The Scripture Readings
Matthew 28:16-20 (1st Matins Gospel)
Troparion of the Sunday, Tone VI
The angelic powers were at Thy tomb; / the guards became as dead men. / Mary stood by
Thy grave, / seeking Thy most pure Body. / Thou didst capture hell, / not being tempted by
it. / Thou didst come to the Virgin, granting life. / O Lord, Who didst rise from the dead:
glory to Thee!
Hymn to the Theotokos, Tone VI
Thou Who didst call Thy mother blessed / came of Thine own will to the passion. / Shining on the
cross, desiring to recall Adam, Thou didst say to the angels: / "Rejoice with Me, for the lost coin
has been found." / Thou Who hast ordered all things in wisdom, / O our God, glory to Thee! (1x)
Blessed be the name of the Lord, henceforth and forever more.
Kontakion of the Sunday, Tone VI
When Christ God, the Giver of Life, / raised all of the dead from the valleys of misery with
His mighty hand, / He bestowed resurrection on the human race. / He is the Savior of all, the
Resurrection, the Life, and the God of all.
Holy Prophet Joel, Troparion Tone II
The memory of Thy prophet Joel
We celebrate today, O Lord.
By his prayers, we beseech Thee,//
Christ God, save our souls!
Kontakion Tone II
Divinely eloquent prophet,
Filled with the inspiration of the comforter, You revealed the enlightenment of the nations to take place in these latter days!
Therefore we praise you now with faith.
We celebrate your memory, crying out to you:// Pray to Christ God on behalf of our souls!
Holy Martyr Varus, Troparion, Tone IV
In his suffering, O Lord,/ Thy martyr Varus 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 Martyr, Tone IV
Following Christ, O Martyr Varus,/ and draining His cup,/ thou wast crowned
with the wreath of martyrdom/ and joinest chorus with the angels.// Pray thou
without ceasing for our souls.
St. John, abbot of Rila, Troparion, Tone I
Thine angelic life hath been the foundation of repentance, the prescription
of compunction, the model of consolation and spiritual perfection, O venerable
father John, who abode in prayers, fasting and tears. Entreat Christ God in
behalf of our souls.
Kontakion, Tone VIII, "To thee, the champion leader..."
Emulating the life of the angels, O venerable one, forsaking all things of
earth thou didst hasten to Christ; and guarding thyself with His commandments,
thou wast shown to be a tower unshaken by the assaults of the enemy. Wherefore,
we cry out to thee: Rejoice, O father John, thou all-radiant luminary!
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.