Propers for October 15, 2023
Oct. 15 – 19th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 2
Hieromartyr Cyprian, Virgin-martyr Justina and Martyr Theoctist of Nicomedia (304). Blessed Andrew, fool-for-Christ (936).
2 Cor. 11:31–12:9; Lk. 6:31-36;
1 Tim. 1:12-17 Jn. 10:9-16
Tropar Resurrectional, Tone 2
When You descended to death, Life Immortal, You slew Hades with the splendor of Your Divinity. And when from the depths You raised the dead, all the Powers of Heaven cried out: Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to You.
Tropar of our church, Tone 4
Prophet and Forerunner of the coming of Christ,/ we who honor you with love can find no manner of praising you worthily./ For the barrenness of one who bore you / and the silence of your father have been ended by your being born of divine grace / and you have proclaimed to the world / the Incarnation of the Son of God.
Tropar to Saints Cyprian & Justina, Tone 3
You forsook the darkness of impiety and became a luminary of truth and of the Divine Faith, / you were illustrious as a pastor and were glorified in your contest. / O Venerable Father Cyprian, / intercede for us with the Creator, / together with the divinely-wise Justina.
Kondak Resurrectional, Tone 2
Hades became fearful, Almighty Savior, seeing the miracle of Your Resurrection from the tomb. The dead arose and all creation, with Adam, beheld this and rejoiced with You and the world, my Savior, praises You forever.
Kondak of our church, Tone 3
She who was previously barren / now bears the Forerunner of Christ / who is the fulfillment of every prophecy. / For the prophets proclaimed beforehand / that having laid hands on Him in the Jordan, / he would be manifest as Prophet, / Preacher / and Forerunner of the Word of God.
Kondak to Saints Cyprian & Justina, Tone 1
You turned away from the craft of sorcery, O divinely-wise one, / to the knowledge of God, and were shown to the world as a most wise physician, / granting healing to those who honor you. / O Cyprian and Justina, entreat the Master, the Lover of mankind, / that He may save our souls.
Now and Ever …
Theotokion, Tone 6
Protection of Christians not put to shame, unwavering Mediation before the Creator; despise not the prayer of sinners, but because you are good, quickly come to help us who call on you in faith. Be swift to intercede and make haste to supplicate, Birth-Giver of God, who always protects those who honor you.
Priest: Let us be attentive! Peace be with you all!
Reader: And with your spirit!
Reader: The Prokimen in Tone 2: The Lord is my strength and my song. He has become my salvation.
Choir: (repeats the prokimen)
Reader: Verse: The Lord has chastened me sorely, but He has not given me over to death.
Choir: (repeats the prokimen)
Reader: The Second Prokimen in Tone 7: Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His Saints.
Choir: Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His Saints.
Reader: The reading is from the Second Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians.
Deacon: Let us be attentive.
Reader: Brethren, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying. In Damascus the governor, under Aretas the king, was guarding the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desiring to arrest me; but I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall, and escaped from his hands. It is doubtless not profitable for me to boast. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord: I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a one was caught up to the third heaven. And I know such a man—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. Of such a one I will boast; yet of myself I will not boast, except in my infirmities. For though I might desire to boast, I will not be a fool; for I will speak the truth. But I refrain, lest anyone should think of me above what he sees me to be or hears from me. And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Reader: The reading is from the First Letter of St. Paul to Timothy.
Deacon: Let us be attentive.
Reader: Son Timothy, I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
Priest: Peace be with you.
Reader: And with your spirit. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
Verse: May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble. May the Name of the God of Jacob protect you.
Verse: Lord, save the king and hear us on the day we call out to You.
Verse: Your priests shall clothe themselves with righteousness and Your Saints shall exult.
Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the Highest. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
The Righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. They shall not be afraid of any evil report. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.