April 1

Our holy mother Mary of Egypt who, a notorious Alexandrian sinner, was converted to God in the Holy City. With the Blessed Virgin interceding for her, she led a penitential life across the Jordan. She died in Palestine after forty-seven years of penitence. (c.530)

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the April Menaion

Troparion, Tone 3. While you had been a vessel of fornication, repentance made you a bride of Christ. * By imitating the life of an angel, you destroyed the devil by the power of the cross. * For this reason you became a bride for the King, O glorious Mary.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 4.  You walked through a deep dark mist of sin, * then you enlightened your heart by repentance. * You came to repentance * under the patronage of the holy and immaculate Theotokos, * and you found full absolution from your sins. * Now you rejoice with the angels, O glorious saint.

Prokeimenon, Tone 4 (Ps. 67:36,27). God is wondrous in his saints, the God of Israel
V. In the churches bless God; from Israel's wellsprings bless the Lord.

Epistle:  (of the day)

Alleluia, Tone 1 (Ps. 39:2,3). Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. I have waited, waited for the Lord, and he stooped toward me and heard my cry.
V. He drew me out of the pit of destruction, out of the filthy clay.

Gospel: (of the day)

Communion Hymn (Ps. 111:6,7). The just woman will be remembered forever; evil news she will not fear. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!