The Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos


Great Vespers: Blessed is the man.

Lord I have Cried, Tone 1 (O pure Theotokos, wellspring of wisdom): Feast 8; G/N: Feast (All the ranks of noetic beings rejoice).

Entry; O Gladsome Light; Prokimenon of the day, Tone 5: O God, in Thy name save me.

3 Readings for the Feast.

Litia of the Feast (The all-radiant feast of thine honored protection); G/N Feast (Having purified our minds and thoughts).

Aposticha: Feast (Christ hath given thee to the Christian race); G/N: Feast (The Church of God is adorned).

Troparia: Feast (Today we Orthodox people joyfully celebrate) x3.


Matins: God is the Lord, Tone 4; Troparia: Feast x2; G/N: Feast.

After each Kathisma: Sessional hymns of the Feast.

Polyeleos and Magnification of the Feast: We magnify thee, O Most-holy Virgin, and we honor thy precious Protection, for St. Andrew saw thee in the air, entreating Christ for us. Verse: Remember, O Lord, David and all his meekness.

Sessional hymn of the Feast: Spread out on thine all-pure and incorrupt hands.

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

Prokimenon of the Feast, Tone 4: I shall commemorate thy name.

Matins Gospel: Luke 1:39-49,56 (4).

Psalm 50; G: Through the prayers of the Theotokos; N: Repeat; Have mercy on me, O God; All the ranks of the noetic beings rejoice. Save, O God, Thy people.


Canon: Feast (both canons) 12 Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Irmoi of the feast (twice): I shall open my mouth.

Katavasia: I shall open my mouth.


After Ode 3, Sessional hymn of the Feast (O pure Ever-virgin, fervent and invincible intercessor).

After Ode 6, Kontakion (Today the before Virgin doth stand before us in church) and Ikos of the Feast.

At Ode 9, More Honorable.

Exapostilarion: Feast (O all-holy lady, Virgin Theotokos) x3.

Praises, Tone 8: Feast 4 (We fall down before thee, O Lady); G/N: Feast (In that the all-wondrous Andrew).

After the Great Doxology: Troparion of the Feast; the two remaining Litanies and Dismissal; First Hour.


Hours: Troparion: Feast; Kontakion: Feast.


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

At the entrance: O come let us worship and fall down before Christ. O Son of God, through the prayers of the Theotokos, save us who sing to Thee: Alleluia; Troparion of the Feast; G/N: Kontakion of the Feast.

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.