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Venerable Bessarion the Wonderworker of Egypt
 - Full abstention
 - Strict Fast (Bread, Vegetables, Fruits)
 - Food without Oil
 - Food with Oil
 - Fish Allowed
 - Caviar Allowed
 - Meat is excluded
 - Fast-free
    - Lent
    - Holiday

Tuesday, 19 June


St. Bessarion, Wonderworker of Egypt; St. Hilarion the New, Troparion, Tone IV —
O God of our fathers,/ deal with us ever according to Thy meekness./ Deprive us not of Thy mercy,/ but through their supplications// direct our life in peace.

Kontakion for St. Hilarion, Tone II, "The steadfast..." —
Like a shepherd didst thou preserve within thy fold/ the flock of thy life-bear­ing pasture,/ and wast shown to be great by the loftiness of thy works, O Hilarion the New,/ having undergone much suffering and sorrow in thy piety./ Wherefore, thou hast made thine abode in the most joyful life in heavenly Sion.// Pray for us, O venerable one!

Kontakion for St. Bessarion, Tone II: "The steadfast..." —
Emulating the powers on high,/ by example thou didst live the life of the birds, O venerable one;/ and putting transitory things from thy mind,/ led to the heavenly beauties of Christ the King by thy constant desire,/ thou didst come even unto Him.// O Bessarion, entreat Him unceasingly in behalf of us all!

January 28 - Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
February 11 - Meatfare Sunday
February 18 - Forgiveness Sunday
April 1 - Palm Sunday
April 8 - Great and Holy Pascha
May 2 - Mid-Pentecost (Prepolovenie)
May 17 - Holy Ascension
May 27 - Pentecost
June 3 - 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 1 - Palm Sunday
May 17 - Holy Ascension
May 27 - Pentecost
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
February 19 - April 7 - Great Lent
June 4 - 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
February 10 - Meat-fare Saturday
March 3 - 2nd Saturday of the Great Lent
March 10 - 3rd Saturday of the Great Lent
March 17 - 4th Saturday of the Great Lent
April 17 - Radonitsa (Tuesday of the 2nd week of Pascha)
May 26 - Trinity Saturday
November 3 - Demetrius Saturday
Fast-free Weeks
January 7 - January 17 - Sviatki (Afterfeast of the Nativity of Christ to Theophany Eve)
January 28 - February 3 - Publican & Pharisee
February 11 - February 17 - Maslenitsa
April 8 - April 14 - Bright Week
May 27 - June 2 - 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.