Friday December 15, 2017 / December 2, 2017

28th Week after Pentecost. Tone two.
Nativity (St. Philip's Fast). By Monastic Charter: Strict Fast (Bread, Vegetables, Fruits)

Prophet Habakkuk (Abbacum) (7th c. B.C.).
New Hieromartyr John priest (1919).
New Hieromartyr Mathew priest (1921).
New Hieromartyr Demetrius priest and Venarable Vera confessor (1932).
New Hieromartyrs Alexis, Constantine, Nicholas, Sergius, Vladimir, John, Theodore, Nicholas, John, Nicholas, Paul, Sergius priests, Hieromartyr Danact, Cosmas,, Woman Hieromartyrs Theuromia, Tamara, Antonina, and Mary; and Virgin-martyrs Mary and Matrona (1937).
Virgin-martyr Mary (1938).
Martyr Boris (1942).
Venerable Athanasius "the Resurrected," recluse of the Kiev Caves, whose relics are in the Near Caves (1176).
Venerable Athanasius, recluse of the Kiev Caves whose relics are in the Far Caves (13th c.).
Martyr Myrope of Chios (251).
Venerables John, Heraclemon, Andrew, and Theophilus of Egypt (4th c.).
Venerable Jesse (Ise), bishop of Tsilkani in Georgia (6th c.) (Georgia).
St. Stephen-Urosh IV, king (1371), and St. Helen of Serbia..
St. Solomon, archbishop of Ephesus.
Venerable Cyril of Philea (1110).
Venerable Ioannicius, monk of Devich (1430) (Greek).
St. Abibus the New (Greek).

The Scripture Readings

Titus 1:15-2:1-10
Luke 20:19-26

Troparion

Holy Prophet Habbakuk, Troparion, Tone II —
Celebrating the memory/ of Thy prophet Habbakuk O Lord,// through him do we entreat Thee, save Thou our souls.

Kontakion, Tone VIII "To thee, the Champion Leader" —
O divinely eloquent Habbakuk who announced to the world/ God's coming forth from the south, from the Virgin,/ and who, standing on divine watch, didst receive a report from the radiant angel:/ thou hast proclaimed the resurrection of Christ to the world./ Wherefore, in gladness we cry out to thee:// Rejoice, O splendid adornment of the prophets!

Sts. John, Andrew, Heraclemon, and Theophilus, hermits of Egypt, Troparion, Tone IV —
O God of our fathers, deal ever with us according to Thy gentleness; take not Thy mercy from us, but by their supplications direct our life in peace.

Kontakion, in Tone VIII —
Come ye, let us hymn them that were breth­ren in the flesh, yet more so in spirit: the glorious John with the faithful Heraclemon, wondrous Andrew, and Theophilus, beloved of God. For, lo! loving the cruel life of the desert, they attained unto the longed-for heavenly homeland; where, abiding now in blessedness, they pray with boldness for our souls.