O Great Mystery Friday, November 21, 2014
The Christmas Fast: 34 days until the birthday of our Lord Jesus Christ
23rd week after Pentecost, Tone VI
Today we celebrate:
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  • Cecelia, Valerian, Mark, Stephen, and Tiburcius
  • Saturday: The dead in Christ


  • Vigil of the Entry into the temple
  • Maximian, Proclus, Anatole, and Gennadius
  • Thursday: The holy apostles and Nicholas

Great feast The Entry into the Temple of Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos, and Ever-virgin, Mary.
Friday: The holy and lifegiving cross

For the Entry
Troparion, Tone IV
Today is the prelude of God's good pleasure, * the herald of the salvation of mankind. * The virgin is revealed in the temple of the Lord, * thus foretelling to all the world the coming of Christ. * Therefore, with all our hearts let us loudly acclaim her: * Hail to you, fullfillment of the creator's plan.

Kondakion, Tone IV
Behold the spotless temple of the saviour, his precious bridal chamber. * Behold the virginal and sacred vessel of the glory of God. * Today she is brought to the temple of the most high, * bearing within her the grace of the Holy Spirit. * For this, the angels exclaim: * She is indeed the heavenly tabernacle.

Jerusalem Troparion, Tone II
Blessed are you, over all other women on earth, O virgin Theotokos, * by the Lord God most high, * for he so glorified your name * that your praise will never fade from the lips of men.

Exapostilarion, Tone I
A new lamp has been kindled for us, * and its brilliance fills the temple of God with profound joy. * For the most pure Theotokos, * with her clear and shining beauty of soul, * enlightens us with eternal light. * Let us all entreat her today: * Never let that light recede from us, O purest virgin.

At Psalm 51[50], Tone II
Today, the living temple of the great king * enters his temple to be groomed as his divine dwelling on earth. * Let all people everywhere rejoice and be glad.

For the cross
Troparion, Tone I
O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance. * Give victory to those who battle evil, * and with your cross protect us all.

Kondakion, Tone IV
Bestow your mercies on all who bear your name, * O you who freely let yourself be raised upon the cross. * In your power, gladden all who battle evil, * by gracing them with victory over every foe. * For as long as they have you as their ally, * they possess a weapon of peace, * unfailing trophy of victory.

Stavrotheotokion, Tone I
Surrounded by the grace of your sonís holy cross, * we hasten to sing your praises, O lady most pure. * For we enjoy your constant intercession * that preserves us from every evil.

Blessed is the kingdom of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit both now and forever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

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