The Scripture Readings
John 20:11-18 (8th Matins Gospel)
2 Timothy 4:5-8 Sunday Before
Mark 1:1-8 Sunday Before
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!"
Holy Martyr Gordius, Troparion, Tone IV
In his suffering, O Lord,/ Thy martyr Gordius received an imperishable crown
from Thee our God;/ for, possessed of Thy might,/ he set at nought the
tormentors and crushed the feeble audacity of the demons.// By his supplications
save Thou our souls.
Forefeast of the Theophany, Troparion, Tone IV
Make ready, O Zebulon!/ Adorn thyself, O Nephthali!/ O River Jordan, leaping
up,/ receive thou the Master Who cometh to be Baptized!/ Rejoice, O Adam, with
our first mother!/ Hide not yourselves as ye did before in paradise;/ for He
that beheld you naked hath appeared,/ that He may clothe you in your
primal raiment.// Christ hath appeared, desiring to make all creation new!
Kontakion of the Prophet Malachias, Tone IV, "Thou hast appeared"
Enriched by the gift of prophecy, O prophet,/ thou didst manifestly proclaim
salvation to the world and the advent of Christ,// by Whose radiance the world
hath been illumined.
Kontakion of the Martyr, Tone VIII, "As firstfruits"
The drops of thy sweat have watered the whole earth, O all-glorious Gordius,/
and thou hast gladdened the whole world with thy precious blood./ By thy
supplications, O divinely wise one, save all who hymn and bless thee with
faith,// crying out a worthy hymn to thee, O most lauded one, as a great
Kontakion of the Forefeast, Tone IV, "Thou hast appeared today"
In the streams of the Jordan the Lord crieth out to John today:/ Fear not to
baptize Me,// for I have come to save Adam the first-created!