The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Tone Six
Resurrectional Troparion, Tone 6.
The angelic powers were at Thy tomb; the guards became as dead men; and Mary stood by the grave, seeking Thy most pure Body. Thou didst overthrow Hades without being tried by it; Thou didst meet the Virgin, O Thou Who grantest life. O Lord Who art risen from the dead, glory to Thee.
Resurrectional Kontakion, Tone 6.
With the hand that originated life, Christ our God, the giver of life, raised up all the dead out of the dark valleys, as He bestowed resurrection upon the human race; for He is the Saviour of all, the Resurrection and the Life and the God of all.
Now and ever.
Theotokion, Tone 6.
O Thou Who didst call Thy Mother blessed, Thou didst come of Thine own free will unto the Passion, shining forth upon the Cross, wishing to save Adam, and saying to the angels: Rejoice with Me, for the lost drachma hath been found, O Thou Who hast arranged all things wisely, glory to Thee.
Prokeimenon, Tone 6.
Psalm 27:9, 1.
Save, O Lord, Thy people: and bless Thine inheritance.
Verse: Unto Thee will I cry, O Lord: O my God, be not Thou silent to me.
The Lesson of the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians.
II Corinthians §176 (4:6-15).
Brethren: God, Who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God, in the face of Christ Jesus. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency may be of the power of God, and not of us. In all things we suffer tribulation, but are not distressed; we are straitened, but are not destitute; we suffer persecution, but are not forsaken; we are cast down, but we perish not. Always bearing about in our body the mortification of Jesus, that the life also of Jesus may be made manifest in our bodies. For we who live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake; that the life also of Jesus may be made manifest in our mortal flesh. So then death worketh in us, but life in you. But having the same spirit of faith, as it is written: I believed, for which cause I have spoken; we also believe, for which cause we speak also: knowing that He Who raised up Jesus, will raise us up also with Jesus, and place us with you. For all things are for your sakes; that the grace abounding through many, may abound in thanksgiving unto the glory of God.
Alleluia, Tone 6.
Psalm 90:1, 2.
Verse 1: He that dwelleth in the aid of the most High, shall abide under the protection of the God of Jacob.
Verse 2: He shall say to the Lord: Thou art my protector, and my refuge: my God, in Him will I trust.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew.
Saint Matthew §92 (22:35-46).
At that time: There came unto Jesus a doctor of the law, asking Him, tempting Him: Master, which is the greatest commandment in the law? Jesus said to him: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. And the second is like to this: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments dependeth the whole law and the prophets. And the Pharisees being gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying: What think you of Christ? Whose Son is He? They say to Him: David’s. He saith to them: How then doth David in spirit call Him Lord, saying: The Lord said to my Lord: Sit on My right hand, until I make Thy enemies Thy footstool? If David then call Him Lord, how is He his son? And no man was able to answer Him a word; neither durst any man from that day forth ask Him any more questions.
Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise ye Him in the high places. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.