The Scripture Readings
John 20:11-18 (8th Matins Gospel)
Colossians 3:4-11 Epistle (29th Sunday)
Luke 14:16-24 Gospel (28th Sunday)
Hebrews 13:17-21 St. Spyridon
Luke 6:17-23 St.Spyridon
Troparion of the Sunday, Tone V
Let us, the faithful, praise and worship the Word, / Co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit,
/ born for our salvation from the Virgin, / for He willed to be lifted up on the cross in the
flesh, / to endure death / and to raise the dead by His glorious resurrection.
Hymn to the Theotokos, Tone V
Rejoice, O impassable gate of the Lord! / Rejoice, O wall and protection of those who run to
you! / Rejoice, O unshakable refuge! / Rejoice, O Virgin Mother of your God and Creator! /
Do not cease praying for those who praise you and worship your Son. (1x)
Blessed be the name of the Lord, henceforth and forever more.
Kontakion of the Sunday, Tone V
Thou didst descend into hell, O my Savior, / shattering its gates as almighty; / resurrecting
the dead as Creator, / and destroying the sting of death. / Thou hast delivered Adam from the
curse, O Lover of Man, / and we all cry to Thee: "O Lord, save us!"
Sunday of the Holy Forefathers, Troparion, Tone II
Through faith Thou hast justified the Forefathers,/ betrothing through
them the Church of the gentiles./ These saints exult in glory/ for from their
seed came forth a glorious fruit:/ She who bore Thee without seed.// So by
their prayers, O Christ God, have mercy upon us.
Kontakion, Tone VI
You did not worship the graven image/ O thrice-blessed ones,/ but armed
with the immaterial Essence of God,/ you were glorified in a trial by fire./
From the midst of the unbearable flames you called upon God crying:/ Hasten O
Compassionate One!/ Speedily come to our aid,// for Thou art merciful and able
to do as Thou willest.
St. Spyridon the Wonderworker, Bp. of Tremithus, Troparion, in Tone
The very truth of things revealed thee to thy flock as a rule of faith, a
model of meekness and teacher of abstinence. Wherefore, thou didst attain the
heights through humility, and riches through poverty. O father Spyridon, entreat
Christ God that our souls be saved!
Or this Troparion, Tone I
Thou wast shown forth as a champion of the first Council/ and a
wonderworker, O Spiridon, our God-bearing father./ Wherefore, thou didst speak
to one dead in the grave,/ and didst change a serpent into gold./ And, whilst
chanting thy holy prayers, thou didst have angels serving with thee, O most
sacred one./ Glory to Him that hath given thee strength!/ Glory to Him that hath
crowned thee!// Glory to Him that worketh healings for all through thee!
St. Herman, Wonderworker of Alaska, Troparion, Tone IV
O venerable Herman, ascetic of the northern wilderness/ and gracious advocate
for all the world,/ teacher of the Orthodox Faith and good, instructor of
piety,/ adornment of Alaska and joy of all America;// Entreat Christ God, that
He save our souls.
Kontakion for St. Spyridon, Tone II ''Seeking the Highest"
Wounded with love for Christ,/ and giving wings to thy mind through the
radiance of the Spirit, O most sacred one,/ thou didst find thy work in thine
active divine vision,/ O thou that art pleasing unto God,/ being a divine
oblation,// and asking divine illumination for all.
Kontakion for St. Herman, Tone VIII
O beloved of the Mother of God, who received the tonsure at Valaam,/ new
zealot of the struggles of the desert-dwellers of old:/ wielding prayer as a
spear and shield, thou didst show thyself to be terrible to demons and pagan
darkness.// Wherefore, we cry out to thee: O venerable Herman, entreat Christ
God, that our souls be saved!