The Twelfth 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 Corinthians.
I Corinthians §158 (15:1-11).
Brethren: I make known unto you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you have received, and wherein you stand; by which also you are saved, if you hold fast after what manner I preached unto you, unless you have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all, which I also received: how that Christ died for our sins, according to the scriptures: and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day, according to the scriptures: and that He was seen by Cephas; and after that by the eleven. Then He was seen by more than five hundred brethren at once: of whom many remain until this present, and some are fallen asleep. After that, He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. And last of all, He was seen also by me, as by one born out of due time. For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the Church of God. But by the grace of God, I am what I am; and His grace in me hath not been void, but I have laboured more abundantly than all they: yet not I, but the grace of God with me. For whether I, or they, so we preach, and so you have believed.
Alleluia, Tone 3.
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 §79 (19:16-26).
At that time: A young man came unto Jesus, bowing before Him, and said: Good master, what good shall I do that I may have life everlasting? Who said to him: Why asketh thou Me concerning good? One is good, God. But if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He said to Him: Which? And Jesus said: Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness. Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. The young man saith to Him: All these I have kept from my youth, what is yet wanting to me? Jesus saith to him: If thou wilt be perfect, go sell what thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come follow Me. And when the young man had heard this word, he went away sad: for he had great possessions. Then Jesus said to His disciples: Amen, I say to you, that a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say to you: It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven. And when they had heard this, the disciples wondered very much, saying: Who then can be saved? And Jesus beholding, said to them: With men this is impossible: but with God all things are possible.
Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise ye Him in the high places. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.