Sunday, November 25, 2012 / November 12, 2012 (Church Calendar)
25th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone eight. St. John the Merciful, patriarch of Alexandria (620).
Venerable Nilus the Faster of Sinai (451). New Hieromartyrs Constantine, Vladimir, Alexander, Matthew, Demetrius priests (1937). New Hieromartyr Boris (1942).
Blessed John "the Hairy," fool-for-Christ at Rostov (1580).
Prophet Ahijah (Achias) (960 B.C.). St. Nilus the Myrrh-gusher of Mt. Athos (1651). "The Merciful" Icon of the Mother of God. New Martyr Sabbas Nigdelinus of Constantinople (1726) (Greek). New Martyr Nicholas of Constantinople (1726). St. Leontius, patriarch of Constantinople (1143). Venerable Emilian of Vergegio in Iberia. Venerable Lebuinus, missionary monk of the Netherlands (Netherlands). St. Machar, bishop of Aberdeen (Scotland) (6th c.) (Celtic & British). St. Sinnell of Cleenish (6th c.) (Celtic & British). St. Cadwaladr, king of the Welsh (664) (Celtic & British). New Hieromartyr priest Theodore Gidaspov. Synaxis of the Russian New Martyrs of Optina: Anatolius, Barnabas, Dositheus, Nectarius, Panteleimon and Vincent. The Scripture Readings
Troparion of the Sunday, Tone VIII —
Thou didst descend from on high, O Merciful One! / Thou didst accept the three-day burial
to free us from our sufferings! / O Lord, our Life and Resurrection: glory to Thee! Hymn to the Theotokos, Tone VIII —
For our sake Thou wast born of the Virgin / and did endure crucifixion, O Good One, /
destroying death by death. / Revealing the resurrection as God, / do not despise the work of
Thy hand. / Reveal Thy love for man, O merciful One, / and accept the Theotokos praying for
us, / and save the despairing people, O Savior. Kontakion of the Sunday, Tone VIII —
By rising from the tomb, Thou didst raise the dead and resurrect Adam. / Eve exults in Thy
Resurrection, / and the world celebrates Thy rising from the dead, O greatly Merciful One!
St. John the Almsgiver, Patriarch of Alexandria, Troparion, Tone VIII
In thy patience, O venerable father, thou didst acquire thy reward,/ having
endured in prayers without ceasing, and loved the poor and provided for them.//
Beseech Christ God, O blessed almsgiver John, that our souls be saved. Venerable Father Nilus the Faster, Troparion, Tone VIII —
With the streams of thy tears thou didst irrigate the barren desert,/ and
with sighs from the depths of thy soul thou didst render thy labors fruitful an
hundredfold./ Thou wast a beacon for the whole world, radiating miracles.// O
our father Nilus, entreat Christ God that our souls be saved. Kontakion of the venerable one, Tone VIII "To thee, the champion leader" —
In thy vigilant prayer thou didst cut down the underbrush/ of the uprising of
the passions of the body as with a scythe./ As thou hast boldness before the
Lord, free me from every misfortune,// that I may cry out to thee: Rejoice, O
universal father! Kontakion to the hierarch, Tone II —
Thou didst distribute thy wealth to the destitute,/ and hast now received
heavenly riches, O John most wise./ Wherefore, celebrating thy memory,// we all
honor thee, O namesake of almsgiving.