O Great Mystery Tuesday, September 16, 2014
14th week after Pentecost, Tone V
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  • Sophia and her daughters, martyrs
  • Wednesday: The cross


  • Nicetas the Goth, martyr
  • Monday: Powers of heaven

The greatmartyr, Euphemia.
Tuesday: The holy prophet and forerunner, John, the baptist.

For Euphemia
Troparion, Tone III
So wonderfully did you preserve yourself from every stain, O illustrious Euphemia, * that in death there came from you the fragrance of healing, * a gift you received from Christ himself. * Because of your intercessions for us, * he bestows on us his great mercy.

Kondakion, Tone IV
In embracing martyrdom, you embraced the noblest of struggles, * and after your death you sanctify us in a stream of wonderous signs. * Therefore, we honor your passing today, * inspired to approach you with fervent faith, * seeking deliverance from our troubles, * and an abundance of grace through your intercession.

For the forerunner
Troparion, Tone II
Praise goes well with every just man's memory, * but for you the witness of the Lord is more than enough. * Of all the prophets, you are indeed the greatest, * for while they could but foretell his coming, * you were chosen to baptize him in the Jordan. * Truth has cost you much, O John, the baptist, but joy has also filled your heart, * for even those long dead were graced to hear your words: * God has taken flesh to save the world from sin, * and grant us his great mercy.

Kondakion, Tone III
For years she bore the shame of being barren, * until she bore her son called John, * the last and greatest of the prophets. * When the one foretold by all of them set foot in Jordan's flow, * on him John laid his hand and showed himself to all the world * a prophet, herald, and forerunner of the word.

Theotokion, Tone II
Through you, O ever virgin Theotokos, we share in the divine nature. * It is only right, then, that we should revere you and praise you, * for you gave birth to God who took flesh for us.

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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