The Scripture Readings
John 20:1-10 (7th Matins Gospel)
Third Sunday of the Great Lent: Adoration of Cross, Troparion, Tone I
O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance. Grant victory over
their enemies to Orthodox Christians, and protect Thy people with Thy Cross.
Kontakion, Tone IV
O Christ our God, Who wast voluntarily lifted up on the Cross, grant Thy
mercies to Thy new people named after Thee. Gladden with Thy power Orthodox
Christians and give them victory over their enemies. May they have as an ally
that invincible trophy, Thy weapon of peace.
Another Kontakion, Tone VII
No longer does the flaming sword guard the gate of Eden, for a glorious
extinction has come upon it, the wood of the Cross. The sting has been drawn
from death and the victory from hell. And Thou, my Saviour, didst come and shout
to those in hell: Enter Paradise again.
Troparion of the Sunday, Tone VII
By Thy Cross, Thou didst destroy death! / To the thief, Thou didst open Paradise! / For the myrrhbearers,
Thou didst change weeping into joy! / And Thou didst command Thy disciples, O Christ
God, / to proclaim that Thou art risen, / granting the world great mercy!
Hymn to the Theotokos, Tone VII
Since you are the treasure of our resurrection, / we put our hope in you, O all-praised one. /
Lead us from the abyss of transgressions, / for you have saved those guilty of sin, / O evervirgin
Mother of our salvation.
Kontakion of the Sunday, Tone VII
The dominion of death / can no longer hold men captive, / for Christ descended, shattering
and destroying its powers! / Hell is bound, while the prophets rejoice and cry: /The Savior
has come to those in faith! / Enter, you faithful, into the Resurrection!
St. Theophanes the Confessor of Mt. Sigriana
No Troparion is given in the Menaion.
Kontakion, Tone II "Seeking the highest"
Receiving divine revelation from on high,/ with diligence thou didst depart
from the midst of the tumult of life;/ and, having become a solitary, O
venerable one,/ thou didst receive the power to work wonders and the dignity of
prophecy,// having deprived thyself of wealth and wife.
St. Gregory the Dialogist, Troparion, in Tone IV
Receiving divine grace from God on high, and strengthened with the power
thereof, O glorious Gregory, thou didst will to walk the path of the Gospel.
Wherefore, thou hast received from Christ the reward of thy labors, O most
blessed one. Him do thou entreat, that He save our souls.
Kontakion, in Tone III
Thou didst show thyself to be an emulator of Christ, the Chief Shepherd, O
father Gregory, guiding the orders of monks to the fold of heaven; and from
thence thou didst teach the flock of Christ His commandments. And now thou dost
rejoice and dance with them in the mansions of heaven.
St. Symeon the New Theologian, Troparion, in Tone VIII
With the streams of thy tears thou didst irrigate the barren desert, and with
sighs from the depths of thy soul thou didst render thy labors fruitful an
hundredfold, and becamest a beacon for the whole world, resplendent with
miracles. O Symeon our father, entreat Christ God, that our souls be saved.
Kontakion, in Tone IV
The Church of Christ rejoiceth today, celebrating thy memory with splendor.
Thou hast adorned it with thy discourses and prayers, hast guided the children
of faith to the mansions of heaven, and hast shone with ineffable light,
receiving radiance from Christ God, our Sun, O Symeon, our venerable father.