The Scripture Readings
Mark 16:1-8 (2nd Matins Gospel)
Galatians 3:23-29 (Venerable Mary)
Luke 7:36-50 (Venerable Mary)
The Fifth Sunday of Great Lent: Venerable Mary of Egypt, Troparion, Tone
In thee, O Mother, was carefully preserved what is according to the Image.
For thou didst take the Cross and follow Christ. By so doing thou didst teach us
to disregard the flesh, for it passes away, but to care for the soul as an
immortal thing. Therefore, St. Mary, thy spirit rejoices with the Angels.
Kontakion, Tone IV
Having escaped the fog of sin, and having illumined thy heart with the light
of penitence, O glorious one, thou didst come to Christ and didst offer to Him
His immaculate and holy Mother as a merciful intercessor. Hence thou hast found
remission for transgressions, and with the angels thou ever rejoicest.
Troparion of the Sunday, Tone V
Let us, the faithful, praise and worship the Word, / Co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit,
/ born for our salvation from the Virgin, / for He willed to be lifted up on the cross in the
flesh, / to endure death / and to raise the dead by His glorious resurrection.
Hymn to the Theotokos, Tone V
Rejoice, O impassable gate of the Lord! / Rejoice, O wall and protection of those who run to
you! / Rejoice, O unshakable refuge! / Rejoice, O Virgin Mother of your God and Creator! /
Do not cease praying for those who praise you and worship your Son. (1x)
Blessed be the name of the Lord, henceforth and forever more.
Kontakion of the Sunday, Tone V
Thou didst descend into hell, O my Savior, / shattering its gates as almighty; / resurrecting
the dead as Creator, / and destroying the sting of death. / Thou hast delivered Adam from the
curse, O Lover of Man, / and we all cry to Thee: "O Lord, save us!"
St. Hypatius the Wonderworker, Bishop of Gangra
No Troparion is given in the Menaion.
No Kontakion is given in the Menaion.
"Iveron" Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos, Troparion, in Tone I
The audacity of those who hate the image of the Lord and the might of the
impious came godlessly to Nicaea, and emissaries inhumanly interrogated the
widow who piously venerated the icon of the Mother of God; but at night, she and
her son cast the icon into the sea, crying out: "Glory to thee, O pure one, for
the trackless sea hath given thee its breast! Glory to thy straight journey, O
thou who alone art incorrupt!"
Kontakion, in Tone VIII
Even though thy holy icon was cast into the sea by the widow who was unable
to save it from the foe, O Theotokos, yet hath it been shown to be the preserver
of Mount Athos and the gatekeeper of the Monastery of Iveron, frightening away
the enemy and delivering from all misfortunes and dangers them that honor thee
in our homeland.
St. Innocent of Moscow, Troparion of the holy hierarch, in Tone I
Thy sound went forth unto all the lands of the midnight sun, for with the
light of the Gospel thou didst enlighten the ignorant who accepted thy words,
and whom thou didst teach in godly manner; and thou didst adorn their human
customs. O holy hierarch Innocent our father, thou boast of Russia, entreat
Christ God, that our souls be saved.
Or this troparion, in Tone III
O holy hierarch Innocent our father, thou who wast first to teach the tribes
which before lay in heathen darkness, and first to show them the way to
salvation, who didst labor as an apostle in the enlightenment of Siberia and
America: entreat the Master of all, that He grant peace to the whole world and
great mercy to our souls.
Kontakion, in Tone IV
Thou wast a true and truthful teacher; for, having thyself done what the Lord
commanded, thou didst thereby teach and instruct in piety those who came to
thee, didst enlighten unbelievers to recognize the true Faith, illumining them
with holy baptism. Wherefore, thou rejoicest with the apostles, receiving the
honor of an evangelist of Christ.