The Dedication of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

14th Sunday after Pentecost / Tone 5


Great Vespers: Blessed is the man.

Lord I have Cried, Tone 5, on 10: Octoechos 4; Dedication 3 (In goodly fashion); Forefeast: 3 (Rejoice, thou Life-bearing Cross – from the Vespers Aposticha); G: Dedication (Celebrating the memory of the dedication); N: Sunday Dogmatic in the tone of the week.

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

3 Readings for the Dedication.

Aposticha: Octoechos; G: Dedication (Celebrating the dedication); N: Forefeast (The Cross of the Bestower of life).

Troparia: O Theotokos and Virgin x2; Dedication (Thou didst show forth the beauty) x1.


Matins: God is the Lord, Tone 5; Troparia: Resurrection x2; G: Dedication; N: Forefeast (O Lord, we offer unto Thee in supplication).

After each Kathisma: Sessional hymns from the Octoechos.

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

Hypakoe, Hymns of Ascents, and Prokimenon, Tone 5.

Matins Gospel 3, Mark 16:9-20 (§71).

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.

               Dedication                           4             Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

               Forefeast                             4             Glory, O Lord, to Thy precious Cross.

               Irmos of the Canon of the Resurrection, Tone 5.

               Katavasia: Inscribing the invincible weapon of the Cross.        


After Ode 3, Kontakion (Grant inner enlightenment) and Ikos of the Dedication; and Sessional hymn of the Dedication (Christ showed forth); G/N: Forefeast (Moses stretched out his arms).

After Ode 6, Kontakion and Ikos of the Resurrection.

At Ode 9, More Honorable.

Holy is the Lord, our God.

Exapostilaria: Resurrection; G: Dedication (The most wondrous and most precious and holy Church); N: Forefeast (With light-giving splendors).

Praises, Tone 5, on 8: Octoechos 4; Dedication 3 (Today the divine. Shining forth from on high. Psalm verse: Holiness becometh Thy house, O Lord, unto length of days. The doxasticon (Arise unto thyself, O man) and the Psalm verse: The Lord is king, He is clothed with majesty); Forefeast 1 (O Christ our God, who for the common resurrection – written at Both now… in the Menaion); 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: Dedication; Kontakion: Dedication & Resurrection, alternating.


Liturgy: Beatitudes on 10: Octoechos: 6; Dedication: 4, from Ode 3.

After entrance, Troparion of the Resurrection, Dedication, Forefeast; Kontakion of the Resurrection; G/N: Dedication.

Prokimenon, Tone 6, Save, O Lord, Thy people. & Tone 4: Holiness becometh Thy house, O Lord, unto length of days.

Epistle: Gal. 6:11-18 (§215); II Cor. 1:21-2:4 (§170); Heb. 3:1-4 (§307). Alleluia, Tone 1 & Tone 2 (Sunday before the Exaltation & the Dedication).

Gospel: John 3:13-17 (§9); Matt. 22:2-14 (§89); Matt. 16:13-18 (§67).

Communion Hymn: Praise the Lord in the heavens. & O Lord, I have loved the beauty of Thy house, and the place where Thy glory dwelleth.

Resurrectional Dismissal.