The Scripture Readings
Luke 24:1-12 (4th 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 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!
Great Martyr Theodore Stratelites, Troparion, Tone IV
Through true recruitment didst thou become a most worthy general of the
heavenly King,/ O passion-bearer Theodore;/ for thou didst wisely put on the
whole armor of God/ and, vanquishing legions of demons, thou didst show thyself
to be a victorious athlete.// Wherefore, with faith do we ever bless thee.
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 feast, in Tone I, the composition of Romanus the Melodist
Thou art come, O Christ our God, Who by Thy nativity didst sanctify the
Virgin's womb/ and fittingly bless the hands of Simeon;/ and, knowing our need,
Thou hast saved us./ Give peace to Thy commonwealth in time of battle/ and
strengthen our Orthodox hierarchs whom Thou hast loved against heresy and
schism,// O Thou Who alone lovest mankind.
Kontakion of the Great Martyr, Tone II Seeking the highest"
Having put on the whole armor of faith with valor of soul,/ and taking in
hand the word of god as a spear,/ thou didst conquer the enemy, O theodore,/
great among the martyrs.// With them cease thou never to entreat Christ God in
behalf of us all.