O Great Mystery Friday, September 22, 2017
15th week after Pentecost, Tone VI
Today we celebrate:
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  • The conception of John, the Baptist
  • Saturday: The dead in Christ


  • Thursday: The holy apostles and Nicholas

The holy prophet, Jonah.
The holy hieromartyr, Phocas, bishop of Sinope.
Friday: The holy and lifegiving cross

For Jonah
Troparion, Tone II
Today we honor your prophet, Jonah, O Lord: * By his prayers, save our souls.

Kondakion, Tone IV
In accepting the call from on high to be the prophet of the Lord, O holy Jonah, * you were ready even to be swallowed by a whale in fulfillment of the divine plan. * And by coming forth from that fish after three days, * you prefigured the resurrection of the word. * Therefore, we honor you as a marvelous type of the redeemer, * for you reveal to us the mystery of God's love for all mankind.

For Phocas
Troparion, Tone IV
By choosing the apostles' way of life, * you succeeded to their throne. * Inspired by God, * you found the way to divine contemplation through the practice of virtue, * and after teaching the word of truth without error, * you defended the faith to the very shedding of your blood. * O holy father, Phocas, * entreat the Lord to save our souls.

Kondakion, Tone VI
As a bishop you offered the sacrifice of the holy mysteries, O father, Phocas, * and then, one day, it was yourself you offered as a sacrifice in martyrdom, * and he who is most merciful accepted your life, your faith, and your efforts as a delightful frangrance. * Beg him to save our souls.

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 sonís 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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