St. Seraphim of Sarov / Forefeast of Theophany


Note: If the rector so directs, a Polyeleos-rank service may be served for St. Juliana of Lazarevo. See ODS, §1F2.


Great Vespers: Glory to the holy, and consubstantial, and life-creating, and indivisible Trinity…

Psalm 103; The litany of peace; Blessed is the man.

Lord I have Cried, Tone 4, on 8: Forefeast: 3 (With piety, let us sound forth); Saint 5 (O most glorious wonder); G: Saint (Come, ye assemblies of the faithful); N: Forefeast (Christ the truth cometh to the Jordan).

Entry; O Gladsome Light; Prokimenon of the day, Tone 7: O God, my helper art Thou. 3 Readings for the Saint. Litany: Let us all say; Vouchsafe, O Lord; Litany: Let us complete our evening prayer.

Litia: Temple and Saint (With what crowns of praise); G: Saint (O land of Russia, rejoice); N: Forefeast (O Forerunner John – from the Matins stichera at the Praises). The usual litany of the Litia: Save, O God, Thy people; and the prayer: O Master plenteous in mercy.

Aposticha: Forefeast (Splendid was the feast); G: Saint (O venerable father Seraphim); N: Forefeast (Come, all ye faithful). [If the temple is dedicated to St. Seraphim, all of the stichera of the Aposticha are for St. Seraphim (see the Service on July 19), except at Both now…, which is of the forefeast].

Now lettest Thou Thy servant depart; Trisagion to Our Father; Troparia: Saint (From thy youth thou didst love Christ) x2; Forefeast (Make ready, O Zebulun) x1. Prayer for the blessing of the loaves; Blessed be the name of the Lord, x3; Psalm 33: I will bless the Lord at all times; to …but they that seek the Lord shall not be deprived of any good thing; Priest: The blessing of the Lord; Choir: Amen; And the reader begins the Six Psalms.


Matins: After the Six Psalms, the litany of peace. God is the Lord, Tone 4; Troparia: Forefeast x2; G: Saint; N Forefeast.

Kathismas 16 and 17. After each Kathisma: Sessional hymn of the Saint; G/N Forefeast.

Polyeleos and Magnification of the Saint: We bless thee, O venerable father Seraphim, and we honor thy holy memory, thou instructor of monks and converser with angels. Psalm verse: With patience I waited patiently for the Lord, and He was attentive unto me, and He hearkened unto my supplication.

Sessional hymn of the Saint (The virtuous life hath now shone forth); G/N Forefeast (In His goodness). Hymns of Ascents, First Antiphon, Tone 4: From my youth. Prokimenon of the Saint, Tone 4: Precious in the sight of the Lord, is the death of His saints. Matins Gospel: Matt. 11:27-30 (§43).

Psalm 50; G: Through the prayers of St. Seraphim; N: Through the prayers of the Theotokos; Have mercy on me, O God; Sticheron of the Saint in the Menaion (Celebrating spiritually on the appointed festival). Save, O God, Thy people.


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

               St. Seraphim (both canons)              8             Venerable Father Seraphim, pray to God for us.

               Irmos: Let us chant unto the Lord.

               Katavasia of Theophany: The Lord mighty in battle.


After Ode 3, Kontakion (In the streams of the Jordan) & Ikos of the Forefeast; Sessional Hymn of the Saint (Having utterly overcome the passions); G/N: Forefeast (O invisible God).

After Ode 6, Kontakion (Having left the beauty of the world) and Ikos of the Saint.

At Ode 9, More Honorable.

Exapostilarion: Forefeast (The voice of one crying out); G: Saint (Come, O ye faithful); N: Forefeast (How can the river’s streams receive [see the service to St. Sylvester (also January 2nd) in the English Menaion]).

Praises, Tone 6: 8 Stichera: Forefeast 4 (O hosts of angels); Saint 4 (The most honored feast – with the last 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: Saint (Come, ye assemblies of monks); N: Forefeast: (Let the whole earth now mystically rejoice – see the service to St. Sylvester (also January 2nd) in the English Menaion). After the Great Doxology, the Troparion of the Saint; G/N Forefeast; the two remaining Litanies and Dismissal of the day; First Hour.


Hours: Troparia: Forefeast; G: Saint; Kontakion: Forefeast & Saint, alternating.


Liturgy: 8 Beatitudes verses: From the canon of the Forefeast, 4 from Ode 3; and of the Saint, 4 from Ode 6.

At the entrance: Troparion of the Forefeast; Troparion of the Saint; G: Kontakion of the Saint; N: Kontakion of the Feast.

But if the Temple is dedicated to a feast of the Theotokos, Troparion of the Forefeast; Troparion of the Temple; Troparion of the Saint; Kontakion of the Forefeast; G: Kontakion of the Saint; N: Kontakion of the Temple.

Prokimenon, Tone 7: Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. Epistle: I Tim. 3:14-4:5 (§284); Gal. 5:22-6:2 (§213). Alleluia, Tone 8. Gospel: Matthew 3:1-11 (§5); Luke 6:17-23 (§24).

Communion Hymn: Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous. & In everlasting remembrance. Dismissal: Usual dismissal of the day.