O Great Mystery Wednesday, July 23, 2014
6th week after Pentecost, Tone V
Today we celebrate:
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  • Roman and David, protomartyrs of Rus
  • Thursday: The holy apostles and Nicholas


  • Mary Magdalen
  • Tuesday: John, the baptist

Lesser feast The holy hieromartyrs, Apollonaris and Vitalis, bishops of Ravenna, and Apollonius, bishop of Rome.
Wednesday: The holy and lifegiving cross

For the bishops
Troparion, Tone III
The fertile plain of your hearts, O illustrious hierarchs, * brought forth an abundant harvest of virtue. * By the flowering of divine grace, * you grace us with the sweet fragrance of the truth of faith, * rejecting every fragmentation of life as reeking of death. * Beg Christ, our God, to save our souls.

Kondakion, Tone I
The pure and spotless grace of the Holy Spirit filled your hearts, O holy fathers, * making you intrepid shepherds of the flock of Christ, the saviour. * By your zeal for the faith and your courage to defend it, * you provide all people with an example of the true hierarch. * O wise and holy fathers, * beseech the Lord to save us from the passions that assail us.

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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