18th Week after Pentecost. Tone eight.
The Protection of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary.
Apostle Ananias of the Seventy (1st c.).
Venerable Romanus the Melodist of Constantinople (556).
Venerable Sabbas, abbot of Vishera (Novgorod) (1461).
New Hieromartyr Alexis priest (1918).
New Hieromartyr Michael priest (1920).
New Hieromartyrs Alexander, Gregory, Nicholas priests, Martyr John (1937).
New Hieromartyr Archpriest Ismael Rozhdestvensky, of Strelna (St. Petersburg) (1938).
New Hieromartyr Theodore (1940).
Martyr Domninus of Thessalonica (4th c.).
Martyr Michael, abbot in Armenia, and 36 Fathers with him (790).
Miracle of the Pillar with the Robe of the Lord under it at Mtskheta (330) (Georgia).
Synaxis of All Saints of Moldova.
Liublinsk, Pskov-Protection, Kasperovsk, Brailovsk, Gerbovetsk and Barsk Icons of the Mother of God.
Venerable John Kukuzelis the Singer of Mt. Athos (ca. 1341) (Greek).
Venerable Gregory the Singer of Mt. Athos (1355) (Greek).
Venerable Bavo of Haarlem (659) (Neth.).
St. Remigius of Rheims, apostle to the Franks (533).
King Mirian and Queen Nana of Mtskheta, St. Abiathar of Mtskheta, and St. Sidonia, disciple of St. Nina (4th c.).
St. Melchizedek, catholicos-patriarch of Georgia (11th c.).
Martyr-prince Mylor of Brittany.
The Scripture Readings
Luke 1:39-49, 56 Matins Gospel
Hebrews 9:1-7 Epistle, Theotokos
Luke 10:38-42; 11:27-28 Gospel, Theotokos
Protection of the Theotokos, Troparion, Tone IV
Overshadowed by thy coming, O Mother of God,/ we the right faithful people,
celebrate today with splendor,/ and gazing at thine all-precious image,/ we say
with compunction:/ Cover us with thy precious omophorion,/ and deliver us from
all evil,// entreating thy Son, Christ our God, that He save our souls.
Kontakion, Tone III "Today the Virgin"
Today the Virgin standeth forth in the church,/ and with the choirs of the
saints she invisibly prayeth to God for us./ Angels and hierarchs offer homage,/
and the apostles and prophets join chorus,// for for our sake the Theotokos
entreateth the preeternal God.
Troparion of the apostle Ananias, Tone III
O holy apostle Ananias/ entreat the merciful God// that He grant to our souls
remission of transgressions.
Kontakion of the apostle, in Tone II "In supplications... "
O Ananias, helper most fervent in supplications and speedy heeder of those
who petition thee, accept our entreaty, and beg Christ to have mercy on us, for
He alone doth rest in the saints.
Troparion of the venerable Romanus, Tone VIII
In thee, O father, that which is fashioned according to the image of God was
preserved; for, taking up thy cross, thou didst follow after Christ, and by
thine example didst teach that the flesh is to be spurned as transitory, but
that the soul must be cared for as a thing immortal. Wherefore, thy spirit
rejoiceth with the angels, O venerable Romanus.
Kontakion of the venerable Romanus, in Tone VIII
Adorned from childhood with the godly virtues of the Spirit, O all-wise
Romanus, thou wast an all-precious adornment of the Church of Christ; for thou
hast adorned it with all-beauteous hymnody. Wherefore, we entreat thee: Grant
thy divine gift unto those who desire it, that we may cry out to thee: Rejoice,
O all-blessed father, thou beauty of the Church!
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.