O Great Mystery Monday, April 21, 2014
Bright Week
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  • Theodore of Sykeon in Galatia, bishop
  • Tuesday: John, the baptist


  • The Pasch
  • Theodore, the hairy

The holy hieromartyr, Januarius, and his companions, and the holy Theodore of Perga in Pamphylia, also a martyr.
Monday: The powers of heaven.

For the martyrs
Troparion, Tone III
As hierarchs anointed with the chrism of holy orders, * you were good shepherds of your godfearing flocks. * When evil snatched you away and devoured you all like sheep, * you willingly gave yourselves as an offering to that first among shepherds, the divine word. * How like your master you are, O priests and martyrs worthy of all praise! * In our devotion to you, O you beacons for all the world, * we implore you to pray for us who cherish your memory.

Kondakion, Tone III
O glorious Januarius and Theodore, * the chrism of the priesthood and the blood of the martyrdom made you both more handsome than ever. * And even now, you shine forth more gloriously than the lights of heaven from your place at the right of the Lord. * Receive us as we approach you in faith this day, * and intercede for us with the only lover of mankind.

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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