O Great Mystery Wednesday, September 2, 2015
13th week after Pentecost, Tone IV
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  • Anthimus, bishop of Nicomedia
  • Theoctistus, companion of Euthymius, the great
  • Thursday: The holy apostles and Nicholas


  • The new year
  • Simeon, the stylite
  • Tuesday: John, the baptist

The holy prophet, Joshua.
The holy martyr, Mamas
Wednesday: The holy and lifegiving cross

For Joshua
Troparion, Tone II
Today, we honor your prophet, Joshua, O Lord: * By his prayers save our souls.

Kondakion, Tone V
Chosen by Moses to lead the people of God into the promised land, * you led them through the waters of the Jordan. * Thus, by your actions as well as by your name * you foreshadow the saviour, who leads us through the waters of baptism. * O holy prophet, Joshua, * beg him now to save our souls.

For Mamas
Troparion, Tone II
It was clear that you belonged to the Lord from childhood, O holy Mamas, * and your holinesss endeared you to man and beast alike. * As a youth you gave your blood for Christ, * so that you became the splendor of martyrs. * Beg Christ, our God, to grant peace to the world, * and to us his great mercy.

Kondakion, Tone VII
With the staff entrusted to you by God, * lead your people as a flock to life-giving pastures, * and enable those who honor you, * to trample their invisible and mighty enemies beneath their feet, * for you are their fervent intercessor.

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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