The Sunday of the Holy Fathers & St. John of Kronstadt
Tone 3 / 28th Sunday After Pentecost
Vespers: Blessed is the man.
Lord I have Cried, Tone 3, on 10: Octoechos 3; Fathers 3 (Unto the ends of the earth); Saint 4 (Having set aside all the things of this world); G: Fathers (Daniel, the man of divine desires); N: Forefeast (Splendidly adorn thyself, O cave).
Entry; O Gladsome Light; Prokimenon of the day, Tone 6: The Lord is King.
3 Old Testament Readings for the Fathers, and 3 Readings for the Saint.
Litia: Forefeast 3 (Let us celebrate the forefeast – from the Stichera at Lord I Have Cried); Saint (O Jesus, Son of God); 1 sticheron of the fathers (The prophets of great renown) G: Fathers (Come, ye lovers of the feast of the Church); N: Forefeast (Adorn thyself splendidly, O Bethlehem).
Aposticha: Octoechos; G: Fathers (Rejoice, ye honorable prophets); N: Forefeast (Behold, the hour of our salvation hath arrived).
Troparia: O Theotokos and Virgin x2; Saint (O wonderworker, who livest in Christ forever) x1.
Matins: God is the Lord, Tone 3; Troparia: Resurrection x1; Fathers (Great are the achievements of faith); G: Saint; N: Forefeast (Make ready, O Bethlehem).
After each Kathisma: Sessional hymns from the Octoechos.
Polyeleos; the Magnification of the Saint: We magnify thee, O holy and righteous father John, and we honor thy holy memory, for thou dost entreat Christ God for us; Evlogitaria (The assembly of angels was amazed).
Hypakoe of the Tone, all Sessional hymns of the Saint, G/N: Forefeast (As the shepherds were piping songs). Hymns of Ascents, and Prokimenon, Tone 3.
Matins Gospel 6, Luke 24:36-53 (§114).
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.
Saint 4 Holy Righteous Father John, pray to God for us.
Fathers 6 Holy Fathers, pray to God for us.
Irmos of the Canon of the Resurrection, Tone 3.
After Ode 3, Kontakion (O father John, namesake of grace), Ikos of the Saint; Hypakoe of the Fathers (An Angel bedewed the children), Sessional hymn of the Saint (O blessed John, lamp of Kronstadt); G/N: Forefeast (Having shown forth from the Father).
After Ode 6, Kontakion (Rejoice, O Bethlehem!) and Ikos of the Fathers.
At Ode 9, More Honorable.
Holy is the Lord, our God.
Exapostilaria: Resurrection; Fathers (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob); G: Saint (Performing thy priestly ministry); N: Forefeast (Wondrous hath this been! The unblemished ewe-lamb).
Praises, Tone 4, on 8: Octoechos 3; Fathers 2 (Lift up thy voice, O Zion); Saint 3 (O most joyous tidings – with the doxasticon (Bowing down before the holy icons) and the final two psalm verses: He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor, his righteousness abideth unto ages of ages. & His heart is ready to hope in the Lord); G: Fathers (The compilation of the teachings of the Law); N: Most blessed art thou. After the Great Doxology, the Troparion: Today is salvation; the two remaining Litanies and Sunday Dismissal. After the dismissal: G/N: Gospel Sticheron; followed by First Hour.
Hours: Troparia: Resurrection, G: Fathers & Saint, alternating; Kontakion: Fathers (Rejoice, O Bethlehem!) & Saint, alternating.
Liturgy: Beatitudes on 12: Octoechos: 4; Fathers: 4, from Ode 3; Saint: 4 from Ode 6.
After the entrance: Troparion of the Resurrection, Fathers, Forefeast, Saint; Kontakion of the Fathers (Rejoice, O Bethlehem!); G: Saint; N: Forefeast (Today the Virgin cometh to the cave).
Prokimenon, Tone 4: Blessed art Thou, O Lord, the God of our fathers. & Tone 7: The righteous man shall be glad in the Lord, and shall hope in Him.
Epistle: Heb. 11:9-10,17-23,32-40 (§328); I John 4:7-11 (§73).
Alleluia, Tone 4.
Gospel: Matt. 1:1-25 (§1); Luke 6:31-36 (§26).
Communion Hymn: Praise the Lord in the heavens. & Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.