Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost – Tone Four

Resurrectional Troparion, Tone 4.
When the women disciples of the Lord learned from the angel the joyous proclamation of the Resurrection, casting off the ancestral condemnation, they spake to the Apostles exultantly: Death is overturned! Christ our God is risen, granting the world great mercy.


Resurrectional Kontakion, Tone 4.
My Saviour and Deliverer, as God, from the grave hath raised up the earthborn from their fetters; and He hath broken the gates of Hades, and, as Master, hath arisen on the third day.

Now and ever.

Theotokion, Tone 4.
The mystery hidden from the ages and unknown to the angels was made manifest to those on earth through thee, O Theotokos: God became incarnate in an unconfused union, and for our sake He willingly took up the Cross, whereby He raised up the first-formed man and saved our souls from death.

Prokeimenon, Tone 4.
Psalm 103:24, 1.
How great are Thy works, O Lord! Thou hast made all things in wisdom: the earth is filled with Thy riches.
Verse: Bless the Lord, O my soul: O Lord my God, Thou art exceedingly great.

The Lesson of the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Romans.
Romans §103 (10:1-10).
Brethren: the will of my heart, indeed, and my prayer to God, is for Israel unto salvation. For I bear them witness, that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they, not knowing the justice of God, and seeking to establish their own, have not submitted themselves to the justice of God. For the end of the law is Christ, unto justice to every one that believeth. For Moses wrote, that the justice which is of the law, the man that shall do it, shall live by it. But the justice which is of faith, speaketh thus: Say not in thy heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? That is, to bring Christ down; or who shall descend into the deep? That is, to bring up Christ again from the dead. But what saith the scripture? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart. This is the word of faith, which we preach. For if thou confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in thy heart that God hath raised Him up from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For, with the heart, we believe unto justice; but, with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation.

Alleluia, Tone 4.
Psalm 44.
Verse 1: Set out, proceed prosperously, and reign: because of truth and meekness and justice.
Verse 2: Thou hast loved justice, and hated iniquity.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew.
Saint Matthew §28 (8:28-9:1).
At that time: when Jesus was come into the country of the Gerasens, there met Him two that were possessed with devils, coming out of the sepulchres, exceeding fierce, so that none could pass by that way. And behold they cried out, saying: What have we to do with Thee, Jesus Son of God? Art Thou come hither to torment us before the time? And there was, not far from them, an herd of many swine feeding. And the devils besought Him, saying: If Thou cast us out hence, send us into the herd of swine. And He said to them: Go. But they going out went into the swine, and behold the whole herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea: and they perished in the waters. And they that kept them fled: and coming into the city, told every thing, and concerning them that had been possessed by the devils. And behold the whole city went out to meet Jesus, and when they saw Him, they besought Him that He would depart from their coasts. And entering into a boat, He passed over the water and came into His own city.

Psalm 148.
Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise ye Him in the high places. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.