The Scripture Readings
Mark 16:9-20 (3rd Matins Gospel)
Hebrews 13:17-21 St. Nicholas
Luke 6:17-23 St. Nicholas
Sunday of Myrrhbearing Women. Troparion. Tone II
When Thou, the Deathless Life, didst go down to death, then didst Thou slay
hell by the lightning flash of Thy Divinity. And when Thou didst raise the dead
from the lower world, all the Powers of Heaven cried aloud: Christ our God,
Giver of Life, glory to Thee.
Noble Joseph took Thy immaculate Body down from the Tree, wrapped It in a
clean shroud and spices, and having embalmed It laid It in a new sepulchre. But
on the third day Thou didst rise, O Lord, granting to the world great mercy.
To the myrrbearing women at the sepulchre an Angel appeared and cried: Myrrh
is fit for the dead, but Christ has shown Himself a Stranger to corruption. So
cry: The Lord has risen, granting to the world great mercy.
Kontakion, Tone II
Thou didst command the Myrrbearers to rejoice, O Christ our God, Thou didst
dry the tears of our first mother Eve by Thy Resurrection, and Thou didst
command the Apostles to preach: The Saviour has risen from the tomb.
Troparion of the Sunday, Tone II
When Thou didst descend to death, O Life immortal, / Thou didst slay hell with the splendor
of Thy Godhead! / And when from the depths Thou didst raise the dead, / all the powers of
heaven cried out: / O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to Thee!
Hymn to the Theotokos, Tone II
All beyond thought, all most glorious, / are your mysteries, O Theotokos. / Sealed in purity,
preserved in virginity, / you were revealed to be the true Mother who gave birth to the true
God. / Entreat Him to save our souls.
Kontakion of the Sunday, Tone II
Hell became afraid, O Almighty Savior, / seeing the miracle of Thy Resurrection from the
tomb! / The dead arose! Creation, with Adam, beheld this and rejoiced with Thee! / And the
world, O my Savior, praises Thee forever.
Translation of the relics of St. Nicholas, Troparion, in Tone IV
The day of splendid solemnity is come; the city of Bari rejoiceth, and with
it the whole world doth exult with hymns and spiritual songs. For today is the
sacred feast of the translation of the precious and much-healing relics of the
hierarch Nicholas the wonderworker. For like the never-setting Sun, he shineth
with brilliant beams of light, driving away the darkness of temptations and
misfortunes from them that cry out with faith: Save us, O Nicholas, for thou
art our intercessor!
Kontakion, in Tone III, "Today the Virgin..."
Thy relics have moved like a star, from the East unto the West, O holy
hierarch Nicholas; and the sea hath been sanctified by thy passage. The city of
Bari receiveth grace through thee, for thou hast been shown forth for us as a
wonder-worker: illustrious, most wondrous and merciful.
Holy Prophet Isaiah, Troparion, Tone II
Celebrating the memory/ of Thy prophet Isaiah O Lord,// through him do we
entreat Thee, save Thou our souls.
Holy Martyr Christopher, Troparion, Tone IV
Arrayed in vesture dyed with thine own blood,/ thou standest before the King
of hosts, O ever-memorable Christopher;/ therefore, with the incorporeal ones
and the martyrs thou dost sing thrice-holy and awesome melodies.// Wherefore, by
thy supplication save thou thy flock.
Kontakion of the Prophet, Tone II: "The tomb and mortality..."
Receiving the gift of prophecy,/ O martyred Prophet Isaiah, thou herald of
God,/ thou didst explain to all the incarnation of the Lord,/ exclaiming aloud
to the ends of the earth:// "Behold, a Virgin shall conceive in her womb!"