The Kursk Icon of the Mother of God


Great Vespers: Blessed is the man.

Lord I have Cried, Tone 8, on 8: Icon 8 (O all-hymned Virgin); G/N: Icon (Forming a most festive choir today).

Entry; O Gladsome Light; Prokimenon of the day, Tone 6: My help cometh from the Lord. 3 Readings for the Icon.

Litia: Sticheron of the Temple and the stichera of the Icon (Come, all ye people); G/N: Icon (When the fullness of time shall come).

Aposticha: Icon (Truly thou pourest forth rivers of grace); G/N: Icon (O Virgin Theotokos).

Troparia: Icon (Having obtained thee as an unassailable wall) x2; O Theotokos and Virgin x1.


Matins: God is the Lord, Tone 4; Troparia: Icon (Having obtained thee as an unassailable wall) x2; G/N: Icon.

After each Kathisma: Sessional hymns of the Icon.

Polyeleos and Magnification of the Icon: It is meet to magnify thee, O Theotokos, more honorable than the Cherubim and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim. Psalm verse: O God, give Thy judgment to the king and Thy righteousness to the son of the king.

Small Litany. Sessional hymn of the Icon (The most radiant feast of the Theotokos is at hand today).

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

Prokimenon of the Icon, Tone 4: I shall commemorate thy name in every generation and generation. Matins Gospel: Luke 1:39-49, 56 (4).

Psalm 50; G: Through the prayers of the Theotokos; N: Through the prayers of the Theotokos; Have mercy on me, O God; Sticheron of the Icon (Rejoice now, O monastery of Kursk!). Save, O God, Thy people.


Canon: Icon 12 O Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Irmos: I will open my mouth (Irmos is sung twice).

Katavasia: Christ is born.


After Ode 3, Sessional hymn of the Icon (What feast is more splendid).

After Ode 6, Kontakion (We thy people celebrate thy venerable icon) and Ikos of the Icon.

At Ode 9, More Honorable.

Exapostilaria: Icon (O Virgin Theotokos); G/N: Icon (By my sins).

Praises, Tone 8, on 4: Icon 4 (Bowing the knee of our hearts); G/N: Icon (Pray thou fervently). After the Great Doxology, the Troparion: Icon (Having obtained thee as an unassailable wall); the two remaining Litanies and Daily Dismissal; First Hour.


Hours: Troparia: Icon; Kontakion: Icon.


Liturgy: Beatitudes on 8, Icon 4, from Ode 3; 4, from Ode 6..

After the entrance: In a temple of the Lord: Troparion of the Temple; Icon; G: Kontakion of the Temple; N: Icon.

In a temple of the Theotokos and of a Saint: Troparion of the Icon; G/N: Kontakion of the Icon.

Prokimenon, Tone 3: My soul doth magnify the Lord.

Epistle: Heb. 9:1-7 (320).

Alleluia, Tone 8.

Gospel: Luke 10:38-42,11:27-28 (54).

Communion Hymn: I will take the cup of salvation.