Sunday, December 16, 2007

Sunday of the Forefathers

Commemorated on December 16

The Sunday that falls between December 11-17 is known as the Sunday of the Holy Forefathers. These are the ancestors of Christ according to the flesh, who lived before the Law and under the Law, especially the Patriarch Abraham, to whom God said, "In thy seed shall all of the nations of the earth be blessed" (Gen. 12:3, 22:18).

Troparion - Tone 2

Through faith You justified the Forefathers,betrothing through them the Church of the gentiles.These saints exult in glory,for from their seed came forth a glorious fruit:She who bore You without seed.So by their prayers, O Christ God, have mercy on us!

Kontakion - Tone 6 You did not worship the graven image,O thrice-blessed ones,but armed with the immaterial Essence of God,you were glorified glorified in a trial by fire.From the midst of unbearable flames you called on God, crying:Hasten, O compassionate One!Speedily come to our aid,for You are merciful and able to do as You will.


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