Passion Week: Great Wednesday.
The Annunciation of Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary.
New Hieromartyr Tikhon, patriarch of Moscow and All Russia (1925).
Venerable Sabbas the New (1948).
"Annunciation" (16th c.) Icon of the Mother of God.
Martyrs Pelagia, Theodosia, and Dula of Nicomedia, who suffered under Valentinian.
Venerable Parthenius of the Kiev Caves (1855).
St. Senuphius the Wonderworker of Latomos (9th c.).
St. Nicander of Pskov (1581).
The Scripture Readings
Luke 1:39-49, 56 Matins Gospel
Hebrews 2:11-18 Theotokos
Luke 1:24-38 Theotokos
Matthew 26:6-16 (Gospel)
Great and Holy Wednesday, Troparion, Tone VIII
Behold, the Bridegroom is coming in the middle of the night, and blessed is
the servant whom He shall find awake and watching, but unworthy is he whom He
shall find idle and careless. Beware, then, my soul, lest thou be weighed down
with sleep, lest thou be given up to death and shut out of the Kingdom. But
awake and cry: Holy, Holy, Holy, art Thou, O God: by the power of Thy Cross,
save us. (Sung three times; however, the ending the third time is:
through the Mother of God, have mercy on us.)
Kontakion, Tone IV
I have sinned more than the harlot, O Good One, and I come to Thee with none
of her showers of tears. But praying in silence, I fall down before Thee and
lovingly embrace Thy immaculate feet, that as the Lord Thou mayest grant me
forgiveness of sins as I cry to Thee, O Saviour: Deliver me from the mire of my
Annunciation, Troparion, Tone IV
Today is the crown of our salvation,/ and the revelation of the mystery which
is from before the ages!/ The Son of God becometh the Son of the Virgin,/ and
Gabriel announceth the glad tidings of grace./ Wherefore, with him let us cry
out to the Theotokos:/ Rejoice, O thou who art full of grace!// The Lord is with
Kontakion, Tone VIII Automelon
To thee, the Champion Leader, we, thy servants, dedicate a feast of victory
and of thanksgiving,/ as ones rescued out of sufferings, O Theotokos;/ but as
thou art one with might which is invincible,/ from all dangers that can be do
thou deliver us, that we may cry to thee:// Rejoice, thou Bride unwedded!
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.