The Scripture Readings
Matthew 28:16-20 (1st Matins Gospel)
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
The Prodigal Son, Kontakion, Tone III
Having foolishly abandoned Thy paternal glory, I
have squandered on vices the wealth Thou gavest me. Therefore I cry to Thee, O
compassionate Father, receive me who repent, and treat me as one of Thy hired
Troparion of the Sunday, Tone I
When the stone had been sealed by the Jews; / while the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure
Body; / Thou didst rise on the third day, O Savior, / granting life to the world. / The powers of
heaven therefore cried to Thee, O Giver of Life: / Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ! / Glory to
Thy Kingdom! / Glory to Thy dispensation, O Thou Who lovest mankind.
Hymn to the Theotokos, Tone I
When Gabriel announced to Thee, O Virgin, Rejoice! / with that word the Master of all was
incarnate in Thee, O Holy Ark. / As the righteous David said, / Thy womb became more spacious
than the heavens, bearing Thy Creator. / Glory to Him Who took abode in Thee! / Glory to Him
Who came from Thee! / Glory to Him Who freed us by being born of Thee!
Kontakion of the Sunday, Tone I
As God, Thou didst rise from the tomb in glory, / raising the world with Thyself. / Human
nature praises Thee as God, for death has vanished! / Adam exults, O Master! / Eve rejoices,
for she is freed from bondage, and cries to Thee: / Thou art the Giver of Resurrection to all,
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.