Saturday September 22, 2018 / September 9, 2018

17th Week after Pentecost. Tone seven.

Saturday before the Universal Elevation of the Precious and Life-Creating Cross of the Lord
Holy and Righteous Ancestors of God Joachim and Anna.
Martyr Severian of Sebaste (320).
Venerable Joseph, abbot of Volokolamsk (or Volotsk) (1515).
Uncovering of the relics (1896) of St. Theodosius, archbishop of Chernigov (1696).
New Hieromartyrs Gregory priest and Aleksander deacon (1918).
New Hieromartyrs Zaharias archbishop of Voronezh, Basil, Sergius, Joseph, Alexis priests and Martyr Basil (1937).
New Hieromartyr Andronicus (1938).
New Hieromartyr Alexander, priest (1942).
Venerable Theophanes the Confessor and Faster of Mt. Diabenos (299).
Martyrs Chariton and Straton.
Blessed Nicetas the Hidden of Constantinople (12th c.).
Commemoration of the Third Ecumenical Council (431).
Venerable Onuphrius of Voronsk (1789) (Romania).
Venerable Joachim, abbot of Opochka Monastery (Pskov) (1550).
St. Kieran (Ciaran) of Clonmacnois (Ireland) (ca. 545) (Celtic & British).
St. Omer, bishop of Therouanne (670).
St. Wulfhilda, abbes of Barking.
St. Bettelin, Hermit of Crowland.

The Scripture Readings

1 Corinthians 14:20-25
Matthew 25:1-13
Galatians 4:22-31 Ancestors
Luke 8:16-21 Ancestors
1 Corinthians 2:6-9 Epistle, Saturday Before
Matthew 10:37-11:1 Gospel, Saturday Before


Saints Joachim and Anna, Troparion in Tone I
Joachim and Anna, who were righteous in the law of grace,/ have for us given birth unto a God-given babe./ Wherefore, the divine Church keepeth splendid festival today,/ celebrating their honoured memory with gladness,/ glorifying God Who hath lifted up the horn of salvation for us// in the house of David.

Kontakion of Saints Joachim and Anna in Tone II "Seeking the highest"
Anna now rejoiceth,/ having broken the bond of barrenness;/ and she nurtureth the all-pure one,/ calling upon all to hymn the One Who through her womb// hath given unto men the only Mother who knew not man.