Passion Week: Great Friday, Passion of Jesus Christ.
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
John 13:31-18:1 (Matins, 1st Passion Gospel)
John 18:1-28 (Matins, 2nd Passion Gospel)
Matthew 26:57-75 (Matins, 3rd Passion Gospel)
John 18:28-19:16 (Matins, 4th Passion Gospel)
Matthew 27:3-32 (Matins, 5th Passion Gospel)
Mark 15:16-32 (Matins, 6th Passion Gospel)
Matthew 27:33-54 (Matins, 7th Passion Gospel)
Luke 23:32-49 (Matins, 8th Passion Gospel)
John 19:25-37 (Matins, 9th Passion Gospel)
Mark 15:43-47 (Matins, 10th Passion Gospel)
John 19:38-42 (Matins, 11th Passion Gospel)
Matthew 27:62-66 (Matins, 12th Passion Gospel)
Galatians 6:14-18 (Royal Hours 1st Hour)
Matthew 27:1-56 (Royal Hours 1st Hour)
Romans 5:6-11 (Royal Hours 3rd Hour)
Mark 15:16-41 (Royal Hours 3rd Hour)
Hebrews 2:11-18 (Royal Hours 6th Hour)
Luke 23:32-49 (Royal Hours 6th Hour)
Hebrews 10:19-31 (Royal Hours 9th Hour)
John 18:28-19:37 (Royal Hours 9th Hour)
1 Corinthians 1:18-2:2
Great and Holy Friday, Troparion, Tone IV
Thou hast redeemed us from the curse of the Law by Thy precious Blood. By
being nailed to the Cross and pierced with the Spear, Thou hast poured
immortality on mankind. O our Saviour, glory to Thee.
Kontakion, Tone VIII
Come, let us all praise Him Who was crucified for us. For Him it was Whom
Mary beheld on the Tree, and said: Even though Thou endurest the cross, Thou art
my Son and my God.
Troparia, Tone II
(Vespers and Saturday Matins)
Noble Joseph took Thy immaculate Body
down from the tree, wrapped It in a clean shroud and spices, and having embalmed
It, laid It in a new sepulchre. But on the third day Thou didst rise, O Lord,
granting to the world great mercy.
The Angel stood by the tomb and cried to the Myrrh-bearing women: Myrrh is
fitting for the dead, but Christ has shown Himself free from corruption.
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.