The Scripture Readings
John 21:15-25 (11th Matins Gospel)
2 Timothy 3:10-15
Galatians 5:22-6:2 Venerable Maximus the Greek
Luke 6:17-23 Venerable Maximus the Greek
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!
St. Maximus the Confessor, Troparion, Tone VIII
O instructor of Orthodoxy, teacher of piety and purity,/ beacon for the whole
world, divinely inspired adornment of monastics./ O most wise Maximus by
thy doctrines thou hast illumined all.// O harp of the Spirit, entreat Christ
God that our souls be saved.
Holy Martyr Neophytus, Troparion, Tone IV
In his suffering, O Lord,/ Thy martyr Neophytus 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 Venerable One, Tone VIII, "To thee the Champion Leader"
With fitting hymns, O ye faithful, let us honor the great Maximus,/ the
lover of the Trinity, who manifestly teacheth us the divine Faith,/ to worship
Christ in two natures, volitions and activities;// and let us cry aloud:
Rejoice, O preacher of the faith!
And this Kontakion, Tone VI, "When Thou hadst fulfilled Thy dispensation"
The thrice-radiant light which abode in thy soul showed thee forth as a
chosen vessel, O most blessed one,/ revealing things divine to the ends of the
earth./ O blessed Maximus, recount understandings of things hard to comprehend//
and manifestly preach to all the transcendent and unoriginate Trinity!