The Second Sunday of Great Lent

Hymns, readings for the Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas

Hymns to St. Gregory

Troparion, Tone Eight

Light of Orthodoxy, pillar and teacher of the Church, adornment of monastics, invincible champion of Thessalonica, herald of grace, ever pray that our souls be saved.

Troparion, Same Tone

O sacred and divine organ of wisdom, clear trumpet of theology: we praise thee with one accord, O Gregory of divine speech; but as a mind standing before the Primordial Mind, direct our mind to Him, O Father, that we may cry: Rejoice, O herald of grace!

Troparion of the Sunday, Tone Four

The season of virtues hath now been revealed, and judgment is at the doors; therefore let us arise and keep the Fast, offering tears of compunction together with our alms, and let us cry: Our sins are more than the sands of the sea; but do Thou pardon us, O Creator of all, that we may recieve incorruptible crowns.

The Reading is from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews

[1:10] And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:[11] They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;[12] And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.[13] But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?[14] Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?[2:1] Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.[2] For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;[3] How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him?

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The Reading is from the Gospel according to St. John.

Glory to Thee, O God, Glory to Thee!

[2:1] And again he entered into Capernaum, after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house.[2] And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them.[3] And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four.[4] And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.[5] When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.[6] But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts,[7] Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?[8] And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?[9] Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?[10] But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,)[11] I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.[12] And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.

Glory to Thee, O God, Glory to Thee!

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