O Great Mystery Wednesday, May 4, 2016
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  • Irene, virgin martyr
  • Thursday: The holy apostles and Nicholas


  • Theodosius, initiator of the common life in Rus
  • Tuesday: John, the baptist

The holy virgin martyr, Pelagia.
Wednesday: The holy and lifegiving cross

For Pelagia
Troparion, Tone IV
With great love, the virgin martyr, Pelagia, cries out to her Lord, * offering him the martyrdom she endured for him. * As by baptism she was buried with him that she might rise with him, * so, by her sufferings, she died to live in him. * Having given Christ the pure oblation of her life, * she now reigns with him in glory. * By her prayers, O Christ, in your mercy save our souls.

Kondakion, Tone I
With your heart aflame with love of Christ, * you bravely endured the bitter death of being burned alive. * And in freely embracing such a fate, * you became a fragrant oblation before the throne of the master. * For this, we honor your memory today, O lovely Pelagia, * for you are a martyr rich in the holiness and wisdom of God.

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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