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Sunday December 16, 2018 / December 3, 2018

29th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone four.
Nativity (St. Philip's Fast). Fish Allowed

Prophet Zephaniah (Sophonias) (635 B.C.).
Venerable Sabbas, abbot of Zvenigorod, disciple of St. Sergius of Radonezh (1406).
New Hieromartyr Andrew priest (1920).
New Hieromartyr Nicholas priest (1930).
St. Gregory confessor (1960).
Venerable Theodulus, eparch of Constantinople (440).
Venerable John the Silent of St. Sabbas' monastery (558).
Hieromartyr Theodore, archbishop of Alexandria (606).
Venarable Gregory of Cherniksk (Romania).
New Hieromartyr Gabriel, bishop of Ganos (1659) (Greek).
St. Birinus, bishop of Dorchester (649-650) (Celtic & British).
New Martyr Angelos of Chios (1813) (Greek).
Venerable Cosmas of St. Anne's Skete, Mt. Athos.
St. Sola, Anglo-Saxon missionary priest under St. Bobiface (790-794) (Germany).
St. Nicetius, bishop of Lyons (Gaul).
St. Lucius, king of Britain who requested missionaries for his people in A.D. 187.
Martyrs Agapius, Seleucus and Mamas (Greek).

The Scripture Readings

John 20:1-10 (7th Matins Gospel)
1 Timothy 1:15-17
Luke 18:18-27
Prophet Zephaniah (Sophonias)
 - Full abstention
 - Strict Fast (Bread, Vegetables, Fruits)
 - Food without Oil
 - Food with Oil
 - Fish Allowed
 - Caviar Allowed
 - Meat is excluded
 - Fast-free
    - Lent
    - Holiday

Sunday, 16 December

Troparions/Kontakions

Troparion of the Sunday, Tone IV
When the women disciples of the Lord learned from the angel / the joyous message of Thy resurrection, / they cast away the ancestral curse / and elatedly told the Apostles: / Death is overthrown! / Christ God is risen, / granting the world great mercy!

Hymn to the Theotokos, Tone IV
The mystery of all eternity, / unknown even by angels, / through you, O Theotokos, is revealed to those on earth: / God incarnate, by union without confusion. / He voluntarily accepted the cross for us, / by which He resurrected the first-created man, / saving our souls from death.

Kontakion of the Sunday, Tone IV
My Savior and Redeemer as God rose from the tomb and delivered the earthborn from their chains. He has shattered the gates of hell, and as Master, He has risen on the third day!

Holy Prophet Zephaniah, Troparion, Tone II
Celebrating the memory/ of Thy prophet Zephaniah O Lord,// through him do we entreat Thee, save Thou our souls.

Kontakion, Tone IV "Thou hast given a sign"
Thou wast shown to be brilliant by the divine Spirit, O Prophet Zephaniah,/ proclaiming the coming of God:/ Rejoice exceedingly, O daughter of Zion!/ Proclaim Him, O Jerusalem!// Behold, thy King cometh to save mankind!

Paschalia
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
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
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.