20th Week after Pentecost. Tone two.
Demetrius (Parental) Saturday. Remembrance of the dead.
Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos "The Joy of All Who Sorrow" (1688).
Martyr Arethas of Omir and with him 4299 Martyrs (523).
St. Zosimas (Verkhovsky), elder of Siberia (1833).
New Hieromartyrs Laurence bishop of Balakhninsk, Alexis priest and Martyr Alexis (1918).
Venerable Aretha (1932).
New Hieromartyrs John and Nicholas priests (1937).
New Martyr Peter priest (1938).
Venerables Aretha (12th C), Sisois (13th C) and Theophil (12th-13th C), Hermits of the Kievan Caves, near caves.
Blessed Elesbaan, king of Ethiopia (553).
Martyr Syncletia and her 2 daughters (6th C).
St. Athanasius, patriarch of Constantinople (1311).
Venerable George the Confessor(1959).
Venerable John, recluse of the Pskov Caves (1616).
Martyr Acacius of Armenia (303).
Venerable Senoch, abbot of Tours (576) (Gaul).
Martyr Sebastiana of Heraclea in Thrace (86).
St. Maglorius, abbot of Sark.
The Scripture Readings
Luke 1:39-49, 56 Matins Gospel
2 Corinthians 1:8-11
Philippians 2:5-11 Epistle, Theotokos
Luke 10:38-42; 11:27-28 Gospel, Theotokos
1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 Departed
John 5:24-30 Departed
Holy Martyr Arethas & those with him, Troparion, Tone I
By the pangs of the saints,/ whereby they suffered for Thee,/ be Thou
entreated, O Lord; and heal all our pain,// we pray Thee, Who lovest mankind.
Kontakion, Tone IV "Thou hast appeared today"
The feast of the passion-bearers hath dawned upon us today/ as the harbinger
of gladness;// and celebrating it, we glorify the Lord who liveth in the
Troparion of the Icon of the Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow, Tone IV
Let us, the sinful and humble,/ now earnestly flee to the Theotokos,/ and
bow down, crying out in repentance from the depth of our souls:/ Help us, O
Lady, who hast had mercy upon us./ Haste thou, for we perish from a multitude of
transgressions./ Turn not thy servants away,// for thee do we have as our only
Another Troparion, in the same tone
Unworthy though we be,/ we cannot cease to proclaim thy power, O Theotokos;/
for if thou shouldst not intercede in prayer,/ who would deliver us from such
misfortunes?/ Who would have kept us free until now?/ We shall not forsake thee,
O Mistress,// for thou dost ever save thy servants from all evil.
Kontakion, Tone VI
We have none other help, we have none other hope, save thee, O Lady./ Do thou
help us. We hope on thee and in thee we glory./ Let us never be confounded,//
for we are thy servants.
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
|| Meat-fare Saturday
|| 2-nd Saturday of the Great Lent
|| 3-rd Saturday of the Great Lent
|| 4-th Saturday of the Great Lent
|| Radonitsa (Tuesday of the 2nd week of Pascha)
|| Trinity Saturday
|| Demetrius Saturday
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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.