The Scripture Readings
Mark 16:9-20 (3rd Matins Gospel)
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 Prophet Jeremiah, Troparion, Tone II
Celebrating the memory/ of Thy prophet Jeremiah O Lord,// through him do we
entreat Thee, save Thou our souls.
Kontakion, Tone III: ''Today the Virgin..."
Having cleansed thy radiant heart with the Spirit,/ O glorious Jeremiah,
great prophet and martyr,/ thou didst receive from on high the gift of prophecy/
and didst cry aloud among the lands: "Behold our God!// There is none other to
compare with Him, Who hath appeared, incarnate, on the earth!"
Martyrs Euthymius, Ignatius, and Acacius, Troparion, in Tone I
Equal in number with the uncreated Trinity, O wise ones,/ with the choirs of
angels and the ranks of martyrs/ ye stand, rejoicing, before the throne of the
Godhead;/ wherefore, receiving effulgence from thence through communion,/ ye
impart to the faithful a well-spring of healings/ and divine enlightenment./ O
Euphemius, martyr of Christ,/ wise Ignatius and godly Acacius,// pray ye ever
in our behalf.
Kontakion, in Tone IV
The new celebration of the three passion-bearers hath today been shown forth
to the Church, illumining the fullness of the Orthodox like beacons, O Christ.
St. Tamara, queen of Georgia, Troparion, in Tone I
Having served the King of kings diligently , on earth, O Tamara,/ queen of
great renown,/ thou didst enter with honor into the heavenly Jerusalem/ and
didst bring to Christ thy glory as a gift;/ wherefore, celebrating and joining
chorus today,/ with joy we unceasingly cry:/ Glory to Him Who hath given thee
glory!/ Glory to Him Who hath crowned thee!// Glory to Him Who granteth unto all
the fullness of forgiveness by thine intercession!
Kontakion, in Tone IV
Make ready, O thou heavenly Jerusalem!/ Open thy gates, O Eden!/ Join chorus
together, ye choirs of the righteous!/ Ye people of Iberia keep festival!/ And
thou, O holy Nina, greet thou the glorious Tamara/ who arriveth today in the
kingdom of heaven// to be crowned by the hand of God!