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).
Third Finding of the Precious Head of St. John the Baptist (850).
Virgin-Martyr Helen (1938).
New Hieromartyr Tavrion (1939).
St. Innocent archbishop of Cherson (1857).
Hieromartyr Therapon, bishop of Cyprus (4th c.).
St. Dodo, prince of Georgia (6th c.).
Synaxis of Saints of Volhynia: Saints Yaropolk, Stephen, Macarius, Igor and Juliana.
Commemoration of the reunion of 3,000,000 Uniates with the Orthodox Church at Vilna in 1831.
Martyrs Pasicrates, Valentinian, Julius and others at Dorostolum (302).
St. Aldehelm, bishop of Sherborne.
Martyr Celestine (Greek).
St. Olbian, monk (Greek).
* If the service for the Third Finding of the Precious Head of St. John the Baptist falls on Saturday of Pentecost or on Pentecost it is transferred to Thursday of the 7th week.
* If the service for the Third Finding of the Precious Head of St. John the Baptist falls on All Saints it is transferred to Friday.
* If the service for the Third Finding of the Precious Head of St. John the Baptist falls on Monday after Pentecost it is transferred to Tuesday.
* If the service for the Third Finding of the Precious Head of St. John the Baptist falls on Apososis of the Ascension it is transferred to Saturday.
The Scripture Readings
2 Corinthians 4:6-15 Forerunner
Matthew 11:2-15 Forerunner
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.
Third Finding of the Head of the Forerunner, Troparion, Tone IV
Like a divine treasure hidden in the earth,/ hath Christ revealed thy head to
us, O prophet and forerunner;/ wherefore, assembling for the feast of its
discovery,/ let us all chant divinely sounding hymns to the Savior// Who saveth
us from corruption by his supplications.
Kontakion, Tone VI, "Having fulfilled the dispensation concerning us..."
The splendid and divine pillar in the world, the luminary of the Sun, the
forerunner,/ showing forth his radiant and divine head to the ends of the
earth,/ doth sanctify therewith those who bow down before it with faith and cry
out:// O all-wise baptizer of Christ, save us all!
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.