The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost – Tone Two
Resurrectional Troparion, Tone 2.
When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life immortal, then didst Thou slay Hades with the radiance of Thy Divinity; and when Thou didst raise the dead from the nethermost depths, all the powers of heaven cried out to Thee: O Life-giver, Christ God, glory to Thee.
Resurrectional Kontakion, Tone 2.
Thou didst arise from the tomb, O all-powerful Saviour, and Hades was terrified to behold this wonder; and the dead arose, while creation, on seeing it, rejoiceth with Thee; and Adam also is glad, and the world, O my Saviour, singeth Thy praises forever.
Now and ever.
Theotokion, Tone 2.
All thy mysteries are beyond comprehension; all are exceedingly glorious, O Mother of God. Sealed in purity and preserved in virginity, thou wast yet known to be a true mother, who gave birth to the true God. Do thou entreat Him that our souls be saved.
Prokeimenon, Tone 2.
Psalm 117:14, 18.
The Lord is my strength and my praise: and He is become my salvation.
Verse: The Lord chastising hath chastised me: but He hath not delivered me over to death.
The Lesson of the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians.
I Corinthians §141 (9:2b-12).
Brethren: You are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord. My defence with them that do examine me is this. Have not we power to eat and to drink? Have we not power to carry about a woman, a sister, as well as the rest of the apostles, and the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas? Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to do this? Who serveth as a soldier at any time, at his own charges? Who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? Who feedeth the flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock? Speak I these things according to man? Or doth not the law also say these things? For it is written in the law of Moses: Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen? Or doth He say this indeed for our sakes? For these things are written for our sakes: that he that plougheth, should plough in hope; and he that thrasheth, in hope to receive fruit. If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great matter if we reap your carnal things? If others be partakers of this power over you, why not we rather? Nevertheless, we have not used this power: but we bear all things, lest we should give any hindrance to the gospel of Christ.
Alleluia, Tone 2.
Psalm 19:2, 9.
Verse 1: May the Lord hear thee in the day of tribulation: may the name of the God of Jacob protect thee. Alleluia.
Verse 2: O Lord, save the king: and hear us in the day that we shall call upon Thee.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew.
Saint Matthew §77 (18:23-35).
The Lord spoke this parable: The kingdom of heaven is likened to a king, who would take an account of his servants. And when he had begun to take the account, one was brought to him, that owed him ten thousand talents. And as he had not wherewith to pay it, his lord commanded that he should be sold, and his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. But that servant falling down, besought him, saying: Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And the lord of that servant being moved with pity, let him go and forgave him the debt. But when that servant was gone out, he found one of his fellow servants that owed him an hundred pence: and laying hold of him, throttled him, saying: Pay what thou owest. And his fellow servant falling down, besought him, saying: Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he paid the debt. Now his fellow servants seeing what was done, were very much grieved, and they came and told their lord all that was done. Then his lord called him; and said to him: Thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all the debt, because thou besoughtest me: shouldst not thou then have had compassion also on thy fellow servant, even as I had compassion on thee? And his lord being angry, delivered him to the torturers until he paid all the debt. So also shall My heavenly Father do to you, if you forgive not every one his brother from your hearts.
Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise ye Him in the high places. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.