The Sunday of the Blind man / Ss. Cyril and Methodius

Tone 5


Great Vespers: Priest: Glory to the Holy. Choir: Amen.

Priest: Christ is risen 2 times. The Choir sings: And upon those in the tombs bestowing life.

Blessed is the man.

Lord I have Cried, Tone 5, on 10: Resurrection 3; Blind Man 3 (He that was born blind); Saints 4 (With what wreaths of praise); G: Blind Man (Passing by on the way); N: Sunday Dogmatic (Once, the image of the Bride who knoweth not wedlock).

Entry; O Gladsome Light; Prokimenon of the day, Tone 6: The Lord is King. 3 Readings for the Saints.

Litia: Temple; Saints (Ye shone forth, taken from the Vespers Aposticha); G/N: Blind Man (Considering his whole life).

Aposticha: The sticheron of the Resurrection 1 (With sounds of hymnody do we magnify Thee); The Paschal Stichera, with its verses; G: Saints (Rejoice, O sacred twain); N: Pentecostarion (O Christ God, Thou spiritual Sun of Righteousness).

Troparia: O Theotokos and Virgin x2; Saints x1 (As ones equal in character to the Apostles).


Matins: Choir: Christ is risen x3.

Reader: Glory to God in the highest; and the 6 psalms as usual.

God is the Lord, Tone 5; Troparia: Resurrection x2; G: Saints (As ones equal in character to the Apostles); N: Theotokion, Tone 4 (The mystery hidden).

After each Kathisma, Sessional hymns from the Pentecostarion.

Polyeleos and Magnification of the Saints: We magnify you, O Equals-of-the-Apostles Methodius and Cyril, who have enlightened all the Slavic lands by your teaching and brought them to Christ; The Evlogitaria (The assembly of angels was amazed).

Hypakoe, Tone 5; all the Sessional hymns of the Saints; Hymns of Ascent, and Prokimenon, Tone 5.

Matins Gospel 8, John 20:11-18 (64).

Having beheld the resurrection x3; Psalm 50; G: Through the prayers of the apostles; N: Through the prayers of the Theotokos; Have mercy on me, O God; Jesus having risen. Save, O God, Thy people.


Canon: Pascha (with the 2 Theotokia) 6 Christ is risen from the dead.

Saints 4 Holy Equals-of-the-Apostles, Methodius and Cyril, pray to God for us.

Blind Man 4 Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Irmos: It is the day of resurrection.

Katavasia: Let us sing unto the only Savior and God.


After Ode 3, Kontakion (Let us honor our sacred pair of enlighteners) and Ikos of the Saints; Sessional Hymns of the Saints (Thou didst liken the holy consubstantial Trinity to the Sun); G/N: Pentecostarion (As the Master and Fashioner of all things passed by).

After Ode 6, Kontakion (Blinded in the eyes of my soul) and Ikos from the Pentecostarion

At Ode 9, we do not sing More Honorable; but instead we immediately begin the Irmos of the ninth Ode (Shine, shine), with the refrain Christ is risen, and rest as at the previous odes.

Holy is the Lord, our God.  

Exapostilaria: Pascha (Having fallen asleep); G: Saints (Celebrating your memory); N: Pentecostarion (Along the way, our Savior found).

Praises, Tone 5, on 8: Resurrection: 4; Saint 4 (O divinely wise Cyril and Methodius with the Doxasticon (O ye people, piously celebrating) and the final two psalm verses: Thy priests shall be clothed with righteousness, and Thy righteous shall rejoice. & The mouth of the righteous shall meditate wisdom, and his tongue shall speak of judgment); G: Blind Man (Who can tell of Thy mighty acts, O Christ); N: Most blessed art thou. After the Great Doxology, Troparion: Today is salvation; the two remaining Litanies and Sunday dismissal; after the Dismissal: G/N: 8th Gospel Sticheron (The tears of Mary were not shed in vain); followed by First Hour.


Hours: Troparia: Resurrection; G: Saints; Kontakion: Saints & Blind Man, alternating.


Liturgy: The beginning, as on St. Thomas Sunday.

Beatitudes on 12, from the Pentecostarion: 4; Blind Man 4, from Ode 3; Saints 4, from Ode 6.

After the entrance: Troparion of the Resurrection (Let us, O faithful, praise and worship the Word); Saints; G: Kontakion of the Saints; N: Kontakion of the Blind Man (Blinded in the eyes of my soul).

Prokimenon, Tone 8: Make your vows. & Tone 7: Precious in the sight of the Lord.

Epistle: Acts 16:16-34 (38); Heb. 7:26-8:2 (318).

Alleluia, Tone 8 & Tone 2.

Gospel: John 9:1-38 (34); Matt. 5:14-19 (11).

Instead of It is truly meet, we sing the refrain The angel cried, with the Irmos of the Ninth Ode of Pascha (Shine, shine).

Communion Hymn: Receive ye the body of Christ. & In everlasting remembrance.

And the rest as on St. Thomas Sunday.