20th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone three.
Commemoration of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council (787).
Holy Apostle Philip of the Seventy, one of the seven deacons (1st c.).
Venerable Theophanes the Confessor and Hymnographer, bishop of Nicaea (850).
Venerable Leonid of Optina (1841).
Synaxis of the Saints of Optina: St. Leonid (repose) (1841), St. Macarius (1860), St. Moses (1862), St. Anthony (1865), St. Hilarion (1873), St. Ambrose (1891), St. Anatole (the "Elder") (1894), St. Isaac I (1894), St. Joseph (1911), St. Barsanuphius (1913), St. Anatole (the "Younger") (1922), St. Nektary (1928), St. Nikon the Confessor (1931), New Hieromartyr Archimandrite Isaac II (1937).
New Hieromartyrs Philaret and Alexander priests (1918).
New Hieromartyr Juvenalius (Maslovsky) bishop of Riazan (1937).
Venerable Theophanes, faster of the Kiev Caves (12th c.).
Martyrs Zenaida (Zenais) and Philonilla of Tarsus in Cilicia (1st c.).
Sts. Nectarius (397), Arcadius (405), and Sinisius (427), patriarchs of Constantinople.
St. Gommar, patron of Lier (775) (Neth.).
Venerable Ethelburga, abbess of the monastery of Barking (England) (676) (Celtic & British.).
Venerable Cainnech (Kenneth), abbot of Aghaboe (Ireland) (600) (Celtic & British).
St. Philotheus (Kokkinos) of Mt. Athos, patriarch of Constantinople (1379).
Commemoration of the miracle from the Icon of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Beirut of Phonecia.
The Scripture Readings
John 20:19-31 (9th Matins Gospel)
Acts 8:26-39 Apostle
Luke 10:1-21 Apostle
Hebrews 13:7-16 Fathers
John 17:1-13 Fathers
Troparion of the Sunday, Tone III
Let the heavens rejoice, / let the earth be glad! / For the Lord has shown might with His arm,/
He has trampled down death by death. / He has become the first-born of the dead. / He has
delivered us from the depths of hell, / and has granted the world great mercy!
Hymn to the Theotokos, Tone III
We praise you as the mediatrix of our salvation, / O Virgin Theotokos. / For your Son, our
God, Who took flesh from you, / accepted the passion of the cross, / delivering us from
corruption as the Lover of man.
Kontakion of the Sunday, Tone III
On this day Thou didst rise from the tomb, O Merciful One, / leading us from the gates of
death. / On this day Adam exults as Eve rejoices; / with the prophets and patriarchs they
unceasingly praise / the divine majesty of Thy power!
Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 7th
At the Blessing of the Loaves, the (troparion) "Virgin Theotokos,
and then that of the fathers, in Tone VIII
Most glorious art Thou, O Christ our God, Who hast established our fathers
upon the earth as beacons, and hast thereby guided us all to the true Faith! O
greatly Compassionate One, glory be to Thee! Once
Kontakion, in Tone VI
The Son Who ineffably shone forth from the Father hath been born in two
natures of a woman, and beholding Him we do not disdain to depict the form
thereof. But, tracing it piously, we honor it in faith. Wherefore, the Church,
holding to the true Faith, doth venerate the icon of the incarnation of Christ.
Martyrs Zenaida and Philonilla of Tarsus, Troparion, Tone IV
Having finished the race and kept the Faith, through martyrdom ye were led to
Christ, the Lamb and Shepherd, as reason-endowed ewe-lambs. Wherefore, with
joyous soul we celebrate your holy memory today, magnifying Christ, O right
wondrous Zinaida and Philonilla.
Kontakion, in Tone II
O emulators of Stephen, the first among athletes, and fellow laborers with
the physicians who charged no fee: for the sake of Christ, the Chief
Cornerstone, ye were stoned to death, persecuted by hardhearted people; and
having acquired boldness before the Holy Trinity, ye drive away the ailments of
suffering men. O martyrs, beseech the merciful God, that we who honor your
sufferings with faith may be saved.
Holy Apostle Philip of the Seventy, Troparion, Tone III
O holy apostle Philip/ entreat the merciful God// that He grant to our souls
remission of transgressions.
Venerable Theophanes the Confessor and Hymnographer, Bishop of Nicea,
Troparion, Tone VIII
O instructor of Orthodoxy, teacher of piety and purity,/ beacon for the whole
world, divinely inspired adornment of hierarchs./ O most wise Theophanes
by thy doctrines thou hast illumined all.// O harp of the Spirit, entreat Christ
God that our souls be saved.
Kontakion of Theophanes (after Ode III), Tone II "Seeking the highest"
Thundering forth the divine incarnation of Christ,/ thou didst utterly
denounce the incorporeal foe,/ O wondrous Theophanes./ Wherefore, we all piously
cry out to thee with faiths:/ Pray thou unceasingly in behalf of us all!
Kontakion of the Apostle, Tone IV "Having been lifted up"
The most wondrous fisher of nations,/ conversor with the disciples of
Christ,/ Philip, forechosen from among the apostles,/ doth today bestow a wealth
of healing upon the world,/ and doth protect them that praise him from evil
circumstances./ Wherefore, together we cry aloud to him:// Save us all by thy
prayers, O apostle!
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.