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. Martin the Confessor, Pope of Rome
No Troparion is given in the Menaion.
No Kontakion is given in the Menaion.
Martyrs Anthony, John and Eustathius of Vilnius, Troparion, in Tone IV
O valiant and honored athletes who spurned earthly honors and glory, mightily
and manfully did ye endure torments for the sake of the Faith, giving yourselves
over to death for the Master, the Life of all. Wherefore, with a pillar of cloud
from heaven did Christ ail-gloriously illumine you. Standing before Him with
the angels, pray ye that our souls be saved.
Or this troparion, in the same tone
Having caused branches of the Orthodox Faith to spring forth from a barren
root, O all-blessed ones, ye were shown to be namesakes of the protomartyr; for
ye were not daunted by the wrath of the evil and impious prince, who commanded
you to renounce Christ. Wherefore, having received crowns of victory, and
standing with the angels before the throne of the Master, O all-blessed ones,
pray for us who in Orthodox manner honor your holy memory.
Kontakion, in Tone III, "Today the Virgin..."
Having forsaken the deception of your fathers, O holy ones, ye cleaved unto
Christ, and with ardor of soul ye stood firmly unto death with manly mind.
Wherefore, ye have truly taken in hand the trophy of victory, unceasingly
entreating our Master for us all.