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Thursday, March 29, 2012 / March 16, 2012 (Church Calendar)
2012

Fifth Week of the Great Lent. Tone eight.
Great Lent. By Monastic Charter: Food without Oil

Martyr Sabinas of Hermopolis, Egypt (303).
Martyr Papas of Lycaonia (305).
St. Serapion, archbishop of Novgorod (1516).
Apostle Aristobulus of the Seventy, bishop of Britain (1st c.).
Hieromartyr Alexander, pope of Rome (119).
Martyr Julian of Anazarbus (305).
Martyrs Trophimus and Thalus of Laodicea (300).
Venerable Christodulus, wonderworker of Patmos (1093).
Martyr Romanus at Parium on the Hellespont.
10 Martyrs in Phoenicia (Greek).
St. Pimen, Fool-for-Christ and Enlightener of Dagestan, and his companion Anton Meskhi, the Censurer of Kings (13th c.) (Georgia).
St. Ambrosi (Khelaia) the Confessor, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia (1927) (Georgia).
New Martyr Malachi of Rhodes, who suffered at Jerusalem (1500).
St. Abban of Kilabban (650) (Celtic & British).

The Scripture Readings

Isaiah 42:5-16 (6th Hour)
Genesis 18:20-33 (Vespers, 1st Reading)
Proverbs 16:17-17:17 (Vespers, 2nd Reading)

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April 15  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 8  Palm Sunday
May 24  Holy Ascension
June 3  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

February 27 - April 14  Great Lent
June 11 - 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

February 18  Meat-fare Saturday
March 10  2-nd Saturday of the Great Lent
March 17  3-rd Saturday of the Great Lent
March 24  4-th Saturday of the Great Lent
April 24  Radonitsa (Tuesday of the 2nd week of Pascha)
June 2  Trinity Saturday
November 3  Demetrius Saturday

   Fast-free Weeks

January 7 - January 17  Sviatki (Afterfeast of the Nativity of Christ to Theophany Eve)
February 5 - February 11  Publican & Pharisee
February 19 - February 25  Maslenitsa
April 15 - April 21  Bright Week
June 3 - June 9  Trinity Week
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Full abstention from food
Strict Fast (Bread, Vegetables, Fruits)
Food without Oil
Food with Oil
Fish Allowed
Caviar Allowed
Meat is excluded
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Paschalia

Feb 05  Sunday of the Publican
   and Pharisee
Feb 19  Meatfare Sunday
Feb 26  Forgiveness Sunday
Apr 08  Palm Sunday
Apr 15  Great and Holy Pascha
May 09  Mid-Pentecost (Prepolovenie)
May 24  Holy Ascension
Jun 03  Pentecost - Trinity Sunday
Jun 10  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.

Initial database and general information used in the Calendar was taken from Orthodox Calendar Online.
Database was updated using Saint Herman Press Calendar,
Orthodox Liturgical Calendar of The St. John of Kronstadt Press,
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Lives of the Saints - ORTHODOXY IN CHINA, Orthodox Saints and Feasts.
Troparions and Kontakions - The St. John of Kronstadt Press and Myriobiblos
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Another Source of Lives of the Saints, Troparions and Kontakions - Bulgakov Handbook.

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