23rd Week after Pentecost. Tone five.
Martyrs Onesiphorus and Porphyrius of Ephesus (284).
Venerable Matrona, abbess, of Constantinople (492).
Venerable Theoctiste of the isle of Lesbos (881).
New Hieromartyrs Parthenius bishop of Ananiev, Constantine, Demetrius, Nestor, Theodore, Constantine, Victor, Elias priests, Joseph deacon and Hieromartyr Alexis (1937).
Venerable Onesiphorus the Confessor of the Kiev Caves (1148).
Martyr Alexander of Thessalonica (305).
Martyr Anthony of Apamea (5th c.).
Venerable John the Short of Egypt (422).
Venerables Eustolia (610) and Sosipatra (635) of Constantinople.
St. Nectarius (Kephalas), metropolitan of Pentapolis (1920) (Greek).
Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos "The Quick Hearer of Mt. Athos" (10th c.).
Venerable Simeon Metaphrastes of Constantinople (960).
Venerables Euthymius (990) and Neophytus, the Serbians of Mt. Athos (Greek).
Martyrs Narses and Artemonos (Greek).
St. Helladius, monk (Greek).
Martyrs Claudius, Castor, Sempronian, and Nicostrat (Romania).
The Scripture Readings
1 Thessalonians 2:9-14
St. Nectarius, metropolitan of Pentapolis, Troparion, Tone I
O ye faithful, let us honor Nectarius,/ the offspring of Silyvria, the
guardian of Aegina,/ the true friend of the virtues, as a godly servant of
Christ;/ for he poureth forth all manner of, healings upon those who
piously cry aloud:/ Glory to Christ Who hath glorified thee!/ Glory to
Him Who hath crowned thee!// Glory to Him Who through thee worketh healings
Kontakion, in Tone VIII, "To thee, the champion leader..."
In joy of heart let us hymn with songs the newly revealed star of Orthodoxy,/
the newly erected bulwark of the Church;/ for, glorified by the activity of the
Spirit,/ he poureth forth the abundant grace of healings upon those who cry://
Rejoice, O father Nectarius!
Martyrs Onesiphorus & Porphyrius of Ephesus, Troparion, Tone IV
In their sufferings, O Lord,/ Thy martyrs received imperishable crowns from
Thee our God;/ for, possessed of Thy might,/ they set at nought the tormentors
and crushed the feeble audacity of the demons.// By their supplications save
Thou our souls.
Venerable Mother Matrona, Abbess of Constantinople, Troparion, 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 Matrona.
Kontakion to the Venerable Matrona, Tone II "Having received grace"
For the love of the Lord, O venerable Matrona,/ thou didst ignore thy desire
for rest,/ illumining thy spirit with fasting;/ by thy supplications cast down
the arrogance of the adversaries, for mightily didst thou vanquish the wild
Kontakion to the martyrs, Tone II "Seeking the highest"
Having suffered mightily,/ the two martyrs cast the arrogance of the enemy
down to the ground,/ being illumined by the grace of the uncreated Tfinity,/ O
glorious Onesiphorus and Porphyrius.// Pray ye unceasingly in behalf of us all.
Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos "The Quick Hearer of Mt. Athos", Troparion,
Let us make haste to the Theotokos amid our misfortunes and fall down now
before her holy icon, crying out with faith from the depths of our soul: Hearken
quickly to our entreaty, O Virgin, in that thou art called she who is quick to
hear. For thee do we, thy servants, have as a ready helper in our needs.
Kontakion, Tone VIII
Tempest-tossed on the sea of life, we sink beneath the threefold waves of the
passions and temptations. Wherefore, grant us a helping hand, O Lady, as thy
Son did to Peter, and haste thou to deliver us from misfortunes, that we may cry
out to thee: Rejoice, O most good one, who art quick to hear!
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.