O Great Mystery Friday, November 27, 2015
The Christmas Fast: 28 days until the birthday of our Lord Jesus Christ
25th week after Pentecost, Tone VIII
Today we celebrate:
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  • James, the Persian, martyr
  • Saturday: The dead in Christ


  • Thanksgiving
  • Alypius the stylite
  • Thursday: The holy apostles and Nicholas

Great feast The Feast of the Icon of the Sign of Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-virgin, Mary.
Friday: The holy and lifegiving cross

For the Theotokos
Troparion, Tone IV
Behold the wish that no one dared to wish, * and the dream that no one dared to dream: * God becomes a child in the womb of a chaste and loving girl, * and chaste and loving she remains. * Filled with awe by this mystery, we cry out to you, O Christ: * By the prayers of your most pure mother, save us.

Kondakion, Tone VI
O holy mother of the divine child, * help us to learn the perfection of his love and imitate it, * that hate may disappear from the face of the earth, * and the love that only he can give may take its place.

Jerusalem Troparion, Tone II
Like Moses of old, * let us also remove our sandals and draw near to this maiden, * and in the presence of her glory, * let us ponder the mystery the Lord reveals to us today: * For a chaste and spotless womb suddenly becomes a furnace full of fire.

Exapostilarion, Tone I
We see you as a lamp with many lights, O Theotokos, * a bridal chamber created by the Lord himself. * As a glittering vessel of the finest gold, * you received the giver of light, * and through you he delivers us from the darkness of sin.

At Psalm 51[50], Tone VI
Today, the portals of heaven are opened to us, * and the gate of heaven herself ushers in the grace of joy, * for the Theotokos presents the sign of her conception to all the world, * that heaven and earth might be brought together through her, * for the salvation of our souls.

For the cross
Troparion, Tone I
O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance. * Give victory to those who battle evil, * and with your cross protect us all.

Kondakion, Tone IV
Bestow your mercies on all who bear your name, * O you who freely let yourself be raised upon the cross. * In your power, gladden all who battle evil, * by gracing them with victory over every foe. * For as long as they have you as their ally, * they possess a weapon of peace, * unfailing trophy of victory.

Stavrotheotokion, Tone I
Surrounded by the grace of your sonís holy cross, * we hasten to sing your praises, O lady most pure. * For we enjoy your constant intercession * that preserves us from every evil.

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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