, O Almighty Savior, / seeing the miracle of Thy Resurrection from the
tomb! / The dead arose! Creation, with Adam, beheld this and rejoiced with Thee! / And the
world, O my Savior, praises Thee forever.
St. Martin the Confessor, Pope of Rome
No Troparion is given in the Menaion.
No Kontakion is given in the Menaion.
Martyrs Anthony, John and Eustathius of Vilnius, Troparion, in Tone IV
O valiant and honored athletes who spurned earthly honors and glory, mightily
and manfully did ye endure torments for the sake of the Faith, giving yourselves
over to death for the Master, the Life of all. Wherefore, with a pillar of cloud
from heaven did Christ ail-gloriously illumine you. Standing before Him with
the angels, pray ye that our souls be saved.
Or this troparion, in the same tone
Having caused branches of the Orthodox Faith to spring forth from a barren
root, O all-blessed ones, ye were shown to be namesakes of the protomartyr; for
ye were not daunted by the wrath of the evil and impious prince, who commanded
you to renounce Christ. Wherefore, having received crowns of victory, and
standing with the angels before the throne of the Master, O all-blessed ones,
pray for us who in Orthodox manner honor your holy memory.
Kontakion, in Tone III, "Today the Virgin..."
Having forsaken the deception of your fathers, O holy ones, ye cleaved unto
Christ, and with ardor of soul ye stood firmly unto death with manly mind.
Wherefore, ye have truly taken in hand the trophy of victory, unceasingly
entreating our Master for us all.