April 20

Our venerable father Theodore “Trichinas” (the Hairshirt-Wearer), so-called because of the rough goats'-hair garment with which he was covered. He led a most irreproachable life in solitude. (c. 400)

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the April Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 8. Your abundant tears made the wilderness bloom, * and your sufferings made your labors fruitful a hundredfold; * you became a shining torch over the world. * O venerable father Theodore, * pray to Christ our God that he may save our souls.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 4.  You became famous for your life, O wise father Theodore. * For, dressed in the rough garment of a hairshirt, you won treasures of heaven * which surpass those of any king. * Now you have traded your laborer's garb for heaven's robes. * Pray unceasingly for all of us, * O venerable father.

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Ps. 115:6,3). Precious in the eyes of the Lord * is the death of his faithful.
V. What can I return to the Lord for all he has given me?

Epistle:  (of the day)

Alleluia, Tone 6 (Ps. 111:1,2). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Happy the man who fears the Lord and greatly delights in his command.
V. His posterity will be mighty upon the earth.

Gospel: (of the day)

Communion Hymn (Ps. 111:6,7). The just man will be remembered forever; evil news he will not fear. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!