Sunday of the Forefathers

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The '''Sunday of the Holy Forefathers''' is the Sunday that falls between December 11-17,  the second Sunday before the [[Nativity]].  The ancestors of [[Christ]] according to the flesh are remembered on this Sunday of the Nativity [[Fast]].
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All the great Fathers and Mothers and [[Prophet]]s of the [[Old Testament]], starting with [[Adam]],  [[Abraham]], the Righteous [[Sarah]], [[Isaac]] and [[Jacob]], including Holy Prophet [[Elias]] and [[Daniel]], and concluding with Holy Prophet [[Zechariah]] (Zachary), [[Joachim and Anna]], Holy Prophet and Forerunner [[John the Baptist]] and The [[Theotokos]]. They 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" ([[Genesis]] 12:3, 22:18). 
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==Hymns==
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[[Troparion]] (Tone 2)
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:Through faith You justified the Forefathers,
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:betrothing through them the Church of the gentiles.
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:These saints exult in glory,
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:for from their seed came forth a glorious fruit:
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:She who bore You without seed.
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:So by their prayers, O Christ God, have mercy on us!
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[[Kontakion]] (Tone 6)
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:You did not worship the graven image,
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:O thrice-blessed ones,
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:but armed with the immaterial Essence of God,
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:you were glorified in a trial by fire.
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:From the midst of unbearable flames you called on God, crying:
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:Hasten, O compassionate One!
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:Speedily come to our aid,
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:for You are merciful and able to do as You will.
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==See also==
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*[[Sunday of the Fathers]]
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==External links==
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*[http://www.goarch.org/en/chapel/saints.asp?contentid=1111&PCode=11LS&D=SA&DT=12/16/2001 11th Sunday of Luke] - [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America]] website
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=80 Sunday of the Forefathers]] - [[OCA]] website
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*[http://www.orthodoxengland.org.uk/sermhff.htm Sermon on Sunday of the Forefathers] - Orthodox England website
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[[Category:Feasts]]
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