The Scripture Readings
Mark 16:1-8 (2nd Matins Gospel)
Troparion of the Sunday, Tone VII
By Thy Cross, Thou didst destroy death! / To the thief, Thou didst open Paradise! / For the myrrhbearers,
Thou didst change weeping into joy! / And Thou didst command Thy disciples, O Christ
God, / to proclaim that Thou art risen, / granting the world great mercy!
Hymn to the Theotokos, Tone VII
Since you are the treasure of our resurrection, / we put our hope in you, O all-praised one. /
Lead us from the abyss of transgressions, / for you have saved those guilty of sin, / O evervirgin
Mother of our salvation.
Kontakion of the Sunday, Tone VII
The dominion of death / can no longer hold men captive, / for Christ descended, shattering
and destroying its powers! / Hell is bound, while the prophets rejoice and cry: /The Savior
has come to those in faith! / Enter, you faithful, into the Resurrection!
St. Nectarius, metropolitan of Pentapolis, Troparion, Tone I
O ye faithful, let us honor Nectarius,/ the offspring of Silyvria, the
guardian of Aegina,/ the true friend of the virtues, as a godly servant of
Christ;/ for he poureth forth all manner of, healings upon those who
piously cry aloud:/ Glory to Christ Who hath glorified thee!/ Glory to
Him Who hath crowned tliee!// Grlory to Him Who through thee worketh healings
Kontakion, in Tone VIII, "To thee, the champion leader..."
In joy of heart let us hymn with songs the newly revealed star of Orthodoxy,/
the newly erected bulwark of the Church;/ for, glorified by the activity of the
Spirit,/ he poureth forth the abundant grace of healings upon those who cry://
Rejoice, O father Nectarius!
Martyrs Onesiphorus & Porphyrius of Ephesus, Troparion, Tone IV
In their sufferings, O Lord,/ Thy martyrs received imperishable crowns from
Thee our God;/ for, possessed of Thy might,/ they set at nought the tormentors
and crushed the feeble audacity of the demons.// By their supplications save
Thou our souls.
Venerable Mother Matrona, Abbess of Constantinople, Troparion, 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 Matrona.
Kontakion to the Venerable Matrona, Tone II "Having received grace"
For the love of the Lord, O venerable Matrona,/ thou didst ignore thy desire
for rest,/ illumining thy spirit with fasting;/ by thy supplications cast down
the arrogance of the adversaries, for mightily didst thou vanquish the wild
Kontakion to the martyrs, Tone II "Seeking the highest"
Having suffered mightily,/ the two martyrs cast the arrogance of the enemy
down to the ground,/ being illumined by the grace of the uncreated Tfinity,/ O
glorious Onesiphorus and Porphyrius.// Pray ye unceasingly in behalf of us all.
Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos "The Quick Hearer of Mt. Athos", Troparion,
Let us make haste to the Theotokos amid our misfortunes and fall down now
before her holy icon, crying out with faith from the depths of our soul: Hearken
quickly to our entreaty, O Virgin, in that thou art called she who is quick to
hear. For thee do we, thy servants, have as a ready helper in our needs.
Kontakion, Tone VIII
Tempest-tossed on the sea of life, we sink beneath the threefold waves of the
passions and temptations. Wherefore, grant us a helping hand, O Lady, as thy
Son did to Peter, and haste thou to deliver us from misfortunes, that we may cry
out to thee: Rejoice, O most good one, who art quick to hear!