The Dormition of the Theotokos

11th Sunday after Pentecost / Tone 2


Great Vespers: Blessed is the man.

Lord I have Cried, Tone 2, on 10: Octoechos 4; Feast: 6 (O marvelous wonder); G/N: Feast (At the divine behest).

Entry; O Gladsome Light; Prokimenon of the day, Tone 6: The Lord is King.

3 Readings for the Feast.

Litia: Feast (It was fitting).

Aposticha: Octoechos; G/N: Feast (When thou didst depart).

Troparia: Feast (In giving birth) x3.


Matins: God is the Lord, Tone 2; Troparia: Resurrection x2; G/N: Feast.

After each Kathisma: Sessional hymns from the Octoechos.

Polyeleos and Magnification of the Feast: We magnify thee, O most blameless Mother of Christ our God, and we glorify thy most glorious dormition; Evlogitaria (The assembly of angels was amazed).

Hypakoe of the tone; all the sessional hymns of the Feast.

Hymns of Ascents of the tone.

Prokimenon of the feast, Tone 4: I shall commemorate thy name.

Matins Gospel: Luke 1:39-49,56 (§4).

Having beheld the resurrection; Psalm 50; G: Through the prayers of the Theotokos; N: Repeat; Have mercy on me, O God; Sticheron of the Feast: When the repose of thine all-pure body drew nigh. Save, O God, Thy people. The Gospel and Festal Icon are venerated.


Canon:   Resurrection                       4             Glory to Thy Holy Resurrection, O Lord.

               Theotokos                           2             O Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

               Feast (both canons)            8             O Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

               Irmos of the Canon of the Resurrection, Tone 2.

               Katavasia: Thy sacred and renowned memorial, O Virgin.


After Ode 3, Kontakion and Ikos of the Resurrection; Hypakoe of the Feast (All of us, the generations of men, bless thee).

After Ode 6, Kontakion (The grave and death could not hold the Theotokos) and Ikos of the Feast.

At Ode 9, More Honorable. The Festal refrains are not sung.

Holy is the Lord, our God.   

Exapostilaria: Resurrection; G/N: (O ye Apostles from afar).

Praises, Tone 2, on 8: Octoechos 4; Feast 4 (The heavens rejoice in thy glorious dormition –with the final two psalm verses: Arise, O Lord, into Thy rest, Thou and the ark of Thy holiness. & The Lord hath sworn in truth unto David, and He will not annul it); G: Feast (O Theotokos, Mother of Life); N: Most blessed art thou. After the Great Doxology, the Troparion: Having risen; the two remaining Litanies and Sunday Dismissal; After the dismissal: G/N: Gospel Sticheron (11th Matins Gospel Sticheron); followed by First Hour.


Hours: Troparia: Resurrection; G: Feast; Kontakion: Resurrection & Feast, alternating.


Liturgy: Beatitudes on 10: Octoechos: 6; Feast: 4, from Ode 3, first canon.

After entrance: Troparion of the Resurrection; Feast; G: Kontakion of the Resurrection; N: Feast.

Prokimenon, Tone 2: The Lord is my strength and my song. & Tone 3: My soul doth magnify the Lord.

Epistle: I Cor. 9:2-12 (§141); Phil. 2:5-11 (§240).

Alleluia, Tone 2 (Sunday & Feast).

Gospel: Matt. 18:23-35 (§77); Luke 10:38-42, 11:27-28 (§54).

Instead of It is truly meet, we sing the refrain The angels, having beheld the Dormition of the Most pure One, were struck with wonder, at how the Virgin went up from earth to heaven, with the Irmos of the Ninth Ode, first canon (In thee, O Virgin without spot).

Communion Hymn: Praise the Lord in the heavens & I will take the cup of salvation.

Resurrectional Dismissal.