O Great Mystery Monday, April 27, 2015
Tone II
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  • Nectarius, Arsacius, Atticus, and Sissinius, archb
  • Tuesday: John, the baptist


  • Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing Women
  • Basil, bishop of Amaseia in Pontus

Lesser feast The holy hieromartyr, Simeon, cousin of the Lord and second bishop of Jerusalem.
Monday: The powers of heaven.

For Simeon
Troparion, Tone I
In solemn canticles and sacred hymns, O valiant martyr and cousin of the Lord, * we celebrate your triumph in the struggle against error and deceit, * for, as a prince among the priests of God, * you preserved the faith of Christ intact. * Obtain for us remission of our sins.

Kondakion, Tone IV
Today, the church honors the hierarch, Simeon, as a brilliant star of Jerusalem, * for he was a perfect teacher of the things of God. * Filled with light and joy, * she hails him as a precious crown of martyrs.

For the powers of heaven
Troparion, Tone IV
O leaders of the hosts of heaven, * shield us with the wings of your unearthly glory, * and keep us safe from harm. * Worthless as we are, * we fall before you endlessly entreating you: * Rescue us from all affliction, * O you who lead the powers of heaven.

Kondakion, Tone II
O leaders of God's spirit hosts who celebrate his glory, * you guides of all mankind who also head angelic legions: * Come and fill our every need, * and beg our God to grant us his great mercy.

Theotokion, Tone IV
Raised in the temple of the Lord near the holy of holies, * you were schooled in faith and wisdom, and robed in virginity beyond compare. * To you Gabriel came with this message from on high: * Hail to you, most blessed one, O favorite of God, * the Lord is with you.

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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