Martyr Sozon / Forefeast of the Nativity of the Theotokos

15th Sunday After Pentecost / Tone 6


Great Vespers: Blessed is the man.

Lord I have Cried, Tone 6, on 10: Octoechos 4; Forefeast: 3 (Noetic beams); Martyr 3 (When He Who of His own will); G: Forefeast (As she was more exalted); N: Sunday Dogmatic in the tone of the week.

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

Aposticha: Octoechos; G/N: Forefeast (Universal joy hath shone forth).

Troparia: O Theotokos and Virgin x2; Forefeast (Mary, the divine Maiden) x1.


Matins: God is the Lord, Tone 6; Troparia: Resurrection x2; G: Martyr (In his suffering); N: Forefeast.

After each Kathisma: Sessional hymns from the Octoechos.

Blessed are the blameless; Evlogitaria (The assembly of angels was amazed).

Hypakoe, Hymns of Ascent, and Prokimenon, Tone 6.

Matins Gospel 4, Luke 24:1-12 (112).

Having beheld the resurrection; Psalm 50; G: Through the prayers of the apostles; N: Through the prayers of the Theotokos; Have mercy on me, O God; Jesus having risen. Save, O God, Thy people.

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

Theotokos 2 O Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Forefeast 4 O Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Martyr 4 Holy martyr Sozon, pray to God for us.

Irmos of the canon of the Resurrection, Tone 6.

Katavasia: Inscribing the invincible weapon of the Cross.


After Ode 3, Kontakion (Today Mary, the Virgin and Theotokos) and Ikos of the Forefeast; Kontakion (Assembling today) and Ikos of the Martyr; and Sessional hymn of the Martyr (Saved by faith); G/N: Forefeast (Let heaven rejoice).

After Ode 6, Kontakion and Ikos of the Resurrection.

At Ode 9, More Honorable.

Holy is the Lord, our God.  

Exapostilaria: Resurrection; G: Martyr (Armed with the weapon); N: Forefeast (Be renewed, O Adam).

Praises, Tone 6, on 8: Octoechos 4; Forefeast 4 (Come, ye descendants of Adam from the Matins Aposticha, with the doxasticon (The Queen of all) and psalm verses); G: Gospel Sticheron; N: Most blessed art thou. After the Great Doxology, the troparion: Having risen; the two remaining Litanies and Resurrectional Dismissal; First Hour.


Hours: Troparia: Resurrection; G: Forefeast & Martyr, Alternating; Kontakion: Forefeast & Resurrection, alternating.


Liturgy: Beatitudes on 12: Octoechos: 4; Forefeast: 4, from Ode 3; Martyr: 4, from Ode 6.

After entrance in a temple of the Lord or of the Theotokos, Troparion of the Resurrection, Forefeast, and Martyr; Kontakion of the Resurrection; G: Martyr; N: Forefeast.

In a temple of a saint, Troparion of the Resurrection; Forefeast; Temple; and Martyr; Kontakion of the Resurrection; Temple; G: Martyr; N: Forefeast.

Prokimenon, Tone 6, Save, O Lord, Thy people. & Tone 7: The righteous man shall be glad in the Lord, and shall hope in Him.

Epistle: Gal. 6:11-18 (215); II Cor. 4:6-15 (176); Eph. 6:10-17 (233).

Alleluia, Tone 1 & Tone 4 (Sunday before the Exaltation & Martyr).

Gospel: John 3:13-17 (9); Matt. 22:35-46 (92); John 15:17-16:2 (52).

Communion Hymn: Praise the Lord in the heavens. & In everlasting remembrance.

Resurrectional Dismissal.