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Calendar for Today

Wednesday April 8, 2020 / March 26, 2020

Sixth Week of the Great Lent. Tone one.
Great Lent. By Monastic Charter: Strict Fast (Bread, Vegetables, Fruits)

Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel.
Martyr Parasceva (1939).
Hieromartyr Irenaeus, bishop of Srem (Sirmium), Serbia (304).
Martyrs Bathusius and Bercus presbyters, monk Arpilus, laymen Abibus, Agnus, Reasus, Igathrax, Iscoeus (Iskous, Escoes), Silas, Signicus, Sonerilas, Suimbalus, Thermus, Phillus (Philgas), and the women Anna, Alia, Larissa, Monco (Manca), Mamica, Uirko (Virko), Animais (Animaida), Gaatha, and Duklida, in Crimea (375).
Venerable Malchus of Chalcis in Syria (4th c.).
Venerable Basil the Younger, anchorite near Constantinople (944).
Hieromartyr Eusebius, bishop of Kival, and Martyr Pullius the Reader.
St. Braulio of Saragossa in Iberia (646).
Martyr Codratus (Quadratus), and with him 40 Martyrs, who suffered under Diocletian.
St. Ludger, bishop of Munster (809).
Martyr Montanus the priest, and his wife Maxima at Sirmium (beginning of 4th c.).
St. Eutychius, subdeacon of Alexandria (356).
New Martyr George of Adrianople (1437).
Venerable Stephen the Wonderworker, abbot of Tryglia (815).
St. Govan, hermit of Pembrokeshire.

The Scripture Readings

Isaiah 58:1-11 (6th Hour)
Genesis 43:26-31; 45:1-16 (Vespers, 1st Reading)
Proverbs 21:23-22:4 (Vespers, 2nd Reading)
Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel
 - Full abstention
 - Strict Fast (Bread, Vegetables, Fruits)
 - Food without Oil
 - Food with Oil
 - Fish Allowed
 - Caviar Allowed
 - Meat is excluded
 - Fast-free
    - Lent
    - Holiday

Wednesday, 8 April

Troparions/Kontakions

Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel, Troparion, Tone IV —
Today is the crown of our salvation,/ and the revelation of the mystery which is from before the ages!/ The Son of God becometh the Son of the Virgin,/ and Gabriel announceth the glad tidings of grace./ Wherefore, with him let us cry out to the Theotokos:/ Rejoice, O thou who art full of grace!// The Lord is with thee!

Kontakion, Tone VIII —
O supreme commander, thou glorious intercessor before/ and servant of the all-radiant, worshipful, all-accomplishing, infinite and awesome Trinity:/ do thou now unceasingly pray that we be delivered from all tribulations and tor­ments,// that we may cry out to thee: Rejoice, O protection of thy servants!

Hieromartyr Irenaeus, Troparion, Tone II —
Chant now and clap your hands, O Church of Sirmium! Leap up, ye waters of the River Sava, adorning thyself in the name of the all-praised Irenaeus! For, having fought the good fight and kept the Faith, sealing it with his blood, he hath acquired great boldness before God, Whom he entreateth without ceasing, that his Christian flock be saved in peace.

Kontakion, in Tone VIII —
As is meet, let us hymn Irenseus, the pastor of Sinnium, the namesake of peace and right victorious warrior of Christ, who ail-gloriously trampled the ancient prince of this world un­derfoot and strengthened his own hands for battle against him; and let us cry out to him with heartfelt love: Pray thou unceasingly to Christ, the King of peace, that He grant peace to the whole world and great mercy to our souls!

Paschalia
February 9 - Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
February 23 - Meatfare Sunday
March 1 - Forgiveness Sunday
April 12 - Palm Sunday
April 19 - Great and Holy Pascha
May 13 - Mid-Pentecost (Prepolovenie)
May 28 - Holy Ascension
June 7 - Pentecost
June 14 - 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 12 - Palm Sunday
May 28 - Holy Ascension
June 7 - 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 2 - April 18 - Great Lent
June 15 - 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 22 - Meat-fare Saturday
March 14 - 2nd Saturday of the Great Lent
March 21 - 3rd Saturday of the Great Lent
March 28 - 4th Saturday of the Great Lent
April 28 - Radonitsa (Tuesday of the 2nd week of Pascha)
June 6 - Trinity Saturday
November 7 - Demetrius Saturday
Fast-free Weeks
January 7 - January 17 - Sviatki (Afterfeast of the Nativity of Christ to Theophany Eve)
February 9 - February 15 - Publican & Pharisee
February 23 - February 29 - Maslenitsa
April 19 - April 25 - Bright Week
June 7 - June 13 - 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.