Passion Week: Great Saturday, descent into Hades.
Venerable Mary the Egyptian (522).
Venerable Euthymius, monk, of Suzdal (1404).
Venerable Barsanuphius of Optina (1913).
New Hieromartyr Sergius priest (1938).
New Hieromartyr Schema-bishop Macarius of St. Macarius the Roman Monastery near Lezna (1944) and Michael, fool-for-Christ (1931).
Martyr Abraham of Bulgaria (1229).
Venerable Gerontius, youth, canonarch of the Kiev Caves (14th c.).
Venerable Macarius, abbot of Pelecete (840).
Martyrs Geroncius and Basilides (3rd c.).
St. Meliton, bishop of Sardis (177).
St. Procopius, abbot of Sazava (1053).
Sts. John of Shavta and Vardzia (12-13th c.) and Eulogius the Prophet and Fool-for-Christ (Georgia).
Martyr-hermit Tewdric of Tintem.
The Scripture Readings
1 Corinthians 5:6-8 (Matins, Epistle)
Galatians 3:13-14 (Matins, Epistle)
Matthew 27:62-66 (Matins, Gospel)
Great and Holy Saturday, Troparia, Tone II
Noble Joseph ... When Thou, the Deathless Life, didst go down to death, then
didst Thou slay hell by the lightning flash of Thy Divinity. And when Thou didst
raise the dead from the lower world, all the Powers of Heaven cried aloud:
Christ our God, Giver of Life, glory to Thee. The Angel...
Kontakion, Tone II
He Who closed the abyss is seen as dead and wrapped in a shroud and spices;
He, the Immortal, as mortal is laid in the tomb; women came to anoint Him, and
they wept bitterly and exclaimed: This is the ever-blessed Sabbath on which
Christ, Who fell asleep, shall rise on the third day.
St. Mary of Egypt, Troparion, in Tone VIII
In thee, O mother, that which was created according to the image of God was
manifestly saved;/ for, accepting thy cross, thou didst follow after Christ;/
and, praying, thou didst learn to disdain the flesh,/ for thou didst transcend
it, to take care of thine immortal soul.// Wherefore, with the angels
doth thy soul rejoice, O venerable Mary.
Kontakion, in Tone IV, "Having been lifted up..."
Having fled the gloom of sin/ and illumined thine heart with the light of
repentance, O glorious one,/ thou didst go to Christ and didst bring His
all-immaculate and holy Mother to Him/ as a merciful intercessor;// hence, thou
didst find remission of thy transgressions and dost now rejoice ever with the
Troparion, Tone V
Enlightened by the grace of the Cross, thou wast shown forth as a radiant
lamp of repentance, dispelling the darkness of the passions, O all-holy one.
Wherefore, thou didst appear as an angel in the flesh unto the sacred Zosimas in
the wilderness. O Mary, our righteous mother, do thou intercede with Christ for
Kontakion, Tone III
Once thou wast defiled with every impurity, but today through repentance thou
hast become the bride of Christ. Desiring the life of the angels, thou hast cast
down the demons with the weapon of the Cross. Wherefore, O glorious Mary, thou
wast made a bride of the Kingdom.
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.