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Thursday, February 21, 2019 / February 8, 2019 (Church Calendar)
2019

Week of the Publican and the Pharisee. Tone five.
Fast-free Week. Fast-free

Great-martyr Theodore Stratelates ("the General") of Heraclea (319).
Prophet Zechariah, from among the 12 Minor Prophets (520 BC).
St. Lyubov of Ryazan, fool-for Christ (1921).
New Hieromartyrs Simeon, Andrew, Sergius and Peter priests (1938).
New Hieromartyr Alexander priest (1942).
St. Sabbas II, archbishop of Serbia (1271).
St. Macarius, bishop of Paphos in Cyprus (Greek).
Martyr Conitus of Alexandria (249).
St. Agathangelus, bishop of Damascus (ca. 325).
Sts. John and Basil of the Kiev Caves.
St. Kew, virgin of Cornwall.
St. Cuthman, hermit of Steyning.
Martyrs Nicephorus and Stephen (Greek).
Martyrs Philadelphus and Polycarp (Greek).
St. Pergetus (Greek).

The Scripture Readings

1 John 1:8-2:6
Mark 13:31-14:2

HIDE TROPARION

Great Martyr Theodore Stratelites, Troparion, Tone IV —
Through true recruitment didst thou become a most worthy general of the heavenly King,/ O passion-bearer Theodore;/ for thou didst wisely put on the whole armor of God/ and, vanquishing legions of demons, thou didst show thy­self to be a victorious athlete.// Wherefore, with faith do we ever bless thee.

Troparion of the feast, Tone I —
Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos full of grace,/ for from thee hath shone forth the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God,/ enlightening them that are in dark­ness./ Be glad thou also, O righteous elder,/ who receivest in thine arms the Deliver of our souls,// Who granteth us Resurrection.

Kontakion of the feast, in Tone I, the composi­tion of Romanus the Melodist —
Thou art come, O Christ our God, Who by Thy nativity didst sanctify the Virgin's womb/ and fittingly bless the hands of Simeon;/ and, knowing our need, Thou hast saved us./ Give peace to Thy commonwealth in time of battle/ and strengthen our Orthodox hierarchs whom Thou hast loved against heresy and schism,// O Thou Who alone lovest mankind.

Kontakion of the Great Martyr, Tone II Seeking the highest" —
Having put on the whole armor of faith with valor of soul,/ and taking in hand the word of god as a spear,/ thou didst conquer the enemy, O theodore,/ great among the martyrs.// With them cease thou never to entreat Christ God in behalf of us all.


April 28  – 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 21  – Palm Sunday
June 6  – Holy Ascension
June 16  – 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 11 - April 27  – Great Lent
June 24 - 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 2  – Meat-fare Saturday
March 23  – 2-nd Saturday of the Great Lent
March 30  – 3-rd Saturday of the Great Lent
April 6  – 4-th Saturday of the Great Lent
May 7  – Radonitsa (Tuesday of the 2nd week of Pascha)
June 15  – Trinity Saturday
November 2  – 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 3 - March 9  – Maslenitsa
April 28 - May 4  – Bright Week
June 16 - June 22  – Trinity Week
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– Fish Allowed
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Paschalia

Feb 17  – Sunday of the Publican
   and Pharisee
Mar 03  – Meatfare Sunday
Mar 10  – Forgiveness Sunday
Apr 21  – Palm Sunday
Apr 28  – Great and Holy Pascha
May 22  – Mid-Pentecost (Prepolovenie)
Jun 06  – Holy Ascension
Jun 16  – Pentecost - Trinity Sunday
Jun 23  – 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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