3rd Sunday of Lent

Veneration of the Cross

Tone 3

Readings

Hebrews 4:14-5:6 (Epistle)
Mark 8:34-9:1 (Gospel)

Troparion (Tone 1)

O Lord, save Thy people,
and bless Thine inheritance!
Grant victories to the Orthodox Christians
over their adversaries;
and by virtue of Thy Cross,
preserve Thy habitation!

Kontakion (Tone 7)

Now the flaming sword no longer guards the gates of Eden;
it has been mysteriously quenched by the wood of the Cross.

The sting of death and the victory of hell have been vanquished; for Thou, O my Savior, hast come and cried to those in hell:
Enter again into Paradise!