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.

Katavasia of Nativity: Christ is born!


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.

Resurrectional Dismissal.