Sunday of the Prodigal Son. Tone two.
New Martyrs and Confessors of Russian Church (movable holiday on the Sunday closest to January 25th).
Remembrance of all the departed who suffered in the years of persecution for faith in Christ.
St. Gregory the Theologian, archbishop of Constantinople (389).
Venerable Anatole I (Zertsalov, the "Elder") of Optina (1894).
New Hieromartyr Vladimir, metropolitan of Kiev, proto-martyr of the communist yoke in Russia (1918).
New Martyr Abbess Margaret (Gunaronulo) of Menzelino (1918).
New Hieromartyr Peter archbishop of Voronezh (1929).
New Hieromartyr Basil bishop of Priluksk. 1930).
New Martyr Abbess Athanasia (Lepeshkin) of Zosima Hermitage (1931).
St. Stephen priest, martyr Boris (1938).
St. Moses, archbishop of Novgorod (1362).
Martyrs Felicitas of Rome and seven sons: Januarius, Felix, Philip, Silvanus, Alexander, Vitalis, and Martial (164).
Venerable Publius, ascetic of Syria (380).
Venerable Mares the Singer of Syria (430).
Icons of the Most Holy Theotokos "Assuage My Sorrow" and "Unexpected Joy.".
New Martyr Auxentius of Constantinople (1720) (Greek).
Martyr Medula and her companions (Greek).
St. Castinus, bishop of Byzantium (240) (Greek).
Venerable Demetrius Skevophylax ("Keeper of the Sacred Vessels") of Constantinople (8th c.) (Greek).
Venerable Apollo of the Thebaid, monk (4th c.) (Greek).
St. Bretanion (Vetranion), bishop of Tomis (380) (Romania).
St. Gregory of Golutvin (15th c.).
St. Dwyn, virgin of Llandwyn.
The Scripture Readings
Mark 16:1-8 (2nd Matins Gospel)
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Romans 8:28-39 Martyrs
Luke 21:8-19 Martyrs
The Prodigal Son, Kontakion, Tone III
Having foolishly abandoned Thy paternal glory, I
have squandered on vices the wealth Thou gavest me. Therefore I cry to Thee, O
compassionate Father, receive me who repent, and treat me as one of Thy hired
Troparion of the Sunday, Tone II
When Thou didst descend to death, O Life immortal, / Thou didst slay hell with the splendor
of Thy Godhead! / And when from the depths Thou didst raise the dead, / all the powers of
heaven cried out: / O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to Thee!
Hymn to the Theotokos, Tone II
All beyond thought, all most glorious, / are your mysteries, O Theotokos. / Sealed in purity,
preserved in virginity, / you were revealed to be the true Mother who gave birth to the true
God. / Entreat Him to save our souls.
Kontakion of the Sunday, Tone II
Hell became afraid, O Almighty Savior, / seeing the miracle of Thy Resurrection from the
tomb! / The dead arose! Creation, with Adam, beheld this and rejoiced with Thee! / And the
world, O my Savior, praises Thee forever.
St. Gregory the Theologian, Archbishop of Constantinople, Troparion,
The shepherd's pipe of thy theology/ vanquished the clarions of the rhetors;/
for beauties of discourse were added to thee/ who delved into the depths of the
Spirit.// O father Gregory, entreat Christ God, that our souls be saved.
Kontakion, Tone III, "Today the Virgin"
O glorious one who destroyed the rhetors' webs/ with the tongue of thy
theology,/ thou hast adorned the Church with the vesture of theology woven from
on high;/ and, wearing it, it crieth out with us, thy children:// Rejoice, O
father, thou uttermost mind of theology!
Fixed Great Feasts
|| The Nativity of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ
|| The Baptism of Our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ
|| Meeting of our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ in the Temple
|| The Annunciation of Our Most Holy Lady, the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mar
|| The Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ
|| The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary
|| Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever Virgin Mar
|| The Universal Elevation of the Precious and Life-Creating Cross of the Lord
|| Entry into the Temple of our Most Holy Lady Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
Movable Great Feasts
|| Circumcision of the Lord
|| The Nativity of the Holy Forerunner and Baptist of the Lord, John
|| The Holy, Glorious and All-Praised Leaders of the Apostles: Peter and Paul
|| The Beheading of the Prophet, Forerunner of the Lord, John the Baptist
|| Protection of Our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
|| The Wednesdays and Fridays of the Year, except for Fast-Free Weeks
|| Kreschensky sochelnik (The Eve of Theophany)
|| The Beheading of St. John the Baptist
|| The Elevation of the Cross
Traditional days of remembrance
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Full abstention from food
Strict Fast (Bread, Vegetables, Fruits)
Food without Oil
Food with Oil
Meat is excluded
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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.