O Great Mystery Thursday, June 29, 2017
3rd week after Pentecost, Tone II
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  • Synaxis for the apostles
  • Friday: The cross

Yesterday

  • Irenaeus, bishop of Lyons
  • Wednesday: The cross

Great feast The Holy, Glorious, and Illustrious Princes of the Apostles, Peter and Paul.
Thursday: The holy apostles and Nicholas, archbishop of Myra and wonderworker

For Peter and Paul
Troparion, Tone IV
O leaders of the apostles and teachers of the world, * entreat the master of all to grant peace to the world, * and to us his great mercy.

Troparion, Tone I
What prison has not held you? * What church has not heard you? * Damascus is elated with you, O holy Paul, * and Rome boasts about receiving your blood, * but Tarsus shows even greater joy and love in honoring the memory of your youth. * So now, Peter, rock of faith, * and you, O Paul, glory of the universe, * come forth together from Rome and make us stand firm.

Kondakion, Tone II
Into eternal rest and the enjoyment of your heavenly delights, O Lord, * you have welcomed those steadfast and divinely inspired leaders of your disciples. * And you accepted their labors and sufferings in preference to any offering, * O you who alone know what is in the heart of man.

Kondakion, Tone II
In your ineffable wisdom, Christ God, * you have given fishermen wisdom beyond that of orators, * sending them forth to preach throughout the world. * Through them, strengthen your church, * and bestow your blessing on the faithful, * O you who alone know what is in the heart of man.

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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