The Week Leading Up to… Sunday, August 25th, 2013.

The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Return of the relics of the Apostle Bartholomew; Holy Apostle Titus of the Seventy;
Archbishops Menas, Epiphanios, Gennadios and John of Constantinople

Christ and Peter in the Waves

During the regular Sundays of the Church year, we each Sunday move through a repeating cycle of eight Tones, with different music and hymns for each tone, which celebrate the resurrection of Christ. This Sunday falls on Tone 8. Here is the Sunday troparion (hymn) of the Resurrection for this Sunday:

From the heights thou didst descend O Compassionate One,

and thou didst submit to the three-day burial,

that thou might deliver us from passion.

Thou art our Life and our Resurrection, O Lord, glory to thee.

Click here to listen to this troparion being sung, and here for sheet music.


I Corinthians 3:9-17 (9th Sunday after Pentecost)

Vow ye, and pay to the Lord your God.
In Judah is God known.

The Reading is from St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians

BRETHREN, we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and another man is building upon it. Let each man take care how he builds upon it. For no other foundation can any one lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any one builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw–each man’s work will become manifest; for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work which any man has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.


Matthew 14:22-34 (9th Sunday of Matthew)

The Reading of the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew

At that time: Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat by this time was out on the sea, beaten by the waves; for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. But immediately he spoke to them, saying, “Take heart, it is I; have no fear.”
And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, bid me come to you on the water.” He said, “Come,” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus; but when he saw the strong wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “O man of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when thy got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret.

Click here to read the lives of the saints commemorated today