O Great Mystery Wednesday, October 26, 2016
18th week after Pentecost, Tone I
Today we celebrate:
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  • Nestor, companion of Demetrius
  • Thursday: The holy apostles and Nicholas


  • Marcian, the reader, and Martyrius, the chanter
  • Tuesday: John, the baptist

Middle feast without vigil The holy greatmartyr, Demetrius of Thessalonica.
Wednesday: The holy and lifegiving cross

For Demetrius
Troparion, Tone III
O invincible soldier of Christ, * O victorious Demetrius, * the Lord has given you to us as a mighty protector against every danger. * As you inspired Nestor to stand firm against the arrogance of Lyaius, * so plead our cause with Christ, * that he will grant us his great mercy.

Kondakion, Tone II
God himself endowed you with great strength, O Demetrius, * and bathing his church in the flowing crimson of your blood, * he covers the city of your birth with divine love, * for it is you yourself who watch over it with encouragement and support.

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 son's 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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