The Scripture Readings
Matthew 28:16-20 (1st Matins Gospel)
2 Timothy 3:10-15
After Matin Gospel, Publican and the Pharisee, Troparion, Tone VIII
Open to me the doors of
repentance, O Life-giver. For my spirit rises early to pray towards Thy holy
temple, bearing the temple of my body all defiled. But in Thy compassion, purify
me by the loving kindness of Thy mercy.
Make straight for me the paths of salvation, O Mother of
God. For I have profaned my soul with shameful sins, and have wasted my whole
life in easy-going indifference. But by thy intercessions deliver me from all
Have mercy on me, O God, according to Thy great mercy; and
according to the multitude of Thy compassions, blot out my transgression. When I
think of the multitude of ghastly things I have done, wretch that I am, I
tremble at the fearful day of Judgment. But trusting in the mercy of Thy loving
kindness; like David I cry to Thee: Have mercy on me, O God, according to Thy
(Note: These penitential songs are sung on Sundays during the Great Fast
from the Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee to the fifth week.)
Kontakion, Tone IV
Let us avoid the proud speaking of the Pharisee and
learn humility from the groans of the Publican, and let us cry in penitence: O
Saviour of the world, be merciful to Thy servants.
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,
St. Macarius the Egyptian, Troparion, Tone I
A desert dweller, an angel in the flesh,/ and a wonderworker wast thou shown
to be,/ O our God-bearing father Macarius,/ for having acquired heavenly
gifts through fasting, vigilance, and prayer,/ thou dost heal the infirm,/ and
the souls of those who have recourse to thee with faith./ Glory to Him Who hath
given thee strength!/ Glory to Him Who hath crowned thee!// Glory to Him Who
worketh healings for all through thee!
Kontakion, Tone IV, "Thou hast appeared"
The Lord truly set thee in the house of abstinence/ like a star which
wandereth not,/ guiding the ends of the earth with light,/ O venerable
Macarius,// father of fathers.
And this Kontakion, Tone I, "The choir of the angels"
Having in life reached the end of a blessed life/ with the choirs of the
martyrs,/ thou dwellest in the land of the meek,/ as is meet, O God-bearing
Macarius;/ and having populated the desert as it were a city,/ thou hast
received from God the grace of miracles.// Wherefore, we honor thee.