Beginning of the Great Lent. Tone four.
Iveron Icon (Moscow) of the Most Holy Theotokos (9th c.).
St. Meletius, archbishop of Antioch (381).
St. Alexis, metropolitan of Moscow and wonderworker of all Russia (1378).
St. Meletius, archbishop of Kharkov (1840).
New Hieromartyr Alexius (Buy), bishop of Voronezh (1930).
New Martyr Mitrophan, archpriest (1931).
Venerable Mary, nun (who was called Marinus), and her father, St. Eugene, monk, at Alexandria (6th c.).
St. Anthony II, patriarch of Constantinople (895).
Saint Meletios of Lardos, Founder of Ypseni Monastery (19th c.).
Venerable Bassian, disciple of St. Paisius of Uglich and abbot of Ryabovsky Forest Monastery, Uglich (1509).
Venerable Gertrude of Nijvel, abbess (659) (Neth.).
St. Ethilwald of Lindisfarne (740) (Celtic & British).
New Martyr Chrestos at Constantinople (1748) (Greek).
Martyrs Saturnius and Plotonus (Greek).
Hieromartyr Urban us, bishop of Rome (223-230).
Holy Fathers Prokhore the Georgian (11th c.), Luka (Mukhaidze) of Jerusalem (1277), Nikoloz Dvali (1314), ànd the Holy Fathers of the Georgian Monasteries in Jerusalem (Georgia).
The Scripture Readings
Isaiah 1:1-20 (6th Hour)
Genesis 1:1-13 (Vespers, 1st Reading)
Proverbs 1:1-20 (Vespers, 2nd Reading)
The First Week of Great Lent, Kontakion, Tone VI —
My soul, my soul, arise! Why are you sleeping? The end is drawing near, and
you will be confounded. Awake, then, and be watchful, that Christ our God may
spare you, Who is everywhere present and fills all things.
St. Meletius, Patriarch of Antioch the Great, Troparion, Tone IV —
The truth of things revealed thee to thy flock as a rule of faith,/ a model
of meekness and a teacher of abstinence/ wherefore thou hast attained the
heights through humility/ and riches through poverty.// O hierarch Meletius our
father, entreat Christ God that our souls be saved.
Kontakion, Tone VI —
Fearing the boldness of thy spirit,/ the apostate Macedonius fleeth;/ but we,
thy servants, celebrating a service of prayer to thee,/ have recourse to thee
with love, O Meletius, conversor with the angels,/ fiery sword of Christ our God
who cuttest down all the ungodly;// and we hymn thee as a beacon enlightening
St. Alexis, metropolitan of Moscow, Troparion, in Tone VIII —
Hastening to thy precious shrine, O holy hierarch Alexis, divinely wise
wonder-worker, assembling with love, we celebrate with splendor the memory of
thee who art equally enthroned with the apostles, the all-good physician, the
right pleasing servant; and we rejoice with songs and hymns, glorifying Christ
Who hath given thee such grace to heal and bestowed upon thy city so great a
Another troparion, in Tone IV —
Celebrating the memory of the all-blessed and holy hierarch Alexis, the
careful preserver of the dogmas of the apostles, the shepherd and teacher of the
Church of Russia, let us glorify with right fitting hymnody Christ our God Who
hath given us His favored one as an abundant well-spring pouring forth healings,
the boast and confirmation of the city of Moscow.
Kontakion, in Tone VIII, "To thee, the champion leader..." —
O all ye people, hymning with faith the new wonder-worker Alexis, the godly
and all-honorable hierarch of Christ, let us bless him with love, as a great
pastor, an all-wise minister and teacher of the land of Russia. And hastening
today to his memorial, let us joyfully give utterance to a hymn to the
God-bearer: As thou hast boldness before God, deliver us from multifarious evil
circumstances, that we may cry to thee: Rejoice, O confirmation of our city!
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
– Fish Allowed
– Caviar Allowed
– 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.