Passion Week: Great Friday, Passion of Jesus Christ.
Venerable John (Climacus) of Sinai, author of The Ladder (649).
St. Sophronius, bishop of Irkutsk (1771).
Prophet Joad (I Kings 13:11 -10th c. BC ) who dwelt in Bethel.
Holy Apostles Sosthenes, Apollos, Cephas, Caesar, and Epaphroditus, of the Seventy (1st c.).
St. Eubula, mother of St. Panteleimon (304).
Venerable John the Silent of St. Sabbas monastery (558).
Venerable Zosimas, bishop of Syracuse (662).
St. John II, patriarch of Jerusalem (5th c.).
Hieromartyr Zacharias, bishop of Corinth (1684).
St. Osburga of Coventry, virgin (1015) (Celtic & British).
Translation of the relics of the Martyr-King Edmund of East Anglia (Celtic & British).
Venerable John the Hermit of Cilicia (4th c.).
The Scripture Readings
John 13:31-18:1 (Matins, 1st Passion Gospel)
John 18:1-28 (Matins, 2nd Passion Gospel)
Matthew 26:57-75 (Matins, 3rd Passion Gospel)
John 18:28-19:16 (Matins, 4th Passion Gospel)
Matthew 27:3-32 (Matins, 5th Passion Gospel)
Mark 15:16-32 (Matins, 6th Passion Gospel)
Matthew 27:33-54 (Matins, 7th Passion Gospel)
Luke 23:32-49 (Matins, 8th Passion Gospel)
John 19:25-37 (Matins, 9th Passion Gospel)
Mark 15:43-47 (Matins, 10th Passion Gospel)
John 19:38-42 (Matins, 11th Passion Gospel)
Matthew 27:62-66 (Matins, 12th Passion Gospel)
Galatians 6:14-18 (Royal Hours 1st Hour)
Matthew 27:1-56 (Royal Hours 1st Hour)
Romans 5:6-11 (Royal Hours 3rd Hour)
Mark 15:16-41 (Royal Hours 3rd Hour)
Hebrews 2:11-18 (Royal Hours 6th Hour)
Luke 23:32-49 (Royal Hours 6th Hour)
Hebrews 10:19-31 (Royal Hours 9th Hour)
John 18:28-19:37 (Royal Hours 9th Hour)
1 Corinthians 1:18-2:2
Great and Holy Friday, Troparion, Tone IV
Thou hast redeemed us from the curse of the Law by Thy precious Blood. By
being nailed to the Cross and pierced with the Spear, Thou hast poured
immortality on mankind. O our Saviour, glory to Thee.
Kontakion, Tone VIII
Come, let us all praise Him Who was crucified for us. For Him it was Whom
Mary beheld on the Tree, and said: Even though Thou endurest the cross, Thou art
my Son and my God.
Troparia, Tone II
(Vespers and Saturday Matins)
Noble Joseph took Thy immaculate Body
down from the tree, wrapped It in a clean shroud and spices, and having embalmed
It, laid It in a new sepulchre. But on the third day Thou didst rise, O Lord,
granting to the world great mercy.
The Angel stood by the tomb and cried to the Myrrh-bearing women: Myrrh is
fitting for the dead, but Christ has shown Himself free from corruption.
St. John Climacus, Troparion, Tone VIII
With the streams of thy tears thou didst irrigate the barren desert,/ and
with sighs from the depths of thy soul thou didst render thy labors fruitful an
hundredfold./ Thou wast a beacon for the whole world, radiating miracles.// O
our father John, entreat Christ God that our souls be saved.
Kontakion, Tone IV "Thou hast appeared"
In the firmament of true abstinence hath the Lord set thee/ as a true star
guiding the ends of the earth with light,/ / O father John our instructor.
St. Sophronius, bishop of Irkutsk, Troparion, in Tone IV
From thy youth thou didst love Christ, O blessed Sophronius; thou didst guide
aright the communities of monastics; and, having been counted worthy of the
priestly rank, thou didst shepherd the flock of Irkutsk. Wherefore, even after
thy repose thou hast received from God gifts of miracles. Entreat Christ God,
that He deliver us from misfortunes and save our souls.
Kontakion, in Tone IV
O all ye faithful, with love let us praise our father, the holy hierarch
Sophronius, the excellent adornment of the Church of Irkutsk, a hierarch named
for chastity; for he is the guardian of this city and land, and the advocate of
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.