The Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt

Tone 1 / Fifth Sunday of Lent


Great Vespers: Blessed is the man.

Lord I have Cried, Tone 1, on 10: Octoechos 6; Triodion 4 (The pollution of past sins); G: Triodion (The power of Thy Cross); N: Sunday Dogmatic in the tone of the week.

Entry; O Gladsome Light; Prokimenon of the day, Tone 6: The Lord is King.

Aposticha: Octoechos; G: Triodion (The desires of thy soul); N: Triodion (O new wonder).

Troparia: O Theotokos and Virgin x3.


Matins: God is the Lord, Tone 1; Troparia: Resurrection x2; G: Saint (In thee, O Mother, was preserved); N: Resurrectional Theotokion, Tone 8 (O Good One, Who for our sake).

After each Kathisma: Sessional hymns from the Octoechos.

Blessed are the blameless; Evlogitaria (The assembly of angels was amazed).

Hypakoe; Hymns of Ascent; and Prokimenon, Tone 1.

Matins Gospel 9, John 20:19-31 (§65).

Having beheld the Resurrection; Psalm 50; G: The doors of repentance; N: Guide me in the paths of salvation; Have mercy on me, O God; When I think of the multitude of evil things I have done. Save, O God, Thy people.


Canon:   Resurrection                       4             Glory to Thy Holy Resurrection, O Lord.

               Theotokos                           2             Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

               Triodion                              4             Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

               Saint (in the Triodion)       4             Venerable Mother Mary, pray to God for us.

               Irmos of the Resurrectional canon, Tone 1.

               Katavasia: I shall open my mouth


After Ode 3, Kontakion (Thou who once of old) and Ikos of the Saint [The English Triodion has the Kontakion after Ode 6]; Sessional hymns of the Triodion (All the rebellious impulses of the flesh); G/N: Theotokion (Let us sing the praises of the Gate of heaven).

After Ode 6, Kontakion and Ikos of the Resurrection.

At Ode 9, More Honorable.

Holy is the Lord, our God.

Exapostilaria: Resurrection; G: Saint (Thee we have as a pattern of repentance); N: Theotokion in the Triodion (O sweetness of the angels).

Praises, Tone 1, on 9: Octoechos 8, with the last two psalm verses being:

1. I will confess Thee, O Lord, with my whole heart, I will tell of all Thy wonders.

2. I will be glad and rejoice in Thee, I will chant unto Thy name, O Most High.

And then the verse Arise, O Lord my God, followed by the sticheron in the Triodion: The Kingdom of God is not food and drink; G: Triodion (The Kingdom of God is not food and drink), N: Most blessed art thou. After the Great Doxology, the Troparion: Today is salvation; the two remaining Litanies and Resurrectional Dismissal; after the Dismissal: G/N: Gospel Sticheron; followed by First Hour.


Hours: Troparia: Resurrection; G: Saint; Kontakion: Resurrection.


Liturgy of St. Basil the Great: Beatitudes on 8, from the Octoechos.

After the entrance: Troparia & Kontakia as in Appendix I, B.

Prokimenon, Tone 1: Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us. & Tone 4: Wondrous is God in His saints, the God of Israel.

Epistle: Heb. 9:11-14 (§321 mid); Gal. 3:23-29 (§208).

Alleluia, Tone 1 (Tone & Saint).

Gospel: Mark 10:32-45 (§47); Luke 7:36-50 (§33).

Instead of It is truly meet: All creation Rejoiceth.

Communion Hymn: Praise the Lord in the heavens. & In everlasting remembrance.

Resurrectional Dismissal.


Sunday Evening Vespers: No Kathisma.

Lord I have Cried, Tone 1, on 10: Penitential Stichera from the Octoechos 4 (The multitude of my transgressions Triodion, p. 184); Triodion 3 (Thou who art most rich); Saint 3 (Desiring good repute – St. James the Confessor, March 21); G/N: Theotokion in the Menaion (Take away the defilement).

Entry; O Gladsome Light; Great Prokimenon, Tone 8: Thou hast given an inheritance to them that fear Thy Name.

During the final repetition of the prokimenon, the priest closes the royal doors, removes his phelonion and puts on a dark epitrachelion, and goes out to the Ambon. All the other liturgical covers are likewise changed. Vouchsafe, O Lord. Then the Litany, Let us complete our evening prayer unto the Lord, with the choir singing the responses according to the penitential Lenten melody.

Aposticha: Triodion (Stichera and verses, beginning with Marvelous is the Savior’s loving providence), G/N: Theotokion in the Triodion (Thou art the joy of the heavenly hosts).

Now lettest Thou Thy servant. Troparia: O Theotokos and Virgin (with a great prostration); G: O Baptizer of Christ (with a great prostration): N: Plead in our behalf (great prostration); Beneath thy compassion (without a prostration). Lord, have mercy x40; G/N: More Honorable. In the name of the Lord, father bless.

Priest: He that is is blessed. Reader: O Heavenly King, strengthen Orthodox Christians. Then the priest says the prayer of St. Ephrem with 3 prostrations, then the Dismissal.