The Third 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 Romans.
Romans §88a (5:1-10).
Brethren: Being justified by faith, let us have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ: by Whom also we have access through faith into this grace, wherein we stand, and glory in the hope of the glory of the sons of God. And not only so; but we glory also in tribulations, knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience trial; and trial hope; and hope confoundeth not: because the charity of God is poured forth in our hearts, by the Holy Ghost, Who is given to us. For why did Christ, when as yet we were weak, according to the time, die for the ungodly? For scarce for a just man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man some one would dare to die. But God commendeth His charity towards us; because when as yet we were sinners, according to the time, Christ died for us; much more therefore, being now justified by His blood, shall we be saved from wrath through Him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son; much more, being reconciled, shall we be saved by His life.
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.
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 §18 (6:22-33).
The Lord said: The light of thy body is thine eye. If thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be lightsome. But if thine eye be evil thy whole body shall be darksome. If then the light that is in thee, be darkness: the darkness itself how great shall it be! No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say to you, be not solicitous for your life, what you shall eat, nor for your body, what you shall put on. Is not the life more than the meat: and the body more than the raiment? Behold the birds of the air, for they neither sow, nor do they reap, nor gather into barns: and your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are not you of much more value than they? And which of you by taking thought, can add to his stature by one cubit? And for raiment why are you solicitous? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they labour not, neither do they spin. But I say to you, that not even Solomon in all his glory was arrayed as one of these. And if the grass of the field, which is today, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, God doth so clothe: how much more you, O ye of little faith? Be not solicitous therefore, saying, What shall we eat: or what shall we drink, or wherewith shall we be clothed? For after all these things do the heathens seek. For your Father knoweth that you have need of all these things. Seek ye therefore first the kingdom of God, and His justice, and all these things shall be added unto you.
Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise ye Him in the high places. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.