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Wednesday November 22, 2017 / November 9, 2017
25th Week after Pentecost. Tone seven.
Fast. By Monastic Charter: Strict Fast (Bread, Vegetables, Fruits)
The Scripture Readings2 Thessalonians 2:1-12
St. Nectarius, metropolitan of Pentapolis, Troparion, Tone I —
O ye faithful, let us honor Nectarius,/ the offspring of Silyvria, the guardian of Aegina,/ the true friend of the virtues, as a godly servant of Christ;/ for he poureth forth all manner of, healings upon those who piously cry aloud:/ Glory to Christ Who hath glorified thee!/ Glory to Him Who hath crowned tliee!// Grlory to Him Who through thee worketh healings for all!
Kontakion, in Tone VIII, "To thee, the champion leader..." —
In joy of heart let us hymn with songs the newly revealed star of Orthodoxy,/ the newly erected bulwark of the Church;/ for, glorified by the activity of the Spirit,/ he poureth forth the abundant grace of healings upon those who cry:// Rejoice, O father Nectarius!
Martyrs Onesiphorus & Porphyrius of Ephesus, Troparion, Tone IV —
In their sufferings, O Lord,/ Thy martyrs received imperishable crowns from Thee our God;/ for, possessed of Thy might,/ they set at nought the tormentors and crushed the feeble audacity of the demons.// By their supplications save Thou our souls.
Venerable Mother Matrona, Abbess of Constantinople, Troparion, Tone VIII —
In thee, O mother, that which was created according to the image of God was manifestly saved./ For accepting thy cross thou didst follow after Christ,/ and praying thou didst learn to disdain the flesh,/ for thou didst transcend it to take care of thine immortal soul.// Wherefore, with the angels doth thy soul rejoice, O venerable Matrona.
Kontakion to the Venerable Matrona, Tone II "Having received grace" —
For the love of the Lord, O venerable Matrona,/ thou didst ignore thy desire for rest,/ illumining thy spirit with fasting;/ by thy supplications cast down the arrogance of the adversaries, for mightily didst thou vanquish the wild beasts.
Kontakion to the martyrs, Tone II "Seeking the highest" —
Having suffered mightily,/ the two martyrs cast the arrogance of the enemy down to the ground,/ being illumined by the grace of the uncreated Tfinity,/ O glorious Onesiphorus and Porphyrius.// Pray ye unceasingly in behalf of us all.
Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos "The Quick Hearer of Mt. Athos", Troparion,
Tone IV —
Let us make haste to the Theotokos amid our misfortunes and fall down now before her holy icon, crying out with faith from the depths of our soul: Hearken quickly to our entreaty, O Virgin, in that thou art called she who is quick to hear. For thee do we, thy servants, have as a ready helper in our needs.
Kontakion, Tone VIII —
Tempest-tossed on the sea of life, we sink beneath the threefold waves of the passions and temptations. Wherefore, grant us a helping hand, O Lady, as thy Son did to Peter, and haste thou to deliver us from misfortunes, that we may cry out to thee: Rejoice, O most good one, who art quick to hear!