The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost – Tone Seven
Resurrectional Troparion, Tone 7.
Thou didst destroy death by Thy Cross, and didst open paradise to the thief. Thou didst transform the lamentation of the myrrh-bearing women, and didst command the Apostles to proclaim that Christ God is risen, granting the world great mercy.
Resurrectional Kontakion, Tone 7.
No longer will the dominion of death be able to hold sway over men; for Christ hath descended, crushing and destroying its power. Hades is in bonds; the Prophets rejoice with one accord, saying: A Saviour hath come for them that have faith; come forth, ye faithful, for the Resurrection.
Now and ever.
Theotokion, Tone 7.
As the treasury of our resurrection, O most pure one, do thou lead forth from the depths of the pit of sin those who take refuge in thee; for, by giving birth to our Salvation, thou hast saved those who were guilty of sin, O thou who wast a virgin before childbirth, and a virgin in childbirth, and after childbirth still a virgin.
Prokeimenon, Tone 7.
Psalm 28:10, 1.
The Lord will give strength to His people: the Lord will bless His people with peace.
Verse: Bring to the Lord, O ye children of God: bring to the Lord the offspring of rams.
The Lesson of the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians.
I Corinthians §124 (1:10-18).
Brethren: I beseech you, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no schisms among you; but that you be perfect in the same mind, and in the same judgment. For it hath been signified unto me, my brethren, of you, by them that are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. Now this I say, that every one of you saith: I indeed am of Paul; and I am of Apollo; and I am of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? Was Paul then crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I give God thanks, that I baptized none of you but Crispus and Caius; lest any should say that you were baptized in my name. And I baptized also the household of Stephanus; besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not in wisdom of speech, lest the cross of Christ should be made void. For the word of the cross, to them indeed that perish, is foolishness; but to them that are saved, that is, to us, it is the power of God.
Alleluia, Tone 7.
Psalm 91: 2, 3.
Verse 1: It is good to give praise to the Lord: and to sing to Thy name, O most High.
Verse 2: To show forth Thy mercy in the morning: and Thy truth in the night.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew.
Saint Matthew §58 (14:14-22).
At that time: Jesus saw a great multitude, and had compassion on them, and healed their sick. And when it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying: This is a desert place, and the hour is now past: send away the multitudes, that going into the towns, they may buy themselves victuals. But Jesus said to them: They have no need to go, give you them to eat. They answered Him: We have not here, but five loaves, and two fishes. He said to them: Bring them hither to Me. And when He had commanded the multitudes to sit down upon the grass, He took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to His disciples, and the disciples to the multitudes. And they did all eat, and were filled. And they took up what remained, twelve full baskets of fragments. And the number of them that did eat, was five thousand men, besides women and children. And forthwith Jesus obliged His disciples to go up into the boat, and to go before Him over the water, till He dismissed the people.
Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise ye Him in the high places. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.