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On the First Sunday after Pentecost the services are sung in Tone 8.  The First Matins Gospel is read.  At Divine Liturgy the reading from the Apostol is Hebrews 11:33-12:2 (§330, So great a cloud of witnesses) and the reading from the Gospel is Matthew 10:32-33, 37-38, 19:27-30 (§38, Confessing and rejecting Christ).  On this day the Orthodox Church commemorates All Saints.  In the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, this day is the Day of Youth.

On the Second Sunday after Pentecost the services are sung in Tone 1.  The Second Matins Gospel is read.  At Divine Liturgy the reading from the Apostol is Romans 2:10-16 (§81, God’s judgement is fair) and the reading from the Gospel is Matthew 4:18-23 (§9, The call of the first four disciples).  On this day the Russian Orthodox Church commemorates All Saints who have shone forth in the Russian Land.

On the Third Sunday after Pentecost the services are sung in Tone 2.  The Third Matins Gospel is read.  At Divine Liturgy the reading from the Apostol is Romans 5:1-10 (§88, Peace with God) and the reading from the Gospel is Matthew 6:22-33 (§18, God and possessions).  On this day in the Russian Orthodox Church there are celebrations of all the saints of particular regions: Novgorod, Pskov, Saint Petersburg, and Vologda.  It is also the day of commemoration of All Saints of Belorussia, All Saints of the British Isles, and All Saints of North America.

On the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost the services are sung in Tone 3.  The Fourth Matins Gospel is read.  At Divine Liturgy the reading from the Apostol is Romans 6:18-23 (§93, Servants of righteousness) and the reading from the Gospel is Matthew 8:5-13 (§25, The centurion’s servant healed).

On the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost the services are sung in Tone 4.  The Fifth Matins Gospel is read.  At Divine Liturgy the reading from the Apostol is Romans 10:1-10 (§103, Being acceptable to God by faith) and the reading from the Gospel is Matthew 8:28-9:1 (§28, The Gadarene demoniacs).

On the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost the services are sung in Tone 5.  The Sixth Matins Gospel is read.  At Divine Liturgy the reading from the Apostol is Romans 12:6-14 (§110, Rules for Christian living) and the reading from the Gospel is Matthew 9:1-8 (§29, Jesus heals a crippled man).

On the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost the services are sung in Tone 6.  The Seventh Matins Gospel is read.  At Divine Liturgy the reading from the Apostol is Romans 15:1-7 (§116, Loving each other) and the reading from the Gospel is Matthew 9:27-35 (§33, Two blind men and a man who could not talk).

On the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost the services are sung in Tone 7.  The Eighth Matins Gospel is read.  At Divine Liturgy the reading from the Apostol is 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 (§124, The scandal of division) and the reading from the Gospel is Matthew 14:14-22 (§58, Jesus feeds the five thousand).

On the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost the services are sung in Tone 8.  The Ninth Matins Gospel is read.  At Divine Liturgy the reading from the Apostol is 1 Corinthians 3:9-17 (§128, Servants of God and Christian identity) and the reading from the Gospel is Matthew 14:22-34 (§59, Jesus walks on water).

On the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost the services are sung in Tone 1.  The Tenth Matins Gospel is read.  At Divine Liturgy the reading from the Apostol is 1 Corinthians 4:9-16 (§38) and the reading from the Gospel is Matthew 17:14-23 (§72, Jesus heals a boy with a demon and speaks again about His own death).

On the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost the services are sung in Tone 2.  The Eleventh Matins Gospel is read.  At Divine Liturgy the reading from the Apostol is 1 Corinthians 9:2-12 (§141) and the reading from the Gospel is Matthew 18:23-35 (§77, The parable of the unforgiving servant).

On the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost the services are sung in Tone 3.  The First Matins Gospel is read.  At Divine Liturgy the reading from the Apostol is 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 (§158, The Risen Christ) and the reading from the Gospel is Matthew 19:16-26 (§79, The rich young man).

On the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost the services are sung in Tone 4.  The Second Matins Gospel is read.  At Divine Liturgy the reading from the Apostol is 1 Corinthians 16:13-24 (§166, Personal concerns and greetings) and the reading from the Gospel is Matthew 21:33-42 (§87, The parable of the tenants in the vineyard).

On the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost the services are sung in Tone 5.  The Third Matins Gospel is read.  At Divine Liturgy the reading from the Apostol is 2 Corinthians 1:21-2:4 (§170) and the reading from the Gospel is Matthew 22:1-14 (§89, The parable of the wedding feast).

On the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost the services are sung in Tone 6.  The Fourth Matins Gospel is read.  At Divine Liturgy the reading from the Apostol is 2 Corinthians 4:6-15 (§176, Clay vessels) and the reading from the Gospel is Matthew 22:35-46 (§92, The Great Commandment, the question about the Messiah).

On the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost the services are sung in Tone 7.  The Fifth Matins Gospel is read.  At Divine Liturgy the reading from the Apostol is 2 Corinthians 6:1-10 (§181, The day of salvation) and the reading from the Gospel is Luke 5:1-11 (§17, Peter's call by Jesus to follow Him)As in 2020 the Great Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross falls on the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, the usual hymnody and readings will be set aside.

On the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost the services are sung in Tone 8.  The Sixth Matins Gospel is read.  At Divine Liturgy the reading from the Apostol is 2 Corinthians 6:16-7:1 (§182 from the half, Perfecting holiness in the fear of God) and the reading from the Gospel is Matthew 15:21-28 (§62, The healing of the daughter of the woman of Canaan).

On the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost the services are sung in Tone 1.  The Seventh Matins Gospel is read.  At Divine Liturgy the reading from the Apostol is 2 Corinthians 9:6-11 (§188, The cheerful giver) and the reading from the Gospel is Luke 5:1-11 (§17, The calling of the disciples).

On the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost the services are sung in Tone 2.  The Eighth Matins Gospel is read.  At Divine Liturgy the reading from the Apostol is 2 Corinthians 11:31-12:9 (§194, The vision of Paradise) and the reading from the Gospel is Luke 6:31-36 (§26, Just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise).

On the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost the services are sung in Tone 3.  The Ninth Matins Gospel is read.  At Divine Liturgy the reading from the Apostol is Galatians 1:11-19 (§200, Paul's call to Apostleship) and the reading from the Gospel is Luke 7:11-16 (§30, Jesus raises the widow's son).

On the Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost the services are sung in Tone 4.  The Tenth Matins Gospel is read.  At Divine Liturgy the reading from the Apostol is Galatians 2:16-20 (§203, Justification by faith) and the reading from the Gospel is Luke 8:5-15 (§203, The Parable of the Sower) .

On the Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost the services are sung in Tone 5.  The Eleventh Matins Gospel is read.  At Divine Liturgy the reading from the Apostol is Galatians 6:11-18 (§215, God forbid that I should boast except in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ) and the reading from the Gospel is Luke 16:19-31 (§83, The rich man and Lazarus).

On the Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost the services are sung in Tone 6.  The First Matins Gospel is read.  At Divine Liturgy the reading from the Apostol is Ephesians 2:4-10 (§220, By grace you have been saved through faith) and the reading from the Gospel is Luke 8:26-39 (§220, A demon-possessed man healed).

On the Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost the services are sung in Tone 7.  The Second Matins Gospel is read.  At Divine Liturgy the reading from the Apostol is Ephesians 2:14-22 (§221, Christ our Peace and our Cornerstone) and the reading from the Gospel is Luke 8:41-56 (§39, The healing of the daughter of Jairus and of the woman with an issue of blood).

On the Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost the services are sung in Tone 8.  The Third Matins Gospel is read.  At Divine Liturgy the reading from the Apostol is Ephesians 4:1-6 (§224, Walk worthy of the calling in which you were called) and the reading from the Gospel is Luke 10:25-37 (§53, The Parable of the Good Samaritan).

On the Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost the services are sung in Tone 1.  The Fourth Matins Gospel is read.  At Divine Liturgy the reading from the Apostol is Ephesians 5:8-19 (§224, Walk in Light) and the reading from the Gospel is Luke 12:16-21 (§66, The Parable of the rich fool).

On the Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost the services are sung in Tone 2.  The Fifth Matins Gospel is read.  At Divine Liturgy the reading from the Apostol is Ephesians 6:10-17 (§233, The armour of God) and the reading from the Gospel is Luke 13:10-17 (§71, The healing of an infirm woman on the Sabbath).

On the Twenty-Eighth Sunday after Pentecost the services are sung in Tone 3.  The Sixth Matins Gospel is read.  At Divine Liturgy the reading from the Apostol is Colossians 1:12-18 (§250, The person and work of Christ).  On this Sunday in 2020, the reading from the Gospel is Luke 17:11-19 (§85, The cleansing of the ten lepers, and the thankful Samaritan), read on this day instead of the Twenty-Ninth Sunday.

On the Twenty-Ninth Sunday after Pentecost the services are sung in Tone 4.  The Seventh Matins Gospel is read.  At Divine Liturgy the reading from the Apostol is Colossians 3:4-11 (§257, Principles of the new life).  On this Sunday in 2020, the reading from the Holy Gospel will be Luke 14:16-24 (§76, The parable of the wedding banquet), read on this day for the Sunday of the Holy Forefathers instead of on the Twenty-Eighth Sunday.

On the Thirtieth Sunday after Pentecost the services are sung in Tone 5.  The Eighth Matins Gospel is read.  At Divine Liturgy on this Sunday in 2021, the reading from the Apostol is Hebrews 11:9-11, 17-23, 32-40 (§328, Abraham and those who followed him; A summary of the acts of the faithful) and the reading from the Gospel is Matthew 1:1-25 (§1, The Genealogy and Birth of Jesus Christ), read on this day for the Sunday of the Holy Fathers.

On the Thirty-First Sunday after Pentecost the services are sung in Tone 6.  The Ninth Matins Gospel is read.  At Divine Liturgy on this Sunday in 2021, the reading from the Apostol is Galatians 1:11-19 (§200, Paul’s conversion) and the reading from the Gospel is Matthew 2:13-23 (§4, The escape to Egypt and the return to Nazareth), read on this day for the Sunday after the Nativity.

On the Thirty-Second Sunday after Pentecost the services are sung in Tone 7.  The Tenth Matins Gospel is read.  At Divine Liturgy on this Sunday in 2021, the reading from the Apostol is 2 Timothy 4:5-8 (§298, Be steady, endure suffering) and the reading from the Gospel is Mark 1:1-8 (§94, The beginning of the Gospel; The proclamation of John the Baptist), read on this day for the Sunday before Theophany.

On the Thirty-Third Sunday after Pentecost the services are sung in Tone 8.  The Eleventh Matins Gospel is read.  At Divine Liturgy on this Sunday in 2021, the reading from the Apostol is Ephesians 4:7-13 (§224 from the centre, The gifts of Christ) and the reading from the Gospel is Matthew 4:12-17 (§8, The beginning of Christ’s ministry), read on this day for the Sunday after Theophany.

On the Thirty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost the services are sung in Tone 1.  The First Matins Gospel is read.  At Divine Liturgy on this Sunday in 2021, the reading from the Apostol is Colossians 3:12-16 (§258, Principles of the new life) and the reading from the Gospel is Luke 18:18-27 (§91, The rich young man), read on this day instead of the Thirtieth Sunday.

On the Thirty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost the services are sung in Tone 2.  The Second Matins Gospel is read.  At Divine Liturgy on this Sunday in 2021, the reading from the Apostol is 1 Timothy 1:15-17 (§280 from the centre, Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners) and the reading from the Gospel is Luke 18:35-43 (§93, The healing of a blind man), read on this day instead of the Thirty-First Sunday.

On the Thirty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost the services are sung in Tone 3.  The Third Matins Gospel is read.  At Divine Liturgy on this Sunday in 2021, the reading from the Apostol is 1 Timothy 4:9-10 (§285 from the centre, Personal discipline for Timothy) and the reading from the Gospel is Luke 19:1-9 (§94, Zaccheus, the chief tax collector), read on this day instead of the Thirty-Second Sunday.  The Sunday on which this Gospel is read, Zaccheus Sunday, is always the final Sunday before the period of preparation for Great Lent.

The Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee is the first of four preparatory Sundays for Great Lent.  At Divine Liturgy the reading from the Apostol is 2 Timothy 3:10-15 (§296, The cost of faithfulness) and the reading from the Gospel is Luke 18:10-14 (§89, The Parable of the Publican and the Pharisee).  The service appointed for this Sunday includes short hymns and a canon reflecting on the Gospel reading and encouraging the faithful to repentance, following “the Pharisee in his virtues and … the Publican in his humility, …[hating] what is wrong in each of them: foolish pride and the defilement of transgressions”.  At Matins we begin to sing the penitential verses “Open unto me, O Giver of Life, the gates of repentance”, a practice that continues until the Fifth Sunday of Great Lent.

The Sunday of the Prodigal Son is the second of four preparatory Sundays for Great Lent.  At Divine Liturgy the reading from the Apostol is 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 (§135, Right and wrong) and the reading from the Gospel is Luke 15:11-32 (§79, The Parable of the Prodigal Son).  The service appointed for this Sunday includes short hymns and a canon reflecting on the Gospel reading and again encouraging the faithful to repentance, assuring us of the willingness of our Heavenly Father to receive us into His embrace, despite our insolence and wastefulness.  At Matins we begin to sing the the verses of Psalm 136, “By the waters of Babylon”, a practice that continues until Forgiveness Sunday.  This psalm of exile expresses our sorrow at exile in sin, and our desire to return to our true home.

The Sunday of the Last Judgement is the third of four preparatory Sundays for Great Lent.  At Divine Liturgy the reading from the Apostol is 1 Corinthians 8:8-9:2 (§140, Freedom and failure) and the reading from the Gospel is Matthew 25:31-46 (§106, The Final Judgment).  The service appointed for this Sunday includes short hymns and a canon reflecting on the Gospel reading, reminding the faithful of God’s impending judgement and the need to prepare for it.  As according to the traditional rules of fasting observed in the Orthodox Church this Sunday is the last day before Pascha on which meat is eaten, it is also referred to as Meatfare Sunday.

The Sunday of Forgiveness is the last of the four preparatory Sundays for Great Lent.  At Divine Liturgy the reading from the Apostol is Romans 13:11-14:4 (§112, The night is far gone, the day is at hand; The weak and the strong) and the reading from the Gospel is Matthew 6:14-21 (§17, Forgiveness, fasting and treasures in Heaven).  The service appointed for this Sunday includes short hymns and a canon reflecting on the casting out of Adam from Paradise because of his disobedience, encouraging the faithful to be obedient during the time of Great Lent that is about to begin.  In accordance with the Gospel injunction that we forgive one another if we hope to receive God’s mercy (Matthew 6:14-15), Vespers on this Sunday is followed by a rite of mutual forgiveness.  As according to the traditional rules of fasting observed in the Orthodox Church this Sunday is the last day before Pascha on which dairy products are eaten, it is also referred to as Cheesefare Sunday.

On the First Sunday of Great Lent, the Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy, we commemorate the victory of Orthodoxy over false teaching.  This commemoration has its origins in a particular aspect of that victory, the end of the iconoclast (“icon-smashing”) controversy and the restoration of the holy icons to the churches on the First Sunday of Great Lent in 843 AD.  At Divine Liturgy the reading from the Apostol is Hebrews 11:24-26,32-12:2 (§329 from the centre, Moses; A summary of the acts of the faithful) and the reading from the Gospel is John 1:43-51 (§5, The calling of Philip and Nathanael).  At the end of Divine Liturgy on this Sunday in parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia a brief moleben, 'The Order for a Hymn of Supplication for the Conversion of those in error' , is served.

On the Second Sunday of Great Lent we commemorate Saint Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica (+1359 AD).  This commemoration is essentially a continuation of the Triumph of Orthodoxy celebrated on the First Sunday of Great Lent, Saint Gregory having defended Orthodoxy against the attacks of Barlaam of Calabria and Gregory Akindynos.  At Divine Liturgy the readings from the Apostol are Hebrews 1:10-2:3 (§304, An admonition not to drift away from salvation, for the Sunday) and Hebrews 7:26-8:2 (§318, We have such a high priest, for the Saint), and the readings from the Gospel are Mark 2:1-12 (§7, Healing of the Paralytic, for the Sunday) and John 10:9-16 (§36, The shepherd and his sheep, for the Saint).  The service appointed for this Sunday also includes a canon reflecting on the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 12:11-32).

On the Third Sunday of Great Lent, the mid-point of the Holy Forty Days, we commemorate the Veneration of the Precious Cross of the Lord.  The service appointed for this Sunday is focused on the Cross of Christ as the means and emblem of our salvation.  As on the Great Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, an important element of the All-night Vigil on this day is the “bringing-out” of the Cross for veneration and the singing of the hymn, “Before Thy Cross, we bow down and worship Thee, O Master, and Thy Holy Resurrection we glorify”.  At Divine Liturgy the reading from the Apostol is Hebrews 4:14-5:6 (§311, Jesus our High Priest) and the reading from the Gospel is Mark 8:34-9:1 (§37, The conditions of discipleship).

On the Fourth Sunday of Great Lent we commemorate Saint John Climacus (“Of the Ladder”) (+649 AD).  Saint John was the Abbot of Saint Catherine’s Monastery on Mount Sinai and author of ‘The Ladder of Divine Ascent’, one of the defining texts of Orthodox Christian spiritual life.  He is assigned a Sunday in Great Lent because in his way of life and in his work he exemplifies Christian self-discipline and spiritual effort.  At Divine Liturgy the readings from the Apostol are Hebrews 6:13-20 (§314, The secure basis for hope is God’s promise, for the Sunday) and Ephesians 5:9-19 (§229, Darkness and light; Abstinence from sin, for the Saint), and the readings from the Gospel are Mark 9:17-31(§40, An epileptic boy healed , for the Sunday) and Matthew 4:25-5:12 (§10, The Beatitudes, for the Saint).  The service appointed for this Sunday also includes a canon reflecting on the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) in which the Christian, wounded by sin, is likened to the man who fell among thieves, and Christ is likened to the Good Samaritan.

On the Fifth Sunday of Great Lent we commemorate Saint Mary of Egypt (+c.421 AD).  Saint Mary, who lived a dissolute life from her early teens until her late twenties, later struggled for nearly fifty years as a hermit in the desert to the east of the Jordan.  Like Saint John of the Ladder, Saint Mary is assigned a Sunday in Great Lent because of what she exemplifies: Christian repentance.  At Divine Liturgy the readings from the Apostol are Hebrews 9:11-14 (§321 from the half, Christ appeared as High Priest, for the Sunday) and Galatians 3:23-29 (§208, Restrained by law until faith was revealed, for the Saint), and the readings from the Gospel are Mark 10:32-45 (§47, The request of James and John for the Sunday) and Luke 7:36-50 (§33, Jesus eats with a Pharisee and forgives a sinful woman).  The service appointed for this Sunday also includes a canon reflecting on the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31) in which the Christian is likened to the Rich Man, rich in possessions but inattentive to salvation.

On the Sixth Sunday of Great Lent we celebrate Palm Sunday, the Great Feast of the Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem.  On this day we commemorate Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-1, Luke 19:28-44, John 12:12-19) following His raising of Lazarus from the dead (John 11:1-44).  This commemoration is known to have been observed by the Fourth Century AD.  The focus of the liturgical texts is on Christ as King, victorious conqueror of death.  The appointed readings from the Holy Scriptures for All-night Vigil and Divine Liturgy are Genesis 49:1-2,8-12 (Jacob calls his sons; Judah); Zephaniah 3:14-19 (Rejoice, O Daughter of Zion); Zechariah 9:9-15 (Prophecy about the coming of the Messianic King of Jerusalem); Matthew 21:1-11,15-17 (§83, The Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem); Philippians 4:4-9 (§247, Counsels of Peace); and John 12:1-18 (§41, The anointing at Bethany and the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem).  A particular feature of the services for Palm Sunday is the blessing of palms during All-night Vigil.

On the second Sunday before the Great Feast of the Nativity of Christ, the Orthodox Church commemorates the Holy Forefathers, the ancestors of Christ according to the flesh, together with the three holy youths and Daniel the Prophet.  At Divine Liturgy the reading from the Apostol is Colossians 3:4-11 (§257, Principles of the new life) and the reading from the Gospel is Luke 14:16-24 (§76, The parable of the wedding banquet).

On the Sunday before the Great Feast of the Nativity of Christ, the Orthodox Church commemorates all the righteous men and women who pleased God from the beginning of time, from the days of Adam down to Joseph, the betrothed of the Mother of God.  At Divine Liturgy the reading from the Apostol is Hebrews 11:9-11, 17-23, 32-40 (§328, Abraham and those who followed him; A summary of the acts of the faithful) and the reading from the Gospel is Matthew 1:1-25 (§1, The Genealogy and Birth of Jesus Christ).

On the Sunday after the Great Feast of the Nativity of Christ, the Orthodox Church commemorates the holy righteous ones Joseph the Betrothed, David the King, and James the Brother of the Lord.  At Divine Liturgy the reading from the Apostol is Galatians 1:11-19 (§200, Abraham and those who followed him; A summary of the acts of the faithful) and the reading from the Gospel is Matthew 2:13-23 (§4, The escape to Egypt and the return to Nazareth).

At Divine Liturgy on the Sunday before Theophany the reading from the Apostol is 2 Timothy 4:5-8 (§298, Be steady, endure suffering) and the reading from the Gospel is Mark 1:1-8 (§94, The beginning of the Gospel; The proclamation of John the Baptist).

At Divine Liturgy on the Sunday after Theophany the reading from the Apostol is Ephesians 4:7-13 (§224 from the centre, The gifts of Christ) and the reading from the Gospel is Matthew 4:12-17 (§8, The beginning of Christ’s ministry).

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