23rd Sunday after Pentecost. Tone six.
Great-martyr Parasceva of Iconium (3rd c.).
Martyrs Terence and Neonilla of Syria, and their children Sarbelus, Photus, Theodulus, Hierax, Nitus, Bele, and Eunice (249).
Venerable Stephen of St. Sabbas monastery, hymnographer (807).
St. Arsenius I of Srem, archbishop of Serbia (1266).
Repose of Venerable Job of Pochaev (1651).
St. Demetrius, metropolitan of Rostov (1709).
New Hieromartyr John priest (1918).
New Hieromartyr Archpriest Michael Lektorsky of Kuban (1920).
St. Arsenius of Cappadocia (1924).
St. Theophilus, fool-for-Christ of Kiev (1852).
Martyrs Africanus, Terence, Maximus, Pompeius, and 36 others, at Carthage (250).
Hieromartyr Cyriacus, patriarch of Jerusalem (363), and his mother Martyr Anna.
Venerable John the Chozebite, bishop of Caesarea in Palestine (532).
Hieromartyr Neophytus, bishop of Urbnisi, Georgia (587) (Georgia).
St. Firmilian, bishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia, and Venerable Malchion, presbyter (269).
St. Febronia, daughter of Emperor Heraclius (632).
Righteous Virgin Parasceva of Pirimin on the Pinega River (Archangelsk) (16th c.).
New Martyrs Angelis, Manuel, George, and Nicholas of Crete (1824) (Greek).
St. Athanasius I, patriarch of Constantinople (Mt. Athos) (1340) (Greek).
Protection of the Mother of God (Greek).
The Scripture Readings
Matthew 28:16-20 (1st Matins Gospel)
Hebrews 7:26-8:2 St. Demetrius
John 10:9-16 St. Demetrius
Troparion of the Sunday, Tone VI —
The angelic powers were at Thy tomb; / the guards became as dead men. / Mary stood by
Thy grave, / seeking Thy most pure Body. / Thou didst capture hell, / not being tempted by
it. / Thou didst come to the Virgin, granting life. / O Lord, Who didst rise from the dead:
glory to Thee!
Hymn to the Theotokos, Tone VI —
Thou Who didst call Thy mother blessed / came of Thine own will to the passion. / Shining on the
cross, desiring to recall Adam, Thou didst say to the angels: / "Rejoice with Me, for the lost coin
has been found." / Thou Who hast ordered all things in wisdom, / O our God, glory to Thee! (1x)
Blessed be the name of the Lord, henceforth and forever more.
Kontakion of the Sunday, Tone VI —
When Christ God, the Giver of Life, / raised all of the dead from the valleys of misery with
His mighty hand, / He bestowed resurrection on the human race. / He is the Savior of all, the
Resurrection, the Life, and the God of all.
Holy Martyrs Terence, His Wife Neonilla and Their Seven Children,
Troparion, Tone IV —
In their sufferings, O Lord,/ Thy martyrs received imperishable crowns from
Thee our God;/ for, possessed of Thy might,/ they set at nought the tormentors
and crushed the feeble audacity of the demons.// By their supplications save
Thou our souls.
St. Stephen of St. Sabbas monastery, 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 Stephen by
thy doctrines thou hast illumined all.// O harp of the Spirit, entreat Christ
God that our souls be saved.
Kontakion of the venerable one, Tone IV, "Having been lifted up..." —
Thou didst plant a garden of the virtues/ and water it with the torrents of
thy tears, O most glorious one./ And having received the tree of life, 0
Stephen,/ save thy flock from corruption by thy supplications/ and deliver from
evil circumstances those who fervently honor thee;/ for through faith and love,
O wise one,// we have acquired thee as an intercessor most great.
Kontakion of the martyrs, Tone IV. "Having been lifted up..." —
Today the honored memorial of the martyrs, Terence the all-wise and his
company,/ hath arrived, bringing gladness to all;// wherefore, let us receive
healing,/ for they have received from the Holy Spirit,// the grace to heal the
infirmities and pain of our souls.
Troparion of Great-martyr Parasceva, Troparion, Tone IV —
O all-wise and most lauded Parasceva, martyr of Christ, having received manly
might and set aside thy womanly weakness, thou didst vanquish the devil and put
the tyrant to shame, crying out and saying: "Come ye, cut my body asunder with
your swords and burn me with fire; for, rejoicing, I shall go to Christ my
Bridegroom!" Through her supplications, O Christ God, save our souls.
Kontakion, Tone III, "Today the Virgin..." —
Bearing thine all-holy and undefiled torment to Christ, the immortal
Bridegroom, as a dowry, thou didst gladden the choir of the angels and didst
overcome the wiles of the demons. Wherefore, we cherish thee with honor and
faith, O much suffering martyr Parasceva.
Troparion of St. Job of Pochaev, Tone IV —
Acquiring the patient endurance of the long-suffering forefather, emulating
the abstinence of the Baptist, and sharing in the divine zeal of both, thou
wast vouchsafed worthily to receive their names, and wast a fearless preacher of
the true faith. Wherefore, thou didst lead a multitude of monks to Christ, and
didst confirm all the people in Orthodoxy. O Job our venerable father, pray that
our souls be saved.
Kontakion, in Tone IV, "Thou hast appeared to the whole world today..." —
Thou wast shown to be a pillar of the true faith, a zealot of the
commandments of the Gospel, the reproof of pride, and an intercessor and
instructor for the lowly. Wherefore, beg thou forgiveness of sins for them that
bless thee, and keep thy monastery unharmed, O Job our father, who art like unto
the longsuffering one of old.
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
– Fish Allowed
– Caviar Allowed
– 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.