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Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee


Matthew 28:16-20

16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. 17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.


2 Timothy 3:10-15

10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, 11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. 12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

Luke 18:10-14

10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.


Troparion of St Clement    Tone 4
Thou hast been given to the faithful, O St Clement,/ as a branch of holiness,/ a staff of truth, a most sacred flower,/ and a sweet God-given fruit./ As a fellow-sufferer of martyrs/ and as a fellow bishop of Hierarchs,/ intercede with Christ our God that our souls may be saved.

Troparion of St Agathangelos    Tone 4
O steadfast Agathangelos,/ we praise thee as a bearer of good tidings of the Lord's compassion towards us./ Through thy contest thou wast found worthy to be numbered among the ranks of Angels./ Together with them thou dost ever intercede with Christ/ that we may be delivered from every necessity.

Kontakion of St Clement    Tone 4
Thou wast a precious branch of Christ the Vine, O much suffering and all-famed Clement,/ and with thy fellow sufferers thou didst cry:/ Thou, O Christ, art the radiant  joy of the martyrs.

Kontakion of St Agathangelos    Tone 4
Thou wast like an Angel in thy contest,/ for thou didst endure the infliction of wounds like one without a body./ Wherefore, O Agathangelos, Christ has counted thee worthy of heavenly grace.