Calendar for Today

Monday December 11, 2017 / November 28, 2017

28th Week after Pentecost. Tone two.
Nativity (St. Philip's Fast). Fish Allowed

Martyr Stephen the New of Mt. St. Auxentius (767).
Martyr Hirenarchus and Seven Women-martyrs at Sebaste (303).
New Hieromartyr Seraphim (Chichagov), metropolitan of St. Petersburg (1937).
New Hieromartyrs Peter, Alexis, Alexis priests (1937).
Virgin-Martyr Paraskeva (1938).
New Hieromartyr Nicholas priest (1941).
Blessed Theodore, archbishop of Rostov (1394).
Martyrs Basil, Stephen, two Gregories, John (near Constantinople), Andrew, Peter, Anna, and many others (741-775).
Martyrs Timothy and Theodore, bishops; Peter, John, Sergius, Theodore, and Nicephorus, presbyters; Basil and Thomas, deacons; Hierotheus, Daniel, Chariton, Socrates, Comasius, and Eusebius, monks; and Etymasius at Tiberiopolis (361).
New Martyr Christos of Constantinople (1748) (Greek).
St. Theodore, bishop of Theodosiopolis in Armenia (end of 6th c.).
St. Oda, virgin of Brabant (726) (Neth.).
Virgin-Martyr Juthwara of Cornwall.

The Scripture Readings

2 Timothy 2:20-26
Luke 19:37-44
Martyr Stephen the New of Mt. St. Auxentius
 - Full abstention
 - Strict Fast (Bread, Vegetables, Fruits)
 - Food without Oil
 - Food with Oil
 - Fish Allowed
 - Caviar Allowed
 - Meat is excluded
 - Fast-free
    - Lent
    - Holiday

Monday, 11 December


Venerable Martyr Stephen the New, Troparion, Tone IV —
Struggling first in fasting upon the mountain,/ with the whole armor of the Cross thou didst destroy the noetic hordes of the enemy, O most blessed one;/ and after­wards thou didst manfully array thyself for thy contest,/ slaying Copronymus with the sword of faith.// And for both hast thou been crowned by God, O ever-memorable venerable martyr Stephen.

Kontakion to the Martyr, Tone VIII "To thee the champion leader" —
With all our heart, O ye who love the feasts of the Church,/ let us faithfully praise with hymns the godly Stephen, the lover of the Trinity,/ as one who venerated the beauteous image of the Master and His Mother;/ and together let us now cry out to him, rejoicing with love:// Rejoice, O ever-glorious father!

Another Kontakion to the Martyr, Tone III "Today the Virgin" —
From a barren woman didst thou, the offshoot of a root, grow forth,/ O venerable father, namesake of the protomartyr;/ and thou wast shown to be a great instructor of monks,/ unafraid of the wrath of the emperor who did not wish to venerate the image of Christ.// Wherefore, in dying thou didst receive the crown of martyrdom, O Stephen.

February 5 - Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
February 19 - Meatfare Sunday
February 26 - Forgiveness Sunday
April 9 - Palm Sunday
April 16 - Great and Holy Pascha
May 10 - Mid-Pentecost (Prepolovenie)
May 25 - Holy Ascension
June 4 - Pentecost
June 11 - 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 9 - Palm Sunday
May 25 - Holy Ascension
June 4 - 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 27 - April 15 - Great Lent
June 12 - 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 18 - Meat-fare Saturday
March 11 - 2nd Saturday of the Great Lent
March 18 - 3rd Saturday of the Great Lent
March 25 - 4th Saturday of the Great Lent
April 25 - Radonitsa (Tuesday of the 2nd week of Pascha)
June 3 - Trinity Saturday
October 28 - Demetrius Saturday
Fast-free Weeks
January 7 - January 17 - Sviatki (Afterfeast of the Nativity of Christ to Theophany Eve)
February 5 - February 11 - Publican & Pharisee
February 19 - February 25 - Maslenitsa
April 16 - April 22 - Bright Week
June 4 - June 10 - 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.