Today’s 7th Matins Gospel reading is John 20:1-10
Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.” Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb. So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first. And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there, and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed. For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again to their own homes.
Today’s Epistle reading is Hebrews 4:14-5:6
Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. For every high priest taken from among men is appointed for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can have compassion on those who are ignorant and going astray, since he himself is also subject to weakness. Because of this he is required as for the people, so also for himself, to offer sacrifices for sins. And no man takes this honor to himself, but he who is called by God, just as Aaron was. So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him: “You are My Son, today I have begotten You.” As He also says in another place: “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek”;
Today’s Gospel reading is Mark 8:34-9:1
When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” And He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power.”
Saints and Feasts celebrated today
3rd Sunday of Great Lent: Veneration of the Cross
Troparion — Tone 4
O Lord, save Your people,
and bless Your inheritance.
Grant victories to the Orthodox Christians,
over their adversaries.
And by virtue of Your Cross
preserve Your habitation!
Kontakion — Tone 7
Now the flaming sword no longer guards the gates of Eden;
it has mysteriously been quenched by the wood of the Cross!
The sting of death and the victory of hell have been vanquished;
for You, O my Savior, have come and cried to those in hell:
“Enter again into paradise.”
Hieromartyr Basil of Ancyra
Troparion — Tone 3
Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit you worthily received the anointing of the priesthood, O Basil.
You offered your martyr’s contest
as a royal sacrifice to the King of the Ages.
Righteous Father, entreat Christ God to grant us His great mercy.
Kontakion — Tone 8
Having run the race in righteousness,
You preserved the faith, O Hieromartyr Basil.
For this you were made worthy of the crown of martyrdom,
And You have become an unshakable pillar of the Church,
Confessing the undivided Trinity: the Son, co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit.
Entreat Him to deliver those who honor you from distress,
That we may cry to you: Rejoice, O divinely wise Basil!
Kontakion — Tone 3
As a priest of the King of Glory,
you also became a holy warrior by your contest.
You shamed the counsels of the lawless
and received the enjoyment of the heavenly Kingdom,
blessed hieromartyr of Christ, Basil.
Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):
- Martyr Drosis, daughter of Emperor Trajan
- Venerable Isaac, Founder of the Dalmatian Monastery at Constantinople
- Monastic Martyr Euthymius of Prodromou, Mount Athos
- Martyrs Kalliniki and Basilissa
Today’s Fasting Guidelines
Fast Day (Wine and Oil Allowed). Wine and oil are allowed. Refrain from meat, fish, dairy, and eggs.