The Holy Equal-of-the-Apostles Grand Prince Vladimir, Enlightener of Rus’


Great Vespers: Blessed is the man.

Lord I have Cried, Tone 4, on 8: Saint 8 (In word and deed); G: Saint (Come, let us all hasten); N: Dogmatic Theotokion, Tone 8 (In His love for mankind).

Entry; O Gladsome Light; Prokimenon of the day, Tone 1: Thy mercy, O Lord, shall pursue me.

3 Readings for the Saint.

Litia: Temple and Saint (Today the memory); G: Saint (Come ye, let us all hasten); N: Theotokion (Christ the Lord).

Aposticha: Saint (O all glorious wonder); G: Saint (Assembling today); N: Theotokion in the Menaion (O Mistress).

Troparia: Saint x2 (Thou wast like a merchant); O Theotokos and Virgin x1.


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

After each Kathisma: Sessional hymns of the Saint.

Polyeleos and Magnification of the Saint: We magnify thee, O holy Equal-of-the-Apostles Grand Prince Vladimir, and we honor thy holy memory, for thou didst trample down the idols, and enlighten with baptism the whole Russian land. Psalm verse: The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaimeth the work of His hands.

Sessional hymns of the Saint (Thou didst acquire); G: Saint (Go thou quickly); N: Theotokion (O Virgin Theotokos, who alone art pure).

Hymns of Ascents, First Antiphon, Tone 4: From my youth.

Prokimenon of the Saint, Tone 4: I have raised up one chosen out of My people.

Matins Gospel: John 10:9-16 (§36).

Psalm 50; G: Through the prayers of the Equal-of-the-Apostles Prince Vladimir; N: Through the prayers of the Theotokos; Have mercy on me, O God; Sticheron of the Saint (Assembling, let us praise Vladimir). Save, O God, Thy people.


Canon:   Theotokos*          6      Most holy Theotokos, save us.

               Saint                     8      Holy Equal-of-the-Apostles, Grand Prince Vladimir, pray to God for us.

               Irmos: Having passed through the water as on dry land.

               Katavasia: I shall open my mouth.


After Ode 3, Sessional Hymn of the Saint (Ever keeping vigil in prayer); G/N: Theotokion (O pure Theotokos who knewest not wedlock).

After Ode 6, Kontakion (Like the Great Apostle Paul) and Ikos of the Saint.

At Ode 9, More Honorable.

Exapostilarion: Saint (With thy glorious grandmother Olga); G/N: Theotokion (O all-immaculate one).

Praises, Tone 4: Saint 4 (O Lord, Thou gavest Thy Cross); G: Saint (Thou didst receive); N: Theotokion, (All of my hope do I set on thee). After the Great Doxology: Troparion of the Saint; G/N: Theotokion (The mystery hidden from before the ages). The two remaining Litanies, and the usual Dismissal of the day. First hour.


*From the Supplicatory canon of the Theotokos: Distressed by many temptations.


Hours: Troparion: Saint; Kontakion: Saint.


Liturgy: Beatitudes on 8: From the canon of the Saint, 4 from Ode 3, first canon; and 4 from Ode 6,  second canon.

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

Prokimenon, Tone 3: O chant unto our God, chant ye.

Epistle: Gal. 1:11-19 (§200).

Alleluia, Tone 6.

Gospel: John 10:1-9 (§35).

Communion Hymn: In everlasting remembrance.


After the Liturgy: A Moleben is sung to St. Vladimir, with a procession around the temple, where possible, and saying a few words about the importance of St. Vladimir, who enlightened the Russian Land with the light of the true Christian Faith. Where there are rivers or lakes, the lesser blessing of the waters is done in commemoration of the baptism of Rus’.