O Great Mystery Sunday, August 2, 2015
8th week after Pentecost, Tone VIII
Today we celebrate:
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  • Stephen, pope of Rome
  • Monday: Powers of heaven


  • The Maccabees, Salome, and elder Eleazar, martyrs
  • Saturday: The dead in Christ

Middle feast without vigil The dedication of the little church of the Theotokos at Assisi, named St Mary of the Angels, popularly called little portion.

For the Theotokos
Troparion, Tone IV
Jacob anointed the rock at Bethel, * calling it the house of God, the gate of heaven, and awesome place. * Solomon dedicated the temple at Jerusalem, * and a great, white cloud bore the Lord to his throne. * You are that rock, that cloud, and that temple, * O virgin Theotokos.

Kondakion, Tone IV
Blessed are you, O Christ, our God, * for you have shown us your infinite mercy in the temple of your most pure mother. * By her prayers, and those of our father, Francis, * with your mighty arm protect these holy communities from all the assaults of the evil one, * O only Lover of mankind.

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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