O Great Mystery Thursday, October 23, 2014
19th week after Pentecost, Tone II
Today we celebrate:
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  • Syncletica, and her companions
  • Friday: The cross


  • Averkius, bishop of Hieropolis, hieromartyr
  • 7 Ephesus children martyrs
  • Wednesday: The cross

Middle feast without vigil The holy apostle, James, brother of the Lord and bishop of Jerusalem.
Thursday: The holy apostles and Nicholas, archbishop of Myra and wonderworker

For James
Troparion, Tone IV
As a disciple of the Lord you received the good news, O holy James, * and as a martyr you possessed what could not be perverted. * As the brother of the Lord you have great influence with him, * and as a hierarch you have the right to speak on our behalf. * Beg Christ, our God, to save our souls.

Kondakion, Tone IV
In the fullness of time, * God, the word and only Son of the Father, came to earth. * It was he who made you first shepherd and teacher of Jerusalem, O divinely inspired James, * a faithful and unerring architect of the mysteries of faith. * For this, we honor you, O apostle of Christ, the Lord, * and we implore you to pray for the salvation of our souls.

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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