The Scripture Readings
Luke 24:12-35 (5th Matins Gospel)
Hebrews 7:26-8:2 (Saint)
John 10:9-16 (Saint)
The Second Sunday of Great Lent. St. Gregory Palamas, Troparion, Tone
Light of Orthodoxy, pillar and doctor of the Church, adornment of monks,
invincible champion of theologians, O Gregory the wonderworker, praise of
Thessalonica, preacher of grace, ever pray that our souls may be saved.
Kontakion, Tone II
Organ of wisdom, holy and divine, bright clarion of theology, we praise thee
in harmony, O divine speaker Gregory: But as a mind standing before the First
Mind, direct our mind to Him, father, that we may cry: Rejoice, preacher of
Kontaklon of the Sunday, Tone IV
Now is the time for action, judgment is at our doors. So let us rise and
fast, and let us offer tears of compunction with almsgiving, crying: We have
sinned more than the sand of the sea. But forgive us all, O Creator, that we may
receive incorruptible crowns.
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 Great Martyr Theodore the Recruit, Troparion, Tone II
Great are the accomplishments of faith!/ In the fountain of flame, as in
refreshing water, the holy martyr Theodore rejoiced;/ for, wholly consumed by
the fire he was offered as sweet bread unto the Trinity.// By his prayers, O
Christ God, save Thou our souls!
Kontakion, Tone VIII
Having received the faith of Christ within thy heart as a shield,/ thou didst
trample down hosts of the adversary, O longsuffering one;// and with a heavenly
crown hast thou been crowned everlastingly, O Theodore, as thou art invincible.
St. Hermogenes, patriarch of Moscow and all Russia, Troparion, in Tone IV
O foremost hierarch of the Russian land and tireless advocate for it before
God, laying down thy life for the Faith of Christ and thy flock, thou didst
deliver thy land from ungodliness. Wherefore, we cry aloud unto thee: Save us by
thy supplications, O hieromartyr Hermogenes our father!
Kontakion of St. Hermogenes, in Tone VI
Wasting away in imprisonment and starvation, thou didst remain faithful even
unto death, O blessed Hermogenes, driving faintheartedness from the hearts of
thy people and calling all to the common struggle. Wherefore, thou didst set at
nought the rebellion of the ungodly and make our land steadfast, that all might
cry out to thee: Rejoice, O helper of the Russian land!