O Great Mystery Friday, August 28, 2015
12th week after Pentecost, Tone III
Today we celebrate:
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  • The Beheading of John, the Baptist
  • Saturday: The dead in Christ


  • Pimen, monk
  • Thursday: The holy apostles and Nicholas

Our venerable father, Moses of Skete in Egypt, called the black.
Friday: The holy and lifegiving cross

For Moses
Troparion, Tone I
Like an angel in the flesh you lived in the desert, O godbearing father, Moses, * 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. * Glory to him who crowned you. * Glory to him * who heals us all through you.

Kondakion, Tone IV
You rebuked the demons to their face and upbraided your people, * enlightening them with a light more brilliant than the sun, * and with the light of your life and teachings, O holy father, Moses, * you direct our souls as well.

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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