The Synaxis of the Three Great Hierarchs


Great Vespers: Blessed is the man.

Lord I have Cried, Tone 4, on 8: Saint 8 (As is meet, let us glorify); G: Saints (Let us praise today); N: Dogmatic Theotokion, Tone 6 (Who doth not call thee blessed).

Entry; O Gladsome Light; Prokimenon of the day, Tone 8: Behold now, bless ye the Lord.

3 Readings for the Saints.

Litia: Temple and Saints.

Aposticha: Saints (As is meet, today let us praise); G: Saints (Today are the souls of mortals upborne); N: Theotokion in the Menaion (Today is Christ borne into the sanctuary).

Troparia: Saints x2 (In that ye share in the way of the apostles); O Theotokos and Virgin x1.


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

After each Kathisma: Sessional hymns of the Saints.

Polyeleos and Magnification of the Saints: We magnify you, O Hierarchs of Christ: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom, and we honor your holy memory; for ye do pray for us to Christ our God. Psalm verse: O hear ye this, all ye people; ponder it with your ears, all ye that dwell in the world.

Sessional Hymns of the Saints (Let the all-wise teachers); G: (The Church doth celebrate today); N: O invincible intercessor.

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

Prokimenon of the Saints, Tone 4: Thy priests shall be clothed with righteousness.

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

Psalm 50; G: Through the prayers of the holy hierarchs Basil the Great, Gregory the theologian, and John Chrysostom; N: Through the prayers of the Theotokos; Have mercy on me, O God. Sticheron of the Saints in the Menaion (Grace was poured forth). Save, O God, Thy people.

Canon: Theotokos 6 Most holy Theotokos, save us.

Saints (2 Canons) 8 Holy Three Hierarchs of Christ, pray to God for us.

Irmos: Come, ye people, let us chant a hymn.

Katavasia of the Presentation: The Sun once shone with its rays


After Ode 3, Sessional Hymns of the Saints.

After Ode 6, Kontakion (The sacred heralds of divine proclamation) and Ikos of the Saints.

At Ode 9, We do not sing More Honorable. We instead sing the refrains of the Feast, with the canon of the feast: Magnify, O my soul, the all-pure Virgin Theotokos, who is more honorable than the armies on high; and the others.


Exapostilarion: Saints (Let us praise the God-bearing fathers); G: (Now let us all praise); N: Theotokion (O sole Godhead).

Praises, Tone 5: Saints 4; G: Saints (Let us sound the clarion of hymns, that we may dance); N: Theotokion (Let us sound the clarion of hymns, for the Virgin Mother). After the Great Doxology: Troparion of the Saints; G/N: Resurrectional Theotokion, Tone 4 (The mystery hidden). The two remaining Litanies, and the usual Dismissal of the day. First hour.


Hours: Troparion: Saints; Kontakion: Saints.


Liturgy: Beatitudes on 8: From the canon of the Saints: 4 from Ode 3, first canon; and 4 from Ode 6, second canon.

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

Prokimenon, Tone 8: Their sound hath gone forth.

Epistle: Heb. 13:7-16 (334).

Alleluia, Tone 4.

Gospel: Matt. 5:14-19 (11).

It is truly meet (as usual).

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