Sunday December 17, 2017 / December 4, 2017

28th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone three.
Nativity (St. Philip's Fast). Fish Allowed

Great-martyr Barbara and Martyr Juliana at Heliapolis in Syria (306).
Venerable John Damascene (760).
New Hieromartyrs Alexis, John, Alexander and Nicholas priests, Basil deacon and with him 10 Martyrs (1918).
New Hieromartyr Demetrius priest, Virgin-martyrs Anastasia, Catherine and Cyra (1937).
New Hieromartyr Damascene, bishop of Glukhov (1935) and his father priest Nicholas (Tsedrik).
Venerable John, bishop of Polybotum (716).
St. Gennadius, archbishop of Novgorod (1504).
New Hieromartyr Seraphim, bishop of Phanar (Greek).
Martyrs Christodula and Chistodulus (Greek).

The Scripture Readings

Luke 24:36-53 (6th Matins Gospel)
Colossians 1:12-18
Luke 17:12-19
Galatians 3:23-29 Great-martyr Barbara
Mark 5:24-34 Great-martyr Barbara


Troparion of the Sunday, Tone III
Let the heavens rejoice, / let the earth be glad! / For the Lord has shown might with His arm,/ He has trampled down death by death. / He has become the first-born of the dead. / He has delivered us from the depths of hell, / and has granted the world great mercy!

Hymn to the Theotokos, Tone III
We praise you as the mediatrix of our salvation, / O Virgin Theotokos. / For your Son, our God, Who took flesh from you, / accepted the passion of the cross, / delivering us from corruption as the Lover of man.

Kontakion of the Sunday, Tone III
On this day Thou didst rise from the tomb, O Merciful One, / leading us from the gates of death. / On this day Adam exults as Eve rejoices; / with the prophets and patriarchs they unceasingly praise / the divine majesty of Thy power!

Greatmartyr Barbara, Troparion, Tone VIII
Let us honor the holy Barbara; for the most honored one broke the snares of the enemy// and was delivered from them like a bird, with the help and aid of the Cross.

St. John of Damascus, Troparion, Tone VIII
O instructor of Orthodoxy, teacher of piety and purity,/ beacon for the whole world, divinely inspired adornment of monastics./ O most wise John by thy doctrines thou hast illumined all.// O harp of the Spirit, entreat Christ God that our souls be saved.

Kontakion for the venerable one, Tone TV "Having been lifted up upon the Cross"
Let us hymn John, the honored and divinely eloquent speaker and hymnographer,/ the instructor and teacher of the Church,/ the opponent of the enemy; for taking up the Cross of the Lord as a sword,/ he hath cut down all the falsehood of heresies, and as a fervent intercessor before God// he bestoweth forgiveness of transgressions upon all.

Kontakion of the Greatmartyr, Tone IV "Having been lifted up upon the Cross"
Following God Who is piously hymned in Trinity,/ O athlete, thou didst dim the pagan temples;/ and, suffering amid thy contest, O Barbara of manly mind,/ thou wast not afraid of the threats of the tyrants, ever chanting aloud:// "I worship the Trinity, the One God!"