Lenten Triodion (hymns)

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Lenten Triodion

Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee

Kontakion, Tone 4:

Let us flee the bragging of the Pharisee,
And learn the humility of the Publican,
While crying out unto the Saviour with groanings:
Be gracious unto us, O Thou Who alone dost readily forgive.

Sunday of the Prodigal Son

Kontakion, Tone 3:

Having foolishly abandoned Thy paternal glory,
I squandered on vices the wealth which Thou gavest me.
Wherefore, I cry unto Thee with the voice of the Prodigal:
I have sinned before Thee, O compassionate Father.
Receive me as one repentant,
And make me as one of Thy hired servants.

Meat-Fare Sunday

Kontakion, Tone 1:

When Thou, O God, shalt come to earth with glory,
And all things tremble,
And the river of fire floweth before the Judgment Seat and the books are opened,
And the hidden things made public,
then deliver me from the unquenchable fire and deem me worthy to stand at Thy right hand,
O most righteous Judge.

Cheese-Fare Sunday

Kontakion, Tone 6:

O Thou guide unto wisdom,
Bestower of prudence, instructor of the foolish and defender of the poor:
Establish and grant understanding unto my heart, O Master.
Grant me speech, O Word of the Father; for behold,
I shall not keep my lips from crying unto Thee:
O Merciful One, have mercy on me who have fallen.

First Sunday of Lent

Troparion, Tone 2:

We worship Thine immaculate Icon, O Good One,
Asking the forgiveness of our failings, O Christ God;
For of Thine own will Thou wast well-pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh that Thou mightest deliver from slavery to the enemy those Whom Thou hadst fashioned.
Wherefore, we cry to Thee thankfully:
Thou didst fill all things with joy, O our Saviour,
When Thou camest to save the world.

Kontakion, Tone 8:

The Uncircumscribable Word of the Father was circumscribed when He took flesh of thee, O Theotokos;
And when He had restored the defiled image to its ancient state,
He suffused it with divine beauty.
As for us, confessing our salvation,
We record it in deed and word.

Prokeimenon, Tone 4:

(Song of the Fathers)


Blessed are You, O Lord God of our fathers, and praised and glorified is

Your name forever! (Song of the three Holy Children, v. 3)

v: For You are just in all that You have done for us! (v. 4)



Alleluia verse, Tone 8:

v: Moses and Aaron were among His priests; Samuel also was among those who called on His Name. (Ps 99/100:6)


v: They called to the Lord and He answered them. (Ps 99/100:6)


Second Sunday of Lent,  St. Gregory Palamas

Troparion, Tone 8:

Light of Orthodoxy, pillar and teacher of the Church, adornment of monastics,
Invincible champion of theologians, O Gregory thou wonderworker,
Boast of Thessalonica, herald of grace,
Ever pray that our souls be saved.

Kontakion, Tone 8:

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!

Kontakion of the Sunday, Tone 4:

The season of the 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 receive incorruptible crowns.

Prokeimenon Tone 5:

 You, O Lord, shall protect us and preserve us from this generation forever. (Ps 11/12:7)

v: Save me, O Lord, for there is no longer any that is godly. (Ps 11/12:1)

 Prokeimenon (for St Gregory) Tone 1:

 My mouth shall speak wisdom, the meditation of my heart shall be understanding. (Ps 48/49:3)

Alleluia verse, (of the tone of the week)


Third Sunday of Lent (Cross)

Troparion, Tone 1:

Save, O Lord, Thy people, and bless Thine inheritance;
Grant Thou unto Orthodox Christians victory over enemies;
And by the power of Thy Cross do Thou preserve Thy commonwealth.

Kontakion, Tone 4:

O Thou Who wast lifted up willingly on the Cross,
Bestow Thy mercies upon the new community named after Thee, O Christ God;
Gladden with Thy power the Orthodox Christians,
Granting them victory over enemies;
May they have as Thy help the weapon of peace, the invincible trophy.

Another Kontakion, Tone 7:

No longer doth the flaming sword guard the gate of Eden,
For a strange extinction hath come upon it,
Even the Tree of the Cross.
The sting hath been taken from death, and the victory from Hades.
And Thou, my Saviour, didst appear unto those in Hades, saying:
Enter ye again into Paradise.

Instead of Trisagion

Before Thy Cross,
we bow down in worship,
O Master, and Thy holy Resurrection we glorify.

 Prokeimenon Tone 6:

O Lord, save Your people and bless Your inheritance! (Ps 27/28:9))
v: To You, O Lord, will I call. O my God, be not silent to me! (Ps 27/28:1)

Alleluia verse, Tone 8:

v: Remember Your congregation, which You have purchased of old! (Ps 73/74:2)
v: God is our King before the ages; He has worked salvation in the midst of the earth! (Ps 73/74:12)

Fourth Sunday, St. John of the Ladder

Troparion, Tone 3:

Having raised up a sacred ladder by thy words,
Thou wast shown forth unto all as a teacher of monastics, and thou dost lead us, O John,
From the purification that cometh through godly discipline, unto the light of divine vision.
O righteous Father, do thou entreat Christ God that we be granted great mercy.

Kontakion, Tone 1:

Offering teachings from thy book as ever-blossoming fruits, O wise one,
Thou dost sweeten the heart of them that attend to them with vigilance, O blessed one;
For it is a ladder that, from earth unto the heavenly and abiding glory,
Doth lead the souls of those who with faith do honour thee.

Prokeimenon , (of the tone of the week) and:

Let the righteous exult in glory! Let them sing tor joy on their couches!

Alleluia verse, (of the tone of the week) and:

Those planted in the house of the Lord shall floursh in the courts of our God.

Fifth Sunday, St. Mary of Egypt

Troparion, Tone 5:

Enlightened by the grace of the Cross,
Thou wast shown forth as a radiant lamp of repentance,
Dispelling the darkness of the passions, O all-holy one.
Wherefore, thou didst appear as an angel in the flesh unto the sacred Zosimas in the wilderness.
O Mary, our righteous mother, do thou intercede with Christ for us.

Kontakion, Tone 3:

Thou who once of old wast filled with all manner of fornication,
Art now seen today to be a bride of Christ by thy repentance.
Thou didst love and emulate the life of the angels.
By the Cross, thou didst annihilate the hordes of demons;
For this cause thou art a bride now in the kingdom of the heavens,
O Mary, thou all-modest one.

Another Kontakion, Tone 4:

Having escaped the darkness of sin,
And having illumined thy heart with the light of repentance,
O glorious one, thou didst come to Christ and didst offer to Him His immaculate and holy Mother as a merciful intercessor.
Hence, thou hast found remission of thy transgressions, and thou ever rejoicest with the angels.

Prokeimenon , (of the tone of the week) and:

God is wonderful in His saints, the God of Israel. (Ps 67/68:35)

Alleluia verse, (of the tone of the week)

Palm Sunday


Troparion, Tone 1:

By raising Lazarus from the dead before Your passion,
You did confirm the universal Resurrection, O Christ God!
Like the children with the palms of victory,
We cry out to You, O Vanquisher of death;
Hosanna in the Highest!
Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord!

Troparion, Tone 4:

As by baptism we were buried with Thee, O Christ our God,
So by Thy Resurrection we were deemed worthy of immortal life; and praising Thee,
We cry: Hosanna in the highest; blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Kontakion, Tone 6:

Being borne upon a throne in heaven,
And upon a colt on the earth, O Christ God,
Thou didst accept the praise of the angels and the laudation of the children as they cry to Thee:
Blessed is He that cometh to recall Adam.

Prokeimenon Tone 4:


Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord! God is the Lord and has revealed Himself to us!

v: O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endures forever!


Alleluia verse, Tone 1:

v: O sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous things!

v: All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.