The Scripture Readings
Matthew 28:16-20 (1st Matins Gospel)
Ephesians 5:9-19 (Venerable John Lestvichnik)
Matthew 4:25-5:12 (Venerable John Lestvichnik)
The Fourth Sunday of Great Lent: Venerable John Lestvichnik, Troparion,
Thou didst prove to be a freeman of the desert, an angel in a body, and a
wonder-worker, O our God - bearing Father John. By fasting, vigil and prayer
thou didst obtain heavenly gifts, and thou healest the sick and the souls of
those who have recourse to thee with faith. Glory to Him Who gave thee strength,
glory to Him Who crowned thee, glory to Him Who works through thee healings for
Kontakion, Tone I
Offering ever-blossoming fruits of learning from thy book, O wise one, thou
delightest the hearts of those who study it seriously, O blessed one. For it is
a ladder which leads up from the earth to the heavenly and abiding glory souls
who with faith honour thee.
Troparion of the Sunday, Tone IV
When the women disciples of the Lord learned from the angel / the joyous message of Thy
resurrection, / they cast away the ancestral curse / and elatedly told the Apostles: / Death is
overthrown! / Christ God is risen, / granting the world great mercy!
Hymn to the Theotokos, Tone IV
The mystery of all eternity, / unknown even by angels, / through you, O Theotokos, is revealed
to those on earth: / God incarnate, by union without confusion. / He voluntarily accepted
the cross for us, / by which He resurrected the first-created man, / saving our souls
Kontakion of the Sunday, Tone IV
My Savior and Redeemer as God rose from the tomb and delivered the earthborn from their
chains. He has shattered the gates of hell, and as Master, He has risen on the third day!
St. Hypatius the Wonderworker, Bishop of Gangra
No Troparion is given in the Menaion.
No Kontakion is given in the Menaion.
"Iveron" Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos, Troparion, in Tone I
The audacity of those who hate the image of the Lord and the might of the
impious came godlessly to Nicaea, and emissaries inhumanly interrogated the
widow who piously venerated the icon of the Mother of God; but at night, she and
her son cast the icon into the sea, crying out: "Glory to thee, O pure one, for
the trackless sea hath given thee its breast! Glory to thy straight journey, O
thou who alone art incorrupt!"
Kontakion, in Tone VIII
Even though thy holy icon was cast into the sea by the widow who was unable
to save it from the foe, O Theotokos, yet hath it been shown to be the preserver
of Mount Athos and the gatekeeper of the Monastery of Iveron, frightening away
the enemy and delivering from all misfortunes and dangers them that honor thee
in our homeland.
St. Innocent of Moscow, Troparion of the holy hierarch, in Tone I
Thy sound went forth unto all the lands of the midnight sun, for with the
light of the Gospel thou didst enlighten the ignorant who accepted thy words,
and whom thou didst teach in godly manner; and thou didst adorn their human
customs. O holy hierarch Innocent our father, thou boast of Russia, entreat
Christ God, that our souls be saved.
Or this troparion, in Tone III
O holy hierarch Innocent our father, thou who wast first to teach the tribes
which before lay in heathen darkness, and first to show them the way to
salvation, who didst labor as an apostle in the enlightenment of Siberia and
America: entreat the Master of all, that He grant peace to the whole world and
great mercy to our souls.
Kontakion, in Tone IV
Thou wast a true and truthful teacher; for, having thyself done what the Lord
commanded, thou didst thereby teach and instruct in piety those who came to
thee, didst enlighten unbelievers to recognize the true Faith, illumining them
with holy baptism. Wherefore, thou rejoicest with the apostles, receiving the
honor of an evangelist of Christ.