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Saturday, September 20, 2008 / September 7, 2008 (Church Calendar)
2008

14th Week after Pentecost. Tone four.

Saturday before the Universal Elevation of the Precious and Life-Creating Cross of the Lord
Forefeast of the Nativity of the Theotokos.
Martyr Sozon of Cilicia (304).
St. John, archbishop and wonderworker of Novgorod (1186).
Martyrdom of St. Macarius, archimandrite of Kanev (1678).
Venerable Macarius of Optina (1860).
New Hieromartyrs Peter and Michael priests, Alexander diacon (1918).
New Hieromartyr Priest John Maslovsky of Verkhne-Poltavka, Amur (1921).
New Hieromartyrs Eugene metropolitan of Gorky, Stephan priest and Hieromartyrs Eugene, Nicholas and Pakhomius, New Hieromartyrs Gregory, Basil priests, Hieromartyr Leo (1937).
Venerables Alexander Peresvet and Andrew Osliaby (1380).
Venerable Serapion of Spaso-Eleazar Monastery in Pskov (1480).
Apostles Evodus (Euodias) (66) and Onesiphorus (67) of the Seventy.
Martyr Eupsychius of Caesarea in Cappadocia (2nd c.).
Venerable Luke and St. Peter the Cappadocian, abbots of the monastery of the Deep Stream (10th c.).
St. Cassia (Cassiane) the Hymnographer (9th c.).
Venerable Cloud (Clodoald), abbot-founder of Nogent-sur-Seine near Paris (560) (Gaul).

The Scripture Readings

1 Corinthians 4:1-5
Matthew 23:1-12
Ephesians 6:10-17 Martyr
John 15:17-16:2 Martyr
1 Corinthians 2:6-9 Epistle, Saturday Before
Matthew 10:37-11:1 Gospel, Saturday Before

HIDE TROPARION

Troparion of Forefeast of the Nativity of the Theotokos in Tone IV —
Mary the divine Maiden, is born unto us today/ from the root of Jesse and the loins of David;/ and all things rejoice and are made new through joy./ Rejoice, together, O heaven and earth!/ Praise her, ye lands of the gentiles!/ Joachim maketh glad, and Anna holdeth festival, crying aloud:// A barren woman giveth birth to the Theotokos, the Nourisher of our Life!

Troparion of Holy Martyr Sozon in Tone IV —
In his suffering, O Lord,/ Thy martyr Sozon received an imperishable crown from Thee our God;/ for, possessed of Thy might,/ he set at nought the tormentors and crushed the feeble audacity of the demons.// By his supplications save Thou our souls.

Kontakion of the Holy Martyr Sozon in Tone II —
Assembling today, with a loud voice let us praise Sozon,/ the true and divinely wise martyr,/ the skilled athlete of piety,/ the initiate of the mysteries of grace,/ the most generous bestower of healings:// for he entreateth Christ God in behalf of us all.

Kontakion of the Forefeast of the Nativity of the Theotokos in Tone III “Today the Virgin" —
Today Mary, the Virgin and Theotokos,/ the boundless chamber of the Heavenly Bridegroom is born!/ From a barren woman, by the counsel of God,/ the chariot of the Word is rightly adorned;// for she was foretold as the divine portal and Mother of life.


April 27  – Great and Holy Pascha

   Fixed Great Feasts

January 7  – The Nativity of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ
January 19  – The Baptism of Our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ
February 15  – Meeting of our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ in the Temple
April 7  – The Annunciation of Our Most Holy Lady, the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mar
August 19  – The Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ
August 28  – The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary
September 21  – Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever Virgin Mar
September 27  – The Universal Elevation of the Precious and Life-Creating Cross of the Lord
December 4  – Entry into the Temple of our Most Holy Lady Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary

   Movable Great Feasts

April 20  – Palm Sunday
June 5  – Holy Ascension
June 15  – Pentecost - Trinity Sunday

   Feasts

January 14  – Circumcision of the Lord
July 7  – The Nativity of the Holy Forerunner and Baptist of the Lord, John
July 12  – The Holy, Glorious and All-Praised Leaders of the Apostles: Peter and Paul
September 11  – The Beheading of the Prophet, Forerunner of the Lord, John the Baptist
October 14  – Protection of Our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary

   Fasting Seasons

March 10 - April 26  – Great Lent
June 23 - July 11  – Apostles' (Peter & Paul) Fast
August 14 - August 28  – Dormition (Theotokos) Fast
November 28 - January 6  – Nativity (St. Philip's Fast)

   Fast Days

   The Wednesdays and Fridays of the Year, except for Fast-Free Weeks
January 18  – Kreschensky sochelnik (The Eve of Theophany)
September 11  – The Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 27  – The Elevation of the Cross

   Traditional days of remembrance

March 1  – Meat-fare Saturday
March 22  – 2-nd Saturday of the Great Lent
March 29  – 3-rd Saturday of the Great Lent
April 5  – 4-th Saturday of the Great Lent
May 6  – Radonitsa (Tuesday of the 2nd week of Pascha)
June 14  – Trinity Saturday
November 1  – Demetrius Saturday

   Fast-free Weeks

January 7 - January 17  – Sviatki (Afterfeast of the Nativity of Christ to Theophany Eve)
February 17 - February 23  – Publican & Pharisee
March 2 - March 8  – Maslenitsa
April 27 - May 3  – Bright Week
June 15 - June 21  – Trinity Week
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– Strict Fast (Bread, Vegetables, Fruits)
– Food without Oil
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– Fish Allowed
– Caviar Allowed
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Paschalia

Feb 17  – Sunday of the Publican
   and Pharisee
Mar 02  – Meatfare Sunday
Mar 09  – Forgiveness Sunday
Apr 20  – Palm Sunday
Apr 27  – Great and Holy Pascha
May 21  – Mid-Pentecost (Prepolovenie)
Jun 05  – Holy Ascension
Jun 15  – Pentecost - Trinity Sunday
Jun 22  – All Saints

Tipikon Signs

– vigil for great feasts; a more festive service where all of the unfixed hymns are dedicated to the feast.
– "vigil" to a certain saint when All Night vigil is celebrated. The order of the service is similar to a “Polyeleos” (magnification) service, in that small vespers, great vespers and matins are combined (from this comes the vigil) and that there is the blessing of breads and the anointing with oil at the end of matins.
– "cross", "Polyeleos", "with the Polyeleos", "Polyeleos service", that is the type of service during which the "Polyeleos" (Praise/Magnification) is sung during matins (the majestic singing of the 134 and 135 psalms with verses); in addition, during this service there is a reading from the Gospel, the prokeimenon, gradual antiphons, the canon with 8 troparions, the praises and Great Doxology are sung, and during vespers "Blessed is the man" is sung (first "Glory" of the 1st kathisma), there is an entrance, Old Testament readings (parameia) and during lityia all of the verses may be sung to the saint.
– "doxology", "with doxology" during this service to the saint it is proper to sing the Great Doxology at the end of matins (in services of a lower rank, the doxology is read), also at this service are sung several Sunday Theotokions, sedalions after the kathisma (psaltery reading) to the saint, the katavasia during the canon, also at the end of matins are sung the praise verses, the Great Doxology, and the entire ending of matins follows the order of a feast.
– "six verse", "up to six"; all six stikhera of "Lord, I cry" are sung to the saint, there is a stikhera for "Glory" of the Apotischa for both vespers and matins; troparion to the saint, and the canon of matins is sung to the saint in six troparions.
, , no sign – "without a sign"; the most ordinary, daily service to a saint, to whom it is customary to sing only three stikhera at "Lord I cry" and the canon of matins in four troparions. There may not be a troparion to the saint.

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