The Holy Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils / St. Seraphim of Sarov

6th Sunday after Pentecost / Tone 5


Note: In the English Menaion, the service to St. Seraphim is not found in the July volume, but in the January Volume, on January 2nd. The service there is combined with the Forefeast of Theophany, which is not done on this day.


Vespers: Blessed is the man.

Lord I have Cried, Tone 5, on 10: Resurrection 3; Fathers 4 (Before the ages); Saint 3 (O most glorious wonder); G: Fathers (Let us praise today the mystic clarions of the Spirit); 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 Fathers & 3 readings for the Saint.

Litia: Fathers (O holy fathers); Saint (With what crowns of praise); G: Saint (O land of Russia, rejoice); N: Theotokion in the Menaion (O most honored Virgin, thou art the temple and portal).

Aposticha: Octoechos; G: Fathers (This day let us, the assemblies of the Orthodox); N: Theotokion (Mercifully regard the supplications of thy servants).

Troparia: O Theotokos and Virgin x2; Saint (From thy youth thou didst love Christ) x1


Matins: God is the Lord, Tone 5; Troparia: Resurrection x1; Fathers (Most glorified art Thou); G: Saint; N: Resurrectional Theotokion, Tone 4 (The mystery hidden).

After each Kathisma: Sessional hymns from the Octoechos.

Polyeleos; Magnification of the Saint: We bless thee, O venerable father Seraphim, and we honor thy holy memory, thou instructor of monks and converser with angels; Evlogitaria (The assembly of angels was amazed).

Hypakoe of the Tone, All Sessional hymns of the Saint, with this Theotokion: Tone 7: O most holy Virgin, have mercy upon us that flee unto thee who art merciful, and that ask thy fervent help. As Mother of the Most High, entreat thy Son, Christ our God, that He save thy servants.

Hymns of Ascent, and Prokimenon, Tone 5.

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 (first canon) 4 Venerable father Seraphim, pray to God for us.

Fathers (both canons) 6 Holy God-bearing Fathers, pray to God for us.

Irmos of the Canon of the Resurrection, Tone 5.

Katavasia, I shall open my mouth.


After Ode 3, Kontakion (Having left the beauty of the world) and Ikos of the Saint; Sessional Hymn of the Fathers (Ye have been shown to the world); G: Saint (Having utterly overcome the passions); N: Theotokion (Tone 4: When thou dost stand before the face of my Creator on the day of His righteous Judgment, O Mistress, intercede for me, and deliver me from eternal torment, that I go not down into Hades, but that I be saved by thy defense, O all-holy Theotokos).

After Ode 6, Kontakion (The preaching of the apostles) and Ikos of the Fathers.

At Ode 9, More Honorable.

Holy is the Lord, our God.

Exapostilaria: Resurrection; Fathers (Celebrating the memory); G: Saint (Come, all ye faithful) N: N: Resurrectional Theotokion.

Praises, Tone 5, on 8: Resurrection 3; Fathers 2 (Having combined their spiritual skill); Saint 3 (The most honored feast with the doxasticon (Come ye assemblies of monks) and the final two psalm verses: Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. & Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord; in His commandments shall he greatly delight); G: Fathers (The choir of the holy fathers); 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: Resurrection, Saint, & Fathers, alternating.


Liturgy: Beatitudes on 12, Octoechos 4; Fathers 4, from Ode 3; Saint 4, from Ode 6.

After the entrance: Troparia & Kontakia as in Appendix I, A.

Prokimenon, Tone 4: Blessed art Thou, O Lord, the God of our fathers. & Tone 7: Precious in the sight of the Lord.

Epistle: Rom. 12:6-14 (110); Heb. 13:7-16 (334); Gal 5:22-6:2 (213).

Alleluia, Tone 1 & Tone 6.

Gospel: Matt. 9:1-8 (29); John 17:1-13 (56); Luke 6:17-23 (24).

Communion Hymn: Praise the Lord in the heavens. & In everlasting remembrance.

Resurrectional Dismissal