O Great Mystery Monday, May 25, 2015
Tone VI
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  • Stephen, archbishop of Constantinople
  • Tuesday: John, the baptist


  • Sunday of the Fathers of Nicaea
  • Simeon, the younger, the stylite

Our venerable father, Alban, protomartyr of the English.
Monday: The powers of heaven.

For Alban
Troparion, Tone I
Your martyr, Alban, fought a good fight, O Christ, our God, * and therefore he deserves the crown of incorruptible life. * Armed with your strength he vanquished his tormentors * and overcame the daring boldness of the powers of darkness. * For his sake, save our souls.

Kondakion, Tone I
Fruitful Britain bears your name aloft in glory, O holy Alban, * rejoicing in you as the firstfruit of her offering to the Lord Christ. * Pray without ceasing for us all.

For the powers of heaven
Troparion, Tone IV
O leaders of the hosts of heaven, * shield us with the wings of your unearthly glory, * and keep us safe from harm. * Worthless as we are, * we fall before you endlessly entreating you: * Rescue us from all affliction, * O you who lead the powers of heaven.

Kondakion, Tone II
O leaders of God's spirit hosts who celebrate his glory, * you guides of all mankind who also head angelic legions: * Come and fill our every need, * and beg our God to grant us his great mercy.

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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