The Scripture Readings
Matthew 28:16-20 (1st Matins Gospel)
2 Timothy 4:5-8 Sunday Before
Mark 1:1-8 Sunday Before
Troparion of the Sunday, Tone I
When the stone had been sealed by the Jews; / while the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure
Body; / Thou didst rise on the third day, O Savior, / granting life to the world. / The powers of
heaven therefore cried to Thee, O Giver of Life: / Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ! / Glory to
Thy Kingdom! / Glory to Thy dispensation, O Thou Who lovest mankind.
Hymn to the Theotokos, Tone I
When Gabriel announced to Thee, O Virgin, Rejoice! / with that word the Master of all was
incarnate in Thee, O Holy Ark. / As the righteous David said, / Thy womb became more spacious
than the heavens, bearing Thy Creator. / Glory to Him Who took abode in Thee! / Glory to Him
Who came from Thee! / Glory to Him Who freed us by being born of Thee!
Kontakion of the Sunday, Tone I
As God, Thou didst rise from the tomb in glory, / raising the world with Thyself. / Human
nature praises Thee as God, for death has vanished! / Adam exults, O Master! / Eve rejoices,
for she is freed from bondage, and cries to Thee: / Thou art the Giver of Resurrection to all,
Holy Martyr Gordius, Troparion, Tone IV
In his suffering, O Lord,/ Thy martyr Gordius received an imperishable crown
from Thee our God;/ for, possessed of Thy might,/ he set at nought the
tormentors and crushed the feeble audacity of the demons.// By his supplications
save Thou our souls.
Forefeast of the Theophany, Troparion, Tone IV
Make ready, O Zebulon!/ Adorn thyself, O Nephthali!/ O River Jordan, leaping
up,/ receive thou the Master Who cometh to be Baptized!/ Rejoice, O Adam, with
our first mother!/ Hide not yourselves as ye did before in paradise;/ for He
that beheld you naked hath appeared,/ that He may clothe you in your
primal raiment.// Christ hath appeared, desiring to make all creation new!
Kontakion of the Prophet Malachias, Tone IV, "Thou hast appeared"
Enriched by the gift of prophecy, O prophet,/ thou didst manifestly proclaim
salvation to the world and the advent of Christ,// by Whose radiance the world
hath been illumined.
Kontakion of the Martyr, Tone VIII, "As firstfruits"
The drops of thy sweat have watered the whole earth, O all-glorious Gordius,/
and thou hast gladdened the whole world with thy precious blood./ By thy
supplications, O divinely wise one, save all who hymn and bless thee with
faith,// crying out a worthy hymn to thee, O most lauded one, as a great
Kontakion of the Forefeast, Tone IV, "Thou hast appeared today"
In the streams of the Jordan the Lord crieth out to John today:/ Fear not to
baptize Me,// for I have come to save Adam the first-created!