St. Nicholas of Myra

Great Vespers: Blessed is the man.

Lord I have Cried, Tone 2: Hierarch 8 (Dwelling bodily in Myra); G: Hierarch (Assembling, O ye who love the feasts of the Church); N: Forefeast (Adorn thyself well, O cave).

Entry; O Gladsome Light; Prokimenon of the day, Tone 5: O God, in Thy name save me.

3 Readings for the Hierarch.

Litia: Temple and Hierarch (Christ God hath revealed thee to thy flock); G: Hierarch (O good and faithful servant); N: Forefeast (Hold festival, O Zion).

Aposticha: Hierarch (Rejoice, O sacred one); G: Hierarch (O man of God); N: Forefeast (O Virgin who knewest not wedlock).

Troparia: Hierarch (The truth of things hath revealed thee to thy flock) x2; O Theotokos and Virgin x1.


Matins: God is the Lord, Tone 4; Troparia: Hierarch x2; G/N: Resurrectional Theotokion, Tone 4 (The mystery hidden).

After each Kathisma: Sessional hymns of the Hierarch.

Polyeleos and Magnification of the Hierarch: We magnify thee, O holy hierarch Nicholas, 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.

Sessional hymn of the Hierarch (O ye faithful, let us all piously praise); G: Hierarch (Thou hast been shown to be); N: Theotokion (Quickly accept our supplications).

Hymns of Ascents, First Antiphon, Tone 4: From my youth.

Prokimenon of the Hierarch, Tone 4: Precious in the sight of the Lord.

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

Psalm 50; G: Through the prayers of the Holy Hierarch Nicholas; N: Through the prayers of the Theotokos; Have mercy on me, O God; Sticheron of the Hierarch (O heir of God). Save, O God, Thy people.

Canon: Theotokos 6 Most holy Theotokos, save us.

Hierarch (both canons) 8 Holy Hierarch Father Nicholas, pray to God for us.

Irmos: Let us all chant a hymn of victory.

Katavasia: Christ is born.


After Ode 3, Sessional Hymn of the Hierarch (Having ascended to the summit of the virtues); G: Hierarch (The Abyss of mercy); N: Theotokion (All of us, the generations of men).

After Ode 6, Kontakion (In Myra, O Saint) and Ikos of the Hierarch.

At Ode 9, More Honorable.


Exapostilarion: Hierarch (Let us all praise Nicholas); G: Hierarch (The Lord glorified thee greatly in miracles);N: Theotokion (Having given birth to Christ, the hypostatic Wisdom).

Praises, Tone 1: Hierarch 6 (Lifting thine eyes unwaveringly); G: Hierarch (Rejoicing, let us sound the trumpet of festal hymns); N: Theotokion (Let us sound the trumpet of hymns). After the Great Doxology: Troparion of the Hierarch; G/N: Resurrectional Theotokion, Tone 4 (The mystery hidden); the two remaining Litanies and Dismissal; First Hour.


Hours: Troparion: Hierarch; Kontakion: Hierarch.


Liturgy: Beatitudes on 8: From the canon of the Hierarch: 4 from Ode 3; and 4 from Ode 6.

After the entrance: Troparia & Kontakia as in Appendix I, C.

Prokimenon, Tone 7: The righteous man shall be glad in the Lord.

Epistle: Heb. 13:17-21 (335).

Alleluia, Tone 4.

Gospel: Luke 6:17-23a (24).

Communion Hymn: In everlasting remembrance.