O Great Mystery Thursday, December 18, 2014
The Christmas Fast: 7 days until the birthday of our Lord Jesus Christ
27th week after Pentecost, Tone II
Today we celebrate:
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  • Boniface, archbishop of Maiz, and his companions
  • Friday: The cross


  • Daniel, and the three youths
  • Wednesday: The cross

The holy martyr, Sebastian of Milan, and his companions.
Thursday: The holy apostles and Nicholas, archbishop of Myra and wonderworker

For Sebastian
Troparion, Tone IV
Your martyrs fought a good fight, O Christ, our God, * and therefore they deserve the crown of incorruptible life. * Armed with your strength they vanquished their tormentors * and overcame the daring boldness of the powers of darkness. * For their sake, save our souls.

Kondakion, Tone VIII
Robed in the vesture of martyrdom drenched in your own blood, * you arrayed yourself in a mantle of royal purple, O deeply respected Sebastian. * Taking up your abode with the Lord in his kingdom that never ends, * you received the crown of your struggles with those who suffered at your side. * As now you celebrate with them, O wise and holy martyr, * do not forget us here below.

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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