St. Mark Orthodox Church of Irvine
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

Sunday – February 24th, 2013

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SUNDAY OF THE PUBLICAN & PHARISEE 1ST & 2ND DISCOVERY OF THE HEAD OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTISTTroparion of the Resurrection in the Fifth Tone: Let us believers praise and worship the Word, co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our salvation; for He took pleasure in ascending the Cross in the flesh, to suffer death, and to raise the dead by His glorious Resurrection.

Troparion of St. John the Baptist in the Fourth Tone: The Forerunner’s sacred head, having dawned forth from the earth, doth send incorruption’s rays unto the faithful, whereby they find healings of their ills.  From on high he gathereth the choirs of the Angels and on earth he summoneth the whole race of mankind that they with one voice might send up glory to Christ our God.

Troparion of St. Mark in the Fourth Tone: From thy childhood the light of truth enlightened thee, O Mark, and thou didst love the labor of Christ the Savior. Wherefore thou didst follow Peter with zeal and didst serve Paul as a fellow laborer and didst enlighten the world with thy holy Gospel.

Kontakion of the Publican and Pharisee in the Fourth Tone: Let us flee from the boasting of the Pharisee and learn the heights of humility from the publican’s words.  Let us cry out in repentance:  O Savior of the world, be gracious to thy servants.

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Prokeimenon (Psalm 75.11,1) Tone 8: Make your vows to the Lord our God and perform them.  God is known in Judah; his name is great in Israel.

The reading from Saint Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy (3:10-15)

Timothy, my son, Now you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, my sufferings, what befell me at Antioch, at Ico’nium, and at Lystra, what persecutions

I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me.

Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived.

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

Alleluia Verses (Psalm 94.1,2) Tone 8: O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us shout for joy to God our savior.  Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving.

The Reading from the Gospel according to St. Luke (18:10-14)

The Lord spoke this parable:  ”Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, `God, I thank thee that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.  I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I get.’  But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, `God, be merciful to me a sinner!’  I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

February 24, 2013 Publican and Pharisee

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