O Great Mystery Monday, July 24, 2017
7th week after Pentecost, Tone VI
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Middle feast without vigil The holy protomartyrs of Rus, Boris and Gleb, in baptism named Roman and David.
Monday: The powers of heaven.

For Roman and David
Troparion, Tone II
In obedience to the gospels, you died as victims of passion, * refusing to oppose the hostile violence of your jealous brother. * But, in killing your bodies, * he was unable to touch your souls. * Thus, let all who lust after power groan in frustration. * But you, O chaste and gentle Roman and David, * you have entered the joy of the Trinity. * Do not forget us or the children of Rus, * but pray for salvation for us all.

Kondakion, Tone III
Today, O noble Roman and David, * the celebration of your glorious memory draws us together in praise of Christ, our God. * Today, we also pray for your continued intercession on our behalf. * Like Christ, you, too, were victims of passion. * So now that you enjoy his presence, * do not forget us here below.

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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