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the Nativity of the Theotokos

Propers for September 24, 2023

Sep. 24 – 16th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 7

Sunday before the Exaltation. Afterfeast of the Nativity of the Theotokos. Ven. Theodora of Alexandria (490). Martyrs Demetrius, his wife Euanthia, and their son Demetriant (1st c.). Martyrs Diodorus, Didymus, and Diomedes of Laodicea (4th c.). Martyr Ia of Persia (363). Ven. Euphrosynus (9th c.).

Gal. 6:11-18; Jn. 3:13-17;
2 Cor. 6:1-10; Mt. 25:14-30;

Tropar Resurrectional, Tone 7

By Your Cross, you destroyed Death. To the Thief, You opened Paradise. For the Myrrh-bearers, You changed weeping into joy. Christ God, You commanded Your disciples to proclaim that You are risen, granting the world great mercy.

Tropar of the Nativity of the Theotokos, Tone 4

Your Nativity, Virgin Birth-Giver of God, has proclaimed joy to the universe. The Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, has shone forth from you. By annulling the curse, He gave a blessing. By destroying Death, He has granted us Life Eternal.

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 Venerable Theodora, Tone 8

The image of God was truly preserved in you, O Mother, / for you took up the Cross and followed Christ. / By so doing you taught us to disregard the flesh for it passes away / but to care instead for the soul, since it is immortal. / Therefore your spirit, venerable Theodora, rejoices with the angels.

Kondak Resurrectional, Tone 7

The dominion of Death can no longer hold humanity captive, for Christ descended shattering and destroying its power. Hades is bound while the prophets rejoice with one voice. The Savior has come to those in faith, saying: "Enter, you faithful, into the Resurrection."

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.

Glory …
Kondak to Venerable Theodora, Tone 2

You depleted your bodily strength by fasting, vigil, and prayers, / entreating the Creator to grant forgiveness of your sin; / having received it, you showed us the way of repentance, / venerable Mother Theodora.

Now and Ever …
Kondak of the Feast, Tone 4

By your birth, Most-Pure Virgin, Joachim and Anna were freed from childlessness. And Adam and Eve from the corruption of death. We, your people celebrate this, delivered from the guilt of sin, as we chant to you "A barren woman gives birth to the Birth-Giver of God, the Mother of our life."


Priest: Let us be attentive! Peace be with you all!

Reader: And with your spirit!

Deacon: Wisdom!

Reader: The Prokimen in Tone 6: O Lord, save Your people and bless Your inheritance.

Choir: (repeats the prokimen)

Reader: Verse: To You, Lord, will I call: "My God, be not silent to me."

Choir: (repeats the prokimen)

Reader: The Second Prokimen in Tone 4: God is wondrous in His saints, the God of Israel.

Choir: God is wondrous in His saints, the God of Israel.


Deacon: Wisdom!

Reader: The reading is from the Letter of St. Paul to the Galatians.

Deacon: Let us be attentive.

Reader: Brethren, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Deacon: Wisdom!

Reader: The reading is from the Second Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians.

Deacon: Let us be attentive.

Reader: Brethren, we then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For He says: "In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you." Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed. But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings; by purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love, by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

Priest: Peace be with you.

Reader: And with your spirit. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Verse: I raised up a chosen one from My people.

Verse: With patience have I waited patiently for the Lord; and He was attentive to me and listened to my supplication.

Communion Hymns

Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the Highest. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

The righteous man shall be in everlasting remembrance. He shall not fear evil tidings. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.



Українська Православна Церква св. Івана Хрестителя у с. Джонсон Сіті, штату Нью-Йорк, США. Знаходимось під духовною опікою Високопреосвященнішого Митрополита Антонія.

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