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Forefeast of the Nativity: 24 December/6 January 2007

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  • Meg Lark
    A note concerning the following: Normally, we do not publish the rubrics for the Great Feasts, since nearly everyone has access to the Festal Menaion of
    Message 1 of 24 , Jan 3, 2007
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      A note concerning the following: Normally, we do not publish the rubrics
      for the Great Feasts, since nearly everyone has access to the Festal Menaion
      of Bishop Kallistos Ware and Mother Maria. But since the rubrics are
      somewhat different when the Nativity is celebrated on a Sunday, we have
      decided to publish at least part of the services for this weekend. This
      post contains the rubrics for Divine Liturgy on the Eve of the Nativity.



      Please note that the Royal Hours of the Nativity are served on Friday. On
      Saturday, Matins of the Forefeast and Divine Liturgy are served in the
      morning, and Great Vespers, Great Compline, and Matins of the Feast of the
      Nativity in the evening. The Divine Liturgy of the Feast of the Nativity is
      served on Sunday. Actual practice may vary from parish to parish.



      My thanks, as always, to Fr. John Whiteford for the materials on his site
      <http://pages.prodigy.net/frjohnwhiteford/services.htm>
      http://pages.prodigy.net/frjohnwhiteford/services.htm



      Wishing all a most blessed and joyous Nativity of our Lord,

      Margaret Lark





      Forefeast of the Nativity: 24 December/6 January 2007



      Readings:

      Epistle: Galatians 3:15-22 and Ephesians 5:1-8a

      Gospel: Matthew 13:31-36 and Luke 14:1-11

      Note: The readings for the Saturday before the Nativity are transferred to
      the previous Saturday (17/30 December) because of the special readings
      (Galatians 3:15-22 and Matthew 13:31-36) apponted for the Eve of the
      Nativity when it falls on a Saturday.





      The St. John of Kronstadt Press calendar specifies: The Eve of the
      Nativity. Saturday before Nativity. Nun-Martyr Eugenia of Rome, and with
      her the Martyrs Philip her father, Protus, Hyacinth (Jacinth), Basilla, and
      Claudia. St. Nicholas the Monk of Bulgaria. St. Antioch, Monk of
      Palestine, and St. Vitimionus of Scete. St. Aphrodisius, Monk of Palestine.
      New-Martyr Achmed (Ahmet) the Calligrapher (or Architect) of Constantinople.
      Greek Calendar: Monk Achaicus.



      A simple service to Martyr Eugenia.





      Reader and Choir Cues



      Hours:



      Third Hour:

      Troparion of the Forefeast, Tone 4: Once Mary, being with child by a
      seedless conception, / was registered in Bethlehem with the aged Joseph/ as
      being of the seed of David. / The time came for the birth, and there was no
      room in the inn; / but the cave proved a delightful palace for the queen. //
      Christ is born to raise the image that fell of old.



      Kontakion of the Forefeast, Tone 3: Today the Virgin cometh to the cave to
      give birth ineffably / to the Word Who was before the ages. / Dance, O
      earth, at the message! / Give glory with the angels and shepherds / unto
      Him Who was willing to be gazed upon as a young child // and is pre-eternal
      God.





      Sixth Hour:

      As at the Third Hour



      Forefeast of Nativity / Saturday [Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom]



      Third Antiphon (Beatitudes): 4 from Ode 3 of the Forefeast; 4 from Ode 6 of
      the Forefeast



      1 & 2. Delivering me from the bonds of evil, O Lord Who lovest mankind, Thou
      comest to be wrapped as a babe in swaddling-bands. I worship Thy divine
      condescension!



      3. The Virgin cometh forth to give birth to Thee Who, though Thou hast shone
      forth timelessly from the Father, hast come under time, releasing our souls
      from immemorial passions.



      4. Seeking me who have become lost through disobedience, Thou hast made the
      cave a dwelling-place, like unto heaven; and Thou preparest mansions for me
      there, O Compassionate and greatly Merciful One!



      5 & 6. Christ cometh to His own in strange manner. Let us estrange
      ourselves from sin and receive Him Who maketh His abode in the souls of the
      meek.



      7. In nowise shalt thou be the least among cities, O Bethlehem; for in thee
      is born the King and Lord, that He might shepherd His rich people.



      8. How doth a lowly cave receive Thee Whom the whole world cannot contain,
      O Ineffable One? How art Thou seen as an infant, O Unoriginate One Who
      sharest the mind of the Father?





      Troparia and Kontakia



      Tone 4: Once Mary, being with child by a seedless conception, / was
      registered in Bethlehem with the aged Joseph/ as being of the seed of David.
      / The time came for the birth, and there was no room in the inn; / but the
      cave proved a delightful palace for the queen. // Christ is born to raise
      the image that fell of old.



      [Troparion of the Temple]



      Glory. [Kontakion of the Temple]



      Both now.



      Kontakion of the Forefeast, Tone 3: Today the Virgin cometh to the cave to
      give birth ineffably / to the Word Who was before the ages. / Dance, O
      earth, at the message! / Give glory with the angels and shepherds / unto
      Him Who was willing to be gazed upon as a young child // and is pre-eternal
      God.





      The Epistle



      Reader: The Prokeimenon in the 1st Tone: The Lord said unto Me: Thou art My
      son, this day have I begotten Thee.

      Choir: The Lord said unto Me: Thou art My son, this day have I begotten
      Thee.

      Reader: Ask of Me, and I will give Thee the nations for Thine inheritance,
      and the uttermost parts of the earth for Thy possession.

      Choir: The Lord said unto Me: Thou art My son, this day have I begotten
      Thee.

      Reader: The Lord said unto Me: Thou art My son.

      Choir: This day have I begotten Thee.



      Reader: The Reading is from the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the
      Galatians:

      [Galatians 3:15-22] Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be
      but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth
      thereto. * Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not,
      And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. *
      And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in
      Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot
      disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. * For if the
      inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to
      Abraham by promise. * Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because
      of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made;
      and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. * Now a mediator is
      not a mediator of one, but God is one. * Is the law then against the
      promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could
      have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. * But the
      scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus
      Christ might be given to them that believe.



      [Ephesians 5:1-8a] Brethren: Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear
      children; * And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given
      himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling
      savour. * But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not
      be once named among you, as becometh saints; * Neither filthiness, nor
      foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of
      thanks. * For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor
      covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of
      Christ and of God. * Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of
      these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. * Be
      not ye therefore partakers with them. * For ye were sometimes darkness, but
      now are ye light in the Lord.





      The Alleluia [PAUSE before first verse]



      Reader: Alleluia in the 5th Tone: The Lord said unto my Lord: Sit Thou at my
      right hand, until I make Thine enemies the footstool of Thy feet.

      Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

      Reader: A scepter of power shall the Lord send unto Thee out of Zion.

      Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

      Reader: From the womb before the morning star have I begotten Thee.

      Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!





      Gospel [Matthew 13:31-36] Another parable put he forth unto them, saying,
      The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took,
      and sowed in his field: * Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when
      it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that
      the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. * Another
      parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which
      a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was
      leavened. * All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and
      without a parable spake he not unto them: * That it might be fulfilled which
      was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will
      utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world. *
      Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house.



      [Luke 14:1-11] At that time, it came to pass, as he went into the house of
      one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they
      watched him. * And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the
      dropsy. * And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying,
      Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day? * And they held their peace. And he
      took him, and healed him, and let him go; * And answered them, saying, Which
      of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not
      straightway pull him out on the sabbath day? * And they could not answer him
      again to these things. * And he put forth a parable to those which were
      bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them,
      * When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest
      room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him; * And he that
      bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin
      with shame to take the lowest room. * But when thou art bidden, go and sit
      down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto
      thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of
      them that sit at meat with thee. * For whosoever exalteth himself shall be
      abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.





      Communion Verse:

      Praise the Lord in the heavens, praise Him in the highest! Alleluia!
      Alleluia! Alleluia!





      [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
    • Deacon Sergius Miller
      Dear Meg, I think there is a problem with the Prokeimenon, Alleluia , & Communion verse. These three belong to the Vesperal Liturgy of the eve of the
      Message 2 of 24 , Jan 4, 2007
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        Dear Meg,

        I think there is a problem with the Prokeimenon, Alleluia , &
        Communion verse. These three belong to the Vesperal Liturgy of the
        eve of the Nativity. The first two, therefore, will be used in the
        Vespers that follows the Liturgy on the 24th. For the Liturgy on the
        24th when it is a Saturday, you need the daily Prokeimenon,
        Alleluia , & Communion Verse. Also, I think the tropar & kondak of
        the temple are omitted.

        In Christ,
        Dn. Sergius Miller



        --- In ustav@yahoogroups.com, "Meg Lark" <skovranok@...> wrote:
        >
        > A note concerning the following: Normally, we do not publish the
        rubrics
        > for the Great Feasts, since nearly everyone has access to the
        Festal Menaion
        > of Bishop Kallistos Ware and Mother Maria. But since the rubrics
        are
        > somewhat different when the Nativity is celebrated on a Sunday, we
        have
        > decided to publish at least part of the services for this weekend.
        This
        > post contains the rubrics for Divine Liturgy on the Eve of the
        Nativity.
        >
        >
        >
        > Please note that the Royal Hours of the Nativity are served on
        Friday. On
        > Saturday, Matins of the Forefeast and Divine Liturgy are served in
        the
        > morning, and Great Vespers, Great Compline, and Matins of the Feast
        of the
        > Nativity in the evening. The Divine Liturgy of the Feast of the
        Nativity is
        > served on Sunday. Actual practice may vary from parish to parish.
        >
        >
        >
        > My thanks, as always, to Fr. John Whiteford for the materials on
        his site
        > <http://pages.prodigy.net/frjohnwhiteford/services.htm>
        > http://pages.prodigy.net/frjohnwhiteford/services.htm
        >
        >
        >
        > Wishing all a most blessed and joyous Nativity of our Lord,
        >
        > Margaret Lark
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
        > Forefeast of the Nativity: 24 December/6 January 2007
        >
        >
        >
        > Readings:
        >
        > Epistle: Galatians 3:15-22 and Ephesians 5:1-8a
        >
        > Gospel: Matthew 13:31-36 and Luke 14:1-11
        >
        > Note: The readings for the Saturday before the Nativity are
        transferred to
        > the previous Saturday (17/30 December) because of the special
        readings
        > (Galatians 3:15-22 and Matthew 13:31-36) apponted for the Eve of the
        > Nativity when it falls on a Saturday.
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
        > The St. John of Kronstadt Press calendar specifies: The Eve of the
        > Nativity. Saturday before Nativity. Nun-Martyr Eugenia of Rome,
        and with
        > her the Martyrs Philip her father, Protus, Hyacinth (Jacinth),
        Basilla, and
        > Claudia. St. Nicholas the Monk of Bulgaria. St. Antioch, Monk of
        > Palestine, and St. Vitimionus of Scete. St. Aphrodisius, Monk of
        Palestine.
        > New-Martyr Achmed (Ahmet) the Calligrapher (or Architect) of
        Constantinople.
        > Greek Calendar: Monk Achaicus.
        >
        >
        >
        > A simple service to Martyr Eugenia.
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
        > Reader and Choir Cues
        >
        >
        >
        > Hours:
        >
        >
        >
        > Third Hour:
        >
        > Troparion of the Forefeast, Tone 4: Once Mary, being with child by
        a
        > seedless conception, / was registered in Bethlehem with the aged
        Joseph/ as
        > being of the seed of David. / The time came for the birth, and
        there was no
        > room in the inn; / but the cave proved a delightful palace for the
        queen. //
        > Christ is born to raise the image that fell of old.
        >
        >
        >
        > Kontakion of the Forefeast, Tone 3: Today the Virgin cometh to the
        cave to
        > give birth ineffably / to the Word Who was before the ages. /
        Dance, O
        > earth, at the message! / Give glory with the angels and
        shepherds / unto
        > Him Who was willing to be gazed upon as a young child // and is pre-
        eternal
        > God.
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
        > Sixth Hour:
        >
        > As at the Third Hour
        >
        >
        >
        > Forefeast of Nativity / Saturday [Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom]
        >
        >
        >
        > Third Antiphon (Beatitudes): 4 from Ode 3 of the Forefeast; 4 from
        Ode 6 of
        > the Forefeast
        >
        >
        >
        > 1 & 2. Delivering me from the bonds of evil, O Lord Who lovest
        mankind, Thou
        > comest to be wrapped as a babe in swaddling-bands. I worship Thy
        divine
        > condescension!
        >
        >
        >
        > 3. The Virgin cometh forth to give birth to Thee Who, though Thou
        hast shone
        > forth timelessly from the Father, hast come under time, releasing
        our souls
        > from immemorial passions.
        >
        >
        >
        > 4. Seeking me who have become lost through disobedience, Thou hast
        made the
        > cave a dwelling-place, like unto heaven; and Thou preparest
        mansions for me
        > there, O Compassionate and greatly Merciful One!
        >
        >
        >
        > 5 & 6. Christ cometh to His own in strange manner. Let us estrange
        > ourselves from sin and receive Him Who maketh His abode in the
        souls of the
        > meek.
        >
        >
        >
        > 7. In nowise shalt thou be the least among cities, O Bethlehem;
        for in thee
        > is born the King and Lord, that He might shepherd His rich people.
        >
        >
        >
        > 8. How doth a lowly cave receive Thee Whom the whole world cannot
        contain,
        > O Ineffable One? How art Thou seen as an infant, O Unoriginate One
        Who
        > sharest the mind of the Father?
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
        > Troparia and Kontakia
        >
        >
        >
        > Tone 4: Once Mary, being with child by a seedless conception, / was
        > registered in Bethlehem with the aged Joseph/ as being of the seed
        of David.
        > / The time came for the birth, and there was no room in the inn; /
        but the
        > cave proved a delightful palace for the queen. // Christ is born to
        raise
        > the image that fell of old.
        >
        >
        >
        > [Troparion of the Temple]
        >
        >
        >
        > Glory. [Kontakion of the Temple]
        >
        >
        >
        > Both now.
        >
        >
        >
        > Kontakion of the Forefeast, Tone 3: Today the Virgin cometh to the
        cave to
        > give birth ineffably / to the Word Who was before the ages. /
        Dance, O
        > earth, at the message! / Give glory with the angels and
        shepherds / unto
        > Him Who was willing to be gazed upon as a young child // and is pre-
        eternal
        > God.
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
        > The Epistle
        >
        >
        >
        > Reader: The Prokeimenon in the 1st Tone: The Lord said unto Me:
        Thou art My
        > son, this day have I begotten Thee.
        >
        > Choir: The Lord said unto Me: Thou art My son, this day have I
        begotten
        > Thee.
        >
        > Reader: Ask of Me, and I will give Thee the nations for Thine
        inheritance,
        > and the uttermost parts of the earth for Thy possession.
        >
        > Choir: The Lord said unto Me: Thou art My son, this day have I
        begotten
        > Thee.
        >
        > Reader: The Lord said unto Me: Thou art My son.
        >
        > Choir: This day have I begotten Thee.
        >
        >
        >
        > Reader: The Reading is from the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to
        the
        > Galatians:
        >
        > [Galatians 3:15-22] Brethren, I speak after the manner of men;
        Though it be
        > but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth,
        or addeth
        > thereto. * Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He
        saith not,
        > And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is
        Christ. *
        > And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God
        in
        > Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after,
        cannot
        > disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. * For if
        the
        > inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave
        it to
        > Abraham by promise. * Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added
        because
        > of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise
        was made;
        > and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. * Now a
        mediator is
        > not a mediator of one, but God is one. * Is the law then against the
        > promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given
        which could
        > have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.
        * But the
        > scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith
        of Jesus
        > Christ might be given to them that believe.
        >
        >
        >
        > [Ephesians 5:1-8a] Brethren: Be ye therefore followers of God, as
        dear
        > children; * And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and
        hath given
        > himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet
        smelling
        > savour. * But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness,
        let it not
        > be once named among you, as becometh saints; * Neither filthiness,
        nor
        > foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather
        giving of
        > thanks. * For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean
        person, nor
        > covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the
        kingdom of
        > Christ and of God. * Let no man deceive you with vain words: for
        because of
        > these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of
        disobedience. * Be
        > not ye therefore partakers with them. * For ye were sometimes
        darkness, but
        > now are ye light in the Lord.
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
        > The Alleluia [PAUSE before first verse]
        >
        >
        >
        > Reader: Alleluia in the 5th Tone: The Lord said unto my Lord: Sit
        Thou at my
        > right hand, until I make Thine enemies the footstool of Thy feet.
        >
        > Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
        >
        > Reader: A scepter of power shall the Lord send unto Thee out of
        Zion.
        >
        > Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
        >
        > Reader: From the womb before the morning star have I begotten Thee.
        >
        > Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
        > Gospel [Matthew 13:31-36] Another parable put he forth unto them,
        saying,
        > The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a
        man took,
        > and sowed in his field: * Which indeed is the least of all seeds:
        but when
        > it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree,
        so that
        > the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. *
        Another
        > parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto
        leaven, which
        > a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was
        > leavened. * All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in
        parables; and
        > without a parable spake he not unto them: * That it might be
        fulfilled which
        > was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in
        parables; I will
        > utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the
        world. *
        > Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house.
        >
        >
        >
        > [Luke 14:1-11] At that time, it came to pass, as he went into the
        house of
        > one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that
        they
        > watched him. * And, behold, there was a certain man before him
        which had the
        > dropsy. * And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees,
        saying,
        > Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day? * And they held their
        peace. And he
        > took him, and healed him, and let him go; * And answered them,
        saying, Which
        > of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not
        > straightway pull him out on the sabbath day? * And they could not
        answer him
        > again to these things. * And he put forth a parable to those which
        were
        > bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying
        unto them,
        > * When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the
        highest
        > room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him; * And
        he that
        > bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and
        thou begin
        > with shame to take the lowest room. * But when thou art bidden, go
        and sit
        > down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may
        say unto
        > thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the
        presence of
        > them that sit at meat with thee. * For whosoever exalteth himself
        shall be
        > abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
        > Communion Verse:
        >
        > Praise the Lord in the heavens, praise Him in the highest!
        Alleluia!
        > Alleluia! Alleluia!
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
        > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
        >
      • Kenneth Doll
        Hello Sergius, Can you clarify what the daily Prokeimenon, Alleluia, & Communion Verse would be for this coming Saturday, December 24 (Jan 6)? Where do these
        Message 3 of 24 , Jan 4, 2007
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          Hello Sergius,

          Can you clarify what the daily Prokeimenon, Alleluia, & Communion
          Verse would be for this coming Saturday, December 24 (Jan 6)? Where
          do these come from? I just looked in the Menaion and there is
          nothing.

          What is the situation with the tropar and kondak of the temple? We
          are also planning to follow Fr. John's rubrics so if this is
          incorrect, it would be nice to know.

          Where do the special readings (Galatians 3:15-22 and Matthew 13:31-
          36) apponted for the Eve of the Nativity when it falls on a Saturday
          come from? And where do the other readings (Ephesians 5:1-8a and
          Luke 14:1-11) come from?

          Regards,
          Kenneth Doll

          --- In ustav@yahoogroups.com, "Deacon Sergius Miller"
          <srbmillerr@...> wrote:
          >
          > Dear Meg,
          >
          > I think there is a problem with the Prokeimenon, Alleluia , &
          > Communion verse. These three belong to the Vesperal Liturgy of the
          > eve of the Nativity. The first two, therefore, will be used in the
          > Vespers that follows the Liturgy on the 24th. For the Liturgy on
          the
          > 24th when it is a Saturday, you need the daily Prokeimenon,
          > Alleluia , & Communion Verse. Also, I think the tropar & kondak of
          > the temple are omitted.
          >
          > In Christ,
          > Dn. Sergius Miller
          >
          >
          >
          > --- In ustav@yahoogroups.com, "Meg Lark" <skovranok@> wrote:
          > >
          > > A note concerning the following: Normally, we do not publish the
          > rubrics
          > > for the Great Feasts, since nearly everyone has access to the
          > Festal Menaion
          > > of Bishop Kallistos Ware and Mother Maria. But since the rubrics
          > are
          > > somewhat different when the Nativity is celebrated on a Sunday,
          we
          > have
          > > decided to publish at least part of the services for this
          weekend.
          > This
          > > post contains the rubrics for Divine Liturgy on the Eve of the
          > Nativity.
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > > Please note that the Royal Hours of the Nativity are served on
          > Friday. On
          > > Saturday, Matins of the Forefeast and Divine Liturgy are served
          in
          > the
          > > morning, and Great Vespers, Great Compline, and Matins of the
          Feast
          > of the
          > > Nativity in the evening. The Divine Liturgy of the Feast of the
          > Nativity is
          > > served on Sunday. Actual practice may vary from parish to parish.
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > > My thanks, as always, to Fr. John Whiteford for the materials on
          > his site
          > > <http://pages.prodigy.net/frjohnwhiteford/services.htm>
          > > http://pages.prodigy.net/frjohnwhiteford/services.htm
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > > Wishing all a most blessed and joyous Nativity of our Lord,
          > >
          > > Margaret Lark
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > > Forefeast of the Nativity: 24 December/6 January 2007
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > > Readings:
          > >
          > > Epistle: Galatians 3:15-22 and Ephesians 5:1-8a
          > >
          > > Gospel: Matthew 13:31-36 and Luke 14:1-11
          > >
          > > Note: The readings for the Saturday before the Nativity are
          > transferred to
          > > the previous Saturday (17/30 December) because of the special
          > readings
          > > (Galatians 3:15-22 and Matthew 13:31-36) apponted for the Eve of
          the
          > > Nativity when it falls on a Saturday.
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > > The St. John of Kronstadt Press calendar specifies: The Eve of
          the
          > > Nativity. Saturday before Nativity. Nun-Martyr Eugenia of Rome,
          > and with
          > > her the Martyrs Philip her father, Protus, Hyacinth (Jacinth),
          > Basilla, and
          > > Claudia. St. Nicholas the Monk of Bulgaria. St. Antioch, Monk of
          > > Palestine, and St. Vitimionus of Scete. St. Aphrodisius, Monk of
          > Palestine.
          > > New-Martyr Achmed (Ahmet) the Calligrapher (or Architect) of
          > Constantinople.
          > > Greek Calendar: Monk Achaicus.
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > > A simple service to Martyr Eugenia.
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > > Reader and Choir Cues
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > > Hours:
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > > Third Hour:
          > >
          > > Troparion of the Forefeast, Tone 4: Once Mary, being with child
          by
          > a
          > > seedless conception, / was registered in Bethlehem with the aged
          > Joseph/ as
          > > being of the seed of David. / The time came for the birth, and
          > there was no
          > > room in the inn; / but the cave proved a delightful palace for
          the
          > queen. //
          > > Christ is born to raise the image that fell of old.
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > > Kontakion of the Forefeast, Tone 3: Today the Virgin cometh to
          the
          > cave to
          > > give birth ineffably / to the Word Who was before the ages. /
          > Dance, O
          > > earth, at the message! / Give glory with the angels and
          > shepherds / unto
          > > Him Who was willing to be gazed upon as a young child // and is
          pre-
          > eternal
          > > God.
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > > Sixth Hour:
          > >
          > > As at the Third Hour
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > > Forefeast of Nativity / Saturday [Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom]
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > > Third Antiphon (Beatitudes): 4 from Ode 3 of the Forefeast; 4
          from
          > Ode 6 of
          > > the Forefeast
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > > 1 & 2. Delivering me from the bonds of evil, O Lord Who lovest
          > mankind, Thou
          > > comest to be wrapped as a babe in swaddling-bands. I worship Thy
          > divine
          > > condescension!
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > > 3. The Virgin cometh forth to give birth to Thee Who, though Thou
          > hast shone
          > > forth timelessly from the Father, hast come under time, releasing
          > our souls
          > > from immemorial passions.
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > > 4. Seeking me who have become lost through disobedience, Thou
          hast
          > made the
          > > cave a dwelling-place, like unto heaven; and Thou preparest
          > mansions for me
          > > there, O Compassionate and greatly Merciful One!
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > > 5 & 6. Christ cometh to His own in strange manner. Let us
          estrange
          > > ourselves from sin and receive Him Who maketh His abode in the
          > souls of the
          > > meek.
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > > 7. In nowise shalt thou be the least among cities, O Bethlehem;
          > for in thee
          > > is born the King and Lord, that He might shepherd His rich people.
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > > 8. How doth a lowly cave receive Thee Whom the whole world
          cannot
          > contain,
          > > O Ineffable One? How art Thou seen as an infant, O Unoriginate
          One
          > Who
          > > sharest the mind of the Father?
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > > Troparia and Kontakia
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > > Tone 4: Once Mary, being with child by a seedless conception, /
          was
          > > registered in Bethlehem with the aged Joseph/ as being of the
          seed
          > of David.
          > > / The time came for the birth, and there was no room in the
          inn; /
          > but the
          > > cave proved a delightful palace for the queen. // Christ is born
          to
          > raise
          > > the image that fell of old.
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > > [Troparion of the Temple]
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > > Glory. [Kontakion of the Temple]
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > > Both now.
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > > Kontakion of the Forefeast, Tone 3: Today the Virgin cometh to
          the
          > cave to
          > > give birth ineffably / to the Word Who was before the ages. /
          > Dance, O
          > > earth, at the message! / Give glory with the angels and
          > shepherds / unto
          > > Him Who was willing to be gazed upon as a young child // and is
          pre-
          > eternal
          > > God.
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > > The Epistle
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > > Reader: The Prokeimenon in the 1st Tone: The Lord said unto Me:
          > Thou art My
          > > son, this day have I begotten Thee.
          > >
          > > Choir: The Lord said unto Me: Thou art My son, this day have I
          > begotten
          > > Thee.
          > >
          > > Reader: Ask of Me, and I will give Thee the nations for Thine
          > inheritance,
          > > and the uttermost parts of the earth for Thy possession.
          > >
          > > Choir: The Lord said unto Me: Thou art My son, this day have I
          > begotten
          > > Thee.
          > >
          > > Reader: The Lord said unto Me: Thou art My son.
          > >
          > > Choir: This day have I begotten Thee.
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > > Reader: The Reading is from the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul
          to
          > the
          > > Galatians:
          > >
          > > [Galatians 3:15-22] Brethren, I speak after the manner of men;
          > Though it be
          > > but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man
          disannulleth,
          > or addeth
          > > thereto. * Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He
          > saith not,
          > > And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which
          is
          > Christ. *
          > > And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of
          God
          > in
          > > Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after,
          > cannot
          > > disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. * For
          if
          > the
          > > inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave
          > it to
          > > Abraham by promise. * Wherefore then serveth the law? It was
          added
          > because
          > > of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise
          > was made;
          > > and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. * Now a
          > mediator is
          > > not a mediator of one, but God is one. * Is the law then against
          the
          > > promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given
          > which could
          > > have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the
          law.
          > * But the
          > > scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith
          > of Jesus
          > > Christ might be given to them that believe.
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > > [Ephesians 5:1-8a] Brethren: Be ye therefore followers of God,
          as
          > dear
          > > children; * And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and
          > hath given
          > > himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet
          > smelling
          > > savour. * But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness,
          > let it not
          > > be once named among you, as becometh saints; * Neither
          filthiness,
          > nor
          > > foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but
          rather
          > giving of
          > > thanks. * For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean
          > person, nor
          > > covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the
          > kingdom of
          > > Christ and of God. * Let no man deceive you with vain words: for
          > because of
          > > these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of
          > disobedience. * Be
          > > not ye therefore partakers with them. * For ye were sometimes
          > darkness, but
          > > now are ye light in the Lord.
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > > The Alleluia [PAUSE before first verse]
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > > Reader: Alleluia in the 5th Tone: The Lord said unto my Lord: Sit
          > Thou at my
          > > right hand, until I make Thine enemies the footstool of Thy feet.
          > >
          > > Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
          > >
          > > Reader: A scepter of power shall the Lord send unto Thee out of
          > Zion.
          > >
          > > Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
          > >
          > > Reader: From the womb before the morning star have I begotten
          Thee.
          > >
          > > Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > > Gospel [Matthew 13:31-36] Another parable put he forth unto them,
          > saying,
          > > The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a
          > man took,
          > > and sowed in his field: * Which indeed is the least of all seeds:
          > but when
          > > it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree,
          > so that
          > > the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. *
          > Another
          > > parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto
          > leaven, which
          > > a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole
          was
          > > leavened. * All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in
          > parables; and
          > > without a parable spake he not unto them: * That it might be
          > fulfilled which
          > > was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in
          > parables; I will
          > > utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of
          the
          > world. *
          > > Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house.
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > > [Luke 14:1-11] At that time, it came to pass, as he went into
          the
          > house of
          > > one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that
          > they
          > > watched him. * And, behold, there was a certain man before him
          > which had the
          > > dropsy. * And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and
          Pharisees,
          > saying,
          > > Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day? * And they held their
          > peace. And he
          > > took him, and healed him, and let him go; * And answered them,
          > saying, Which
          > > of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not
          > > straightway pull him out on the sabbath day? * And they could not
          > answer him
          > > again to these things. * And he put forth a parable to those
          which
          > were
          > > bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying
          > unto them,
          > > * When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in
          the
          > highest
          > > room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him; *
          And
          > he that
          > > bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and
          > thou begin
          > > with shame to take the lowest room. * But when thou art bidden,
          go
          > and sit
          > > down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he
          may
          > say unto
          > > thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the
          > presence of
          > > them that sit at meat with thee. * For whosoever exalteth himself
          > shall be
          > > abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > > Communion Verse:
          > >
          > > Praise the Lord in the heavens, praise Him in the highest!
          > Alleluia!
          > > Alleluia! Alleluia!
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
          > >
          >
        • Deacon Sergius Miller
          ... Where ... Dear Kenneth, These are in the Epistle Book. Reference is made to them in the Order of Divine Services, p. 216. I haven t an Apostol w/me in
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            --- In ustav@yahoogroups.com, "Kenneth Doll" <dollpka@...> wrote:
            >
            > Hello Sergius,
            >
            > Can you clarify what the daily Prokeimenon, Alleluia, & Communion
            > Verse would be for this coming Saturday, December 24 (Jan 6)?
            Where
            > do these come from? I just looked in the Menaion and there is
            > nothing.

            Dear Kenneth,

            These are in the Epistle Book. Reference is made to them in the
            Order of Divine Services, p. 216. I haven't an Apostol w/me in order
            to give you the full texts.


            >
            > What is the situation with the tropar and kondak of the temple? We
            > are also planning to follow Fr. John's rubrics so if this is
            > incorrect, it would be nice to know.

            Again, following the ODS, no temple tropar & kondak.


            >
            > Where do the special readings (Galatians 3:15-22 and Matthew 13:31-
            > 36) apponted for the Eve of the Nativity when it falls on a
            Saturday
            > come from? And where do the other readings (Ephesians 5:1-8a and
            > Luke 14:1-11) come from?
            >


            All this is in the Apostol, both the Saturday before the Nativity &
            the daily Epistle & Gospel which are to be done today.

            Deacon Sergius
          • Fr. John Whiteford
            I set the text up according to the rubrics in the St. John of Kronstadt Calendar. I assumed that the rubrics were a correction of the information in the Order
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              I set the text up according to the rubrics in the St. John of
              Kronstadt Calendar. I assumed that the rubrics were a correction of
              the information in the Order of Divine Services.

              http://www.saintjonah.org/lit/lit_christmas_eve_sat.htm

              The rubrics for December 24th, 2006 (p.368f) say:

              "At the Beatitutes, we chant eight troparia: four from Ode III of the
              canon of the forefeast and four from Ode VI of the canon of the
              forefeast.

              After the Little Entrance... In a temple of a saint, we sing the
              troparion of the Forefeast; troparion of the temple; Glory..,
              kontakion of the temple; Now & ever..., kontakion of the forefeast."

              It then gives the prokimenon, epistle, Alleluia verses, and Gospel
              reading as I have it.

              It concludes with this note:

              "The readings for the Saturday before the Nativity are transferred to
              the previous Saturday (17 December) because of the special
              readings... appointed for the Eve of the Nativity when it falls on
              Saturday."

              The rubrics in the Jordanville calendar do differ, but the ones in
              the SJOKP seems more likely to me to be correct at the time I was
              setting this service up.

              -Fr. John Whiteford




              --- In ustav@yahoogroups.com, "Deacon Sergius Miller"
              <srbmillerr@...> wrote:
              >
              > --- In ustav@yahoogroups.com, "Kenneth Doll" <dollpka@> wrote:
              > >
              > > Hello Sergius,
              > >
              > > Can you clarify what the daily Prokeimenon, Alleluia, & Communion
              > > Verse would be for this coming Saturday, December 24 (Jan 6)?
              > Where
              > > do these come from? I just looked in the Menaion and there is
              > > nothing.
              >
              > Dear Kenneth,
              >
              > These are in the Epistle Book. Reference is made to them in the
              > Order of Divine Services, p. 216. I haven't an Apostol w/me in
              order
              > to give you the full texts.
              >
              >
              > >
              > > What is the situation with the tropar and kondak of the temple?
              We
              > > are also planning to follow Fr. John's rubrics so if this is
              > > incorrect, it would be nice to know.
              >
              > Again, following the ODS, no temple tropar & kondak.
              >
              >
              > >
              > > Where do the special readings (Galatians 3:15-22 and Matthew
              13:31-
              > > 36) apponted for the Eve of the Nativity when it falls on a
              > Saturday
              > > come from? And where do the other readings (Ephesians 5:1-8a and
              > > Luke 14:1-11) come from?
              > >
              >
              >
              > All this is in the Apostol, both the Saturday before the Nativity &
              > the daily Epistle & Gospel which are to be done today.
              >
              > Deacon Sergius
              >
            • Deacon Sergius Miller
              Father, I think the SJKP calendar has made a mess of it. The readings of the Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil are never done on Sat. or Sun. Liturgy when these
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                Father,

                I think the SJKP calendar has made a mess of it. The readings of the
                Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil are never done on Sat. or Sun. Liturgy
                when these occur on the 24th. They are reserved to be done at the
                Vespers after the Liturgy.

                Dn. Sergius



                --- In ustav@yahoogroups.com, "Fr. John Whiteford"
                <frjohnwhiteford@...> wrote:
                >
                > I set the text up according to the rubrics in the St. John of
                > Kronstadt Calendar. I assumed that the rubrics were a correction
                of
                > the information in the Order of Divine Services.
                >
                > http://www.saintjonah.org/lit/lit_christmas_eve_sat.htm
                >
                > The rubrics for December 24th, 2006 (p.368f) say:
                >
                > "At the Beatitutes, we chant eight troparia: four from Ode III of
                the
                > canon of the forefeast and four from Ode VI of the canon of the
                > forefeast.
                >
                > After the Little Entrance... In a temple of a saint, we sing the
                > troparion of the Forefeast; troparion of the temple; Glory..,
                > kontakion of the temple; Now & ever..., kontakion of the forefeast."
                >
                > It then gives the prokimenon, epistle, Alleluia verses, and Gospel
                > reading as I have it.
                >
                > It concludes with this note:
                >
                > "The readings for the Saturday before the Nativity are transferred
                to
                > the previous Saturday (17 December) because of the special
                > readings... appointed for the Eve of the Nativity when it falls on
                > Saturday."
                >
                > The rubrics in the Jordanville calendar do differ, but the ones in
                > the SJOKP seems more likely to me to be correct at the time I was
                > setting this service up.
                >
                > -Fr. John Whiteford
                >
                >
                >
                >
                > --- In ustav@yahoogroups.com, "Deacon Sergius Miller"
                > <srbmillerr@> wrote:
                > >
                > > --- In ustav@yahoogroups.com, "Kenneth Doll" <dollpka@> wrote:
                > > >
                > > > Hello Sergius,
                > > >
                > > > Can you clarify what the daily Prokeimenon, Alleluia, &
                Communion
                > > > Verse would be for this coming Saturday, December 24 (Jan 6)?
                > > Where
                > > > do these come from? I just looked in the Menaion and there is
                > > > nothing.
                > >
                > > Dear Kenneth,
                > >
                > > These are in the Epistle Book. Reference is made to them in the
                > > Order of Divine Services, p. 216. I haven't an Apostol w/me in
                > order
                > > to give you the full texts.
                > >
                > >
                > > >
                > > > What is the situation with the tropar and kondak of the
                temple?
                > We
                > > > are also planning to follow Fr. John's rubrics so if this is
                > > > incorrect, it would be nice to know.
                > >
                > > Again, following the ODS, no temple tropar & kondak.
                > >
                > >
                > > >
                > > > Where do the special readings (Galatians 3:15-22 and Matthew
                > 13:31-
                > > > 36) apponted for the Eve of the Nativity when it falls on a
                > > Saturday
                > > > come from? And where do the other readings (Ephesians 5:1-8a
                and
                > > > Luke 14:1-11) come from?
                > > >
                > >
                > >
                > > All this is in the Apostol, both the Saturday before the Nativity
                &
                > > the daily Epistle & Gospel which are to be done today.
                > >
                > > Deacon Sergius
                > >
                >
              • Kenneth Doll
                Dear Fr. John, Assuming all the rest is correct, I still have a question about the troparion. There is one unique to the 24th : Tone 4 Once Mary being with
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                  Dear Fr. John,
                  Assuming all the rest is correct, I still have a question about the
                  troparion. There is one unique to the 24th :
                  Tone 4
                  "Once Mary being with child by a seedless conception, was registered
                  in Bethlehem with the elder Joseph as being of the seed of David.
                  The time came for the birth and there was no room in the inn; but
                  the cave proved a delightful palace for the Queen. Christ is born
                  to raise the image that fell of old."
                  I have seen this referred to as the troparion for the eve rather
                  than the forefeast. Is this the correct one to sing?
                  Kenneth Doll

                  --- In ustav@yahoogroups.com, "Fr. John Whiteford"
                  <frjohnwhiteford@...> wrote:
                  >
                  > I set the text up according to the rubrics in the St. John of
                  > Kronstadt Calendar. I assumed that the rubrics were a correction
                  of
                  > the information in the Order of Divine Services.
                  >
                  > http://www.saintjonah.org/lit/lit_christmas_eve_sat.htm
                  >
                  > The rubrics for December 24th, 2006 (p.368f) say:
                  >
                  > "At the Beatitutes, we chant eight troparia: four from Ode III of
                  the
                  > canon of the forefeast and four from Ode VI of the canon of the
                  > forefeast.
                  >
                  > After the Little Entrance... In a temple of a saint, we sing the
                  > troparion of the Forefeast; troparion of the temple; Glory..,
                  > kontakion of the temple; Now & ever..., kontakion of the
                  forefeast."
                  >
                  > It then gives the prokimenon, epistle, Alleluia verses, and Gospel
                  > reading as I have it.
                  >
                  > It concludes with this note:
                  >
                  > "The readings for the Saturday before the Nativity are transferred
                  to
                  > the previous Saturday (17 December) because of the special
                  > readings... appointed for the Eve of the Nativity when it falls on
                  > Saturday."
                  >
                  > The rubrics in the Jordanville calendar do differ, but the ones in
                  > the SJOKP seems more likely to me to be correct at the time I was
                  > setting this service up.
                  >
                  > -Fr. John Whiteford
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > --- In ustav@yahoogroups.com, "Deacon Sergius Miller"
                  > <srbmillerr@> wrote:
                  > >
                  > > --- In ustav@yahoogroups.com, "Kenneth Doll" <dollpka@> wrote:
                  > > >
                  > > > Hello Sergius,
                  > > >
                  > > > Can you clarify what the daily Prokeimenon, Alleluia, &
                  Communion
                  > > > Verse would be for this coming Saturday, December 24 (Jan 6)?
                  > > Where
                  > > > do these come from? I just looked in the Menaion and there is
                  > > > nothing.
                  > >
                  > > Dear Kenneth,
                  > >
                  > > These are in the Epistle Book. Reference is made to them in the
                  > > Order of Divine Services, p. 216. I haven't an Apostol w/me in
                  > order
                  > > to give you the full texts.
                  > >
                  > >
                  > > >
                  > > > What is the situation with the tropar and kondak of the
                  temple?
                  > We
                  > > > are also planning to follow Fr. John's rubrics so if this is
                  > > > incorrect, it would be nice to know.
                  > >
                  > > Again, following the ODS, no temple tropar & kondak.
                  > >
                  > >
                  > > >
                  > > > Where do the special readings (Galatians 3:15-22 and Matthew
                  > 13:31-
                  > > > 36) apponted for the Eve of the Nativity when it falls on a
                  > > Saturday
                  > > > come from? And where do the other readings (Ephesians 5:1-8a
                  and
                  > > > Luke 14:1-11) come from?
                  > > >
                  > >
                  > >
                  > > All this is in the Apostol, both the Saturday before the
                  Nativity &
                  > > the daily Epistle & Gospel which are to be done today.
                  > >
                  > > Deacon Sergius
                  > >
                  >
                • Fr. John Whiteford
                  That s the troparion I understood we were to use (Once Mary being with child...). Kenneth Doll wrote: Dear Fr. John, Assuming all the rest
                  Message 8 of 24 , Jan 5, 2007
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                    That's the troparion I understood we were to use (Once Mary being with child...).

                    Kenneth Doll <dollpka@...> wrote: Dear Fr. John,
                    Assuming all the rest is correct, I still have a question about the
                    troparion. There is one unique to the 24th :
                    Tone 4
                    "Once Mary being with child by a seedless conception, was registered
                    in Bethlehem with the elder Joseph as being of the seed of David.
                    The time came for the birth and there was no room in the inn; but
                    the cave proved a delightful palace for the Queen. Christ is born
                    to raise the image that fell of old."
                    I have seen this referred to as the troparion for the eve rather
                    than the forefeast. Is this the correct one to sing?
                    Kenneth Doll

                    --- In ustav@yahoogroups.com, "Fr. John Whiteford"
                    wrote:
                    >
                    > I set the text up according to the rubrics in the St. John of
                    > Kronstadt Calendar. I assumed that the rubrics were a correction
                    of
                    > the information in the Order of Divine Services.
                    >
                    > http://www.saintjonah.org/lit/lit_christmas_eve_sat.htm
                    >
                    > The rubrics for December 24th, 2006 (p.368f) say:
                    >
                    > "At the Beatitutes, we chant eight troparia: four from Ode III of
                    the
                    > canon of the forefeast and four from Ode VI of the canon of the
                    > forefeast.
                    >
                    > After the Little Entrance... In a temple of a saint, we sing the
                    > troparion of the Forefeast; troparion of the temple; Glory..,
                    > kontakion of the temple; Now & ever..., kontakion of the
                    forefeast."
                    >
                    > It then gives the prokimenon, epistle, Alleluia verses, and Gospel
                    > reading as I have it.
                    >
                    > It concludes with this note:
                    >
                    > "The readings for the Saturday before the Nativity are transferred
                    to
                    > the previous Saturday (17 December) because of the special
                    > readings... appointed for the Eve of the Nativity when it falls on
                    > Saturday."
                    >
                    > The rubrics in the Jordanville calendar do differ, but the ones in
                    > the SJOKP seems more likely to me to be correct at the time I was
                    > setting this service up.
                    >
                    > -Fr. John Whiteford
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > --- In ustav@yahoogroups.com, "Deacon Sergius Miller"
                    > wrote:
                    > >
                    > > --- In ustav@yahoogroups.com, "Kenneth Doll" wrote:
                    > > >
                    > > > Hello Sergius,
                    > > >
                    > > > Can you clarify what the daily Prokeimenon, Alleluia, &
                    Communion
                    > > > Verse would be for this coming Saturday, December 24 (Jan 6)?
                    > > Where
                    > > > do these come from? I just looked in the Menaion and there is
                    > > > nothing.
                    > >
                    > > Dear Kenneth,
                    > >
                    > > These are in the Epistle Book. Reference is made to them in the
                    > > Order of Divine Services, p. 216. I haven't an Apostol w/me in
                    > order
                    > > to give you the full texts.
                    > >
                    > >
                    > > >
                    > > > What is the situation with the tropar and kondak of the
                    temple?
                    > We
                    > > > are also planning to follow Fr. John's rubrics so if this is
                    > > > incorrect, it would be nice to know.
                    > >
                    > > Again, following the ODS, no temple tropar & kondak.
                    > >
                    > >
                    > > >
                    > > > Where do the special readings (Galatians 3:15-22 and Matthew
                    > 13:31-
                    > > > 36) apponted for the Eve of the Nativity when it falls on a
                    > > Saturday
                    > > > come from? And where do the other readings (Ephesians 5:1-8a
                    and
                    > > > Luke 14:1-11) come from?
                    > > >
                    > >
                    > >
                    > > All this is in the Apostol, both the Saturday before the
                    Nativity &
                    > > the daily Epistle & Gospel which are to be done today.
                    > >
                    > > Deacon Sergius
                    > >
                    >





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                  • Fr. John Whiteford
                    The readings appointed in the SKOP calendar are different than those done at the Vesperal liturgy. The prokimenon and Alleluia verses appear to be the same,
                    Message 9 of 24 , Jan 5, 2007
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                      The readings appointed in the SKOP calendar are different than those done at the Vesperal liturgy. The prokimenon and Alleluia verses appear to be the same, however.

                      The readings they appoint are:

                      Galatians 3:15-22 & Ephesians5:1-8a; Matthew 13:31-36 [and Luke 14:1-11, if you are not following the Lucan jump.]

                      Deacon Sergius Miller <srbmillerr@...> wrote:

                      Father,

                      I think the SJKP calendar has made a mess of it. The readings of the
                      Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil are never done on Sat. or Sun. Liturgy
                      when these occur on the 24th. They are reserved to be done at the
                      Vespers after the Liturgy.

                      Dn. Sergius



                      --- In ustav@yahoogroups.com, "Fr. John Whiteford"
                      wrote:
                      >
                      > I set the text up according to the rubrics in the St. John of
                      > Kronstadt Calendar. I assumed that the rubrics were a correction
                      of
                      > the information in the Order of Divine Services.
                      >
                      > http://www.saintjonah.org/lit/lit_christmas_eve_sat.htm
                      >
                      > The rubrics for December 24th, 2006 (p.368f) say:
                      >
                      > "At the Beatitutes, we chant eight troparia: four from Ode III of
                      the
                      > canon of the forefeast and four from Ode VI of the canon of the
                      > forefeast.
                      >
                      > After the Little Entrance... In a temple of a saint, we sing the
                      > troparion of the Forefeast; troparion of the temple; Glory..,
                      > kontakion of the temple; Now & ever..., kontakion of the forefeast."
                      >
                      > It then gives the prokimenon, epistle, Alleluia verses, and Gospel
                      > reading as I have it.
                      >
                      > It concludes with this note:
                      >
                      > "The readings for the Saturday before the Nativity are transferred
                      to
                      > the previous Saturday (17 December) because of the special
                      > readings... appointed for the Eve of the Nativity when it falls on
                      > Saturday."
                      >
                      > The rubrics in the Jordanville calendar do differ, but the ones in
                      > the SJOKP seems more likely to me to be correct at the time I was
                      > setting this service up.
                      >
                      > -Fr. John Whiteford
                      >
                      >
                      >
                      >
                      > --- In ustav@yahoogroups.com, "Deacon Sergius Miller"
                      > wrote:
                      > >
                      > > --- In ustav@yahoogroups.com, "Kenneth Doll" wrote:
                      > > >
                      > > > Hello Sergius,
                      > > >
                      > > > Can you clarify what the daily Prokeimenon, Alleluia, &
                      Communion
                      > > > Verse would be for this coming Saturday, December 24 (Jan 6)?
                      > > Where
                      > > > do these come from? I just looked in the Menaion and there is
                      > > > nothing.
                      > >
                      > > Dear Kenneth,
                      > >
                      > > These are in the Epistle Book. Reference is made to them in the
                      > > Order of Divine Services, p. 216. I haven't an Apostol w/me in
                      > order
                      > > to give you the full texts.
                      > >
                      > >
                      > > >
                      > > > What is the situation with the tropar and kondak of the
                      temple?
                      > We
                      > > > are also planning to follow Fr. John's rubrics so if this is
                      > > > incorrect, it would be nice to know.
                      > >
                      > > Again, following the ODS, no temple tropar & kondak.
                      > >
                      > >
                      > > >
                      > > > Where do the special readings (Galatians 3:15-22 and Matthew
                      > 13:31-
                      > > > 36) apponted for the Eve of the Nativity when it falls on a
                      > > Saturday
                      > > > come from? And where do the other readings (Ephesians 5:1-8a
                      and
                      > > > Luke 14:1-11) come from?
                      > > >
                      > >
                      > >
                      > > All this is in the Apostol, both the Saturday before the Nativity
                      &
                      > > the daily Epistle & Gospel which are to be done today.
                      > >
                      > > Deacon Sergius
                      > >
                      >





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                    • Kenneth Doll
                      Thank you Fr. John. ... with child...). ... the ... registered ... of ... Gospel ... transferred ... on ... in ... was ... 6)? ... is ... the ... Whiteford ...
                      Message 10 of 24 , Jan 5, 2007
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                        Thank you Fr. John.

                        --- In ustav@yahoogroups.com, "Fr. John Whiteford"
                        <frjohnwhiteford@...> wrote:
                        >
                        > That's the troparion I understood we were to use (Once Mary being
                        with child...).
                        >
                        > Kenneth Doll <dollpka@...> wrote: Dear Fr. John,
                        > Assuming all the rest is correct, I still have a question about
                        the
                        > troparion. There is one unique to the 24th :
                        > Tone 4
                        > "Once Mary being with child by a seedless conception, was
                        registered
                        > in Bethlehem with the elder Joseph as being of the seed of David.
                        > The time came for the birth and there was no room in the inn; but
                        > the cave proved a delightful palace for the Queen. Christ is born
                        > to raise the image that fell of old."
                        > I have seen this referred to as the troparion for the eve rather
                        > than the forefeast. Is this the correct one to sing?
                        > Kenneth Doll
                        >
                        > --- In ustav@yahoogroups.com, "Fr. John Whiteford"
                        > wrote:
                        > >
                        > > I set the text up according to the rubrics in the St. John of
                        > > Kronstadt Calendar. I assumed that the rubrics were a correction
                        > of
                        > > the information in the Order of Divine Services.
                        > >
                        > > http://www.saintjonah.org/lit/lit_christmas_eve_sat.htm
                        > >
                        > > The rubrics for December 24th, 2006 (p.368f) say:
                        > >
                        > > "At the Beatitutes, we chant eight troparia: four from Ode III
                        of
                        > the
                        > > canon of the forefeast and four from Ode VI of the canon of the
                        > > forefeast.
                        > >
                        > > After the Little Entrance... In a temple of a saint, we sing the
                        > > troparion of the Forefeast; troparion of the temple; Glory..,
                        > > kontakion of the temple; Now & ever..., kontakion of the
                        > forefeast."
                        > >
                        > > It then gives the prokimenon, epistle, Alleluia verses, and
                        Gospel
                        > > reading as I have it.
                        > >
                        > > It concludes with this note:
                        > >
                        > > "The readings for the Saturday before the Nativity are
                        transferred
                        > to
                        > > the previous Saturday (17 December) because of the special
                        > > readings... appointed for the Eve of the Nativity when it falls
                        on
                        > > Saturday."
                        > >
                        > > The rubrics in the Jordanville calendar do differ, but the ones
                        in
                        > > the SJOKP seems more likely to me to be correct at the time I
                        was
                        > > setting this service up.
                        > >
                        > > -Fr. John Whiteford
                        > >
                        > >
                        > >
                        > >
                        > > --- In ustav@yahoogroups.com, "Deacon Sergius Miller"
                        > > wrote:
                        > > >
                        > > > --- In ustav@yahoogroups.com, "Kenneth Doll" wrote:
                        > > > >
                        > > > > Hello Sergius,
                        > > > >
                        > > > > Can you clarify what the daily Prokeimenon, Alleluia, &
                        > Communion
                        > > > > Verse would be for this coming Saturday, December 24 (Jan
                        6)?
                        > > > Where
                        > > > > do these come from? I just looked in the Menaion and there
                        is
                        > > > > nothing.
                        > > >
                        > > > Dear Kenneth,
                        > > >
                        > > > These are in the Epistle Book. Reference is made to them in
                        the
                        > > > Order of Divine Services, p. 216. I haven't an Apostol w/me in
                        > > order
                        > > > to give you the full texts.
                        > > >
                        > > >
                        > > > >
                        > > > > What is the situation with the tropar and kondak of the
                        > temple?
                        > > We
                        > > > > are also planning to follow Fr. John's rubrics so if this is
                        > > > > incorrect, it would be nice to know.
                        > > >
                        > > > Again, following the ODS, no temple tropar & kondak.
                        > > >
                        > > >
                        > > > >
                        > > > > Where do the special readings (Galatians 3:15-22 and Matthew
                        > > 13:31-
                        > > > > 36) apponted for the Eve of the Nativity when it falls on a
                        > > > Saturday
                        > > > > come from? And where do the other readings (Ephesians 5:1-8a
                        > and
                        > > > > Luke 14:1-11) come from?
                        > > > >
                        > > >
                        > > >
                        > > > All this is in the Apostol, both the Saturday before the
                        > Nativity &
                        > > > the daily Epistle & Gospel which are to be done today.
                        > > >
                        > > > Deacon Sergius
                        > > >
                        > >
                        >
                        >
                        >
                        >
                        >
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                      • Daniel Olson
                        ... The festal Prokeimenon, Alleluia and Communion Verse at the Liturgy on 24 December when it falls on a Saturday was prescribed by the Moscow Patriarchate s
                        Message 11 of 24 , Jan 5, 2007
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                          On 1/5/07 6:02 AM, Deacon Sergius MIller wrote:

                          > I think there is a problem with the Prokeimenon, Alleluia , &
                          > Communion verse. These three belong to the Vesperal Liturgy of the
                          > eve of the Nativity. The first two, therefore, will be used in the
                          > Vespers that follows the Liturgy on the 24th. For the Liturgy on the
                          > 24th when it is a Saturday, you need the daily Prokeimenon,
                          > Alleluia , & Communion Verse. Also, I think the tropar & kondak of
                          > the temple are omitted.

                          The festal Prokeimenon, Alleluia and Communion Verse at the Liturgy on 24
                          December when it falls on a Saturday was prescribed by the Moscow
                          Patriarchate's "Bogsluzhebye Ukazanija" ("Liturgical Instructions") for
                          2000, from which it was subsequently included in the "Liturgical Calendar"
                          for 2006 published by the St. John of Kronstadt Press.

                          While the use of the daily Prokeimenon, Alleluia and Communion Verse is
                          possible, it seemed to us that since nothing from the weekly cycle is used
                          during the festal periods of great feasts (except for Sundays), the use of
                          the festal Porkeimenon, Alleluia and Communion Verse was more appropriate.

                          According to the Typicon (Chapter 52), during the festal period of great
                          feast of the Lord the troparion and kontakion of a temple of the Lord are
                          omitted. However, in a temple of the Theotokos or of a saint, the troparion
                          and kontakion of the temple are not omitted during the festal period of a
                          great feast of the Lord.

                          Daniel Olson
                        • Daniel Olson
                          ... Because it is the festal period of a great feast of the Lord, the troparion and a kontakion of the temple are not sung when it is a temple of the Lord. In
                          Message 12 of 24 , Jan 5, 2007
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                            On 1/5/07 Kenneth Doll wrote:

                            > What is the situation with the tropar and kondak of the temple? We
                            > are also planning to follow Fr. John's rubrics so if this is
                            > incorrect, it would be nice to know.

                            Because it is the festal period of a great feast of the Lord, the troparion
                            and a kontakion of the temple are not sung when it is a temple of the Lord.
                            In a temple of the Theotokos or of a saint, the troparion and kontakion of
                            the temple are sung.

                            > Where do the special readings (Galatians 3:15-22 and Matthew 13:31-
                            > 36) apponted for the Eve of the Nativity when it falls on a Saturday
                            > come from? And where do the other readings (Ephesians 5:1-8a and
                            > Luke 14:1-11) come from?

                            The special readings (Galatians 3:15-22 and Matthew 13:31-36) for the Eve of
                            the Nativity when it falls on a Saturday are prescribed in the Typicon.
                            There is some confusion over these readings because the Typicon erroneously
                            prescribes them to be read at Great Vespers. But this prescription is
                            universally recognized as erroneous.

                            Liturgical scholars have demonstrated convincingly that the correct order is
                            for these readings to be read at the Liturgy served on Saturday morning
                            before Great Vespers. The readings usually appointed for the Saturday before
                            the Nativity are transferred to the preceding Saturday, which this year fell
                            on 17 December.

                            The other readings (Ephesians 5:1-8a and Luke 14:1-11) are those appointed
                            from the daily lectionary for the 30th Saturday after Pentecost. Since
                            there will be no adjustment of the Lectionary this year because of Pascha
                            coming early in 2007, the readings from the daily lectionary are not
                            transferred to a later date, but are read on this Saturday.

                            Daniel Olson
                          • Deacon Sergius Miller
                            Dear Daniel, That is very interesting. I do understand not wanting to do the ordinary Saturday prokeimenon etc., but I don t understand plugging in the festal
                            Message 13 of 24 , Jan 5, 2007
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                              Dear Daniel,

                              That is very interesting. I do understand not wanting to do the
                              ordinary Saturday prokeimenon etc., but I don't understand plugging
                              in the festal prokeimenon etc. that belong to the festal Vespers that
                              follows. It is interesting also that the Typikon itself in mum on
                              this. Perhaps, it has always been a conundrum.

                              Dear Father John,

                              My original question concerned the prokeimenon etc. but the lessons.

                              Dn. Sergius


                              --- In ustav@yahoogroups.com, Daniel Olson <danielolson@...> wrote:
                              >
                              > On 1/5/07 6:02 AM, Deacon Sergius MIller wrote:
                              >
                              > > I think there is a problem with the Prokeimenon, Alleluia , &
                              > > Communion verse. These three belong to the Vesperal Liturgy of
                              the
                              > > eve of the Nativity. The first two, therefore, will be used in
                              the
                              > > Vespers that follows the Liturgy on the 24th. For the Liturgy on
                              the
                              > > 24th when it is a Saturday, you need the daily Prokeimenon,
                              > > Alleluia , & Communion Verse. Also, I think the tropar & kondak
                              of
                              > > the temple are omitted.
                              >
                              > The festal Prokeimenon, Alleluia and Communion Verse at the Liturgy
                              on 24
                              > December when it falls on a Saturday was prescribed by the Moscow
                              > Patriarchate's "Bogsluzhebye Ukazanija" ("Liturgical Instructions")
                              for
                              > 2000, from which it was subsequently included in the "Liturgical
                              Calendar"
                              > for 2006 published by the St. John of Kronstadt Press.
                              >
                              > While the use of the daily Prokeimenon, Alleluia and Communion
                              Verse is
                              > possible, it seemed to us that since nothing from the weekly cycle
                              is used
                              > during the festal periods of great feasts (except for Sundays), the
                              use of
                              > the festal Porkeimenon, Alleluia and Communion Verse was more
                              appropriate.
                              >
                              > According to the Typicon (Chapter 52), during the festal period of
                              great
                              > feast of the Lord the troparion and kontakion of a temple of the
                              Lord are
                              > omitted. However, in a temple of the Theotokos or of a saint, the
                              troparion
                              > and kontakion of the temple are not omitted during the festal
                              period of a
                              > great feast of the Lord.
                              >
                              > Daniel Olson
                              >
                            • Deacon Sergius Miller
                              ... John, ... That should read, but NOT the lessons. DnS.
                              Message 14 of 24 , Jan 5, 2007
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                                --- In ustav@yahoogroups.com, "Deacon Sergius Miller" <> Dear Father
                                John,
                                >
                                > My original question concerned the prokeimenon etc. but the lessons.
                                >
                                > Dn. Sergius
                                >

                                That should read, "but NOT the lessons."

                                DnS.
                              • gregent@aol.com
                                In a message dated 1/5/2007 2:54:22 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, danielolson@earthlink.net writes: The festal Prokeimenon, Alleluia and Communion Verse at the
                                Message 15 of 24 , Jan 5, 2007
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                                  In a message dated 1/5/2007 2:54:22 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
                                  danielolson@... writes:

                                  The festal Prokeimenon, Alleluia and Communion Verse at the Liturgy on 24
                                  December when it falls on a Saturday was prescribed by the Moscow
                                  Patriarchate's "Bogsluzhebye Ukazanija" ("Liturgical Instructions") for
                                  2000, from which it was subsequently included in the "Liturgical Calendar"
                                  for 2006 published by the St. John of Kronstadt Press.


                                  It would appear that Moscow has changed its mind. The current 2006 edition
                                  of Bogsluzhebniye Ukazaniya gives the specific instruction to use the
                                  Saturday Prokimen and Alleluia verses, as well as the Communion Verse of the day,
                                  not the Forefeast.

                                  Additionally, it calls for the tropar and kondak of the temple to be sung at
                                  the Lesser Entrance, should the Temple be dedicated to the Theotokos or a
                                  saint.

                                  Gregory Staples


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                                • Deacon Sergius Miller
                                  Tehee! And Cranmer thought the rules called the Pye were difficult. He, of course, did not know the Orthodox Typikon in any of its manifestations. Sergius
                                  Message 16 of 24 , Jan 5, 2007
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                                    Tehee! And Cranmer thought the "rules called the Pye" were difficult.
                                    He, of course, did not know the Orthodox Typikon in any of its
                                    manifestations.

                                    Sergius

                                    --- In ustav@yahoogroups.com, gregent@... wrote:
                                    >
                                    >
                                    > In a message dated 1/5/2007 2:54:22 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
                                    > danielolson@... writes:
                                    >
                                    > The festal Prokeimenon, Alleluia and Communion Verse at the
                                    Liturgy on 24
                                    > December when it falls on a Saturday was prescribed by the Moscow
                                    > Patriarchate's "Bogsluzhebye Ukazanija" ("Liturgical
                                    Instructions") for
                                    > 2000, from which it was subsequently included in the "Liturgical
                                    Calendar"
                                    > for 2006 published by the St. John of Kronstadt Press.
                                    >
                                    >
                                    > It would appear that Moscow has changed its mind. The current
                                    2006 edition
                                    > of Bogsluzhebniye Ukazaniya gives the specific instruction to use
                                    the
                                    > Saturday Prokimen and Alleluia verses, as well as the Communion
                                    Verse of the day,
                                    > not the Forefeast.
                                    >
                                    > Additionally, it calls for the tropar and kondak of the temple to
                                    be sung at
                                    > the Lesser Entrance, should the Temple be dedicated to the
                                    Theotokos or a
                                    > saint.
                                    >
                                    > Gregory Staples
                                    >
                                    >
                                    > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                                    >
                                  • Fr. John R. Shaw
                                    ... JRS: Here are some of the rules from the Old Rite December Menaion: 1) The icon of the Nativity is supposed to be put out, not after the Hours and Vesperal
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                                      --- In ustav@yahoogroups.com, "Deacon Sergius Miller" <srbmillerr@...> wrote:

                                      > And Cranmer thought the "rules called the Pye" were difficult.
                                      > He, of course, did not know the Orthodox Typikon in any of its
                                      > manifestations.

                                      JRS: Here are some of the rules from the Old Rite December Menaion:

                                      1) The icon of the Nativity is supposed to be put out, not after the Hours and Vesperal
                                      Liturgy, but before the Royal Hours begin.

                                      A second lectern is then to be set further into the church (further West), and the Hours
                                      read and sung there.

                                      Some priests also celebrate the Royal Hours at the altar, instead of in the middle of the
                                      church.

                                      The icon (obviously, in a large church) can also be in front of the right "lik" or choir, if this
                                      is the place where feast day icons are usually displayed.

                                      2) The deacon censes at all the Hours in a parish church, but in a "sobornaja tserkov"
                                      ("collegiate church", such as a cathedral, monastery catholicon, or the like), it is the senior
                                      priest who censes.

                                      3) There is a custom in some places of the deacon saying the Great Litany after the Psalms
                                      at each Hour, followed by the Troparia, and then the Little Litany immediately before the
                                      Prokeimenon.

                                      4) There can be a Dismissal after the First Hour; the First and Third Hours can also be held
                                      as one "synaxis", then the 6th and 9th as a second synaxis apart from the first.

                                      5) If Christmas falls on a Sunday or Monday, so that the Royal Hours are anticipated on
                                      Friday, instead of there being "no Liturgy" on that Friday, the Liturgy of St. John
                                      Chrysostom is celebrated "as usual", i.e. as it would have been if there were no Royal
                                      Hours (apart from Vespers, and after the short "Izobrazitel'nyje").

                                      This year's rubrical calendar from the Bielokrinitsa Synod adds another detail: that, in view
                                      of the above rubric, after the Royal Hours, the "everyday Hours" follow, and then the
                                      Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.

                                      In such a case, no doubt the First Hour would have been after Matins as usual; then, an
                                      "early" synaxis for the Royal Hours; followed by a "late" synaxis for the everyday Hours and
                                      Liturgy.

                                      "There are 17 ways to do everything in the Orthodox Church, and 17 ways to do each of
                                      the 17 ways".

                                      In Christ
                                      Fr. John R. Shaw
                                    • Fr. Thomas Moore
                                      I am curious about the priest s exclamation at the end of each hour. I was taught God be bountiful to us and bless us... for 1st and 9th, with Through the
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                                        I am curious about the priest's exclamation at the end of each hour. I was
                                        taught "God be bountiful to us and bless us..." for 1st and 9th, with
                                        "Through the prayers.." At 3rd and 6th. However, I have seen and heard this
                                        mixed in all sorts of ways. What is your practice?

                                        Fr. Thomas Moore

                                        _____

                                        From: ustav@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ustav@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Fr.
                                        John R. Shaw
                                        Sent: Friday, January 05, 2007 5:01 PM
                                        To: ustav@yahoogroups.com
                                        Subject: [ustav] Re: Forefeast of the Nativity: 24 December/6 January 2007



                                        --- In ustav@yahoogroups. <mailto:ustav%40yahoogroups.com> com, "Deacon
                                        Sergius Miller" <srbmillerr@...> wrote:

                                        > And Cranmer thought the "rules called the Pye" were difficult.
                                        > He, of course, did not know the Orthodox Typikon in any of its
                                        > manifestations.

                                        JRS: Here are some of the rules from the Old Rite December Menaion:

                                        1) The icon of the Nativity is supposed to be put out, not after the Hours
                                        and Vesperal
                                        Liturgy, but before the Royal Hours begin.

                                        A second lectern is then to be set further into the church (further West),
                                        and the Hours
                                        read and sung there.

                                        Some priests also celebrate the Royal Hours at the altar, instead of in the
                                        middle of the
                                        church.

                                        The icon (obviously, in a large church) can also be in front of the right
                                        "lik" or choir, if this
                                        is the place where feast day icons are usually displayed.

                                        2) The deacon censes at all the Hours in a parish church, but in a
                                        "sobornaja tserkov"
                                        ("collegiate church", such as a cathedral, monastery catholicon, or the
                                        like), it is the senior
                                        priest who censes.

                                        3) There is a custom in some places of the deacon saying the Great Litany
                                        after the Psalms
                                        at each Hour, followed by the Troparia, and then the Little Litany
                                        immediately before the
                                        Prokeimenon.

                                        4) There can be a Dismissal after the First Hour; the First and Third Hours
                                        can also be held
                                        as one "synaxis", then the 6th and 9th as a second synaxis apart from the
                                        first.

                                        5) If Christmas falls on a Sunday or Monday, so that the Royal Hours are
                                        anticipated on
                                        Friday, instead of there being "no Liturgy" on that Friday, the Liturgy of
                                        St. John
                                        Chrysostom is celebrated "as usual", i.e. as it would have been if there
                                        were no Royal
                                        Hours (apart from Vespers, and after the short "Izobrazitel'nyje").

                                        This year's rubrical calendar from the Bielokrinitsa Synod adds another
                                        detail: that, in view
                                        of the above rubric, after the Royal Hours, the "everyday Hours" follow, and
                                        then the
                                        Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.

                                        In such a case, no doubt the First Hour would have been after Matins as
                                        usual; then, an
                                        "early" synaxis for the Royal Hours; followed by a "late" synaxis for the
                                        everyday Hours and
                                        Liturgy.

                                        "There are 17 ways to do everything in the Orthodox Church, and 17 ways to
                                        do each of
                                        the 17 ways".

                                        In Christ
                                        Fr. John R. Shaw





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                                      • Fr. John R. Shaw
                                        ... JRS: Myself, I followed the Old Rite books for this service, according to which God be bountiful to us... was used only at the First Hour, with Through
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                                          --- In ustav@yahoogroups.com, "Fr. Thomas Moore" <frthomasm@...> wrote:

                                          > I am curious about the priest's exclamation at the end of each hour. I was
                                          > taught "God be bountiful to us and bless us..." for 1st and 9th, with
                                          > "Through the prayers.." At 3rd and 6th. However, I have seen and heard this
                                          > mixed in all sorts of ways. What is your practice?

                                          JRS: Myself, I followed the Old Rite books for this service, according to which "God be
                                          bountiful to us..." was used only at the First Hour, with "Through the prayers..." at the 3rd,
                                          6th and 9th.

                                          In Christ
                                          Fr. John R. Shaw
                                        • Fr David Straut
                                          I have followed the posts of Sergius Miller for the past several years with interest. His posts are always informative and he is obviously (with Archpriest
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                                            I have followed the posts of Sergius Miller for the past several years with interest. His posts are always informative and he is obviously (with Archpriest John Shaw, Reader Daniel Olsen, Reader Isaac Lambertsen, and some others) is one of our liturgical experts. I have also detected in him a good knowledge of the Byzantine practise along with the Russian. This series of posts is the first I have noticed with the appellation Deacon Sergius Miller. I assume that there has been a recent ordination to the Holy Diaconate. If so, I offer my congratulations and "Axios."

                                            Fr David Straut



                                            Deacon Sergius Miller <srbmillerr@...> wrote: Dear Meg,

                                            I think there is a problem with the Prokeimenon, Alleluia , &
                                            Communion verse. These three belong to the Vesperal Liturgy of the
                                            eve of the Nativity. The first two, therefore, will be used in the
                                            Vespers that follows the Liturgy on the 24th. For the Liturgy on the
                                            24th when it is a Saturday, you need the daily Prokeimenon,
                                            Alleluia , & Communion Verse. Also, I think the tropar & kondak of
                                            the temple are omitted.

                                            In Christ,
                                            Dn. Sergius Miller

                                            --- In ustav@yahoogroups.com, "Meg Lark" <skovranok@...> wrote:
                                            >
                                            > A note concerning the following: Normally, we do not publish the
                                            rubrics
                                            > for the Great Feasts, since nearly everyone has access to the
                                            Festal Menaion
                                            > of Bishop Kallistos Ware and Mother Maria. But since the rubrics
                                            are
                                            > somewhat different when the Nativity is celebrated on a Sunday, we
                                            have
                                            > decided to publish at least part of the services for this weekend.
                                            This
                                            > post contains the rubrics for Divine Liturgy on the Eve of the
                                            Nativity.
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            > Please note that the Royal Hours of the Nativity are served on
                                            Friday. On
                                            > Saturday, Matins of the Forefeast and Divine Liturgy are served in
                                            the
                                            > morning, and Great Vespers, Great Compline, and Matins of the Feast
                                            of the
                                            > Nativity in the evening. The Divine Liturgy of the Feast of the
                                            Nativity is
                                            > served on Sunday. Actual practice may vary from parish to parish.
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            > My thanks, as always, to Fr. John Whiteford for the materials on
                                            his site
                                            > <http://pages.prodigy.net/frjohnwhiteford/services.htm>
                                            > http://pages.prodigy.net/frjohnwhiteford/services.htm
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            > Wishing all a most blessed and joyous Nativity of our Lord,
                                            >
                                            > Margaret Lark
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            > Forefeast of the Nativity: 24 December/6 January 2007
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            > Readings:
                                            >
                                            > Epistle: Galatians 3:15-22 and Ephesians 5:1-8a
                                            >
                                            > Gospel: Matthew 13:31-36 and Luke 14:1-11
                                            >
                                            > Note: The readings for the Saturday before the Nativity are
                                            transferred to
                                            > the previous Saturday (17/30 December) because of the special
                                            readings
                                            > (Galatians 3:15-22 and Matthew 13:31-36) apponted for the Eve of the
                                            > Nativity when it falls on a Saturday.
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            > The St. John of Kronstadt Press calendar specifies: The Eve of the
                                            > Nativity. Saturday before Nativity. Nun-Martyr Eugenia of Rome,
                                            and with
                                            > her the Martyrs Philip her father, Protus, Hyacinth (Jacinth),
                                            Basilla, and
                                            > Claudia. St. Nicholas the Monk of Bulgaria. St. Antioch, Monk of
                                            > Palestine, and St. Vitimionus of Scete. St. Aphrodisius, Monk of
                                            Palestine.
                                            > New-Martyr Achmed (Ahmet) the Calligrapher (or Architect) of
                                            Constantinople.
                                            > Greek Calendar: Monk Achaicus.
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            > A simple service to Martyr Eugenia.
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            > Reader and Choir Cues
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            > Hours:
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            > Third Hour:
                                            >
                                            > Troparion of the Forefeast, Tone 4: Once Mary, being with child by
                                            a
                                            > seedless conception, / was registered in Bethlehem with the aged
                                            Joseph/ as
                                            > being of the seed of David. / The time came for the birth, and
                                            there was no
                                            > room in the inn; / but the cave proved a delightful palace for the
                                            queen. //
                                            > Christ is born to raise the image that fell of old.
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            > Kontakion of the Forefeast, Tone 3: Today the Virgin cometh to the
                                            cave to
                                            > give birth ineffably / to the Word Who was before the ages. /
                                            Dance, O
                                            > earth, at the message! / Give glory with the angels and
                                            shepherds / unto
                                            > Him Who was willing to be gazed upon as a young child // and is pre-
                                            eternal
                                            > God.
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            > Sixth Hour:
                                            >
                                            > As at the Third Hour
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            > Forefeast of Nativity / Saturday [Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom]
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            > Third Antiphon (Beatitudes): 4 from Ode 3 of the Forefeast; 4 from
                                            Ode 6 of
                                            > the Forefeast
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            > 1 & 2. Delivering me from the bonds of evil, O Lord Who lovest
                                            mankind, Thou
                                            > comest to be wrapped as a babe in swaddling-bands. I worship Thy
                                            divine
                                            > condescension!
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            > 3. The Virgin cometh forth to give birth to Thee Who, though Thou
                                            hast shone
                                            > forth timelessly from the Father, hast come under time, releasing
                                            our souls
                                            > from immemorial passions.
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            > 4. Seeking me who have become lost through disobedience, Thou hast
                                            made the
                                            > cave a dwelling-place, like unto heaven; and Thou preparest
                                            mansions for me
                                            > there, O Compassionate and greatly Merciful One!
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            > 5 & 6. Christ cometh to His own in strange manner. Let us estrange
                                            > ourselves from sin and receive Him Who maketh His abode in the
                                            souls of the
                                            > meek.
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            > 7. In nowise shalt thou be the least among cities, O Bethlehem;
                                            for in thee
                                            > is born the King and Lord, that He might shepherd His rich people.
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            > 8. How doth a lowly cave receive Thee Whom the whole world cannot
                                            contain,
                                            > O Ineffable One? How art Thou seen as an infant, O Unoriginate One
                                            Who
                                            > sharest the mind of the Father?
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            > Troparia and Kontakia
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            > Tone 4: Once Mary, being with child by a seedless conception, / was
                                            > registered in Bethlehem with the aged Joseph/ as being of the seed
                                            of David.
                                            > / The time came for the birth, and there was no room in the inn; /
                                            but the
                                            > cave proved a delightful palace for the queen. // Christ is born to
                                            raise
                                            > the image that fell of old.
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            > [Troparion of the Temple]
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            > Glory. [Kontakion of the Temple]
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            > Both now.
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            > Kontakion of the Forefeast, Tone 3: Today the Virgin cometh to the
                                            cave to
                                            > give birth ineffably / to the Word Who was before the ages. /
                                            Dance, O
                                            > earth, at the message! / Give glory with the angels and
                                            shepherds / unto
                                            > Him Who was willing to be gazed upon as a young child // and is pre-
                                            eternal
                                            > God.
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            > The Epistle
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            > Reader: The Prokeimenon in the 1st Tone: The Lord said unto Me:
                                            Thou art My
                                            > son, this day have I begotten Thee.
                                            >
                                            > Choir: The Lord said unto Me: Thou art My son, this day have I
                                            begotten
                                            > Thee.
                                            >
                                            > Reader: Ask of Me, and I will give Thee the nations for Thine
                                            inheritance,
                                            > and the uttermost parts of the earth for Thy possession.
                                            >
                                            > Choir: The Lord said unto Me: Thou art My son, this day have I
                                            begotten
                                            > Thee.
                                            >
                                            > Reader: The Lord said unto Me: Thou art My son.
                                            >
                                            > Choir: This day have I begotten Thee.
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            > Reader: The Reading is from the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to
                                            the
                                            > Galatians:
                                            >
                                            > [Galatians 3:15-22] Brethren, I speak after the manner of men;
                                            Though it be
                                            > but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth,
                                            or addeth
                                            > thereto. * Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He
                                            saith not,
                                            > And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is
                                            Christ. *
                                            > And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God
                                            in
                                            > Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after,
                                            cannot
                                            > disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. * For if
                                            the
                                            > inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave
                                            it to
                                            > Abraham by promise. * Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added
                                            because
                                            > of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise
                                            was made;
                                            > and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. * Now a
                                            mediator is
                                            > not a mediator of one, but God is one. * Is the law then against the
                                            > promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given
                                            which could
                                            > have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.
                                            * But the
                                            > scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith
                                            of Jesus
                                            > Christ might be given to them that believe.
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            > [Ephesians 5:1-8a] Brethren: Be ye therefore followers of God, as
                                            dear
                                            > children; * And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and
                                            hath given
                                            > himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet
                                            smelling
                                            > savour. * But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness,
                                            let it not
                                            > be once named among you, as becometh saints; * Neither filthiness,
                                            nor
                                            > foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather
                                            giving of
                                            > thanks. * For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean
                                            person, nor
                                            > covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the
                                            kingdom of
                                            > Christ and of God. * Let no man deceive you with vain words: for
                                            because of
                                            > these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of
                                            disobedience. * Be
                                            > not ye therefore partakers with them. * For ye were sometimes
                                            darkness, but
                                            > now are ye light in the Lord.
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            > The Alleluia [PAUSE before first verse]
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            > Reader: Alleluia in the 5th Tone: The Lord said unto my Lord: Sit
                                            Thou at my
                                            > right hand, until I make Thine enemies the footstool of Thy feet.
                                            >
                                            > Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
                                            >
                                            > Reader: A scepter of power shall the Lord send unto Thee out of
                                            Zion.
                                            >
                                            > Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
                                            >
                                            > Reader: From the womb before the morning star have I begotten Thee.
                                            >
                                            > Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            > Gospel [Matthew 13:31-36] Another parable put he forth unto them,
                                            saying,
                                            > The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a
                                            man took,
                                            > and sowed in his field: * Which indeed is the least of all seeds:
                                            but when
                                            > it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree,
                                            so that
                                            > the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. *
                                            Another
                                            > parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto
                                            leaven, which
                                            > a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was
                                            > leavened. * All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in
                                            parables; and
                                            > without a parable spake he not unto them: * That it might be
                                            fulfilled which
                                            > was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in
                                            parables; I will
                                            > utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the
                                            world. *
                                            > Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house.
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            > [Luke 14:1-11] At that time, it came to pass, as he went into the
                                            house of
                                            > one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that
                                            they
                                            > watched him. * And, behold, there was a certain man before him
                                            which had the
                                            > dropsy. * And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees,
                                            saying,
                                            > Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day? * And they held their
                                            peace. And he
                                            > took him, and healed him, and let him go; * And answered them,
                                            saying, Which
                                            > of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not
                                            > straightway pull him out on the sabbath day? * And they could not
                                            answer him
                                            > again to these things. * And he put forth a parable to those which
                                            were
                                            > bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying
                                            unto them,
                                            > * When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the
                                            highest
                                            > room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him; * And
                                            he that
                                            > bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and
                                            thou begin
                                            > with shame to take the lowest room. * But when thou art bidden, go
                                            and sit
                                            > down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may
                                            say unto
                                            > thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the
                                            presence of
                                            > them that sit at meat with thee. * For whosoever exalteth himself
                                            shall be
                                            > abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            > Communion Verse:
                                            >
                                            > Praise the Lord in the heavens, praise Him in the highest!
                                            Alleluia!
                                            > Alleluia! Alleluia!
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
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                                            >





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                                            Many, many thanks, Father David, for your kind words & prayers. Yes, I was ordained deacon by Metropolitan Herman on 24 Dec., at St. Nicholas Cathedral in
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                                              Many, many thanks, Father David, for your kind words & prayers.

                                              Yes, I was ordained deacon by Metropolitan Herman on 24 Dec., at St.
                                              Nicholas' Cathedral in D.C.

                                              Joy, peace, love, and many years to all celebrating the Nativity of
                                              our Lord, God, & Savior Jesus Christ


                                              --- In ustav@yahoogroups.com, Fr David Straut <frdavidstraut@...>
                                              wrote:
                                              >
                                              > I have followed the posts of Sergius Miller for the past several
                                              years with interest. His posts are always informative and he is
                                              obviously (with Archpriest John Shaw, Reader Daniel Olsen, Reader
                                              Isaac Lambertsen, and some others) is one of our liturgical experts.
                                              I have also detected in him a good knowledge of the Byzantine
                                              practise along with the Russian. This series of posts is the first I
                                              have noticed with the appellation Deacon Sergius Miller. I assume
                                              that there has been a recent ordination to the Holy Diaconate. If so,
                                              I offer my congratulations and "Axios."
                                              >
                                              > Fr David Straut
                                              >
                                              >
                                              >
                                              > Deacon Sergius Miller <srbmillerr@...>
                                              wrote: Dear Meg,
                                              >
                                              > I think there is a problem with the Prokeimenon, Alleluia , &
                                              > Communion verse. These three belong to the Vesperal Liturgy of
                                              the
                                              > eve of the Nativity. The first two, therefore, will be used in
                                              the
                                              > Vespers that follows the Liturgy on the 24th. For the Liturgy on
                                              the
                                              > 24th when it is a Saturday, you need the daily Prokeimenon,
                                              > Alleluia , & Communion Verse. Also, I think the tropar & kondak
                                              of
                                              > the temple are omitted.
                                              >
                                              > In Christ,
                                              > Dn. Sergius Miller
                                              >
                                              > --- In ustav@yahoogroups.com, "Meg Lark" <skovranok@> wrote:
                                              > >
                                              > > A note concerning the following: Normally, we do not publish
                                              the
                                              > rubrics
                                              > > for the Great Feasts, since nearly everyone has access to the
                                              > Festal Menaion
                                              > > of Bishop Kallistos Ware and Mother Maria. But since the
                                              rubrics
                                              > are
                                              > > somewhat different when the Nativity is celebrated on a Sunday,
                                              we
                                              > have
                                              > > decided to publish at least part of the services for this
                                              weekend.
                                              > This
                                              > > post contains the rubrics for Divine Liturgy on the Eve of the
                                              > Nativity.
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > > Please note that the Royal Hours of the Nativity are served on
                                              > Friday. On
                                              > > Saturday, Matins of the Forefeast and Divine Liturgy are served
                                              in
                                              > the
                                              > > morning, and Great Vespers, Great Compline, and Matins of the
                                              Feast
                                              > of the
                                              > > Nativity in the evening. The Divine Liturgy of the Feast of the
                                              > Nativity is
                                              > > served on Sunday. Actual practice may vary from parish to
                                              parish.
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > > My thanks, as always, to Fr. John Whiteford for the materials on
                                              > his site
                                              > > <http://pages.prodigy.net/frjohnwhiteford/services.htm>
                                              > > http://pages.prodigy.net/frjohnwhiteford/services.htm
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > > Wishing all a most blessed and joyous Nativity of our Lord,
                                              > >
                                              > > Margaret Lark
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > > Forefeast of the Nativity: 24 December/6 January 2007
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > > Readings:
                                              > >
                                              > > Epistle: Galatians 3:15-22 and Ephesians 5:1-8a
                                              > >
                                              > > Gospel: Matthew 13:31-36 and Luke 14:1-11
                                              > >
                                              > > Note: The readings for the Saturday before the Nativity are
                                              > transferred to
                                              > > the previous Saturday (17/30 December) because of the special
                                              > readings
                                              > > (Galatians 3:15-22 and Matthew 13:31-36) apponted for the Eve of
                                              the
                                              > > Nativity when it falls on a Saturday.
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > > The St. John of Kronstadt Press calendar specifies: The Eve of
                                              the
                                              > > Nativity. Saturday before Nativity. Nun-Martyr Eugenia of
                                              Rome,
                                              > and with
                                              > > her the Martyrs Philip her father, Protus, Hyacinth (Jacinth),
                                              > Basilla, and
                                              > > Claudia. St. Nicholas the Monk of Bulgaria. St. Antioch, Monk
                                              of
                                              > > Palestine, and St. Vitimionus of Scete. St. Aphrodisius, Monk
                                              of
                                              > Palestine.
                                              > > New-Martyr Achmed (Ahmet) the Calligrapher (or Architect) of
                                              > Constantinople.
                                              > > Greek Calendar: Monk Achaicus.
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > > A simple service to Martyr Eugenia.
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > > Reader and Choir Cues
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > > Hours:
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > > Third Hour:
                                              > >
                                              > > Troparion of the Forefeast, Tone 4: Once Mary, being with child
                                              by
                                              > a
                                              > > seedless conception, / was registered in Bethlehem with the aged
                                              > Joseph/ as
                                              > > being of the seed of David. / The time came for the birth, and
                                              > there was no
                                              > > room in the inn; / but the cave proved a delightful palace for
                                              the
                                              > queen. //
                                              > > Christ is born to raise the image that fell of old.
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > > Kontakion of the Forefeast, Tone 3: Today the Virgin cometh to
                                              the
                                              > cave to
                                              > > give birth ineffably / to the Word Who was before the ages. /
                                              > Dance, O
                                              > > earth, at the message! / Give glory with the angels and
                                              > shepherds / unto
                                              > > Him Who was willing to be gazed upon as a young child // and is
                                              pre-
                                              > eternal
                                              > > God.
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > > Sixth Hour:
                                              > >
                                              > > As at the Third Hour
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > > Forefeast of Nativity / Saturday [Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom]
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > > Third Antiphon (Beatitudes): 4 from Ode 3 of the Forefeast; 4
                                              from
                                              > Ode 6 of
                                              > > the Forefeast
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > > 1 & 2. Delivering me from the bonds of evil, O Lord Who lovest
                                              > mankind, Thou
                                              > > comest to be wrapped as a babe in swaddling-bands. I worship
                                              Thy
                                              > divine
                                              > > condescension!
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > > 3. The Virgin cometh forth to give birth to Thee Who, though
                                              Thou
                                              > hast shone
                                              > > forth timelessly from the Father, hast come under time,
                                              releasing
                                              > our souls
                                              > > from immemorial passions.
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > > 4. Seeking me who have become lost through disobedience, Thou
                                              hast
                                              > made the
                                              > > cave a dwelling-place, like unto heaven; and Thou preparest
                                              > mansions for me
                                              > > there, O Compassionate and greatly Merciful One!
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > > 5 & 6. Christ cometh to His own in strange manner. Let us
                                              estrange
                                              > > ourselves from sin and receive Him Who maketh His abode in the
                                              > souls of the
                                              > > meek.
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > > 7. In nowise shalt thou be the least among cities, O Bethlehem;
                                              > for in thee
                                              > > is born the King and Lord, that He might shepherd His rich
                                              people.
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > > 8. How doth a lowly cave receive Thee Whom the whole world
                                              cannot
                                              > contain,
                                              > > O Ineffable One? How art Thou seen as an infant, O Unoriginate
                                              One
                                              > Who
                                              > > sharest the mind of the Father?
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > > Troparia and Kontakia
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > > Tone 4: Once Mary, being with child by a seedless conception, /
                                              was
                                              > > registered in Bethlehem with the aged Joseph/ as being of the
                                              seed
                                              > of David.
                                              > > / The time came for the birth, and there was no room in the
                                              inn; /
                                              > but the
                                              > > cave proved a delightful palace for the queen. // Christ is born
                                              to
                                              > raise
                                              > > the image that fell of old.
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > > [Troparion of the Temple]
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > > Glory. [Kontakion of the Temple]
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > > Both now.
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > > Kontakion of the Forefeast, Tone 3: Today the Virgin cometh to
                                              the
                                              > cave to
                                              > > give birth ineffably / to the Word Who was before the ages. /
                                              > Dance, O
                                              > > earth, at the message! / Give glory with the angels and
                                              > shepherds / unto
                                              > > Him Who was willing to be gazed upon as a young child // and is
                                              pre-
                                              > eternal
                                              > > God.
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > > The Epistle
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > > Reader: The Prokeimenon in the 1st Tone: The Lord said unto Me:
                                              > Thou art My
                                              > > son, this day have I begotten Thee.
                                              > >
                                              > > Choir: The Lord said unto Me: Thou art My son, this day have I
                                              > begotten
                                              > > Thee.
                                              > >
                                              > > Reader: Ask of Me, and I will give Thee the nations for Thine
                                              > inheritance,
                                              > > and the uttermost parts of the earth for Thy possession.
                                              > >
                                              > > Choir: The Lord said unto Me: Thou art My son, this day have I
                                              > begotten
                                              > > Thee.
                                              > >
                                              > > Reader: The Lord said unto Me: Thou art My son.
                                              > >
                                              > > Choir: This day have I begotten Thee.
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > > Reader: The Reading is from the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul
                                              to
                                              > the
                                              > > Galatians:
                                              > >
                                              > > [Galatians 3:15-22] Brethren, I speak after the manner of men;
                                              > Though it be
                                              > > but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man
                                              disannulleth,
                                              > or addeth
                                              > > thereto. * Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made.
                                              He
                                              > saith not,
                                              > > And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which
                                              is
                                              > Christ. *
                                              > > And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of
                                              God
                                              > in
                                              > > Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after,
                                              > cannot
                                              > > disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. * For
                                              if
                                              > the
                                              > > inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God
                                              gave
                                              > it to
                                              > > Abraham by promise. * Wherefore then serveth the law? It was
                                              added
                                              > because
                                              > > of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise
                                              > was made;
                                              > > and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. * Now a
                                              > mediator is
                                              > > not a mediator of one, but God is one. * Is the law then against
                                              the
                                              > > promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given
                                              > which could
                                              > > have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the
                                              law.
                                              > * But the
                                              > > scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by
                                              faith
                                              > of Jesus
                                              > > Christ might be given to them that believe.
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > > [Ephesians 5:1-8a] Brethren: Be ye therefore followers of God,
                                              as
                                              > dear
                                              > > children; * And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and
                                              > hath given
                                              > > himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet
                                              > smelling
                                              > > savour. * But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness,
                                              > let it not
                                              > > be once named among you, as becometh saints; * Neither
                                              filthiness,
                                              > nor
                                              > > foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but
                                              rather
                                              > giving of
                                              > > thanks. * For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean
                                              > person, nor
                                              > > covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the
                                              > kingdom of
                                              > > Christ and of God. * Let no man deceive you with vain words: for
                                              > because of
                                              > > these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of
                                              > disobedience. * Be
                                              > > not ye therefore partakers with them. * For ye were sometimes
                                              > darkness, but
                                              > > now are ye light in the Lord.
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > > The Alleluia [PAUSE before first verse]
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > > Reader: Alleluia in the 5th Tone: The Lord said unto my Lord:
                                              Sit
                                              > Thou at my
                                              > > right hand, until I make Thine enemies the footstool of Thy feet.
                                              > >
                                              > > Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
                                              > >
                                              > > Reader: A scepter of power shall the Lord send unto Thee out of
                                              > Zion.
                                              > >
                                              > > Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
                                              > >
                                              > > Reader: From the womb before the morning star have I begotten
                                              Thee.
                                              > >
                                              > > Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > > Gospel [Matthew 13:31-36] Another parable put he forth unto
                                              them,
                                              > saying,
                                              > > The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which
                                              a
                                              > man took,
                                              > > and sowed in his field: * Which indeed is the least of all
                                              seeds:
                                              > but when
                                              > > it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a
                                              tree,
                                              > so that
                                              > > the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. *
                                              > Another
                                              > > parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto
                                              > leaven, which
                                              > > a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole
                                              was
                                              > > leavened. * All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in
                                              > parables; and
                                              > > without a parable spake he not unto them: * That it might be
                                              > fulfilled which
                                              > > was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in
                                              > parables; I will
                                              > > utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of
                                              the
                                              > world. *
                                              > > Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house.
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > > [Luke 14:1-11] At that time, it came to pass, as he went into
                                              the
                                              > house of
                                              > > one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that
                                              > they
                                              > > watched him. * And, behold, there was a certain man before him
                                              > which had the
                                              > > dropsy. * And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and
                                              Pharisees,
                                              > saying,
                                              > > Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day? * And they held their
                                              > peace. And he
                                              > > took him, and healed him, and let him go; * And answered them,
                                              > saying, Which
                                              > > of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not
                                              > > straightway pull him out on the sabbath day? * And they could
                                              not
                                              > answer him
                                              > > again to these things. * And he put forth a parable to those
                                              which
                                              > were
                                              > > bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms;
                                              saying
                                              > unto them,
                                              > > * When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in
                                              the
                                              > highest
                                              > > room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him; *
                                              And
                                              > he that
                                              > > bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and
                                              > thou begin
                                              > > with shame to take the lowest room. * But when thou art bidden,
                                              go
                                              > and sit
                                              > > down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he
                                              may
                                              > say unto
                                              > > thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the
                                              > presence of
                                              > > them that sit at meat with thee. * For whosoever exalteth
                                              himself
                                              > shall be
                                              > > abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > > Communion Verse:
                                              > >
                                              > > Praise the Lord in the heavens, praise Him in the highest!
                                              > Alleluia!
                                              > > Alleluia! Alleluia!
                                              > >
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                                            • Reader Michael Bishop
                                              I completely agree with Fr. David and so does our choir director, Serafim Cardell. I am guessing that he was probably ordained on 25 December 2006. Reader
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                                                I completely agree with Fr. David and so does our choir director,
                                                Serafim Cardell. I am guessing that he was probably ordained on 25
                                                December 2006.

                                                Reader Michael

                                                Fr David Straut wrote:
                                                > I have followed the posts of Sergius Miller for the past several
                                                > years with interest. His posts are always informative and he is
                                                > obviously (with Archpriest John Shaw, Reader Daniel Olsen, Reader
                                                > Isaac Lambertsen, and some others) is one of our liturgical experts.
                                                > I have also detected in him a good knowledge of the Byzantine
                                                > practise along with the Russian. This series of posts is the first I
                                                > have noticed with the appellation Deacon Sergius Miller. I assume
                                                > that there has been a recent ordination to the Holy Diaconate. If so,
                                                > I offer my congratulations and "Axios."
                                                >
                                                > Fr David Straut
                                                >
                                                >
                                                >
                                                > Deacon Sergius Miller <srbmillerr@...> wrote:
                                                > Dear Meg,
                                                >
                                                > I think there is a problem with the Prokeimenon, Alleluia , &
                                                > Communion verse. These three belong to the Vesperal Liturgy of the
                                                > eve of the Nativity. The first two, therefore, will be used in the
                                                > Vespers that follows the Liturgy on the 24th. For the Liturgy on the
                                                > 24th when it is a Saturday, you need the daily Prokeimenon, Alleluia
                                                > , & Communion Verse. Also, I think the tropar & kondak of the temple
                                                > are omitted.
                                                >
                                                > In Christ, Dn. Sergius Miller
                                                >
                                                > --- In ustav@yahoogroups.com, "Meg Lark" <skovranok@...> wrote:
                                                >>
                                                >> A note concerning the following: Normally, we do not publish the
                                                > rubrics
                                                >> for the Great Feasts, since nearly everyone has access to the
                                                > Festal Menaion
                                                >> of Bishop Kallistos Ware and Mother Maria. But since the rubrics
                                                > are
                                                >> somewhat different when the Nativity is celebrated on a Sunday, we
                                                >>
                                                > have
                                                >> decided to publish at least part of the services for this weekend.
                                                >>
                                                > This
                                                >> post contains the rubrics for Divine Liturgy on the Eve of the
                                                > Nativity.
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >> Please note that the Royal Hours of the Nativity are served on
                                                > Friday. On
                                                >> Saturday, Matins of the Forefeast and Divine Liturgy are served in
                                                >>
                                                > the
                                                >> morning, and Great Vespers, Great Compline, and Matins of the Feast
                                                >>
                                                > of the
                                                >> Nativity in the evening. The Divine Liturgy of the Feast of the
                                                > Nativity is
                                                >> served on Sunday. Actual practice may vary from parish to parish.
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >> My thanks, as always, to Fr. John Whiteford for the materials on
                                                > his site
                                                >> <http://pages.prodigy.net/frjohnwhiteford/services.htm>
                                                >> http://pages.prodigy.net/frjohnwhiteford/services.htm
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >> Wishing all a most blessed and joyous Nativity of our Lord,
                                                >>
                                                >> Margaret Lark
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >> Forefeast of the Nativity: 24 December/6 January 2007
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >> Readings:
                                                >>
                                                >> Epistle: Galatians 3:15-22 and Ephesians 5:1-8a
                                                >>
                                                >> Gospel: Matthew 13:31-36 and Luke 14:1-11
                                                >>
                                                >> Note: The readings for the Saturday before the Nativity are
                                                > transferred to
                                                >> the previous Saturday (17/30 December) because of the special
                                                > readings
                                                >> (Galatians 3:15-22 and Matthew 13:31-36) apponted for the Eve of
                                                >> the Nativity when it falls on a Saturday.
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >> The St. John of Kronstadt Press calendar specifies: The Eve of the
                                                >> Nativity. Saturday before Nativity. Nun-Martyr Eugenia of Rome,
                                                >>
                                                > and with
                                                >> her the Martyrs Philip her father, Protus, Hyacinth (Jacinth),
                                                > Basilla, and
                                                >> Claudia. St. Nicholas the Monk of Bulgaria. St. Antioch, Monk of
                                                >> Palestine, and St. Vitimionus of Scete. St. Aphrodisius, Monk of
                                                > Palestine.
                                                >> New-Martyr Achmed (Ahmet) the Calligrapher (or Architect) of
                                                > Constantinople.
                                                >> Greek Calendar: Monk Achaicus.
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >> A simple service to Martyr Eugenia.
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >> Reader and Choir Cues
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >> Hours:
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >> Third Hour:
                                                >>
                                                >> Troparion of the Forefeast, Tone 4: Once Mary, being with child by
                                                >>
                                                > a
                                                >> seedless conception, / was registered in Bethlehem with the aged
                                                > Joseph/ as
                                                >> being of the seed of David. / The time came for the birth, and
                                                > there was no
                                                >> room in the inn; / but the cave proved a delightful palace for the
                                                >>
                                                > queen. //
                                                >> Christ is born to raise the image that fell of old.
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >> Kontakion of the Forefeast, Tone 3: Today the Virgin cometh to the
                                                >>
                                                > cave to
                                                >> give birth ineffably / to the Word Who was before the ages. /
                                                > Dance, O
                                                >> earth, at the message! / Give glory with the angels and
                                                > shepherds / unto
                                                >> Him Who was willing to be gazed upon as a young child // and is
                                                >> pre-
                                                > eternal
                                                >> God.
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >> Sixth Hour:
                                                >>
                                                >> As at the Third Hour
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >> Forefeast of Nativity / Saturday [Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom]
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >> Third Antiphon (Beatitudes): 4 from Ode 3 of the Forefeast; 4 from
                                                >>
                                                > Ode 6 of
                                                >> the Forefeast
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >> 1 & 2. Delivering me from the bonds of evil, O Lord Who lovest
                                                > mankind, Thou
                                                >> comest to be wrapped as a babe in swaddling-bands. I worship Thy
                                                > divine
                                                >> condescension!
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >> 3. The Virgin cometh forth to give birth to Thee Who, though Thou
                                                > hast shone
                                                >> forth timelessly from the Father, hast come under time, releasing
                                                > our souls
                                                >> from immemorial passions.
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >> 4. Seeking me who have become lost through disobedience, Thou hast
                                                >>
                                                > made the
                                                >> cave a dwelling-place, like unto heaven; and Thou preparest
                                                > mansions for me
                                                >> there, O Compassionate and greatly Merciful One!
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >> 5 & 6. Christ cometh to His own in strange manner. Let us
                                                >> estrange ourselves from sin and receive Him Who maketh His abode in
                                                >> the
                                                > souls of the
                                                >> meek.
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >> 7. In nowise shalt thou be the least among cities, O Bethlehem;
                                                > for in thee
                                                >> is born the King and Lord, that He might shepherd His rich people.
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >> 8. How doth a lowly cave receive Thee Whom the whole world cannot
                                                >>
                                                > contain,
                                                >> O Ineffable One? How art Thou seen as an infant, O Unoriginate One
                                                >>
                                                > Who
                                                >> sharest the mind of the Father?
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >> Troparia and Kontakia
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >> Tone 4: Once Mary, being with child by a seedless conception, /
                                                >> was registered in Bethlehem with the aged Joseph/ as being of the
                                                >> seed
                                                > of David.
                                                >> / The time came for the birth, and there was no room in the inn; /
                                                >>
                                                > but the
                                                >> cave proved a delightful palace for the queen. // Christ is born to
                                                >>
                                                > raise
                                                >> the image that fell of old.
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >> [Troparion of the Temple]
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >> Glory. [Kontakion of the Temple]
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >> Both now.
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >> Kontakion of the Forefeast, Tone 3: Today the Virgin cometh to the
                                                >>
                                                > cave to
                                                >> give birth ineffably / to the Word Who was before the ages. /
                                                > Dance, O
                                                >> earth, at the message! / Give glory with the angels and
                                                > shepherds / unto
                                                >> Him Who was willing to be gazed upon as a young child // and is
                                                >> pre-
                                                > eternal
                                                >> God.
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >> The Epistle
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >> Reader: The Prokeimenon in the 1st Tone: The Lord said unto Me:
                                                > Thou art My
                                                >> son, this day have I begotten Thee.
                                                >>
                                                >> Choir: The Lord said unto Me: Thou art My son, this day have I
                                                > begotten
                                                >> Thee.
                                                >>
                                                >> Reader: Ask of Me, and I will give Thee the nations for Thine
                                                > inheritance,
                                                >> and the uttermost parts of the earth for Thy possession.
                                                >>
                                                >> Choir: The Lord said unto Me: Thou art My son, this day have I
                                                > begotten
                                                >> Thee.
                                                >>
                                                >> Reader: The Lord said unto Me: Thou art My son.
                                                >>
                                                >> Choir: This day have I begotten Thee.
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >> Reader: The Reading is from the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to
                                                >>
                                                > the
                                                >> Galatians:
                                                >>
                                                >> [Galatians 3:15-22] Brethren, I speak after the manner of men;
                                                > Though it be
                                                >> but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth,
                                                >>
                                                > or addeth
                                                >> thereto. * Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He
                                                > saith not,
                                                >> And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is
                                                >>
                                                > Christ. *
                                                >> And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God
                                                >>
                                                > in
                                                >> Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after,
                                                > cannot
                                                >> disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. * For if
                                                >>
                                                > the
                                                >> inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave
                                                > it to
                                                >> Abraham by promise. * Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added
                                                >>
                                                > because
                                                >> of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise
                                                > was made;
                                                >> and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. * Now a
                                                > mediator is
                                                >> not a mediator of one, but God is one. * Is the law then against
                                                >> the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given
                                                >>
                                                > which could
                                                >> have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.
                                                >>
                                                > * But the
                                                >> scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith
                                                > of Jesus
                                                >> Christ might be given to them that believe.
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >> [Ephesians 5:1-8a] Brethren: Be ye therefore followers of God, as
                                                >>
                                                > dear
                                                >> children; * And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and
                                                > hath given
                                                >> himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet
                                                > smelling
                                                >> savour. * But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness,
                                                > let it not
                                                >> be once named among you, as becometh saints; * Neither filthiness,
                                                >>
                                                > nor
                                                >> foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather
                                                >>
                                                > giving of
                                                >> thanks. * For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean
                                                > person, nor
                                                >> covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the
                                                > kingdom of
                                                >> Christ and of God. * Let no man deceive you with vain words: for
                                                > because of
                                                >> these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of
                                                > disobedience. * Be
                                                >> not ye therefore partakers with them. * For ye were sometimes
                                                > darkness, but
                                                >> now are ye light in the Lord.
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >> The Alleluia [PAUSE before first verse]
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >> Reader: Alleluia in the 5th Tone: The Lord said unto my Lord: Sit
                                                > Thou at my
                                                >> right hand, until I make Thine enemies the footstool of Thy feet.
                                                >>
                                                >> Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
                                                >>
                                                >> Reader: A scepter of power shall the Lord send unto Thee out of
                                                > Zion.
                                                >>
                                                >> Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
                                                >>
                                                >> Reader: From the womb before the morning star have I begotten Thee.
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >> Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >> Gospel [Matthew 13:31-36] Another parable put he forth unto them,
                                                > saying,
                                                >> The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a
                                                > man took,
                                                >> and sowed in his field: * Which indeed is the least of all seeds:
                                                > but when
                                                >> it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree,
                                                > so that
                                                >> the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. *
                                                > Another
                                                >> parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto
                                                > leaven, which
                                                >> a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was
                                                >> leavened. * All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in
                                                > parables; and
                                                >> without a parable spake he not unto them: * That it might be
                                                > fulfilled which
                                                >> was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in
                                                > parables; I will
                                                >> utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the
                                                >>
                                                > world. *
                                                >> Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house.
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >> [Luke 14:1-11] At that time, it came to pass, as he went into the
                                                >>
                                                > house of
                                                >> one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that
                                                > they
                                                >> watched him. * And, behold, there was a certain man before him
                                                > which had the
                                                >> dropsy. * And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees,
                                                >>
                                                > saying,
                                                >> Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day? * And they held their
                                                > peace. And he
                                                >> took him, and healed him, and let him go; * And answered them,
                                                > saying, Which
                                                >> of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not
                                                >> straightway pull him out on the sabbath day? * And they could not
                                                > answer him
                                                >> again to these things. * And he put forth a parable to those which
                                                >>
                                                > were
                                                >> bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying
                                                > unto them,
                                                >> * When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the
                                                >>
                                                > highest
                                                >> room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him; * And
                                                >>
                                                > he that
                                                >> bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and
                                                > thou begin
                                                >> with shame to take the lowest room. * But when thou art bidden, go
                                                >>
                                                > and sit
                                                >> down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may
                                                >>
                                                > say unto
                                                >> thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the
                                                > presence of
                                                >> them that sit at meat with thee. * For whosoever exalteth himself
                                                > shall be
                                                >> abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >>
                                                >> Communion Verse:
                                                >>
                                                >> Praise the Lord in the heavens, praise Him in the highest!
                                                > Alleluia!
                                                >> Alleluia! Alleluia!
                                                >>
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                                              • James Morgan
                                                Many Years, O Deacon! Mnogaya Leta. Chronia Polla! Rdr. James Olympia, WA ... From: ustav@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ustav@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Deacon
                                                Message 23 of 24 , Jan 6, 2007
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                                                  Many Years, O Deacon! Mnogaya Leta. Chronia Polla!
                                                  Rdr. James
                                                  Olympia, WA

                                                  -----Original Message-----
                                                  From: ustav@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ustav@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
                                                  Deacon Sergius Miller
                                                  Sent: Saturday, January 06, 2007 3:55 PM
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                                                  Subject: [ustav] Re: Deacon Sergius Miller


                                                  Many, many thanks, Father David, for your kind words & prayers.

                                                  Yes, I was ordained deacon by Metropolitan Herman on 24 Dec., at St.
                                                  Nicholas' Cathedral in D.C.

                                                  Joy, peace, love, and many years to all celebrating the Nativity of
                                                  our Lord, God, & Savior Jesus Christ
                                                • BAUMGARTH@FORDHAM.EDU
                                                  Axios, indeed, and many thanks for his scholarly guidance to Deacon Sergius. Patrick
                                                  Message 24 of 24 , Jan 8, 2007
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                                                    Axios, indeed, and many thanks for his scholarly guidance to Deacon
                                                    Sergius.
                                                    Patrick
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