15th Week after Pentecost. Tone five.
Saturday before the Universal Elevation of the Precious and Life-Creating Cross of the Lord
Translation of the relics of Venerables Sergius and Herman of Valaam.
Venerable Theodora of Alexandria (490).
Hieromartyrs Nicholas and Victor priests (1918).
Hieromartyr Carp priest (1937).
Venerable Silouan, elder of Mt. Athos (1938).
Hieromartyr Nicholas diacon (1942).
Martyrs Demetrius, his wife Euanthia, and their son Demetrian at Skepsis on the Hellespont (1st c.).
Martyrs Diodorus, Didymus, and Diomedes of Laodicea (4th c.).
Martyr Ia of Persia and 9,000 Martyrs with her (363).
Venerable Euphrosynus the Cook of Alexandria (9th c.).
Weeping Kazan Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos, of "Kaplunovka" (1689).
Martyrs Serapion, Cronides (Hieronides), and Leontius of Alexandria (237).
Venerable Paphnutius the Confessor, bishop in the Egyptian Thebaid (4th c.).
Holy Martyr Theodora of Vasta in the Peloponnesus.
Venerable Elias the Cave-dweller, of Calabria (960).
Canonization (1978) of St. Xenia of St. Petersburg (18th c.).
Venerable Deiniol, abbot of Bangor, bishop in Wales (584) (Celtic & British).
The Scripture Readings
Matthew 11:27-30 Matins Gospel
1 Corinthians 4:17-5:5
Galatians 5:22-6:2 St. Silouan
Luke 6:17-23 St. Silouan
1 Corinthians 2:6-9 Epistle, Saturday Before
Matthew 10:37-11:1 Gospel, Saturday Before
Troparion of the Venerable Mother Theodora of Alexandria in 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 Mother Theodora.
Troparion of the Holy Hieromartyr Autonomus in Tone IV
As thou didst share in the ways of the apostles/ and didst
occupy their throne,/ thou didst find thine activity to be a passage to divine
vision,/ O divinely inspired one./ Wherefore, ordering the word of truth,/ thou
didst suffer for the Faith even to the shedding of thy blood.// O hieromartyr
Autonomus, entreat Christ God, that our souls be saved
Kontakion of the venerable Mother Theodora, Tone II "Seeking
Laying waste to thy body through fasting,/ thou didst entreat
the Creator with vigils of prayer because of thy sin,/ that, receiving full
forgiveness,/ thou might also receive remission,// having come to know the path
Kontakion of the hieromartyr Autonomus, Tone II "Seeking
Thou didst blamelessly perform the divine mysteries, O
all-wise and divinely blessed one,/ and didst become a pleasing sacrifice;/ for
thou didst drain the cup of Christ, O all-glorious one,/ beacon of the whole
world,// who prayest unceasingly in behalf of us all.
Venerable father Silouan of Mount Athos, Troparion in Tone IV
By thy prayers thou didst receive Christ as thy Master on the
path of humility;/ and in thy heart the Holy Spirit witnessed unto thy
salvation./ For this cause all people called to live in hope/ are now rejoicing
and celebrating thy memory.// O holy Father Silouan, pray to Christ to save our
Kontakion of the Venerable one in Tone VIII
During thy life on earth thou didst serve Christ, following
His path/ and now in Heaven thou dost contemplate Him Whom thou hast loved;/
dwelling with Him as He promised to His elect,// O holy father Silouan, instruct
us in the way that thou hast gone.
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.