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 Isaiah (8th c. B.C.).
Martyr Christopher of Lycia, and with him Martyrs Callinica and Aquilina (249).
Translation of the relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker from Myra to Bari, in 1087.
Venerable Joseph of Optina (1911).
New Hieromartyr Demetrius priest (1938).
New Hieromartyr Basil priest (1939).
Repose of the Venerable Shio of Mgvime (6th c.) (Georgia).
Translation of the relics (1775) of Child-martyr Gabriel of Slutsk (1690).
Martyr Epimachus of Pelusium, who suffered at Alexandria (250).
Martyr Gordion at Rome (362).
Venerable Nicholas, who lived in Vuneni, of Larissa in Thessaly (1400).
Zaraysk Icon of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker (1225).
The Scripture Readings
Hebrews 13:17-21 St. Nicholas
Luke 6:17-23 St. Nicholas
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.
Translation of the relics of St. Nicholas, Troparion, in Tone IV
The day of splendid solemnity is come; the city of Bari rejoiceth, and with
it the whole world doth exult with hymns and spiritual songs. For today is the
sacred feast of the translation of the precious and much-healing relics of the
hierarch Nicholas the wonderworker. For like the never-setting Sun, he shineth
with brilliant beams of light, driving away the darkness of temptations and
misfortunes from them that cry out with faith: Save us, O Nicholas, for thou
art our intercessor!
Kontakion, in Tone III, "Today the Virgin..."
Thy relics have moved like a star, from the East unto the West, O holy
hierarch Nicholas; and the sea hath been sanctified by thy passage. The city of
Bari receiveth grace through thee, for thou hast been shown forth for us as a
wonder-worker: illustrious, most wondrous and merciful.
Holy Prophet Isaiah, Troparion, Tone II
Celebrating the memory/ of Thy prophet Isaiah O Lord,// through him do we
entreat Thee, save Thou our souls.
Holy Martyr Christopher, Troparion, Tone IV
Arrayed in vesture dyed with thine own blood,/ thou standest before the King
of hosts, O ever-memorable Christopher;/ therefore, with the incorporeal ones
and the martyrs thou dost sing thrice-holy and awesome melodies.// Wherefore, by
thy supplication save thou thy flock.
Kontakion of the Prophet, Tone II: "The tomb and mortality..."
Receiving the gift of prophecy,/ O martyred Prophet Isaiah, thou herald of
God,/ thou didst explain to all the incarnation of the Lord,/ exclaiming aloud
to the ends of the earth:// "Behold, a Virgin shall conceive in her womb!"
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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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.