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Sunday, September 28, 2014 / September 15, 2014 (Church Calendar)
2014

16th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone seven.

Sunday after the Universal Elevation of the Precious and Life-Creating Cross of the Lord
Great-martyr Nicetas the Goth (372).
New Hieromartyr John priest and Virgin-martyr Eudocia (1918).
New Hieromartyrs Andrew, Gregory, Gregory, John priests (1921).
Venerable Ignatius confessor (1932).
New Hieromartyr Demetrius priest (1935).
New Hieromartyrs John, Jacob, Peter priests and Nicholas deacon, Martyrs Mary and Ludmila (1937).
Uncovering of the relics of St. Acacius the Confessor, bishop of Melitene (257).
Martyrs Theodotus, Asclepiodotus, and Maximus of Adrianopolis (305-311).
Martyr Porphyrius the Mime of Caesaria (361).
Uncovering of the relics of the Holy Protomartyr and Archdeacon Stephen (415).
Venerable Philotheus the Presbyter of Asia Minor (10th c.).
St. Joseph, abbot, of Alaverdi in Georgia (570) (Georgia).
"Novoniketas" Icon of the Mother of God (372).
St. Symeon, archbishop of Thessalonica (1430).
Sts. Bessarion I and Bessarion II (1540), metropolitans of Larissa (Greek).
New Martyr John of Crete (1811) (Greek).
Venerable Gerasimus, abbot, of Sourvia (1740).
St. Joseph the New of Partos, metropolitan of Timisoara (1656) (Romania).
St. Mirin, abbot of Paisley.

The Scripture Readings

Luke 24:12-35 (5th Matins Gospel)
2 Corinthians 6:1-10
Matthew 25:14-30
2 Timothy 2:1-10 Great-martyr Nicetas
Matthew 10:16-22 Great-martyr Nicetas
Galatians 2:16-20 Sunday after the Universal Elevation
Mark 8:34-9:1 Sunday after the Universal Elevation

HIDE TROPARION

Troparion of the Sunday, Tone VII —
By Thy Cross, Thou didst destroy death! / To the thief, Thou didst open Paradise! / For the myrrhbearers, Thou didst change weeping into joy! / And Thou didst command Thy disciples, O Christ God, / to proclaim that Thou art risen, / granting the world great mercy!

Hymn to the Theotokos, Tone VII —
Since you are the treasure of our resurrection, / we put our hope in you, O all-praised one. / Lead us from the abyss of transgressions, / for you have saved those guilty of sin, / O evervirgin Mother of our salvation.

Kontakion of the Sunday, Tone VII —
The dominion of death / can no longer hold men captive, / for Christ descended, shattering and destroying its powers! / Hell is bound, while the prophets rejoice and cry: /”The Savior has come to those in faith! / Enter, you faithful, into the Resurrection!

Troparion of the Holy Greatmartyr Nicetas in Tone IV —
Taking up the Cross of Christ ardently, as it were a sword,/ thou didst make haste to do battle with the enemy,/ and, suffering for Christ, thou didst at last commit thy sacred soul to the Lord,/ and hence thou hast been vouchsafed to receive from Him gifts of healing,/ O greatmartyr Nicetas. Entreat Christ God that our souls be saved.

Kontakion of the martyr in Tone II "Seeking the highest" —
Having cut down the dominion of deception by thy resistance,/ and received a crown of victory in thy sufferings,/ thou dost rejoice with the angels,/ O Nicetas, namesake of victory,// unceasingly praying with them to Christ God in behalf of us all.


April 20  – 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 13  – Palm Sunday
May 29  – Holy Ascension
June 8  – 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 3 - April 19  – Great Lent
June 16 - 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 22  – Meat-fare Saturday
March 15  – 2-nd Saturday of the Great Lent
March 22  – 3-rd Saturday of the Great Lent
March 29  – 4-th Saturday of the Great Lent
April 29  – Radonitsa (Tuesday of the 2nd week of Pascha)
June 7  – Trinity Saturday
November 1  – Demetrius Saturday

   Fast-free Weeks

January 7 - January 17  – Sviatki (Afterfeast of the Nativity of Christ to Theophany Eve)
February 9 - February 15  – Publican & Pharisee
February 23 - March 1  – Maslenitsa
April 20 - April 26  – Bright Week
June 8 - June 14  – Trinity Week
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Paschalia

Feb 09  – Sunday of the Publican
   and Pharisee
Feb 23  – Meatfare Sunday
Mar 02  – Forgiveness Sunday
Apr 13  – Palm Sunday
Apr 20  – Great and Holy Pascha
May 14  – Mid-Pentecost (Prepolovenie)
May 29  – Holy Ascension
Jun 08  – Pentecost - Trinity Sunday
Jun 15  – 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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