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Sunday, December 30, 2012 / December 17, 2012 (Church Calendar)
2012

30th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone five.
Nativity (St. Philip's Fast). Fish Allowed

Week of Holy Forefathers
Holy Prophet Daniel (600 B.C.) and the Three Holy Youths: Ananias, Azarias, and Misael.
New Hieromartyrs Alexander, Nicholas and Sergius priests (1918).
New Hieromartyrs Peter and John priests (1937).
Venerable Daniel the Confessor (in schema Stephen) of Spain and Egypt (10th c.).
St. Dionysius of Zakynthos, archbishop of Aegina (1622).
New Hieromartyr Paisius, abbot of Turnovo, and Martyr Abbacum the Deacon at Belgrade (1814).
Martyrs Patermuthius, Coprius and Alexander the Soldier of Egypt (361).
St. Sturm, abbot and founder of Fulda monastery (779) (Germany).
Sts. Athanasius, Nicholas, and Anthony, founders of Vatopedi Monastery (10th c.).
New Martyr Nicetas of Nyssa (1300).
St. Misael of Abalatsk, hieromonk (1797).

The Scripture Readings

John 20:11-18 (8th Matins Gospel)
Colossians 3:4-11 Epistle (29th Sunday)
Luke 14:16-24 Gospel (28th Sunday)
Hebrews 11:33-12:2 Prophet
Luke 11:47-12:1 Prophet

HIDE TROPARION

Troparion of the Sunday, Tone V —
Let us, the faithful, praise and worship the Word, / Co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, / born for our salvation from the Virgin, / for He willed to be lifted up on the cross in the flesh, / to endure death / and to raise the dead by His glorious resurrection.

Hymn to the Theotokos, Tone V —
Rejoice, O impassable gate of the Lord! / Rejoice, O wall and protection of those who run to you! / Rejoice, O unshakable refuge! / Rejoice, O Virgin Mother of your God and Creator! / Do not cease praying for those who praise you and worship your Son. (1x) Blessed be the name of the Lord, henceforth and forever more.

Kontakion of the Sunday, Tone V —
Thou didst descend into hell, O my Savior, / shattering its gates as almighty; / resurrecting the dead as Creator, / and destroying the sting of death. / Thou hast delivered Adam from the curse, O Lover of Man, / and we all cry to Thee: "O Lord, save us!"

Sunday of the Holy Forefathers, Troparion, Tone II —
Through faith Thou hast justified the Forefathers,/ betrothing through them the Church of the gentiles./ These saints exult in glory/ for from their seed came forth a glorious fruit:/ She who bore Thee without seed.// So by their prayers, O Christ God, have mercy upon us.

Kontakion, Tone VI —
You did not worship the graven image/ O thrice-blessed ones,/ but armed with the immaterial Essence of God,/ you were glorified in a trial by fire./ From the midst of the unbearable flames you called upon God crying:/ Hasten O Compassionate One!/ Speedily come to our aid,// for Thou art merciful and able to do as Thou willest.

Holy Prophet Daniel & Three Holy Youths, Ananias, Azarias'and Misail; Troparion, Tone II —
Great are the accomplishments of faith!/ In the fountain of flame, as in refresh­ing water, the three holy children rejoiced;/ and the Prophet Daniel/ was shown to be a shepherd of lions, as of sheep.// By their prayers, O Christ God; save Thou our souls.

Kontakion of the Prophet, Tone III "Today the Virgin" —
Enlightened by the Spirit,/ thy pure heart became the receptacle of most splendid prophecy:/ for thou beheldest far-off things as though they were present,/ and, cast into the pit, didst tame the lions.// Wherefore, we honor thee, O blessed and glorious Prophet Daniel.

Kontakion of the Youths, Tone VI —
O thrice-blessed ones, who did not honor an image wrought by hands,/ but were defended by the indescribable Essence,/ ye were glorified in your ordeal by fire,/ and standing in the midst of unbearable flame, ye called upon God, saying;/ Speed Thou and make haste to our aid, O Compassionate One,/ in that Thou art merciful;// for what Thou wiliest, Thou canst do!


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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– Strict Fast (Bread, Vegetables, Fruits)
– Food without Oil
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– Fish Allowed
– Caviar Allowed
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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.

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