O Great Mystery Thursday, September 29, 2016
14th week after Pentecost, Tone V
Today we celebrate:
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  • Gregory, bishop of greater Armenia, hieromartyr
  • Friday: The cross


  • Baruch, prophet
  • Chariton, the confessor
  • Wednesday: The cross

Our venerable mother, Phoebe, the deaconess.
Thursday: The holy apostles and Nicholas, archbishop of Myra and wonderworker

For Phoebe
Troparion, Tone II
You put aside all the cares of this world that you might dedicate yourself to the service of others, * thus revealing yourself as a true disciple of Christ. * Holy mother, Phoebe, beg him to save our souls.

Kondakion, Tone VIII
Today, women everywhere join in honoring your blessed memory, O holy mother, Phoebe, * for you were a devoted and zealous worker in the vineyard of the Lord. * Since you enjoy his confidence and favor, * entreat him to grant peace and great mercy to us all.

For the holy apostles
Troparion, Tone II
O you holy apostles, * entreat our merciful God to grant our souls the remission of sins.
For Nicholas
Troparion, Tone IV
O Nicholas, 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.
For the holy apostles and Nicholas
Kondakion, Tone VI
Christ, the rock, made his chosen twelve foundation stones of faith, * and on them he established his holy church * wherein there appeared that wonderworking hierarch who cared for the poor. * Let us celebrate their memory with songs of praise * that we may also share in their wisdom and largess of heart * as, by grace, we share in their faith. * For the sake of Nicholas and your apostles, Christ, our God, save our souls.

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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