The Scripture Readings
Matthew 28:16-20 (1st Matins Gospel)
2 Timothy 3:10-15
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 I
When the stone had been sealed by the Jews; / while the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure
Body; / Thou didst rise on the third day, O Savior, / granting life to the world. / The powers of
heaven therefore cried to Thee, O Giver of Life: / Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ! / Glory to
Thy Kingdom! / Glory to Thy dispensation, O Thou Who lovest mankind.
Hymn to the Theotokos, Tone I
When Gabriel announced to Thee, O Virgin, Rejoice! / with that word the Master of all was
incarnate in Thee, O Holy Ark. / As the righteous David said, / Thy womb became more spacious
than the heavens, bearing Thy Creator. / Glory to Him Who took abode in Thee! / Glory to Him
Who came from Thee! / Glory to Him Who freed us by being born of Thee!
Kontakion of the Sunday, Tone I
As God, Thou didst rise from the tomb in glory, / raising the world with Thyself. / Human
nature praises Thee as God, for death has vanished! / Adam exults, O Master! / Eve rejoices,
for she is freed from bondage, and cries to Thee: / Thou art the Giver of Resurrection to all,
Holy Martyr Tryphon, Tone IV
In his suffering, O Lord,/ Thy martyr Tryphon 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 Meeting of our Lord, God & Savior Jesus Christ, Tone I
The celestial choir of the angels of heaven,/ coming to earth, behold the
Firstborn of all creation Who is come,/ borne into the temple as a Babe/ in the
arms of the Mother who knew not man.// Wherefore, with us they chant hymns of
the forefeast, rejoicing.
Kontakion of the Martyr, Tone VIII
With the steadfastness of the Trinity thou didst uproot polytheism from the
ends of the earth, O most glorious one;/ and, honored in Christ, thou didst
vanquish the tyrants in Christ the Savior// and receive a crown for thy
martyrdom and gifts of divine healings, in that thou art invincible.
Kontakion of the Forefeast, Tone VI
The Word Who is invisibly with the Father/ is now seen in the flesh,
ineffably born of the Virgin,/ and He is given to the high priest on the arm of
the elder.// Let us worship Him as our true God!
St. Brigid of Ireland, Troparion, in Tone IV
Instructed by the discourse of the holy Patrick,/ thou didst arrive at the
uttermost west,/ heralding the Orient which hath visited us from on high./
Wherefore, we bless thee, O venerable mother Bridget,/ and cry out to thee://
Pray thou in behalf of our souls.
Kontakion of St. Brigid, in Tone VI
Rejecting thy noble rank, and loving the godly monastic life, from the wood
of the oak didst thou raise up a convent, the first in thy land; and having
there united a multitude of nuns to God, thou didst teach the surrounding lands
to cry to the Lord: Have mercy on us!