The Scripture Readings
John 20:19-25 Vespers, Gospel
The Bright Resurrection of Christ, Troparion. Tone V
Christ is risen from the dead, trampling on death by death, and on those in
the tombs bestowing life.
Kontakion, Tone VIII
Though Thou didst descend into the grave, O Immortal One, yet didst Thou
destroy the power of hell, and didst rise again as Conqueror, O Christ our God,
saying to the myrrhbearing women, Rejoice! and giving peace to Thine Apostles,
and offering to the fallen resurrection.
O great and holiest Passover, Christ! O Wisdom, Word and Power of God! Grant
that we may more perfectly
partake of Thee in the unending Day of Thy Kingdom.
Having slept in the flesh as a mortal, O King and Lord, Thou didst rise on
the third day. Thou didst raise up Adam from corruption and abolish death, O
Passover of incorruption, Salvation of the world!
Though Thou didst descend into the grave, O Immortal One, yet didst Thou destroy
the power of hell, and didst rise again as Conqueror, O Christ our God, saying
to the myrrbearing women, Rejoice! And giving peace to Thine Apostles, and
offering to the fallen resurrection.
In the grave bodily, in hell with the soul as God, in Paradise with the thief,
and on the throne with the Father and the Spirit wast Thou Who fillest all
things, O Christ the Infinite.
St. Hypatius the Wonderworker, Bishop of Gangra
No Troparion is given in the Menaion.
No Kontakion is given in the Menaion.
"Iveron" Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos, Troparion, in Tone I
The audacity of those who hate the image of the Lord and the might of the
impious came godlessly to Nicaea, and emissaries inhumanly interrogated the
widow who piously venerated the icon of the Mother of God; but at night, she and
her son cast the icon into the sea, crying out: "Glory to thee, O pure one, for
the trackless sea hath given thee its breast! Glory to thy straight journey, O
thou who alone art incorrupt!"
Kontakion, in Tone VIII
Even though thy holy icon was cast into the sea by the widow who was unable
to save it from the foe, O Theotokos, yet hath it been shown to be the preserver
of Mount Athos and the gatekeeper of the Monastery of Iveron, frightening away
the enemy and delivering from all misfortunes and dangers them that honor thee
in our homeland.
St. Innocent of Moscow, Troparion of the holy hierarch, in Tone I
Thy sound went forth unto all the lands of the midnight sun, for with the
light of the Gospel thou didst enlighten the ignorant who accepted thy words,
and whom thou didst teach in godly manner; and thou didst adorn their human
customs. O holy hierarch Innocent our father, thou boast of Russia, entreat
Christ God, that our souls be saved.
Or this troparion, in Tone III
O holy hierarch Innocent our father, thou who wast first to teach the tribes
which before lay in heathen darkness, and first to show them the way to
salvation, who didst labor as an apostle in the enlightenment of Siberia and
America: entreat the Master of all, that He grant peace to the whole world and
great mercy to our souls.
Kontakion, in Tone IV
Thou wast a true and truthful teacher; for, having thyself done what the Lord
commanded, thou didst thereby teach and instruct in piety those who came to
thee, didst enlighten unbelievers to recognize the true Faith, illumining them
with holy baptism. Wherefore, thou rejoicest with the apostles, receiving the
honor of an evangelist of Christ.