The Scripture Readings
Mark 16:9-20 (3rd Matins Gospel)
1 Peter 5:6-14 St. Mark
Mark 6:7-13 St. Mark
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 Apostle & Evangelist Mark, Troparion, Tone III
O holy apostle and evangelist Mark/ entreat the merciful God// that He grant
to our souls remission of transgressions.
Or this troparion, in the same tone
Thou wast an apostle of Christ who learned from the pre-eminent Peter,/ and
didst shine like the sun upon the lands of the Alexandrians, being their
adornment./ Through thee was Egypt freed from deception, O blessed one,/ who as
the Church's pillar of fire dost illumine all with thy teaching of the Gospel./
Wherefore, honoring thy memory, we keep splendid festival, O divinely eloquent
Mark./ Entreat God Who was announced by thee,// that He grant our souls
remission of offenses.
Kontakion, Tone II ''Seeking the highest..."
Receiving from on high the grace of the Spirit,/ thou didst destroy the
snares of the orators, O apostle,/ and, hunting all the nations,/ thou didst
lead them to thy Master,/ O most glorious Mark,// preaching the divine Gospel.