The Scripture Readings
John 20:11-18 (8th Matins Gospel)
Sunday of the Blind Man, Troparion, Tone V
Christ is risen from the dead, trampling on death by death, and on those in
the tombs bestowing life.
Kontakion, Tone IV
Having the eyes of my soul blinded, I come to Thee, O Christ, like the man
blind from birth, and with repentance I cry to Thee: Thou art the bright Light
of those in darkness.
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!"
St. Athanasius the Great, Patriarch of Alexandria, Troparion, Tone III
Thou wast a pillar of Orthodoxy,/ strengthening the Church with divine
dogmas, O sacred hierarch Athanasius;/ for, preaching the Son as consubstantial
with the Father,/ thou didst put Arius to shame.// O venerable father, entreat
Christ God, that He grant us great mercy.
Kontakion, Tone II, "Of thy blood..."
Planting Orthodox doctrines,/ thou didst cut down the thorns of heresy,/
increasing the seed of the Faith with the rain of the Spirit, O venerable
one;// wherefore, we hymn thee, O Athanasius.
St. Boris-Michael, prince of Bulgaria, Troparion, in Tone VI
Full of the fear of God, and enlightened by holy baptism, thou becamest a
habitation of the Holy Spirit, O right-believing King Boris; and having
established the Orthodox Faith in the land of Bulgaria, and set aside the
scepter of kingship, thou madest thine abode in the wilderness, didst flourish
in ascetic struggles, and found grace before the Lord. And now, standing before
the throne of the Most High, pray thou, that He grant unto us who entreat thee
salvation for our souls.
Kontakion of the saint, in Tone VIII, "To thee, the champion leader..."
O chosen leader of God Most High, Who by the power of the Cross triumphed
over the uprising of darkness and planted piety in thy land, as thou hast
boldness before the Lord, by thy supplications preserve thy posterity, that we
may cry to thee: Rejoice, O King Boris, equal of the apostles, baptizer of the
land of Bulgaria!