Forgiveness Sunday / The Casting out of Adam (Cheesefare)

 Tone 4


Great Vespers: Blessed is the man.

Lord I have Cried, Tone 4, on 10: Octoechos 6; Triodion 4 (The Lord my Creator); G: Triodion (Adam sat before Paradise); 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: Triodion (Adam was cast out), N: Theotokion in the Triodion (Christ the Lord, my Creator and Deliverer).

Troparia: O Theotokos and Virgin x3.


Matins: God is the Lord, Tone 4; Troparia: Resurrection x2, G/N: Resurrectional Theotokion, Tone 4 (The mystery hidden).

After each Kathisma: Sessional hymns from the Octoechos.

Polyeleos; 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.

               Cross & Resurrection        2             Glory, O Lord, to Thy precious Cross and Resurrection.

               Theotokos                           2             O Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

               Triodion                              6             Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

               Irmos of the Resurrectional canon, Tone 4.

               Katavasia: Crossing the deep on foot (in the Triodion).


After Ode 3, Sessional hymns of the Triodion (Adam was cast out); G: Triodion (The season of the virtues); N: Theotokion (Unworthy though we be, O Theotokos).

After Ode 6, Kontakion (O Thou guide unto wisdom) and Ikos of the Triodion.

At Ode 9, More Honorable.

Holy is the Lord, our God.

Exapostilaria: Resurrection; G: Triodion (In my wretchedness); N: Theotokion in the Triodion.

Praises, Tone 4, on 9: Octoechos 5, Triodion 4 (“Woe is me!” Adam cried lamenting – with the Psalm verses given in Triodion) 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 (only one): Resurrection; Kontakion: Triodion.


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 10: Octoechos: 6; Triodion: 4, from Ode 6.

After the entrance: In a Temple of the Lord: Troparion of the Resurrection; G/N: Kontakion of the Triodion.

               In a Temple of the Theotokos: Troparion of the Resurrection; Temple; G: Kontakion of the Triodion; N: Kontakion of the Temple.

               In a Temple of a saint: Troparion of the Resurrection; Temple; G: Kontakion of the Temple; N: Kontakion of the Triodion.

Prokimenon Tone 8: Make your vows and pay them to the Lord our God.

Epistle: Rom. 13:11-14:4 (§112).

Alleluia, Tone 6.

Gospel: Matt. 6:14-21 (§17).

Communion Hymn: Praise the Lord in the heavens. 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 tears – Triodion, p. 185f); Triodion 3 (Let us all make haste to humble the flesh by abstinence); Martyrs 3 (Shedding the garments of mortality – Holy Martyrs at the Gate of Eugenius, February 22nd); G/N: Theotokion in the Menaion (As thou art an intercessor for our whole race).

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 epitrachelion, 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.