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Wednesday, January 16, 2013 / January 3, 2013 (Church Calendar)

33rd Week after Pentecost. Tone seven.
Sviatki. Fast-free

Forefeast of the Theophany.
Prophet Malachias (400 B.C.).
Martyr Gordius at Caesarea in Cappadocia (314).
St. Genevieve of Paris (502).
Venerable Abelard, abbot.
Finding of the relics of New Monk-martyr Ephraim of Nea Makri, in 1950 (Greek).
St. Peter of Atroa (837).
St. Thomais of Lesbos (10th c.).
Venerable Euthymius (Taqaishvili) the Man of God of Tbilisi (1953).
St. Findlugan of Islay (7th c.) (Celtic & British).

The Scripture Readings

1 Peter 4:1-11
Mark 12:28-37
2 Timothy 2:1-10 Martyr
Matthew 10:16-22 Martyr


Holy Martyr Gordius, Troparion, Tone IV —
In his suffering, O Lord,/ Thy martyr Gordius 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.

Forefeast of the Theophany, Troparion, Tone IV —
Make ready, O Zebulon!/ Adorn thyself, O Nephthali!/ O River Jordan, leaping up,/ receive thou the Master Who cometh to be Baptized!/ Rejoice, O Adam, with our first mother!/ Hide not yourselves as ye did before in paradise;/ for He that beheld you naked hath appeared,/ that He may clothe you in your primal raiment.// Christ hath appeared, desiring to make all creation new!

Kontakion of the Prophet Malachias, Tone IV, "Thou hast appeared" —
Enriched by the gift of prophecy, O prophet,/ thou didst manifestly proclaim salvation to the world and the advent of Christ,// by Whose radiance the world hath been illumined.

Kontakion of the Martyr, Tone VIII, "As firstfruits" —
The drops of thy sweat have watered the whole earth, O all-glorious Gordius,/ and thou hast gladdened the whole world with thy precious blood./ By thy sup­plications, O divinely wise one, save all who hymn and bless thee with faith,// crying out a worthy hymn to thee, O most lauded one, as a great athlete.

Kontakion of the Forefeast, Tone IV, "Thou hast appeared today" —
In the streams of the Jordan the Lord crieth out to John today:/ Fear not to baptize Me,// for I have come to save Adam the first-created!

May 5  – 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 28  – Palm Sunday
June 13  – Holy Ascension
June 23  – Pentecost - Trinity Sunday


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 18 - May 4  – Great Lent
July 1 - 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 9  – Meat-fare Saturday
March 30  – 2-nd Saturday of the Great Lent
April 6  – 3-rd Saturday of the Great Lent
April 13  – 4-th Saturday of the Great Lent
May 14  – Radonitsa (Tuesday of the 2nd week of Pascha)
June 22  – Trinity Saturday
November 2  – Demetrius Saturday

   Fast-free Weeks

January 7 - January 17  – Sviatki (Afterfeast of the Nativity of Christ to Theophany Eve)
February 24 - March 2  – Publican & Pharisee
March 10 - March 16  – Maslenitsa
May 5 - May 11  – Bright Week
June 23 - June 29  – Trinity Week
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– Food without Oil
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– Fish Allowed
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Feb 24  – Sunday of the Publican
   and Pharisee
Mar 10  – Meatfare Sunday
Mar 17  – Forgiveness Sunday
Apr 28  – Palm Sunday
May 05  – Great and Holy Pascha
May 29  – Mid-Pentecost (Prepolovenie)
Jun 13  – Holy Ascension
Jun 23  – Pentecost - Trinity Sunday
Jun 30  – 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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