The Sixteenth 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.
II Corinthians §181 (6:1-10).
Brethren: We helping do exhort you, that you receive not the grace of God in vain. For He saith: In an accepted time have I heard thee; and in the day of salvation have I helped thee. Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. Giving no offence to any man, that our ministry be not blamed: but in all things let us exhibit ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in tribulation, in necessities, in distresses, in stripes, in prisons, in seditions, in labours, in watchings, in fastings, in chastity, in knowledge, in longsuffering, in sweetness, in the Holy Ghost, in charity unfeigned, in the word of truth, in the power of God; by the armour of justice on the right hand and on the left; by honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; as unknown, and yet known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastised, and not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as needy, yet enriching many; as having nothing, and possessing all things.
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 §105 (25:14-30).
The Lord spoke this parable: A man going into a far country, called his servants, and delivered to them his goods; and to one he gave five talents, and to another two, and to another one, to every one according to his proper ability: and immediately he took his journey. And he that had received the five talents, went his way, and traded with the same, and gained other five. And in like manner he that had received the two, gained other two. But he that had received the one, going his way digged into the earth, and hid his lord’s money. But after a long time the lord of those servants came, and reckoned with them. And he that had received the five talents coming, brought other five talents, saying: Lord, thou didst deliver to me five talents, behold I have gained other five over and above. His lord said to him: Well done, good and faithful servant, because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. And he also that had received the two talents came and said: Lord, thou deliveredst two talents to me: behold I have gained other two. His lord said to him: Well done, good and faithful servant: because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. But he that had received the one talent, came and said: Lord, I know that thou art a hard man; thou reapest where thou hast not sown, and gatherest where thou hast not strewed. And being afraid I went and hid thy talent in the earth: behold here thou hast that which is thine. And his lord answering, said to him: Wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sow not, and gather where I have not strewed: thou oughtest therefore to have committed my money to the bankers, and at my coming I should have received my own with usury. Take ye away therefore the talent from him, and give it to him that hath ten talents. For to every one that hath shall be given, and he shall abound: but from him that hath not, that also which he seemeth to have shall be taken away. And the unprofitable servant cast ye out into the exterior darkness. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Saying these things, He cried out: He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise ye Him in the high places. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.