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  • January 2013

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013/December 19, 201231st Week after Pentecost, Tone 59 St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of My ra in Lycia (c. 345). Nativity fast, wine and oil allowed

    Martyr Boniface of Tarsus (290). Ven. Elias of Murom, Wonderworker, of the Near Kyivan Caves (c. 1188). Martyrs Elias, Probus, and Ares the Egyptians (308). Martyrs Polyeuctus and Timothy the Deacon (IV). St. Boniface the Merciful, Bishop of Ferentino (VI). St. Gregory, Archbishop of Omirits (552).

    Ord.: Hebrews 12:25-26, 13:22-25; Mark 10:2-12Wednesday January 2, 2013/December 20, 201231st Week after Pentecost, Tone 55 Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ.Fast day

    Hieromartyr Ignatius the God-bearer (107). Ven. Ignatius, Archimandrite, of the Kyivan Caves (1435). St. Philogonius, Bishop of Antioch (323). St. Daniel II, Archbishop of Serbia (1338).

    Ord.: James 1:1-18; Mark 10:1-16Thursday January 3, 2013/December 21, 201231st Week after Pentecost, Tone 5Nativity fast, wine and oil allowed

    Virgin-Martyr Juliana, and with her 500 men and 130 women, of Nicomedia (304). Martyr Theomistocles of Myra in Lycia (251). Repose of St. Peter, Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Rus (1326).Martyr Themistocles of Myra in Lycia (251) St. Filaret, Metropolitan of Kyiv (1857).

    Ord.: James 1:19-27; Mark 10:17-27Friday January 4, 2013/December 22, 201231st Week after Pentecost, Tone 5Fast day

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    Great Martyr Anastasia, (c. 304)Martyrs Chrysogonus, Theodota, Evodias, Eutychianus and others who suffered with them (c. 304).Since the Eve of the Nativity of Christ falls this year on a Sunday, we celebrate on this day theRoyal Hours.

    Royal Hours: 1st Hour: Hebrews 1:1-2; Matthew 1:18-253rd Hour: Galatians 3:23-29; Luke 2:1-126th Hour: Hebrews 1:10-2:3; Matthew 2:1-129th Hour: Hebrews 2:11-18; Matthew 2:13-23

    There is no Liturgy on this day.At approximately 8:00 a.m. the Royal Hours are officiated. The priest vested in a phelon carriesthe Gospel book out through the Royal Doors to the centre of the Church and places it on ananaloi. Blessed is our God: Reader: Amen. Glory to You, our God. O Heavenly King. Trisa gion.After the Lords Prayer, Lord, have mercy 12 times: Glory: Both now: O Come, let us worship. Andthe Psalms (at every Hour there are two special Psalms and one regular Psalmsee the Mena -ion). During the reading of the Psalms a censing takes place, beginning from the analoi withthe Gospel (at the 1st Hour a great incensation, i.e. the altar and the entire temple; at the 3rdand 6th Hours a small incensation, and at the 9th Hour a great incensation). At the Hours: thetropar of the forefeast Mary of the seed of David, after this, at every Hour, after the The o to -kion the special stykhyry (tropars with verses). Let us be attentive: The Pro keimen and OldTestament reading. Epistle. Gospel. Then, we continue the reading of the Hour (at the firstHour Direct my steps; at the 3rd Hour Blessed is the Lord; etc.) At all Hours the kondak ofthe pre feast Today the virgin. At the 9th Hour the last stykhyra Today is born from a Virgin is so lemnly read at the beginning, and at the words We worship Thy Nativity, the priest, read-er and faithful all make three small metanias (bows to the waist). There is a custom to intonethe polychronion (mnoholittia) at this time. After this, the stykhyra is sung. At the 9th Hour af -ter the reading of the Holy Gospel, it is carried into the Altar through the Royal Doors, whichare then closed, and the priest removes his phelon. After the prayer of the 9th Hour the Psalms Bless the Lord, O my soul; Praise the Lord, O my soul and the rest of the typica. The choir ofthe saints: Both now (the Creed is not read, as the Li turgy will be served); Forgive, pardon andremit: Our Father. The kondak of the forefeast Today the Virgin. Lord, have mercy (40 times)All-Holy Trinity. Priest: Wisdom. We sing: It is truly worthy to bless you, the Theotokos, Ever Bless -ed and Most Pure, and the Mother of our God (and we make a small metania). Priest: Most HolyThe otokos, save us! And we sing More honourable. Priest: Glory to You, O Christ God. And wesing Glory: Both now: Lord, have mercy (thrice) Bless. And the small dismissal of the day.

    Saturday January 5, 2013/December 23, 201231st Week after Pentecost, Tone 5Saturday before the Nativity of Christ.Nativity fast, wine and oil allowed

    Holy Ten Martyrs of Crete: Theodulus, Saturninus, Euporus, Gelasius, Eunician, Zoticus,Pom peius, Agathopus, Basilides, and Evaristus (250). St. Niphon, Bishop of Cyprus (IV). St. Paul, Bishop of Neo-Caesaria (IV).

    Saturday before the Nativity: Galatians 3:8-12; Luke 13:18-29Ord.: Colossians 1:3-6; Luke 16:10-15

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  • Sunday January 6, 2013/December 24, 201231st Sunday after Pentecost, Tone 6Sunday before the Nativity, Sunday of the Holy Fathers.The Eve of the Nativity of ChristStrict fast

    Nun-Martyr Eugenia and with her the Martyrs Philip, Protus, Hyacinth, Basilla, and Claudia(c. 262).St. Nicholas the Monk of Bulgaria (IX).

    Vespers: 1) Genesis 14:14-20; 2) Deuteronomy 1: 8-11, 15-17, 3) Deuteronomy 10: 14-21.Matins: 9th Gospel: John 20:19-31Sunday before the Nativity: Hebrews 11:9-10, 17-23, 32-40; Matthew 1:1-25 (When the Eve of the Nativity of Christ falls on a Saturday or a Sunday we serve the Liturgy ofSt. John Chrysostom on the eve of the feast, and the Liturgy of St. Basil the Great on the day ofthe feast.)Vespers: Hebrews 1:1-12; Luke 2:1-20

    At Great Vespers: Blessed is the man. At Lord, I have cried: 6 stykhyry from the fathers and 4of the forefeast; Glory; of the Fathers, Both now Rejoice, O Bethlehem. Entrance. Pro kei -men The Lord is King. Paremii. At the aposticha stykhyry of the forefeast (with their re -frains), Glory: of the Fathers, Both now: of the forefeast. After the song of Symeon: Tropar ofthe Fa thers (twice) and of the forefeast (once).

    At Matins: At God is the Lord: Sunday tropar (twice), Glory: of the fathers, Both now: of thefo re feast. After the kathismas the sessional hymns of the Resurrection. Resurrectional Evlogi -taria. Sessional hymns of the fathers. Hymns of ascents and Prokeimen of the tone. 9th Ma -tinal Gospel, from St. John. Having beheld the Resurrection of Christ, and the rest as usual. Ca -nons: Fathers on 8, forefeast on 6; irmoi of the canon of the Fathers. Katavasia Christ isborn. After the 3rd ode: hypakoe of the Fathers. After the 6th ode: kondak of the Fathers. Atthe 9th ode: More honourable. Exapostilarion of the Fathers, Glory: of the Fathers, Both now:of the forefeast. At the praises: 3 stykhyry of the fathers and 3 of the forefeast, Glory: of theFa thers; Both now: You are most blessed. After the Great Doxology: the tropar Having risen.Li tanies and dismissal. Glory: Both now. 9th matinal doxasticon. 1st Hour.

    At the Hours: Resurrectional tropar: Glory: of the Fathers. Kondak of the Fathers and theforefeast alternately.

    At the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom: At the Entrance, tropars of the resurrectional tone, ofthe Fathers, and of the forefeast; Glory: kondak of the fathers, Both now: Kondak of the fore -feast. Prokeimen of the fathers: Blessed art Thou O Lord, God of our Fathers. Readings: He -brews 11:9-10, 17-23, 32-40; Matthew 1:1-25 Communion hymns Praise the Lord and Re -joice in the Lord, you righteous.

    At 1 p.m. or immediately after the dismissal of the Liturgy we serve the festal Vespers. Thepriest in an epitrachil before the Royal Doors intones Blessed is our God. Amen. Glory to Thee,our God: O Heavenly King, after the Our Father: O come, let us worship: Bless the Lord, O mysoul. Litany of peace. At Lord, I have cried (tone 2): 8 stykhyry of the feast, Glory: Both now:of the feast. Entrance with the Gospel. Prokeimen Behold, now, bless the Lord. The RoyalDoors are closed and the paremii are read