Orthodox Calendar Friday, December 28, 2012 / December 15, 2012 (Church Calendar)
30th Week after Pentecost. Tone four.
Nativity (St. Philip's Fast). By Monastic Charter: Strict Fast (Bread, Vegetables, Fruits)
Hieromartyr Eleutherius, bishop of Illyria, and his mother, Martyr Anthia and Martyr Corivus the Eparch (126).
Venerable Paul of Mt. Latros (956).
St. Stephen the Confessor, archbishop of Surozh in the Crimea (790).
Synaxis of All Saints of Crimea.
New Russian Hieromartyrs Joseph, metropolitan of Petrograd (1938), Hilarion (Troitsky), bishop of Verey (1929); Virgin-martyr Victorina (Diobronravova).
New Hieromartyrs Alexander, Basil, Victorinus priests (1937).
Venerable Tryphon, of Pechenga or Kola (1583), and his martyred disciple Venerable Jonah.
Synaxis of All Saints of Kolsk.
Martyr Eleutherius at Constantinople (4th c.).
Venerable Pardus, hermit of Palestine (6th c.).
Monk-martyr Bacchus of Mar Saba (8th c.).
Martyr Susanna the Deaconess of Palestine (4th c.).
Venerable Nektarius of Bitel'sk (1500).
St. Aubertus, bishop (668) (Neth.).
The Scripture Readings
Hieromartyr Eleutherius, Tone IV —
As thou didst share in the ways of the apostles/ and didst occupy their throne,/ thou didst find thine activity to be a passage to divine vision,/ O divinely inspired one./ Wherefore, ordering the word of truth,/ thou didst suffer for the Faith even to the shedding of thy blood.// O hieromartyr Eleutherius, entreat Christ God, that our souls be saved.
Venerable Paul of Mount Latros; Troparion, Tone IV —
O most glorious Paul, we hymn thee/ as one who dwelleth together with the incorporeal hosts/ and as a companion of all the venerable,// and we beseech thee:// Pray thou ever for us, that we may find mercy.
Kontakion for the Venerable one, Tone VIII "To thee, the Champion Leader" —
From thy youth, O wise one, thou didst manfully desire that which passeth understanding/ and didst forsake the tumult of the world./ For thy divine way of life thou becamest a dwelling-place of the Trinity,/ and hast illumined those who have recourse to thee with faith.// Wherefore, we cry out: Rejoice, O Paul who art most rich!
Kontakion for the Hieromartyr, Tone II "The steadfast" —
We all praise thee as the adornment of priests/ and the proclamation of passion-bearers,/ O venerable hieromartyr Eleutherius,/ and we entreat thee:/ From multifarious misfortunes free those who celebrate thy memory with love,// praying unceasingly for us all.
April 15 – Great and Holy Pascha
Fixed Great FeastsJanuary 7 – The Nativity of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ
January 19 – The Baptism of Our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ
February 15 – Meeting of our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ in the Temple
April 7 – The Annunciation of Our Most Holy Lady, the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mar
August 19 – The Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ
August 28 – The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary
September 21 – Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever Virgin Mar
September 27 – The Universal Elevation of the Precious and Life-Creating Cross of the Lord
December 4 – Entry into the Temple of our Most Holy Lady Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
Movable Great FeastsApril 8 – Palm Sunday
May 24 – Holy Ascension
June 3 – Pentecost - Trinity Sunday
FeastsJanuary 14 – Circumcision of the Lord
July 7 – The Nativity of the Holy Forerunner and Baptist of the Lord, John
July 12 – The Holy, Glorious and All-Praised Leaders of the Apostles: Peter and Paul
September 11 – The Beheading of the Prophet, Forerunner of the Lord, John the Baptist
October 14 – Protection of Our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
Fasting SeasonsFebruary 27 - April 14 – Great Lent
June 11 - July 11 – Apostles' (Peter & Paul) Fast
August 14 - August 28 – Dormition (Theotokos) Fast
November 28 - January 6 – Nativity (St. Philip's Fast)
Fast Days The Wednesdays and Fridays of the Year, except for Fast-Free Weeks
January 18 – Kreschensky sochelnik (The Eve of Theophany)
September 11 – The Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 27 – The Elevation of the Cross
Traditional days of remembranceFebruary 18 – Meat-fare Saturday
March 10 – 2-nd Saturday of the Great Lent
March 17 – 3-rd Saturday of the Great Lent
March 24 – 4-th Saturday of the Great Lent
April 24 – Radonitsa (Tuesday of the 2nd week of Pascha)
June 2 – Trinity Saturday
November 3 – Demetrius Saturday
Fast-free WeeksJanuary 7 - January 17 – Sviatki (Afterfeast of the Nativity of Christ to Theophany Eve)
February 5 - February 11 – Publican & Pharisee
February 19 - February 25 – Maslenitsa
April 15 - April 21 – Bright Week
June 3 - June 9 – Trinity Week