O Great Mystery Thursday, October 30, 2014
20th week after Pentecost, Tone III
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Tomorrow

  • Apostles numbered among the seventy
  • Friday: The cross

Yesterday

  • Anastasia, martyred nun
  • Wednesday: The cross

Lesser feast Our fathers among the saints John, the faster, Paul, the younger, and Ignatius, archbishops of Constantinople.
Thursday: The holy apostles and Nicholas, archbishop of Myra and wonderworker

For John
Troparion, Tone VIII
Endurance gained you your reward, O holy father, John, * for you persevered in prayer and loving concern for the poor. * Entreat Christ, our God, to save our souls.
For Paul
Troparion, Tone I
Your simplicity of life revealed its richness, * while your ministry showed how much you admired the apostle Paul. * Your only concern was Christ and his flock, * so that in death you passed like the apostles into eternal bliss, O holy father. * Pray for the salvation of our souls.
For John, Paul, and Ignatius
Kondakion, Tone IV
As divine vessels of abstinence and self-control, * you became treasure chests of true devotion. * Your lives revealed your perfect charity, * and the generosity of your almsgiving showed the depth of your love for the poor. * O venerable fathers and hierarchs of the Church of Christ, * beg him to grant us his great mercy.
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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