Monday February 19, 2018 / February 6, 2018
Beginning of the Great Lent. Tone four.
Great Lent. By Monastic Charter - Full abstention from food
The Scripture ReadingsIsaiah 1:1-20 (6th Hour)
The First Week of Great Lent, Kontakion, Tone VI —
My soul, my soul, arise! Why are you sleeping? The end is drawing hear, and you will be confounded. Awake, then, and be watchful, that Christ our God may spare you, Who is everywhere present and fills all things.
St. Bucolus, Bishop of Smyrna, Troparion, Tone IV —
The truth of things revealed thee to thy flock as a rule of faith,/ a model of meekness and a teacher of abstinence/ wherefore thou hast attained the heights through humility/ and riches through poverty.// O hierarch Bucolus our father, entreat Christ God that our souls be saved.
Troparion of the feast, Tone I —
Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos full of grace,/ for from thee hath shone forth the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God,/ enlightening them that are in darkness./ Be glad thou also, O righteous elder,/ who receivest in thine arms the Deliver of our souls,// Who granteth us Resurrection.
Kontakion of the feast, Tone I —
O Thou Who didst hallow the Virgin’s womb by Thy birth/ and didst bless the hands of Symeon as was meet,/ now Thou hast come and saved us O Christ God./ In the midst of battle grant peace to Thy community,/ and strengthen kings whom Thou hast loved,// O Thou Who alone lovest mankind.
St. Photius, patriarch of Constantinople, Troparion, in Tone IV —
As one like unto the apostles in thy life and a teacher of the whole world, O Photius, entreat the Master of all, that He grant peace to the whole world and great mercy to our souls.
Or this Troparion, in Tone V —
As a radiant beacon hidden in God and a defender of Orthodoxy revealed from on high, O great Photius, blessed adornment of patriarchs, thou didst refute the innovations of prideful heresy. O light of the holy Churches, luminary of the Orient on high, do thou preserve them from all error.
Kontakion, in Tone VIII, To thee, the champion leader..."—
Now let the most brilliant luminary of the Church be crowned with flowers of hymnody; the most godly instructor of the Orthodox, the divinely inspired harp of the Spirit, the most mighty opponent of heresy; and let us cry out to him: Rejoice, O most honored Photius!