Troparion of the Feast Tone 5: Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs, bestowing life. (Sung alternately with Psalm verses in between).
THE PASCHAL ENTRANCE HYMN
Priest: In the gathering places bless ye God the Lord from the springs of Israel. People: Save us O Son of God, Who art risen from the dead, who sing to Thee, Alleluia.
HYMNS AFTER THE LITTLE ENTRANCE
All: Troparion of the Resurrection in the Second Tone: When Thou didst submit Thyself unto death, O Thou deathless and immortal one, then Thou didst destroy Hell with Thy Godly power, and when Thou didst raise the dead from beneath the earth, all the powers of heaven did cry aloud unto Thee, O Christ Thou giver of Life glory to Thee. (Repeated in Arabic)
Choir: Troparia of the Myrrh-bearers in the Second Tone: The pious Joseph, having brought down thy pure body from the Tree, wrapped it in fine linen, embalmed it with ointment, provided for it, and laid it in a new tomb. But thou didst verily rise, after three days, O Lord, granting the world the Great Mercy.
Verily, the angel came to the tomb and said to the ointment-bearing women: The ointment is meet for the dead, but Christ is shown to be remote from corruption. But cry ye: The Lord is risen, granting the world the great mercy.
Choir: Kontakion of Pascha in the Eight Tone: When thou didst descend into the grave, O Immortal, thou didst destroy the power of hades. In victory didst thou arise, O Christ God, proclaiming ‘Rejoice’ to the myrrh-bearing women, granting peace to thine apostles and bestowing resurrection on the fallen.
Prokeimenon (Psalm 18:14,1) Their voice has gone out into all the earth. The heavens declare the glory of God.
Reading from the First Universal Letter of St. John (1:1-7)
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life — the life was made manifest, and we saw it, and testify to it, and proclaim to you the eternal life which was with the Father and was made manifest to us — that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you may have fellowship with us; and our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing this that our joy may be complete.
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not live according to the truth; but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
Alleluia Verses (Psalm 19:1,9) May the Lord hear you in the day of trouble. O Lord, save the king, and hear us when we call upon you.
The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark (15:43-47 16:1-8)
At that time, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. And Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. And he bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud, and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James saw where he was laid.
And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back; — it was very large.
And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you.” And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to any one, for they were afraid.
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OTHER CHANGES FOR SUNDAY OF THE MYRRH BEARING WOMEN
Instead of “It is truly meet…”, the choir will sing: The Megalynarion of Pascha, “The Angel cried to the Lady…”
Communion Hymn: “Receive ye the body of Christ and taste and see him that is found deathless.” replaces “Praise ye the Lord…”
Instead of “We have seen the true light, we sing “Christ is risen…”
Note: During the Paschal season, for the Communion of the people, we sing the Troparion of Pascha in various languages.