The Feast of the First and Second Finding of the Head of St. John the Baptist /

The Sunday of Orthodoxy

Tone 5 / First Sunday of Lent


Great Vespers: Blessed is the man.

Lord I have Cried, Tone 5, on 10: Octoechos 3; Triodion 4 (The prophets, inspired by Thy Spirit); Forerunner 3 (Rejoice, O sacred and light-bearing head); G: Triodion (The grace of truth); 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 Forerunner.

Litia: Sticheron of the Temple; Forerunner 6 (the stichera from the Aposticha and the Praises); G: Forerunner (The divinely preserved head the Doxasticon from Lord, I have cried); N: Triodion (Rejoice, O honored Prophets).

Aposticha: Octoechos; G: Forerunner (Like a most precious shrine); N: Triodion (Advancing from ungodliness to the true faith).

Troparia: O Theotokos and Virgin x2; We venerate Thine Immaculate Icon x1.


Matins: God is the Lord, Tone 5; Troparia: Resurrection x2; G: Forerunner (The head of the Forerunner); N: Triodion.

After each Kathisma: Sessional hymns from the Octoechos.

Polyeleos and Magnification of the Forerunner: We magnify thee, O John, baptizer of the Savior, and we all honor the severing of thy venerable head. Evlogitaria (The assembly of angels was amazed).

Hypakoe, Tone 5; all the Sessional hymns of the Forerunner; Hymns of Ascents, and Prokimenon, Tone 5.

Matins Gospel 5, Luke 24:12-35 (113).

Having beheld the Resurrection; Psalm 50; G: The doors of repentance; N: Guide me in the paths of salvation; Have mercy on me, O God; When I think of the multitude of evil things I have done. Save, O God, Thy people.


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

Forerunner 4 Holy Great John, Forerunner of the Lord, pray to God for us.

Triodion 6 Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Irmos of the canon of the Resurrection, Tone 5.

Katavasia: Israel in Ancient times [in the Triodion].


After Ode 3, Kontakion (O prophet of God and Forerunner of grace) and Ikos of the Forerunner; sessional hymn of the Forerunner (Like a treasure laid up in a hiding place); G/N: Triodion (Depicting Thy divine form in icons).

After Ode 6, Kontakion (The uncircumscribable Word) and Ikos of the Triodion.

At Ode 9, More Honorable.

Holy is the Lord, our God.  

Exapostilaria: Resurrection; G: Forerunner (Thy precious and luminous head); N: Triodion (Leap for joy and clap your hands).

Praises, Tone 5, on 9: Octoechos 5, Triodion 4 (sticheron: O Lord Who lovest mankind; verse: I will confess Thee, O Lord; sticheron: Restoring to the Churches; verse: I will be glad and rejoice in Thee; sticheron: A feast of joy and gladness; verse: Arise, O Lord my God; sticheron: Moses, in the season of abstinence); G: Triodion (Moses, in the season of abstinence); N: Most blessed art thou. After the Great Doxology, the troparion: Today is salvation; the two remaining Litanies and Resurrectional Dismissal; After the Dismissal: G/N: Gospel Sticheron; followed by First Hour.


Hours: Troparion: Resurrection, G: Triodion and Forerunner, alternating; Kontakion: Resurrection, Triodion and Forerunner, alternating.


Liturgy of St. Basil the Great: Beatitudes on 12: Octoechos 4; Triodion 4, from Ode 3; Forerunner 4, from Ode 6.

After the entrance: Troparion of the Resurrection; Triodion; Forerunner; Kontakion of the Resurrection; G: Forerunner; N: Triodion.

Prokimenon, Tone 4: Blessed art Thou, O Lord, the God of our fathers. & Tone 7: The righteous man shall rejoice in the Lord.

Epistle: Heb. 11:24-26;32-12:2 (329 (mid.)); II Cor. 4:6-15 (176).

Alleluia, Tone 4 (Triodion & Forerunner)

Gospel: John 1:43-51 (5); Matt. 11:2-15 (40).

Instead of It is truly meet: All creation Rejoiceth.

Communion Hymn: Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous. & In everlasting remembrance shall the righteous be.

Resurrectional Dismissal.

After the prayer behind the Ambo, the Moleben for the Conversion of Those Who Have Departed into Error, but in cathedrals and monasteries, the Rite of Orthodoxy is performed.


Sunday Evening Vespers: As on Cheesefare Sunday.

Lord I have Cried, Tone 5, on 10: Penitential Stichera from the Octoechos 4 (I want to wash away with tears Triodion, p 185f); Triodion 3 (Grant me contrition); Hierarch 3 (Come, ye who love the divine and honor the spiritual (February 25)); G/N: Theotokion in the Menaion (Thou alone didst bear in thy womb).

Entry; O Gladsome Light; Great Prokimenon, Tone 8: Thou hast given an inheritance to them that fear Thy Name.

During the final repetition of the prokimenon, the priest closes the royal doors, removes his phelonion and puts on a dark epitrachilion, and goes out to the Ambon. All the other liturgical covers are likewise changed.

Vouchsafe, O Lord.

Then the Litany, Let us complete our evening prayer unto the Lord, with the choir singing the responses according to the penitential Lenten melody.

Aposticha: Triodion (Stichera and verses, beginning with Come, let us cleanse ourselves), G/N: Theotokion in the Triodion (The heavenly powers praise thee).

Now lettest Thou Thy servant.

Troparia: O Theotokos and Virgin (with a great prostration); G: O Baptizer of Christ (with a great prostration): N: Plead in our behalf (great prostration); Beneath thy compassion (without a prostration).

Lord, have mercy x40; G/N More Honorable. In the name of the Lord, father bless. Priest: He that is is blessed. Reader: O Heavenly King, strengthen Orthodox Christians.

Then the priest says the prayer of St. Ephrem with 3 prostrations, then the dismissal.