The Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost – Tone Six
Resurrectional Troparion, Tone 6.
The angelic powers were at Thy tomb; the guards became as dead men; and Mary stood by the grave, seeking Thy most pure Body. Thou didst overthrow Hades without being tried by it; Thou didst meet the Virgin, O Thou Who grantest life. O Lord Who art risen from the dead, glory to Thee.
Resurrectional Kontakion, Tone 6.
With the hand that originated life, Christ our God, the giver of life, raised up all the dead out of the dark valleys, as He bestowed resurrection upon the human race; for He is the Saviour of all, the Resurrection and the Life and the God of all.
Now and ever.
Theotokion, Tone 6.
O Thou Who didst call Thy Mother blessed, Thou didst come of Thine own free will unto the Passion, shining forth upon the Cross, wishing to save Adam, and saying to the angels: Rejoice with Me, for the lost drachma hath been found, O Thou Who hast arranged all things wisely, glory to Thee.
Prokeimenon, Tone 6.
Psalm 27:9, 1.
Save, O Lord, Thy people: and bless Thine inheritance.
Verse: Unto Thee will I cry, O Lord: O my God, be not Thou silent to me.
The Lesson of the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Ephesians.
Ephesians §220a (2:4-10).
Brethren: God, Who is rich in mercy, for His exceeding charity wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together in Christ, by Whose grace you are saved, and hath raised us up together, and hath made us sit together in the heavenly places, through Christ Jesus. That He might shew in the ages to come the abundant riches of His grace, in His bounty towards us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, for it is the gift of God; Not of works, that no man may glory. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus in good works, which God hath prepared that we should walk in them.
Alleluia, Tone 6.
Psalm 90:1, 2.
Verse 1: He that dwelleth in the aid of the most High, shall abide under the protection of the God of Jacob.
Verse 2: He shall say to the Lord: Thou art my protector, and my refuge: my God, in Him will I trust.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke.
Saint Luke §38 (8:26-39).
At that time: Jesus came to the country of the Gerasens, which is over against Galilee. And when He was come forth to the land, there met Him a certain man who had a devil now a very long time, and he wore no clothes, neither did he abide in a house, but in the sepulchres. And when he saw Jesus, he fell down before Him; and crying out with a loud voice, he said: What have I to do with Thee, Jesus, Son of the most high God? I beseech Thee, do not torment me. For he commanded the unclean spirit to go out of the man. For many times it seized him, and he was bound with chains, and kept in fetters; and breaking the bonds, he was driven by the devil into the deserts. And Jesus asked him, saying: What is thy name? But he said: Legion; because many devils were entered into him. And they besought Him that he would not command them to go into the abyss. And there was there a herd of many swine feeding on the mountain; and they besought Him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And He suffered them. The devils therefore went out of the man, and entered into the swine; and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were stifled. Which when they that fed them saw done, they fled away, and told it in the city and in the villages. And they went out to see what was done; and they came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at His feet, clothed, and in his right mind; and they were afraid. And they also that had seen, told them how he had been healed from the legion. And all the multitude of the country of the Gerasens besought Him to depart from them; for they were taken with great fear. And He, going up into the ship, returned back again. Now the man, out of whom the devils were departed, besought Him that he might be with Him. But Jesus sent him away, saying: Return to thy house, and tell how great things God hath done to thee. And he went through the whole city, publishing how great things Jesus had done to him.
Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise ye Him in the high places. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.