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Holy Forefathers

Propers for December 24, 2023

Dec. 24 – 29th Sunday after Pentecost, of the Holy Forefathers. Tone 4

Ven. Daniel the Stylite of Constantinopole (490). Martyr Mirax of Egipt (640). Martyr Acepsius and Aeithalas at Arbela in Assyria (VII). Ven. Luke the New Stylite of Chalcedon (979). Ven. Nicon the Dry of Kyiv Caves (1101)

Col. 3:4-11; Lk. 14:16-24;

Tropar Resurrectional, Tone 4

When the women disciples of the Lord learned from the angel the joyous message of Your Resurrection, they cast away the ancestral curse and with gladness told the apostles: death is overthrown. Christ God is risen, granting the world great mercy.

Tropar to the Holy Ancestors, Tone 2

Through faith You justified the Forefathers forming through them the Church of all nations. These saints exult in glory, for from their seed came a Blessed Fruit: She who bore You without seed, Christ Our God: By their prayers save our souls.

Glory … Now and Ever …
Kondak, Tone 6

Thrice-blessed Ones, you did not worship the man made image, but armed with the invisible power of God, You were glorified in a trial by fire. From the midst of unbearable flames You called on God crying: Hasten, Compassionate One. Come quickly to our defense, for You are merciful and able to accomplish all that You will..


Priest: Let us be attentive! Peace be with you all!

Reader: And with your spirit!

Deacon: Wisdom!

Reader: The Prokimen in Tone 4: Blessed are You, Lord God of our Fathers, praised and glorified is Your Name to the ages.

Choir: (repeats the prokimen)

Reader: Verse: For You are righteous in all that You have accomplished for us.

Choir: (repeats the prokimen)

Reader: Blessed are You, Lord God of our Fathers,

Choir: Praised and glorified is Your Name to the ages.


Deacon: Wisdom!

Reader: The reading is from the Letter of St. Paul to the Colossians.

Deacon: Let us be attentive.

Reader: Brethren, when Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them. But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.

Priest: Peace be with you.

Reader: And with your spirit. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Verse: Moses and Aaron are among his priests and Samuel among those who call upon His Name.

Verse: They called upon the Lord and He answered them.

Communion Hymns

Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the Highest. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous, praise befits the upright. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.



Українська Православна Церква св. Івана Хрестителя у с. Джонсон Сіті, штату Нью-Йорк, США. Знаходимось під духовною опікою Високопреосвященнішого Митрополита Антонія.

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