O Great Mystery Wednesday, July 1, 2015
4th week after Pentecost, Tone III
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  • Deposition of the robe and cincture of Theotokos
  • Thursday: The holy apostles and Nicholas


  • Synaxis for the apostles
  • Tuesday: John, the baptist

Lesser feast Our venerable father, Shenouda, abbot of Dair al Abiad, now called Dair anba Shenute, in the Thebaid.
Wednesday: The holy and lifegiving cross

For Shenouda
Troparion, Tone VIII
Without stain was God's image preserved in you, O holy father, Shenouda, * for you took up your cross and followed the Lord. * By word and example you taught us to live in the spirit while still in the flesh, * so that, now, you rejoice with the angels of heaven.

Kondakion, Tone VI
Consumed by zeal for genuine monastic living, * and firmly opposing singularity and competition, * you led your disciples to simplicity of life. * As a bright and shining light at Ephesus, * and as the father of your flock, * you are indeed a mystic of divine grace, Shenouda, holy father. * Beg the Lord to save us.

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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