The Scripture Readings
Mark 16:9-20 (3rd Matins Gospel)
Sunday of Myrrhbearing Women. Troparion. Tone II
When Thou, the Deathless Life, didst go down to death, then didst Thou slay
hell by the lightning flash of Thy Divinity. And when Thou didst raise the dead
from the lower world, all the Powers of Heaven cried aloud: Christ our God,
Giver of Life, glory to Thee.
Noble Joseph took Thy immaculate Body down from the Tree, wrapped It in a
clean shroud and spices, and having embalmed It laid It in a new sepulchre. But
on the third day Thou didst rise, O Lord, granting to the world great mercy.
To the myrrbearing women at the sepulchre an Angel appeared and cried: Myrrh
is fit for the dead, but Christ has shown Himself a Stranger to corruption. So
cry: The Lord has risen, granting to the world great mercy.
Kontakion, Tone II
Thou didst command the Myrrbearers to rejoice, O Christ our God, Thou didst
dry the tears of our first mother Eve by Thy Resurrection, and Thou didst
command the Apostles to preach: The Saviour has risen from the tomb.
Troparion of the Sunday, Tone II
When Thou didst descend to death, O Life immortal, / Thou didst slay hell with the splendor
of Thy Godhead! / And when from the depths Thou didst raise the dead, / all the powers of
heaven cried out: / O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to Thee!
Hymn to the Theotokos, Tone II
All beyond thought, all most glorious, / are your mysteries, O Theotokos. / Sealed in purity,
preserved in virginity, / you were revealed to be the true Mother who gave birth to the true
God. / Entreat Him to save our souls.
Kontakion of the Sunday, Tone II
Hell became afraid, O Almighty Savior, / seeing the miracle of Thy Resurrection from the
tomb! / The dead arose! Creation, with Adam, beheld this and rejoiced with Thee! / And the
world, O my Savior, praises Thee forever.
Holy Hieromartyr Basil, Bishop of Amasea
No Troparion is given in the Menaion.
Kontakion, Tone IV... "Thou hast appeared today..."
Having spurned the imperial edict, O Basil,/ thou didst receive the kingdom
of heaven;/ and joining the chorus therein,/ be thou mindful of us// who honor
thy memory, O Hieromartyr.
St. Stephen, bishop of Perm, Troparion of the hierarch, in Tone IV
Afire with divine desire from the years of thy youth, O all-wise Stephen,
thou didst take up the burden of Christ, and, sowing the divine seed in the
hearts of the people, which had from of old been hardened by unbelief, thou
didst spiritually beget them evangelically; wherefore, honoring thine all-glorious
memory, we beseech thee: Entreat Him Whom thou didst preach, that He save our
Kontakion, in Tone VIII, "To thee, the champion leader..."
Thou wast found to be called not for those who sought thee, O holy hierarch,
but, freeing men from the falsehood of idolatry, thou didst lead them to the
Christian Faith and didst put to shame the sorcerer Pamoi; wherefore, thou
becamest the first bishop and teacher of Perm. For this cause, we, thy spiritual
children, as ones delivered by thee from idols, cry out to thee in hymns of
thanksgiving: Rejoice, O Stephen, all-wise teacher!