The Scripture Readings
John 21:15-25 (11th Matins Gospel)
2 Timothy 3:10-15
Ephesians 4:7-13 Sunday After
Matthew 4:12-17 Sunday After
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 VIII
Thou didst descend from on high, O Merciful One! / Thou didst accept the three-day burial
to free us from our sufferings! / O Lord, our Life and Resurrection: glory to Thee!
Hymn to the Theotokos, Tone VIII
For our sake Thou wast born of the Virgin / and did endure crucifixion, O Good One, /
destroying death by death. / Revealing the resurrection as God, / do not despise the work of
Thy hand. / Reveal Thy love for man, O merciful One, / and accept the Theotokos praying for
us, / and save Thy despairing people, O Savior.
Kontakion of the Sunday, Tone VIII
By rising from the tomb, Thou didst raise the dead and resurrect Adam. / Eve exults in Thy
Resurrection, / and the world celebrates Thy rising from the dead, O greatly Merciful One!
Holy Martyrs Hermylus & Stratonicus, Troparion, Tone IV
In their sufferings, O Lord,/ Thy martyrs received imperishable crowns from
Thee our God;/ for, possessed of Thy might,/ they set at nought the tormentors
and crushed the feeble audacity of the demons.// By their supplications save
Thou our souls.
Holy Fathers Slain at Sinai and Raithu
O God of our fathers,/ deal with us ever according to Thy meekness./ Deprive
us not of Thy mercy,/ but through their supplications// direct our life in
Kontakion of the Venerable Martyrs, Tone II, "Seeking the highest"
Ye fled from the tumult of the world/ and have found rest in the calm haven,/
crowned with the blood of martyrdom/ and the labors of asceticism.// Wherefore,
ye have been shown to dwell together with the martyrs and the venerable.