The Sunday of the Holy Forefathers / St. Herman of Alaska

28th Sunday after Pentecost / Tone 3


Vespers: Blessed is the man.

Lord I have Cried, Tone 3, on 10: Octoechos 3; Forefathers 4 (Celebrating the memory); Saint 3 (Leap up, ye waters of Valaam); G: Forefathers (O ye faithful); N: Sunday Dogmatic in the tone of the week.

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

3 readings for the Saint.

Litia: Temple; Saint (O ascetic of New Valaam); G: Forefathers (The prophets of great renown); N: Theotokion in the Menaion (Behold the prophecy of Isaiah hath been fulfilled).

Aposticha: Octoechos; G: Saint (O venerable father); N: Forefathers (Come ye who love the feasts of the Church).

Troparia: O Theotokos and Virgin x2; Forefathers (By faith Thou didst justify the Forefathers).


Matins: God is the Lord, Tone 3; Troparia: Resurrection x2; G: Saint; N: Forefathers.

After each Kathisma: Sessional hymns from the Octoechos.

Polyeleos; Magnification of the Saint: We bless thee, O venerable father Herman, and we honor thy holy memory, thou instructor of monks and converser with angels; Evlogitaria (The assembly of angels was amazed).

Hypakoe of the Tone; all Sessional Hymns of the Saint; G: Saint (In a fragile ship); N: Forefathers (With hymns let us praise).

Hymns of Ascents, and Prokimenon, Tone 3.

Matins Gospel 6, Luke 24:36-53 (114).

Having beheld the resurrection; Psalm 50; G: Through the prayers of the apostles; N: Through the prayers of the Theotokos; Have mercy on me, O God; Jesus having risen. Save, O God, Thy people.

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

Saint (w/o Theotokion) 3 Venerable father Herman, pray to God for us.

Three Youths* 3 Holy Three Youths, pray to God for us.

Forefathers 4 Holy Forefathers, pray to God for us.

Irmos of the Canon of the Resurrection, Tone 3.

Katavasia of Nativity: Christ is born!


After Ode 3, Kontakion (O beloved of the Mother of God) Ikos, and Sessional Hymn of the Saint (The day of thy commemoration); G/N: Hypakoe of the Forefathers (The fire was transformed into dew).

After Ode 6, Kontakion (A hand-wrought image ye would not worship) and Ikos of the Forefathers.

At Ode 9, More Honorable.

Holy is the Lord, our God.

Exapostilaria: Resurrection; Forefathers (Let us praise); G: Saint (O Lord, Bestower of life); N: Theotokion of the Forefathers (The great Sun, the Creator).

Praises, Tone 3, on 8: Octoechos 3; Forefathers 2 (Let us all now celebrate); Saint 3 (From this day and from this very hour with the doxasticon (Thou didst wondrously ascend the ladder) and the final two psalm verses: Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. & Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord; in His commandments shall he greatly delight); G: Fathers (Come ye all, let us faithfully celebrate); N: Most blessed art thou. After the Great Doxology, the Troparion: Today is salvation; the two remaining Litanies and Sunday Dismissal. After the dismissal: G/N: Gospel Sticheron; followed by First Hour.


*First two Troparia combined as one, then the third, and then the Theotokion.


Hours: Troparia: Resurrection; G: Forefathers & Saint, alternating; Kontakion: Forefathers & Saint, alternating.


Liturgy: Beatitudes on 12, Octoechos 4; Forefathers 4, from Ode 3; Saint 4, from Ode 6.

After the entrance: Troparia of the Resurrection, Forefathers, Saint; G: Kontakion of the Saint; N: Kontakion of the Forefathers.

Prokimenon, Tone 4: Blessed art Thou, O Lord, the God of our fathers. & Tone 7: Precious in the sight of the Lord.

Epistle: Col. 3:4-11 (257); Gal. 5:22-6:2 (213).

Alleluia, Tone 4 & Tone 8.

Gospel: Luke 14:16-24 (76); Luke 6:17-23a (24).

Communion Hymn: Praise the Lord in the heavens. & Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.

Resurrectional Dismissal.