Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost – Tone Three

Resurrectional Troparion, Tone 3.
Let those in heaven be glad, and let those on earth rejoice; for the Lord hath wrought might with His arm; having trampled down death by death, He is become the first-born from the dead. From the belly of Hades hath He delivered us, and hath granted the world great mercy.


Resurrectional Kontakion, Tone 3.
Thou didst arise from the tomb today, O Compassionate One, and didst lead us up from the gates of death. Today Adam exulteth and Eve rejoiceth, and the prophets together with the patriarchs unceasingly hymn the divine might of Thy power.

Now and ever.

Theotokion, Tone 3.
Thee, the Mediatrix of salvation for our race, do we hymn, O Virgin Mother of God; for in the flesh wherein He came forth from thee, thy Son and our God accepted the suffering of the Cross, and He hath delivered us from corruption, as the lover of mankind.

Prokeimenon, Tone 3.
Psalm 46:7, 2.
Sing praises to our God, sing ye: sing praises to our King, sing ye.
Verse: O clap your hands, all ye nations: shout unto God with the voice of joy.

The Lesson of the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Romans.
Romans §93 (6:18-23).
Brethren: Being freed from sin, we have been made servants of justice. I speak an human thing, because of the infirmity of your flesh. For as you have yielded your members to serve uncleanness and iniquity, unto iniquity; so now yield your members to serve justice, unto sanctification. For when you were the servants of sin, you were free men to justice. What fruit therefore had you then in those things, of which you are now ashamed? For the end of them is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, you have your fruit unto sanctification, and the end life everlasting. For the wages of sin is death. But the grace of God, life everlasting, in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Alleluia, Tone 3.
Psalm 30.
Verse 1: In Thee, O Lord, have I hoped: let me never be confounded.
Verse 2: Be Thou unto me a God, a protector, and a house of refuge, to save me.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew.
Saint Matthew §25 (8:5-13).
At that time: when Jesus had entered into Capharnaum, there came to Him a centurion, beseeching Him, and saying: Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, and is grieviously tormented. And Jesus saith to him: I will come and heal him. And the centurion making answer, said: Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof: but only say the word, and my servant shall be healed. For I also am a man subject to authority, having under me soldiers; and I say to this, Go, and he goeth, and to another, Come, and he cometh, and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. And Jesus hearing this, marvelled; and said to them that followed Him: Amen I say to you, I have not found so great faith in Israel. And I say to you that many shall come from the east and the west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven: but the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into the exterior darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. And Jesus said to the centurion: Go, and as thou hast believed, so be it done to thee. And the servant was healed at the same hour.

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