O Great Mystery Tuesday, February 21, 2017
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  • The Evgenikos martyrs
  • Wednesday: The cross


  • Leo, bishop of Catania in Sicily
  • Monday: Powers of heaven

Our venerable father, Timothy, called the symbolite.
Our father among the saints, Eustathius, archbishop of Antioch.
Tuesday: The holy prophet and forerunner, John, the baptist.

For both
Troparion, Tone IV
O God of our fathers, * ever dealing with us tenderly. * Do not withold your mercy from us, * but rather, by the prayers of our holy fathers, direct our lives in peace.
For Timothy
Kondakion, Tone IV
You rise over the church like a glittering star in the east, O holy father, * and you make the hearts of the faithful shine forth in goodness.
For Eustathius
Kondakion, Tone III
As a champion of orthodoxy at Nicaea, O blessed hierarch, * you upheld the truth of the single nature of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. * By the power of your eloquent wisdom, * you championed the Trinity by refuting Arius, * and now in the presence of God you pray for the salvation of our souls.
For the forerunner
Troparion, Tone II
Praise goes well with every just man's memory, * but for you the witness of the Lord is more than enough. * Of all the prophets, you are indeed the greatest, * for while they could but foretell his coming, * you were chosen to baptize him in the Jordan. * Truth has cost you much, O John, the baptist, but joy has also filled your heart, * for even those long dead were graced to hear your words: * God has taken flesh to save the world from sin, * and grant us his great mercy.

Kondakion, Tone III
For years she bore the shame of being barren, * until she bore her son called John, * the last and greatest of the prophets. * When the one foretold by all of them set foot in Jordan's flow, * on him John laid his hand and showed himself to all the world * a prophet, herald, and forerunner of the word.

Theotokion, Tone II
Through you, O ever virgin Theotokos, we share in the divine nature. * It is only right, then, that we should revere you and praise you, * for you gave birth to God who took flesh for us.

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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