Second Sunday of Pascha: Antipascha, St. Thomas Sunday.
"Sladkoe lobzanie" Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (9th c.) (movable holiday on the Antipascha).
Hieromartyr Basil, bishop of Amasea (322).
St. Stephen, bishop of Perm (1396).
New Hieromartyr John (Pankov) priest and his children, Martyrs Nicholas and Peter (1918).
Righteous Virgin Glaphyra of Nicomedia (322).
Venerable Ioannicius of Devich (Serbia) (1430).
Commemoration of Fallen Soldiers.
Venerable Jusca, righteous.
St. Nestor the Silent (Greek).
Venerables Andrew and Anatole, disciples of St. Euthymius the Great (5th c.) (Greek).
St. Richarius, abbot in Picardy (645).
St. Calantius of Tamaseos on Cyprus (8th c.).
St. George of Cyprus (1091).
The Scripture Readings
Matthew 28:16-20 (1st Matins Gospel)
St. Thomas Sunday, Troparion, Tone VII
When the tomb was sealed, Thou, the Life, O Christ our God, didst rise up
from the grave; and when the doors were closed, Thou, the Resurrection of all,
didst stand among the disciples, and through them renew a right spirit in us,
according to Thy mercy.
Kontakion, Tone VIII
With his inquisitive right hand, Thomas probed Thy life-giving side, O
Christ our God. For when Thou didst enter, the doors being shut, with the rest
of the Apostles he cried to Thee: Thou art my Lord and my God.
Holy Hieromartyr Basil, Bishop of Amasea
No Troparion is given in the Menaion.
Kontakion, Tone IV... "Thou hast appeared today..."
Having spurned the imperial edict, O Basil,/ thou didst receive the kingdom
of heaven;/ and joining the chorus therein,/ be thou mindful of us// who honor
thy memory, O Hieromartyr.
St. Stephen, bishop of Perm, Troparion of the hierarch, in Tone IV
Afire with divine desire from the years of thy youth, O all-wise Stephen,
thou didst take up the burden of Christ, and, sowing the divine seed in the
hearts of the people, which had from of old been hardened by unbelief, thou
didst spiritually beget them evangelically; wherefore, honoring thine all-glorious
memory, we beseech thee: Entreat Him Whom thou didst preach, that He save our
Kontakion, in Tone VIII, "To thee, the champion leader..."
Thou wast found to be called not for those who sought thee, O holy hierarch,
but, freeing men from the falsehood of idolatry, thou didst lead them to the
Christian Faith and didst put to shame the sorcerer Pamoi; wherefore, thou
becamest the first bishop and teacher of Perm. For this cause, we, thy spiritual
children, as ones delivered by thee from idols, cry out to thee in hymns of
thanksgiving: Rejoice, O Stephen, all-wise teacher!
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.