The Scripture Readings
Luke 24:1-12 (4th Matins Gospel)
Cheese Fare Sunday, Kontakion, Tone VI
O Lord, Who art the guide to wisdom, the bestower of prudence, the
instructor of the thoughtless, and the protector of the poor, strengthen and
enlighten my heart. Give me the gift of expression, O Thou Who art the Word of
the Father; for behold I will not prevent my lips from crying to Thee: O
Merciful Lord, have mercy on me who have fallen.
Troparion of the Sunday, Tone IV
When the women disciples of the Lord learned from the angel / the joyous message of Thy
resurrection, / they cast away the ancestral curse / and elatedly told the Apostles: / Death is
overthrown! / Christ God is risen, / granting the world great mercy!
Hymn to the Theotokos, Tone IV
The mystery of all eternity, / unknown even by angels, / through you, O Theotokos, is revealed
to those on earth: / God incarnate, by union without confusion. / He voluntarily accepted
the cross for us, / by which He resurrected the first-created man, / saving our souls
Kontakion of the Sunday, Tone IV
My Savior and Redeemer as God rose from the tomb and delivered the earthborn from their
chains. He has shattered the gates of hell, and as Master, He has risen on the third day!
Holy Martyr Agatha of Palermo in Sicily, Troparion, Tone IV
Thy ewe-lamb Agatha crieth out to Thee with a loud voice, O Jesus:/ "I
love Thee, O my Bridegroom,/ and, seeking Thee, I pass through many struggles:/
I am crucified and buried with Thee in Thy baptism,/ and suffer for Thy sake,
that I may reign with Thee;/ I die for Thee that I might live with Thee./ As an
unblemished sacrifice accept me,/ who sacrifice myself with love for Thee// By
her supplications save Thou our souls, in that Thou art merciful.
Troparion of the Feast, Tone I
Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos full of grace,/ for from thee hath shone forth
the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God,/ enlightening them that are in
darkness./ Be glad thou also, O righteous elder,/ who receivest in thine arms
the Deliver of our souls,// Who granteth us Resurrection.
Kontakion of the Martyr, Tone IV "Thou hast appeared today"
Let the Church be adorned today with a glorious robe of purple/ dyed in the
pure blood of the martyr Agatha,// crying out: Rejoice, O boast of Catania!
Kontakion of the feast, Tone I
O Thou Who didst hallow the Virgins womb by Thy birth/ and didst bless the
hands of Symeon as was meet,/ now Thou hast come and saved us O Christ God./ In
the midst of battle grant peace to Thy community,/ and strengthen kings whom
Thou hast loved,// O Thou Who alone lovest mankind.
St. Theodosius, archbishop of Chernigov, Troparion, Tone IV
O holy hierarch Theodosius, most honored among hierarchs, thou wast a beacon
to thy flock; then thou didst pass on to the mansions of heaven. Pray thou at
the throne of the King of glory, that He deliver us from the evils which assail
us and save our souls, O holy one, by thine intercessions.
Kontakion of St. Theodosius, in Tone IV
O holy hierarch Theodosius, for Christ the Chief Shepherd didst thou labor,
nurturing thy rational sheep in the spiritual pasture; and from Christ God didst
thou receive the gift of healing to cure the spiritual and bodily infirmities
of all that with faith have recourse to thy healing relics. Wherefore, pray thou
now, O holy one, that all that call upon thy name be saved from the assaults of
the enemy, and that our souls find mercy.