The Scripture Readings
John 20:19-31 (9th Matins Gospel)
2 Timothy 4:5-8 Sunday Before
Mark 1:1-8 Sunday Before
Troparion of the Sunday, Tone VI
The angelic powers were at Thy tomb; / the guards became as dead men. / Mary stood by
Thy grave, / seeking Thy most pure Body. / Thou didst capture hell, / not being tempted by
it. / Thou didst come to the Virgin, granting life. / O Lord, Who didst rise from the dead:
glory to Thee!
Hymn to the Theotokos, Tone VI
Thou Who didst call Thy mother blessed / came of Thine own will to the passion. / Shining on the
cross, desiring to recall Adam, Thou didst say to the angels: / "Rejoice with Me, for the lost coin
has been found." / Thou Who hast ordered all things in wisdom, / O our God, glory to Thee! (1x)
Blessed be the name of the Lord, henceforth and forever more.
Kontakion of the Sunday, Tone VI
When Christ God, the Giver of Life, / raised all of the dead from the valleys of misery with
His mighty hand, / He bestowed resurrection on the human race. / He is the Savior of all, the
Resurrection, the Life, and the God of all.
Holy Martyr Gordius, Troparion, Tone IV
In his suffering, O Lord,/ Thy martyr Gordius 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.
Forefeast of the Theophany, Troparion, Tone IV
Make ready, O Zebulon!/ Adorn thyself, O Nephthali!/ O River Jordan, leaping
up,/ receive thou the Master Who cometh to be Baptized!/ Rejoice, O Adam, with
our first mother!/ Hide not yourselves as ye did before in paradise;/ for He
that beheld you naked hath appeared,/ that He may clothe you in your
primal raiment.// Christ hath appeared, desiring to make all creation new!
Kontakion of the Prophet Malachias, Tone IV, "Thou hast appeared"
Enriched by the gift of prophecy, O prophet,/ thou didst manifestly proclaim
salvation to the world and the advent of Christ,// by Whose radiance the world
hath been illumined.
Kontakion of the Martyr, Tone VIII, "As firstfruits"
The drops of thy sweat have watered the whole earth, O all-glorious Gordius,/
and thou hast gladdened the whole world with thy precious blood./ By thy
supplications, O divinely wise one, save all who hymn and bless thee with
faith,// crying out a worthy hymn to thee, O most lauded one, as a great
Kontakion of the Forefeast, Tone IV, "Thou hast appeared today"
In the streams of the Jordan the Lord crieth out to John today:/ Fear not to
baptize Me,// for I have come to save Adam the first-created!