The Entry of the Theotokos

25th Sunday after Pentecost / Tone 8


Great Vespers: Blessed is the man.

Lord I have Cried, Tone 8, on 10: Octoechos 4; Feast: 6 (Let us join chorus today); G/N: Feast (After thy nativity, O Mistress).

Entry; O Gladsome Light; Prokimenon of the day, Tone 6: The Lord is King.

3 Readings for the Feast.

Litia of the Feast (Let heaven rejoice today from on high).

Aposticha: Octoechos; G/N: Feast (Assembling today).

Troparia: Feast (Today is the prelude of God’s good will) x3.


Matins: God is the Lord, Tone 8; Troparia: Resurrection x2; G/N: Feast.

After each Kathisma: Sessional hymns from the Octoechos.

Polyeleos and Magnification of the Feast: We magnify thee, O most holy Virgin, God-chosen Maiden, and we honor thine entry into the temple of the Lord; Evlogitaria (The assembly of angels was amazed).

Hypakoe of the tone; all the sessional hymns of the Feast.

Hymns of Ascents of the tone.

Prokimenon of the feast, Tone 4: Hearken, O daughter, and see.

Matins Gospel: Luke 1:39-49,56 (§4).

Having beheld the resurrection; Psalm 50; G: Today the animate temple; N: Repeat; Have mercy on me, O God; Sticheron of the Feast: Today the Theotokos. Save, O God, Thy people.

The Gospel and Festal Icon are venerated.


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

               Theotokos                           2             O Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

               Feast (both canons)            8             O Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

               Irmos of the Canon of the Resurrection, Tone 8.

               Katavasia: Christ is born.*


After Ode 3, Kontakion and Ikos of the Resurrection; Sessional hymn of the Feast (Tell us, O David); G/N: Feast (With gladness Mary, the Theotokos).

After Ode 6, Kontakion (The most pure temple of the Savior) and Ikos of the Feast.

At Ode 9, More Honorable. The Festal verses are not sung.

Holy is the Lord, our God.   

Exapostilaria: Resurrection; G/N: (With faith let us praise).

Praises, Tone 8, on 8: Octoechos 4; Feast 4 (The lamp-bearing virgins – with the final two psalm verses: The virgins that follow after her shall be brought unto the King, those near her shall be brought unto Thee. & They shall be brought with gladness and rejoicing, they shall be brought into the temple of the King); G: Feast (Today the most immaculate Virgin); N: Most blessed art thou. After the Great Doxology, the Troparion: Having risen; the two remaining Litanies and Sunday Dismissal. After the dismissal: G/N: Gospel Sticheron (3rd Matins Gospel Sticheron); followed by First Hour.


* The Katavasia, Christ is born, is sung from this day forward, on all Sundays, feasts, and commemorations of great saints through December 31st, the Apodosis of the Nativity of Christ.


Hours: Troparia: Resurrection; G: Feast; Kontakion: Resurrection & Feast, alternating.


Liturgy: Beatitudes on 10: Octoechos: 6; Feast: 4, from Ode 3, first Canon.

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

Prokimenon, Tone 8: Make your vows. & Tone 3: My soul doth magnify the Lord.

Epistle: Eph. 4:1-6 (§224); Heb. 9:1-7 (§320).

Alleluia, Tone 8 (Sunday & Feast).

Gospel: Luke 12:16-21 (§66); Luke 10:38-42,11:27-28 (§54).

Instead of It is truly meet, we sing the refrain: The angels beholding the entry, with the Irmos of the Ninth Ode, first canon (Let no profane hand touch the living Ark of God).

Communion Hymn: Praise the Lord in the heavens & I will take the cup of salvation.

Resurrectional Dismissal.