O Great Mystery Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Lesser feast The holy hieromartyr, Hippolytus of Rome.
Thursday: The holy apostles and Nicholas, archbishop of Myra and wonderworker

For Hippolytus
Troparion, Tone IV
By choosing the apostles' way of life, * you succeeded to their throne. * Inspired by God, * you found the way to divine contemplation through the practice of virtue, * and after teaching the word of truth without error, * you defended the faith to the very shedding of your blood. * O holy father, Hippolytus of Rome, * entreat the Lord to save our souls.

Kondakion, Tone I
The entire church is ablaze with your light, O holy father, priest and martyr, * for you enlighten our minds with the flashes of your wise, insightful words. * Therefore, as we mark your holy memory today, O venerable Hippolytus, * we beg you to remember us here below.

For the holy apostles
Troparion, Tone II
O you holy apostles, * entreat our merciful God to grant our souls the remission of sins.
For Nicholas
Troparion, Tone IV
O Nicholas, holy hierarch, * your flock has recognized you by the brilliance of your works. * You are a model of kindness and rule of faith, * a teacher of self-control. * Your lowliness has raised you to the heights of fame, * and your poverty has filled your hands with riches. * Beg Christ, our God, to save our souls.
For the holy apostles and Nicholas
Kondakion, Tone VI
Christ, the rock, made his chosen twelve foundation stones of faith, * and on them he established his holy church * wherein there appeared that wonderworking hierarch who cared for the poor. * Let us celebrate their memory with songs of praise * that we may also share in their wisdom and largess of heart * as, by grace, we share in their faith. * For the sake of Nicholas and your apostles, Christ, our God, save our souls.

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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