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Friday January 20, 2017 / January 7, 2017

31st Week after Pentecost. Tone five.
Fast. Fish Allowed

Afterfeast of the Theophany.
Synaxis of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist, John.
Martyr Paphnutius (1938).
New Hieromartyr Basil, priest (1939).
Martyr John (1940).
Martyr John (1942).
New Martyr Athanasius of Attalia and Smyrna (1700) (Greek).
St. Cedd, bishop of Lastingham (664) (Celtic & British).
St. Brannock (Brynach) of Braunton (6th c.) (Celtic & British).
St. Kentigerna, hermitess of Loch Lomond.

The Scripture Readings

James 2:1-13
Mark 13:1-8
Acts 19:1-8 Forerunner
John 1:29-34 Forerunner
The Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist, John
 - Full abstention
 - Strict Fast (Bread, Vegetables, Fruits)
 - Food without Oil
 - Food with Oil
 - Fish Allowed
 - Caviar Allowed
 - Meat is excluded
 - Fast-free
    - Lent
    - Holiday

Friday, 20 January

Troparions/Kontakions

Synaxis of St. John the Baptist, Troparion, Tone II
The memory of the righteous is celebrated with hymns of praise, but the Lord's testimony is sufficient for thee, O forerunner. Thou wast truly shown to be more honorable than the prophets, in that thou wast counted worthy to baptize in the streams Him Whom thou didst proclaim. Wherefore, having suffered, rejoicing, for the truth, even unto those in hades didst thou proclaim God, Who had manifested Himself in the flesh, Who taketh away the sin of the world, and granteth us great mercy.

Theophany of our Lord, Troparion, Tone I
When Thou, O Lord, wast baptized in the Jordan,/ the worship of the Trinity was made manifest;/ for, the voice of the Father bare witness unto Thee,/ calling Thee His beloved Son;/ and the Spirit in the form of a dove/ confirmed the certainty of His word./ O Christ our God, Who hast appeared and enlightened the worlds,// glory be to Thee!

Kontakion of the Feast, Tone IV
Thou hast appeared today to the whole world,/ and Thy light, O Lord, hath been signed upon us/ who hymn Thee with understanding./ Thou hast come, Thou hast appeared,/ the Light unapproachable.

Kontakion of the Forerunner, Tone VI
Stricken with awe by Thy coming in the flesh, the Jordan turned back in fear; and John, fulfilling the prophetic ministry, shrank back with trembling. The ranks of the angels were amazed, beholding Thee baptized in the flesh in the streams, and all who were in darkness were enlightened, hymning Thee Who hast appeared and illumined all things.

Paschalia
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
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 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.