The Scripture Readings
Mark 16:1-8 (2nd Matins Gospel)
Romans 2:10-16 (Epistle)
Matthew 4:18-23 (Gospel)
Hebrews 11:33-12:2 Epistle, Saints
Matthew 4:25-5:12 Gospel, Saints
Galatians 5:22-6:2 Venerables
Matthew 11:27-30 Venerables
All venerable and holy Fathers of the Holy Mount Athos, Troparion, in Tone I
In hymns let us honor the fathers of the wilderness of Athos, the angels in
the flesh, the confessors and the venerable, holy hierarchs and martyrs; and,
emulating their virtues, let us cry aloud, saying: Glory to Him who hath
glorified you! Glory to Him Who hath crowned you! Glory to Him Who hath shown
you to be our intercessors amid tribulations!
Kontakion, in Tone IV, "O Thou Who wast of Thine own will lifted up on the
Come ye, let us all praise the fathers who have made Mount Athos a heaven,
who have shown forth therein an angelic life, and have assembled a multitude of
monks; and let us cry out unto them: deliver us from every misfortune and
temptation, O ye multitude of the venerable, boast of Athos.
All Russian Saints, Troparion, in Tone VIII
The land of Russia doth offer Thee, O Lord, all the saints who have shone
forth in it, as the beauteous fruit of Thy salvific splendor. By their
supplications and through the Theotokos preserve Thou the Church and our land in
profound peace, O most Merciful One.
Kontakion, in Tone III, "Today the Virgin... "
Today the choir of the saints who have pleased God in our land standeth forth
in the Church and invisibly prayeth to God for us. With them the angels give
glory, and all the saints of the Church of Christ celebrate with them; for all
together they entreat the pre-eternal God for us.
Troparion of the Sunday, Tone I
When the stone had been sealed by the Jews; / while the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure
Body; / Thou didst rise on the third day, O Savior, / granting life to the world. / The powers of
heaven therefore cried to Thee, O Giver of Life: / Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ! / Glory to
Thy Kingdom! / Glory to Thy dispensation, O Thou Who lovest mankind.
Hymn to the Theotokos, Tone I
When Gabriel announced to Thee, O Virgin, Rejoice! / with that word the Master of all was
incarnate in Thee, O Holy Ark. / As the righteous David said, / Thy womb became more spacious
than the heavens, bearing Thy Creator. / Glory to Him Who took abode in Thee! / Glory to Him
Who came from Thee! / Glory to Him Who freed us by being born of Thee!
Kontakion of the Sunday, Tone I
As God, Thou didst rise from the tomb in glory, / raising the world with Thyself. / Human
nature praises Thee as God, for death has vanished! / Adam exults, O Master! / Eve rejoices,
for she is freed from bondage, and cries to Thee: / Thou art the Giver of Resurrection to all,
Ss. Onuphrius & Peter the Athonite
No Troparion is given in the Menaion.
Kontakion for the venerable Peter, Tone II, "Seeking the highest..."
Having withdrawn thyself from human companionship,/ out of divine desire and
love for thy Lord, O Peter,/ thou didst dwell in caves of stone and deep
ravines;/ and thou didst receive a crown from Him.// Pray thou unceasingly, that
we be saved.
Kontakion for the venerable Onuphrius, Tone III, "Today the Virgin..."
Illumined by the radiance of the all-holy Spirit,/ O divinely wise one,/ thou
didst forsake all the tumults of life;/ and on reaching the desert, O venerable
father,/ thou didst gladden God the Creator, Who is over all things.//
Wherefore, Christ, the great Bestower of gifts, doth glorify thee, O blessed
Sts. John, Andrew, Heraclemon, and Theophilus, hermits of Egypt, s, Troparion, Tone IV
O God of our fathers, deal ever with us according to Thy gentleness; take not
Thy mercy from us, but by their supplications direct our life in peace.
Kontakion, in Tone VIII
Come ye, let us hymn them that were brethren in the flesh, yet more so in
spirit: the glorious John with the faithful Heraclemon, wondrous Andrew, and
Theophilus, beloved of God. For, lo! loving the cruel life of the desert, they
attained unto the longed-for heavenly homeland; where, abiding now in
blessedness, they pray with boldness for our souls.