2nd Sunday after Pentecost. All Russian Saints. Tone one.
Synaxis of Hieromartyrs of Kholmsk and Podliash (movable holiday on the Sunday after May 19th).
All venerable and holy Fathers of the Holy Mount Athos (movable holiday on the 2nd Sunday of Pentecost).
All venerable and holy Fathers of Bulgaria (movable holiday on the 2nd Sunday of Pentecost).
"Kaluga" Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (1771) (movable holiday on the first Sunday of the Apostles' Fast).
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
Mark 16:1-8 (2nd Matins Gospel)
Romans 2:10-16 (Epistle)
Matthew 4:18-23 (Gospel)
Hebrews 11:33-12:2 Epistle, Saints
Matthew 4:25-5:12 Gospel, Saints
2 Corinthians 4:6-15 Forerunner
Matthew 11:2-15 Forerunner
All venerable and holy Fathers of the Holy Mount Athos, Troparion, in Tone I
In hymns let us honor the fathers of the wilderness of Athos, the angels in
the flesh, the confessors and the venerable, holy hierarchs and martyrs; and,
emulating their virtues, let us cry aloud, saying: Glory to Him who hath
glorified you! Glory to Him Who hath crowned you! Glory to Him Who hath shown
you to be our intercessors amid tribulations!
Kontakion, in Tone IV, "O Thou Who wast of Thine own will lifted up on the
Come ye, let us all praise the fathers who have made Mount Athos a heaven,
who have shown forth therein an angelic life, and have assembled a multitude of
monks; and let us cry out unto them: deliver us from every misfortune and
temptation, O ye multitude of the venerable, boast of Athos.
All Russian Saints, Troparion, in Tone VIII
The land of Russia doth offer Thee, O Lord, all the saints who have shone
forth in it, as the beauteous fruit of Thy salvific splendor. By their
supplications and through the Theotokos preserve Thou the Church and our land in
profound peace, O most Merciful One.
Kontakion, in Tone III, "Today the Virgin... "
Today the choir of the saints who have pleased God in our land standeth forth
in the Church and invisibly prayeth to God for us. With them the angels give
glory, and all the saints of the Church of Christ celebrate with them; for all
together they entreat the pre-eternal God for us.
Troparion of the Sunday, Tone I
When the stone had been sealed by the Jews; / while the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure
Body; / Thou didst rise on the third day, O Savior, / granting life to the world. / The powers of
heaven therefore cried to Thee, O Giver of Life: / Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ! / Glory to
Thy Kingdom! / Glory to Thy dispensation, O Thou Who lovest mankind.
Hymn to the Theotokos, Tone I
When Gabriel announced to Thee, O Virgin, Rejoice! / with that word the Master of all was
incarnate in Thee, O Holy Ark. / As the righteous David said, / Thy womb became more spacious
than the heavens, bearing Thy Creator. / Glory to Him Who took abode in Thee! / Glory to Him
Who came from Thee! / Glory to Him Who freed us by being born of Thee!
Kontakion of the Sunday, Tone I
As God, Thou didst rise from the tomb in glory, / raising the world with Thyself. / Human
nature praises Thee as God, for death has vanished! / Adam exults, O Master! / Eve rejoices,
for she is freed from bondage, and cries to Thee: / Thou art the Giver of Resurrection to all,
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
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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.