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Friday, October 11, 2019 / September 28, 2019 (Church Calendar)

17th Week after Pentecost. Tone seven.
Fast. Food with Oil

Venerable Chariton the Confessor, abbot of Palestine (350).
Venerables Cyril, schemamonk and Maria, schemanun (1337) (parents of St. Sergius of Radonezh).
Uncovering of the relics of St. Elizabeth Romanov (1918).
Martyress Anna (1925).
New Martyr Hilarion, Virgin-martyr Michaela (1937).
Virgin-martyr Tatiana (1942).
Synaxis of the Saints of the Kievan Caves Monastery, venerated in the near caves of Venerable Anthony: Anthony the Founder (1073) - Prochorus the Gardener and Wonderworker (1107) - John the Faster (12th c.) - Juliana the Virgin, Princess of Ol'shansk (c.1550) - Monkmartyrs Basil and Theodore (1098) - Polycarp, Archimandrite of the Kievan Caves (1182) - Varlaam, Abbot of the Kievan Caves (1065) - Damian the Presbyter and Healer (1071) - Nicodemus the Prosphora-baker (12th c.) - Lawrence the Hermit, Bishop of Turov (12th C) - Athanasius the Hermit (c.1176) - Gerasim the Black-Robed (12th c.) - Luke, Steward of the Kievan Caves (13th c.) - Agapit the Unmercenary Physician (c.1095) - Theophilus the Clear-sighted and John the God-pleasing (12th c.) - Nectarios (12th c.) - Gregory the Iconographer (12th c.) - Hieromartyr Kuksha, Enlightener of the Vyati (12th c.) - Alexis the Hermit (13th c.) - Sava the God-pleasing (13th c.) - Sergius the Obedient (13th c.) - Mercurius, Bishop of Smolensk (1239) - Pimen the Muchailing (1110) - Nestor the Chronicler (c.1114) - Monkmartyr Evstratius (1097) - Elladius the Hermit (12th-13th c.) - Jeremiah the Clairvoyant (11th c.) - Monkmartyr Moses the Hungarian (c.1031-1043) - John the Much-ailing (1160) - Mark the Grave-Digger (12th c.) - Nikola Svyatosha, Prince of Chernigov (1143) - Martyr Gregory the Wonderworker (1093) - Onysimus the Hermit (12th-13th c.) - Matthew the Clairvoyant (11th c.) - Isaiah the Wonderworker (1115) - Abraham the Lover of Labor (12th-13th c.) - Niphont, Bishop of Novgorod (1156) - Sylvester the Wonderworker (12th c.) - Pimen the Faster (12th c.) - Onuphrius the Silent (12th c.) - Anatolius the Hermit (12th c.) - Alipy the Iconographer (1114) - Sisois the Hermit (12th-13th c.) - Theophilus the Hermit (12th-13th c.) - Arethas the Hermit (c.1195) - Spiridon the Prosphora-baker (12th c.) - Onysiphorus the Confessor (1148) - Simon, Bishop of Suzdal (12th c.) - Nikon, Abbot of Kievan Caves (1088) - Theophan the Faster (12th c.) - Macarius (12th c.) - Monkmartyr Anastasius the Deacon (12th c.) - 12 Master Architects (11th c.) - Abraham the Hermit (12th-13th c.) - Isaac the Hermit (c.1190) - Martyr John the Infant (11th-12th c.) - Elias of Murom (c.1188) - Nikon the Lean (12th c.) - Ephraim, Bishop of Pereyaslavl' (c.1098) - Tito the Hieromonk (1190).
Venerable Chariton, monk, of Syanzhema Lake (Vologda) (1509).
Venerable Herodion, abbot, of Iloezersk (1541).
Prophet Baruch (6th c. B.C.).
Martyrs Alexander, Alphius, Zosimas, Mark, Nicon, Neon, Heliodorus, and 24 others in Pisidia and Phrygia (4th c.).
Martyrdom of St. Wenceslaus, prince of the Czechs (935).
St. Juliana, Princess of Olshansk.
Martyr Eustace of Rome (Greek).
St. Faustus, bishop of Riez (495).
St. Leoba, abbess of Bischofsheim, English missionary to Germany (779).
St. Alkison, bishop of Nicopolis (Preveza) in Epirus (561).
St. Auxentius the Alaman, Wonderworker of Cyprus (12th c.).
St. Neophytus the Recluse of Cyprus (1214) (Cypriote).
St. Machan, disciple of St. Cadoc.

The Scripture Readings

Matthew 4:25-5:13 Matins Gospel
Ephesians 4:17-25
Luke 6:17-23
2 Corinthians 4:6-15 Saint
Luke 6:17-23 Saint


St. Chariton of Palestine, Troparion in Tone VIII —
With the streams of thy tears thou didst irrigate the barren desert,/ and with sighs from the depths of thy soul thou didst render thy labors fruitful an hun­dredfold./ Thou wast a beacon for the whole world, radiating miracles.// O our father Chariton , entreat Christ God that our souls be saved.

Kontakion, Tone II "In supplications" —
Having delighted in abstinence/ and bridled the desires of thy flesh, O divinely wise one,/ thou wast shown to increase in faith/ and didst flourish like the tree of life in the midst of paradise,// O most blessed and sacred Chariton.

April 28  – Great and Holy Pascha

   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 Mar
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 Mar
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 21  – Palm Sunday
June 6  – Holy Ascension
June 16  – Pentecost - Trinity Sunday


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 11 - April 27  – Great Lent
June 24 - 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

March 2  – Meat-fare Saturday
March 23  – 2-nd Saturday of the Great Lent
March 30  – 3-rd Saturday of the Great Lent
April 6  – 4-th Saturday of the Great Lent
May 7  – Radonitsa (Tuesday of the 2nd week of Pascha)
June 15  – Trinity Saturday
November 2  – Demetrius Saturday

   Fast-free Weeks

January 7 - January 17  – Sviatki (Afterfeast of the Nativity of Christ to Theophany Eve)
February 17 - February 23  – Publican & Pharisee
March 3 - March 9  – Maslenitsa
April 28 - May 4  – Bright Week
June 16 - June 22  – Trinity Week
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– Full abstention from food
– Strict Fast (Bread, Vegetables, Fruits)
– Food without Oil
– Food with Oil
– Fish Allowed
– Caviar Allowed
– Meat is excluded
– Fast-free

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Feb 17  – Sunday of the Publican
   and Pharisee
Mar 03  – Meatfare Sunday
Mar 10  – Forgiveness Sunday
Apr 21  – Palm Sunday
Apr 28  – Great and Holy Pascha
May 22  – Mid-Pentecost (Prepolovenie)
Jun 06  – Holy Ascension
Jun 16  – Pentecost - Trinity Sunday
Jun 23  – All Saints

Typikon 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.
, , no sign – "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.

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