O Great Mystery Sunday, October 4, 2015
17th week after Pentecost, Tone I
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  • Peter, Alexis, Philip, and Jonah, of Moscow
  • Charitina, martyr
  • Monday: Powers of heaven


  • Denys, the Areopagite
  • Saturday: The dead in Christ

Great feast Our Venerable Father, Francis, Hierodeacon and Wonderworker of Assisi.

For Francis
Troparion, Tone III
When riches had impoverished the world, * you enriched it with the poverty of Christ, * and, by your love for all creation, you revealed to us the radiance of Tabor's light, * so that all nations see in you the deep desire of all mankind. * Beg Christ, our God, to save our souls.

Troparion, Tone I
In a mystical way, you were crucified with the saviour, O holy father, Francis, * bearing in your body the marks of his passion like Paul and Mark. * As the poorest among the saints of the Lord, * you were chosen to reveal the riches of divine mercy, * and by your love for all creation, * the new heaven and earth are brought together in you. * Since you enjoy the special favor of Christ, our God, * entreat him now to save our souls.

Kondakion, Tone VI
Hearing the words of the holy gospels, * you left your earthly father to serve your father in heaven, * showing us the riches of poverty and the perfect joy of the cross. * And in opposing the pride of the mighty with the humility of the simple, * and breaking down the walls of hatred with the power of your love, * you became yourself an image of the crucified Christ, * who is everywhere present and fills all things.

Blessed is the kingdom of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit both now and forever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

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