The Circumcision of the Lord / St Basil the Great


Great Vespers: Blessed is the man.

Lord I have Cried, Tone 8: on 8: Feast 4 (Descending unto the human race); St. Basil 4 (O father who art the namesake of kingship); G: Hierarch (As a lover of wisdom); N: Feast (Descending unto the human race).

Entrance: Prokimenon of the day, Tone 5: O God, in Thy name save me.

3 Old Testament Readings.

Litia: Stichera of the Temple, and then of St. Basil (Having caused Christ, the Well-spring of life); G: Hierarch (Grace was poured forth in thy lips); N: Feast (Descending unto the human race).

Aposticha: Hierarch (O most blessed Basil); G: Hierarch (Receiving the grace of miracles from heaven); N: Feast (The all good God was not ashamed).

Troparia: Hierarch (Thy fame hath gone forth into all the earth) x2; Feast (Thou Who sittest with the Eternal Father) x1.


Matins: God is the Lord, Tone 1; Troparia: Feast x2; G: Hierarch; N: Feast.

After each Kathisma: Sessional hymns from the Hierarch and of the Feast.

Polyeleos and Magnification of the Hierarch: We magnify thee, O holy hierarch father Basil, and we honor thy holy memory, for thou dost pray for us to Christ our God. Psalm verse: Hear this, all ye nations; give ear, all ye that inhabit the world.

The Sessional hymn after the Polyeleos: Hierarch (By the power of thy divine words); G: Hierarch (The grace of thy divine discourses); N: Feast (The Master and Creator of all).

Hymns of Ascent, First Antiphon of the 4th Tone: From my youth.

Prokimenon, Tone 4: My mouth shall speak wisdom and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.

Matins Gospel: John 10:9-16 (36).

Psalm 50; G: Through the prayers of the Holy Hierarch Basil; N: Through the prayers of the Theotokos; Have mercy on me, O God; Grace was poured forth; Save, O God, Thy people.


Canon: Feast 6 Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Hierarch 8 Holy Hierarch, Father Basil, pray to God for us.

Irmos: Come, O ye people.

Katavasiae of Theophany: The Lord mighty in battle. & Israel passed through the storm-tossed deep.


After Ode 3, Kontakion of the Feast (The Lord of all undergoeth circumcision), Sessional hymn of the Hierarch (Having learned the wisdom of the Word); G/N: Feast (As Thou art an abyss of love for mankind).

After Ode 6, Kontakion (Thou didst prove to be an unshakable foundation) and Ikos of the Hierarch

At Ode 9, We do not sing More Honorable, but instead sing the festal verses for the feast and the Hierarch: Magnify, O my soul, the Lord Who hath been circumcised in the flesh in accordance with the law, and the others as set forth in the Menaion.

Exapostilaria: Hierarch (With the desire of love of wisdom) x2; G/N: Feast (The Creator of the ages).

Praises, Tone 5, on 6: Feast 2 (He Who as the Word); Hierarch (Having become a child of God through grace) 4; G: Hierarch (Grace was poured forth in thy lips); N: Feast (Descending unto the human race).

After the Great Doxology: Troparion of the Hierarch; G/N Feast; the two remaining Litanies and the dismissal: May Christ our true God, Who on the eighth day deigned to be circumcised for our salvation; First Hour.


The Hours: Troparia: Feast; G: Hierarch; Kontakion: Feast & Hierarch, alternating.


The Liturgy of St. Basil the Great: Beatitudes on 8: Feast 4, Ode 3; Hierarch 4, Ode 6.

After the entrance, the choir sings: O come let us worship and fall down before Christ, Who art wondrous in the saints, O Son of God, save us who sing to Thee: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Then the Troparion of the Feast; Troparion of the Hierarch; G: Kontakion of the Hierarch; N: Kontakion of the Feast.

Prokimenon, Tone 6: Save, O Lord, and of the Hierarch, Tone 1: My mouth shall speak wisdom.

Epistle: Colossians 2:8-12 (254); Hebrews 7:26-8:2 (318).

Alleluia, Tone 8.

Gospel: Luke 2:20-21,40-52 (6); Luke 6:17-23 (24).

Instead of It is truly meet: All creation rejoiceth in thee.

Communion Hymn: Praise the Lord in the heavens and In everlasting remembrance.

Dismissal: May Christ our true God, Who on the eighth day deigned to be circumcised for our salvation...


After the Liturgy: The Moleben for the New Year. However, some do this service after the vigil at midnight.