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Saturday February 16, 2019 / February 3, 2019

38th Week after Pentecost. Tone four.

Holy and Righteous Symeon the God-receiver and Anna the Prophetess (1st c.).
St. Nicholas, enlightener of Japan (1912).
New Hieromartyr John, Timothy, Adrian priests and Martyrs Vladimir, Michael (1938).
St. Romanus, prince of Uglich (1285).
St. Symeon, first bishop of Tver and Polotsk (1289).
St. Ignatius of Mariupol in Crimea, metropolitan of Gothia and Kafa (1786).
Prophet Azarias (10th c.B.C.).
Martyrs Papias, Diodorus, and Claudianus at Perge in Pamphylia (250).
Martyrs Adrian and Eubulus, at Caesarea in Cappadocia (310).
Martyr Blaise of Caesarea in Cappadocia (3rd c.).
St. Ansgar, bishop of Hamburg, enlightener of Denmark and Sweden (865).
St. Laurence of Canterbury, bishop (619) (Celtic & British).
Venerable Werburga of Chester, abbess (700) (Celtic & British).
St. Ia, virgin of St. Ives.
St. James, archbishop of Serbia (1292) (Serbia).
Martyr Paul the Syrian, who suffered under Diocletian (4th c.).
St. Sviatoslav-Gabriel and his son St. Dimitry of Yuriev (1253).
St. Sabbas of Ioannina (15th c.).
Greek New Martyrs Stamatius and John, brothers, and Nicholas their companion, in Chios (1822).

The Scripture Readings

2 Timothy 2:11-19
Luke 18:2-8
Holy and Righteous Symeon the God-receiver
 - Full abstention
 - Strict Fast (Bread, Vegetables, Fruits)
 - Food without Oil
 - Food with Oil
 - Fish Allowed
 - Caviar Allowed
 - Meat is excluded
 - Fast-free
    - Lent
    - Holiday

Saturday, 16 February

Troparions/Kontakions

Symeon the God-Receiver & Anna the Prophetess, Troparion, Tone I —
Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos full of grace,/ for from thee hath shone forth the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God,/ enlightening them that are in dark­ness./ Be glad thou also, O righteous elder,/ who receivest in thine arms the Deliver of our souls,// Who granteth us Resurrection.

Kontakion of St. Symeon, Tone IV "Thou hast appeared today" —
Today the elder asked to be loosed/ from the bonds of this life of corruption,// receiving in his arms Christ, the Creator and Lord.

St. Nicholas, enlightener of Japan, Troparion, Tone IV —
O thou who didst share in the ways of the apostles and didst sit upon their throne, 0 faithful and divinely wise servant of Christ, chosen harp of the divine Spirit, vessel over­flowing with the love of Christ, enlightener of the land of Japan, O holy hierarch Nicholas, equal of the apostles, pray thou to the life-bestowing Trinity in behalf of all thy flock and for the whole world.

Kontakion of the holy hierarchy in Tone II, "The steadfast..." —
As God Thou hast rewarded the steadfast and divinely eloquent preacher of Thy Gospel, O Lord; for Thou hast preferred his labors and pangs to all the sacrifices and wholeburnt offer­ings of the law. Through his supplications preserve us from evil.

Paschalia
February 17 - Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
March 3 - Meatfare Sunday
March 10 - Forgiveness Sunday
April 21 - Palm Sunday
April 28 - Great and Holy Pascha
May 22 - Mid-Pentecost (Prepolovenie)
June 6 - Holy Ascension
June 16 - Pentecost
June 23 - All Saints
Fixed Great Feasts
January 7 - The Nativity of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ
January 19 - The Baptism of Our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ
February 15 - Meeting of our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ in the Temple
April 7 - The Annunciation of Our Most Holy Lady, the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
August 19 - The Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ
August 28 - The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary
September 21 - Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever Virgin Mary
September 27 - The Universal Elevation of the Precious and Life-Creating Cross of the Lord
December 4 - Entry into the Temple of our Most Holy Lady Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
Movable Great Feasts
April 21 - Palm Sunday
June 6 - Holy Ascension
June 16 - Pentecost
Feasts
January 14 - Circumcision of the Lord
July 7 - The Nativity of the Holy Forerunner and Baptist of the Lord, John
July 12 - The Holy, Glorious and All-Praised Leaders of the Apostles: Peter and Paul
September 11 - The Beheading of the Prophet, Forerunner of the Lord, John the Baptist
October 14 - Protection of Our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
Fasting Seasons
March 11 - April 27 - Great Lent
June 24 - July 11 - Apostles' (Peter & Paul) Fast
August 14 - August 28 - Dormition (Theotokos) Fast
November 28 - January 6 - Nativity (St. Philip's Fast)
Fast Days
- The Wednesdays and Fridays of the Year, except for Fast-Free Weeks
January 18 - Kreschensky sochelnik (The Eve of Theophany)
September 11 - The Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 27 - The Elevation of the Cross
Traditional days of remembrance
March 2 - Meat-fare Saturday
March 23 - 2nd Saturday of the Great Lent
March 30 - 3rd Saturday of the Great Lent
April 6 - 4th Saturday of the Great Lent
May 7 - Radonitsa (Tuesday of the 2nd week of Pascha)
June 15 - Trinity Saturday
November 2 - Demetrius Saturday
Fast-free Weeks
January 7 - January 17 - Sviatki (Afterfeast of the Nativity of Christ to Theophany Eve)
February 17 - February 23 - Publican & Pharisee
March 3 - March 9 - Maslenitsa
April 28 - May 4 - Bright Week
June 16 - June 22 - Trinity Week
Tipikon Signs
- 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.
- "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.