The Scripture Readings
John 20:19-25 Vespers, Gospel
The Bright Resurrection of Christ, Troparion. Tone V
Christ is risen from the dead, trampling on death by death, and on those in
the tombs bestowing life.
Kontakion, Tone VIII
Though Thou didst descend into the grave, O Immortal One, yet didst Thou
destroy the power of hell, and didst rise again as Conqueror, O Christ our God,
saying to the myrrhbearing women, Rejoice! and giving peace to Thine Apostles,
and offering to the fallen resurrection.
O great and holiest Passover, Christ! O Wisdom, Word and Power of God! Grant
that we may more perfectly
partake of Thee in the unending Day of Thy Kingdom.
Having slept in the flesh as a mortal, O King and Lord, Thou didst rise on
the third day. Thou didst raise up Adam from corruption and abolish death, O
Passover of incorruption, Salvation of the world!
Though Thou didst descend into the grave, O Immortal One, yet didst Thou destroy
the power of hell, and didst rise again as Conqueror, O Christ our God, saying
to the myrrbearing women, Rejoice! And giving peace to Thine Apostles, and
offering to the fallen resurrection.
In the grave bodily, in hell with the soul as God, in Paradise with the thief,
and on the throne with the Father and the Spirit wast Thou Who fillest all
things, O Christ the Infinite.
St. Mary of Egypt, Troparion, in Tone VIII
In thee, O mother, that which was created according to the image of God was
manifestly saved;/ for, accepting thy cross, thou didst follow after Christ;/
and, praying, thou didst learn to disdain the flesh,/ for thou didst transcend
it, to take care of thine immortal soul.// Wherefore, with the angels
doth thy soul rejoice, O venerable Mary.
Kontakion, in Tone IV, "Having been lifted up..."
Having fled the gloom of sin/ and illumined thine heart with the light of
repentance, O glorious one,/ thou didst go to Christ and didst bring His
all-immaculate and holy Mother to Him/ as a merciful intercessor;// hence, thou
didst find remission of thy transgressions and dost now rejoice ever with the
Troparion, Tone V
Enlightened by the grace of the Cross, thou wast shown forth as a radiant
lamp of repentance, dispelling the darkness of the passions, O all-holy one.
Wherefore, thou didst appear as an angel in the flesh unto the sacred Zosimas in
the wilderness. O Mary, our righteous mother, do thou intercede with Christ for
Kontakion, Tone III
Once thou wast defiled with every impurity, but today through repentance thou
hast become the bride of Christ. Desiring the life of the angels, thou hast cast
down the demons with the weapon of the Cross. Wherefore, O glorious Mary, thou
wast made a bride of the Kingdom.