Afterfeast of the Nativity of the Theotokos / St. Theodora of Alexandria

16th Sunday after Pentecost / Tone 7


Note: The service for the Hieromartyr Autonomous is transferred to Compline. If the rector so directs, a Polyeleos-rank service may be served for Ss. Sergius and Herman. See ODS, §1F2.


Vespers: Blessed is the man.

Lord I have Cried, Tone 7, on 10: Octoechos 4; Feast 3 (Thou didst weep tears – from the Vespers Aposticha); Saint 3 (In a woman’s body); G: Feast (In accordance with the angel’s prophecy); 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: Feast (Today let the barren and childless Anna clap her hands).

Troparia: O Theotokos and Virgin x2; Feast (Thy nativity, O Theotokos Virgin) x1.


Matins: God is the Lord, Tone 7; Troparia: Resurrection x2; G: Saint (In thee, O mother); N: Feast.

After each Kathisma: Sessional hymns from the Octoechos

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

Hypakoe; Hymns of Ascents; and Prokimenon, Tone 7.

Matins Gospel 5, Luke 24:12-35 (§113).

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.   

                Feast                                      4              O Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

                Saint                                       4              Venerable mother Theodora, pray to God for us.

                Irmos of the Canon of the Resurrection, Tone 7.

                Katavasia: Inscribing the invincible weapon of the Cross upon the waters.           


After Ode 3, Kontakion (Joachim and Anna were freed), and Ikos of the Feast; Kontakion of the Saint (Laying waste to thy body); Sessional hymn of the Saint (Having manfully endured feats of abstinence); G/N: Feast (Joachim and Anna rejoice).

After Ode 6, Kontakion and Ikos of the Resurrection.

At Ode 9, More Honorable.

Holy is the Lord, our God.

Exapostilaria: Resurrection; GN: Feast (From Anna).

Praises, Tone 7, on 8: Resurrection 4; Feast 4 (Today the Theotokos hath sprung forth – from the Matins Aposticha, with the Doxasticon (On the right excellent day of our feast) and its Psalm verses); G: Gospel Sticheron; N: Most blessed art thou. After the Great Doxology, the Troparion: Today is salvation; the two remaining Litanies and Sunday Dismissal; First Hour.


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


Liturgy: Beatitudes on 10 Octoechos 6; Feast 4, from Ode 7.

After the entrance: In a temple of the Lord or of the Theotokos, Troparion of the Resurrection; Feast; and Saint; Kontakion of the Resurrection; G: Saint; N: Feast.

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

Prokimenon Tone 6, Save, O Lord, Thy people. & Tone 4: Wondrous is God in His saints.

Epistle: Gal. 6:11-18 (§215); II Cor. 6:1-10 (§181); Gal. 3:23-29 (§208).

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

Gospel: John 3:13-17 (§9); Matt. 25:14-30 (§105). John 8:3-11 (§28).

Instead of It is truly meet, we sing the refrain: Magnify, O my soul, the most glorious nativity of the Mother of God., with the Irmos of the Ninth Ode, first canon (Foreign to mothers is virginity).

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

Resurrectional Dismissal.