15th Sunday after Pentecost
1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. 3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: 5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, 7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. 8 And they remembered his words, 9 And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest. 10 It was Mary Magdalene and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles. 11 And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not. 12 Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.
6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 11 For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. 12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you. 13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; 14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. 15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, 36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. 41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42 Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The son of David. 43 He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, 44 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? 45 If David then call him Lord, how is he his son? 46 And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.
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HOLY HIEROMARTYR ANTHIMUS, BISHOP OF NICOMEDIA
ST PHOEBE, DEACONESS OF CENCHRAE
OUR HOLY FATHER THEOCTISTUS, FELLOW ASCETIC OF EUTHYMIUS THE GREAT
Troparion of St Anthimus the Heiromartyr Tone 1Thou didst protect thy flock with thy blood,/ not fearing thine adversaries./ Now thou dost rejoice in heaven,/standing before the throne./ Glory to Christ Who has strengthened thee; glory to thy courage;/ glory to thine endurance, O holy Heiromartyr Anthimus.
Troparion of St Phoebe Tone 3Enlightened by grace and taught the faith by the chosen vessel of Christ,/ thou wast found worthy of the diaconate/ and didst bring Paul's words to Rome./ O Deaconess Phoebe, pray to Christ our God/ that His Spirit may enlighten our souls.
Troparion of St Theoctistus Tone 4Dedicated as God's priest from thy youth,/ thou didst spurn all worldly aims./ O righteous Theoctistus, thou wast radiant in thy solitude/ and strict in the training of monks./ Guide those who come to thee and lead them in the way of salvation.
Troparion of St MacNis Tone 8Having learned thy faith from Ireland's Enlightener, O holy MacNis,/ thou didst found a shining beacon of the True Faith, the Monastery of Kells,/ from which was bequeathed to Christ's Church a treasure of piety and wonder, which is with us to this day./ Inspired by thine example, O Saint, we beseech thee to intercede with Christ our God/ that we may be given grace to follow thee in the way of salvation.
Kontakion of St Anthimus the Hieromartyr Tone 4Illustrious priest and steadfast martyr,/ Anthimus worthy of praise:/ thou didst assail idol-worship/ and champion thy flock who fervently cry out to thee:/ By thine intercessions deliver us from dangers.
Kontakion of St Phoebe Tone 2Paul proclaimed thee a protector of many/ and thou didst become his helper./ Hearken to those who approach thee with faith/ and who cry out to thee with love:/ Rejoice glory of Corinth and pride of Achaia;/ rejoice thou lamp of Cenchrea,/ rejoice, O Deaconess Phoebe.
Kontakion of St Theoctistus Tone 4Thou didst keep thy soul pure and present it to God as His creation./ Enlightened by Him, Theoctistus, thou didst rise to the peak of endeavour./ By thy works thou hast confirmed the grace that was given thee.