Passion Week: Great Saturday, descent into Hades.
Martyr Sabbas Stratelates ("the General") of Rome, and 70 soldiers with him (272).
St. Alexis Toth, priest of Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania (1909).
Martyr Sergius (1938).
Hieromartyr Branko of Veljusa, Serbia (1941).
Venerables Sabbas (13th c.) and Alexis the Hermit of the Kiev Caves.
Martyr Alexander of Lyons (177) (Gaul).
Martyrs Pasicrates, Valentine and Julius in Moesia (Bulgaria) (228).
Martyrs Eusebius, Neon, Leontius, Longinus, and others at Nicomedia (303).
Venerable Thomas the Fool of Syria (550).
Venerable Elizabeth the Wonderworker of Constantinople (540).
St. Symeon of Transylvania (1656) (Romania).
"Molchensk" Icon (1405) of the Mother of God.
Saint Luke, Tailor of Mytilene (1564).
New Martyr Nicholas of Magnesia (1795).
St. Elias (Iorest) (1678) and St. Sava (Brancovici) (1683), metropolitans of Ardeal, confessors against the Calvinists (Transylvania).
St. Joseph the Confessor, bishop of Maramures (1711) (Romania).
New Martyr Doukas of Mitylene (1564) (Greek).
St. Innocent, presbyter on the Mount of Olives (4th c.).
St. Xenophon, founder of the monastery of St. George (Xenophontos) on Mt. Athos (1018).
New Martyr George in Anatolia (1796).
St. Wilfrid, archbishop of York (709) (Celtic & British).
St. Egbert, bishop of Iona (729) (Celtic & British).
St. Mellitus, archbishop of Canterbury. (Celtic & British).
Uncovering of the relics of St. Yvo, bishop. (Celtic & British).
The Scripture Readings
1 Corinthians 5:6-8 (Matins, Epistle)
Galatians 3:13-14 (Matins, Epistle)
Matthew 27:62-66 (Matins, Gospel)
Great and Holy Saturday, Troparia, Tone II
Noble Joseph ... When Thou, the Deathless Life, didst go down to death, then
didst Thou slay hell by the lightning flash of Thy Divinity. And when Thou didst
raise the dead from the lower world, all the Powers of Heaven cried aloud:
Christ our God, Giver of Life, glory to Thee. The Angel...
Kontakion, Tone II
He Who closed the abyss is seen as dead and wrapped in a shroud and spices;
He, the Immortal, as mortal is laid in the tomb; women came to anoint Him, and
they wept bitterly and exclaimed: This is the ever-blessed Sabbath on which
Christ, Who fell asleep, shall rise on the third day.
Holy Martyr Sabbas the General, 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.
Or this troparion, in Tone V
Abandoning earthly rank and honor, O athlete,/ thou didst confess Christ God/
before the false and tyrannical emperors,/ and for His sake thou didst undergo
many sufferings, O glorious one./ Wherefore, splendidly adorned with the armies
of heaven,/ thou hast been crowned with a most beautiful wreath of victory by
the King Who reigneth over all./ Standing before Him, O Sabbas,// pray thou that
He save our souls.
Kontakion, Tone IV, "Having been lifted up..."
Shown to be an invincible athlete,/ thou didst overcome the wiles of the
barbarians, O glorious one,/ and having contended most steadfastly,/ thou didst
vanquish a multitude of the invisible foe./ Wherefore, thou hast woven a wreath
of victory./ Entreat Christ, O most blessed Sabbas,// in behalf of us who honor
thee with faith.
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.