O Great Mystery Monday, November 24, 2014
The Christmas Fast: 31 days until the birthday of our Lord Jesus Christ
24th week after Pentecost, Tone VII
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Lesser feast Our fathers among the saints, the archbishops, Clement, pope of Rome, and Peter, pope of Alexandria.
Monday: The powers of heaven.

For Clement and Peter
Troparion, Tone III
The fertile plain of your hearts, O illustrious hierarchs, * brought forth an abundant harvest of virtue. * By the flowering of divine grace, * you grace us with the sweet fragrance of the truth of faith, * rejecting every fragmentation of life as reeking of death. * Beg Christ, our God, to save our souls.

Kondakion, Tone I
The pure and spotless grace of the Holy Spirit filled your hearts, O holy fathers, * making you intrepid shepherds of the flock of Christ, the saviour. * By your zeal for the faith and your courage to defend it, * you provide all people with an example of the true hierarch. * O wise and holy father, Clement, * join Peter in saving us from the passions that assail us.

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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