Afterfeast of the Ascension. Tone six.
Venerable David of the Gareji Monastery and Lukiane, Georgia (6th-7th c.) (movable holiday on the Thursday of Holy Ascension).
Commemoration of the Holy Fathers of Seven Ecumenical Councils.
Martyr Theodotus of Ancyra and seven virgin-martyrs: Alexandra, Tecusa, Claudia, Phaine, Euphraisa, Matrona, and Julia (303).
Martyrs Peter of Lampsacus, and Andrew, Paul, and Dionysia, at Euridinos (249-251).
St. Macarius (Glukharev) of Altai, Siberia (1847).
Righteous John (Gashkevich), archpriest of Korma (1917).
New Hieromartyr Michael, priest (1932).
New Hieromartyr Damjan (Damian) Strbac, Jr. of Grahovo, Serbia (1940s).
New Hieromartyr Basil priest (1942).
Martyrs Symeon, Isaac, and Bachtisius of Persia (339).
Martyrs Heraclius, Paulinus, Benedimus of Athenas (250).
Holy Martyrs Davit and Tarichan (693) (Georgia).
Martyr Euphrasia of Nicaea (Greek).
St. Stephen the New, patriarch of Constantinople (Greek).
Hieromartyr Theodore, pope of Rome (Greek).
St. Anastaso of Lukada (Greek).
Venerable Martinian of Areovinthus, monk (Greek).
Martyr Julian (Greek).
Hieromartyr Potamon, bishop of Heraclea (341) (Greek).
St. Elgiva, Queen of England.
By the blessing of His Holiness, the most holy Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus', Kirill, the Commemoration of the St. Alexis, metropolitan of Moscow is transferred from Saturday June 2, 2012 / May 20 to this day.
John 10:1-9 Matins Gospel
Hebrews 13:17-21 St. Alexis
Luke 6:17-23 St. Alexis
The Scripture Readings
Martyr Theodotus of Ancyra & 7 Virgins; Martyrs Peter, Dionysius & Cc
No Troparion is given in the Menaion.
Kontakion, Tone II, "Seeking the highest..."
Having struggled well as an athlete, O Theodotus,/ with the athletes and the
passion-bearing virgins thou hast received crowns of honor.// Wherefore, entreat
ye Christ God unceasingly in behalf of us all.
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.