O Great Mystery Friday, April 28, 2017
Tone I
Today we celebrate:
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  • The nine martyrs of Cyzica
  • Saturday: The dead in Christ


  • Simeon, cousin of the Lord
  • Thursday: The holy apostles and Nicholas

Lesser feast Our fathers among the saints, Nectarius, Arsacius, Atticus, and Sissinius, archbishops of Constantinople.
Friday: The holy and lifegiving cross

For the archbishops
Troparion, Tone IV
As you watch over us even now, O godbearing shepherds of the church of Christ, * earnestly entreat the shepherd of the universe on our behalf, * that he will grant peace to the world and to us his great mercy.

Kondakion, Tone VII
These glorious hierarchs were aflame with the love of Christ, * and they carried their cross cheerfully and courageously. * They imitated him in this life to enjoy his glory in the next, * and so now they rejoice in the company of their colleagues, * where they always pray 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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