May 7, 2021
Third Week of Pascha. Tone two.
Commemoration of the Apparition of the Sign of the Precious Cross over Jerusalem in 351 A.D.
Martyr Acacius the Centurion at Byzantium (303).
Repose of Venerable Nilus, abbot of Sora (1508).
Venerable John of Zedazeni in Georgia, and 12 disciples: Venerables Shio Mgvime, David of Gareji, Anthony of Martq’ophi, Thaddeus of Urbnisi or Stepantsminda, Stephen of Khirsa, Isidore of Samtavisi, Michael of Ulumbo, Pyrrhus of Breta, Zenon of Iqalto, Jesse (Ise) of Tsilkani, Joseph of Alaverdi, and Abibus of Nekressi (6th c.) (Georgia).
Uncovering of the relics (1815) of Venerable Nilus the Myrrh-gusher of Mt. Athos.
Synaxis of All Holy Russian Sovereigns Commemorated on Athos.
Icons of the Most Holy Theotokos “Zhirovits” (1470) and “Lubech” (11th c.).
New Martyr Pachomius of Patmos (1730) (Greek).
St. Domitianus, bishop of Maastricht (560) (Neth.).
St. John of Beverley, bishop of York (721) (Celtic & British).
St. Lydia of Philippi (1st c.).
Uncovering of the relics of St. Euthymius the Great.
The Scripture Readings
1 Corinthians 1:18-24 Cross
John 19:6-11, 13-20, 25-28, 30-35 Cross
Appearance of the Cross Above Jerusalem, Troparion, Tone VIII —
The image of Thy Cross hath now shone forth more brightly than the sun,/ and Thou hast extended it from the holy mountain to the place of the skull,/ and therein hast revealed Thy might, O Savior./ Strengthening all faithful Orthodox Christians thereby, O Christ God,// save them ever in peace, and by the supplications of the Theotokos do Thou also save us.
Kontakion, Tone IV: “Having been lifted up…” —
The all-pure Cross, which opened the heavens which were shut,/ hath shed upon the earth all-radiant heavenly beams;/ wherefore, receiving the effulgence of its activity/we are guided to the never-waning Light;// and amid battles we have it as a weapon of peace, and invincible trophy.
St. Nilus, abbot of Sora, Troparion, in Tone I —
Having spurned the worldly life, O our venerable and God-bearing father Nilus, fleeing the tumult of life thou wast quick to gather the flowers of paradise from the writings of the fathers, and, having made thine abode in the wilderness, thou didst flourish like a lily of the field; wherefore, thou hast passed over to the mansions of heaven. Teach us who honor thee also to tread thy royal path, and pray thou for our souls.
Kontakion of the venerable one, in Tone VIII, To thee, the champion leader…” —
Fleeing from the tumult of the world for the sake of Christ’s love, with joyous soul thou didst make thine abode in the wilderness, and struggling well therein, O father Nilus, thou didst Live on earth like an angel; for thou didst lay waste to thy body through fasting and the keeping of vigils for the sake of everlasting life. And having been counted worthy thereof, standing with the saints before the all-holy Trinity in the light of ineffable joy, pray thou,— we, thy children, beseech thee, falling prostrate,— that we be preserved from every assault of enemies visible and invisible, and from evil circumstances, and that our souls be saved.