O Great Mystery Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Great Lent: 2 weeks before the Pasch
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  • Thursday: The holy apostles and Nicholas


  • Innocent, apostle of America
  • Tuesday: John, the baptist

Our venerable mother, Mary of Egypt.
Wednesday: The holy and lifegiving cross

For Mary of Egypt
Troparion, Tone VIII
Without stain was God's image preserved in you, O holy mother, Mary, * for you took up your cross and followed the Lord. * By word and example you taught us to live in the spirit while still in the flesh, * so that, now, you rejoice with the angels of heaven.

Kondakion, Tone IV
While you were still wandering about in the dismal darkness of sin, * the light of repentance burst forth in your heart and you turned to the Lord. * You offered him his own most pure and holy mother as your compassionate advocate, * for through her you had received the remission of your sins. * Now, you rejoice forever with the angels above.

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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