Sixth Wednesday of Pascha –
Leavetaking of the Feast of Pascha
Resurrectional Troparion, Tone 5.
O ye faithful, let us hymn and worship the Word, Who with the Father and the Spirit is without beginning, and Who was born of the Virgin for our salvation; for He was pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh, and to endure death, and to raise the dead at His glorious Resurrection.
Kontakion of the Blind Man, Tone 4.
Being blinded in the eyes of my soul, I come to Thee, O Christ, as did the man who was blind from birth; and in repentance I cry unto Thee: Unto them that are in darkness art Thou the light most radiant.
Now and ever.
Kontakion of Pascha, Tone 8.
Though Thou didst descend into the grave, O Immortal One, yet didst Thou destroy the power of Hades, and didst arise as Victor, O Christ God, announcing joy to the myrrh-bearing women, and giving peace to Thine Apostles, O Thou Who dost grant resurrection to the fallen.
Prokeimenon, Tone 8. Psalm 117: 24, 1.
This is the day which the Lord hath made: let us be glad and rejoice therein.
Verse: Give praise to the Lord, for He is good: for His mercy endureth for ever.
The Lesson of the Acts of the Holy Apostles.
Acts §41 (18:22-28).
In those days: Paul going down to Caesarea, went up to Jerusalem, and saluted the church, and so came down to Antioch. And after he had spent some time there, he departed, and went through the country of Galatia and Phrygia, in order, confirming all the disciples. Now a certain Jew, named Apollo, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, came to Ephesus, one mighty in the scriptures. This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, spoke, and taught diligently the things that are of Jesus, knowing only the baptism of John. This man therefore began to speak boldly in the synagogue. Whom when Priscilla and Aquila had heard, they took him to them, and expounded to him the way of the Lord more diligently. And whereas he was desirous to go to Achaia, the brethren exhorting, wrote to the disciples to receive him. Who, when he was come, helped them much who had believed. For with much vigour he convinced the Jews openly, shewing by the scriptures, that Jesus is the Christ.
Alleluia, Tone 4. Psalm 101:14a, 20b.
Verse 1: Thou shalt arise: and have mercy on Sion. Alleluia.
Verse 2: From heaven the Lord hath looked upon the earth. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint John.
Saint John §43 (12:36-47).
The Lord said to the Jews who came unto Him: “Whilst you have the light, believe in the light, that you may be the children of light.” These things Jesus spoke; and He went away, and hid Himself from them. And whereas He had done so many miracles before them, they believed not in Him: that the saying of Isaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he said: “Lord, who hath believed our hearing? And to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?” Therefore they could not believe, because Isaias said again: “He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart, that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.” These things said Isaias, when he saw His glory, and spoke of Him. However, many of the chief men also believed in Him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, that they might not be cast out of the synagogue. For they loved the glory of men more than the glory of God. But Jesus cried, and said: “He that believeth in Me, doth not believe in Me, but in Him that sent Me. And he that seeth Me, seeth Him that sent Me. I am come a light into the world; that whosoever believeth in Me, may not remain in darkness. And if any man hear My words, and keep them not, I do not judge him: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.”
Receive ye the body of Christ: taste ye of the fountain of immortality. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.