Apodosis of the Meeting of the Lord / The Casting out of Adam (Cheesefare)

Tone 4


Great Vespers: Blessed is the man.

Lord I have Cried, Tone 4, on 10: Octoechos 3; Triodion 3 (The Lord my Creator); Feast 4 (Tell us, O Symeon – with the Doxasticon (Let the gates of heaven); G: Triodion (Adam sat before Paradise); N: Sunday Dogmatic in the tone of the week.

Entrance, Prokimenon of the day, Tone 6: The Lord is King.

Aposticha: Octoechos, G: Triodion (Adam was cast out), N: Feast (He Who is borne upon the cherubim).

Troparia: O Theotokos and Virgin x2; Feast (Rejoice, thou who art full of grace) x1.


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

After each Kathisma: Sessional hymns from the Octoechos.

Polyeleos and By the waters of Babylon; Evlogitaria (The assembly of angels was amazed).

Hypakoe, Hymns of Ascents, and Prokimenon, Tone 4.

Matins Gospel 4, Luke 24:1-12 (§112).

Having beheld the Resurrection; Psalm 50; G: The doors of repentance; N: Guide me in the paths of salvation; Have mercy on me, O God; When I think of the multitude of evil things I have done. Save, O God, Thy people.


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

                Triodion                                 4                              Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

                Feast                                      6                              Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

                Irmos of the canon of the Resurrection, Tone 4.

                Katavasia of the Presentation: The Sun once shone with its rays            


At Ode 3, Kontakion (O Thou guide unto wisdom) and Ikos of the Triodion, Sessional hymn of the Triodion (Adam was cast out from the delight of Paradise); G/N: Feast (Of old, on Mount Sinai).

At Ode 6, Kontakion (Thou Who didst sanctify the Virgin’s womb by Thy birth) and Ikos of the Feast.

At Ode 9, More Honorable.

Holy is the Lord, our God.  

Exapostilaria: Resurrection; G: Triodion (In my wretchedness); N: Feast (Set by the Spirit).

Praises, Tone 4, on 9: Octoechos 4; Feast 4 (He Who loveth mankind – with the Doxasticon (O Christ our God, Whose good pleasure it was), with the following verses for the last two stichera of the Feast: 1) Now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, O Master, according to Thy word. 2) A light to enlighten the gentiles, and the glory of the People Israel”; then the verse Arise, O Lord my God, and the sticheron of the Triodion (The time is now at hand); G: Triodion (The time is now at hand); N: Most blessed art thou. After the Great Doxology, the Troparion: Having risen; the two remaining Litanies and Resurrectional Dismissal; After the Dismissal: G/N: Gospel Sticheron; followed by First Hour.


Hours: Troparion: Resurrection, G: Feast; Kontakion of the Triodion and Feast, alternating


Note: At the Proskomedia three Lambs are prepared: one for Liturgy of the day, and two for the Presanctified Liturgies on Wednesday and Friday of the first week of Lent. And on each Sunday through Palm Sunday, as many additional Lambs are prepared as will be needed for the number of Presanctified Liturgies served between that Sunday and the next full Liturgy. When Annunciation falls during the week, any Lambs that would be needed for a Presanctified Liturgy between that Liturgy and the next Sunday would be prepared at that time.


Liturgy: Beatitudes on 12: Octoechos 4; Triodion 4, from Ode 3; Feast 4, from Ode 9.

At the entrance: Troparion of the Resurrection; Feast; G: Kontakion of the Feast; N: Kontakion of the Triodion.

Prokimenon Tone 8: Make your vows. & Tone 3: My soul doth magnify the Lord.

Epistle: Rom. 13:11-14:4 (§112).

Alleluia, Tone 6 & Tone 8.

Gospel: Matt. 6:14-21 (§17).

Instead of It is truly meet, we sing the refrain O Virgin Theotokos, thou hope of Christians, with the Irmos of the Ninth Ode of the canon of the Feast (In the shadow and the letter of the Law).

Communion Hymn: Praise the Lord in the heavens. & I will take the cup of salvation. Resurrectional Dismissal


Sunday Evening Vespers: No Kathisma. 

Lord I have Cried, Tone 4, on 10: Penitential Stichera from the Octoechos 4 (I want to wash away with tearsTriodion, p. 185f); Triodion 3 (Let us all make haste to humble the flesh by abstinence); Saint 3 (Shining with the light of beneficent virtues – St. Bucolus, February 6); G/ N: Theotokion (Like the Archangel, we, the faithful – See The Common Theotokia: Theotokia in the Eight Tones in the Appendix of the Menaion).

Entry; O Gladsome Light; Great Prokimenon, Tone 8: Turn not Thy countenance away from Thy servant, for I am afflicted; quickly hearken unto me. Attend unto my soul and deliver it.

During the final repetition of the prokimenon, the priest closes the Royal Doors, removes his phelonion and puts on a dark epitrachilion, and goes out to the Ambon. All the other liturgical covers are likewise changed.

Vouchsafe, O Lord.

Then the Litany, Let us complete our evening prayer unto the Lord, with the choir singing the responses according to the penitential Lenten melody.

Aposticha: Triodion (Stichera and verses, beginning with Thy grace has shone forth, O Lord), G/N: Theotokion in the Triodion (The ranks of the angels glorify thee).

Now lettest Thou Thy servant. Trisagion to Our Father.  

Troparia: O Theotokos and Virgin (with a great prostration); G: O Baptizer of Christ (great prostration): N: Plead in our behalf (great prostration); Beneath thy compassion (without a prostration).

Lord, have mercy x40; G/N: More Honorable. In the name of the Lord, father bless. Priest: He that is is blessed. Reader: O Heavenly King, strengthen Orthodox Christians.

Then the priest says the prayer of St. Ephrem with 3 prostrations, then the Dismissal.* And we kiss the icons, the Cross, and the priest; and the faithful, having asked forgiveness of one another, enter into the holy Forty Days.


Small Compline: Without canon.


*In parishes, instead of the usual dismissal, the priest reads the prayer O Master plenteous in mercy (which is the dismissal at Great Compline), while we prostrate ourselves, and he asks forgiveness of the faithful, usually preceding this with a word of instruction appropriate to the occasion.