O Great Mystery Friday, May 22, 2015
Tone V
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  • Vladimir icon of the Theotokos arrives in Moscow
  • Saturday: The dead in Christ


  • The Ascension
  • Constantine, and his mother Helen
  • Thursday: The holy apostles and Nicholas

The holy martyr, Sophia, physician.
Friday: The holy and lifegiving cross

For Sophia
Troparion, Tone IV
Your life and death reveal the truth of your name, O holy virgin, * and in marking your memory today, we ask you to anoint us with your healing power, * that we, too, may praise the only Lord and lover of mankind.

Kondakion, Tone VI
Christ, the healer, doctors our nature weakened by so many miserable ills, * for, in his great compassion, he came to renew the whole creation, * and, in his wisdom, he shares his healing power with his chosen ones, * that we might honor Sophia as another wondrous vessel of his saving grace.

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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