The Ascension of our Lord. Tone five.
Holy Georgian Martyrs of Persia (17th-18th c.) (movable holiday on the day of the Holy Ascension) (Georgia).
Prophet Jeremiah (650 B.C.).
Venerable Paphnutius, abbot of Borovsk (1477).
Virgin-martyr Nina (1938).
Hieromartyr Macarius, metropolitan of Kiev (1497).
Venerable Gerasimus, abbot of Boldino (1557).
Martyr Batas of Nisibis (395).
St. Tamara, queen of Georgia (1213).
New Martyrs Euthymius, Ignatius (1814), and Acacius the Serbian of Mt. Athos (1815).
The Tsarevokokshaisk, or "Myrrh-Bearing" (1647), Andronikos (14th c.), "Unexpected Joy" and Byzantine Icons of the Mother of God.
Asaph or Asa Bishop of Llanelwy (6th - 7th c.) (Celtic & British).
St. Panaretus, archbishop of Paphos in Cyprus (1791) (Greek).
Venerable Nicephorus of Chios, monk (1821) (Greek).
Martyr Sabbas (1821) (Greek).
St. Ultan, founderof Fosse (680) (Neth.).
St. Zosimas, bishop of Kumurdo (15th c.) (Georgia).
New Monk-martyr Romanus of Raqqa (780).
New Martyr Maria of Merambelos on Crete (1826).
St. Brioc, abbot of Sain Brieuc.
St. Corentin, bishop of Quimper.
Translation of the relics of St. Walburga, Abbess of Heidenheim.
The Scripture Readings
Ascension of the Lord, Troparion, Tone IV
Thou didst ascend into glory, O Christ our God, having gladdened Thy
disciples by the promise of the Holy Spirit. And this blessing convinced them
that Thou art the Son of God, the Redeemer of the world.
Kontakion, Tone VI
Having accomplished for us Thy mission and united things on earth with
things in heaven, Thou didst ascend into glory, O Christ our God, being nowhere
separated from those who love Thee, but remaining everpresent with us and
calling: I am with you and no one is against you.
Holy Prophet Jeremiah, Troparion, Tone II
Celebrating the memory/ of Thy prophet Jeremiah O Lord,// through him do we
entreat Thee, save Thou our souls.
Kontakion, Tone III: ''Today the Virgin..."
Having cleansed thy radiant heart with the Spirit,/ O glorious Jeremiah,
great prophet and martyr,/ thou didst receive from on high the gift of prophecy/
and didst cry aloud among the lands: "Behold our God!// There is none other to
compare with Him, Who hath appeared, incarnate, on the earth!"
Martyrs Euthymius, Ignatius, and Acacius, Troparion, in Tone I
Equal in number with the uncreated Trinity, O wise ones,/ with the choirs of
angels and the ranks of martyrs/ ye stand, rejoicing, before the throne of the
Godhead;/ wherefore, receiving effulgence from thence through communion,/ ye
impart to the faithful a well-spring of healings/ and divine enlightenment./ O
Euphemius, martyr of Christ,/ wise Ignatius and godly Acacius,// pray ye ever
in our behalf.
Kontakion, in Tone IV
The new celebration of the three passion-bearers hath today been shown forth
to the Church, illumining the fullness of the Orthodox like beacons, O Christ.
St. Tamara, queen of Georgia, Troparion, in Tone I
Having served the King of kings diligently , on earth, O Tamara,/ queen of
great renown,/ thou didst enter with honor into the heavenly Jerusalem/ and
didst bring to Christ thy glory as a gift;/ wherefore, celebrating and joining
chorus today,/ with joy we unceasingly cry:/ Glory to Him Who hath given thee
glory!/ Glory to Him Who hath crowned thee!// Glory to Him Who granteth unto all
the fullness of forgiveness by thine intercession!
Kontakion, in Tone IV
Make ready, O thou heavenly Jerusalem!/ Open thy gates, O Eden!/ Join chorus
together, ye choirs of the righteous!/ Ye people of Iberia keep festival!/ And
thou, O holy Nina, greet thou the glorious Tamara/ who arriveth today in the
kingdom of heaven// to be crowned by the hand of God!
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.