The Scripture Readings
John 21:1-14 (10th Matins Gospel)
2 Timothy 4:5-8 Sunday Before
Mark 1:1-8 Sunday Before
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!
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!