The Scripture Readings
Mark 16:9-20 (3rd Matins Gospel)
Cheese Fare Sunday, Kontakion, Tone VI
O Lord, Who art the guide to wisdom, the bestower of prudence, the
instructor of the thoughtless, and the protector of the poor, strengthen and
enlighten my heart. Give me the gift of expression, O Thou Who art the Word of
the Father; for behold I will not prevent my lips from crying to Thee: O
Merciful Lord, have mercy on me who have fallen.
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!
Holy Martyr Agatha of Palermo in Sicily, Troparion, Tone IV
Thy ewe-lamb Agatha crieth out to Thee with a loud voice, O Jesus:/ "I
love Thee, O my Bridegroom,/ and, seeking Thee, I pass through many struggles:/
I am crucified and buried with Thee in Thy baptism,/ and suffer for Thy sake,
that I may reign with Thee;/ I die for Thee that I might live with Thee./ As an
unblemished sacrifice accept me,/ who sacrifice myself with love for Thee// By
her supplications save Thou our souls, in that Thou art merciful.
Troparion of the Feast, Tone I
Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos full of grace,/ for from thee hath shone forth
the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God,/ enlightening them that are in
darkness./ Be glad thou also, O righteous elder,/ who receivest in thine arms
the Deliver of our souls,// Who granteth us Resurrection.
Kontakion of the Martyr, Tone IV "Thou hast appeared today"
Let the Church be adorned today with a glorious robe of purple/ dyed in the
pure blood of the martyr Agatha,// crying out: Rejoice, O boast of Catania!
Kontakion of the feast, Tone I
O Thou Who didst hallow the Virgins womb by Thy birth/ and didst bless the
hands of Symeon as was meet,/ now Thou hast come and saved us O Christ God./ In
the midst of battle grant peace to Thy community,/ and strengthen kings whom
Thou hast loved,// O Thou Who alone lovest mankind.
St. Theodosius, archbishop of Chernigov, Troparion, Tone IV
O holy hierarch Theodosius, most honored among hierarchs, thou wast a beacon
to thy flock; then thou didst pass on to the mansions of heaven. Pray thou at
the throne of the King of glory, that He deliver us from the evils which assail
us and save our souls, O holy one, by thine intercessions.
Kontakion of St. Theodosius, in Tone IV
O holy hierarch Theodosius, for Christ the Chief Shepherd didst thou labor,
nurturing thy rational sheep in the spiritual pasture; and from Christ God didst
thou receive the gift of healing to cure the spiritual and bodily infirmities
of all that with faith have recourse to thy healing relics. Wherefore, pray thou
now, O holy one, that all that call upon thy name be saved from the assaults of
the enemy, and that our souls find mercy.