Saint commemorations

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Saint commemorations are formulaic liturgical phrases used during dismissals of divine services and also in the synaxarion readings for each day. They may generally be applied to saints when writing about them. The form is as follows (substituting the name of the saint for the N.):


The glorious Prophet N.

Righteous or Forefather

The holy and righteous N.


The holy, glorious and all-laudable Apostle N.


The holy, glorious and all-laudable Apostle and Evangelist N.


Male Martyrs

The holy, glorious and right-victorious Martyr (or Great-martyr or Venerable-martyr or Hieromartyr or Confessor or New-martyr, etc.) N.

Female Martyrs

The holy and glorious Martyr (or Great-martyr or Venerable-martyr or Virgin-martyr, etc.) N.


Our father among the saints N.


Male Monastics

Our venerable (or righteous) and God-bearing Father N.

Female Monastics

Our venerable (or righteous) Mother N.


The holy and right-believing Emperor (or Empress or King or Queen, etc.) N.


Following the name of the saint, add the appropriate title (the Wonderworker, the Great, the Trophy-bearer, etc.).


  • The Liturgikon: The Book of Divine Services for the Priest and Deacon (pp. 11-12), Bishop Basil (Essey) of Wichita (ISBN 0962419001)

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