O Great Mystery Tuesday, June 30, 2015
4th week after Pentecost, Tone III
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  • Shenouda, abbot of Dair al Abiad
  • Wednesday: The cross


  • Peter and Paul, Apostles
  • Monday: Powers of heaven

Middle feast without vigil Synaxis for the holy, glorious, and illustrious apostles.
Tuesday: The holy prophet and forerunner, John, the baptist.

For the synaxis
Troparion, Tone VIII
In flaming tongues you received the Holy Spirit, * and from there you went out to preach to all the world. * You destroyed the illusions of idolatry, * catching with the nets of your preaching those who were lost. * For this, the heavens tell out your glory, * while the firmament proclaims your work. * As we celebrate your memory in faith, * we beg the Lord to save us by your prayers.

Kondakion, Tone II
With great glory, * Christ, the rock, glorified the foundation stones of faith: * the chosen twelve disciples together with Paul. * As we mark their memory today in our faith, * let us glorify him who glorifies them.

For the forerunner
Troparion, Tone II
Praise goes well with every just man's memory, * but for you the witness of the Lord is more than enough. * Of all the prophets, you are indeed the greatest, * for while they could but foretell his coming, * you were chosen to baptize him in the Jordan. * Truth has cost you much, O John, the baptist, but joy has also filled your heart, * for even those long dead were graced to hear your words: * God has taken flesh to save the world from sin, * and grant us his great mercy.

Kondakion, Tone III
For years she bore the shame of being barren, * until she bore her son called John, * the last and greatest of the prophets. * When the one foretold by all of them set foot in Jordan's flow, * on him John laid his hand and showed himself to all the world * a prophet, herald, and forerunner of the word.

Theotokion, Tone II
Through you, O ever virgin Theotokos, we share in the divine nature. * It is only right, then, that we should revere you and praise you, * for you gave birth to God who took flesh for us.

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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