The Scripture Readings
Luke 24:36-53 (6th Matins Gospel)
Galatians 5:22-6:2 Saint
Luke 6:17-23 Saint
Hebrews 13:7-16 Fathers
John 17:1-13 Fathers
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!"
Commemoration of the Holy Fathers of the first six Ecumenical Councils,
Troparion, in Tone VIII
Most glorious art Thou, O Christ our God, Who hast established our fathers
upon the earth as beacons, and hast thereby guided us all to the true Faith! O
greatly Compassionate One, glory be to Thee!
Kontakion, in Tone VIII, "As the first fruits..."
The preaching of the apostles and the dogmas of the fathers sealed the one
Faith of the Church; and clad in the robe of truth woven of theology from on
high, it setteth aright and glorifieth the great mystery of piety.
Venerable Mother Macrina, Sister of St. Basil the Great, Troparion, in
In thee, O mother, that which was created according to the image of God was
manifestly saved./ For accepting thy cross thou didst follow after Christ,/ and
praying thou didst learn to disdain the flesh,/ for thou didst transcend it to
take care of thine immortal soul.// Wherefore, with the angels doth thy soul
rejoice, O venerable Macrina.
Venerable Father Dius, Troparion, in Tone I
A desert dweller, an angel in the flesh,/ and a wonderworker wast thou shown
to be,/ O our God-bearing father Dius,/ 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 to St. Dius, Tone II, "The steadfast..."
Divinely armed with purity of soul,/ and mightily wielding unceasing prayer
as a spear,/ thou didst cut down hordes of the demons./ O Dius, our
wonderworking father,// pray thou unceasingly for us all.
Kontakion to the Venerable Macrina, Tone IV, "Thou hast appeared..."
Thou didst love the good God with all thy heart,/ O venerable Macrina,/ and,
taking His precious Cross upon thy shoulder,/ thou didst zealously follow after
Him.// Wherefore, thou hast found forgiveness of offenses.
St. Seraphim of Sarov, Troparion, Tone IV
From thy youth didst thou love Christ, O blessed one;/ and, aflame with the
desire to serve Him alone,/ thou didst struggle in the wilderness in unceasing
prayer and labor;/ and with compunction of heart acquiring the love of Christ,/
thou wast shown to be the beloved favorite of the Mother of God./ Wherefore, we
cry unto thee:/ Save us by thy prayers, O our venerable father Seraphim.
Kontakion to St. Seraphim, Tone II
Having forsaken the beauty of the world and the corruption therein,/ thou
didst take up thine abode in the Monastery of Sarov./And having lived there as
an angel, thou didst become a path for many to salvation./ Wherefore, Christ
hath glorified thee, O father Seraphim,/ and enriched thee with the gift of
healings and miracles./ Therefore, we cry out to thee:// Rejoice, O our
venerable father Seraphim!