St. Seraphim of Sarov


Great Vespers: Blessed is the man.

Lord I have Cried, Tone 1, on 8: Saint 8 (O most glorious wonder!); G: Saint (Come, ye assemblies of the faithful); N: Dogmatic Theotokion, Tone 8 (In His love for mankind).

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

3 Readings for the Saint.

Litia: Temple and Saint (With what crowns of praise); G: Saint (O land of Russia, rejoice this day); N: Theotokion (Thou art the temple and portal).

Aposticha: Saint (Rejoice, conversor with angels); G: Saint (O venerable father Seraphim); N: Theotokion, Tone 6 (Christ the Lord).

Troparia: Saint (From thy youth thou didst love Christ) x2; O Theotokos and Virgin x1.


Matins: God is the Lord, Tone 8; Troparia: Saint x2; G/N: Theotokion, Tone 4 (The mystery hidden from before the ages).

Polyeleos and Magnification of the Saint: We bless thee, O venerable father Seraphim, and we honor thy holy memory, 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 hymns of the Saint (Thy virtuous life); G/N: Theotokion (O most holy Virgin).

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

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

Matins Gospel: Matt. 11:27-30 (43).

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

Canon: Theotokos 6 Most holy Theotokos, save us.*

Saint 8 Venerable father Seraphim, pray to God for us.

Irmos: Having passed through the water as on dry land.

Katavasia: I shall open my mouth.


After Ode 3, Sessional Hymn of the Saint (Having utterly overcome the passions); G/N: Theotokion (When thou dost stand before the face of my creator).

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

At Ode 9, More Honorable.

Exapostilarion: Saint (Come, all ye faithful); G/N: Theotokion (O most pure Theotokos).

Praises, Tone 8: Saint 4 (The most honored feast of the Monastery of Sarov); G: Saint (Come, ye assemblies of monks); N: Theotokion (O Theotokos, thou art the true vine). After the Great Doxology: Troparion of the Saint; G/N: Theotokion, Tone 4 (The mystery hidden from before the ages). The two remaining Litanies, and the Dismissal. First hour.


*From the Supplicatory canon of the Theotokos: Distressed by many temptations.


Hours: Troparion: Saint; Kontakion: Saint.


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

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

Prokimenon, Tone 7: Precious in the sight of the Lord.

Epistle: Gal. 5:22-6:2 (213).

Alleluia, Tone 8.

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

Communion Hymn: In everlasting remembrance.