O Great Mystery Saturday, February 28, 2015
First Week of Great Lent: Clean Saturday
Today we celebrate:
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  • The testing of Christ in the wilderness
  • The victory of orthodoxy
  • Eudocia


  • Procopius, the decapolitan
  • Friday: The cross

First Saturday of Lent: The greatmartyr, Theodore, the recruit.
Our venerable father, Basil, confessor and companion of Procopius.
Saturday: All the dead in Christ

For Theodore
Troparion, Tone II
How great is the power of faith: * By faith, the holy martyr, Theodore, rejoiced in flames as if in cool, refreshing water. * Consumed by fire, * he offered himself to the triune God as an oblation of love. * By his prayers, O Christ, our God, * save our souls.
For Basil
Troparion, Tone I
Like an angel in the flesh you lived in the desert, O godbearing father, Basil, * and there you performed great wonders. * Through fasting , watchfulness, and prayer, you obtained heavenly gifts, * and with these you heal the souls of the needy who approach you in faith. * Glory to him who gave you this power. * Glroy to him who crowned you. * Glory to him * who heals us all through you.

Kondakion, Tone II
O wise and saintly Basil, * from on high you were inspired by God to ignore the tumult of this world, * and to give your heart and soul to monastic life without reserve. * There, you received many gifts of the spirit, * as well as the love to heal those in need.

For the dead in Christ
Troparion, Tone II
All you apostles and martyrs, * you prophets and hierarchs, * monks and nuns and holy men and women of all times: * Valiantly have you fought, persevering in the faith. * For this, the Lord is sure to hear your prayers. * Remind him of his loving kindness, * and beg him to save our souls.

Troparion, Tone II
In your loving kindness, Lord, remember all your servants who have passed away. * Forgive them all the wrong they ever did, * for no one can boast a sinless life. * You alone have never sinned, * and you alone can give the dead repose.

Kondakion, Tone VIII
With your holy ones, O Christ, * give rest to the souls of your departed servants, * where there is neither suffering, nor sorrow, nor sighing, * but life everlasting.

Kondakion, Tone VIII
To you, creator of all things, * the universe presents the saints as the first fruits of creation. * For their sake, O saviour, rich in mercy, * preserve us all in holiness and peace through the Theotokos.

Theotokion, Tone II
With the praise the angels offer you do we praise you, * O mother of ineffable light.

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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