O Great Mystery Saturday, September 23, 2017
15th week after Pentecost, Tone VI
Today we celebrate:
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Tomorrow

  • Thecla, protomartyr

Yesterday

  • Jonah, prophet
  • Phocas, bishop of Sinope, hieromartyr
  • Friday: The cross

Lesser feast The conception of John, the Baptist.
Saturday: All the dead in Christ

For the conception
Troparion, Tone IV
The conception of the forerunner took place in sterility, * to point out and condemn the sterility of the law. * For John became the torch of grace that dispelled the darkness of types and figures, * so that Christ, the true light, might alone shine forth and flood our souls with light.

Kondakion, Tone IV
The priest was informed by an angel of the wonder God was working in their lives, * and so it was, indeed, that his sterile wife brought forth their son, John. * He it was who became the forerunner and herald of the word, * a guide for all on the way to salvation. * For this, we, too, celebrate his conception, * glorifying the only saviour of our souls.

For the dead in Christ
Troparion, Tone II
All you apostles and martyrs, * you prophets and hierarchs, * monks and nuns and holy men and women of all times: * Valiantly have you fought, persevering in the faith. * For this, the Lord is sure to hear your prayers. * Remind him of his loving kindness, * and beg him to save our souls.

Troparion, Tone II
In your loving kindness, Lord, remember all your servants who have passed away. * Forgive them all the wrong they ever did, * for no one can boast a sinless life. * You alone have never sinned, * and you alone can give the dead repose.

Kondakion, Tone VIII
With your holy ones, O Christ, * give rest to the souls of your departed servants, * where there is neither suffering, nor sorrow, nor sighing, * but life everlasting.

Kondakion, Tone VIII
To you, creator of all things, * the universe presents the saints as the first fruits of creation. * For their sake, O saviour, rich in mercy, * preserve us all in holiness and peace through the Theotokos.

Theotokion, Tone II
With the praise the angels offer you do we praise you, * O mother of ineffable light.

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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