The Scripture Readings
John 20:19-31 (9th Matins Gospel)
Hebrews 13:7-16 Fathers
John 17:1-13 Fathers
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!
Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 7th
At the Blessing of the Loaves, the (troparion) "Virgin Theotokos,
and then that of the fathers, in Tone VIII
Most glorious art Thou, O Christ our God, Who hast established our fathers
upon the earth as beacons, and hast thereby guided us all to the true Faith! O
greatly Compassionate One, glory be to Thee! Once
Kontakion, in Tone VI
The Son Who ineffably shone forth from the Father hath been born in two
natures of a woman, and beholding Him we do not disdain to depict the form
thereof. But, tracing it piously, we honor it in faith. Wherefore, the Church,
holding to the true Faith, doth venerate the icon of the incarnation of Christ.
Holy Martyrs Probus, Tarachus & Andronicus, Troparion, Tone V
The hosts of heaven marvelled/ at the corrections of the holy martyrs,/ how
in their mortal bodies/ they invisibly vanquished the incorporeal foe,/
contending well with the power of the Cross./ And they pray to Christ,// that
our souls find mercy.
Holy Hierarch Cosmas of Jerusalem, Bishop of Maiuma, Troparion, Tone VIII
O instructor of Orthodoxy, teacher of piety and purity,/ beacon for the whole
world, divinely inspired adornment of hierarchs./ O most wise Cosmas by
thy doctrines thou hast illumined all.// O harp of the Spirit, entreat Christ
God that our souls be saved.
Kontakion of the Hierarch (after Ode III), Tone VIII "To thee, the champion
Adorned with the virtues, O divinely inspired Cosmas,/ thou wast the
adornment of the Church of Christ;/ for thou hast embellished it with hymns, O
blessed one./ Pray thou to the Lord, that we be delivered from all the wiles of
the enemy,// for we cry: Rejoice, O thrice-blessed Cosmas!
Kontakion of the Martyrs, Tone II "Seeking the highest"
The valiant warriors and martyrs of Christ,/ Tarachus, Probus and
Andronicus,/ have revealed to us the glory of the Trinity;/ for they denounced
all the ungodliness of the tyrants,// contending with valor and faith.
St. Martin the Merciful, bishop of Tours, Troparion, Tone IV
The truth of things revealed thee to thy flock as a rule of faith,/ a model
of meekness and a teacher of abstinence/ wherefore thou hast attained the
heights through humility/ and riches through poverty.// O hierarch Martin our
father, entreat Christ God that our souls be saved.
Kontakion of St. Martin, Tone II
Thou didst flourish in the virtues like a palm-tree, and in thy miracles
didst multiply like a cedar, O wondrous father, bedewing the ends of the world,
and burning up legions of the demons. Wherefore, entreat the Lord in our behalf.