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.
St. Athanasius the Great, Patriarch of Alexandria, Troparion, Tone III
Thou wast a pillar of Orthodoxy,/ strengthening the Church with divine
dogmas, O sacred hierarch Athanasius;/ for, preaching the Son as consubstantial
with the Father,/ thou didst put Arius to shame.// O venerable father, entreat
Christ God, that He grant us great mercy.
Kontakion, Tone II, "Of thy blood..."
Planting Orthodox doctrines,/ thou didst cut down the thorns of heresy,/
increasing the seed of the Faith with the rain of the Spirit, O venerable
one;// wherefore, we hymn thee, O Athanasius.
St. Boris-Michael, prince of Bulgaria, Troparion, in Tone VI
Full of the fear of God, and enlightened by holy baptism, thou becamest a
habitation of the Holy Spirit, O right-believing King Boris; and having
established the Orthodox Faith in the land of Bulgaria, and set aside the
scepter of kingship, thou madest thine abode in the wilderness, didst flourish
in ascetic struggles, and found grace before the Lord. And now, standing before
the throne of the Most High, pray thou, that He grant unto us who entreat thee
salvation for our souls.
Kontakion of the saint, in Tone VIII, "To thee, the champion leader..."
O chosen leader of God Most High, Who by the power of the Cross triumphed
over the uprising of darkness and planted piety in thy land, as thou hast
boldness before the Lord, by thy supplications preserve thy posterity, that we
may cry to thee: Rejoice, O King Boris, equal of the apostles, baptizer of the
land of Bulgaria!