The Scripture Readings
Mark 16:9-20 (3rd Matins Gospel)
Hebrews 13:7-16 Venerable
Matthew 11:27-30 Venerable
Sunday of Myrrhbearing Women. Troparion. Tone II
When Thou, the Deathless Life, didst go down to death, then didst Thou slay
hell by the lightning flash of Thy Divinity. And when Thou didst raise the dead
from the lower world, all the Powers of Heaven cried aloud: Christ our God,
Giver of Life, glory to Thee.
Noble Joseph took Thy immaculate Body down from the Tree, wrapped It in a
clean shroud and spices, and having embalmed It laid It in a new sepulchre. But
on the third day Thou didst rise, O Lord, granting to the world great mercy.
To the myrrbearing women at the sepulchre an Angel appeared and cried: Myrrh
is fit for the dead, but Christ has shown Himself a Stranger to corruption. So
cry: The Lord has risen, granting to the world great mercy.
Kontakion, Tone II
Thou didst command the Myrrbearers to rejoice, O Christ our God, Thou didst
dry the tears of our first mother Eve by Thy Resurrection, and Thou didst
command the Apostles to preach: The Saviour has risen from the tomb.
Troparion of the Sunday, Tone II
When Thou didst descend to death, O Life immortal, / Thou didst slay hell with the splendor
of Thy Godhead! / And when from the depths Thou didst raise the dead, / all the powers of
heaven cried out: / O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to Thee!
Hymn to the Theotokos, Tone II
All beyond thought, all most glorious, / are your mysteries, O Theotokos. / Sealed in purity,
preserved in virginity, / you were revealed to be the true Mother who gave birth to the true
God. / Entreat Him to save our souls.
Kontakion of the Sunday, Tone II
Hell became afraid, O Almighty Savior, / seeing the miracle of Thy Resurrection from the
tomb! / The dead arose! Creation, with Adam, beheld this and rejoiced with Thee! / And the
world, O my Savior, praises Thee forever.
Holy Martyrs Timothy & Maura, Troparion, in 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.
Kontakion, Tone IV, "Having been lifted up..."
Having endured multifarious wounds/ and received crowns from God,/ pray ye to
the Lord in behalf of us who celebrate your most sacred memory,/ O Timothy
all-great and all-glorious Maura,/ that He grant peace to our city and people;//
for He is the confirmation of the faithful.
St. Theodosius, abbot of the Kiev Caves Monastery, Troparion, in
Exalted in virtue, having loved the monastic life from childhood, and
valiantly attained thy desire, thou didst dwell within a cave; and having
adorned thy life with asceticism and splendor, like one of the incorporeal
beings thou didst abide in prayer, shining like a radiant beacon in the Russian
land. O father Theodosius, entreat Christ God, that our souls be saved.
Kontakion of the venerable one, in Tone III, "Today the Virgin..."
We honor today the blessed Theodosius, the star of Russia, who shone forth
from the East and arrived in the West; for he hath enriched this whole land and
all of us with miracles and goodness by the implementation and grace of the