Third Saturday of Lent, St. Theophylactus, Bishop of Nicomedia


This service is chanted as on the Second Saturday of Lent (March 14th), from the Octoechos (Tone 1) and from the service of Venerable James the Confessor in the Menaion (March 21st).


Friday evening Vespers with the Presanctified Liturgy: Kathisma 18.

Lord, I have cried, Tone 7, on 10: Idiomelon in the Triodion, x2 (Like the Prodigal LTS, p. 164); Martyrs 4 (At the prayers, O Lord, of all the saints from Friday evening vespers in the Octoechos, Tone 1, and LTS, p. 311); Saint 4 (Watched over by divine guardians); G: Hymn for the dead, from the Octoechos, Tone 1 (What pleasure in this life remains); N: Dogmatic Theotokion, Tone 1 (Let us hymn the Virgin Mary).

Entry with the censer; O Gladsome Light; Prokimenon of the Triodion, Tone 4: Give us help from affliction, for vain is the salvation of man. Reading: Gen. 8:4-21. Prokimenon of the Triodion, Tone 6: Hearken, O God, unto my supplication; attend unto my prayer. Reading: Prov. 10:31-11:12.

Let my prayer arise; and the rest of the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.


And the rest of the Service as on the previous Saturday. See also ODS, 3B14


Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom: Beatitudes, Octoechos 6.

After the entrance: Troparion to All Saints (O Apostles, Martyrs, and Prophets); Departed (Remember, O Lord); G: Kontakion of the Departed (With the saints give rest); N: Theotokion (In thee we have a wall and a haven).

Prokimenon Tone 8, Be glad in the Lord. & Tone 6, Their souls shall dwell among good things.

Epistle: Heb. 10:32-38 (325); I Thess. 4:13-17 (270).

Alleluia, Tone 4 & 8.

Gospel: Mark 2:14-17 (8); John 5:24-30 (16).

Communion Hymn: Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous. & Blessed are they whom thou hast chosen.


After the Liturgy, a general Pannikhida is served for all Orthodox Christians.