O Great Mystery Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Great Lent: 6 weeks before the Pasch
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  • Wednesday: The cross


  • David, enlightener of Wales
  • Monday: Powers of heaven

Our father among the saints, Arsenius, bishop of Tver.
Tuesday: The holy prophet and forerunner, John, the baptist.

For Arsenius
Troparion, Tone IV
O Arsenius, 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.

Kondakion, Tone VIII
You earned the deep respect of all by the way you exercised your ministry, O holy hierarch, * for you enlightened your flock with wise and prudent teaching. * You labored tirelessly for your people and their needs, * firmly supporting a fruitful monastic life. * Today, we join in praising your greatness, * for you were a true successor to the throne of the apostles. * By your worthy prayers, O venerable father, Arsenius, * beg Christ, our God to deliver us from every evil.

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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