The Menaia

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The Menaia

Introductory Note.

September.

8 Sept. Nativity of Ever-Virgin Mary.

14 Sept. Exaltation of life-giving Cross.

5 Sept. Prophet Zachary, father of the Forerunner

6 Sept. The wonder through the Archangel Michael.

7 Sept. Forefeast of the Nativity of most holy Mother of God.

?8 Sept. Nativity of Virgin Mary?

13 Sept. Dedication of the of the Holy Church of the Resurrection

?14 Sept. Elevation of the Cross?

23 Sept. The Conception of the Prophet Baptist John.

24 Sept. Commemoration of Martyr Thekla.

26 Sept. Translation of Theologian John the Evangelist.

October.

1 October. Holy Protecting Veil of Ever-Virgin Mary.

6 Oct. Commemoration of the holy Apostle Thomas.

10 Oct. Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council.

18 Oct. Commemoration of the Evangelist Luke.

26 Oct. Commemoration of the Martyr Demetrios Myrovlitis; and remembrance of the earthquake.

November

1 Nov. Commemoration of the Unmercenary Physicians Cosmas and Damian

8 Nov. The Assembly of Michael and Gabriel

13 Nov. Commemoration of John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople.

?21 Nov. Введение во храм Пресв. Богородицы?

30 Nov. Commemoration of Apostle Andrew, the First-called.

30 November.

December

6 Dec. Commemoration of Nicolas the Wonderworker.

Pre-Christmas Texts.

6 December

17 December.

Sunday before Christmas.

11. Dec. Sunday of the Holy Forefathers.

20 Dec. Commemoration of the Holy Martyr Ignatios.

21 Dec. Commemoration of the Martyr Juliana of Nikomedia.

21. December

22 Dec. Commemoration of Martyr Anastasia, the Healer of Wounds

Sunday Before the Nativity of Christ

24. Dec. Service of the Royal Hours.

24 Dec. Commemoration of the Martyr Evgenia.

25 Dec. Nativity of Jesus Christ.

January.

1 Jan. Circumcision of Jesus Christ and Basil the Great.

2 Jan. Forefeast of the Theophany.

3 Jan. Forefeast of the Lights.

4 Jan. Forefeast of the Lights; and Assembly of the Seventy Apostles.

Service of the Great Blessing of the Waters.

?6 Jan. Theophany.?

10 Jan. Commemoration of Gregory Bishop of Nyssa.

11 Jan. Commemoration of Theodosios the Koinoviarch.

17 Jan. Commemoration of Antony the Great.

28 Jan. Commemoration of Ephraim the Syrian.

February.

2 Feb. the Meeting of the Lord.

March.

April.

May.

June.

29 June. Commemoration of Peter and Paul

July

20 July. Commemoration of Prophet Elias the Thesbite

22 July. Holy Mary Magdalen

On the Sunday of the Fathers of the 4th Ecumenical Council

August.

1 Aug. Commemoration of the seven Martyrs. Procession of life-giving Cross

4 Aug. Commemoration of the Seven Youths in Ephesus

5 Aug. Forefeast of the Holy Transfiguration

29 Aug. Beheading of Prophet John

General Menaion.

A Prophet

An Apostle

Two or More Apostles.

Martyr.

Woman Martyr.

Two or More Martyrs.

Two or More Woman Martyrs.

Hieromartyr.

Bishop.

Office for an Ascetic.

Office for a Woman Ascetic.

 

 

Introductory Note.

The Office I have translated here is that written by the late Father Gerasimos and first published in 1952 in connection with the decision by the Church of Greece to move the day of the feast to the 28th of the month, to commemorate the famous ‘No‘ of the Greeks to the Italians in 1941. Father Gerasimos‘s text is centred on the original story of the vision of the monk Andrew in the church at Vlachernae and not in the least nationalistic. It is interesting, however, to note that in the text of the October Menaion published by the Apostoliki Diakonia in Athens altered the third line of the verses of the Synaxarion reads,

Protection of God’s Mother now veils Greece, where Fr Gerasimos had written.

This Short Synaxarion contains all the commemorations of Saints and the other feasts and events listed in the Greek Menaion, together with the verses that accompany the entries. It is ’short’ because it does not include the detailed notices which usually follow the verses. Some of these will be found on other pages where the full office for the day is given.

The two line verses are written in iambic trimeters, of a sort, but are translated here into standard English ’iambic’ pentameters. These verses abound in paronomasia on the names of the saints, and these I have indicated by including transcriptions of the relevant Greek words within brackets.

The extra line, that normally accompanies the first, or the principal, entry each day and which mentions the date, forms a heroic hexameter, with frequent use of epic vocabulary and grammatical forms. I have translated them into English hexameters, though without attempting to reproduce the archaising effect of the original language.

The transliteration of proper names is not scientific, or consistent, but in general follows contemporary pronunciation. Latin names have been given in their Latin, not their Greek, form. Stress accents are generally as in modern Greek. Sometimes I use traditional English forms and stresses, as in ’Mуses’ or ’Jуnas’.

September.

September 1st.

The Month of September, having 30 days.

The day has 12 hours and the night 12 hours.

On the 1st of the month, Beginning of the Indiction, that is of the New Year.

Verses.

New year’s Indiction bless for us, we pray,

O you, both Ancient and, for mankind, New.

On the same day we commemorate the marvel which took place through the Holy Mother of God in the Monastery of the Miasini; and the fire that took place.

Verses.

Strange was the catch that by itself came up

From harbour’s depth: the Virgin’s honoured image.

The commemoration of the fire; because of the great fire which took place in Constantinople, because of our sins, in the reign of Leo the great King, nicknamed the Pick-axe, in the year 450, and which ravaged by fire most of the city in seven days.

On the same day, commemoration of our venerable Father Symeon the Stylite.

Verses.

His pillared station Symeon left behind,

And took his stand beside the Word of God.

High stepping Symeon died on the first of the month of September.

On the same day, commemoration of the Venerable Martha, mother of the Venerable Symeon; and of the Venerable Evanthia; and the falling asleep of Jesus son of Navi.

Verses.

On earth of old once Martha welcomed Christ.

Now Christ in heaven, Martha, welcomes you.

The sun that once he halted left behind,

Now Jesus contemplates the Sun of glory.

On the same day, commemoration of the forty Holy Women Martyrs, Virgins and Ascetics, and of the Deacon Ammoun, their teacher.

Verses.

For virgins double twenty fire and sword

Secured as Bridegroom Christ the Son of God.

A helmet heated in the flames Ammoun received:

Stripped off his covering of flesh with joy.

On the same day, commemoration of the Holy Martyrs, sister and brothers, Evodos, Kallisti and Hermogenes.

Verses.

Fairest [kalliston] indeed the end Kallisti found,

With her two brothers, likewise fair [kalois], cut down.

The venerable Meletios the Young, ascetic on the mountain of Nyoupolis, died in peace.

The Holy New Martyr Angelis, who bore his witness in Constantinople in 1680, died by the sword.

At their holy intercessions, O God, have mercy on us. Amen.

September 2nd.

On the 2nd of the month, commemoration of the holy Martyr Mamas.

Verses

Faith in the Trinity was Mamas’ strength [akmaios];

Pierced by a trident’s prongs [akmais], he thus endured.

Mamas’s entrails were spilled by a trident, upon this month’s second.

On the same day, commemoration of our Father among the Saints, John the Faster, Patriarch of Constantinople.

Verses

No fleeting pleasures those you now enjoy,

Faster from fleeting pleasures, blessed John.

Saint Diomйdes, slain by a broad sword, met his end.

Verses

Iron to iron was holy Diomede,

Bravely the blows of broad sword he endured.

Saint Julian, his head smashed by a club, met his end.

Verses

His head crushed by a club, brave Julian,

Mind safe on God, persisted to the end.

Saint Philip met his end by the sword.

Verses

Philip, the sword’s blow like a coursing steed [hippos],

Came to the Lord who loved [philounta] him with all speed.

Saint Eutychianos met his end on a hearth of fire.

Verses

Eutychianуs, burned upon a hearth,

Shared in the Martyrs’ happy [eutyches] destiny.

Saint Hesэchios, hanged by a noose, met his end.

Verses

Hesychios for his true Master longed;

And for his sake the noose calmly [hesychos] endures.

Saint Leonнdas met his end by fire.

Verses

The flame of love for God, Leonidas,

Led you with ease to bear the flame’s fierce force.

Saint Eutэchios met his end by crucifixion.

Verses

Eutychios, walking in the Lord’s own steps,

Like him endured the passion of a cross.

Saint Philбdelphos met his end by having his neck weighted with a stone.

Verses

Philadelphos by weight of stone put off

All weight of flesh and mounted light on high.

Saint Melбnippos met his end by fire.

Verses

Melanippos, though something black [melan] once had,

Cleansing he found when cast into the fire.

Saint Parthagбpe met her end in the sea.

Verses

O Parthagape, in the sea you die,

And find a sea of precious gifts on high.

On the same day, commemoration of the righteous priests, Eleazar and Phineas; and of the holy Martyrs Aeithalбs and Ammoun.

September 3rd.

On the 3rd of the same month, Commemoration of the holy Bishop and Martyr Anthimos, Bishop of Nikomedia.

Verses

Beheaded, Anthimos, your hair still bloomed [antheis]

To God’s great glory, though you were a corpse.

On the third day of the month a sharp sword struck the Martyr and slew him.

On the same day Commemoration of our venerable Father Theуktistos, fellow ascetic of Euthymios the Great.

Verses

You knew God [Theos] the Creator [ktistes] to be yours

And so, before all creatures [ktismata], you chose him.

On the same day Saint Vasнlissa, having fought with the wild beasts and remained unharmed, met her end.

Verses

Vasilissa, whom wild beasts fearsome found,

Stands now before the high King’s [pamvasileus] fearsome throne.

On the same day Saint Aristнon, Bishop of Alexandria, met his end by fire.

Verses

As if to breakfast [ariston] to the pyre you ran,

Best [aristos] of Christ’s Martyrs, great Aristion.

On the same day Saint Charнton was thrown into a pit of lime and met his end.

Verses

Plunged in the pit of lime [asbestos] Chariton found

Unquenched [asbestos] the light of an unsullied place.

The holy Martyr Archontнon met his end by starvation.

The holy new martyr Polэdoros, who bore his witness in New Ephesus in 1794, met his end by hanging.

At their intercessions, O God, have mercy on us. Amen.

September 4th.

On the 4th of the same month Commemoration of the holy Bishop and Martyr Babэlas, Bishop of Antioch the Great, and of the three holy Youths with him, who met their end by the sword.

Verses

Babylas, who once offered Christ himself,

To Christ is gladly offered through the sword.

Verses for the Three Youths

For their great Master who is God the Word

The youths run fervently towards the sword.

Three holy Youths on the fourth with their Bishop Babylas were slaughtered.

On the same day Saint Babylas, the teacher in Antioch, together with the eighty youths under him, met his end by the sword.

Verses

Your payment for their teaching from the youths,

Godly Babylas, was a common death.

The holy Prophet Moses met his end in peace.

Verses

Not from a rock now, nor the hinder parts,

Moses, you see, but God himself entire.

On the same day, Commemoration of Saint Hermione, one of the daughters of the Apostle Philip.

Verses

To heaven itself, Hermione, you go,

For fitting [hermaios] the salvation that you found.

Saints Theуtimos and Theуdoulos, public executioners who became believers, met their end by fire.

Verses

Theotimos died with Theodoulos,

A servant’s [doulos] honour [timк] giving to the Lord.

On the same day, Commemoration of the holy Martyrs Centurion, Theodore, Amianos and Julian from the village of Kandaulк.

Verses

Fire of God’s love his breath, Centurion

Gladly breathes out his soul upon the fire.

For athletes three the pyre a ladder strange,

By which they climbed to heaven’s broad expanse.

On the same day, Commemoration of the holy Martyrs Petronios, Charitinк, Zбrbelos (or Sarbelos), Thathouйl and Bebaнa.

Verses

Bebaia slain and Thathouel as well,

Both found a sure [bebaios] life in the place of false.

Worship profane [bebelos] Zarbelos would not give,

By stones from hands men profane [bebelos] he died.

On the same day, Commemoration of three thousand six hundred and twenty eight Martyrs.

September 5th

On the 5th of the same month, Commemoration of Zachary the Prophet, father of the Forerunner.

Verses

Slaughtered just like a lamb was Zachary

Within the Temple for the Lamb of God;

Zachary then on the fifth on the great Temple’s pavement was slaughtered.

On the same day Saint Abdaios met his end, beaten with rods of thorns.

Verses

Martyr Abdaios rods of thorn endures,

Honours his Master who was crowned with thorns.

On the same day, Commemoration of the holy Martyrs Medimnos, Urban, Theodore and the eighty Priests and Levites, that is Deacons, with them.

Verses

‘Passing through fire and water, like the Psalm’,

Medimnos says, ‘I reach my final rest’.

With Urban too Theodoros the great

Wins the same contest as Medimnos did.

A tenfold octad of the sanctified

Both fire and water steadfastly endured.

On the same day, Commemoration of Saint Peter in Athera.

September 6th

On the 6th of the same month, the Memorial of the extraordinary wonder by the Archangel Michael that took place at Kolossae,or Chonae, in Phrygia.

Verses

Another Noл, Michael, you appeared

Ending the flood of rivers with a funnel [chonк].

Michael of Angels the chief on the sixth funnelled strong flowing rivers.

On the same day, Contest of the holy Martyrs Eudoxios, Zenon, Romulus and Makarios.

Verses

Zenon, Eudoxios and Romulus were slain,

Makarios as well. Blest [makaristos] in their end!

On the same day, one thousand one hundred and four holy soldiers and Saint Kalodуti met their end by the sword.

Verses

One thousand Martyrs and then ten times ten

With further four together died by sword.

The head of Kalodoti was struck off.

She stands by you, O Word, Giver [doter] of good [kalos].

On the same day, the holy Faustus, the presbyter, Makarios, Andrew, Bibos, the monk, Kyriakуs, Dionysios, Andronikos, Andropelagнa, Thekla, Theoktistos, the ship’s captain and another Kyriakos, the commoner, met their end by the sword.

Verses

Faustus, by sword leaving the earth behind,

Was raised to radiance [phausis] of the home on high.

Makarios and Andrew, slain by sword,

Both made their journey on the blessed [makarios].

The crown of virtue Bibos now denies,

Unless he takes the crown from off the sword.

A sword with Dionysios slew two

Who were with him of a united mind.

How brave [andrikos] indeed was Andropelagia

In face of execution, as was Thekla.

Captain Theoktistos, his head struck off,

Aims his soul’s ship directly to the sky.

Kyriakos the commoner, once slain,

Now with the choir of Martyrs takes his place.

On the same day there coincided the dedication of the church of the Most Holy Mother of God in the Second District in the house of Saint Eirene.

September 7th

On the 7th of the same month, Commemoration of the holy Martyr Sozon.

Verses

Torments of body Sozon once endured,

Fixed on the only Saviour [sozo] of his soul.

Sozon, his radiant flesh fiercely pounded, died on the seventh.

On the same day, Commemoration of the holy Apostles Evodos and Onesiphoros.

On the same day, Saint Eupsychios met his end by the sword.

Verses

Eupsychios, courageous [eupsychos] at the sword,

Offers his Fashioner his soul with joy.

On the same day is celebrated the dormition of the Venerable Loukбs of the Eparchy of Lykaonia, third Superior of the Monastery of the Saviour, called ’Of the Deep Torrent’.

8 Sept. Nativity of Ever-Virgin Mary.

Verses

Anna, all mothers truly you surpassed,

Until your daughter should become your Mother.

Anna brought into the light on the eighth of this month God’s own Mother.

On the same day, the holy brothers Rufus and Rufianus met their end by the sword.

Verses

Rufianus, bowing beneath the sword,

‘Rufus, I wait. Don’t flinch, but follow me.’

On the same day, Saint Severos met his end by the sword.

Verses

‘Ready I am all torment to endure’,

Severos said, ‘And is the sword for me?’

On the same day, Saint Artemidoros met his end by fire.

Verses

Artemidoros has the strength to leap,

Shows it in deed amid the raging fire.

The holy New Martyr Athanasios bore his witness in Thessaloniki in 1774 and met his end by hanging.

September 9th

On the ninth of the same month, Assembly of the Just Joachim and Anne.

Verses

Let Joachim now with his Wife delight,

Both to creation bearing soul’s delight.

Feast of the parents of her who is Mother of God is the ninth day.

On the same day the holy Martyr Severianos with a stone tied to his feet was hanged in the air from the city wall and met his end.

Verses

Severianos’ torment weight of stones,

Hanged, he rejoiced, tearing his feet from earth.

On the same day, Commemoration of our Venerable Father Theophanes the Confessor, who led the ascetic life before the reign of Diocletian.

On the same day Saint Chariton met his end by the sword.

Verses

Christ’s martyr Chariton, great was your grace [charis],

When for the sake [charin] of Christ your throat was cut.

Commemoration of the Third Holy Ecumenical Council of the two hundred holy Fathers, who were brought together at Ephesus in the reign of Theodosios the Less, and who condemned the impious Nestorios.

September 10th

On the tenth of the same month, Commemoration of the holy Martyrs Menodora, Metrodora and Nymphodora.

Verses

Menodora, Metrodora thought,

Like Nymphodora, flesh’s torments gifts [dora].

Smitten and died on the tenth were the three, gifts [dora] whose name has the meaning.

On the same day, Commemoration of the holy Martyr Varypsavбs.

Verses

Varypsavas for Master’s blood divine

Pours out his own blood, pounded with wooden clubs.

On the same day the holy Empress Pulcherнa met her end in peace.

Verses

As in the Psalm, Queen Pulcheria took

Her stand at your right hand in truth, my Christ.

On the same day, Commemoration of the holy Apostles Apelles, Luke and Clement.

On the same day, Commemoration of the holy Martyr Ia.

Verses

Ia, by sword cut down from earth’s deep vales,

A scented violet [ion], Saviour, for you.

September 11th

On the 11th of the same month, Commemoration of our Venerable Mother Theodora of Alexandria.

Verses

Theodora was a male in dress and mind,

And the great mind she shames before the end.

On the eleventh she took her repose at the last Theodora.

On the same day, Commemoration of our Venerable Father Euphrosynos the cook.

On the same day, Commemoration of the holy Martyrs Diodoros, Diomedes and Didymos.

Verses

With fellow athletes Diodoros gives

His flesh to scourges; error thus they scourge.

On the same day, Commemoration of the holy Martyr Ia, advanced in years.

Verses

The Martyr Ia [= violet] breathed sweet scent of myrrh,

Sweet smell of blood outpoured and crimson dyed.

Saint Demetrios, his wife Evanthia and their son Demetrianos met their end by starvation.

September 12th

On the twelfth day of the same month, the worship of the holy wood and contest of the holy Bishop and Martyr Autonomos.

Verses

Word, on your altar lay a sacrifice,

Autonomos, your sacrificer, slain by stones.

Autonomos on the twelfth of the month by stones was he slaughtered.

On the same day, Commemoration of the holy Bishop and Martyr Kornoutos, Bishop of Ikonium.

Verses

Disdaining glory in the present life,

Kornoutos by the sword gained that to come.

On the same day, Commemoration of the holy Bishop and Martyr Theodore, Bishop of Alexandria.

Verses

His head by sword struck off, Theуdoros

Shared in the gifts [doron] of God [theos], whose name he bore.

On the same day, Commemoration of the holy Martyr Julian of Galatia.

Verses

Mingling his contests with ascetic sweat

Double the crowns that Julian received.

On the same day, Commemoration of the holy Martyrs, Makedonios, Tatian and Theodoulos; and commemoration of the Venerable Daniel of Thasios.

On the same day, the holy Martyr Okeanos met his end by fire.

Verses

Okeanos consider a bright sun

Washed in the ocean of a blazing pyre.

September 13th

On the 13th of the same month, Commemoration of the Dedication of the holy [Church of the] Resurrection of our Christ and God.

Verses

New Israel fulfilling ancient law,

Honours your tomb, O Word, with dedication.

Sanctified on the thirteenth was the Temple of Christ’s Resurrection.

On the same day, Commemoration of the holy Centurion Cornelius.

Verses

Cornelius you lead from unbelief, O Christ,

The firstfruits of the faithful of the nations.

On the same day, Commemoration of the Holy Martyrs Chronidis, Leontius, Serapion, Strato, Selefkos, Macrobius, Gordian, Zotikos, Eli, Lucianus and Valerian.

Our venerable father Peter of Agrea died in peace.

The venerable Hierotheos the New, the Georgian, who flourished in 1720, met his end in peace.

14 Sept. Exaltation of life-giving Cross.

Verses

Seeing the Cross exalted, Saviour, now

Creation exaltation brings with song.

On the fourteenth of the month was the Wood of the Cross high exalted.

On the same day, the Falling Asleep of our Father among the saints, John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople. He died on this day, but because of the Feast of the precious Cross, his feast was transferred to the month of November.

Commemoration of the most devout Empress, Plakilla, who became the wife of Theodosios the Great.

Verses

Earth’s fading crown Plakilla left behind,

Unfading crown of glory found in heaven.

On the same day, Commemoration of our Fathers among the saints who assembled in the Holy, Ecumenical Sixth Synod, in the reign of the Emperor Constantine the Bearded, son of Justinian II, called ‘Splitnose’, Sergios being Bishop of Constantinople and Agathon of the Romans. It met in the Domed [Trullos] Hall of the Palace, called ‘Ovatos’ [egg-shaped], and placed under anathema Sergios, Pyrrhus, Peter and Paul, who had been bishops of Constantinople; Makrobios of Antioch, Kyros of Alexandria, Honorius of Rome, Stephen and Polychronios and their followers. This Holy Synod was assembled under the aforementioned Emperor, Constantine the Bearded, but the publication of its Canons took place under his son, Justinian.

On the same day, Commemoration of the holy Martyr Pappas.

Verses

Pappas was shamed to groan at tortures’ blows,

For he had God as helper by his side.

On the same day, the holy Martyr Theokles met his end by the sword.

Verses

Theokles reached his place on high in heaven,

Having as chariot the sword’s swift blow.

On the same day, the holy infant Valerianos met his end by the sword.

Verses

To small Valerian the great God gave

As his reward a great big crown in heaven.

The holy new Monk and Martyr Makarios, who was the disciple of Patriarch Niphon of Constantinople, bore his witness in Thessaloniki in 1527 and met his end by the sword.

September 15th

On the 15th of the same month, Contest of the holy Great Martyr Nikitas.

Verses

You burn, Nikitas, and bear off the victory,

Or rather Fire-bearer is Victory-bearer.

Into the furnace of flame was Nikitas cast on the fifteenth.

On the same day, commemoration of our venerable Father Philotheos, Presbyter and wonderworker.

Verses

Philotheos who lived as God’s [theou] good friend [philos]

Has found unending life with God’s good friends.

On the same day commemoration of St Porphyrios, one of the Actors.

Verses

Urged to mock Baptism, you error mock,

You cleanse yourself, Porphyrios, and are slain.

On the same day the Finding of the relics of Saint Akakios, Bishop of Melitini.

Verses

The Finding of your relics as we praise,

Release from ills [kaka] Akakios may we find.

On the same day the holy Martyr Maximos met his end by the sword.

Verses

Seeing Christ stretching out to you a crown,

You stretch your head out Maximos to sword.

On the same day, two holy Maidens met their end by the sword.

Verses

Having but one intent and one desire,

Two maidens bowed their necks before the sword.

On the same day, Finding of the relics of the holy Protomartyr Stephen.

Verses

Saint Stephen’s finding all creation shares,

He the first champion of the greatest God.

Our father among the saints Bessarion, archbishop of Larissa, met his end in peace.

The venerable Gerasimos, founder of the monastery of the Holy Trinity, known as Sourvia, which is near Makrynitsa of Zagora, met his end in peace.

The holy new martyr, John the Cretan, bore his witness in New Ephesus in 1811 and met his end by the sword.

September 16th

On the 16th of the same month, commemoration of the Holy and all-praised Great Martyr Euphemia.

Verses

Slain by a bear’s fangs for the sake of God,

With praises [euphemiais] Euphemia you should be crowned.

On the sixteenth of the month by a bear Euphemia was slaughtered.

On the same day, commemoration of the holy Martyr Melitini.

Verses

Her head struck off by sword, Melitini

Offered her blood to Christ as honey [meli] sweet.

September 17th

On the 17th of the month, Commemoration of the holy and triumphant Virgin Martyrs, Faith, Hope and Love, and of their mother Sophia.

Verses

With faith in you, O Trinity, the three,

Faith, Hope and Love, bowed necks unto the sword.

On the seventeenth day of the month, Faith, Hope, Love, the three sisters, they slaughtered.

On the same day, Commemoration of the holy Martyr Agathokleнa.

Verses

Agathokleia bears fire on her neck,

Dread error’s dread and haughty neck she burns.

On the same day, Commemoration of the holy Martyrs Maximos, Theodуtos and Asklepiodуti.

Verses

For two young men and for one woman there

Was for the sword’s fell stroke one warmth of heart.

On the same day, Commemoration of Saint Lucy and of her son, the Martyr Geminianus.

Verses

In peace, O Christ, your servant Lucy passed

Over in truth unto a place of peace.

Geminianus, Martyr, valorous,

Bravely endured the penalty of sword.

On the same day, Commemoration of the holy Martyr Theodoti.

Verses

God given [theosdotos] grace makes Theodoti now

Fervent and keenly eager for the sword.

On the same day, Commemoration of one hundred holy Martyrs.

Verses

Egyptian Martyrs ten times ten with one

Impassioned eagerness have heads cut off.

For Saints Peleus and Neilos, the Bishops

Verses.

Where in a word was Peleus to Peleus?

With Neilos entering the midst of fire?

For the fifty Martyrs of Palestine.

Verses.

From noble counsel men of godly mind

From noble daring now despise the fire.

For Saints Patermouthios and Elias.

Verses.

In furnace falling Patermouthios

To equal zeal now spurs Elias on.

On the same day, Commemoration of the holy Martyrs Charalampes, Pantoleon and their companions. Their assembly is held in their martyr shrine, the one in the Second District.

Verses

For slaughter Charalampes joyful [chairon] was,

And Pantoleon to the sword a lion [leon].

On the same day, Commemoration of the holy Bishops and Martyrs Herakleides and Myron, bishops of Tamasos in Cyprus.

Verses

Myron and Herakleides on a pyre

Were placed, and brought to Christ as fragrant myrrh [myron].

September 18th

On the 18th of the month, Commemoration of our Venerable Father Evmenios, bishop of Gortyna.

Verses

Gortyna’s gentle eye, Evmenios,

Has looked upon the Lord’s all-kindly [panevmenes] eye.

On the eighteenth of the month died Evmenios, noble, great hearted.

On the same day, Commemoration of the holy women Martyrs Sophia and Irene.

Verses

Sophia and Irene, heads cut off,

Saw you, O Word, the peace [eirene] beyond the mind.

On the same day, Commemoration of the holy Martyr Ariadne.

Verses

A rock, rent open, Ariadne saves,

For Christ the rock of life protected her.

On the same day, Commemoration of the holy Martyr Castor.

Verses

No wild beast Castor [= a beaver], but a noble man [aner],

Or truth to tell, a statue [andrias] under torture.

September 19th

On the 19th of the Month, Commemoration of the holy Martyrs Trophimos, Sabbatios and Dorymedon

Verses

Dorymedon and Trophimos you breathed

As one, one death accepted from the sword.

Rasped with sharp iron Sabbatios attains

As Martyr to the Sabbath rest of God.

Trophimos on the nineteenth with two fellow athletes they slaughtered.

September 20th

On the 20th of the month, Commemoration of the holy Great Martyr Eustathios [Eustace], his wife Theopisti and their two sons, Agapios and Theopistos.

Verses

Efstathios with his race a bronze ox burns,

And you, O Word of God, the whole race save.

On the twentieth day with his wife and his sons he was burned in a bronze ox.

On the same day, Commemoration of our holy Fathers and Confessors, Hypatios, the bishop, and Andrew, the presbyter.

Verses

Hypatios for holy icons’ sake

With Andrew men of bloodshed put to death.

On the same day, Commemoration of Saints Martin, Pope of Rome, Maximos and their companions.

On the same day, Commemoration of the holy Martyrs Artemidoros and Thalos.

Verses

A sword slays Thalos and Artemidore,

Who did not worship savage Artemis.

On the same day, Commemoration of our venerable Father Meletios, bishop of Cyprus.

Verses

Life’s passing gave Meletios no care [melei].

‘How could I say: Why die? For I have loved’.

And Commemoration the greatest among the Confessors, John the Egyptian.

The lawless Maximianos, unable to endure his boldness, ordered him to be made away with along with forty others.

The holy new Monk and Martyr Hilarion the Cretan was martyred in Constantinople in 1804 and attained perfection by the sword.

At their holy intercessions, O God, have mercy on us. Amen.

September 21st

On the 21st of the month, commemoration of the holy Apostle Quadratus in Magnesia.

Verses

Holy Quadratus fools assailed with stones,

because to stones he would not honour pay.

On the twenty first day of the month won a crown for his contests Quadratus.

On the same day, commemoration of the holy Prophet Jonas.

Verses

Of old you fled far from the face of God,

Now Jonas tis his face that you behold.

On the same day, commemoration of our Venerable Father Savvas the Sabbaite.

Verses

Place of unstable life once Jonas left,

now finds a place both stable and most sure.

On the same day, commemoration of the holy Martyr Eusebios.

Verses

The godless [dyssebeis] slay Eusebios with sword;

he lived devoutly [eusebos] and was Christ’s true friend.

On the same day, commemoration of the holy Martyrs and blood brothers, Eusebios, Nestabos and Zeno.

Verses

Zeno, Eusebios, and Nйstabos,

die by the sword for sake of the true [eusebes] faith.

On the same day, commemoration of our holy Fathers and Bishops of Cyprus, Meletios and Isaakios.

On the same day, commemoration of the holy Martyr Priscus.

Verses

Bearing the living water in his heart,

Priscus feared not the burning of the flesh.

On the same day, commemoration of the six holy Martyrs, armour-bearers of Maximianos.

Verses

For God who bowed his head upon the Tree,

Six Martyrs bowed their heads beneath the sword.

At their holy intercessions, O God, have mercy on us. Amen.

September 23rd

On the 23rd of the month, the Conception of the holy, glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist, John.

Verses

Archangel’s message to a Prophet was:

Prophet you will beget and more than that.

And on the twenty third day the Forerunner‘s mother conceived him.

On the same day, Commemoration of the holy Martyrs Andrew, John, Peter and Antony, who attained perfection in Africa.

Verses

For the Word’s sake, of old pierced with one lance,

Andrew endured being pierced by lances twain.

Error John made his foe and being slain

Slaughtered the foe and with him error too.

Peter and Antony like solid rocks [petrai]

Stoutly endured their rending limb from limb.

On the same day, Commemoration of the holy Virgin Martyr Raпs.

Verses

Longing to see God’s beauty Raпs gave

The beauty of her flesh up to the sword.

On the same day, Commemoration of the Venerable women Xanthippe and Polyxena, sisters by blood.

Verses

To be their fellows Angel choirs now take

Xanthippe and Polyxena her kin.

On the same day the holy new martyr Nicolas the Grocer, who was martyred in Constantinople in 1672 and died by the sword.

At their holy intercessions, O God, have mercy on us. Amen.

September 24th

On the 24th of the month, Commemoration of the Holy Great Martyr and Equal of the Apostles Thekla.

Verses

He saved you, Thekla, when he rent the rock,

He at whose passion once the rocks were rent.

‘Twas on the twenty fourth day that a rock once enfolded great Thekla.

On the same day, Commemoration of our venerable Father Coprios.

Verses

No dung was Copris [dung], but another bunch

Of grapes that brought fair blossom to the Lord.

Commemoration of the miracle that took place through the Mother of God on the island of Cythera, where the icon of the Mother of God found in the myrtles cured a paralytic.

At their holy intercessions, O God have mercy on us. Amen.

September 25th

On the 5th of the month, commemoration of our venerable Mother Efrosyne, daughter of Paphnutios the Egyptian.

Verses

You hide your womanhood in male attire.

And see the Master who in secret sees.

And on the twenty fifth day Efrosyne attained her life’s ending.

For the venerable Paphnutios, her father.

Verses

Closing his eyes to flesh, Paphnutios

In spirit lives and a great light beholds.

On the same day, commemoration of the holy Martyr Paphnutios.

Verses

Friends of this world Paphnutios Crucify,

Who to the whole world had been crucified.

On the same day, commemoration of the great earthquake, during which a boy was snatched up into the air [and to whom the Orthodox Trisagion was revealed by the Archangels].

Verses

Lifted on high a boy proclaims below

The song thrice-holy that the Angels sing.

On the same day, commemoration of the holy Martyrs Paul, Tatta, and their children, Savianos, Maximus, Rufus and Evgenios.

Verses

Paul with his sons his witness bears, with whom

Tatta you rank [tatto] yourself with prudent mind.

At their holy intercessions, O God, have mercy on us. Amen.

September 26th

On the 26th of the month, the Translation of the holy, glorious Apostle and Evangelist, bosom friend, virgin, beloved, John the Theologian.

Verses

You stand beside the Father’s well loved Word ,

Than all of the Disciples more well loved.

And on the twenty fourth day unto God passed the child of the thunder.

At his holy intercessions, O God have mercy on us. Amen.

September 27th

On the 27th of the month, commemoration of the holy Martyr Kallistratos and his forty nine fellow Martyrs.

Verses

Kallistratos, his head cut off by sword,

To the triumphant [kallinikos] martyr host [stratos] was joined.

Twenty and seven the day when Kallistratos from here was taken

For the forty nine holy Martyrs

Ten times four Martyrs, joined with nine, through sword

In honoured contest fought a noble fight.

 

On the same day, commemoration of the holy Martyr Epicharis.

Verses

Brave was Epicharis before the sword,

Richly endowed with aid: the grace [charis] of God.

On the same day, commemoration of our venerable Father Ignatios, who was abbot of the monastery of Christ the Saviour, which is known as ’Deep Torrent’.

On the same day, commemoration of the holy Apostles Mark, Aristarchos and Zeno.

On the same day, commemoration of the holy Martyrs Bishop Philemon, Fortunatus and the holy Martyr Gaпana.

Verses

Gaпana, give your back to burning flame,

That you may flee the back of sword of flame.

On the same day, commemoration of the fifteen holy Martyrs who, thrown into a boat that was set alight, drowned in the sea.

Verses

A company of athletes, five times three,

Descended to the bottom of the sea.

The holy Martyr Aquilina was battered with rods and died.

At their holy intercessions, O God have mercy on us. Amen.

September 28th

On the 28th day of the month, commemoration of our venerable Father and Confessor Chariton.

Verses

All earth’s delights Chariton trampled down,

In heaven’s graces now he takes delight.

Twenty and eight was the day when Chariton died in his old age.

On the same day, commemoration of the holy Prophet Baruch.

On the same day, commemoration of the holy Martyrs and blood brothers Alexander, Alpheios and Zosimas; and of the holy Martyr Mark the shepherd; and of the holy Martyrs Nikon, Neon, Heliodoros, and the rest of the virgins and children.

Verses

Down into earth went holy martyrs three,

From there went out into a dew divine.

A shepherd Markos was, whom the sword slew,

Shepherd of sheep, as Scripture’s Abel was.

Heliodoros, Nikon, Neon too,

Victories [nikк] new [nea] by sword against Christs foes.

Ten thousand children slain and women too,

O God, and Child of woman, now receive.

On the same day, commemoration of the holy Martyr Eustathios the Roman.

Verses

Roman he is, but stalwart [romaleos] is he too,

Martyr Eusathios struggling against sword.

On the same day, commemoration of the holy Martyr Alexander and his thirty companions, martyrs.

Verses

The thirty martyrs when they were cut down

Had Alexander as their chief in death.

At their holy intercessions, O God have mercy on us. Amen.

September 29th

On the 29th of the month, commemoration of our venerable Father Kyriakos the Anchorite.

Verses

By bitter squills, Kyriakos, you quelled

Sweet food, by which you were condemned to die.

Squill-eating Kyriakos on the twenty ninth day made his ending.

On the same day, commemoration of the one hundred and fifty Martyrs of Palestine; and of the holy Martyrs Tryphon, Trophimos and Dorymedes; and of the holy Martyr Petronia.

Verses

Petronia, bowing head beneath the sword,

You fix your soul’s eye upon God your rock [petra].

On the same day, commemoration of the holy Martyr Goudelia.

Verses

To you, O Christ, who are the head of all,

Goudelia brought her head, struck off by sword.

On the same day, commemoration of the holy Martyrs Kasdoos and Kasdoa.

Verses

Kasdoos and Kasdoa fought as one,

He slain by blade, while she was crushed by wood.

On the same day, commemoration of the holy Martyrs Dada, and Gobdelaas, son of Savorios, king of the Persians.

Verses

Your body hacked in pieces limb by limb,

You save your spirit, Dada martyr brave.

Gobdelaas is pierced by reeds and dies,

Honouring Christ, my Saviour, struck by reed.

At their holy intercessions, O God have mercy on us. Amen.

September 30th

On the 30th of the same month, commemoration of the holy Bishop and Martyr Gregory of Great Armenia.

Verses

Knowing the saying, Watch [gregoreite], of God the Word,

You, Father, at God’s call, watchful [gregoron] appeared.

Gregory died at the end of the month in Armenia Magna.

On the same day, commemoration of the holy Ripsimia, Gaпani, and 32 other holy women Ascetics, Martyrs and Virgins.

Verses

Ripsimia by blows was no way pained,

Counting against them garlands numberless.

Ascetic life crowned Gaпani once,

The contest by the sword now crowns her too.

Trinity, thrice ten Martyrs honour you,

Dying with two, for your sake, by the sword.

On the same day, commemoration of the seventy holy Martyrs, who were massacred along with Ripsimia, and commemoration of the two holy Women Ascetics.

Verses

Seventy were the men who died by sword,

Ready to die, if needed, many times.

Nourished by virtues, now are women twain

Adorned when cut down by the contest’s sword.

On the same day, commemoration of the Martyr Stratonikos.

Verses

Stratonikos, by dying through the sword,

Conquers [nika] alone the demon host [strateuma] entire.

On the same day the holy Martyr Mardonios, having received burning coals on his navel, met his end.

Verses

Mardonios, your passion’s mark you bear,

Bearing the stamp of burning on your navel.

On the same day, one thousand holy Martyrs met their by the sword.

Verses

One thousand as a regiment were slain,

A prize they found, unnumbered victor’s crowns.

At their holy intercessions, O God have mercy on us. Amen.

 

1st September. Office of supplication to our God and Saviour Jesus Christ, who loves humankind, for our environment and for the welfare of the whole creation.

At Vespers

After the usual opening, at Lord, I have cried, we chant the following Prosomia:

Tone 1. Joy of the heavenly hosts.

Christ Saviour, Lover of mankind, who brought all things into existence from nothing, and with ineffable wisdom arranged for each one to accomplish unerringly the goal which you laid down in the beginning, as you are powerful, bless the whole creation which you fashioned.

Give peace to all the nations, Lord, and understanding in all things, so that we may lead a tranquil life and always keep your laws, which you laid down for the whole creation for the unalterable maintenance and government of the universe.

Lover of mankind, keep unharmed the environment that clothes the earth, through which, by your will, we who inhabit the earth live and move and have our being, so that we, your unworthy suppliants, may be delivered from destruction and ruin.

Fence round the whole creation, Christ Saviour, with the mighty strength of your love for mankind, and deliver the earth we inhabit from the corruption which threatens it; for we, your servants, have set our hopes on you.

Put an end, O Saviour, to the evil designs which are being devised against us with senseless intent, and turn aside from the earth every destructive action of the works of human hands which contrive corruption leading to perdition.

Lord, who wrap creation in clouds, as godly David sang, watch over the environment of the earth, which you created from the beginning for the preservation of mortals, and give us the breath of the winds and the flow of waters.

Glory. Tone 6.

Almighty Lord, who created all things with wisdom and who watch over and guide them by your all-powerful hand, grant well-being so that the whole creation may prosper and remain unharmed by hostile elements; for you, Master, commanded that the works of your hands should remain unshaken until the end of the age; for you spoke and they came into being and from you they receive mercy for the turning away of all evil, and for the salvation of the human race that glorifies your name which is praised above all.

Both now. Theotokion.

Who will not call you blessed, All-holy Virgin? Who will not sing the praise of your child-birth without labour? For the only-begotten Son, who shone out from the Father beyond time, came forth from you, pure Maiden, ineffably incarnate. By nature he is God, by nature he became man for our sakes, not divided in a duality of persons, but known without confusion in a duality of natures. O honoured and all-blessed, implore him to have mercy on our souls.

Entrance, O Joyful Light, the Prokeimenon of the day and the Readings.

The Reading is from Leviticus.

[26:3-12, 14-17, 19-20, 22, 33, 23-24]

The Lord spoke to the children of Israel saying, ‘If you walk in my ordinances and keep my commandments and do them, I will give you rain in its season and the earth will give its produce and the trees of the plains their fruit. Your threshing time will overtake the vintage, and the vintage will overtake the sowing. You will eat your bread to the full and dwell in safety on your land; and no one shall make you afraid. And I will destroy the evil wild beasts from your lands, and war shall not pass through your land, and enemies will fall before you. Five of you will pursue a hundred and a hundred of you will pursue tens of thousands. And I will look upon you and bless you and make you increase and multiply and I will establish my covenant with you. And you will eat what is old and very old, and bring out the old to make way for the new. And my soul will not abhor you, and I will walk among you, and I will be your God and you shall be my people. But if you will not listen to me, nor observe these ordinances of mine, but disobey them, and if your soul loathes my judgements, so that you do not keep all my commandments, I in turn will treat you like this: I will bring distress upon you, and you will sow your seed in vain and your enemies will devour your labours. And I will set my face against you and you will fall before your foes and they will pursue you and you will flee though no one pursues you; and I will smash the arrogance of your pride. And I will make the heaven like iron for you and your earth like solid bronze. And your strength will be in vain and your land will not give its fruit, and the trees of the field will not give their fruit. And I will send the wild beasts of the earth against you, and they will consume your cattle, and the sword will come against you and make you few in number. And your land will be desert and your farms will be desert; because you have walked against me crookedly, and I will walk against you with crooked rage, says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel’.

The Reading is from the Prophecy of Isaias.

[63:15-64:5a, 8-9]

Look down, Lord, from heaven and see, from your holy house and your glory. Where is the abundance of your mercy and of your acts of pity, that you have withheld yourself from us? For you are our Father, because Abraham has not known us, nor Israel acknowledged us. But do you, Lord, our Father, deliver us; from the beginning your name is upon us. Why have you made us wander from your way, Lord? Why have you hardened our hearts not to fear you? Return for the sake of your servants, for the sake of the tribes that are your heritage, that in a little while we may inherit your holy mountain. Our enemies have trampled down your sanctuary, we have become as at the beginning when you did not rule over us, nor had your name been invoked upon us. If you open the heaven, trembling from you will seize the mountains and they will melt as wax melts before the fire, and fire will burn up your adversaries, and your name will be manifest among your adversaries; nations will be troubled at your presence. When you do glorious deeds, trembling from you will seize the mountains. From eternity we have not heard, nor have our eyes seen any God but you. And your works are true, and you will perform mercy for those who wait for you. For mercy will meet with those who do right and remember your ways. And now, Lord, you are our Father, while we are clay and you are our Fashioner. We are all the work of your hands. Do not be exceedingly angry with us, Lord, and do not remember our sins for ever. And now, look upon us, Lord, because we are all your people.

The Reading is from the Prophecy of Jeremias.

[2:1-12]

Thus says the Lord: ‘I have remembered the mercy of your youth and the love of your marriage, of your following the Holy One of Israel, says the Lord, the Holy One of Israel. The beginning of his produce was for the Lord. All those who devoured him will offend and evils will come upon them, says the Lord. Hear the word of the Lord, house of Jacob, and every family of the house of Israel. Thus says the Lord, What offence did your fathers find in me, that they revolted far from me and went after vanities and became vain? And they did not say, ‘Where is the Lord who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, who guided us in the wilderness, in a boundless and trackless land, in a land without water or fruit, and in the shadow of death, in a land through which no man had passed, nor had any son of man dwelt there?‘ And I led you to Carmel to eat its fruits and its good things; and you went in and you defiled my land and made my inheritance an abomination. The priests did not say ‘Where is the Lord?‘ And those who cling to the law did not know me, and the shepherds acted impiously towards me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal and went after that which does not profit. Therefore I will be brought to trial before you again, says the Lord, and I will be brought to trial before your children’s children. Cross to the islands of the Kittim and look, and to Kedar and send and observe carefully; and see if such things have been done; if the nations will change their gods, though they are no gods. But my people have changed their glory for something from which they will gain nothing. Heaven was amazed at this and trembled exceedingly, says the Lord.

At the Liti, Idiomela.

Tone 1.

Lord, who created the universe at the beginning and gave to each thing its own rank, do not despise the works of your hands, but with an eye of mercy look from heaven upon this vine and restore it according to your will, turning aside from it every purpose that brings corruption and every destroyer; for you are our Shepherd, Deliverer and Saviour, and from you, Master, we receive help in mercy and acts of compassion, as we glorify you.

Tone 2.

Lord and Master, who fenced about the domain of the earth and made it sure with an enveloping band, deliver its whole structure from harm and disaster; for you are a treasury of strength and the source of life, and all things minister and are subject to your will as your servants, Lord. And so grant us your mercies and turn away from us every disaster, and save our souls for you love mankind.

Tone 3.

Threats and scourges and destruction hang over us, Lord, because of the multitude of our transgressions; for we have sinned and transgressed and gone far from you, and we are affected and afflicted by dire perils; but deliver us, Lord, from the dangers that beset us, and keep the whole structure of the earth unharmed, granting equable breaths of winds and ever-flowing springs of waters for our safe-keeping and salvation, O Lover of mankind.

Glory. Tone 4.

Lord, who hold the circle of the earth and make firm its foundations, as the Prophet says, accept our suppliant entreaties, as our guardian, protector and Saviour; for we are your people and the sheep of your pasture and by your infinite mercy we shall be delivered from anticipated dangers. Do not therefore utterly destroy us, Master, but may your goodness conquer the multitude of our offences, that we may all glorify the ocean of your acts of compassion.

Both now. Theotokion.

From dangers of every kind protect your servants, blessed Mother of God, that we may glorify you, the hope of our souls.

At the Aposticha, Prosomia.

Tone 5. Hail, of ascetic struggles.

Merciful God, who love mankind, look with an eye of compassion on the works of your hands and set free the expanse of the atmosphere from dread destruction and death-dealing emissions and every poisonous pollution, through which death and danger threaten. Take pity then on what you have fashioned and give to all the prudence not to act senselessly, whose result is corruption, and grant to all pardon, salvation and your divine mercy.

Verse: With my voice I cried to the Lord, and he heard me from his holy mountain. [Ps. 3:4]

Saviour, accept the entreaties of your Mother, which she offers for all creation, and the supplications of all your Saints. Grant to all your mercies, and keep unharmed the firmament which you spread out from the beginning with wisdom, Lord, and brought into being for the benefit of mortals. Keep undamaged from harmful influences, O Word, the whole environment which girds the earth, granting to all pardon and salvation and your great mercy.

Verse: When I called you heard to me, O God of my justice; in affliction you set me at large. [Ps. 4:1]

With humility of soul we all entreat you, Lord, and we fall down before you. At your command deliver the earth on which we dwell from every harm and from harsh ruin, and speedily avert from it and abolish by your will destructive emanations, and pour out the fresh dew of life-sustaining air. With your mighty power, Master and Saviour, fence about the whole enclosure of the environment, granting to all pardon and salvation and your divine mercy.

Glory. Both now. Theotokion. Tone 5.

Through compassionate pity, O Word, you took another form, refashioned corrupted nature and brought it back to incorruption. Now, we beseech you, yield to the supplications of your most pure Mother and grant stability to the inhabited world and well-being to all creation and deliverance from perils, for the salvation of our souls.

Apolytikion. Tone 4. Speedily anticipate.

Lord and Saviour, who as God brought all things into being by a word, establishing laws and governing them unerringly to your glory, at the prayers of the Mother of God, keep secure and unharmed all the elements which hold the earth together, and save the universe.

Theotokion.

The mystery hidden from all eternity and unknown to Angels has been revealed to those on earth through you, O Mother of God: God being made flesh in a union without confusion, and willingly accepting the Cross for us, through which he raised the first-formed man and saved our souls from death.

And Dismissal.

At Matins

After the 1st Reading from the Psalter, Kathisma.

Tone 1. The soldiers watching.

O Lord, as God you sustain all things by a word, and keep them all in perfect harmony. As you are compassionate keep unaltered the environment which enwraps creation and by your ineffable power turn away from the earth every harm.

Theotokion.

All-blameless Virgin, beyond nature you conceived God and gave birth to him in the flesh. Through the abundance of your mercy take pity on those who glorify you in faith and by the streams of your grace cleanse our minds and hearts from sins of many kinds.

After the 2nd Reading, Kathisma.

Tone 4. Joseph was amazed.

In the beginning, Saviour, universal King, you founded the earth, while the heavens are the works of your hands, and the stars also with the sun and the moon. All things proclaim your greatness and your strength. Keep their harmony and majesty untroubled, for all things, O Word, are subject to your almighty will.

Theotokion.

Ineffably, Mary, you conceived in your womb without change and without confusion the God who is beyond being; and beyond nature you brought forth for those in the world the One who delivers us from condemnation. Therefore we sing the praise of your many mighty works and glorify with faith your child-bearing beyond understanding. But, O Virgin who bore God, deliver us from every affliction.

After the Polyeleos, Kathisma.

Tone 8. The Wisdom and Word.

Lord, Lover of mankind, King of all creation, who bring all things into being from nothing, keep unharmed the order which you established and grant your servants temperate climates. Therefore too, diffusing mild airs, disperse all noxious pollutions from the earth, all-powerful Giver of life, and grant your peace to all the nations, that we may all sing the praise of your goodness.

Theotokion.

The Master and Maker of all things, taking flesh from your immaculate womb, came forth as man, not changed in his Godhead, and granted salvation to all those who worship your ineffable child-bearing. Therefore, all-pure Mother of God, Ever-Virgin Maiden, we have recourse to your fervent protection, and saved we cry: Intercede with your Son and God to grant forgiveness of faults to those who devoutly sing the praise of your many mighty works.

The 1st Antiphon of the Anavathmi in Tone 4 and the Prokeimenon.

Lord, our Lord, how wonderful is your name in all the earth. [Ps. 8:1]

Verse: For I will consider the heavens the works of your fingers; the moon and the stars which you established. [Ibid. 3]

The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.

[18:2-8]

The Lord spoke this parable: In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Grant me justice against my opponent‘. For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, ‘Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps pestering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming’. And the Lord said: Listen to what the unjust judge says. Will God not grant justice also to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? I tell you, he will quickly grant them justice.

Psalm 50.

Glory.

At the prayers of the Apostles, O Merciful One, blot out the multitude of my transgressions.

Both now.

At the prayers of the Mother of God, O Merciful One, blot out the multitude of my transgressions.

Idiomel. Tone 6.

Have mercy on me, O God, in accordance with your great mercy. According to the fullness of your compassion blot out my offence. [Ps. 50:1]

Lord, who with wisdom keep, maintain and direct all things for our government and sure guidance in the paths of your commandments, accept our suppliant entreaties and rescue us from impending dangers and from all change for the worse of the bounds of nature, and save our souls.

Deacon: O God, save your people…

Then the Canon, of which the Acrostic is:

Christ Saviour, keep us safe. Gerasimos.

Ode 1. Tone 8. Irmos. Crossing the water.

Crossing the water as on dry land and fleeing from the wickedness of the Egyptians, Israel cried aloud: To our Redeemer and our God now let us sing.

Troparia.

O Word great in mercy, stooping with goodness and compassion, shower down from heaven upon the earth the streams of your divine mercy for our salvation.

Stained with foul passions, Saviour, we defile the atmosphere with our dread actions; but grant us, Lord, genuine repentance.

Look on us, Saviour, with an eye of mercy, and turn from the earth, we beg, the destruction which comes from poisonous and senseless actions.

Theotokion.

Mother of God full of grace, who gave birth to the Word without beginning from your pure blood, save us from dread circumstances.

Ode 3. Irmos. You are the firm strength.

You are the firm strength, O Lord, of those who have recourse to you. You are the light of those in darkness, and my spirit sings your praise.

Troparia.

By the laws which you established, Master, ever keep unshaken and unmoved the works of your hands, which you brought into being of old.

As you possess an inexhaustible ocean of compassion, O All-merciful, dispel the harmful blasts that come against us.

You are Lord of all things, Saviour, you the Giver of life. Cleanse from all corruption the elements in which we your servants live.

Theotokion.

You appeared as the dwelling of the Maker of all creation, pure Maiden, bearing him ineffably in your womb.

Kathisma. Tone 5. Let us believers praise.

As our Master and Creator, Lover of mankind, we fall before you with faith and we cry out to you, ‘Keep our atmosphere and the whole earth undamaged by harmful corrupters, and give us repentance and wholeness, O Compassionate, for the salvation of our souls’.

Theotokion. Same melody.

From your pure blood you bore beyond understanding the Master of all things and remained, as before, a virgin incorrupt, O Mother of God. Keep safe from every evil and corruption of the cunning Deceiver those who with undoubting heart have recourse to your protection.

Ode 4. Irmos. I have heard, Lord.

I have heard, Lord, of the mystery of your dispensation; I have understood your works and glorified your Godhead.

Troparia.

Keep the elements which surround the earth unharmed, Lord, and ever bless us that we may walk in your fear.

We have been estranged, Lord, by transgressing your divine law, and so we beg you: Give us amendment of life.

From pollutions and from destructive blasts deliver the whole earth, O Saviour, by your strength, that we may magnify your might.

Theotokion.

Mother of God, Ever-Virgin, who gave birth in the body to the Fashioner of the whole creation, deliver us from every calamity.

Ode 5. Irmos. Enlighten us.

Enlighten us by your commands, O Lord, and by your upraised arm grant us your peace, O Lover of mankind.

Troparia.

Cleanse us from blemishes of soul, O Lover of mankind, and preserve in its own order, we beseech you, the earth’s environment.

Empower us, Lord, by your divine fear to accomplish our life without grief in peace and true love.

You founded the heaven and the earth, as David sings, O Creator; guard us then from every affliction.

Theotokion.

Accept the voices of those who entreat you with faith, Mother of God, pure and Ever-Virgin, and grant peace to our souls.

Ode 6. Irmos. I pour out my supplication.

I pour out my supplication to the Lord, and to him I declare my afflictions, because my soul has been filled with evils and my life has drawn near to Hell; and like Jonas I beg: O God, bring me up from corruption.

Troparia.

You established all creation by your mighty strength, O Saviour who love mankind; now, therefore, rescue us by your power, Lord, from threatening destruction, and preserve the environment which enwraps the earth.

Keep the upper air undamaged and the flow of the air free from destructive exhalations, pollutions, and the other effects of dangerous activities which bring most painful death.

By a word, Lord, you established the structure of the earth, and wrapped its circumference with a surrounding element as you wished; ever preserve it from corruption and dread influences.

Theotokion.

As Mother of the King of glory, Ever-Virgin Maiden, Mother of God, set free my lowly heart from the disgrace of unclean passions, and give me, I beg, sincere and perfect repentance.

Kontakion. Tone 2. With your blood.

With your all-powerful strength you framed all things, both visible and invisible; and so keep unharmed, we implore your goodness, the environment that surrounds the earth.

Ikos.

Loving Saviour, we praise the manifestations of your providence and your many saving powers; because with ineffable wisdom and order and harmony you have established for all things laws and unalterable ordinances for the protection of us, your royal fashioning. Keep us unshaken, Lord, from every corrupting activity, change and destruction, as guardian, protector and deliverer of all things, keeping in them the essential power unmoved, and especially watching over the environment that surrounds the earth.

[The Synaxarion from the Menaion and the following:

On the same day, the beginning of the Indiction, we entreat our God, who loves mankind, for the welfare of the earth on which we live and for the whole creation.

Verses

We fall before you, Master, as we cry:

O Saviour, from pollutions free the earth.

To him be glory and might to the ages. Amen.]

Ode 7. Irmos. The Youths from Judea.

The Youths from Judaea once having come to Babylon, with the faith of the Trinity trampled down the flame of the furnace, as they sang: God of our fathers, blessed are you!

Troparia

You give life to all and conduct all things with ineffable judgements; from harmful pollutions and from every abuse save those who cry out, ‘God of our fathers, blessed are you!’

By your will, Lord, you adorned the heavens with stars, while you made the whole earth fair with flowers and trees as it sings, ‘God of our fathers, blessed are you!’

Give pardon and a calm life to us who dwell on the earth, turning away from it corrupting emanations and saving those who sing, ‘God of our fathers, blessed are you!’

Theotokion.

The One born from your womb, pure Maiden, declared you to be the gateway of salvation that leads to the glory of the kingdom on high those who cry out to you with faith, ‘Hail, pure Virgin, the salvation of mortals!’

Ode 8. Irmos. The King of heavn.

The King of heaven, whom the hosts of Angels praise, praise and highly exalt to all the ages.

Troparia.

Come, all the inhabitants of earth, let us fall down and cry out to Christ with compunction, ‘Deliver us, Saviour, from just condemnation!’

From pollutions and contaminations rescue the environment, Saviour, that we may sing your praise as the only benefactor.

With streams of your vivifying mercy, Compassionate One, quench the flame of bitter passions and grant us well-being and salvation.

Theotokion.

Glory of Angels and salvation of mortals, glorious Ever-Virgin Maiden, show us to be partakers in eternal glory.

Ode 9. Irmos. We who through you.

We, who have been saved through you, pure Virgin, confess you to be in truth the Mother of God and with the bodiless choirs we magnify you.

Troparia.

In your goodness deliver our race from earthquakes and ill fortune, from calamities of many kinds and from soul-destroying pollutions, O Compassionate.

Give strength to the weak, O all-compassionate, and by your power preserve the atmosphere clean from winds that bring death.

From every pollution that breeds death, O Saviour, by your power preserve unsullied the air in creation that we breathe.

Make heavenly our hearts, O Compassionate, through a life of virtue and holiness, and deliver us from the grip of uncleanness.

Theotokion.

We sing the praise of your child-bearing, through which, O Virgin, we have been delivered from the ancestral curse; for you bore Christ, the Saviour of all.

Exapostilarion. Women hear.

You once stretched out the heavens at your command, Lord, as the Prophet says, and founded the unformed mass of the earth, Master; preserve the constitution of the universe in harmony and keep every element in creation from contamination.

Theotokion.

The Maker of creation through his goodness took human form from you, and was created beyond nature from your pure blood. As his all-pure Mother, O all-immaculate, ask him for us, we beg, that we may find salvation.

At Lauds we insert 4 Stichera and sing the following Prosomia.

Tone 4. You have given us a sign.

With compunction we offer you our praise, Lover of mankind, and with faith we cry out to you: As Creator you hold fast the ends of the earth, and you maintain and govern them. From noxious emanations and from dire pollutions that harbour bitter death, rescue humanity which you fashioned, for you are pitying and compassionate.

By your almighty will you brought all things into being from nothing, Lover of mankind, and all things, Saviour, serve your might; therefore we implore you: Keep the environment that enwraps the earth unmoved, for the safe government of your royal fashioning, and for life on earth to be free from strife and destruction.

Let us, the nurselings of true religion, offer to the Lord purity of life and splendour of manners, that we may be delivered from pollutions of many kinds which pollute the whole earth and harbour bitter and painful death for the ends of the earth. From these, Lord, preserve our existence by your almighty power.

You walled the circle of the earth, Lord, as with a wall, with a safe environment. Preserve it always as you established it when you poured out the breaths of winds and vivifying breezes for our preservation, and grant us pardon of sins, Master, and the fulfilling of the commands of your holy will.

Glory. Tone 8.

As Master of creation do not take from us the treasures of your providence, we beg, Lover of mankind. See our humiliation, Lord, and cleanse creation of polluted winds and noxious contagions and activities, so that, living devoutly and soberly in a pure life, we may be counted worthy of eternal life, as we glorify your great mercy.

Both now. Theotokion.

Sovereign Lady, accept the entreaties of your servants and rescue us from every constraint and affliction.

Great Doxology and Dismissal.

At The Liturgy

The usual. Apostle and Gospel of the 1st of the Indiction, but, if you wish, say also the Gospel according to Mark for the Wednesday of the 17th week of Luke [Mark 13:24-31].

Prokeimenon in the 4th Tone. [Psalm 146]

Great is our God, and great is his strength.

Verse:[Mark 13:24-31].

Prokeimenon in the 4th Tone. [Psalm 146]

Great is our God, and great is his strength.

Verse: Praise the Lord, for psalmody is good: let praise be given sweetly to our God.

The Reading is from the 1st Epistle of Paul to Timothy.

[2:1-7]

Child Timothy, first of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires all to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God; there is also one mediator between God and humanity, a human being, Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all; this was attested at the right time. For this I was appointed a herald and an apostle (I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

[Brethren, submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to dejection. Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you. Do not speak evil against one another, brethren. One that speaks evil against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you that you judge your neighbour? Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and do business and make a profit’; whereas you do not know about tomorrow. What is your life? For you are a mist that will appear for a little time and then it will vanish. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wishes, we will both live and do this or that’. As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. Anyone who knows what it is right to do and fails to do it, for them it is sin. Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have rusted, and their rust will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh. Like fire you have stored up treasure in the last days. Behold, the wages of the labourers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned, you have killed the righteous one; he does not resist you. Be patient, therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient over it until it receives the early and the late rain. You also be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. Do not grumble, brethren, against one another, that you may not be judged. See, the Judge is standing at the doors.]

Alleluia in the 4th Tone. [Psalm 64]

Verse 1: To you, O God, praise is due in Sion; and to you a vow shall be performed.

Verse 2: We shall be filled with good things of your house.

The Reading is from the holy Gospel according to Luke.

[4:16-22]

At that time Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaias was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour. And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them: Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing. All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.

The Lord said to his Disciples: In those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven. From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very doors. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

Communion.

Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise him in the highest. Alleluia!

Megalynarion.

At all times keep unharmed the whole creation we beg you, O Redeemer, and grant us breaths of winds and breezes moist with dew for our safety and salvation, O Lover of mankind.

 

Beginning of the Indiction, that is of the New Year; and commemoration of our Venerable Father Symeon the Stylite and Archimandrite; the assembly of the most holy Mother of God of the Miasini; commemoration of the Holy Martyr Aithalas; of the forty Holy Women and of the deacon Ammoun, their teacher; of the Holy Martyrs Kallisti, Evodos and Hermogenes, sister and brothers; commemoration of Jesus son of Navi; and anniversary of the great fire.

At Vespers

We recite the 1st Section of Blessed is the man. At Lord, I have cried we insert 10 Stichera, and we sing 3 Prosomia of the Indiction, 3 of the Saint and a further 4, Idiomels, of the Saint.

Of the Indiction. Tone 1. Joy of the heavenly hosts.

Having learned to pray in his own words from Christ’s divine teaching, let us cry out each day to the Creator: Our Father, who dwell in heaven, give us our daily bread, overlooking our faults.

As the limbs of the Hebrews who truly disobeyed you, the Master of all, were once fittingly strewn across the desert, so now too, O Christ, as the Psalm says, scatter the bones of the impious and unbelieving Hagarenes at the mouth of Hell.

Christ God, who once on Mount Sinai wrote the tables of the law, now too, according to the flesh, in the city of Nazareth yourself took the book of the prophet to read; and having closed it began to teach the peoples that the Scripture had been fulfilled in you.

Stichera of the Saint.

Tone 5. Model Melody. Venerable Father.

Venerable Father, you found a fair ladder, by which you went up on high, the ladder which Elias found as a chariot of fire. He though did not leave his mount to others, but you keep your pillar even after death. Man of heaven, angel of earth, unsleeping beacon of the inhabited world, Venerable Symeon, intercede that our souls may be saved.

Venerable Father, if the pillar could speak it would not cease crying out your toils, your hardships, your laments. Though it supported, it was itself supported, nourished like a tree with your tears. Angels were amazed, mortals marvelled, demons cowered at your endurance. Venerable Symeon, intercede that our souls may be saved.

Venerable Father, by the power of the divine Spirit, imitating your Master, you went up onto a pillar as onto a cross. He though wiped out the record of all, while you abolished the uprising of the passions; he like a sheep, you like a victim; he on a cross, you on the pillar. Venerable Symeon, intercede that our souls may be saved

Others, Idiomels, of the Saint. Tone 2.

A good fruit sprouted from a good root, Symeon, holy from infancy, nurtured on grace rather than milk, and, having raised his body on a rock and his mind yet higher towards God, with virtues he built a habitation in the air, and walking on high with the divine Powers he became a dwelling place of Christ, who is God and the Saviour of our souls.

The same tone.

Your memorial, Venerable Father Symeon, and the meekness of your heart, blessed servant, endure for ever; for though you have passed over from us, good shepherd, you have not passed from us in spirit as you stand near God in love and dance with the Angels in heaven. With them intercede that our souls may be saved.

The same. By Kyprianos.

The casket of your relics, all-praised Father, is a source of healings; and your holy soul, united with the Angels, fittingly rejoices. Therefore, as you have boldness towards the Lord, Venerable Saint, and dance with the Bodiless ones in heaven, implore him that our souls may be saved.

The same. By Germanos.

You loved the highest philosophy, O God-bearer, and you dwelt outside the world, living above visible things; and you were revealed as a godly, untarnished mirror of God; and being ever one with Light, you gained more light and clearly met a blessed end. Intercede for our souls, wise Symeon.

Glory. Tone 6. By Germanos.

Divine grace hovered over the casket of your relics, hallowed Symeon; therefore we too run to the sweet fragrance of your wonders, drawing out healing of diseases. But Venerable Father, intercede with Christ God on behalf of our souls.

Both now. The same. By Byzantios.

One with the Holy Spirit, O Word and Son without beginning, co-maker of all and co-creator of all things visible and invisible, bless the crown of the year, guarding in peace the multitudes of the Orthodox, at the prayers of the Mother of God and of all the Saints.

Entrance, O joyful light, Prokeimenon of the Day and the Readings.

The reading is from the prophecy of Isaias.

[Chap. 61,1-10]

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me. He has sent me to preach good tidings to the poor, to heal the broken-hearted, to proclaim forgiveness to prisoners and sight to the blind; to declare an acceptable year of the Lord, and a day of recompense for our God; to comfort all who mourn, that there may be given to those who mourn Sion, glory instead of ashes; an anointing of joy for those who mourn, clothing of glory instead of a spirit of despondency; and they will be called a generation of righteousness, a plant of the Lord for glory. And they will rebuild everlasting deserts, those formerly quite deserted; they will raise up and renew deserted cities, deserted from generation to generation. And strangers will come shepherding your flocks, and foreigners will be your ploughmen and your vinedressers. But you will be called Priests of the Lord, ministers of our God. You will be told, ‘Devour the strength of nations’, and in their wealth you will be marvelled at; instead of your double shame and instead of humiliation their portion will rejoice. Therefore they will inherit their land a second time, and everlasting joy shall be upon their head. For I am the Lord, who love righteousness and hate robberies from injustice; and I shall give their calf to the righteous, and I shall make an everlasting covenant with them. And their seed will be known among the nations, and their offspring in the midst of the peoples. And the one who sees them will recognise them, because they are a seed blessed to the ages by God, and with joy they will rejoice in the Lord.

The Reading is from Leviticus.

[26:3-12, 14-17, 19-20, 22, 33, 23-24]

The Lord spoke to the children of Israel saying: If you walk in my ordinances and keep my commandments and do them, I will give you rain in its season and the earth will give its produce and the trees of the plains their fruit. And your threshing time will overtake the vintage, and the vintage will overtake the sowing. And you will eat your bread to the full and dwell in safety on your land. And no one shall make you afraid; and I will destroy the evil wild beasts from your lands, and war shall not pass through your land. And enemies will fall before you. And five of you will pursue a hundred and a hundred of you will pursue tens of thousands. And I will look upon you and bless you and make you increase and multiply and I will establish my covenant with you. And you will eat what is old and very old, and bring out the old to make way for the new. And I will set my tabernacle among you and my soul shall not abhor you; and I will walk among you; and I will be your God and you shall be my people. But if you will not listen to me, nor observe these ordinances of mine, but disobey them, and if your soul loathes my judgements, so that you do not keep all my commandments, I in turn will do thus to you: I will bring distress upon you, and you will sow your seed in vain and your enemies will devour your labours. And I will set my face against you and you will fall before your foes and they will pursue you and you will flee though no one pursues you; and I will smash the arrogance of your pride. And I will make the heaven like iron for you and your earth like solid bronze. And your strength will be in vain and your land will not give its fruit, and the trees of the field will not give their fruit. And I will send the wild beasts of the earth against you, and they will consume your cattle, and the sword will come against you and make you few in number. And your land will be desert and your farms will be desert; because you have walked against me crookedly, and I will walk against you with crooked rage, says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel.

The reading is from the Wisdom of Solomon.

[Chap. 4,7-15]

A just man, even if he die early, will be at rest; for an honoured old age is not so because of length of time, nor is it measured by the number of years. Understanding is men’s true grey hairs, and a ripe old age is a spotless life. Being pleasing to God, he was loved; and while living among sinners, he was taken away. He was snatched away lest wickedness alter his understanding, or trickery deceive his soul. For the witchery of evil dims the good, and the waywardness of desire undermines an innocent mind. Made perfect in a short time, he fulfilled long years; for his soul was pleasing to the Lord; therefore he hurried him from the midst of evil. But the peoples have seen and not understood, nor laid such a thing to heart: that grace and mercy are with his holy ones, and his presence with his chosen ones.

At the Aposticha. Idiomel Stichera of the Indiction.

By Monk John. Tone 1.

The entrance of the year is here, summoning all the shining ones to honour it, Kallisti, Evodos and Hermogenes, brethren and champions; Symeon the equal of the angels; Jesus son of Navi; the Seven Youths of Ephesus, and the choir of Holy Women, beacon of forty fires. As we celebrate their memories together, lovers of festivals, let us eagerly cry out: O Lord, bless the works of your hands, and grant that we may pass profitably through the course of the year.

The same tone.

Verse 1: A hymn is due to you, O God, in Sion, and vows shall be paid you in Jerusalem.

By the same.

Christ our God, who created all things with wisdom and brought them from non-being into being, bless the crown of the year and preserve our city unbesieged; make glad our faithful Sovereigns by your power, giving them victories against enemies, through the Mother of God granting the world your great mercy.

Tone 2.

Verse 2: We shall be filled with the good things of your house: holy is your temple, wonderful in righteousness.

By Kyprianos.

Wonderful are you, O God, and wonderful are your works, and your ways are unsearchable; for you are the Wisdom of God and perfect substance and power, co-operation like him without beginning and without end; therefore by your all-powerful authority you came inexpressibly, unchanged in your Godhead, from a Mother who did not know man, to visit the world, seeking the creature you had beautified, setting bounds and times, O Unchangeable, for our salvation. Therefore we cry out to you: Loving Lord, glory to you!

The same.

Verse 3: You will bless the crown of the year with your goodness, and our fields will be filled with fatness.

By Monk John.

You who created all things with wisdom, Word of the Father before the ages, and established the whole creation by your all-powerful word, bless the crown of the year with your goodness, and overthrow heresies, through the Mother of God, for you are good and love mankind.

Glory. Tone 5. Venerable Father.

Venerable Father, you found a fair ladder, by which you went up on high, the ladder which Elias found as a chariot of fire. He though did not leave his mount to others, but you keep your pillar even after death. Man of heaven, angel of earth, unsleeping beacon of the inhabited world, Venerable Symeon, intercede that our souls may be saved.

Both now. The same. By Monk John.

You, O King, Who Are and who abide even to ages without end, accept the supplication of sinners who beg salvation; and grant, O Lover of mankind, abundance to your land, giving it temperate weather; as once with David, fight alongside our faithful King against godless barbarians, for they have entered your tabernacles and defiled your all-holy place, O Saviour. But grant victories, Christ God, at the intercession of the Mother of God; for you are the victory and boast of the Orthodox.

Apolytikion of the Indiction. Tone 2.

Fashioner of all creation, who fix times and seasons by your own authority, bless the crown of the year with your goodness, Lord, preserving the Kings and your city in peace, at the prayers of the Mother of God, and save us.

Glory. Of the Saint. Tone 1.

You became a pillar of endurance, Venerable Father, rivalling the forefathers: Job in sufferings and Joseph in trials, and, while still in the body, the life of the Bodiless Powers. Our Venerable Father Symeon, intercede with Christ God that our souls may be saved.

Both now. Of the Mother of God. Tone 7.

Hail full of grace, Virgin Mother of God, harbour and protection of the human race; for from you the Redeemer of the world became incarnate; for you alone are Mother and Virgin, ever blessed and glorified. Intercede with Christ God to grant peace to the whole inhabited world.

And Dismissal.

 

At Matins

After the 1st Psalter reading, Kathisma of the Indiction.

Tone 8. The Wisdom and Word.

O God, who grant fruitful seasons and rains from heaven for those on earth, now too accept the petitions of your servants and deliver your city from every constraint; for your acts of pity are for all your works. Therefore bless our comings and goings, direct the works of our hands for us and grant us forgiveness of offences; for you, the Powerful One, brought all things from non-existence into being.

Glory. Both now. Repeat.

After the 2nd Psalter reading, Kathisma of the Ascetic.

Tone 5. The Word without beginning.

You adorned your life with self-mastery, and having slain the body, you wiped out the assaults of the foe, blessed Father; and, as a worthy heir, you passed over to God, to everlasting life; therefore do not cease to intercede that our souls may be saved.

Glory. Tone 4. Speedily anticipate.

You came to the starting block of martyrdom, Kallisti, with your two brothers faithfully proclaiming Christ our God; for having nurtured them with love you made them true spiritual vessels of Christ’s Church; therefore, as a Martyr, you were joined with them for the life on high.

Both now. Theotokion, to the same melody.

Speedily accept our supplications, all-immaculate Sovereign Lady, and offer them to your Son and God; banish the difficulties of those who have recourse to you, scatter the ambushes and the insolence of those who are now in arms against your servants.

[After the Polyeleos, Kathisma of the Holy Women.

Tone 1. The soldiers watching.

Rational Lambs, having finished your course and kept the faith, faithfully you were offered through martyrdom to the Lamb and Shepherd. And so today with joy we praise your sacred memory, noble Saints, as we magnify Christ.

Glory. Both now. Tone 4. Joseph was amazed.

As to the Master of the universe and Giver of good things, with faith we fall down before you, as we fervently cry out: Entreated by your compassion, Saviour, and by the prayers of her who gave you birth, and of those who have ever been well pleasing to you, as you are good vouchsafe to grant a prosperous year to those who honour you in two natures and faithfully glorify you.

The 1st Antiphon of the 4th Tone.

Gospel of an Ascetic. Psalm 50.

Glory. At the prayers of your Ascetic…

Both now. At the prayers of the Mother of God…

Have mercy on me, O God,…

Idiomel Sticheron of the Ascetic. Tone 2.

You who created all things with wisdom, Word of the Father before the ages, and established the whole creation by your all-powerful word, bless the crown of the year with your goodness, and overthrow heresies, through the Mother of God, as you are good and love mankind.]

And the Canons.

The Canon for the Indiction. Composition of Monk John.

Ode 1. Tone 1. The Irmos.

Let us, all peoples, sing a song of victory to him who rescued Israel from the bitter slavery of Pharao, and guided him dryshod in the depth of the sea; for he has been glorified.

Troparia.

Let us all sing a song of victory to Christ, through whom all things were established, and in whom they continue unerringly, as to the subsistent Word born of God, the Father without beginning; for he has been glorified.

Let us all sing a song of victory to Christ, who at the Father’s good pleasure appeared from a Virgin and proclaimed an acceptable year of the Lord, redemption for us; for he has been glorified.

Coming to Nazareth the provider of the Law would teach on the Sabbath, instructing the Hebrews of his coming, through which, as he is merciful, he will save our race.

Theotokion.

Let us, all Believers, ever praise in song the Maiden beyond marvels, who made Christ dawn on the world and who filled all things with the joy of everlasting life; for she has been glorified.

Canon of the Holy Women, whose Acrostic is:

Steadfast Women Martyrs’ toils I sing.

Ode 1. Tone 4. I will open my mouth.

Steadfastly, O Martyrs, you struggled with the opponent, first as ascetics, then later by the contest through blood; therefore in faith we celebrate your memories.

The weakness of the flesh forgotten, wounded by love for him who for us endured cross and death, the holy women followed in his footsteps.

Worship of pagans and temples of demons you hurled to the ground with the weapon of faith, and you were offered to the heavenly temple as living treasures, all-honoured Martyrs.

Theotokion.

All spotless one, strengthened by the grace of him who dawned from your womb, the young maidens escaped the swell of tortures and were brought in your train rejoicing.

Canon of the Saint, whose Acrostic, without the Theotokia, is:

Accept the hymn, O blessed Symeon.

By Monk John.

Ode 1. Tone 8. Let us sing to the Lord.

As with the broken instrument of my tongue I weave this song for you, Godbearing Symeon, grant me through your supplications divinely inspired light of knowledge.

Persians, Ethiopians, Indians and Scythians and a multitude of Arabs recognised your wisdom, Father, and they glorified Christ who is glorified through you.

You were filled with spiritual grace; for, like Jacob, David and Moses, you appeared from the sheepfolds as leader of spiritual flocks, O blessed one.

Theotokion.

Immaculate Mother of God, hail honoured one, who contained in your womb the uncontainable God, entreat that those who sing your praise you may be redeemed.

Katavasia.

A Cross Moses traced out as he cut the Red Sea in a straight line with his rod for Israel as they marched on foot; and then united it again, overwhelming Pharao with his chariots, as with another line he marked out the invincible weapon. Therefore let us sing to Christ our God, for he has been glorified.

Of the Indiction. Ode 3. The Irmos..

Establish me, O Christ, on the unshakeable rock of your commandments, and enlighten me with the light of your face; for none is holy but you, O Lover of mankind.

Troparia.

Establish, O Good One, the fruitful vine, which your right hand has planted with love upon the earth, preserving your Church, O All-powerful.

Grant, Lord, that those who in faith sing your praise as God of the universe, may pass through this year abounding in spiritual works, well-pleasing to God.

Let the circle of the year be calm for me, O merciful Christ, and fill me with your divine words, which you appeared speaking to the Jews on the Sabbath.

Theotokion.

As the one who alone surpassing nature received the grace that surpasses mankind, Christ our God, who dwelt unaltered in your womb, we ever glorify you.

Of the Holy Women. He weakened the bow.

Strengthened by almighty strength, you overthrew the power of your opponents; therefore as victors you have been crowned by Christ.

The jaws of the wild beasts were seen to be powerless through Christ’s divine might, and you were delivered, God-bearers, unharmed as you honoured God.

Made divine by your intent on God, O Victors, you beat off the chill of polytheism and reached the warmth of the glory on high.

Theotokion.

We know and devoutly proclaim you, All-spotless One, to be most truly Mother of God; for through you the Creator deigned to speak with us.

Of the Saint..

Swiftly fleeing the icy blast of the winds, you boldly reached a dwelling of salvation, Symeon, from which you plucked the fruit of life that does not age.

Gladly you inclined your obedient ear to the Master who promised blessedness; and blessed was the way of life you found.

Having welcomed the seeds of the word in the furrows of your heart, with floods of tears, you reaped for Christ a full ear of virtues.

Theotokion.

Bride of God, ineffably you conceived the Saviour and Lord, who from troubles delivers us who call on you in truth.

Katavasia.

A Rod is accepted as a figure of the mystery; for by its budding it marks out the priest. While for the Church that once was barren the Tree of the Cross has flowered for strength and steadfastness.

[Kontakion of the Indiction.

Composed in the year 1813 by the revered Patriarch of Constantinople Cyril VI.

Tone 3. Today the Virgin.

You created the universe in your ineffable wisdom, and fixed the seasons by your authority; grant victories to your Christ-loving people; may you bless our goings and comings of the year, directing our works to your divine will.]

Kathisma of the Saint. Tone 8. The Wisdom and Word.

Burning with faith, wise Father, and despising all temporary things, you followed Christ, in the power of the Spirit, having melted your body, Venerable One, by self-mastery, ever looking towards the glory of heaven; therefore you found for your divine ascent the ladder of the pillar fitting your longing, holy Symeon. Intercede with Christ God to grant forgiveness of offences to those who feast with love your holy memory.

Glory. Of the Holy Women.

Tone 1. The soldiers watching.

Rational Lambs, having finished your course and kept the faith, faithfully you were offered through martyrdom to the Lamb and Shepherd. And so today with joy we praise your sacred memory, noble Saints, as we magnify Christ.

Both now. Of the Indiction.

Tone 4. Joseph was amazed..

As to the Master of the universe and Giver of good things, with faith we fall down before you, as we fervently cry out: Entreated by your compassion, Saviour, and by the prayers of her who gave you birth, and of those who have ever been well pleasing to you, as you are good vouchsafe to grant a prosperous year to those who honour you in two natures and faithfully glorify you.

Of the Indiction. Ode 4.

The Irmos.

I have learned of your dispensation, All-powerful One, and I have glorified you with fear, O Saviour.

Troparia.

Your people offers you its annual firstfruits, glorifying you with Angels’ hymns, O Saviour.

As you love mankind, grant, O Christ, that those who start the year may complete it in a way pleasing to you.

Almighty, only Lord, grant to the world that the revolutions of the years be calm.

Theotokion.

Let us all hymn the Mother of God as harbour and sure hope of our souls.

Of the Holy Women. The One seated.

Having endured tortures and rackings of the body by varied means, crushing and burning of the limbs, you have inherited heavenly dwellings and enjoy the tree of life, O Admirable ones.

The Powers of heaven marvelled at the struggle of the blessed maidens, how they routed the foe, being given power in their woman’s nature by the power of him who dawned from a woman.

Having cast aside all the vanity of the world, you clung with your whole soul to God and to him alone; therefore, Brides of Christ, you endured most stoutly the toils of the ascetic life and of the martyr’s contest.

Bearing the Cross as the strongest of weapons, you stood in battle against hostile regiments. With Christ, who conquered the world by the power of his divinity, you carried off the victory.

Theotokion.

The Lord came down as rain upon a fleece into your womb, as the Prophet said of old, All-pure one, the Lord whom you bore in two natures, to whom we cry: Glory, O Christ, to your power.

Of the Saint. Lord, I have heard.

It was not on sand but on the deepest toils that you laid the foundation of your ascetic life, All blessed one, and built an unshakeable tower of virtues.

The roughest rope your body’s lot to nail it to the fear of the spirit, you found, O Venerable one, the allotment of a divine inheritance.

The hidden passions of the body ebbed away in rotting decay, that even the worms feared you as you slept.

Imitating the life-giving Dead after his voluntary passion, as in a tomb you placed yourself in a gloomy well

Theotokion.

Immaculate Mary, implore the God whom you bore to grant your servants pardon of their offences.

Katavasia.

Lord, I have heard the mystery of your dispensation; I have considered your works and glorified your Godhead.

Of the Indiction. Ode 5. The Irmos.

Rising in the night we hymn you, O Christ, without beginning with the Father, and the Saviour of our souls. Grant the world peace, O Lover of mankind.

Troparia.

O Christ, who fill all things with goodness, grant to your servants that, crowned with blessings, the many circled time may be temperate and prosperous.

Let the change of the year be an alteration for the better and a condition of peace for us who know you, O Word, to be coeternal with the Father.

Without beginning with the Father, you who are beyond time came upon earth, announcing in the Father’s name forgiveness for prisoners and new sight for the maimed.

Theotokion.

Our hopes and our confidence we place in you, Mother of God, make him to whom you gave birth kindly to us.

Of the Holy Women. The ungodly will not see.

As spotless lambs, as acceptable sacrifices, O Martyrs, you were offered to the true Lamb and Shepherd, as whole burnt offerings and acceptable holocausts.

Slain in body, you were alive in soul, O Martyrs, for you imitated the Cross, the death and the voluntary sufferings of him who slew the strength of death.

Being of one mind in many bodies, rent by divers scourges and burned by fire, the Godly-minded Martyrs confessed one Lord Jesus.

Theotokion.

Set me upright, who am fallen into a pit of temptations, and pilot me, O only all-spotless one, who gave birth to God, the pilot who by his goodness united things formerly separated.

Of the Saint. Enlighten us.

Christ showed you, Symeon, to be a new Daniel; for, through a revelation, he brought you unharmed from a pit infested with wild beasts.

Offering your whole self to the Lord, you bared yourself to the hostile elements of snow, ice and heat.

You were shown to be a new Moses and a new Elias, throughout your life living for the forty days on one meal, venerable Father.

Theotokion.

Ever implore your Son and our God, pure Mary who knew not wedlock, to send down his mercy upon us the faithful.

Katavasia.

Thrice-blessed Tree, on which Christ, the King and Lord, was stretched! Through it the one who deceived through a tree has fallen, caught by the bait of God who was nailed to you in the flesh and who grants peace to our souls.

Of the Indiction. Ode 6. The Irmos.

You saved the Prophet from the whale, O Lover of mankind, bring me too up from the deep of offences, I beg.

Troparia.

Grant, Master, that with the start of the year we may offer you the first fruits of a life that is pleasing to you.

Compassionate Saviour, by participation in your law show us who sing your praise to be full of days of the Spirit.

Theotokion.

O you who gave birth to Christ our God, we beg you, deliver from every threat those who flee to you.

Of the Holy Women. He cried out, foreshadowing.

Their foremother was overjoyed as she watched the one who formerly exiled her by trickery from Paradise broken and trampled down by women’s feet.

You combined the ascetic life with the contest of martyrdom, and now you have been joined without corruption to the Bridegroom of souls, and with joyful souls you take your places in the divine bridal chamber.

Mounting wild waves of tortures could not sink the vessels of the Martyrs, for with a strong hand they made for the divine havens.

Theotokion.

As you see the fulfilment of your words, magnify even more, O Mother of God, him who magnified you; for behold all generations truly call you blessed.

Of the Saint. Grant me a tunic.

Blessed Father, Christ displayed you as a worker of signs and wonders, having shown you to be a dwelling place of divine force.

Your body was raised on the column as on a cross; therefore you have been glorified with Christ who was raised on a tree for your sake.

Having found a pathway in the air, inspired Symeon, bring up to the heights of heaven those who faithfully sing your praise.

Theotokion.

We the faithful declare you, Mother of God, to be the temple and ark of God, living bridal chamber and gate of heaven.

Katavasia.

Jonas, stretching out his hands like a cross in the belly of the sea monster, clearly prefigured the saving Passion. Escaping from there on the third day, he was an image of the transcendent Resurrection of Christ God, who was nailed in the flesh and by his rising on the third day enlightened the world.

Kontakion of the Saint. Tone 2. Model Melody.

Seeking things above and joined to things below, you made your column a chariot of fire, through which you have become a companion of the Angels, with them unceasingly imploring Christ God on behalf of us all.

The Ikos.

What human will ever suffice to sing the praise of Symeon’s blameless life? Nevertheless with God’s wisdom I shall hymn the contests and struggles of the hero, of the one who appeared on earth as a beacon for all mortals, and by perseverance shone brightly for the choir of Angels; for singing with them unceasingly he does not cease imploring Christ on behalf of us all.

Synaxarion.

The Month of September, having 30 days.

The day has 12 hours and the night 12 hours.

On the 1st of the month, Beginning of the Indiction, that is of the New Year.

Verses.

New year’s Indiction bless for us, we pray,

O you, both Ancient and, for mankind, New.

Note that the Church of God celebrates the Indiction, having received the tradition from the ancients, for it was thought by the Romans that this Indiction marked the beginning of the year (the word Indiction means for the Romans ‘boundary’). Moreover because on this day Our Lord Jesus Christ entered the Synagogue of the Jews and being handed a book (it was that of the Prophet Isaias), He opened it and found the passage where it is written: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, therefore He has anointed me; He has sent me to preach the gospel to the poor; to heal the broken hearted; to proclaim forgiveness for prisoners, and sight to the blind; to proclaim an acceptable year of the Lord’ [Is.61,1-2]. Then he handed the book to the attendant, sat down and said: ‘To-day this Scripture has been fulfilled in your ears’. When too the crowds marvelled at the words of grace that came from his mouth [Lk. 4,16-22].

On the same day we commemorate the marvel which took place through the Holy Mother of God in the Monastery of the Miasini; and the fire that took place.

Verses.

Strange was the catch that by itself came up

From harbour’s depth: the Virgin’s honoured image.

The commemoration of the Mother of God of the Miasini is kept because of the wonder-working and holy ikon of the Mother of God which had been thrown into the harbour of Zagouros, of the Monastery of the Miasini, through fear of the iconoclasts, and was, by God’s good pleasure, returned unharmed after many years.

The commemoration of the fire; because of the great fire which took place in Constantinople, because of our sins, in the reign of Leo the great King, nicknamed the Pick-axe, in the year 450, and which ravaged by fire most of the city in seven days.

On the same day, commemoration of our venerable Father Symeon the Stylite.

Verses.

His pillared station Symeon left behind,

And took his stand beside the Word of God.

High stepping Symeon died on the first of the month of September.

Symeon the Stylite lived in the reign of Leo the Great and when Martyrios was Bishop of Antioch. He came from the Eparchy of Cilicia, from the village of Sesan. He adopted the monastic life and having ascended a column, he persevered there for forty seven years and having become the worker of many wonders he died in peace.

On the same day, commemoration of the Venerable Martha, mother of the Venerable Symeon; and of the Venerable Evanthia; and the falling asleep of Jesus son of Navi.

Verses.

On earth of old once Martha welcomed Christ.

Now Christ in heaven, Martha, welcomes you.

The sun that once he halted left behind,

Now Jesus contemplates the Sun of glory.

This Jesus was the son of Navi and successor of Moses as lawgiver for the Hebrews. He captured Jericho, a city of foreigners and saw the Chief Captain Michael holding a sword. On learning that he was the Chief Captain of the Power of the Lord, he threw away his arms and fell at his feet. Once when fighting a battle against foreigners the sun was about to set, so in his zeal for battle he prayed to God and said: ‘Let the sun stand still’; and at once the sun stopped in its course and did not set until he had mightily routed the foreigners. He was commander of the people and led them from the wilderness and apportioned to them the land of Promise, which is Palestine. He judged the people of Israel for twenty seven years, became the dread of his enemies and, having displayed his courage and virtue in many wars, died and was buried with honour by his own people.

On the same day, commemoration of the forty Holy Women Martyrs, Virgins and Ascetics, and of the Deacon Ammoun, their teacher.

Verses.

For virgins double twenty fire and sword

Secured as Bridegroom Christ the Son of God.

A helmet heated in the flames Ammoun received:

Stripped off his covering of flesh with joy.

These Martyrs were from Adrianoupolis in Macedonia, and being Christians they followed Christ, having as their teacher the Deacon Ammoun. Arrested by Vavdos the Governor of Adrianoupolis and fiercely tortured for not worshipping the idols they prayed to God, and the priest of the idols was suspended in mid-air, was punished for many hours then fell and perished. Saint Ammoun was strung up and his sides were burned; then a red-hot helmet was placed on his head. Delivered from this, he was sent with the holy Virgins from Verroi to Heraklion in Thrace, to the tyrant Licinius; and by the latter’s decision ten of them were thrown into the flames, eight with their teacher were beheaded; another ten died by being pierced with swords in face and heart, six were cut to pieces with knives, the rest departed to the Lord having been made to swallow lumps of heated iron.

On the same day, commemoration of the Holy Martyrs, sister and brothers, Evodos, Kallisti and Hermogenes.

Verses.

Fairest [kalliston] indeed the end Kallisti found,

With her two brothers, likewise fair[kalois], cut down.

These holy martyrs were sister and brothers, born from the same womb and born again spiritually from the divine font, at the times of the preaching. But when they were denounced to the Governor as Christians and the noble courage and unshakeable resolve of their soul was realised, the Governor passed sentence of death by the sword against them; and having thus completed the race of martyrdom, they departed to the Lord.

The venerable Meletios the Young, ascetic on the mountain of Nyoupolis, died in peace.

The Holy New Martyr Angelis, who bore his witness in Constantinople in 1680, died by the sword.

At their holy intercessions, O God, have mercy on us. Amen.

Of the Indiction. Ode 7. The Irmos..

The Youths brought up together in piety, despising the impious decree, did not fear the threat of the fire, but standing in the middle of the flames they sang, ‘God of our fathers, blessed are you!’

Troparia.

As we begin the year let us the Orthodox people offer the first fruits of our hymns to Christ who reigns over the kingdom without bounds, as we devoutly sing: God of our fathers, blessed are you!

O Christ who exist before the ages, Lord for ever and ever, the source of goodness, fill the year with your good gifts for us who sing: God of our fathers, blessed are you!

Theotokion.

Christ our Master, we your servants bring you in intercession your pure Mother, that your people may be delivered from every difficulty, as they sing: God of our fathers, blessed are you!

Of the Holy Women. He who saved in fire.

How undaunted your resolution, Godbearing Ammoun; for as leader of the choir of virgins you did not flinch at tortures, but died with them, as minister and initiate of God’s glory.

How wise you are, Escort of the brides; with words of courage you anoint the Martyrs: let them fix their gaze on the Bridegroom and bravely endure the pains of the flesh as they cry: God of our fathers, blessed are you!

The noble Martyrs in the stadium cried out: Maidens, let us not falter. See, the stadium is open. Let us stand bravely; Christ is holding out the crowns. Let us not spare our bodies.

Theotokion.

Blessed is the fruit of your blessed womb, whom the Powers of heaven and the ranks of mortals bless, for he has delivered us from the ancient curse, O Blessed one.

Of the Saint. Youths who honoured God.

You ended a drought for the despairing and opened for them the gates of rain, and steadied the shaken land, and you taught peoples to cry: Blessed is the God of our fathers!

As a mighty beacon of the Church and sun of many lights, O Symeon, you sent out beams in all directions , enlightened peoples and taught them to cry: Blessed is the God of our fathers!

Streams flowing together from every side, Servant of Christ, a sea of men welded together in the fold of your ascetic discipline, was taught by you to cry out: Blessed is the God of our fathers!

Of old in the arms of the Elder, but now in the tables of your heart, Venerable Symeon, Christ took his rest by his invisible power; therefore you cried: Blessed is the God of our fathers!

Theotokion.

It was fitting for him who took flesh without seed to come forth from you, immaculate Virgin; for you, O Pure one, brought forth him who surpasses all things, to whom with hymns we shout and cry: Blessed is the God of our fathers!

Katavasia.

The senseless decree of a godless tyrant, redolent of threats and blasphemies hateful to God, drove peoples to confusion. But neither the fury of wild beasts nor the roaring of the fire frightened three Youths; but united in the fire that answered with a spirit bringing dew they sang, ‘O our God and the God of our Fathers, O highly exalted, blessed are you!’

Of the Indiction. Ode 8. The Irmos..

Praise in hymns Christ God, who protected the Youths as they sang praises in the furnace and who turned the roaring furnace into dew, and highly exalt him to the ages.

Troparia.

The holy Church offers you, O Christ, as author of salvation, the first fruits of the year as she cries: Praise in hymns and highly exalt Christ to the ages.

The Creator who wisely made all things new out of nothing, and arranges the revolutions of the seasons by his will, praise in hymns and highly exalt him to the ages.

To God who arranges all things and alters the seasons for the varied guidance of mankind we sing: Praise him in hymns and highly exalt him to the ages.

Theotokion.

In the passing and the revolutions of the years the ranks of Orthodox mortals, pure Virgin Mother of God, sing your praise as God’s Mother and salvation of all.

Of the Holy Women. The Offspring of the Mother of God.

As Martyrs you wrapped yourselves in garments bright and shining as from blood, having together truly put off the humanity that was corrupted by sins, and you sang: You his works praise the Lord, and highly exalt him to all the ages.

Enlightened by abundant floods of light, the divine brightness of the spiritual Sun, you ran, O Martyrs, through the night of godlessness as you sang in unison of soul: You his works praise the Lord, and highly exalt him to all the ages.

Like sheep like spotless lambs, like divine doves and willing victims, and like unblemished sacrifices, O Martyrs, you were offered to the Creator as you sang in harmony: You his works praise the Lord and highly exalt him to all the ages.

On the orders of lawless tyrants you underwent an unjust death, your limbs cut up, battered with rods, mercilessly struck, slain by the sword; and so in joy you inherit your rich undying recompense.

Theotokion.

Women ran behind you, all pure Bride of God, sensing the sweet fragrance of the perfumes of the only-begotten Son who shone forth from your womb, and they reign with you indeed as they praise Christ to the ages.

Of the Saint.

Having left every attachment and pitying a mother’s weakness, as though living you appeared after death, crying out: Hymn the Lord and highly exalt him to all the ages.

You gave strength to a paralysed sick youth and ordered him to carry the tribal chief like his bed on his shoulders as he hymned the Lord and highly exalted him to all the ages.

He who made Job shine brightly through suffering, when your flesh was suppurating with rottenness turned you, servant of Christ, into a priceless pearl, as he glorified you, Symeon, to all the ages.

At Symeon’s entreaties, Master, you summoned a vengeful robber chief, as of old the Thief on the tree; therefore we hymn you and highly exalt you to all the ages.

Theotokion.

Virgin Mother of God, who received the Angel’s ‘Hail!’, bore the Lord of glory and made the light dawn on the world, we all hymn you and glorify you.

Katavasia.

O Youths, equal in number to the Trinity, bless the Creator, Father, God; sing the praises of the Word who descended and changed the fire to dew, and highly exalt the all-holy Spirit that grants life to all, to the ages.

The Magnificat is not sung.

Of the Indiction. Ode 9. The Irmos.

The bush that unburned blazed with fire showed an image of you pure child-bearing; and now we beseech you to quench the furnace of temptations which rages against us, that we me ceaselessly magnify you, O Mother of God.

Troparia.

O Word and Power of God, true and hypostatic Wisdom, who hold together and govern all things, dispose the season which now confronts your servants in a condition of calm

Alone you existed before the ages, as maker and sovereign of ages, three-personned, one indivisible Godhead; at the prayers of the holy Mother of God proclaim the victory to your inheritance.

Theotokion.

Saviour and Master of all, Creator and Ruler of creation, at the prayers of her who bore you without travail, give peace to your world, and guard your Church unceasingly from faction.

Of the Holy Women. Eve by the sickness.

The all-blessed Martyrs pour out streams of healings as from a fountain for those in need, they halt the ravages of disease, dispel the heat of passions, fire the hearts of those who love God, to bring forth the good lone you existed before the ages, as maker and sovereign of ages, three-personned, one indivisible Godhead; at the prayers of the holy Mother of God proclaim the victory to your inheritance.

Theotokion.

Saviour and Master of all, Creator and Ruler of creation, at the prayers of her who bore you without travail, give peace to your world, and guard your Church unceasingly from faction.

Of the Holy Women. Eve by the sickness.

The all-blessed Martyrs pour out streams of healings as from a fountain for those in need, they halt the ravages of disease, dispel the heat of passions, fire the hearts of those who love God, to bring forth the good fruit of godly deeds.

The godly Deacon Ammoun with Kelsina and forty other godly minded holy women competed like trained athletes and received their crowns; and now they dance with the Angels, while we, as is right, call them blest.

Having raised your might against the foe you were exalted and have become as Angels. You enjoy the tree of life in Paradise without constraint, O Brides of God, and now you possess a source of blessings, as you intercede for the world.

Theotokion.

Blameless Maiden, you have been revealed as the place of the mighty Wisdom beyond understanding, a living throne and gateway; therefore virgins loved you as Queen, O Virgin, and have been brought in your train, O Child of God.

Of the Saint.

As one who had shown himself a king through steadfastness in sufferings, godly Symeon, Christ approved you as sharer of his royal rule; therefore in hymns we magnify you.

Granted the grace of healing from the inexhaustible treasury of the Spirit, godly Symeon, you reward with healings those who celebrate your memory.

You have walked the path of heavenly virtue, you have displayed the prize from on high, you have reached the heavenly dwellings: intercede that our souls may be saved.

Theotokion.

You have been shown to be the bush that burned yet was not consumed by fire, by conceiving without seed, O Virgin, the God and Saviour of the world, whom we unceasingly magnify.

Katavasia.

Mystic Paradise are you, O Mother of God; untilled you brought forth Christ, who planted on the earth the life-giving Tree of the Cross. And so, as it is raised today, we worship it and magnify you.

Another.

The death that came to the race through eating of the tree has, through the Cross, today been made of no effect. For the curse on all mankind of our mother Eve has been abolished by the shoot of the pure Mother of God, whom all the Powers of heaven magnify.

Exapostilarion of the Indiction. With the Disciples.

O God of gods and Lord, three-personned nature, unapproachable, eternal, uncreated and almighty creator of the universe, we all fall before you and we implore you: as you are good, bless this present year, preserve our Sovereigns and all your people in peace, O Merciful One.

Of the Saint. The same melody.

Like a beacon, Venerable one, your light-bearing life blazed out and enlightened the whole earth with the rays of your wonders; for through a pillar, Father, you ascended as by a ladder to God, where truly exists the goal of all desires, as you intercede for those who honour you, blest Symeon.

Theotokion. The same melody.

As Saviour and Master of all creation, who fix times and seasons by your authority, crown the circle of the year, O Merciful, with blessings of goodness, preserving your people in peace, unharmed, unhurt, we beseech you, at the prayers of her who bore you and of all the godly Saints.

At Lauds we insert 4 Verses and we sing the following Idiomels.

Tone 3. By Monk John.

Word of the Father before time, who are in the form of God and who brought all creation out of non-being into being; and who fix times and seasons by your own authority: bless the crown of the year with your goodness, granting peace to your Churches, victories to our faithful Sovereign, abundant fruit of the earth and your great mercy.

By the same. Tone 4.

Your kingdom, Christ God, is the kingdom of all the ages, and your dominion is from generation to generation; you have made all things in wisdom, fixing for us times and seasons; therefore we thank you for all things and through all things we cry out: Bless the crown of the year with your goodness and grant that we may all cry out to you without condemnation: Lord, glory to you!

The same melody. By Andrew of Pyros.

Your paths, O God, your paths are great and wonderful; therefore we magnify you for the might of your dispensation, for, light from light, you visited your wretched world, and in your good pleasure, O Word, did away with the first curse on ancient Adam, and you fixed for us times and seasons for glorifying your all-pervading goodness. Lord, glory to you!

Tone 2. By Germanos.

When by your Passion, Lord, you established the whole world, then the weak clothed themselves in power: women showed manly courage against the villainous tyrant, and having reversed the mother’s defeat of old, they have reached the pleasure of Paradise, to your glory, who were born of a woman and have saved the human race.

Glory. Of the Saint. Tone 2.

A good fruit sprung from a good root, Symeon, holy from infancy, was nurtured on grace rather than milk; and having raised his body on a rock and his mind yet higher towards God, with virtues he built a habitation in the skies, and walking on high with the divine Powers he has become a dwelling place of Christ, God and the Saviour of our souls.

Both now. Tone 8. By Germanos.

O Word, Christ God, who brought the whole universe into being, who fix times and seasons for us, bless the works of your hands, by your power make our faithful Sovereign glad, granting him strength against barbarians, for you alone are good and love mankind.

Great Doxology, and Dismissal.

At The Liturgy

Typika and Beatitudes, and from the Canons of the Indiction and the Saint from Odes 3 & 6.

8. Establish, O Good one, the fruitful vine, which your right hand has planted with longing on the earth, preserving your Church, O All powerful.

7. Grant, Lord, that those who in faith hymn you, the God of all, may pass through this year abounding in spiritual works, well-pleasing to God.

6. Let the circle of the year be calm for me, O merciful Christ, and fill me with your divine words, which you appeared speaking to the Jews on the Sabbath.

5. As the one who alone above nature received the grace beyond humanity, Christ our God, who dwelt unaltered in your womb, we ever glorify you.

4. Blessed Father, Christ displayed you as a worker of signs and wonders, having shown you to be a dwelling place of divine force.

3. Your body was raised on the column as on a cross; therefore you have been glorified with Christ who was raised on a tree for your sake.

2. Having found a pathway in the air, inspired Symeon, bring up to the heights of heaven those who faithfully hymn you.

1. We the faithful declare you, Mother of God, to be the temple and ark of God, living bridal chamber and gate of heaven.

Apolytikion of the Indiction. Tone 2.

Fashioner of all creation, who fixes times and seasons by your own authority, bless the crown of the year with your goodness, O Lord, preserving the Kings and your city in peace, at the intercessions of the Mother of God and save us.

Of the Mother of God. Tone 7.

Hail full of grace, Virgin Mother of God, harbour and protection of the human race; for from you the Redeemer of the world became incarnate; for you alone are Mother and Virgin, ever blessed and glorified. Intercede with Christ God to grant peace to the whole world.

Of the Saint. Tone 1.

You became a pillar of endurance, venerable Father, rivalling the forefathers, Job in sufferings and Joseph in trials, and while still in the body the life of the Bodiless ones. Our Venerable Father Symeon, intercede with Christ God that our souls may be saved.

Kontakion of the Indiction.

Tone 3. Today the Virgin.

You created the universe in your ineffable wisdom, and fixed the seasons by your authority; grant victories to your Christ-loving people; may you bless our goings and comings of the year, directing our works to your divine will.

Glory. Another, of the Saint.

Tone 2. Model Melody.

Seeking things above and joined to things below, you made your column a chariot of fire, through which you have become a companion of the Angels, with them unceasingly imploring Christ God on behalf of us all.

Both now. Of the Nativity of the Mother of God.

Joachim and Ann were freed from the reproach of childlessness, and Adam and Eve from the corruption of death by your holy Nativity, O Immaculate. Freed from the guilt of offences your people also celebrates it, as they cry to you: The barren woman bears the Mother of God and the nourisher of our life.

Prokeimenon. Tone 4.

Great is our God, and great his strength: * and there is no measuring his understanding.

Verse: Praise the Lord, for to sing his praise is good: may our praise delight our God.

[Epistle to Timothy. See the 33rd Saturday.]

The Reading is from the 2nd Epistle of Paul to Timothy.

[2:11-19]

Child Timothy, the word is sure: if we have suffered with him, we shall also live with him; if we endure, we shall also reign with him; if we deny him, he in turn will deny us; if we are unfaithful, he remains faithful: he cannot deny himself. Remind people of these things, warning them before the Lord not to wrangle over words, which serves no useful purpose, but ruins those who listen. Be eager to take your stand before God as one well tested, a worker who is unashamed, who rightly proclaims the word of truth. Avoid profane and idle talk; for it only makes people advance in impiety, and their word will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaios and Philetos, who have swerved from the truth by saying that the resurrection has already taken place. They are upsetting the faith of some. But God’s firm foundation stands and carries this inscription, ‘The Lord knows those who are his’ and ‘Let everyone who calls on the name of the Lord turn away from wickedness.’

[And another Epistle, for the Saint, to the Colossians.

See the 30th Sunday.]

The Reading is from the Epistle of Paul to the Colossians.

[3:12-16]

Brethren, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as Christ has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.

Alleluia. Tone 4.

Verse 1: To you praise is due in Sion: and to you a vow will be performed.

Verse 2: We shall be filled with the good things of your house: holy is your temple, wonderful in justice.

Gospel according to Luke.

[4:12-16]

At that time, Jesus came to Nazareth.

And of the Saint. From that according to Matthew. See January 20th., Matthew 11:27-30. [The current Greek Gospel book gives that for St John Chrysostom, November 13th, John 10:9-16.]

Communion of the Indiction.

Bless the crown of the year with your goodness, O Lord. [Alleluia.]

And of the Saint.

The just will be held in eternal memory. Alleluia.

NOTE ON THE TYPIKON. The present Menaion gives a Polyeleos and Gospel for Matins, but this is modern, and the texts used as Kathisma and Idiomel are used elsewhere in the office. The Typikon of Dionysiou makes no mention of this addition, nor, in fact, does the Typikon printed in the Menaion. This section has therefore been printed within square brackets. There are also some differences over the Apostle and Gospel for the Saint. The Menaion prescribes for the Liturgy the Gospel for Matins of St Efthymios, not that for the Liturgy, which is Luke 6:17-21. These two Gospels are in fact interchangeable between Matins and Liturgy. See, for example December 4th , St Savvas.

In the following notes the parts in square brackets are taken from the Typikon of Dionysiou and represent the fuller, monastic, use.

If the 1st of September falls on a Sunday, the Typikon is as follows. [The off ice of the Holy Women is omitted, or read at Compline.]

On Saturday evening the whole of the 1st Kathisma of the Psalter is said, even if the 1st Section is sung. At Lord, I have cried 4 Stichera of the Resurrection in the Tone of the week, 3 of the Indiction and the 3 Prosomia of the Saint. Glory of the Indiction, Tone 6, One with the Holy Spirit and Both now the 1st Theotokion of the Tone. Entrance, O joyful light, prokeimenon of the day and the Readings. At the Aposticha, the Stichera and verses from the Oktoichos, Glory of the Saint Venerable Father, and Both now of the Indiction You, O King. Apolytikia of the Resurrection, of the Indiction and of the Mother of God Hail, full of grace. [Or Resurrection, Saint and Indiction.] And Dismissal.

At Matins, at The Lord is God, Apolytkia as at Vespers, except that the Resurrection one is sung twice. The Resurrection Kathismata and that of the Indiction O God who grant fruitful seasons twice. [That is, it replaces the Theotokion each time.] After Psalm 118, the Evlogitaria, the Ypakoп, the Anavathmi of the Tone and the Prokeimenon. The Canons, of the Resurrection and of the Indiction. [Or, more correctly, that of the Resurrection and the Mother of God to 6. That is, the Irmos and Troparia of the Resurrection (=4) and 2 Troparia from the canon to the Mother of God (= 6). Of the Indiction (4) and of the Saint (4), making 14.] The Katavasias of the Cross. After the 3rd Ode, Kontakion and Ikos of the Resurrection and the final Kathisma of the Indiction As Master of the universe. [Or, Kontakion and Ikos of the Resurrection, Glory Kathisma of the Saint, Both now Kathisma of the Indiction As Master of the universe.] After the 6th Ode, Kontakion and Ikos of the Indiction, [Or, Kontakion and Ikos of the Saint] the Synaxarion of the day. The Magnificat is sung. Exapostilaria of the Resurrection, the Saint and the Indiction .At Lauds, 4 Stichera of the Resurrection and 4 of the Indiction (doubling the first), Glory of the Indiction O Word, Christ God and the usual Sunday Theotokion. [Or, 4 Stichera of the Resurrection, 3 of the Indiction and the Doxastikon of the Saint, with the appropriate verses, A hymn is due to you, O God in Sion (see the Aposticha of Vespers) and Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of holy one, Glory the Eothinon of the Sunday and the usual Sunday Theotokion. Great Doxology and the usual Resurrection Troparion. First Hour [and Catechesis of St Theodore].

At the Hours the Resurrection Apolytikion is read at each, but that of the Indiction and Saint are read alternately. The Ypakoп and Kontakion of the Saint are both read.

At the Liturgy, Typika and Beatitudes, with of which 4 Troparia of the Resurrection in the Tone of the week, and 4 from Ode 6 of the Indiction [Or, and 4 from Ode 3 of the canon of the Indiction and 4 from Ode 6 of the canon of the Saint, making 12] After the Entrance, Apolytikia of the Resurrection, the Indiction, the Mother of God, the Saint and the Church.. Kontakion of the Indiction [Or, of the Resurrection, the Indiction, the Saint, the Church and the Mother of God.] Apostle, Gospel and Communion of the Indiction [Or, of the Indiction and the Saint. Those of the Sunday are omitted.]

[After the Prayer behind the Ambo at once the Apolytiokion and Kontakion of the Saints are sung with the one to the Mother of God. After the blessing of the Kollyva the Priest enters the sanctuary, while we begin Psalm 142 and the usual Lesser Blessing of water for the 1st of the month is sung.]

 

5 Sept. Prophet Zachary, father of the Forerunner.

At Vespers

At Lord, I have cried we insert 6 Stichera and sing the following Prosomia [doubling them].

Tone 4. You have given as a sign.

Clad in anointing and the divine vestment, revered Zachary, like an angel you ministered to God, mediating between the Fashioner and his fashioning, blessed Saint, and receiving clear revelations of the divine Spirit. And so we call you blessed, and, as we celebrate your holy festival today, we glorify the Saviour.

Zachary, inspired by God, you saw a Child, like his Father without beginning, born from the Maiden, and you spoke prophetically to your child, ‘You will be truly a Prophet, preparing his paths’. With him we call you blessed, and we observe your revered festival, most blessed God-bearer.

You became a living and breathing temple of the divine Spirit, and as with a pure heart you conversed with God in the midst of the temple, glorious Saint, you were unjustly slaughtered, finishing your godly course as a martyr, O worthy of praise. And so you ascended to the heavenly temple, with your own blood beseeching pardon for those who honour you.

Glory. Tone 8. By Monk John.

Truly robed in the vestment of the priesthood of the Law you ministered according to the order of Aaron, and as you stood in the temple, O all-blessed, you clearly beheld an angelic form. And so, as we all celebrate your translation with songs, as is fitting, we praise you, Zachary, who in old age put forth glorious John. Intercede for us to the merciful God that we may be saved.

Both now. Theotokion.

Lord, at the prayers of her who gave you birth watch over your flock, which you purchased with your precious blood, as you are compassionate, and keep it unharmed from the abuse of enemies, so that as we sing your praise we may glorify your divine condescension.

Or Cross-Theotokion.

When the sun saw you, O Lord, the Sun of righteousness, hanged upon the tree it hid its rays; and the light of the moon was turned to darkness; while your all-blameless Mother was wounded to the heart.

At the Aposticha, Prosomia.

Tone 8. O Marvellous wonder!

O marvellous wonder! The Archangel, who stands in God’s presence in the highest, brings the good tidings of the conception of the Forerunner in old age from barrenness to Zachary, the godly-minded minister. O your inexpressible providence, Master! Through which, O Christ, save our souls, for you alone are compassionate.

Verse: Blessed is the Lord, the God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people.

O marvellous wonder! Zachary’s dumbness prophesies most clearly the silence of the Old Covenant and the manifestation of the New; for silencing the completion of the Law, it revealed the light of grace. O your wise foresight, Lover of humankind! Through which watch over us all, as all-powerful.

Verse: And you, Child, will be called the Prophet of the Most High; you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways.

O marvellous wonder! Zachary is revealed, Master, as a faithful Priest, a noble Martyr and glorious Prophet, who predicts what is to come, adorned with a triple crown. O the richness of your gifts, Lover of mankind! Through them, O Christ, count us all worthy of your kingdom.

Glory. Tone 2. By Anatolios.

As a pure priest you entered the Holy of Holies, and robed in the sacred vestment you ministered blamelessly to God, giving laws like Aaron, guiding the tribes of Israel like Moses, with the pure chiming of the bells; and so too you were slain; but your righteous blood has become for us a saving remedy and like sweet-scented myrrh opens the ears for the gaining of eternal life. Thrice-blessed Zachary, father of John the Baptist and spouse of Elizabeth, intercede insistently on behalf of our souls.

Both now. Theotokion.

Truly indeed the multitudes of my iniquities has risen higher than my head, pure Maiden, and my iniquities have been greatly multiplied and I, coward and incorrigible, have gained unbearable and measureless burdens. Do you, then, the only righting of those who sin, by your fervent intercession come to me and save me.

Or Cross-Theotokion.

Many pains you endured at the crucifixion of your Son and God, O Immaculate, weeping you groaned and lamented, ‘Alas! my sweetest Child; how you suffer unjustly, as you wish to deliver all those born from Adam’. Therefore, all-holy Virgin, we beseech you in faith to make him merciful to us.

Apolytikion. Tone 4.

Wrapped in the vestment of priesthood, wise Zachary, you offered in a manner fitting a priest acceptable whole burnt offerings according to the Law of God; and you became a beacon and one who contemplated mysteries, manifestly bearing in yourself, O all-wise, the symbols of grace. Slain by the sword in God’s temple, Prophet of Christ, with the Forerunner intercede that our souls may be saved.

At Matins

The usual Reading from the Psalter and the Canons from the Oktoichos and of the Saint, of which the Acrostic is:

I applaud the wise High Priest, parent of the Forerunner.

By Theophanes.

Ode 1. Tone 8.

As I praise the memory of your Prophet I entreat the grace of the Spirit to work with me as I cry aloud with your mediation: Let us sing to our Redeemer and God.

Your life being found blameless was adorned with the vestment of priesthood and the light-bearing beams of prophecy, blessed Saint who spoke from God.

You were shown, Zachary, your head resplendent with the priestly headband of the Law, and as a revealer of sacred mysteries you cried aloud: Let us sing to our Redeemer and God.

Theotokion.

Robed like Aaron in the priestly tunic you received the Maiden sprung from Jesse’s root, who bore the Redeemer in her womb.

Ode 3.

When you were carrying the incense of the covenant, then, High Priest, received the birth of the Forerunner.

Like Aaron the sweet myrrh anointed you to act as priest; therefore you were counted worthy of a vision of an Angel.

Zachary begot John, dawn that foretold you, the spiritual sun, O Saviour, to the inhabited world.

Theotokion.

Make straight my life, all-pure Mother of God, who made radiant the life and house of Zachary.

The Irmos.

You are firm foundation, Lord, of those who have recourse to you; you are the light of those in darkness; and my spirit sings your praise.

Kathisma. Tone 8.

You served as priest to God according to the Law, Zachary, and you prophesied Christ incarnate from the Virgin and the Holy Spirit. You appeared to the inhabited world as a pillar of light and spoke of the daystar of righteousness who would shine on the world from on high and guide our feet into the way of peace, and who saves mankind.

Glory. The same melody.

Let us now call the son of Barachias blessed, because the righteous Zachary meditated on the Law like the psalm says day and night and serving the God of all in the highest, as David, great among the Prophets, said; and met his end through blood by slaughter, and he was sacrificed like an acceptable lamb for a whole offering for the Saviour of our souls.

Both now. Theotokion.

Pure Virgin, blessed and graced by God, with the Powers on high, the Prophets and all the Saints unceasingly intercede for us with the One born from you through merciful compassion to grant us before the end correction and pardon of sins and amendment of life, that we may find mercy.

Or Cross-Theotokion.

Ever guarded by the Cross of your Son and God, O Virgin, we turn back the assaults of the demons and their wiles; as all we generations hymn you as really and truly Mother of God and with love call you blessed, as you prophesied, O Immaculate. And so by your prayers grant us forgiveness of faults.

Ode 4.

Your Prophet, Master, ministered to you faithfully with the figures of the Law and was counted worthy to see by knowledge the truth of Grace.

By a fainter light you received a clearer light, All-blessed, for by the Law Grace was truly given you as well.

Gabriel who stands in the presence of God brought you the glad tidings and revealed to, blessed Saint, the voice and Forerunner of the Word.

Theotokion.

The Fashioner of creation, who abolished the barrenness of Elizabeth, having found in you a pure abode, made you his dwelling.

Ode 5.

The turban was placed on your head, glorious Prophet, having on a seal the imprint of divine grace.

Creation rejoices at your offspring, High Priest, for you put forth the herald of repentance.

You accomplished your life virtuously, for with Elizabeth you fulfilled all the commandments of the Lord.

Theotokion.

Your tongue is moved to praise, O Saint who spoke from God, for you saw the one who knew not wedlock great with child.

Ode 6.

One who served the shadow of the Law appeared as herald of grace, our Saviour, for he was counted worthy to see your incarnation.

Adorned with inspired utterance of judgements, priest Zachary, you received the eternal Word bearing flesh.

You appeared within the confines of the temple conversing with God, Initiator inspired by God, priest and right worthy minister.

Theotokion.

Virgin Mother of God, carrying in your womb the Saviour, the Word without beginning, you were made known to Elizabeth the Prophetess.

The Irmos.

Grant me a tunic of light, most merciful Christ our God, who are wrapped in light as in a garment.

Kontakion. Tone 3.

Today the Prophet and Priest of the Most High, Zachary, the parent of the Forerunner, sets out a table of his memory, nourishing believers and mixing for them a drink of righteousness. And so we praise him as a godly initiate of God’s grace.

The Ikos.

The Hierarch received the silence of the Law, through the voice of an Angel receiving the Angel, Prophet and initiate of the coming of Christ, with the barren and sober Elizabeth. When he was born grace, redemption and our universal reconciliation were renewed; for he proclaims the Lamb and Fashioner, the One who makes nature new, who gives fruit from the barren, who appeared as Son of the Virgin. He is a godly initiate of God’s grace.

Synaxarion

On the 5th of the same month, Commemoration of Zachary the Prophet and Father of the Forerunner.

Verses

Slaughtered just like a lamb was Zachary

Within the Temple for the Lamb of God;

Zachary then on the fifth on the Temple’s pavement was slaughtered.

On the same day Saint Abdaios met his end, beaten with rods of thorns.

Verses

Martyr Abdaios rods of thorn endures,

Honours his Master who was crowned with thorns.

On the same day Commemoration of the holy Martyrs Medimnos, Urban, Theodore and with them eighty Priests and Levites, that is Deacons.

Verses

Passing through fire and water, like the Psalm,

Says Medimnos, I go to find repose.

With Urban too, great Theodore as well

With Medimnos the selfsame contest wins.

Of consecrated ministers eighteen

‘Gainst fire and water steadfastly endure.

On the same day Commemoration of Saint Peter of Athira.

At their holy intercessions, O God, have mercy on us. Amen.

Ode 7.

When the voice of the one crying came forth from a barren womb, Zachary, he loosed the bonds of your tongue to cry out: Blessed are you, Lord God, to the ages.

The Friend of the Bridegroom was born from sterility, the Forerunner, clearly foreshadowing the Offspring of the Virgin to those who cry out with faith: Blessed are you, O God, to the ages.

Thrice-blessed Zachary you became wholly a divine instrument of the Spirit and you foretold that your child would be a prophet, as you cried: Blessed are you, O Lord, to the ages.

Theotokion.

Zachary, seeing you to be the fulfilment of the Law and the climax of prophecy, acknowledged it as he cried out: Blessed, O all-pure, is the fruit of your womb.

Ode 8.

You were revealed as a teacher of truth, for John the Forerunner going ahead prepared the paths of Christ, blest Hierarch; him we highly exalt to all the ages.

With eloquence you bless the Master who has given us salvation, the Lord of glory who dawned from David in the flesh, whom we highly exalt to the ages.

You were counted worthy of great gifts of grace, O revealer of God, who begot the Forerunner, the highest of all the Prophets, who praises and highly exalts the Lord to all the ages.

Theotokion.

Hierarch and herald of God, Zachary rejoiced and worshipped the Mother and Virgin who carried the Lord of creation. We highly exalt her to all the ages.

The Irmos.

The Lord, who was glorified on the holy mountain and who made known to Moses the bush and fire the mystery of the Ever-Virgin, praise and highly exalt to all the ages.

Ode 9.

You were filled with the inspiration of the Paraclete and set yourself to bless the Lord, O holy Priest blessed by God.

When you saw the outcome of the Archangel’s words, All-praised who spoke from God, at once you moved your tongue to blessing.

The Creator had mercy on the lost clearly remembered the covenant of Abraham, as you, filled with the Spirit, cried out in prophecy.

You have been adorned, Zachary, with crowns of contest and priesthood and the illumination of prophecy, and have shared in yet greater glory.

Theotokion.

As vessel of the Light, O Virgin, enlighten my soul, darkened by the passions, and deliver me from the exterior darkness by your prayers.

The Irmos.

We who have been saved through you, pure Virgin, confess you to be indeed Mother of God, as with the Bodiless choirs we magnify you.

Exapostilarion.

You served blamelessly as priest to God almighty in the order of the Law, O Prophet Zachary; and so, as you offered incense, an Angel appeared to you saying: You will beget the Forerunner of Christ, mediator between the Law and inspired Grace.

Theotokion.

Virgin Mother, the things fulfilled in shadow by the former Law and image have passed away, for without seed you have given birth to the God who gave the Law, for the redemption of mortals. And so establish me by the divine law who am routed by the law of sin.

And the rest as usual, and Dismissal.

 

6 Sept. The wonder through the Archangel Michael.

At Vespers

At Lord, I have cried, we insert 6 Stichera and sing Prosomia, doubling them.

Tone 4. As noblest of Martyrs.

Revealed as a brightly shining attendant of the three-sunned Godhead, Michael, Chief Captain of the Powers on high, you cry aloud with joy, ‘Holy are you, O Father, Holy, O Son like him without beginning, Holy also, O Holy Spirit; one glory, one kingship, one nature, one Godhead and power’.

Your form is of fire and your beauty wondrous, Michael, first of the Angels, for with your immaterial nature you pass through the ends of the earth fulfilling the commands of the Maker of all things, acknowledged as powerful in your strength and making your church, honoured with your name, a source of healings.

As it is written, Lord, you make your Angels spirits and those who minister to you a fiery flame. You have revealed Michael the Chief Captain to be the leader among the ranks of Archangels, as he obeys your wishes, O Word, and with fear raises the Thrice-holy Hymn of praise to your glory.

Glory. Tone 6. By Vyzantios.

Rejoice with us, all you leaders of the Angels, for your commander and our champion, the great Chief Captain, hallows this present day as he appears in his holy place. Therefore as is fitting we sing his praises as we cry out, ‘Shelter us in the shelter of your wings, great Archangel Michael’.

Both now. Theotokion.

Rejoice with us, all you choirs of Virgins, for our defence and intercessor, protection and great refuge by her revered and godlike concern brings comfort on this present day to the afflicted. Therefore as is fitting we sing her praises as we cry out, ‘Shelter us by your godlike protection, all-pure Lady, Mother of God’.

At the Aposticha, Prosomia.

Tone 1. Joy of the heavenly hosts.

As leader of the heavenly hosts and strong defender, guard and deliverer of those on earth we sing your praise with faith, Michael Chief Captain, as we implore you to deliver us from every pain that brings destruction.

Verse: Who makes his Angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.

The leader of the godlike Powers on high today invites the choirs of mortals to celebrate with Angels one radiant feast of their assembly and together sing to God the Thrice-holy Hymn.

Verse: Bless the Lord, O my soul; O Lord, my God, you have been greatly magnified.

Michael, godlike mind, guard under the shelter of your godlike wings us who have recourse to you in faith, and protect us throughout our life, and at the hour of death, Archangel, be present for us all as a most kindly helper.

Glory. Both now. Tone 8. By Monk John.

As leader and champion and prince of the Angels, glorious Chief Captain, free from every constraint and affliction, diseases and dread sins those who sincerely sing your praise and clearly beseech you, as one immaterial who contemplate the Immaterial and are made radiant by the unapproachable light of the Master of glory; for he took flesh from a Virgin for our sake through love for humankind, as he wished to save that which is human.

Apolytikion. Tone 4. Lifted up on the Cross.

Chief Captain of the heavenly armies, we the unworthy implore you to protect us by your supplications with the shelter of the wings of your immaterial glory, guarding us as we fall down and insistently cry out: Deliver us from dangers, as Chief Captain of the Powers on high.

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

The mystery hidden from all eternity and unknown to Angels, has been revealed to those on earth through you, O Mother of God: God being made flesh in a union without confusion, and willingly accepting the Cross for us, through which he raised the first-formed man and saved our souls from death.

At Matins

After the 1st Reading from the Psalter, Kathisma.

Tone 4. Lifted up on the Cross.

As we frequent your revered temple and in it devoutly magnify you as leader of the immaterial hosts, with faith we beseech you, godlike Chief Captain, ‘Rescue us all from the tyranny of enemies, and deliver us from the future threat and from Gehenna by your entreaties’.

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

May we, the unworthy, never cease to speak of your acts of power, O Mother of God. For if you had not stood by to intercede, who had delivered us from so many dangers? Who had kept us free until now? May we never desert you, Sovereign Lady; for you ever save your servants from disasters of every kind.

After the 2nd Reading from the Psalter, Kathisma.

Tone 4. Lifted up on the Cross.

Chief Captain of the bodiless ministers, you stand in God’s presence and shine with the radiance that comes from there; make bright and sanctify those who faithfully sing your praise, deliver them from every tyranny of the foe and ask for a peaceful life for the Rulers and for all the ends of the earth.

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Let us humble sinners now hasten to the Mother of God, and let us fall down in repentance as we cry from the depth of the soul: Sovereign Lady, help, have compassion on us, hasten, for we perish by a multitude of offences; do not turn your servants empty away; for we have gained you as our only hope.

The Canons to the Mother of God and the Archangel; after which, if you like, sing Katavasias as well: I shall open my mouth.

The Canon of the Archangel, of which the Acrostic is:

I sing the first of the bodiless minds. Joseph.

Ode 1. Tone 4.

Always ablaze with the divine radiance, make bright my soul to sing your praise, Chief Captain of the hosts on high, strength of all who have recourse to you.

The Mind before all eternity declared you, all-honoured Chief Captain, to be leader of the heavenly army, light of those in darkness and brightness of his Church.

Leader in spirit of the heavenly Minds, you have been given to those below, all-noble Michael, as rampart and might and as a sword that slaughters and wipes out our foes.

Theotokion.

All-blameless Virgin, the glory of the Angels, the help of mankind, help me who am at sea and ever falling and endangered by a tempest of sin.

Another Canon. Same Tone.

Also by Joseph.

[Acrostic in the 9th Ode: Joseph.]

Let us sing with harmonious praise the prince of the Angels, the shining sun, who sheds his light on the earth with the splendours of his wonders and ever drives away the gloom of temptations.

Lord, who made the Angels a flame of fire as they mightily fulfil your all-holy will, you revealed resplendent in their midst like a star Michael, the Chief Captain.

Let us all sing the praise of the loving Lord who has given us as a wall invincible to foes and an immovable support holy Michael who always savings us from dangers.

By your godlike care you ever render your godlike house a place of propitiation for sinners, a refuge for the wronged and a place that puts all diseases to flight, O first of God’s angels.

Crush the children of Hagar without ceasing who are roused against us, glorious one, and rescue us from their expectation and oppression, that we may always honour you as our loving protector.

Theotokion.

It is a wonder beyond understanding how God the incomprehensible has been made one with mortals by being born hypostatically from you in the flesh, O Virgin who knew not wedlock, saving me who had been made subject to corruption by the serpent’s fraud.

Ode 3.

With godlike strength, all-praised Captain of the Angels, you surround the whole earth, taking us from dangers who call upon your godlike name.

Most godlike Chief Captain of God, you have been named divine herald, defender of believers who cannot be put to shame. guide and instructor of the erring.

Michael, chief Angel, worthy of wonder, you have appeared as a clear mirror of the divine light, for you receive the resplendent reflections of the holy Spirit.

Theotokion.

The One who by his will brought into being the immaterial Minds dwells by his will in your material womb, All-blameless; The one who cannot be beheld is seen in flesh.

Another.

As you stand beside the throne of the Trinity, made divine by participation and illumined by the rays that come from there, illumine those who sing your praise, Chief Captain of God.

When Jesus saw you holding a sword in your hand, he was struck with amazement at your fearsome sight and cried out: What do you now command your servant to do, Lord?

You were set by God as ruler of the Jewish nation; but now, Chief Captain, as helper and deliverer of Christians, delivering them from constraints and afflictions.

Let us give greatness to the Lord, who has given us a champion and helper in afflictions, the great Chief Captain, through whom we are ever rescued from godless barbarians.

Chief Captain, imploring God the Most High, speedily bring back those who been led away and miserably enslaved to foreign nations.

Theotokion.

Daniel describes you as a great mountain, O Immaculate, while Avvakoum as a mountain shaded by virtues and David as a curdled mountain, from which God has become incarnate and redeemed the world.

Kathisma. Tone 8. The Wisdom and Word.

Having by the Creator’s command become the leader of the heavenly hosts and minister of the divine glory, you are a saving mediator for Christians, taking them from dangers by you immaterial glory; therefore as it fitting we all praise you as we hymn your godlike festival, Michael, Chief Captain. Intercede with Christ God to grant forgiveness of faults to those who celebrate with love your godlike wonders.

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

The Wisdom and Word you conceived in your womb unscathed, O Mother of God; you bore for the world the One who possesses the world and held in your arms the One who hold all things and who nourishes all, the Creator of nature. Therefore I implore you, all-holy Virgin, that I may be delivered from faults when I am about to stand before the face of my Maker. Sovereign Lady, pure Virgin, grant me then your help; for you are able to do whatever you wish, O all-praised.

Ode 4.

The primal Mind brought into being the divine Minds by his will and created in their midst Michael as prince, illumined by all-blessed participation and blazing with thoughts whose origin is God.

All-revered Michael you raise a holy hymn with Thrones, Principalities, Powers, Authorities and the sacred Dominions, to the Trinity, as you save those who sing your praise.

We magnify the Maker and Lord of all things, who has given us through his compassion a great safeguard and infallible wall and bulwark, Michael, the resplendent Chief Captain.

Theotokion.

Of old the Revealer of sacred mysteries was initiated in mind into the strange marvel of your child-bearing, O Virgin, seeing you inspirit most clearly as a shaded mountain, from which there came the Holy One, God in a body.

Another.

As of old you put to flight the horde of Sennachirim’s people by your godlike ordinance, so smash the children of Hagar who war and descend on the faithful people, Michael Chief Captain.

How fearsome is your form, how truly wondrous your beauty, Michael, how resplendent your glory, which, as you accomplish unnumbered marvels, you reveal to all who love you.

As you traverse the things on high you visit fearsomely each day those below, rescuing from many disasters, dangers and afflictions all those who call to you, Minister of God.

See, the divine place; see, the refuge of the afflicted; see, the all-holy house, which the great Chief Captain reveals a truly a haven of many who being saved.

You appeared as a pillar of fire to godly minded Archippos, when a lawless people was hasting to flood with limitless waters your sacred enclosure, O Prince of the Powers on high.

Theotokion.

Gabriel came bringing you the ‘Hail’ from on high, O All-pure; with him therefore we cry aloud: Hail Gate, through which Christ alone has passed, the God who saves humanity.

Ode 5.

You appeared at the head of the Israel of old, at the commands of the One who appeared to mortals from Jacob in the solidity of a body, O bodiless Michael, Chief Captain of the Angels.

Deified by immaterial splendours through divine participation, you give to us also the illuminating radiance, O First of Angels, as you wondrously work marvels.

You godlike church has been made lovely by grace; for as you visit it you reveal it be an ocean of healings and a remedy against passions, Michael First of Angels.

Theotokion.

God declared you to be higher than the spiritual Angels, O Immaculate, when he came down into your all-blameless womb. Ever implore him to take pity on those who sing your praise.

Another.

Knowing beforehand the marvels that you were to accomplish in your shrine, O First of Angels, the heralds of the Word proclaimed it beforehand to all. We see clearly their fulfilment.

At your divine prompting, Archangel, he raised a house for prayer when he saw the cure of the child by the water which teemed with grace, he who before had blasphemed your gifts.

Approach, draw grace and mercy together! The inexhaustible source of healings lies open for all; the source which the Chief Captain revealed to us by divine intimations.

Sight is given to the blind, hearing to the deaf, ease of movement to all the lame, speech to the dumb in your godly house, Michael First of Angels, provider of blessings.

Crush the insolence of the barbarians who seek to wipe out your flock, Chief Captain; deliver those who have been taken prisoner by them, that they may ever praise you with us.

Theotokion.

You surpass the angelic Powers and you gave birth to the God and king of all. With them, all-holy Lady, implore him to save us all.

Ode 6.

The multitude of the faithful rejoices as it praises you, and glorifies the all-holy Word who united mortals with Angels, Michael, by his goodness.

You appeared and saved the army of Israel, and fulfilling the divine ordinances, Chief Captain, you destroyed their enemies and wiped them out completely.

When he saw you Jesus, son of Navi, worshipped and, seized by reverence and fear, asked your revered and holy name, Prince of Angels.

Theotokion.

Blessed the people who ever calls you blessed, O blessed one you gave birth to the blessed God, who by an ineffable union has made mortals divine through pity.

Another.

Those who of old wished to obliterate by a river’s streams the water of blessing which you, Archangel, had granted, you rendered ineffectual by your fearsome visitation.

Of old Moses struck a rock and waters gushed out; while now, when you struck a rock, the streams of rivers were swallowed up, witnessing still to the marvel, godlike Archangel.

Those who of old were clad in the gloom of unbelief by the folly of idols attacking your godlike house were manifestly granted the light of knowledge at your prayers.

Your form and fiery nature illumines believers, but consumes unbelievers, Chief Captain of the divine ministers, defender of those who with sincere faith sing your praise.

Imitating in all things the divine compassion of the Master, you stretch out your hand to the humble, heal the bruises of souls and bring to an end the pains of those who have recourse to you, Holy Archangel.

Theotokion.

The Prophet foresaw you as a volume in which the Word was written by the finger of the Father, O Virgin; implore him to write down in the book of life us who devoutly glorify you.

Kontakion. Tone 2. Model melody.

Chief Captain of God, Minister of divine glory, guide of mankind and Prince of the Bodiless Powers, ask for what is for our good and for God’s great mercy, as Chief Captain of the Bodiless Powers.

Ikos.

You said in the Scriptures, immortal Lover of mankind, that multitudes of Angels rejoice over one person who does penance. We therefore in our iniquities, O only sinless One who knows the heart, dare each day to beseech you, as you compassionate, to take pity on us and send down to us compunction, unworthy though we are, granting us pardon, Master. For on behalf of us all there intercedes the Chief Captain of the Bodiless Powers.

Synaxarion.

On the 6th of the month the Commemoration of the amazing wonder that took place at Colossae in Phrygia through the Chief Captain Michael.

Verses.

New Noл to your church, Michael, you came,

At Chonae made an end to river’s flood.

Michael, Chief Captain of the Angel hosts,

Once on the sixth of the month the flow of the river he funnelled [chonevse].

Consumed by envy at the marvels which took place in the church of the Chief Captain Michael, certain pagan men planned to divert the river which flowed nearby against the church, so as to flood the church and destroy Archippos, the honoured man who dwelt in it. The divine Archangel simply appeared and, telling Archippos to take courage, struck the rock with a staff, making a passage for the river in it. From that day to this it is visible passing through and hollowing out its passage.

On the same day the Contest of the holy Martyrs Evdoxios, Zeno, Romulus and Makarios.

Verses.

Zeno, Evdoxios and Romulus were slain,

So too Makarios: blessed [makaristoi] in their end!

On the same day one thousand one hundred and four holy soldiers and Saint Kalodoti met their end by the sword.

Verses.

Martyrs one thousand, ten times ten and four,

A single end accomplished by the sword.

Her head by sword struck off, Kalodoti

Before you stands, O Word, giver of good [kalon dotiri]

On the same day the Saints Faustus the presbyter, Makarios, Andrew and the monk Vivos, Kyriakos, Dionysios, Andronikos; and saints Andropelagia and Thekla; and the sea captain Theoktistos and another Kyriakos the commoner met their end by the sword.

Verses.

Faustus, when through a sword he left the earth,

Was raised to brightness [phavsis] of a home on high.

When Andrew and Makarios died by sword

Both made a journey by a blessed [makarios] path.

The crown of virtue Vivos is denied

The crown of martyrdom had he not won.

With Dionysios a sword has slain

Two who with Dionysios were of one mind.

How bravely [andriki] Andropelagia went

To execution, as did Thekla too.

Seaman Theoktistos, his head struck off,

Steers his soul’s vessel to the vault above.

Kyriakos a commoner, but by the sword

A fellow banqueter of Martyrs’ choir.

On the same day there coincided the dedication of the most holy Mother of God at the Second in the house of St Irene.

At their holy intercessions, O God, have mercy on us. Amen.

Ode 7.

As he kept watch Daniel saw you standing with him making him understand the vision he had seen at the Ubal, O Gabriel formed of lightning, and after this showing him Michael.

In faith let us praise with mighty voice the godlike and light-bearing guides of the Angels, Michael and Gabriel, our good comforters, defenders and guardians.

Fair and all-comely and godlike, in spirit you became the leader of the immaterial ministers, Michael, radiant with light. With them therefore intercede on behalf of us all.

Theotokion.

Seeing the eternal Word of the supreme Mind dwelling ineffably and fearsomely in you, O Maiden, the Archangel Gabriel cried out: Hail, blessed throne of the Most High!

Another.

When Daniel once saw you standing with him, wholly seized with apprehension, he was afraid and approaching your feet he was made to understand clearly the revelation of hidden mysteries, as he cried: Blessed are you, the God of our Fathers.

Those taken away bound by attacks of nations and who, finding themselves in far distant places, call upon you, Chief Captain of God, you bring back again as they cry with joy: Blessed are you, the God of our Fathers.

The choirs of Angels, perceiving you praised with love by choirs of mortals, are filled with perpetual joy, and glorify God, who through compassionate pity has mystically united those below with the heavens, Archangel Michael.

What place does not share in your limitless wonders? What city does not have you as champion? What soul of those in trouble does not call you its helper, Chief Captain of God? as it cried out harmoniously: Blessed are you, the God of our Fathers.

Guide of the erring, defender of the oppressed, consolation of the faint-hearted, calmest haven of those storm-tossed by spirits, surety of sinners, visitation of the sick, beacon of those in darkness are you, Archangel of God.

Theotokion.

All-pure, Immaculate Lady, as you gave birth in the flesh to the Saviour and God and Redeemer and Master, ever implore him that we who sing the praise of his acts of pity beyond understanding may receive release from dire troubles and forgiveness of many sins.

Ode 8.

Michael you have been declared captain of the bodiless, spiritual hosts, saving intercessor for humans, godlike servant of God, as you sing without ceasing: All you his works, bless, praise the Lord.

Archangels Michael and Gabriel, the two beacons all light, who guide creation with light with the beacon fires of the Godhead, dispel the fog of dread troubles.

As skilled pilots, O Archangels, guide safely to the haven of the divine will the barge my soul, fallen foul and endangered by a tempest of sins.

Theotokion.

As bridal escort the godlike Archangel came and addressed with his ‘Hail!’, O Bride of God without bridegroom, the glory of the Angels and the protection and wall of defence of humans.

Another.

You pass through earth like lightning, fulfilling the divine will, you traverse the heavens, leading the Angels; great is your glory, beyond understanding the numberless wonders which fearsomely you accomplish in all creation.

The eye-witnesses of the One who appeared in a body for our sake, Philip the far-famed and the greatest Divine, by divine inspirations foretell the inexhaustible grace of your healings, O First of Angels.

With a rod Moses of old divided the sea; and now the Chief Captain of God with invisible power, as with a visible rod, channels the waters, which flowed in disorder, into the rock as in a funnel.

The revered house of the prince of the Angels is revealed as an immense heaven, in which by wonders as by stars all the hearts of the faithful are illumined, as they glorify God the giver of blessings to the ages.

As once you prevented the irrational advance of Balaam by the fearful halting of his irrational beast by a word, Commander of the Angels, render the sons of Hagar, who are each day stirred up irrationally against us, ineffectual by your prayers.

Theotokion.

You bore a fire which in no way consumed your womb, O Virgin. You gave birth to the Word of God who delivers from unreason the words that had obeyed the deceiver and disobeyed the God who made them and who loves mankind.

Ode 9.

Behold the fair glory of your godlike house, Archangel, resplendent with your radiant boldness. It sends forth lighting flashes of wonders and by divine grace dispels each day the darkness of diseases.

As fair and comely yoke-fellows you serve the Masters commands for those on earth, Archangels, delivering them from dangers and sending out to all saving illumination by the divine Spirit.

Today the bodiless and godlike Minds rejoice with us, as they see the great and radiant Archangel being praised by all, as he entreats for us illumination and redemption from faults.

O godlike and shining pair, Archangels, Michael all-honoured and Gabriel all-glorified, as you stand in the presence of the holy Trinity deliver us from the liability of faults and from eternal punishment.

Theotokion.

At the voce of the Angel Gabriel you conceived God the Word, O All-blameless, who by a word made the hosts on high and grants reason to praise his holy condescension beyond reason and understanding.

Another.

As you appeared to men through the compassion of your pity, O Word, to protect them from evil harm you appointed Angels for them, among them Michael the wondrous. Through whom we implore you to grant us all pardon of offences.

Every believer ever addresses you a song, who without ceasing with many tens of thousands in the highest raise the thrice-holy hymn. Bring us all to God, rescuing us from disasters and toils, O prince of Angels.

Let creation leap for joy as it mystically sings the praise of the great Archangel of the Lord; for he is the guide of the erring and haven for many who are storm-tossed by disasters and temptations, physician of the sick and fount of wonders.

You have hallowed this revered temple and revealed it as a source of wonders, in which we stand together and cry out with faith: O Archangel, ask for us release from sins, deliverance from disasters and great calm.

Theotokion.

You appeared wider than the heavens, O Virgin, for in a manner beyond explanation you contained God, whom the choirs of Bodiless Powers mystically praise. Implore him, pure Maiden, that we who call you blessed with never silent voices may all be saved.

Exapostilarion. Women hear.

All humanity, assemble together and see; contemplate the strange wonder that has been accomplished in Chonae. Michael, the bodiless one, split the rock with a staff and speared rivers that were flowing down unchecked to become holy water.

Theotokion. Same melody.

Alas, wretch that I am, through my incontinence of old I was thrust from the greater image in which I shared by God’s action. But you, O Christ, in your compassion, ineffably became my fellow and shared that which worse, renewing me, O Saviour, from virgin blood.

At Lauds we insert 4 Stichera, and sing Prosomia.

Tone 1. Joy of the heavenly hosts.

As we in the world keep festival like the Angels, let us cry aloud to God, who is borne on a throne of glory, the hymn: Holy are you, Father in heaven; co-eternal Word, holy are you; and the All-holy Spirit. (Twice)

With great boldness you lead the heavenly powers and stand before the throne unendurable in glory, eye-witness of things ineffable; by your intercessions, Michael Chief Captain, save us who are constrained by dangers and temptations, we implore.

Manifestly you are first of the bodiless Angels and minister of that divine radiance, eye-witness and initiate; save us, Michael Chief Captain, who yearly honour you devoutly and faithfully sing the praise of the Trinity.

Glory. Tone 5.

Where your grace overshadows, Archangel, from there the power of the devil is driven out; the Morning Star who fell cannot bear to remain in your light. And so we beg you, by your mediation quench his fiery darts which are hurled against us, rescuing us from his stumbling blocks, Michael Archangel worthy of praise.

Both now. Theotokion.

We faithful call you blessed, Virgin Mother of God, and we glorify you as is fitting, the unshakeable city, the unbreachable wall, the impregnable defence and refuge of our souls.

Great Doxology and Dismissal.

 

 

7 Sept. Forefeast of the Nativity of most holy Mother of God.

At Vespers

At Lord, I have cried, we insert 6 Stichera and sing 3 Prosomia of the Mother of God and 3 of the Saint.

Of the Mother of God. Tone 1.

The spiritual beams of universal joy have dawned for the world, at your nativity, O all-pure, foreshadowing for all the Sun of glory, Christ God. For you have been declared the mediator of true gladness and grace.

This pre-festal glory of yours, O all-pure, announces in advance to all the peoples the fair deeds of your kindness; for you are for us the source of present gladness and the cause of the joy to come, and the enjoyment of divine delight.

The Maiden who contained God, the pure Mother of God, the glory of the Prophets and the daughter of David is being born today of Joachim and holy Anne, and she turns aside the curse of Adam, which was upon us, by her child-bearing.

[Of the Saint. Tone 4]

Glory. Both now. Tone 4.

Your all-honoured nativity, All-holy and pure Virgin, the multitudes of Angels and we, the human race on earth, call blessed; because you became the Mother of the Maker of all things, Christ God. Do not cease to implore him on our behalf, we beg, who after God place all our hopes on you, all-praised Mother of God, who knew not wedlock.

At the Aposticha, Prosomia. Tone 8.

O amazing wonder! How from a childless mother and fruitless sterility a rod is growing which bears a flower, the Mother of God who knows not wedlock, from the righteous Joachim and Anne. Therefore too the assembly of Prophets and the whole company of Patriarchs now rejoices at her nativity.

Verse: Hear, O daughter, and see, and incline your ear; and forget your people and your father’s house.

Today David exults, Jesse now leaps for joy and Levi is magnified; Joachim the righteous rejoices in spirit and Anne is freed from childlessness at your nativity, immaculate Mary, graced by God. The company of Angels with us mortals all call your godlike womb blessed.

Verse: The wealthy of the people will entreat your face.

Rejoice, company of mortals; rejoice, temple of the Lord; rejoice, holy mountain; rejoice, divine table; rejoice, lampstand all filled with light; rejoice, honoured glory of the orthodox; rejoice, Mary, Mother of Christ God; rejoice, all-blameless; rejoice, throne of fire; rejoice, tabernacle; rejoice, bush unconsumed by fire; rejoice, hope of all.

Glory. Both now. Tone 4. By Germanos.

From the righteous Joachim and Anne there has dawned for us he universal joy: the all-praised Virgin, who through her surpassing purity becomes the living temple of God, and is alone acknowledged to be in truth Mother of God. At her intercessions, Christ our God, send down peace on the world and to our souls your great mercy.

Apolytikion. Tone 4.

From Jesse’s root and from David’s loins Mary the child of God is being born for us today, and so the universe rejoices and is renewed; heaven rejoices together with the earth. Praise her families of the nations. Joachim rejoices and Anne keeps festival as she cries, ‘The barren gives birth to the Mother of God, the nourisher of our life’.

At Matins

After the 1st Reading from the Psalter, Kathisma.

Tone 1.

Born wondrously from barren birth pangs, you bore a Child beyond nature from virgin loins; for you appeared as a fair shoot and blossomed with life for the world. Therefore the Powers of heaven cry out to you Mother of God, ‘Glory, O honoured one, to your coming forth! Glory to your virginity! Glory to your child-bearing, alone all-immaculate!’

Glory. Both now. The same.

After the 2nd Reading from the Psalter, Kathisma.

Tone 5.

All things of heaven now rejoice, the human race with them keeps festival, and the Prophets mystically exult with them; for she whom they foresaw in types in ancient generations, bush and jar, cloud, gate and throne, and great mountain, is being born today.

Glory. Both now. The same.

Psalm 50 and the Canons of the Forefeast of the Mother of God and of the Saint.

Of the Mother of God, of which the Acrostic is:

I hymn the birth of the Maiden, child of God. Joseph.

Ode 1. Tone 4. Irmos.

I will open my mouth and it will be filled with the Spirit, and I will utter a word for the Queen and Mother, and I will be seen keeping glad festival, and rejoicing I will sing her Nativity.

Troparia.

In gladness let us today with joy sing the praise of the nativity of God’s Mother; for she also gave birth to joy for the inhabited world, abolishing the grief of our Foremother.

From a barren mother she who makes sin barren comes forth, whom the law foretold and the preaching of those inspired by God prophesied, the all-pure and all-blameless Lady.

You have become the temple and palace of the King, in which he who is beyond being made his dwelling and will make believers a habitation of the holy Trinity.

You have been declared loveliest of bridal chambers, highest throne of God, O Bride of God, in whom he dwelt in the flesh and rouses those who sit in the darkness of destruction to the light of knowledge by his goodness.

[Canon of the Saint by Theophanes.]

Of the Mother of God. Ode 3. Irmos.

Because the barren has given birth, the Church from the nations, and she of many children, the Synagogue, has grown weak, to our wondrous God let us cry aloud: Holy are you, O Lord!

Troparia.

From the fruitless earth the fruitful earth is being born, whose fruit will be the husbandman of blessings and the life-bearing ear of corn which nourishes all by divine command.

Today the rod of virginity has sprouted, from which a flower will blossom, God our planter, who cuts away rotten shoots in his supreme goodness.

See, the unhewn mountain from a childless rock bears as its fruit the spiritual stone born from it, which will bring about the crushing of the all the wooden idols of the Boaster.

The outline sketches of the Law foreshadowed you, O Maiden; for outside nature’s laws you bore in your womb the Lawgiver who kept you, beyond reason, incorrupt and undefiled.

[Of the Saint.]

The Irmos.

Your Church, O Christ, rejoices in you and cries: You, Lord, are my strength, my refuge and my firmament.

Kathisma of the Saint. Tone 4.

Saved through faith you have become, courageous Sozon, a saving haven for the storm-tossed by the providence of Christ God; for you pour forth rivers of healings for those who yearn, you end each day the burning heat of fevers. And so with faith we honour your godlike memory.

Glory. Both now. Of the Forefeast. Tone 8.

Let heaven rejoice and earth be glad; for the heaven of God, the bride of God has been born on earth from promise. The barren suckles an infant, Mary; and Joachim rejoices at his offspring, saying: A Rod has been born to me from which the flower, Christ, has blossomed from the root of David. Truly an amazing wonder!

Of the Mother of God. Ode 4. Irmos.

He who is seated in glory on the throne of the Godhead, Jesus, higher than all godhead, came on a light cloud with unsullied palm and saved those who cry: Glory to your power, O Christ!

Troparia.

A Maiden higher than the Angels is being brought to birth on earth, beyond compare in holiness and purity, who will give birth to Christ, the purity, holiness and complete redemption of all.

Blessed has Anne’s womb become, for she has brought to birth her who will contain in her womb the blessed Word, who cannot be contained, and who grants rebirth to all believers.

Now the fog of wickedness begins to grow less; for the living cloud of the sun has dawned from barren loins, the All-blameless one. Her radiant birth let us now celebrate.

As a fruitful olive which blossomed from the root of Jesse, O Virgin, Anne made you blossom, whose blossom is the merciful Word, whose mercy and truth advance at all times.

[Of the Saint.]

Of the Mother of God. Ode 5. Irmos.

The universe was amazed at your divine glory, for you, O Virgin, who did not know wedlock, have passed over from earth to eternal mansions and to life without end, giving salvation as the prize to all who sing your praise.

Troparia.

Now the sealed volume is being brought to birth, which by nature’s law no mortal will read, kept as a dwelling for the Word, as the books of those inspired in spirit foretold.

The saving vine has been brought to birth today, which will flower with the pure cluster that pours out divine sweetness, from which all who mystically drink will gather divine and saving joy.

Angels, leap for joy, forming a choir with mankind. Today the Virgin, born from a barren womb, has made an to grief and is the harbinger of joy for those who keep the festival of her divine nativity.

The godly Prophet wrote of you, O Maiden, most clearly in prophecy as the new volume in which by the Father’s finger will be written the Word, who with loving-kindness inscribes in the book of life all those who obey his authority.

[Of the Saint.]

Of the Mother of God. Ode 6. Irmos.

As we celebrate this divine and honoured feast of the Mother of God, come, godly-minded people, let us clap our hands as we glorify God who was born of her.

Today has been brought to birth the bridge which leads humanity to light, heavenly ladder, most manifest mountain of God, the Maiden Mother of God, who we call blessed.

Anne, the shell-fish, brings forth the purple which dyed the fleece of the embodying of the King to come. As is fitting let us sing her praise.

The source has now come forth from a tiny drop, the All-blameless who bore the abyss of salvation and will bring to an end the limitless streams of the cult of many gods.

You sprouted from a barren root and by your divine shoot beyond nature you cut off thorn of evil root and branch, O ever-blessed Maiden, Mother of God.

[Of the Saint.]

The Irmos.

I will sacrifice to you with a voice of praise, O Lord, the Church cries out to you, cleansed from the filth of demons by the blood which flows in pity from your side.

Kontakion of the Forefeast. Tone 3.

Today the Virgin and Mother of God, Mary, the untouched bridal chamber of the heavenly Bridegroom is being brought to birth from barren womb by God’s counsel, to be made ready as the chariot of the Word of God; for to this she was predestined, the gate of God and Mother of true life.

Ikos.

To a barren mother a fruit has been given Mary the child of God, whom the godly Prophets once foresaw in spirit. As we see her her today in the bosom of Anne, leaping for joy, with faithful Joachim let us gather for the feast in spirit, and let us address them from afar, saying: Now the restoration of the world has blossomed from a fruitless womb, the gate of God and Mother of true life.

Synaxarion.

On the 7th of the same month, Commemoration of the holy Martyr Sozon.

Verses

Torments of body Sozon once endured,

Fixed on the only Saviour [sozo] of his soul.

Sozon, his radiant flesh fiercely pounded, died on the seventh.

On the same day, Commemoration of the holy Apostles Evodos and Onesiphoros.

On the same day, Saint Eupsychios met his end by the sword.

Verses

Eupsychios, courageous [eupsychos] at the sword,

Offers his Fashioner his soul with joy.

On the same day is celebrated the dormition of the Venerable Loukбs of the Eparchy of Lykaonia, third Superior of the Monastery of the Saviour, called ‘Of the Deep Torrent’.

At the intercessions of your Saints, O God, have mercy on us. Amen.

Of the Mother of God. Ode 7. Irmos.

The godlike Youths did not worship creation instead of the Creator, but bravely trampling on the threat of fire, rejoicing they sang: O highly exalted Lord and God of our fathers, blessed are you!

Troparia.

Joachim and Anne are blessed, having brought to birth the truly blessed, pure Mother of God, who bore the blessed Word, who makes all the faithful blessed.

As a precious gift your parents have gained you, O all-pure, who conceived God who has enriched with greater gifts those who cry: God of our fathers, blessed are you!

Your breasts, Anne called by God, are far better than wine, because with your good breasts you gave suck to the one who gave suck the Word supremely good, the giver of milk and nourisher of everything that has breath.

Leap, strike your harp and dance, David inspired by God; for see, the ark, which you foretold of old, has come forth from a barren womb, kept for the king and God of creation.

[Of the Saint.]

Of the Mother of God. Ode 8. Irmos.

The Offspring of the Mother of God saved the innocent Youths in the furnace. Then he was prefigured, but now in reality he gathers the whole world which sings: All you works, praise the Lord, and highly exalt him to all the ages.

Troparia.

Let us raise our voice in songs of praise as we honour the divine nativity of her who by the Spirit gave a body to the Word beyond praise and godhead, and let us cry: You his works, praise the Lord and highly exalt him to all the ages.

Mountains, break out in gladness, Apostles and Martyrs, dance, Ascetics and Righteous now rejoice at the nativity today of the Mother of the Lord, as you cry out: Praise the Lord and highly exalt him to all the ages.

The fragrant apple has blossomed and the divine rose has been appeared and has today spread its fragrance to the ends of the earth and brought to an end the foul stench of our sin, the All-pure and the Mother of the Word. We highly exalt her to all the ages.

Human nature, barren of the honoured graces of the divine Spirit, rejoice today as you behold the Child of God brought to birth from a barren mother, and cry aloud: You his works, praise the Lord and highly exalt him to all the ages.

[Of the Saint.]

Irmos.

Stretching out his hands Daniel closed the jaws of the lions in the den; while the Youths, lovers of true religion, girded with virtue, quenched the power of the fire as they cried: Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord!

Of the Mother of God. Ode 9. Irmos.

Let all those born of earth, bearing torches, in spirit leap for joy; let the nature of the immaterial Minds keep festival as it honours the sacred festival of God’s Mother, and let it cry out: Hail, all-blessed Mother of God, pure and ever-virgin.

Troparia.

See, the holy place of God has been openly revealed; the glorious city of the King has been built high, the shining Paradise has radiantly flowered, the source of Paradise, and the dwelling of men with God.

The lamp has appeared today, and the golden lampstand, that displays the pre-eternal light which, having dwelt in her, will illumine all who are in the night of evils, bring to an end the gloom of the cult of many gods and truly through faith make all partakers in the day.

Today the earth dances, for it has seen brought to birth the fairest heaven of God. Having dwelt in it in the flesh he will make mortals mount beyond the heavens and in his goodness make them divine. As we sing his praise with faith we magnify him.

The beauteous pair, Anne and Joachim, have put forth the spotless heifer, from whom the fatted calf came forth and has been sacrificed for the world, taking away the faults of mankind, putting and end to sacrifices offered to the demons.

Pure Mother of God who bore the light, enlighten us, who in spirit keep the festival of your light-bearing nativity, and show us to be partakers of the light to come; and by your motherly entreaties grant us peace and rescue from dread troubles.

[Of the Saint.]

Irmos.

A cornerstone not cut by hand, O Virgin, was cut from you, an unhewn mountain: Christ who joined together separated natures; and so with gladness, Mother of God, we magnify you.

Exapostilarion of the Martyr.

Armoured with the weapon of your precious Cross, O Word, your Champion stoutly overcame the hostile powers and put the tyrants to shame, and for your sake he struggled and, my Christ, Sovereign of all, he reigns unceasingly with you.

Of the Mother of God.

All creation rejoice, as you perceive the joy being born beyond hope from Anne and godly Joachim, which is called Grace, Mary the all-immaculate and pure Mother of God; whose fruit has become salvation for mankind, Christ, God who was ineffably incarnate from her.

At the Aposticha of Lauds, Prosomia.

Tone 2.

Come children of Adam, let us sing the praise of her who came of David’s line and gave birth to Christ, Mary the all-pure Virgin.

Verse: Hear, O daughter, and see, and incline your ear; and forget your people and your father’s house.

Let us offer praise to the Redeemer, the Lord who from a barren womb gave us the Mother of God and only ever-virgin.

Verse: The wealthy of the people will entreat your face.

Today the joy of the whole inhabited world, the Mother of my Lord, is born from a barren womb.

Glory. Both now. Tone 2.

The foreordained Queen of all, God’s dwelling place, sacred enclosure of the eternal being, has come forth today from the barren womb of glorious Anne. Through her rash Hell has been trampled down and Eve the mother of all living dwells in unfailing life. As is fitting let us cry out to her: Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

And the rest as usual, and Dismissal.

?8 Sept. Nativity of Virgin Mary?

 

13 Sept. Dedication of the of the Holy Church of the Resurrection.

At Vespers

At Lord I have cried we insert 6 stichera, and we sing 3 Idiomels of the Dedication and 3 Prosomia of the Saint.

Of the Dedication. Tone 6.

Dedication is to be honoured, said the old law, and it did well; but the new should rather be honoured through dedication; for islands will be dedicated to God, as Isaias says, which are to be understood as the Churches from the nations, which have now been established and received a stability fixed on God; therefore let us too celebrate spiritually the festival of the present Dedication.

The same tone.

Be dedicated anew brethren! And putting off the old man, live in newness of life, placing a bridle on all those things from which death comes. Let us discipline all our members, hating every evil eating of the tree, and so only remembering the old that we may flee it. Thus is mankind renewed, thus the day of the Dedication is honoured.

The same tone. By Anatolios.

O Christ, you have set up a tower of strength, your Church; for you have established her on the rock of the faith, and so she remains for ever unshaken, for she has you, who for her sake in these last times without change became man; therefore with thanksgiving we hymn you, saying: You are He who is before the ages and for ever, and is yet our King. Glory to you!

Of the Saint. Tone 4.

Christ assented to your good deeds, admirable Cornelius, and to your godly entreaties and sent you a Holy Angel to lead you wholly to the light, and the Prince of the sacred Apostles to renew you, with all your household, by water and the Spirit and to initiate you into greater things by the Spirit's grace.

Clothed in the anointing of the priesthood you hastened to proclaim the proclamation of salvation to the nations, rooting out the thorns of error, O God-inspired, and by the Spirit planting in souls unerring teaching; and so we gladly call you blest, Cornelius, as an inspired High Priest and unconquered Martyr.

By following you ways of goodness the foolish were declared wise; dying by nature's law, wise Cornelius, and dwelling in a blest tomb you render it a source of many wonders, healing the weary and driving out the spirits of evil by the Holy Spirit, O God-inspired.

Glory. Tone 6. By Monk John.

As we commemorate the Dedication we glorify you, the giver of hallowing, asking you to hallow the senses of our souls, at the intercession of your glorious Victors, O good and All-powerful.

Both now.

To-day a tree has been revealed; to-day the Hebrew race has been destroyed; to-day, through faithful Kings, the faith is revealed. Adam fell through the tree, but again through a tree demons trembled. Almighty Lord, glory to you!

Entrance, the Prokeimenon of the day and the Readings.

The Reading from the third book of Kingdoms.

[Chap. 10, 22-23. 27-31] [Chap. 8, 22-23a]

Solomon stood before the face of the Lord, in front of the whole Assembly of Israel, and stretched out his hands to heaven and said: Lord God of Israel, there is no god like you in heaven above or on earth below. If the highest heaven is not adequate for you, how then this house which I have built in your name? Unless you, Lord, the God of Israel, look upon my supplication, to hear the supplication and the prayer which your servant makes before you this day, that your eyes be open towards this house, of which you have said that your name will be there; to hearken to the prayer which your servant prays at this place day and night. And may you hearken to the supplication of your servant and of your people Israel, whatever they may pray in this place, and may you hearken in the place of your habitation in heaven, and be gracious to them.

The Reading from Proverbs.

[Chap. 3, 19-34]

With wisdom God founded the earth; He prepared the heavens with understanding. With his knowledge the deeps were broken open and the clouds poured down dew. My son, keep my counsel and my thought, do not pour them away, that your soul may live and grace be around your neck; and there shall be health for your flesh and safety for your bones; that with confidence you may walk all your ways in peace, and your foot may not stumble. For if you sit down, you shall be unafraid; if you slumber, you shall have sweet sleep; you shall not fear alarm coming upon you, nor the assaults of the impious; for the Lord shall be over all your ways and shall support your feet, so that you are not snared. Do not hold back from doing good to the needy, whenever your hand is able to help. Do not say: Come back again sometime, and Tomorrow I shall give: when you are able, do good, for you do not know what the coming day will bring forth. Do not devise evils for your friend who lives near you and trusts you. Do not quarrel with someone needlessly, lest they devise some evil against you. Do not gain the reproaches of wicked men, nor covet their ways; for every transgressor is unclean before the Lord, he does not take his seat among the just. The Lord's curse is on the houses of the ungodly, but the dwellings of the just are blessed. The Lord opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.

The Reading from Proverbs.

[Chap. 9,1-11]

Wisdom has built herself a house and set up seven pillars. She has slaughtered her beasts, mixed the wine in her mixing bowl and prepared her table. She has sent out her servants, inviting with a loud proclamation to her banquet saying: Whoever is foolish, let him turn in here to me, and to those lacking understanding she said: Come, eat my bread, drink the wine I have mixed for you. Abandon folly and you will live; seek sagacity that you may have life, and correct understanding with knowledge. He who reproves wicked men will receives from them dishonour; he who rebukes the impious will shame himself. For to the impious rebukes are bruises. Do not rebuke the wicked, lest they hate you: rebuke a wise man and he will love you. Give a wise man an opportunity, and he will become wiser; instruct a just man and he will continue to receive. The beginning of wisdom is fear of the Lord; and the counsel of saints, understanding; knowing the law is the mark of a right mind. For by this means you will live a long time, and years will be added to your life.

At the Aposticha, Stichera of the Cross. Tone 5.

Hail, life-bearing Cross, invincible trophy of true religion, door of Paradise, support of the faithful, wall of the Church. Through you corruption has vanished utterly and been destroyed, the power of death has been swallowed up and we raised from earth to heaven. Unconquerable weapon, opponent of demons, glory of Martyrs, true ornament of Ascetics, harbour of salvation, who give to the world his great mercy.

Verse: Exalt the Lord, our God, and bow down before his footstool, for He is holy.

Hail, Cross of the Lord, through whom mankind has been freed from the curse, sign of true joy. By your exaltation, O all-honoured, you cast down the foes; help of our kings, mighty strength of the just, beauty of priests; sealed and delivering from evils; the rod of power, by whom we are shepherded; weapon of peace, whom Angels escort in fear; divine glory of Christ, who grants the world his great mercy.

Verse: God is our from of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.

Hail, guide of the blind, physician of the sick, resurrection of all the dead, who raise us who have fallen into corruption, O precious Cross. Through you corruption has been abolished and incorruption flowered, and we mortals have been made divine and the devil has been utterly cast down. To-day, as we see you raised up in the hands of High Priests, we exalt Him who was exalted in the midst of you, and we worship Him, as we draw richly from Him his great mercy.

Glory. Tone 2. By Anatolios.

As we celebrate the dedication of the all-sacred temple of your Resurrection, we glorify you, O Lord, who hallowed and perfected it by your perfect grace; you delight in the mystic and sacred rites that are performed in it by faithful men; you accept from the hands of your servants unbloody and immaculate sacrifices and in return you give to those who rightly offer them cleansing of sins and your great mercy.

Both now. Same Tone.

A divine treasure hidden in earth, the Cross of the Giver of life was shown in the heavens to the devout King, displaying a spiritual warranty of victory over enemies. Happy in faith and love from the hands of God, he sped towards the height of contemplation with complete zeal and revealed it from the bosom of the earth for the redemption of the world and our salvation.

Apolytikion of the Dedication. Tone 4.

You have displayed the loveliness of the holy dwelling of your glory below, O Lord, as you have the beauty of the firmament above. Strengthen it for ever and ever and accept our supplications which are ceaselessly offered you in it, through the prayers of the Mother of God, the life and resurrection of all.

Glory. Both now. Of the Cross. Tone 2.

We bring you in intercession the life-giving Cross of your goodness, O Lord, which you have given to the unworthy. Save the Kings and your city, giving them peace through the Mother of God, O only lover of mankind.

At the Morning Office

After the 1st Psalter reading, Kathisma. Tone 4.

Christ has enlightened all things by his presence; he has renewed the world by his divine Spirit; souls are made new; for a house has been dedicated to the glory of the Lord, where too Christ our God makes new the hearts of the faithful for the salvation of mortals.

Glory. Both now. The same.

After the 2nd Psalter reading, Kathisma. To the same melody.

O faithful people, the festive day of the Dedication has come to Christ’s chosen flock, and urges us all to be made new and with shining face faithfully to sing from the depths of the heart songs to the Master as deliverer and him who makes us new.

Glory. Both now. The same.

Psalm 50, and the Canons.

Canon of the Forefeast, whose Acrostic is the Alphabet, excluding the Theotokia. By Germanos.

Ode 1. Tone 4. The Irmos.

Lord, born of a Virgin, drown I pray in the deep of dispassion the three parts of my soul; that by the mortification of the body, as on a timbrel, I may sing to you a song of victory.

Rejoice, O heaven, and earth be glad, the all-holy Cross comes forth, hallowing us by grace, as we greet it as source of hallowing and cause of deification for all.

All-holy Cross give us who faithfully worship you the power devoutly to tread the path to heaven, that having avoided the pits of our foes we may become sharers in divine glory.

Through you, all honoured Cross we have become friends of the Creator, with heart and soul we ever embrace you, as we see you set forth, and we are enlightened in mind as we glorify the Word, cause of all things.

Theotokion.

City of God, bright, honoured treasure of the king of all which held God, all spotless Mother of God, guard the inheritance which ever praises you and faithfully honours your offspring.

Canon of the Dedication. By Monk John.

Ode 1. Tone 4.

Christ, who of old led the chosen Israel by a column through the bath of baptism, on Sion you have planted the Church who cries: Let us sing a song to our God.

Today the visitation of your unapproachable glory has covered heaven, the temple which has been fixed for you on earth, in which we sing in harmony: Let us sing a song to our God.

Not by law is your Church beautified, O Lord, nor by the stretching out of servile hands, but proud in the grace of the Cross she sings to you: Let us sing a new song to our God.

Theotokion.

At the Father’s will, from the divine Spirit, you conceived without seed the Son of God, and you bore in the flesh him who came from the Father without mother and for our sakes from you without father.

Canon of the Saint, whose Acrostic is:

I sing the fame of your wonders, blessed Martyr. Joseph.

Ode 1. Tone 1.

High Priest, blessed by God, enlighten by your prayers those who celebrate this your light-bearing and godly falling asleep, your radiant memory and sacred festival.

Even before your perfect initiation, wise, all-blest Cornelius, you appeared by your alms and prayers to be devoted to the Lord of all and to seek him with uprightness of mind.

You learnt the saving laws of him who united to the flesh through his surpassing goodness, when the Prince of the Apostles initiated you into the wishes of the Master.

Theotokion.

You draw the hearts of the faithful to glorify you always, Sovereign Lady, Mother of God, with unceasing desire; for you are declared to be the glory of mortals, for you bore Lord of glory, O Immaculate.

Forefeast. Ode 3. The Irmos.

We do not boast in wisdom, power and wealth, but in you, O Christ, the empersonned Wisdom of the Father; for none is holy but you, O Lover of mankind.

O glorified Cross of the Lord, who bear the title of Christ’s glory, we glorify you in faith, glorified and enlightened by your holy embraces.

Advancing with joy, O Faithful, let us draw as from a pure fount everliving streams from the Cross, and saved let us hymn God.

Jesus, who is life, was hanged and died on the tree of the Cross, which we now embrace with faith and so flee the passions, the hosts to death.

Theotokion.

Appear and dispel the darkness of my soul, tear up the cords of sin, pure Virgin, save me, you who bore the All-merciful.

Of the Dedication.

You have sanctified your Church with the Spirit, O Christ, by anointing her with the oil of your gladness.

The Church, O Christ, which has you as her unshaken foundation, is today crowned with the Cross as with a kingly diadem.

O loving Lord, you have shown today that the tabernacle made with hands is, by your dispensation, the dwelling of your glory which is beyond understanding.

Theotokion.

You alone, O Mother of God, have become the agent of supernatural blessings for those on earth; therefore we offer you our ‘Hail!’.

Of the Saint.

You received the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit and with your whole house wholly accepted God’s grace from a godly mouth, when the godly Prince of the Apostles with care declared the saving teachings.

By your virtues you were exalted as a lofty cedar, and you offered us sweet-scented fruits: the wealth of your teachings, the grace of your wonders and the operation of your healings, blessed High Priest Cornelius.

Made worthy of the greatest renown, Cornelius, you hastened with the Prince of the Apostles and his companions and proclaimed everywhere the divine proclamation, through which we have been guided to the light and delivered from the darkness of ignorance.

Theotokion.

You have become a light-filled dwelling of purity, and you bear the giver of light made flesh, who appeared as a man for our sake through his love for mankind, and abolished corruption, O Incorrupt recalling of mortals.

Kathisma of the Dedication. Tone 8.

God displayed the Tent of witness, and Moses set it up on earth, and Solomon dedicated a temple with sacrifices; but we who have taken refuge in faith in the new Jerusalem, let us like David offer a divine song to him who was crucified for us, asking pardon for all in which we have sinned.

Kathisma of the Cross. Tone 4.

You have appeared today.

Your Cross, O Lord, shining like light dispels the forces of darkness; and makes bright the faithful who sing: The Cross is the boast of the world.

Glory. Of the Saint. The same melody.

The Church from the nations received you as its holy first fruits and you enlightened her by your virtuous deeds, O inspired High Priest Cornelius.

Both now. Theotokion.

With faith we shiningly celebrate the Dedication of your house, immaculate, blessed, pure, all-praised Virgin; glad in the hope we have in you, O Mother of God, we beg you to intercede ceaselessly with the Saviour, who was incarnate from you, to save our souls.

Forefeast. Ode 4. The Irmos.

Through love of your image, O Merciful, you were nailed to a Cross, and the nations melted away in fear; for you, O Lover of mankind, are my strength and my song.

Troparia

The Lord’s Cross, appearing like the sun, is worshipped by faithful men; as we greet it our souls are enlightened.

The Lord God incarnate has appeared, and, raised on the Tree, he enlightens every one who worships him, snatching them from disasters.

O Word of God, grant us pardon and forgiveness of offences, who in faith today worship your precious Cross, which is set forth.

Theotokion.

Without emptying his Father’s bosom the Word was laid as an infant in your bosom, O Maid, as he wished to refashion me, who am subject to corruption.

Of the Dedication.

The Church is sprinkled not with the slaughter of beasts, but with your precious which came from your lifebearing side, as she fittingly cries: Glory to your power, O Lord.

The tabernacles of the Lord, beloved of those who long to see the glory of your face unveiled, cry out in harmony: Glory to your power, O Lord.

In an image of the anointing of your chosen people, the most precious myron, the Church is anointed today as she receives invisibly the divine grace of the Spirit.

Theotokion.

Without wedlock you conceived, O Virgin, and after child-birth you appeared again a virgin; therefore with never silent voices and undoubting faith we cry; ‘Hail!’ to you, Sovereign lady.

Of the Saint.

Having received the grace of the Spirit, you came upon the earth like a radiant sun, all-praised Cornelius, scattering the darkness of the folly of idols.

Like a great river, Cornelius, you have flowed over all the surface of the earth, watering it by your divine teachings and drowning the weeds of polytheism.

Having become dead to all the world, all-blest Cornelius, you proclaimed the divine rising of him who died for our sakes to those dead through passions.

Theotokion.

Pure Virgin, above nature you have become the pure dwelling of the Father’s Wisdom; through whom we have now been delivered from the wickedness of the cunning one.

Forefeast. Ode 5. The Irmos.

Send down you illumination upon us, Lord, loose us from the fog of offences, and grant us your peace.

Strengthen against destructive passions, O precious Cross, us who honour you and greet you, holiest symbol of the holy Passion.

Made bright today in hearts and soul with forms of fair things, let us the faithful advance, and worship the honoured and precious wood of the Cross.

Moses once sweetened the waters of Mara, symbolising with wood you, O precious Cross, through which you let fall drops of sweetness upon mortals.

Theotokion.

O all-immaculate Virgin, intercede on our behalf with Christ, who clothed himself in material flesh from your pure blood and refashioned mortals.

Of the Dedication.

You of old on Sinai showed to Moses, who saw God, the tabernacle not made with hands, thus delineating, O Christ, your Church.

You, Lord, prepared a tabernacle upon earth; by your power you join the choirs of mortals with the ranks of heaven.

You, Lord, we know to be the fount of life; you, O Holy One, came and preached, O Christ, the gospel of peace to your Church.

Theotokion.

You, O Bride of God, we advance as an unbreakable defence against foes; you we have gained as the anchor and hope of our salvation.

Of the Saint.

Wholly dedicated to the Almighty, O High Priest, you did not ascribe honour to dumb wooden idols even when constrained by murderous men.

You called upon the unseen, most high God, Cornelius, with earnest entreaty, and greatly marvelled at, you cast down the temple of wooden abominations.

Keeping the command of the Almighty, wise Martyr, you were kept in prison and submitted to bonds; and being bound you destroyed the senseless followers of wicked faith.

Theotokion.

Bedew me, All-pure, with forgiveness of faults, visit me, who am weak and storm tossed by the troubles of life and the passions of the body.

Forefeast. Ode 6. The Irmos.

I have come to the depths of the sea, and a storm of many sins has drowned me; but as God lead my life back from corruption, as you love mankind.

As he hung on you, O Cross, the Creator was willingly pierced in the side and poured out blood and water, through which we who greet you with faith have been refashioned.

Life-endowed wood of the Cross, fount of immortality, redemption of the whole world, save us who greet you as our saving protection.

You have been given to us as an unbreakable weapon, through which we may overcome all the ambuscades of the adversaries, O divine Cross, we who reverently greet you in uprightness of soul.

Theotokion.

You were named the holy temple of him who rests in the Holy Place, O Mother of God; therefore you hallow us all who in faith hymn you, O Virgin-mother.

Of the Dedication.

Christ, the King, has now desired the beauty of the holy Church, and has shown her to the mother of the nations, adopted as sons from slavery through the Spirit.

The ranks of evil demons tremble before the Church of Christ, signed with mark of the Cross, and shaded by the hallowing brightness of the Spirit.

The Church from the nations, not with sand but with Christ as her foundation, is crowned with the unapproachable beauty, and adorned with the diadem of the Kingdom.

Theotokion.

O wonder, newer than all wonders! For a Virgin who has not known man has conceived in the womb him who controls all things, and has not been straitened.

Of the Saint.

As you purely made your prayers, you saw before you an Angel of God, who initiated you into the better things which hold salvation.

Illumined by the Spirit, High Priest Cornelius, you became a star blazing with light, bringing light by the blaze of your light to the ends of the earth.

Blest Martyr, of old darkened by error, you rejected it by your entreaty, acknowledged the Lord and your whole household received God’s cleansing.

Theotokion.

The Lord of glory was alone incarnate from your maiden blood, as he purposed to save us, O all-pure, by his goodness.

Kontakion of the Dedication. Tone 4.

You have appeared today.

The Church has been declared a heaven filled with light, which guides all the faithful to the light; standing in it we cry: Establish this house, O Lord.

The Ikos.

When the Word had come to dwell among us in the flesh, the offspring of the thunder wrote of him as follows: Radiantly we have seen in grace and truth the glory which the Son had with the Father. To as many of us as have received him in faith, he has given them all power to become children of God, who are born again, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, but brought to full growth of the Holy Spirit we have erected this house of prayer, and we cry out: Establish this house, O Lord.

Synaxarion

On the 13th of the same month, Commemoration of the Dedication of the holy [Church of the] Resurrection of our Christ and God.

Verses

New Israel fulfilling ancient law,

Honours your tomb, O Word, with dedication.

Sanctified on the thirteenth was the Temple of Christ’s Resurrection.

On the same day, Commemoration of the holy Centurion Cornelius.

Verses

Cornelius you lead from unbelief, O Christ,

The firstfruits of the faithful of the nations.

On the same day, Commemoration of the Holy Martyrs Chronidis, Leontius, Serapion, Strato, Selefkos, Macrobius, Gordian, Zotikos, Eli, Lucianus and Valerian.

Our venerable father Peter of Agrea died in peace.

The venerable Hierotheos the New, the Georgian, who flourished in 1720, met his end in peace.

Through their holy intercessions, O God, have mercy on us. Amen.

Forefeast. Ode 7. The Irmos.

Three youths in Babylon held the tyrant’s command as idle chatter, and in the midst of the fire they cried aloud: Blessed are you, the God of our fathers.

Jacob of old in blessing the children, foreshadowed you, O precious Cross; but we who now worship you, ever draw illumination.

Godly Moses with a rod prefigured you of old, O Cross, when he divided the sea; but we who now worship you, pass dryshod through the rough sea of passions.

As with heart and mouth we now embrace you, all-honoured Cross, we ever draw hallowing, health and salvation of soul and body.

Theotokion.

O blessed Virgin, intercede for us who implore you; for in you we all hope and to you we cry out: Sovereign Lady, do not neglect your flock!

 

Of the Dedication.

The flame of the furnace once became wet as dew; but now from oil a spiritual anointing hallows those who cry: Blessed are you in the temple of your glory, O Lord.

As in the furnace, the new tabernacle which receives God, all we the faithful of the spiritual Israel, fresh with dew, let us cry out: Blessed are you in the temple of your glory, O Lord.

Wounded by the sweetest divine love, let us all in this divine bridal chamber be joined with Christ the Bridegroom, as we cry out: Blessed are you, the Lord of glory.

Theotokion.

Hail, hallowed, godly tabernacle of the Most High, for through you, Mother of God, joy has been given to all who cry: Blessed are you among women, All-spotless.

Of the Saint.

You have become the first fruit of the nations, Cornelius, for you were the first to receive holy baptism and the grace of the Spirit, as before you the inspired Apostles.

Mighty wonders you performed by God’s grace; you caught for the faith those who before thought wrongly and taught them to sing: O God, blessed are you.

Hidden in the earth and covered by a bush, by your godly precepts, wise Martyr, you have been manifested, pouring out the grace of wonders and dispelling diseases.

You have been shown, Cornelius, to be a harp sweetly singing saving teachings, and delighting the souls of all, as you sing: O God, blessed are you.

Of the Trinity.

Let us all glorify the three-personned Trinity, the Father ever without beginning, the consubstantial Son and the Spirit, as we sing: O God, blessed are you.

Theotokion.

All-spotless Virgin, you appeared making human matter divine by your divine birth-giving; therefore, as is right, we faithful glorify you.

Forefeast. Ode 8. The Irmos.

Almighty Redeemer of the universe, in your condescension you bedewed the devout Youths in the midst of the flame, and taught them to sing: All you his works, bless, praise the Lord.

We now worship the saving and unbreakable weapon, the ready help and mighty aid of the faithful, the Cross of the Lord, which is set out before us.

High on a tree Moses raised the serpent, as it is written, depicting you in advance, O honoured Tree, through which we are delivered from the harm of spiritual serpents.

Life-giving, honoured Cross, you have become the illumination of our souls; for by embracing you we rout with your divine power the principalities and authorities of darkness.

Theotokion.

Let us honour the pure Virgin, who bore in a manner beyond nature the Word without beginning and uncreated for our salvation, as we cry aloud: We bless, O Virgin, your offspring.

Of the Dedication.

Today, O Lord, like a bride your Church has been clothed in a spiritual robe woven from above from divine grace and calls together her own peoples to rejoice, to sing: All you works praise the Lord.

Today Christ, the second Adam, has displayed a spiritual Paradise, this new tabernacle which contains as opposed to the tree of knowledge the lifebearing weapon of the Cross for those who sing: All you works of the Lord, bless the Lord.

Of the Trinity.

As we honour you, the Son from the Father without beginning and the Holy Spirit, one Godhead, perfect, without beginning, undivided, consubstantial, unconfused in three persons, we sing: All you works of the Lord, bless the Lord.

Theotokion.

You alone in all generations, O Virgin, have been shown as Mother of God; you became, all-spotless one, the dwelling of the Godhead, unconsumed by the fire of the unapproachable light; therefore we all bless you, Mary, Bride of God.

Of the Saint.

With uprightness of mind you sought with all your soul only the God who had appeared upon earth; therefore, inspired Martyr, you became the precious first fruits of the nations and the vessel of the Spirit.

With the coal of your words of fire, blest Martyr, you burnt up the matter of folly; therefore you have passed over to the light that knows no evening and shed your rays on all those who hymn you with love.

Lot and part, and helper and deliverer, strength and song and light has he become for you, the Word who calls all things out of non-existence, and your guidance, inspired Cornelius.

Of the Trinity.

Holy Father, holy Word, Spirit, all-holy, uncreated, undivided Trinity, save those who hymn with love your might, your kingdom and your greatness.

Theotokion.

Shower your mercies upon us, as is your wont, pure Maiden, and ask pardon of all the faults that have come upon us in knowledge and ignorance through our heedlessness.

Forefeast. Ode 9. The Irmos.

Your child-bearing was declared to be without corruption; God came from womb bearing flesh. he appeared on earth and dwelt among Of the Trinity.

Holy Father, holy Word, Spirit, all-holy, uncreated, undivided Trinity, save those who hymn with love your might, your kingdom and your greatness.

Theotokion.

Shower your mercies upon us, as is your wont, pure Maiden, and ask pardon of all the faults that have come upon us in knowledge and ignorance through our heedlessness.

Forefeast. Ode 9. The Irmos.

Your child-bearing was declared to be without corruption; God came from womb bearing flesh. he appeared on earth and dwelt among men; therefore, Mother of God, we magnify you.

Hung upon you, O Cross of the Lord, Christ truly raised the world fallen into the pit of destruction; therefore with longing we now worship, honour and glorify you.

Let us purify our souls and hearts with enduring works of good deeds, and seeing the saving wood of the Cross set forth in the midst, let us with godly thoughts worship it with faith and longing.

Like a great sun with your rays you shine on those in darkness, and scorch the demons, O fairest Cross; therefore enlighten all who worship you in faith.

Theotokion.

Shine on me with the divine light, O Virgin, dwelling place of light, driving away the darkness of my passions and the truly deepest night of pleasures, O all-holy Mother of God.

Of the Dedication.

Come and contemplating with pure heart and sober spiritual eyes the loveliness of the Church, the King’s daughter, which shines brighter tan gold, let us magnify her.

Rejoice and be glad, bride of the great King, as clearly reflecting the beauty of your bridegroom, you cry with your people: O Giver of life, we magnify you.

Grant your Church, O Saviour, the defence from on high; for she knows no other but you, who laid down your life for her of old, as with recognition she magnifies you.

Theotokion.

Hail full of grace, bride of the great King; through we have all been delivered from the curse of Eve, O pure one, and have found life in your child-bearing, bride without bridegroom.

Of the Saint.

The whole Church celebrates a sacred festival in your honoured memory, herald of Christ, for you appeared of equal rank with the Holy Disciples, for like them you inherited the Holy Spirit.

As a priest you were adorned with the doctrines of true religion; you became like the divine ministers of God; but, blest and most holy, you are ever a source of streams of healing, as you bring the diseases of men to an end.

Robed in a garment of salvation, which Christ wove by being incarnate, you now in joy traverse the kingdom above and see clearly the inconceivable beauty of the Bridegroom, admirable Martyr.

Your precious grave, like a spring, pours out healing for the faithful in abundance, Cornelius, it frightens away the evil spirits and gives light to the eyes of all those who praise you with faith.

Theotokion.

Most-pure Sovereign Lady, protection that cannot be shamed, who gave birth to the light which shone forth from the light, ask enlightenment for me and scatter far from me the darkness of temptations and pleasures.

Exapostilarion.

Willingly raised on the Cross on Golgotha, the Lord has worked our salvation and renewed all creation; he was placed in a life-receiving grave and arose, as God, on the third day, the dedication of whose bright and holy rising we all celebrate with the ranks of the bodiless powers.

Another. To the same melody.

The Lord and God, willingly incarnate has worked salvation through the Cross in the midst of the earth for the renewal of the world; laid in a grave, he rose on the third day, and as an earnest of life, he shows forth his rising, whose dedication we celebrate in faith with the Angels of God.

Theotokion. To the same melody.

With gladness we cry ‘Hail’ to you, O Virgin; hail Adam’s redemption and Eve’s; hail through whom mortal nature has been exalted to the glory beyond the world of your Son and God; hail through whom he is ever worshipped in heaven by Angels, O all-praised Mary, Mother of God.

At Lauds we insert 6 Verses

and we sing the following Prosomia. Tone 4.

Today the divine, sacred, honoured and light-bearing house of the resurrection of Christ is shiningly dedicated; and the divine tomb distributes life to the world and furnishes an immortal fount; it gushes forth streams of grace; bursts forth rivers of wonders; grants healings to those who hymn it with faith.

The brilliant, shining beam has blazed from on high and enlightens all things; faithfully then let us all honour the Resurrection of Christ the Creator, and let us feast with hymns and celebrate with psalms the life-bearing divine festival of the sacred Dedication, that we find the Saviour and Lord full of mercy.

Bidden to contemplate the holy sceptre of the Cross exalted in the midst of the earth, let us purify our souls, make our minds shine, let us be made bright with light, and gleaming with divine power let us hymn Christ, who grants hallowing through the honoured wood to those who honour him in faith and devoutly sing him.

Other Idiomel Verses. Tone 1. By Monk John.

Be renewed, be dedicated, O new Jerusalem; for the glory and light of the Lord have risen upon you. For the Father has built this house; the Son has established this house; the Holy Spirit has renewed this house, the Spirit which enlightens and strengthens and hallows our souls.

The same tone. By Anatolios.

Of old when Solomon dedicated the temple he offered you, Lord, sacrifices and holocausts of irrational beasts; but when you were well-pleased, O Saviour, to put an end to types and to make known the truth, he offers to your glory unbloody sacrifices, the ends of the world; for you are Master of all things and you hallow all things by the Holy Spirit.

Tone 4. By Monk John.

Today the Church from the nations is dedicated by the precious and life-flowing blood from the pure and immaculate side of him who took flesh from the Holy Virgin, Christ our God; therefore let the assembled choirs of us the faithful glorify the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, the one Godhead which governs the whole universe.

Glory. Tone 3.

Come back to yourself, O mortal; become new instead of old; feast the rededication of your soul. Now is the time: let your way of life be renewed. The ancient things have passed away; lo, all things have become new. Bear this fruit for the feast: making the change to a fair change. In this way is mankind renewed, in this way the day of Dedication honoured.

Both now. The same Tone. By Monk John.

Christ, our God, you accepted your voluntary crucifixion for the general resurrection of the human race, and by the reed of the Cross you stained your own fingers with streams of scarlet dye, in your love for mankind signing our remission like a king. Do not despise us in our danger, nor our repeated separation from you; but take pity, O only long-suffering, on your people in distress; and arise, make war on those who war against us, as you alone are all-powerful.

Great Doxology, and Dismissal.

?14 Sept. Elevation of the Cross?

23 Sept. The Conception of the Prophet Baptist John.

At Vespers

At Lord, I have cried, we insert 6 Stichera and sing Prosomia, doubling them.

Tone 4. Called from the highest.

As godlike Zachary was serving as priest and was within the most sacred temple and offering up the requests of the people to the Benefactor and All-compassionate, he saw a godlike Angel, who cried out to him: Your prayer and supplication have been heard. Courage, old man, and do not disbelieve me. For you will have a child, a divine Forerunner, greater than all those born of women, who will go before the Christ in the power of Elias.

Strange you appear to me in aspect and manner, strange too in words and tidings, answered Zachary. For I have come to ask salvation for the people, not to gain a child, as you announce. I find you quite the converse of my requests and I suspect that you may not speak the truth; for how will what you say be confirmed? The members of Elizabeth are deadened, and my own old age now counsels disbelief.

Why do you not believe my words, Zachary, saying that I bring good tidings that are false? I am God’s Archangel. The things that I have been ordered to, these I now tell as I stand here with you. But since you have doubted and have not believed, you will be dumb and without speech, until you see the divine outcome of my words. But when Elizabeth bears you a child, the voice of the Word, the great Forerunner, your tongue will be clear and you will bless the God of Israel.

Glory. Tone 6. By Vyzantios.

Today from a barren womb the fruit of prayer has sprouted, John the Forerunner. Wilderness rejoice, humanity dance; the herald of repentance begins to take flesh in his mother’s womb. Come rejoicing in his glorious conception, lovers of feasts, let us dance as we cry out: You are the greatest of those born of women; do not cease to intercede for those who with faith honour your divine conception, that we may find atonement for sins and God’s great mercy.

Both now. Theotokion.

Who will not call you blessed, All-holy Virgin? Who will not sing the praise of your child-birth without labour? For the only-begotten Son, who shone from the Father beyond time, came forth from you, pure Maiden, ineffably incarnate. By nature he is God, by nature he became man for our sake, not divided in a duality of persons, but known without confusion in a duality of natures. O honoured and all-blessed, implore him to have mercy on our souls.

At the Aposticha, Prosomia. Tone 6. Having laid aside.

As the holy priest and Prophet, went in holiness to the Holy of Holies, a holy Angel stood by him, as it is written, and addressed him saying: Your prayer has been heard, and now Elizabeth’s barrenness is being abolished, and she will give birth for you, old man, to a son, John the Forerunner, lamp of Elias, Prophet of the Most High and voice of the Word who dawned from a Virgin, Child of God.

Verse: And you child will be called the Prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways.

Tell me quite plainly, how shall I know this? the most blessed elder answered the Angel. For, as you see, I am full of years; Elizabeth is barren. How then do you utter words to me beyond nature? I am amazed. Now I suspect that you are not speaking the truth at all, my friend. Away with you, for I am beseeching the salvation of the people, not to obtain a child, a thing hard to admit.

Verse: To serve him in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life.

I am a Archangel of God Almighty, my name is Gabriel, said the Bodiless One to the old man. Now be dumb and practise silence, for you have not believed my words. But when your wife bears you a the trumpet of the Word the Spirit will instruct your tongue and you will cry out most clearly: You, child, will be called Prophet of the Most High, by grace to prepare beforehand his paths, as he has been well pleased.

Glory. Tone 6.

An Angel you came forth from barren loins, O Baptist, from your swaddling bands you dwelt in the wilderness and were declared seal of all the Prophets, for you were counted worthy to baptize in Jordan the One whom they had contemplated in divers manners and proclaimed beforehand in riddles. And you heard the voice of the Father from heaven bearing witness to his sonship; and you saw the Spirit in the form of a dove drawing down the voice upon the One baptized. But, O higher than all the Prophets, do not cease to intercede for us who celebrate with faith your memorial.

Both now. Theotokion.

Mother of God, you are the true vine who gave bud to the fruit of life; we implore you, Sovereign Lady, with the Forerunner and all the Saints, that God may have mercy on our souls.

Apolytikion. Tone 4. Speedily anticipate.

Be glad, O barren one, who before did not bear child, for see, you have conceived for the sun a lamp that is about to enlighten the whole inhabited world, sick with blindness. Dance Zachary, cry aloud with boldness: The one to be born is Prophet of the Most High!

Theotokion.

The mystery hidden from all eternity and unknown to Angels, has been revealed to those on earth through you, O Mother of God: God being made flesh in a union without confusion, and willingly accepting the Cross for us, through which he raised the first-formed man and saved our souls from death.

At Matins

After the 1st Reading from the Psalter, Kathisma.

Tone 5. Let us believers praise.

Elizabeth was freed from barrenness, while the Virgin remained still a virgin, when at Gabriel’s voice each of them conceived in the womb; but the Forerunner John leapt in the womb when he recognized beforehand his God and Master incarnate in a virgin womb for our salvation

Glory. The Same.

Both now. Theotokion. The same.

Hail holy mountain on which God has walked; hail living bush and unconsumed by fire; hail the world’s only bridge to God, who lead mortals over to eternal life; hail Maiden undefiled, who bore without wedlock the salvation of our souls.

After the 2nd Reading from the Psalter, Kathisma.

Tone 4. Speedily anticipate.

The desert-loving dove, the sacred Baptist, who preached repentance and revealed Christ become man, has been born, a patron for all who sin, unfailingly helping all who are storm-tossed. At his entreaties, O Christ, save your world.

Glory. The Same.

Both now. Theotokion. The same.

You alone bore the Maker of the universe, you alone adorned humanity by your child-bearing, O Immaculate. Deliver me from the snares of crafty Beliar, stand me on the rock of Christ’s wishes, as you insistently entreat him to whom you gave a body.

The Canons, one from the Oktoichos and one of the Saint.

A composition of John of Damascus.

If you wish say also the Katavasias:

I will open my mouth.

Ode 1. Tone 6. As on dry land.

Shoot of a barren woman, pluck from my barren soul my fruitless thoughts as I begin to praise your Conception in a barren womb.

When he entered the temple sacred Zachary saw a divine Angel who clearly revealed to him: Priest, you will have a son in great old age, the Forerunner.

The brilliant lamp of the glory of Elias, the great Forerunner, begins to shine in his mother’s womb. Through him the darkness of passions and the bonds of sterility have been loosed.

Theotokion.

Seeing the Master being carried in your womb, all-pure Mother of God, John, as his Forerunner, clearly leapt for joy in his mother’s womb.

Ode 3. None is holy.

The barren woman today conceives a sacred fruit, which afterwards is going by grace to cut out with the spiritual axe all fruitlessness of souls.

Struck dumb within the temple, great Zachary by a fearful message acquires the voice of the Word, and radiantly magnifies the compassionate Lord.

The glorious Forerunner, who showed to all the safe path of repentance, sprouts in his mother’s womb at the behest of the Angel by divine counsel and beyond hope.

Theotokion.

As he recognised Christ being carried in the womb of the Virgin, the issue of a barren woman leapt, foretelling the joy that had come to dwell on earth to ransom all from despair.

The Irmos.

’None is holy but you, O Lord my God, who exalt the horn of your faithful, O Good One, and establish us on the rock of your confession.’

Kathisma. Tone 4. Joseph was amazed.

To Zachary the priest, as he offered incense in the temple, Gabriel appeared from heaven and said to him: In old age you will have a glorious fruit, and Elizabeth’s former barrenness and infertile lack of offspring will be at once unloosed, and she will conceive and bear the herald and Forerunner of Jesus. At their intercessions, Saviour of the world, save our souls.

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Joseph was amazed as he contemplated what was beyond nature, and at your conceiving without seed, Mother of God, he called to mind the shower on the fleece, the bush unburned by fire, Aaron’s rod that blossomed. And your betrothed and guardian bore witness and cried to the priests: A Virgin bears a child and after childbirth remains still a Virgin.

Ode 4. Christ my power.

The voice of an Angel sacredly announced beforehand to the priest that you would spring from a barren womb as truly the messenger of Christ’s coming, blest Forerunner.

Before you were childless and did not give birth, now rejoice, O barren one, because full of all praise you will bear fruit, Christ’s Baptist and Forerunner, wondrous Elizabeth

With the axe of your supplication, O Forerunner, pluck out the thorns of my passions and the stumbling blocks of my thoughts, and make my mind fruitful with virtues, O all-blessed.

Theotokion.

The womb of the Virgin was carrying you who carry the universe, when the Baptist, being carried in the womb, worshipped you, O Christ, and leaped rejoicing.

Ode 5. By your divine light.

To the Prophet, as he was entering the Sanctuary and offering the service according to the law to the Maker, a holy Angel appeared, announcing the divine conception of the Forerunner.

How will this be to me more clearly? For I an old man, as you see, and I have a barren wife, said Zachary to the Archangel, the words you speak to me are contrary to nature.

Look to Abraham’s Sara; see how she gave birth to Isaac in old age, my friend, and fittingly believe what is said, the great Angel answered the old man.

Theotokion.

Blessed are you among women, O full of God’s grace, Elizabeth cried out to you, because I know that you bear in your womb without man and alone remain incorrupt after childbirth.

Ode 6. As I watch the sea of life.

My mind is full of doubt and I do not believe your words, the priest said to the Archangel; for I asked salvation for the people, not fruit from my loins.

The Fashioner of nature, King of the Angels, replied the minister, has been well-pleased for you to beget the Messenger of his coming; do not disbelieve my words, my friend.

Your form is of fire, your appearance terrifying and your word wondrous, said Zachary to the minister; but yet I do not believe you as you speak strange words beyond nature.

Theotokion.

The lamp, recognizing the Sun hidden in the cloud of his mother’s womb, himself in the sombre dwelling of the womb, rejoicing worshipped him and leapt for joy.

The Irmos.

’As I watch the sea of life rising with the storm of temptations, I hasten to your fair haven and cry out to you: Bring my life up from corruption, O most merciful’

Kontakion. Tone 1. The angelic Choir.

Great Zachary with far-famed Elizabeth his wife is radiantly glad, for worthily she conceives John the Forerunner, of whom an Archangel brought the good tidings rejoicing, and whom we humans fittingly honour as an initiate of grace.

The Ikos.

Let us open the sacred Gospel, which holy and wondrous Luke wrote for us, and let us contemplate the radiant and notable conception of the Forerunner. For, he says, when the Elder and righteous Zachary entered the Holy of Holies to offer incense at the moment of the daily service, Gabriel appeared to him brining good tidings and saying: You have a son, Hierarch, in your old age, the Prophet and Forerunner, voice and herald, ever-lighted lamp and initiate of grace.

Synaxarion

On the 23rd of the same month, the Conception of the holy and glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John.

Verses

Archangel’s message to a Prophet was:

Prophet you will beget and more than that.

The godlike Chief Captain Gabriel brought the good tidings of this divine conception to the prophet and priest Zachary. ’Your supplication has been heard’ he said; so from this he foretold, by reason of the marvel of the old age and barrenness of Elizabeth, the divine and virginal child-bearing of the immaculate Mother of God.

On the same day, Commemoration of the holy Martyrs Andrew, John, Peter and Antony, who attained perfection in Africa.

Verses

For the Word’s sake, of old pierced with one lance,

Andrew endured being pierced by lances twain.

Error John made his foe and being slain

Slaughtered the foe and with him error too.

Peter and Antony like solid rocks [petrai]

Stoutly endured their rending limb from limb.

On the same day, Commemoration of the holy Virgin Martyr Raпs.

Verses

Longing to see God’s beauty Raпs gave

The beauty of her flesh up to the sword.

On the same day, Commemoration of the Venerable women Xanthippe and Polyxena, sisters by blood.

Verses

To be their fellows Angel choirs now take

Xanthippe and Polyxena her kin.

On the same day the holy new martyr Nicolas the grocer, who was martyred in Constantinople in 1672 and died by the sword.

At their holy intercessions, O God, have mercy on us. Amen.

Ode 7. The Angel made the furnace like dew.

As you have not believed my words receive dumbness for all to see; and when you see the voice of the Word being brought to birth, receive your voice again, crying out: Blessed are you, the God of Israel.

United to the moon, Elizabeth, Zachary, shining brightly like the sun, begot the resplendent lamp of the light which shines for us who are dreadfully held fast in the darkness of the passions.

Using his leapings as words, Christ’s great Prophet worshipped you in the Virgin’s womb, carried himself in Elizabeth’s womb, O Jesu, God of our Fathers.

Theotokion.

The moon, Elizabeth, carrying within her a divine star, the Forerunner, worshipped Mary, the cloud of light, who bore the Sun, Christ, incarnate of you to save us.

Ode 8. You poured dew from the flame.

The friend of the Bridegroom is being made ready, the voice of the Word begins to be, and is nourished by barren loins, he the great soldier of the universal King.

A husbandman has flowered for barren hearts, the axe of the passions is already being forged, the august calf is being fattened by self-mastery, the great Forerunner. Peoples rejoice.

As of old you loosed the bonds of sterility, O Baptist, so loose the stiffness of my mind and make me sprout with fruits of repentance and live to the ages.

Theotokion.

As Elizabeth contemplated you, O Maiden, bearing child, inspired by God she rejoiced, while the unborn child within her leapt as he recognized his Master.

Irmos.

’You poured dew from the flame for the Holy Youths and the Just Prophet’s sacrifice you burned up with water, for you do all things, O Christ, by your will alone. We highly exalt you to all the ages.’

Ode 9. No human can see God.

The great and godlike Forerunner of Christ, having now opened the sterile gates, dwells in his mother’s womb as in a palace. Like a soldier he will come forth ahead of the universal King to prepare his ways.

Prophet of God, old man, dance, you will have a son, than whom no greater among mortals has arisen, John the Lord’s Forerunner. Elizabeth, leap for joy; all the earth be glad as you bring your praise to God the Maker of all things.

As we sing your praise with faith, now remember us, Prophet and Forerunner of the Lord, rescuing us from passions of the soul, saving us from dangers and in a manner fitting God guiding us to heaven’s path, O ever-blessed.

Theotokion.

Elizabeth recognised you, pure Mother, when she perceived that she herself had been loosed from sterile bonds, and that she was carrying in her womb the Forerunner of the One who made his dwelling in your womb, O immaculate Virgin, Mary full of God’s grace.

’It is impossible for humans to see God, on whom the ranks of Angels dare not gaze. But through you, All-pure one, the incarnate Word has been seen by mortals. As we magnify Him, with the heavenly armies we call you blessed.’

Exapostilarion. With the Disciples let us go.

The glorious conception of the Forerunner foretells the King who is to be born of a Virgin, as he from the fruitless and barren Elizabeth and the old man and priest, the famous Zachary. At their prayers and those of the Mother of God and John your Baptist, Lord, save and take pity on us all.

Theotokion. Same melody.

With one accord, O all-pure, we who have been redeemed from the ancient curse through your divine child-bearing, cry out to you the ’Hail’ of the august Archangel: Hail, redemption of Adam, Virgin Mother of God. Hail, honoured one, through whom we have been delivered from death. Hail, through whom we have found the kingdom of heaven.

At Lauds, Prosomia.

Tone 1. Joy of the heavenly hosts.

Creation rejoices at your conception, Forerunner and Prophet, Baptist John; for your divine birth is a sign for us of the Master’s nativity; and therefore we who are upon earth with one accord as is fitting sing your praise. (Twice)

The Angel, having found as a wondrous testimony the conception by the barren woman, brings it to Mary, offering it as confirmation. And so let us also sing the praise of Elizabeth, once childless, and Zachary her spouse and John.

The lamp prepared by God of the eternal light, the friend of the Bridegroom, the great Morning Star of the Sun of glory, the living voice of God the Word, the Forerunner of the coming of the Lord is now conceived at the message of an Angel.

Glory. Both now. Tone 6.

Elizabeth conceived the Forerunner of grace, the Virgin the Lord of glory. The mothers greeted one another and the infant leapt for joy. For within the slave was praising the Master. Marvelling the mother of the Forerunner began to cry aloud: Whence is this to me, that the Mother of my Lord should come to me? That he, who alone has great mercy, may save a people in despair.

Great Doxology and Dismissal.

At the Liturgy, Typika and from the 3rd and 6th Odes of the Canon etc.

Communion.

The just will be held in eternal memory.

 

24 Sept. Commemoration of Martyr Thekla.

At Vespers

At Lord, I have cried, we insert 6 stichera, and we sing the following Prosomia.

Tone 8.

Lord, though at the window Thekla was transfixed by your love, yet standing in spirit by your throne in the highest she was amazed at your incomparable beauty, who took flesh in your love for mankind that you might save our souls.

Lord, though to the Apostle in bondage Thekla hastened, yet she shook off the bond of striving for earthly things; and captured by the might of your love she was bound steadfast to you, the Saviour of our souls.

Lord, though from her teacher Thekla was not willingly isolated, yet she had you present with her at the moment of the contest; and stripped naked of her robe she was covered by your glory, and crowned at your hands she shields our souls.

Lord, though to the fire your chaste Protomartyr was condemned, yet she was not consumed by it, for she had obtained you as gentle moisture, and she remained unharmed among many wild beasts, guarded by your hand, O Saviour of our souls.

Glory. Tone 6.

By Anatolios. Some say Andrew of Jerusalem.

All-blessed Thekla, companion of Paul and fellow-athlete of Stephen, by your athletic struggles you trampled down the foe, and as a martyr having smashed his devices, you escaped Thamyris and were wedded to Christ, the true lover. Protomartyr of Christ among women, as you have boldness, rescue from dangers the souls of us who faithfully celebrate your memory.

Both now. Theotokion.

You are my sure refuge, my hope and protection, chaste Virgin-mother; make haste then with speed and deliver me from the ills which beset me on every side.

Or Cross-Theotokion.

When she saw you crucified, O Christ, she who bore you lamented and cried out as a mother: My Son and my God, my sweetest child, how do you bear shameful suffering?

Aposticha. Tone 1.

Far-famed Protomartyr and Equal of the Apostles, glory of women martyrs, fair virgin Thekla, by your supplications that are powerful with God heal the dread passions and bruises of my soul, I cry to you, and snatch me from the unquenchable fire.

Verse: Her sound has gone out into the all the world; and her words to the ends of the earth.

The almighty, divine power of Christ through a cloud that gave birth to rain quenched the flame, bedewing you, Thekla, as a believer and justly consuming unbelievers and, delivering you from being torn apart by wild beasts and bulls, it glorified you.

Verse: And he has stationed my feet upon a rock.

Filled with longing for the immaculate Bridegroom, all-fair in his beauty, you denied your suitor, Thekla, following the words of Paul, the groomsman of the Church. Raised up with him to the sphere of all-delight, you were betrothed to the One for whom you longed.

Glory. Tone 8. By Anatolios.

You trampled down the assaults of lions, and shaming Thamaris you followed your Bridegroom, Protomartyr and Apostle, as you cried out: I have run in the fragrance of your myrrh, O Christ. And so, hastening after Paul, you received the gift of grace from heaven and inherited the garland of victory from God, judge of the contest, and you intercede without ceasing that he bestow pardon of offences on those who celebrate with faith your sacred memorial.

Both now. Theotokion.

My hope and my protector, fervent assistance and my refuge, you are the salvation of the faithful, all-immaculate, pure Lady; therefore I also flee to you, crying out and shouting to you: I have sinned. Save me, O Maiden, save me as alone truly the surety of those who sin.

Or Cross-Theotokion.

I cannot bear to see you, my Child, who give awakening to all, sleeping in death upon a tree, so that to those who of old through the transgression of the fruit fell into destroying slumber you may grant divine and saving awakening, cried the grieving Virgin, whom we magnify.

Apolytikion. Tone 4.

O Jesu, your lamb cries aloud: O my Bridegroom, I long for you; and seeking you I struggle, and I am crucified and buried with you in your baptism; and I suffer for your sake, that I may reign with you; and I die for you, that I may live in you; but as a spotless victim now accept one who with longing is slain for you. Through her prayers, as you are merciful, save our souls!

At Matins

The normal Reading from the Psalter and the Canons of the Oktoichos [to 8], and of the Saint [to 6], of which the Acrostic, without the Theotokia is:

First woman Martys is glorified.

A Composition by Monk John.

Ode 1. Tone 8. Let us sing to the Lord.

First Woman Martyr’s far-famed struggles tongue’s sound has not the strength to tell; for it is far too weak to raise a worthy hymn.

It has ceased, the scornful boasting of the tyrant; for in Christ women, like heroes, devoutly stood against him.

Resounded in her ears, all-blessed Paul, your ineffable preaching of the gospel; and so the virgin has been betrothed to Christ.

Theotokion.

All-immaculate Mother of God, who bore beyond nature the eternal and divine Word incarnate, we hymn you.

Ode 3. You are the foundation.

So far beyond thought, all-honoured virgin, the love by which in Christ, united by the Spirit, you were bound to Paul.

The pleasurable enjoyment of earthly things had no strength to wound your mind, wounded by spiritual love.

Wholly you had abandoned the passions of the flesh, all-praised Champion, and so you were not softened by your mother’s words.

Theotokion.

By your intercessions, O All-pure, give us help, driving off the assaults of dread misfortunes.

The Irmos.

You are the foundation, Lord, of those who have recourse to you. you are the light of those in darkness, and my spirit sings your praise.

Kathisma. Tone 8. The Wisdom and Word.

With longing for Christ through virtues you changed woman’s weakness to manly courage, and became through both the dwelling place of God: for you curtailed the darkness of the passions by an ascetic life, and as a martyr you became the boast of the contest; therefore you also shine as a beacon for the world, doubly flashing forth the beams of the Spirit. All-praised Protomartyr, intercede with Christ God that forgiveness of offences may be given to those who celebrate with love your holy memory.

Glory. Both now. Theotokion. The same melody.

As Virgin and the one who alone among women bore God in the flesh without seed all generations of mankind call you blessed; for the fire of the Godhead dwelt in you and you suckled as a babe the Creator and Lord; therefore we, the race of Angels and of men, fittingly glorify your all-holy Offspring, and in consort cry to you: Intercede with your Son and God that forgiveness of offences may be bestowed on those who celebrate with love your holy memory.

Or Cross-Theotokion.

When she saw the Lamb and Shepherd and Redeemer on the Cross, with tears the Ewe-lamb lamented and bitterly cried out: The world rejoices, for it receives redemption, but my inmost being burns as I see your crucifixion, which you endure through your compassionate mercy. O long-suffering Lord, the depth of mercy and the well of goodness, be merciful, then, and bestow forgiveness of sins on your servants who hymn in faith your immaculate passion.

Ode 4. I heard, Lord.

O all-wise Thekla, when you were betrothed to Thamyris, the bridesman Paul joined you as a spotless virgin to the heavenly Bridegroom.

Moved far from earthly love by Paul’s words of true religion, Thamyris’s words, O Martyr, you mocked as lunacy.

Adam’s race was blessed by being sprinkled with God’s blood; while Eve rejoices when she sees the serpent falling to women.

Now longing for purity the Champion rejected all the pleasures of life: wealth, race and beauty, and a fair suitor.

Theotokion.

As you are sinless, grant us pardon of our follies, O God, and give peace to the world at the intercessions of her who gave birth to you .

Ode 5. Rising at dawn we cry to you.

Martyr Thekla, all-blessed, you ran the arduous race of the athlete and were found worthy of the prize.

And now the cunning dragon has been despoiled: for through godlike sufferings the virgin was being taught obedience.

Right godly boldness overcame your modesty; for the fire of the Trinity had set your heart ablaze.

Theotokion.

We sing your praise as Virgin after childbirth, Mother of God; for you bore for the world God the Word in the flesh.

Ode 6. I pour out my entreaty.

The weakness of a girl’s nature was made strong by the Saviour’s power, for with longing for God she left off the ornaments of youth and boldly by night ran seeking the sweet-scented teachings of her Lover.

Yet by her own desire the far-famed first Champion Thekla marvellously exchanged the bridal chambers of marriage to dwell in the malefactors’ prison; for her longing for the Maker conquered the loves of creatures.

Spiritually the Martyr kissed the bonds of her inspired Teacher; in the prison, as in a God-filled meadow, watered by his words she grew and truly bore the fairest fruit for the Master.

Theotokion.

All-holy Virgin Mother of God, do not cease to intercede for us, for you are the support of the faithful, and we are strengthened by your hope, and with longing we glorify you and the One who ineffably took flesh from you.

The Irmos.

I pour out my entreaty to the Lord and I shall declare to him all my troubles, for my life has been filled with evils and my soul has come near to Hades; and like Jonas I beg: Lead me up from corruption, O God.

Kontakion. Tone 8.

You shone out with the beauty of virginity, you were adorned with a crown of martyrdom, you were entrusted with the work of an apostle, glorious Virgin; and you changed the fire’s flame to dew, while by prayer you tamed the raging of the bull as victorious first Champion.

The Ikos.

The brilliance of an honoured feast brightly outshines the sun; for blazing with beams of light it is mirrored in the eyes of the faithful; therefore as we dance with the Angels, let us all shout aloud to God our Saviour, as we cry to him: You have multiplied your mercies, O Saviour, by giving a perfect gift to your people: the victorious first Champion.

Synaxarion.

On the 24th of the same month, Commemoration of the Holy Great Martyr and Equal of the Apostles Thekla.

Verses.

He saved you, Thekla, when he rent the rock,

He at whose passion once the rocks were rent.

‘Twas on the twenty fourth day that a rock enfolded great Thekla.

She was from the city of Iconium; her mother was Theokleia of a noble and famous family. She was instructed in the word of the faith by the great Apostle Paul, when he was teaching in the house of Onesiphoros. When she came to the faith she was eighteen years old and betrothed to one Thamyris. Despising the fire into which she was cast, and her mother and her suitor, she followed Paul. After this, when at Antioch, she was condemned to the beasts by Alexander and cast to the bulls to be torn apart; but Christ delivered her from them all by his grace. She preached the Lord Jesus Christ in different cities and brought many people to faith in Christ, finally she came to her own fatherland. There she lived on one of the mountains and left this life, a rock opening up and receiving her. The whole span of her life was ninety years.

On the same day, Commemoration of our venerable Father Copris.

Verses.

No dung was Copris [dung], but another bunch

Of grapes that brought fair blossom to the Lord.

He was born on a dung heap outside the monastery of the great Theodosios, the Koinoviarch, of a woman who was being pursued by the Hagarenes with a large number of others of the neighbourhood, who fled to the Saint for safety. After the passage of the infidels the monks found the new born child on the dung-heap and, on the order of the great Theodosios, they adopted him and named him Copris; he was nurtured on the milk of a goat. When it reckoned that the time had come to suckle the child it would come down of its own from the mountain, and after it had suckled him, it returned again. This it did until the child was strong enough for stronger food.

When he had thus reached maturity he was well-loved by the great Theodosios; and so he was worthy of the Holy Spirit, and having kept intact that which is according to the image, he made wild beasts subject to him; for once finding a she-bear in the garden eating the lettuces, he took it by the ear, and kept safe by the prayer of the great saint led it outside. On another occasion he was going up the mountain with the donkey to collect wood, as he used to do the collecting, when a she bear appeared and struck the beast in the thigh. Copris seized the bear and loaded the wood onto it with the words: ‘I’m not letting you go; for you’ll do the donkey’s service until it gets well’. And by the prayer of the great saint the bear was subject to him, and carried the wood. Once when he was on duty in the kitchen the brass cauldron was boiling over and the lentils were spilling out. Unable easily to find the usual stick of wood, he plunged in his bare hand and stopped the boiling, and remained unharmed.

When he was ninety years old he shone among those Fathers like the sun, adorned with priesthood and with every kind of virtue, and standing in a secret spot he would offer prayers to the Lord, so that the great Theodosios, after his departure to the Lord, also appeared going with him and chanting with him, and finally he said to him: ‘See, brother Copris, the time for your release has arrived; come to us in the place of rest that has been prepared for you’. When the admirable saint heard this, a few days later he grew weak, and having greeted the Holy Fathers he departed in peace to the Lord.

Commemoration of the miracle that took place through the Mother of God on the island of Cythera, where the icon of the Mother of God found in the myrtles cured a paralytic.

At their holy intercessions, O God have mercy upon us. Amen.

Ode 7. The Youths from Judea.

In longing as to a prisoner, All-blessed virgin, you were bound to Paul; with songs unchained in harmony you sang in faith devoutly with him: God of our Fathers, blessed are you.

Standing with Paul before unjust tribunals, fair virgin, with longing for the Master you cast away shame and in ecstasy cried out: God of our Fathers, blessed are you.

Giving your body to the furnace, O Martyr, through longing for God, by the power of the One you longed for you remained unburned as you sang: God of our Fathers, blessed are you.

Lo, a rain-bearing cloud, having quenched the flame with shower and hail, justly burns the senseless and saves the Martyr as she sings: God of our Fathers, blessed are you.

Theotokion.

You appeared incarnate from a virgin womb for our salvation; therefore, knowing your Mother to be Mother of God, with thanksgiving we cry: God of our Fathers, blessed are you.

Ode 8. The King of heaven.

O Virgin Martyr, strange seemed your thought; for you dwelt in a tomb as if in Eden, as you sang the praise of Christ to the ages.

Refusing that the bright beauty of your virginity be darkened, you chose to die, and now you live to the ages.

Intimately linked with Christ, the life-giving and supernatural Bridegroom, you chose wild beasts, first Champion, as guardians of your virginity.

Flinging aside your garment of corruption, Christ’s well-equipped competitor reached a life without decay to the ages.

Theotokion.

The One who came down from heaven and dwelt in a virgin womb, praise and highly exalt to all the ages.

The Irmos.

The King of heaven, whom the ranks of Angels praise, praise and highly exalt to all the ages.

Ode 9. Mother of God most High.

Is there any who would not marvel, Protomartyr, at your indomitable courage? For having tamed the passions, wild beasts of the mind, you did not quail before the impotent assaults of wild beasts, but remained in their midst unharmed.

Even the sheer untrodden rock was rent by God’s command for the god-bearing Martyr, sealed as God’s bride by the bath of rebirth; and like a bridal chamber for the fugitive it received her in its arms.

Doctor the bruises of my soul, First Champion; crown the world with peace, giving victories to our faithful Sovereign against hostile barbarians and peace to the Churches by your supplications.

Theotokion.

Sovereign Lady, slay my sin that still lives, give life to the death of soul by the force of the true Life born from your womb through ineffable compassion for those who devoutly magnify you.

The Irmos.

Mother of God most High, who knew not wedlock, who through a word conceived beyond understanding the true God, who are higher than the immaculate Powers, with never silent hymns of glory we magnify you.

Exapostilarion. Women hear.

Fair virgin, strengthened by the divine teachings of God’s herald Paul, you despised a corruptible suitor and followed Paul, O much-tried Protomartyr Thekla, Equal of the Apostles; therefore you have won from Christ the crown of victory.

Theotokion. To the same melody.

We, who have been saved through you, rightly confess you, Lady, to be Mother of God; for you conceived ineffably the God who abolished death through the Cross, drawing to himself armies of Martyrs. With them, O Virgin, we sing your praise.

At Lauds, Idiomel Stichera.

Tone 1. By Anatolios.

The stadium of the contest lies before us to-day. Peoples, let us dance and let us observe the wondrous deeds that are accomplished there; for a spotless lamb, the fair virgin and bride of God Thekla is brought out for slaughter for the sake of Christ our God who was slaughtered; and so by the faith of the Trinity she destroyed the godlessness of tyrants and, as she dances with the Angels, she intercedes with the Saviour that our souls may be saved.

By Anatolios.

Brave champion Thekla, with Christ as your Bridegroom in heaven, you despised your earthly suitor; for wisely you did not yield to a mother’s flatteries, but followed Paul, taking on your shoulders the standard of the Cross. The fire did not harm you; you changed the savagery of the wild beasts to tameness; you slew seals by the descent into Christ that is holy Baptism. But, as you were distinguished by noble contests, do not cease to intercede continually with the Lord for those who in faith celebrate your ever-honoured memory.

Tone 4. By Anatolios.

You dedicated yourself to the all-powerful will; strengthened as Christ’s champion and abandoning earthly love, you were declared the lamp of eternal life; you are a blessed bridal chamber, in which flocks of women, having found the entrance to eternal life take their rest. With them, Apostle Thekla, intercede for our souls.

Tone 4. By Anatolios.

Lovers of martyrs, strike up the dance, for the season of contests is upon us, and the yearly memorial of the Protomartyr, which urges all to give glory to God: for Thekla, the first of Martyrs among women, has accomplished her contest, is the first to be declared the victor and she intercedes with boldness for our souls.

Glory. Tone 4.

Protomartyr of Christ, it was not only the races of mankind that marvelled but wild beasts too were astonished. For you the flames were not reckoned as flames, fair virgin Thekla, because of your Bridegroom Christ, for you were glad as you suffered for him and were parted from the world that you might gain the blessedness of heaven as you intercede with boldness for our souls.

Both now. Theotokion.

Bedew my understanding, All-pure Lady, with the showers of the Holy Spirit. As you bore Christ, the drop who wipes away the measureless lawlessness of mortals, dry up the source of my passions and make me worthy, O All-immaculate, of the torrent of eternal delight.

Or Cross-Theotokion.

When she saw you nailed to the Cross, O Lord, your lamb and Mother was amazed and cried: My Son, so dearly loved, what is this sight? Is this how the lawless, disobedient people that enjoyed your wonders rewards you? But glory, Master, to your ineffable condescension.

Aposticha, Stichera from the Oktoichos.

Glory. Tone 2. By Anatolios.

Come, lovers of contests, let us honour with hymns Thekla, the Protomartyr, the boast of women; for she trampled down the hostile adversary with the power of the Cross, and, having won the victory, deserved her crown. And so the Champion implores that those who celebrate with faith and love her memory may be delivered from dangers and from the judgement to come.

Both now. Theotokion. When from the Tree.

Truly we have no other mighty refuge, tower of strength and invincible wall but you, All-pure Virgin. To you we flee and to you we cry: Help us, Sovereign Lady, lest we perish. Show to all your grace, the glory of your power and the greatness of your compassion.

Or Cross-Theotokion.

You gave birth to the grape cluster of life that you bore unhusbanded in your womb. But when you saw him hanging you raised a loud lament and cried: My child, who drop down sweetness through which, O Benefactor, may all the intoxication of the passions be abolished by showing your compassion through me who gave you birth.

The rest of the Office, and Dismissal.

NOTE

Many of the texts for this office are inspired by the apocryphal Acts of Paul and Thekla. For details of a modern version of this text see the Canon of Saint Thekla.

 

26 Sept. Translation of Theologian John the Evangelist.

Great Vespers.

After the Opening Psalm the 1st Section of Blessed is the man. At Lord, I have cried we insert 6 stichera [8 if there is a Vigil], and we sing the 3 following prosomia, doubling them.

Tone 1. Joy of the heavenly hosts.

The one who saw ineffable revelations,[1] the interpreter of God’s mysteries on high, the child of Zebedee, in writing for us Christ’s Gospel, taught us to contemplate the Father, the Son and the Spirit.

The lyre of heavenly songs, struck by God, this mystic writer, mouth inspired by God, sweetly sings the song of songs,[2] moving his lips like strings and striking with his tongue like a plectrum, and intercedes that we may be saved.

Beloved of God, giving utterance with your tongue, which sounds as the thunder,[3] to the hidden word of the wisdom of God, aptly opening your lips, you ever cry aloud, ‘In the beginning was the Word’,[4] and with your torch you guide everyone[5] to knowledge of God.

Glory. Tone 2.

By Germanos (Some say by Vyzantios)

Race of mortals, let us, as is fitting, praise the son of thunder,[6] the foundation of divine words, the prince of theology and foremost herald of the true wisdom of the doctrines of God, John the beloved and virgin; for he had the divine unceasingly in himself and said, ‘In the beginning the Word’[7], and again that he is inseparably with the Father, and after this that he is equal in being with the Father,[8] showing us through him the right belief of the Holy Trinity. He showed us that he is creator with the Father, and the one who bears life and true light.[9] O ecstatic wonder and astounding fact! Because being full of love he became also full of theology, by glory and honour and faith being a foundation of our inviolate faith; through which ,may we obtain the eternal good things on the day of judgement.

Both now. Theotokion. Same Tone.

The shadow of the law[10] has passed away now that grace has come, for as the Bush in flames was not burned,[11] so as a virgin you bore a child and remained a virgin; instead of a pillar of fire[12] the Sun of justice[13] has dawned, instead of Moses Christ, the salvation of our souls.

Entrance, O Joyful Light, the Prokeimenon of the day and the Readings.

The reading is from the 1st Epistle General of John.

(3,21-24; 4,1-6)

Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us we have freedom to speak before God. And whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is his commandment: that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And one who keeps his commandments abides in him and he in them. And by this we know that he abides in us, from the Spirit of which he has given us. Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard is coming, and is now already in the world. You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us.

The reading is from the 1st Epistle General of John.

(4,11-16)

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God. If we love another, God abides in us, and his love has been perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in him, and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and witness that the Father has sent the Son as Saviour of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in them, and they in God. And we have known and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and one who abides in love abides in God, and God in them.

The reading is from the 1st Epistle General of John.

(4,20-21; 5,1-5)

Beloved, anyone who says, ‘I love God,’ and hates their brother, is a liar; for one who does not love the brother whom they have seen, how can they love God whom they have not seen? And this commandment we have from him: that one who loves God must love their brother also. Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the one who has begotten loves also the one who has been begotten of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not heavy. Because everything that has been born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that has conquered the world, our faith. Who is the one who conquers the world, if not the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

At the Liti, Idiomel stichera.

Tone 1. By Germanos.

Rivers of theology poured from your honoured mouth, O Apostle, watered from which the Church of God worships with right belief the consubstantial Trinity; whom, O Theologian John, now ask that our souls may be saved.

Same Tone. By Andrew of Pyros.

The plant of purity, the myrrh of sweet fragrance has dawned for us again at this present Feast. Cry out to him, ‘You leant on the Master’s breast[14] and rained down the word on the world, Apostle John, who guarded the Virgin as the apple of your eye. Ask of Christ for us his great mercy’.

Same Tone.

Disciple of the Saviour, Virgin and Theologian, to you, as virgin, Christ our God, hanging on the Cross, entrusted the Virgin and Mother of God, and you guarded her as the apple of your eye.[15] Therefore intercede that our souls may be saved.

Same Tone.

As eye-witness of ineffable mysteries you cried out and loudly proclaimed that the eternal Word was in the beginning with God and that he was God,[16] O Apostle John, bosom and true friend of Christ, sweetness of the Trinity, unshakeable buttress of Ephesus and Patmos and our help. Intercede, all-blessed Theologian, that the people that ever faithfully celebrates your memory may be delivered from impious foes, both physical and spiritual.

Tone 2. By Theophanes.

The summit of the Apostles, the trumpet of theology, the spiritual general, who made the whole inhabited world subject to God, come believers, let us call him blessed, revered John, translated from earth, yet not withdrawn from earth, but living and abiding the fearful second coming of the Master. O mystic bosom friend of Christ, ask that we, who celebrate your memory with love, may meet it uncondemned.

Glory. Tone 4. By Vyzantios.

As you leant on the breast of the Teacher Christ at the Lord’s supper,[17] beloved Disciple, you learnt there ineffable things, and you thundered to all the heavenly utterance: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God; the true light that enlightens every one who comes into the world,[18] Christ God, and the Saviour of our souls.

Both now. Theotokion.

The Son, who with the Father and the Spirit is glorified in the highest by the Cherubim, wishing to refashion the first fashioned man, emptied himself wholly and ineffably in your womb, all-praised Mother of God, and dawning from you, he enlightened the whole world with his Godhead, delivering it from the folly of idols, and, making humanity divine in himself, he joined it to heaven, Christ our God, and the Saviour of our souls.

At the Aposticha, Prosomia.

Tone 4. Called from the highest.

Having contemplated the Son of the Most High, co-eternal and consubstantial with the Father, unchanging light from light[19] and express imprint of the person of the Begetter,[20] who shone forth from him beyond time and impassibly, the Creator and Lord of all ages, you proclaimed him, Beloved Disciple, to the world, Christ our God, who brings light out of darkness.[21] Implore him to save and enlighten our souls.

Verse: His sound has gone out into all the earth; and his words to the end of the world.[22]

Taken into the light of the Paraclete and enlightened by it, you contemplated the One who proceeds from the Father,[23] while being revealed to humanity through the Son, as the same in honour, in majesty and being, whom with the Father who has no beginning and the divine Word you preached to all, Beloved Disciple. Therefore in hymns we honour you as a godly foundation of the faith. Keep it unshaken by your prayers to the Lord.

Verse: The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims the work of his hands.[24]

Ascending the heights of theology, you were initiated into the ineffable mysteries of God: one being of the Godhead, and one glory and kingship and lordship, separated in three persons, inseparable in being and united in an unconfused divine unity. Giving glory in this way, O Theologian, you proclaimed an undivided Trinity. Implore that undivided Trinity to save and enlighten our souls.

Glory. Tone 6. By Monk John.

Apostle of Christ, Evangelist, Theologian, you became an initiate of ineffable mysteries and thundered out to us the ineffable doctrines of wisdom, making clear to believers that: In the beginning he was.[25] And, rejecting the: He was not,[26] you refuted the words of the heretics, revealed as bosom and beloved friend, as mighty-voiced Isaias and Moses who saw God.[27] As you have freedom to speak before God, implore him insistently on behalf of our souls.

Both now. Theotokion.

My Maker and Redeemer, Christ the Lord, coming forth from your womb, O All-pure, clothed himself in me and freed Adam from the former curse;[28] and so, never silent, we all cry out to you as truly Mother of God and Virgin the Angel’s, ‘Hail!’[29] Hail, Lady, shelter and protection and salvation of our souls.

Apolytikion. Tone 2.

Beloved Apostle of Christ our God, hasten, deliver a people without defence. As he accepted that you lean upon his breast,[30] he accepts you as you fall before him. Implore him, O Theologian, and scatter the persistent cloud of nations, asking for us peace and his great mercy.

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

All your mysteries are beyond understanding, all beyond glory, O Mother of God; sealed in purity and guarded in virginity you were recognised to be truly a Mother, in giving birth to the true God: implore him that our souls may be saved.

And Dismissal.

At Matins

After the 1st reading from the Psalter, Kathisma.

Tone 8. The Wisdom and Word.

You were named son of divine thunder,[31] for you deafened the ears of the impious, and more sweetly than a trumpet you made the incarnation of the Word sound in upright hearts. As a true friend you leant on his breast;[32] from which you drew out the deep of knowledge, all-wise Apostle John, and proclaimed to all the One who is with the Father without beginning. Intercede with Christ God to bestow forgiveness of faults on those who celebrate with love your holy memory.

Theotokion.

The Wisdom and Word you conceived in your womb, O Mother of God, and you bore for the world him who possesses the world, and you held in your arms him who holds all things and nourishes all, the Fashioner of nature; therefore I implore you, All-holy Virgin, that, when I am about to stand before the face of my Creator, I may be delivered from my faults. Sovereign Lady, pure Virgin, then bestow on me your help; for you are able to do whatever you wish, O all-praised.

After the 2nd reading from the Psalter, Kathisma.

Same melody.

Having abandoned the deep of fishing, O all-praised, you caught all the nations like fishes with the rod of the Cross; for as Christ had said to you, you were named a fisher of men,[33] catching them for true religion; therefore you sowed the knowledge of the Word of God and made Patmos and Ephesus fruitful by your words. Theologian, Apostle, intercede with Christ God to bestow forgiveness of faults on those who feast with love your holy memory.

Theotokion.

I consider the judgement and I quail, for, wretch that I am, I have done deeds of shame, and I ask, all-praised Mother of God: Before the night of death overtakes me, turn me back, guiding me to the way of repentance, that with thanksgiving I may worship and hymn your measureless power and your divine assistance, All-holy Bride of God, as you intercede with Christ God for what I ask of you: that there may be given me pardon of sins and his great mercy.

Selection at the Polyeleos.

The firmament. Alleluia.

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims the work of his hands.

The heavens will confess your wonders, O Lord.

Instead of your fathers your sons have been born.

You will establish them as rulers over all the earth.

For God’s mighty men of the earth are greatly exalted.

The God of gods has spoken and summoned the earth.

From the rising of the sun to its setting, praised be the name of the Lord.

His lightnings have lit up the world.

And the heavens have proclaimed his justice.

And all the peoples have seen his glory.

Rulers of Juda are their leaders.

Rulers of Zaboulon rulers of Nephalim.

God has reigned over the nations.

God is glorified in the assembly of the saints.

Great and terrible he is to all those round about him.

Offer to the Lord families of nations,

Offer to the Lord glory and honour.

Proclaim his glory among the nations.

Say among the nations that the Lord is king.

Their sound has gone out into all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.

He has put in them the words of his lips.

And he gave them countries of nations, and they inherited labours of peoples.

God has stood in the assembly of gods, in the midst he will judge gods.

Offer to the Lord, sons of God, offer to the Lord glory to his name.

He has subdued peoples to us, and nations beneath our feet.

Great is our God, and great his strength.

He will give power and might to his people. Blessed be God.

Glory.

Let us worship the Father, and let us glorify the Son, and let us all praise together the all holy Spirit, crying out and saying: All holy Trinity, save us all.

Both now.

Your people, O Christ, brings your Mother to intercede; at her entreaties grant us your pity, O Good one, that we may glorify you, who dawned for us from the grave.

After the Polyeleos, Kathisma. Same melody.

Leaning on Jesus’ breast, gaining boldness as a disciple, you asked, ‘Who is your betrayer, Lord?’ And as to one beloved, glorious Apostle, he was clearly shown to you through the bread.[34] Therefore too, as an initiate of ineffable things, you teach the ends of the earth the incarnation of the Word. Theologian, Apostle, intercede with Christ God to bestow forgiveness of faults on those who feast with love your holy memory.

Theotokion.

All-holy Virgin, Mother of God, heal, I beg, the dreadful passions of my soul, and grant me pardon of my faults, which I have senselessly committed, fouling my soul and body, wretch that I am. Alas! what shall I do in that hour when the Angels separate my soul from my wretched body? Then, Lady, be my help and fervent protector; for I, your servant, have you as my hope.

The Anavathmi, the 1st Antiphon of Tone 4.

Prokeimenon, Tone 4.

His sound has gone out into all the earth; and his words to the ends of the world.

Verse: The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims the work of his hands.

Let everything that has breath. The 11th Eothinon. Psalm 50.

Glory.

At the prayers of the Apostle, O Merciful One, blot out the multitude of my transgressions.

Both now.

At the prayers of the Mother of God, O Merciful One, blot out the multitude of my transgressions.

Have mercy one me, O God, in accordance with your great mercy and in accordance with the multitude of your compassion blot out the multitude of my transgressions.

Then the Idiomel. Tone 2.

Theologian, Virgin, beloved Disciple of the Saviour, by your intercessions save us, we implore, from every kind of harm; for we are your flock.

The Canons, of the Mother of God, and two of the Apostle.

Canon of the Mother of God,

of which the acrostic is the Alphabet in reverse order.

By Theophanes.

Ode 1. Tone 2. The Irmos.

His overwhelming power once smothered in the deep all Pharao’s host; while the incarnate Word, the glorified Lord, has wiped out malignant sin: for he has been greatly glorified.[35]

Troparia

You it was that God chose among women as lovely, as most fair, as wholly unblemished, and he dwelt in your unblemished womb; implore him, all-blameless one, that from the blemish of offences those who sing your praise may be delivered.

 

While, in the words of the psalm, you stand, pure Virgin, as Queen on the right-hand of the King[36] who shone forth from your womb, beseech him to make me stand at his right hand on the day of recompense,[37] O Bride of God.

Virgin, you wholly renewed the nature of mortals, dried up by every offence, in giving birth to the heavenly rain. But, I beg, show the dried up furrow of my soul to be fruitful, O Bride of God.

Canon of the Saint, of which the acrostic is:

I shall praise the son of thunder in a way pleasing to Christ.

By Theophanes.

Ode 1. Tone 2. Same Irmos.

Having received the kingdom of heaven which you proclaimed, blessed Saint, and become a heavenly companion to the Word, by your entreaties guard those who believe your honoured proclamation and theology.

Displaying robust thought you despised everything on earth and the bonds of nature and, linked with the Word in reason and mind, All-wise Apostle, you freed from their unreason those subject to unreason.

Having received knowledge of heavenly things, with true theology you proclaimed God the Word of God, in your gospel, O all-wise, proclaiming: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with his Begetter and the Word was God.[38]

Theotokion.

The choir of godly maidens, greatly inspired, sing of you as beautiful among women, O Lady Mother of God, made lovely with the beauties of the Godhead; for beyond reason you bore the Word who creates beauty.

A second Canon of the Saint, of which the acrostic is:

I bring to God’s Initiate a sixth plea. Joseph.

Ode 1. Tone 6.

Crossing the sea as on dry land.

Illumined in thought, you bent down into the deeps of the Spirit and made clear to us the dread begetting, crying out: In the beginning was the Word of God.[39]

Bowed down by a multitude of temptations, passions and tribulations, and by assaults of evils, with faith we flee to you for refuge, O Theologian: be a helper to your servants.

Rescue us from eternal condemnation and fire, healing the dreadful passions of our souls, as best of physicians, O wise Apostle, by your mediation.

Theotokion.

On the day of judgement, Pure Virgin, who conceived the God who for our sake became man, ask him to take pity on us, who have sinned much against him.

Katavasia

I will open my mouth and it will be filled with the Spirit, and I will utter a word to the Queen and Mother,[40] and I shall be seen keeping glad festival, and rejoicing I will sing her wonders.

Of the Mother of God. Ode 3. Irmos.

The desert, the barren Church from the nations, flowered like a lily at your coming, Lord, by which my heart has been established.

Troparia

Using me, humanity, as clothing, the Maker comes forth from you, All-blameless, and bestows a robe of incorruption on the many stripped naked by offences.

To God the Word supreme in honour you gave birth, O Lady; implore him insistently to take pity on my lowly soul, saddened by the dishonours of pleasures.

Staunch the wounds of my soul, O Immaculate; preserve with your powerful medicine my lowly heart, poisoned by the venom of the serpent.

Of the Saint. The same Irmos.

With your theologian’s tongue, John blessed by God, you revealed the mystery beyond understanding of the Trinity, by which my heart has been established.[41]

Your tongue became the pen of a scribe,[42] the All-holy Spirit, writing for God as it recorded the honoured and divine Gospel.

I shall sing the praise of your deep of wisdom, O All-wise, who with boldness leant[43] on the inspired source of wisdom and were named his herald.

Theotokion.

We honour you, All-blameless, the only Virgin and Mother, who became for us the agent of salvation and who deliver the world by your prayers.

Another Irmos. None is holy.

With bright and pure mind, thrice-blessed Theologian, you spoke with the Word, were initiated by him with things clearly beyond reason and you enlightened all creation.

Deliver me from harsh bonds of sin, O Thrice-blessed, binding me to the love of the Master and God, whom you loved fervently and were named his Theologian.

You have been given us as champion, mediator, deliverer and intercessor with the Lord, as worker of marvels and source of healings, O Theologian; therefore we honour you.

Theotokion.

O Mother of God, when the Word who took flesh ineffably from you, was raised up on the tree of the Cross, he entrusted you, as Virgin Maiden, to the virgin Disciple.[44]

Katavasia.

O Mother of God, as living and ungrudging source, establish those united in spiritual fellowship who sing hymns you of praise, and in your divine glory grant them crowns of glory.

Kathisma. Tone 8. The Wisdom and Word.

Leaning on Wisdom’s breast[45] and learning knowledge from the Word, with inspiration you thundered: In the beginning was the Word;[46] being the first fairly to write of the begetting without beginning and to announce to all the incarnation of the Word; therefore too with your tongue you caught the nations in a net and you teach the ends of the earth the grace of the Holy Spirit. Theologian, Apostle, intercede with Christ God to bestow forgiveness of faults on those who feast with love your holy memory.

Theotokion.

As you bore the merciful and compassionate Word, Sovereign Lady of all, have mercy on all those who flee to you for refuge, free them from temptations and diseases, from every evil and from the eternal flame; that with thanksgiving we may glorify the wealth of your manifold compassion and your measureless mercy, and may always cry out to you: Intercede with Christ our God to bestow forgiveness of faults on those who fittingly hymn your child-bearing, O Immaculate.

Ode 4. The Irmos.

You came from a Virgin, not an ambassador, not an Angel, but the Lord himself incarnate, and saved me, humanity, entirely; therefore I cry to you: Glory to your power, O Lord![47]

Troparia

Rain down on me, Lady, a drop of compunction, to remove all the burning heat of my heart and stem the harmful floods of my despondency.

Queen immaculate, do not despise me, struck by the sword of pleasure and lying wounded; but heal me with the lance and blood of your Son and our God who was crucified.

Pure Virgin, enriched with the sovereignty of all creation, make me, who am utterly beggared, worthy of divine grace, that I may magnify you as my loving protectress.

Of the Saint. The same Irmos.

Fittingly the Word declared you a theologian, O most excellent, for he initiated you into his Godhead and taught you the ineffable dispensation as man.

Having gained a mind inspired by God and a virgin body, most sacred and glorious Apostle, you were named a living and animate temple and dwelling of the all-hymned Trinity.

Blessed Virgin, you were honoured with sonship of the Immaculate Virgin, were declared brother of the one who chose you for himself and perfected you as disciple and theologian.

Theotokion.

To heal the ancient transgression of Eve, he who is above all Godhead, dwelt in you, O all-blameless and all-holy, and re-formed me, humanity, entirely.

Another. O Christ my power.

Drops of the Word, glorious Apostle, you used to water the whole face of the earth and devoutly dried up the muddy waters of impiety; therefore we honour you.

Strength and might gird about my soul, which weakened by varied attacks of unclean enemies, All-wise Apostle, flees to your protection.

In that you have become a temple of the divine Spirit, O Theologian, make those who in faith continually attend your divine temple, temples of God by your mediation.

Theotokion.

Now let us openly hymn the divine enclosure of God, the Holy Virgin, let us all, made divine through her and ransomed from troubles, call her blessed.

Katavasia.

The Prophet Avvakoum, understanding the unsearchable divine counsel of your incarnation from the Virgin, O Most High, cried out: Glory to your power, O Lord.

Of the Mother of God. Ode 5. The Irmos.

O Christ, you have become the Mediator between God and mortals,[48] for through you, Master, from the night of ignorance we have access to your Father, the source of light.

Troparia

O All-immaculate, who bore the way of life, guide me now into the right way, who have been senselessly hurled headlong into pathless places and pits of harsh misdeeds.

Now having exiled myself by my senseless mind, Virgin of God, I have lived as a prodigal,[49] wandering lost to the far country of the passions; but turn me back, save me by your intercessions.

Mother and Virgin immaculate, let your servant, burning with the flame of sins and aflame from the assaults of demons, drink from your streams that flow with life.

Of the Saint. The same Irmos.

You appeared as a heavenly mind, O Theologian, by grace having become all light by your nearness to the source of light, and by your eager straining towards him becoming divine.

With pure mind, holy lips and all-chaste mouth, O God-inspired, you proclaimed your Gospel and proposed to all believers a common salvation.

Dwelling with Christ from infancy, you have been put forward by him as an instrument of grace, exercised in theology and supernaturally initiated into the glory of the Trinity.

Theotokion.

Mindful of your words we now call you blessed, O All-blameless, most truly enriched through you with ineffable blessedness and life that knows no ageing.

Another. With your divine light.

Like morning you made the spiritual dawn shine for those on earth, O Apostle, proclaiming to the world his dwelling in it with a body and his dispelling the darkness of the cult of many gods.

The sacred streams of theology, sacred herald and Apostle, you use to water every soul; therefore I cry to you: Water my heart, wholly dried up by sins.

I have been struck by the enemy’s darts, by your care, wise Apostle, make me whole, I beg, and direct me to the ways of God, who am ever led astray in pathless places.

Theotokion.

As you stood with the beloved Disciple by the Cross of your Son, All-blameless, you groaned and wept, and marvelled at his great compassion towards mankind.

Katavasia.

The universe was amazed at your divine glory, for you, O Virgin, who knew not wedlock held in your womb the God over all and gave birth to an eternal Son, who gives salvation as the prize to all who sing your praise.

Of the Mother of God. Ode 6. The Irmos.

Surrounded by a deep of offences, I call upon the unsearchable deep of your compassion: O God, lead me up from corruption.

Troparia

Lady, at the judgement to come, do not point me out as an object of the demons’ malignant joy, but entreat the Judge, your Son, to look kindly on me.

Kindling your anger by my thoughts and by my evil and lawless deeds, O Lord, for pardon I bring you your Mother. Take pity, save me.

Judge and God of all, you bore, Lady all-praised. Therefore deliver me from condemnation, who am self-condemned by my faults.

Of the Saint. The same Irmos.

Jesus, my God and Lord, contented with your purity and total chastity, O Theologian, made you his brother.[50]

Having crowned with sanctity your way of life, you thus with confidence leant on the breast of wisdom, glorious Apostle, and from there drew grace.

The great and godlike torches of your theology enlightened the whole inhabited world, glorious Apostle, and suffused it with the light of triple sun.

Theotokion.

He who stretched taut the heavens[51] by his will, made wide another heaven upon earth, you, O immaculate Mother of God, and he dawned from you and appeared.

Another. Watching life’s sea.

Truly your theologian’s tongue was like the pen of a swift writer,[52] writing well true knowledge and a brand new law, O Theologian, on the tables of our hearts.

As a skilled husbandman, wither up at their roots the plants of impiety, glorious Apostle, and plant in my soul the fear of God, which makes the fair fruit of virtues thrive.

The One who came forth from a Virgin clearly named you her son.[53] With her implore that all who do what is well-pleasing may be named sons of God by adoption.

Theotokion.

From you, O all-blameless, God was made known to mortals in the likeness of flesh. Ever implore him, O All-holy, to slay the destructive thoughts of our flesh.

Katavasia.

Come godly-minded people, as we celebrate this divine and honoured feast of the Mother of God, let us clap our hands as we glorify the God who was born of her.

Kontakion. Tone 2.

Who will recount your mighty works, O Virgin, for you pour out wonders and are a source of healings, and you intercede on behalf of our souls, as Theologian and friend of Christ.

The Ikos.

To learn wholly the high secrets of heaven, to investigate the depths of the sea is rash and beyond comprehension; as therefore it is wholly impossible to number all the stars and the sand on the sea shore, so it is to tell the graces of the Theologian, with so many crowns Christ has garlanded the one he loved; the one who leant on his breast[54] and feasted with him at the mystical supper, as Theologian and friend of Christ.

Synaxarion.

On the 26th day of the same month, the Translation of the holy, glorious Apostle and Evangelist, bosom friend, virgin, beloved, John the Theologian.

Verses.

Father’s beloved Word you stand beside,

Beloved more than all of the Disciples.

Passed on the twenty sixth day unto God the child of the thunder.

He was son of Zebedee and Salome, who was the daughter of Joseph the Betrothed; for Joseph had four sons, Jacob, Symeon, Juda and Joses, and three daughters, Esther, Martha and Salome, who became the wife of Zebedee and the mother of John; and so our Lord Jesus Christ was the John’s uncle, as brother of Salome, Joseph’s daughter.

John is the one who leant on Christ’s breast, as greatly loved; and he was also present at the betrayal and at the Cross; when he took the Mother of God to his own home and served her until the Dormition. After the Dormition the holy Apostles cast lots for where each of them should go and preach, and the lot John received was to go to Asia. This upset him, for he knew that he would be much tried at sea, as he foretold to his disciple Prochoros. [There follow a further five pages of small print in double columns.]

At his holy prayers have mercy on us, O God. Amen.

Of the Mother of God. Ode 7. Irmos.

The godless order of a lawless tyrant fanned the soaring flame; but Christ let fall the dew of the Spirit upon the god-fearing children.[55] He is blessed and highly exalted.[56]

Troparia

Impregnable wall, sure help, my strength and song and salvation[57] are you, O Lady, make war on the demons who war against me and ever seek to put me to death.

Having given God a body from your virgin blood, you made the human divine, O Virgin; and so by your prayers deliver me who am fouled by the passions and destroyed by the wiles of the foe.

Gave a foreshadowing the furnace of your giving birth, O All-blameless; for it did not burn up the Youths, just as the unendurable fire did not consume your womb; therefore I beseech you, deliver your servant from the everlasting fire.

Of the Saint, the same Irmos.

Shining with the outpouring of the divine light, you clearly revealed the Holy Spirit who proceeds from the Father who has no beginning, and rests in the Son as inseparably consubstantial.

In you, blessed Saint, the sun of justice made his dwelling, [58] making you an ever-moving heaven, and by your theologian’s tongue, Beloved, Christ the highly glorious[59] is proclaimed.

The divine sound, the power of your words has gone out,[60] O holy and all-blessed, and your Gospel, higher than the world, has encompassed the whole earth with the greatness of its doctrines.

Theotokion.

You alone displayed all-immaculate conceiving, child-birth without corruption, while remaining virgin; for you conceived God, who is over all, pure Virgin, when he became man for the salvation and redemption of believers.

Another. The Angel made the furnace.

Let us hymn the thunder which re-echoed to all the ends of the earth, through whom every senseless report has been removed from earth and Christ, the Maker of the universe is magnified.

The celebrated beauty of your house[61] makes every mind radiant. Assembled in it always in a manner fitting God, we hymn the Maker of all, and we praise you faithfully as our protector.

Knowing you to be a star radiating light, we beg you, Disciple of Christ, that by your mediation we may be enlightened by your dazzling beams and delivered from the darkness of the passions and from temptations of every kind.

Theotokion.

We bless you, O all-blameless, who bore the blessed Lord, who crowned with his divine blessings the nature of mortals which lay under a curse, and made us new who had become old through corruption.

Katavasia.

The godlike Children did not worship creation instead of the Creator, but bravely trampling on the threat of fire, rejoicing they sang: O highly exalted Lord and God of our fathers, blessed are you![62]

Of the Mother of God. Ode 8.

Irmos.

A fiery furnace once in Babylon, by divine decree, divided its action, burning up the Chaldeans but refreshing the faithful who sang: All you works of the Lord, bless the Lord.

Troparia

For what is good, my soul, be zealous, keep far from wickedness through the harmony of godly deeds, for you have God’s Mother who intercedes for you as protection of all and who cannot be put to shame, for she is compassionate and loves humankind.

Ever pure Bearer of God you released humanity from the bond of the ancient condemnation; therefore I implore you, release every bond of wickedness of my heart, binding me with the divine love of the Creator.

Deck my heart, made gloomy by the dishonour of offences, with radiance, Mother of God, who gave birth to the splendour of the Father’s glory,[63] and make me a partaker of everlasting glory, that with faith I may glorify you.

Of the Saint. Same Irmos.

Like a flash of light passing through the inhabited world, you appeared, blessed Saint, shining on the world with the radiance of chastity, the brightness of virginity and the doctrines of true religion, beloved of Christ our God.

Purified in body, soul and mind, you proclaimed the heavenly Gospel of Christ, and having become a companion of the Angels, you now cry out: All you works, bless the Lord![64]

You have become a radiant votive offering and a godly ornament of the heavenly temple and throne of perception and dwelling of wisdom, instrument of theology, as you sing: All you works, highly exalt the Lord!

Theotokion.

That you might abolish the former curse and the sentence of death of the Foremother of old, you were born, O Word of God, from a Virgin, God’s Mother, bestowing on all indestructible immortality.

Another. You were a fount of dew.

You gained a skilful tongue, blessed saint, and gave life to those dead through wickedness who accepted your sacred preaching; therefore we honour you as initiate of ineffable mysteries.

As another Paradise has your divine house been revealed, O Apostle, delighting the souls of all with wonders as with flowers and dispelling the foul stench of the passions.

O God, my God, attend to me and deliver me each day from foes who assail me and who crush my lowly heart, for I have your godlike Disciple to intercede.

Theotokion.

O full of God’s grace, ask Jesus the Saviour, who took his body from your pure blood, to have pity on your servants, and deliver us from eternal punishment.

Katavasia.

The Offspring of the Mother of God saved the innocent Youths in the furnace. Then he was prefigured, but now in reality he gathers the whole world which sings: All you works praise the Lord, and highly exalt him to all the ages.[65]

Of the Mother of God. Ode 9. Irmos.

The Son of the Father without beginning, God and Word, incarnate of a Virgin, has appeared to us, to give light to what is darkened, to gather what is scattered; and so the all-hymned Mother of God we magnify.

Troparia

Cropped Adam bitter death from the tree for tasting food that was not his;[66] but your Son, nailed to a tree, became a source of the sweetness of immortality, O Immaculate; for this we honour you.

Bearing beyond understanding the King and Lord, who destroyed the palaces of Hell, you have become Queen, O Maiden; implore him insistently that all who honour you make be made worthy of the kingdom above.

As you gave birth to the Good, and alone are good, Sovereign Lady, make good my lowly heart made wicked by the floods of pleasures, and bring me to the good gates of repentance.

Of the Saint. The same Irmos.

Now not dimly, but face to face,[67] you have been granted to see the flood of delight, the river of peace, and the fount of immortality; drawing from which you divine life.[68]

You asked to receive an earthly seat from Christ;[69] but he himself gave you his breast, O Theologian, leaning on which, the only sure stay,[70] you were enriched with goodness, O ornament of Apostles.

You quenched the godlessness of Greek wisdom, wise Apostle, when you proclaimed: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was truly God, though whom all things came to be, both visible and invisible.[71]

Theotokion.

Like early dawn you were found, blazing in the night of life with the rays of virginity, revealing to us the dawn of the spiritual Sun of justice,[72] O all-honoured Mother of God.

Another. It is impossible for mortals.

Sovereign Lord of times and seasons, the Redeemer was hanged upon the tree in the middle of the day and entrusted to you, blessed Apostle, as a virgin, the Ever-Virgin,[73] giving an irremovable glory to magnify you.

Even as you join with the divine Powers above and with them cry aloud the divine song, save by your mediations, those who chant and praise in your holy house the One who is supremely good, O Apostle of Christ.

Save from every danger, blessed Theologian, us who with faith call on you for help, in spirit direct our paths towards the Lord and guide us to the way of peace, the commandments of the Almighty.

Theotokion.

Let us now bring to God’s Mother an outstanding prayer of thanks, and let us now cry out: Hail, most high throne of God; hail cloud of light; hail, paradise, through whom may we be worthy of the delight of Paradise.

Katavasia.

Let all born of earth bearing torches, in spirit leap for joy; let the nature of the immaterial spirits honour and celebrate the wondrous sacred festival of the Mother of God, and let them cry: Hail, all-blessed Mother of God, pure and Ever-Virgin!

Exapostilarion. Women hear.

Becoming son of thunder[74] you proclaimed to mortals: In the beginning was the Word,[75] Apostle John; for faithfully leaning on your Master’s breast[76] and drawing thence the streams of theology, you water the whole creation.

Theotokion.

As you stood by the Cross of your Lord, All-pure one, with the virgin Disciple, you heard from the creator: Woman, behold your son; while to the Disciple likewise he said: Behold your mother; with him we all hymn you, Virgin Mother of God.[77]

At Lauds we insert 4 prosomia.

Tone 8. O marvellous wonder.

Blessed and all-wise John, with fervent abundance of the love of Christ you appeared more loved than all Disciples; to the all-seeing Word, who judges the whole inhabited world by just scales of purity and chastity, shining brightly with beauties in body and mind, O blessed of God.

Lying on wisdom’s breast[78] you drew forth the streams of theology and watered the world, most excellent John, drying up the sea of godlessness with the knowledge of the Trinity, becoming a pillar and living cloud[79] guiding us to our heavenly inheritance.

The flowering of virginity, the acceptable dwelling of revered virtues, instrument of wisdom, the sacred enclosure of the Spirit, the light-bearing mouth of grace, the radiant eye of the Church, all-honoured John, let us now praise with spiritual sons as a servant of Christ.

Inspired Evangelist, proclaiming the good news of the source of good things, an unshakeable kingdom and eternal life, inexpressible joy and enjoyment of divine contemplation, richly given gifts of Christ, surpassing the mind and understanding of mortals, O offspring of thunder,[80] you shone on the world.

Glory. Tone 8.

Evangelist John, Virgin equal to the Angels, Theologian taught by God, with right belief you proclaimed to the world the immaculate side which poured forth blood and water,[81] by which we procure eternal life for our souls.

Both now. Theotokion.

Lady, accept the supplications of your servants, and deliver us from every constraint and tribulation.

Great Doxology and Dismissal.

At the Liturgy, Typika and from the 3rd and 6th Odes of the Canons.

Communion.

His sound has gone out into all the earth, and his words to the ends of the world. Alleluia.

October.

1 October. Holy Protecting Veil of Ever-Virgin Mary.

At Great Vespers

After the Opening Psalm, Blessed is the man [1st Kathisma, 1st Section], we insert 6 [8 at a Vigil] Stichera, and sing the following Prosomia.

Tone 1. O marvellous wonder!

O marvellous wonder! The pure Mother of God each day unfolds her Protecting Veil, and with her motherly care and grace manifestly protects from every assault those who look to her and cry: Hail, Full of grace, protection and help of the your race that faithfully magnifies you, O Virgin.

Ah, your wonders, Pure Virgin! For you marvellously unfolded your Protecting Veil and wondrously protected the Queen of cities; while later by the grace of your light-bearing Protection you openly saved the people that bears Christ’s name from hostile threat. Therefore, raising songs of grateful praise, rejoicing we commemorate your many wonders.

The choirs of believers, Sovereign Lady, proclaim your providence towards us, as we praise your mother’s care. For from of old in your compassion you placed us beneath your Protection, and declared the race of the Orthodox to be your chosen lot. Therefore, O Full of grace, we cry to you: Hail! and magnify the graces of your godly Protecting Veil.

Other Prosomia. Tone 4. As noblest of Martyrs.

As we celebrate the memorial of your Protecting Veil, O Immaculate, we magnify your loving-kindness; because you rescue your race from every constraint and grant each day unstinted grace to those who praise the astounding mighty works of your glory and the greatness of its wonders.

Wondrously of old you invisibly unfolded your Protecting Veil and protected the Royal City, but now even more manifestly you protect us, immaculate Maiden, and you guard and keep safe from all affliction your new inheritance. Therefore we sing the praise of the gifts of your Protecting Veil, O Virgin, and your constant help.

In many ways, O Maiden, we know and clearly we have seen the manifestation of your holy Protection, shining out for by proofs and wonders, and with fervent tears we have glorified your abundant goodness, because you save us in dangers and grant joy to the afflicted and the suffering.

Glory. Both now. Tone 6.

Today your faithful people, Mother of God, whom you declared to be a holy nation and a special inheritance, honours the grace of your Protecting Veil, as they sing your songs of thanksgiving. For you have worked wonders and marvels among us in past generations, but now also you protect us and give us strength, you have rescued us from foes who assail us and have filled our souls with joy. Therefore we confess your grace and taking refuge in your radiant Protection, we fervently cry out, ‘Until the end of the age, Queen of all, protect those who unhesitatingly call out to you.

Entrance, O Joyful Light, the Prokeimenon of the day and the readings.

The Reading is from Numbers.

[9:15-23]

On the day that the tabernacle was set up, the cloud covered the tabernacle, the house of the testimony. And at evening it was over the tabernacle like the appearance of fire until morning. So it was continually. The cloud covered it by day, and the appearance of fire by night. And whenever the cloud went up from the tent, after that the people of Israel set out. And in the place where the cloud stopped, there the people of Israel encamped. At the command of the Lord the people of Israel encamped, and at the command of the Lord they set out. ‘For as many days as the cloud overshadows the tabernacle, the children of Israel will remain in camp. Even when the cloud has continued over the tabernacle many days, the children of Israel will keep the charge of the Lord, and they are not to set out. And it shall that whenever the cloud covers the tabernacle for a number of days, in accordance with the word of the Lord they will remain in camp, and in accordance with the command of the Lord they will set out. And it shall be that whenever the cloud remains from evening until morning; and that the cloud goes up in the morning, they will set out by day or by night. When the cloud overshadows it for a month, or longer, the children of Israel shall remain in camp and not set out. Because they will set out at the command of the Lord’. They kept the charge of the Lord, at the command of the Lord by Moses.

The Reading is from Exodus.

[40:15-32]

And it came to pass in the first month in the second year since the children of Israel had set out from Egypt, at the new moon the tabernacle was erected. And Moses erected the tabernacle; he laid its capitals, put in its bars, and raised up its pillars. And he spread the curtains over the tabernacle, and put the covering of the tabernacle over it, as the Lord had commanded Moses. And he took the testimonies and put them into the ark, and put the poles under the ark, and put the covering of the veil on it and covered the ark of testimony, as the Lord had commanded Moses. And he put the table in the tabernacle of testimony, on the north side, outside the veil of the tabernacle. And he set the bread of the on it before the Lord; as the Lord had commanded Moses. And he put the lampstand in the tabernacle of testimony, on the south side of the tabernacle, and set up its lamps before the Lord; as the Lord had commanded Moses. And he put the golden altar in the tabernacle of testimony before the veil, and on it he burnt incense that had been compounded; as the Lord had commanded Moses. And he set the altar of burnt offering at the door of the tabernacle. And he set the court round the tabernacle of testimony. So Moses finished the whole work. Then the cloud covered the tabernacle of testimony, and the tabernacle was filled with the glory of the Lord. And Moses was not able to enter the tabernacle of testimony because the cloud overshadowed it, and the tabernacle was filled with the glory of the Lord. Whenever the cloud went up from the tabernacle, the children of Israel would move off with their baggage. but if the cloud did not go up, then they did not move off until the day that the cloud did go up. For the cloud was on the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all Israel at every stage of their journey.

The Reading is from the Prophecy of Ezekiel.

[43:27-44:4]

It shall be from the eighth day and upwards, the Priests shall make your holocausts upon the altar, and those for your salvation; and I shall accept you, says the Lord. And he turned me back by the way of the outer gate of the Holy Place, which looks towards the east, and it was shut. And the Lord said to me: This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no one shall pass through it, because the Lord, the God of Israel, will enter through it, and it shall be shut. Therefore this prince shall sit in it to eat bread. By the way of the Elam of the gate he shall enter, and by that way he shall go out. And he brought me by the way of the gate towards the North, opposite the House; and I saw, and behold the whole house of the Lord was full of glory.

At the Liti, Idiomels.

Tone 1.

Every country of the Orthodox, rejoice, for you are protected by the Protecting Veil of the all-praised Mother of God. For invisibly she, the Mother of the unsetting Light, unfolding it like a cloud of light, wraps you around, protects you from every side and turns back the regiments of enemies both perceptible and immaterial. Therefore with triumphant voice proclaim the grace you have been given, and resoundingly praise the Virgin who protects you, crying aloud, ‘Hail, Full of grace, the Lord is with you, he who through you grants the world his great mercy!’

Tone 2.

As a radiant Queen you appeared to venerable Andrew, manifesting yourself invisibly in the church of Vlachernae, Mother of God, and you protected the queen of cities by unfolding your Protecting Veil, while you have filled us with joy by the exercise of your aid. But, Virgin all-praised, our protection and help, keep our race safe, we beg, from every assault.

Tone 3.

Of old the cloud covered the tabernacle of witness, foreshadowing, O Virgin, the mystery accomplished by you. But now your Protecting Veil, formed like lightning, covers and overshadows, as a bird her nestlings, the people that bears the name of Christ, and that fervently has recourse to you. And this you made manifest to the royal city though an ineffable appearance. Revealing your goodness towards us. Therefore, as we celebrate the memory of this, we proclaim the benefits you have shown us and your solicitude for us, because you save us at each moment from every affliction.

Tone 4.

Your Protecting Veil, Virgin Mother of God, shining out more brightly than the rays of the sun, glorious and astounding, wondrous and saving, works for our preservation. For of old, working marvels beyond nature, it saved the Queen of cities many times from unexpected dangers and disasters. Now too, All-immaculate, by your rich goodness, it rescues us from every constraint, and grants refreshing dew and gladness of heart in afflictions. As we acclaim it wonders, we bring you our festive praise, from our souls cry out, ‘Do not take your defence from us, pure Maiden, but protect and guard us, who are your inheritance.

Glory. Both now. Tone 5.

Today the Queen of all, the Virgin Mother, spreading out her Protecting Veil formed of light, like a mother protects our race. Come, then, Orthodox peoples, let us with pure minds contemplate the Mother of God’s abundant providence for us. Because she is near us in good times and in afflictions, and she safely guides us to the aim of our calling on high, and, as Mother of God, she obtains for us grace and mercy and eternal salvation.

At the Aposticha, Prosomia. Tone 5.

Hail, pure Mother of God, inexhaustible fount of goodness, protection and fervent defence of the Orthodox, and comfort in afflictions. For in you, All-unblemished, we always take refuge, and by your grace we truly obtain salvation, peace and redemption. Therefore we praise the wonders of your divine Protecting Veil and we magnify, O Maiden, the acts of compassion of your foreknowledge, through which you ever save from disasters of every kind those who have put their trust in you.

Verse: The Most High has sanctified his tabernacle.

In a radiant vision you appeared to God-bearing Andrew in the church of Vlachernae, as pure Sovereign far above the world, spiritually protecting your inheritance. And so as we celebrate the yearly memorial of this, we praise the greatness of your glory, and we, your people, cry to you, All-pure One, ‘Protect and guard with your Protecting Veil, O Virgin, us, whom you showed of old to be your portion, granting us all, O Maiden, joy, peace and great mercy’.

Verse: The rich among the people of the land will entreat your favour.

Unwaveringly confident in your shining Protecting Veil, pure Virgin, and the hope of your firm defence, your Orthodox people routed the arrogance of the foe. And so they raise their song of thankful praise and celebrate today the resplendent festival of your Protecting Veil, and fervently cry to you, pure Maiden, ‘You are my protection and champion and great rampart, and saved by your grace, All-holy, I sing your praise. But, Sovereign Lady, deliver me from future oppressive trials.

Glory. Both now. Tone 8.

The manifold displays of your saving Protection for your race, O Immaculate, astound every ear. For both of old and now in every way and at every time you come and deliver us from every constraint by ways that you know, Lover of goodness. Therefore Sovereign Lady all-praised, do not to show us your ancient mercies until the end of the age, for we are your flock.

Apolytikion. Tone 1. Citizen of the desert.

We sing the praise of the graces of your Protecting Veil, O Virgin, which like a light-bearing cloud you unfold beyond understanding, and you spiritually protect your people from every assault of their foe. For we have gained you as Protection and defender and helper, as we cry out to you: Glory to your mighty deeds, O Pure one; glory to your Protection; glory to your providence towards us, O Immaculate!

Another. Tone 8. Mother of God Ever-Virgin.

Mother of God Ever-Virgin, you have given your holy Protection, through which you protect those who hope in you, as a mighty refuge for your race. For as of old so now you have wondrously saved us, enveloping your people like a spiritual cloud. And so we implore you to grant peace to your commonwealth, and to our souls God’s great mercy.

Matins

After the 1st Reading from the Psalter, Kathisma.

Tone 1. The soldiers watching.

We sing the praise, Pure Virgin, of your holy Protection, which, in your goodness and motherly compassion, at every moment protects and watches over us, whom you have declared to be your lot and chosen part. But guard us also, Sovereign Lady, in future need.

Twice.

After the 2nd Reading, Kathisma.

Tone 4. Speedily anticipate.

Venerable Andrew was amazed when in the church of Vlachernae he saw you unfolding for us your godly Robe, which is guarded there, pure Maiden, and reveals to all the grace of your protection, through which you protect and save us from every affliction.

Twice.

After the Polyeleos, Kathisma.

Tone 8. The Wisdom and Word.

As you unfold each day your holy and wondrous Protection, which the cloud in the Law prefigured, you enfold your race, O Maiden, that looks intently for your goodness, and ever awaits the help which you give, Mother of God. And at all times turn the mad rage of enemies from us who sing the praise of the greatness of your wonders, as you intercede with your Son and God to grant forgiveness of faults to us who celebrate with love your all-radiant Protection.

Twice.

The 1st Antiphon of the 4th Tone and the Prokeimenon.

I will remember your name in every generation.

Verse: I will be protected by the protection of your wings.

Matins Gospel of the 8th of September.

Psalm 50.

Glory.

At the prayers of the Mother of God, O Merciful One, blot out the multitude of my transgressions.

Both now.

At the prayers of the all-immaculate, O Merciful One, blot out the multitude of my transgressions.

Idiomel. Tone 6.

Verse Have mercy on me, O God, according to your great mercy; according to the fullness of your compassion blot out my offences.

Today the all-praised Virgin, unfolding her shining Protection, manifested clearly to the faithful her rich good favour in good times and in afflictions; therefore as we, who are protected by her, praise her grace, let us cry out with joy: Hail, Full of grace, Mother of God, who save our race and safely accompany us and guide us to the way of salvation.

Then are sung the following two Canons of the Mother of God.

First Canon, of which the acrostic is:

You are the Protection of believers,

O Virgin. By Gerasimos.

Ode 1. Tone 4. Irmos.

I will open my mouth and it will be filled with the Spirit, and I will utter a word to the Queen and Mother, and I shall be seen keeping glad festival, and rejoicing I will sing her wonders. Twice.

Troparia.

As all-pure Mother of God, grant me wisdom, and give me eloquence that I may radiantly praise the wonders of your holy Protection, through which you always protect those who honour you.

You unfolded from above the lighting blaze of your Protecting Veil, and sheltered under it not only the queen of cites but your whole race that bears the name of Christ.

Venerable Andrew saw you of old in an ineffable vision in the church of Vlachernae, Pure Virgin, protecting the ends of the world by the unfurling of your godly Robe.

Your race’s army, taking invincible strength from your Protection, defeated regiments of foes and won a radiant victory. And so, Sovereign Lady, it sings your mighty deeds.

Second Canon, of which the acrostic is:

I hymn the Protection of the Mother of God. By Gerasimos.

Ode 1. Tone 8. Moses’ rod once drowned.

Protection and fervent help of the world, Pure Virgin Mother, who gave birth ineffably to God the Word, by your rich grace make clear my voice who magnify in song your most wondrous Protection.

Adorned with embroideries of the Spirit as queen of the universe, and blazing with rays brighter than the sun, you appeared and spiritually unfolded your Protecting Veil, and you protected your people, O Virgin, who hope in you.

The cloud in the Law, which covered the Tent of Witness, prefigured of old your holy Protection; for each day you cover, bedew and warm the Church, O All-blameless, with the overshadowing of your Protecting Veil.

Full of light, full of mercy, Sovereign Lady, you were mystically present in the church of Vlachernae, and with splendour you displayed the singular grace of your kindness towards us by the unfurling of your Protecting Veil. Therefore, as is fitting, we sing your praise.

Katavasia, the Irmos of the 1st Canon.

First Canon.

Ode 3. Irmos.

O Mother of God, as a living and bounteous source, establish those united in spiritual fellowship who sing you hymns of praise, and by your divine protection grant them crowns of glory. Twice

Troparia.

Your Protection, formed of light, is a source of heavenly joy, O All-unblemished, ever awarding to those who wrestle with afflictions grace, mercy and salvation.

From the beginning through compassion you placed us, as a chosen race, beneath your Protecting Veil, O Virgin, and both of old and now you have worked strange and wondrous things, rescuing us from dangers.

When godly Epiphanios heard the words of Venerable Andrew, he saw you as a heavenly queen protecting the people that bears Christ’s name.

As we see the multitude of wonders of your godly Protection, O Virgin, which you work everyday for our preservation, we, the multitudes of believers, bring you thankful praises.

Second Canon.

Christ who made firm the heavens.

Your all-radiant Protection, Mother of God, ever blazing with bolts of immaterial light, dissolves the gloomy plots of the enemies, but gladdens the minds of the faithful with your glory.

You were the fulfilment of the Law, Pure Virgin, in giving birth beyond explanation to him who spoke to the Prophets in types and revealed to the world the fulfilment of the light of Law, your radiant Protection. And so we sing the praise of your glory.

Each single day we run like nestlings beneath your Protecting Veil, Pure Virgin. Therefore protect us from the arrows of the serpent, giving to us peace and security of life.

In giving birth to God the Word, you were revealed as cause of ten thousand blessings for the human race, and by your Protection, O Virgin, you rescue from ten thousand constraints and trials and afflictions those who honour you.

Katavasia, the Irmos of the 1st Canon.

Kathisma. Tone 3.

You appeared, O All-praised, as Protection, salvation, help and defence of your Orthodox peoples; therefore we magnify your Protection and we proclaim your fervent defence, All-pure Maiden, who protect our souls from every assault of the dragon. Twice.

First Canon.

Ode 4. Irmos.

The One seated in glory on the throne of the Godhead, Jesus, the One above all godhead, has come on a light cloud and with his unsullied palm has saved those who cry: Glory, O Christ, to your power! Twice.

Troparia.

Invisibly unfolding your shining Protection, each day you protect, encompass, cherish and save from every affliction those who cry to you: Glory, O Virgin, to your glory!

The revelation of your great goodness, O Maiden, and your distribution of the gifts which your ever show to our race, amaze mind and thought. And so, Sovereign Lady, we sing the praise of your grace.

Being present invisibly you clearly revealed to your servants your all-holy Protection in Byzantium of old, O Bride of God. Through it you ever protect us, for you love goodness.

Having you, O Maiden, as defence in dangers, respite in slavery, guide and assistance in all the circumstances of our life, we take refuge under your shining Protection.

Second Canon. You are my strength.

By the overshadowing of your Protecting Veil, Mother of God, you dispel from our hearts the night of passions, for you are loving, and you make the day of joy and the brightness of gladness shine out; and you make radiant those who cry out to you: Hail, the world’s Protection filled with light.

From you God appeared to the world as man, born from your blood, and revealed you as the mighty Protection of the world, O Virgin, and help in afflictions; for you always shelter and rescue from dangers those who with love have recourse to your Protection.

As you bore in your womb the King of the universe, you appeared as queen of all things, escorted by godlike Saints, and spiritually you revealed to us the manifestations of your holy Protection by your most godly appearing, O All-immaculate.

Your wondrous and dazzling Protection, through which, O All-praised, you protect and save every soul of the devout, we who are saved through it from dread trials praise and faithfully cry out to you: Hail, Maiden, help of mortals!

Katavasia, the Irmos of the 1st Canon.

First Canon.

Ode 5. Irmos.

The universe was amazed at your divine glory, for you, O Virgin, who knew not wedlock, held in your womb the God who is over all and gave birth to an eternal Son, who gives salvation as the prize to all who sing your praise. Twice.

Troparia.

Your suppliant people, O All-praised, celebrates the holy memory of your Protecting Veil, for you came to the church of Vlachernae and there, O Immaculate, you spiritually protected all those who faithfully glorify you.

By your visitation, pure Maiden, destroy the insolence of the hostile lion who goes roaring each day to swallow down your inheritance, and overthrow his arrogance and pride.

As we celebrate the memory of your light-bearing Protection, we sing you thanksgivings for salvation, O Virgin, for you have delivered us from bitter slavery and mightily humbled the overweening enemy who came against us.

As a godly jar of alabaster of the All-holy Spirit, Mother of God full of grace, show me, who with faith ever take refuge under your Protection and sing the praise of your glory, to be a vessel of divine grace.

Second Canon. Why have you rejected me?

Your holy Protection, like a cloud all of light unfurled upon your servants, O Maiden, as Isaias says, rescues from the evil heat of the assault of Beliar, and bedews us with your grace.

You clearly displayed a great wonder, O All-blameless, for the safe-keeping of your faithful people; for you sheltered them invisibly with your godlike hands by your honoured Veil. Therefore rejoicing we all praise you.

In the wilderness of old a shining cloud protected the Israelite people, O Maiden; while now your all-radiant Protecting Veil protects us and guides us, and directs us to the light of your Son’s commandments every day.

Katavasia.

The universe was amazed at your divine glory, for you, O Virgin, who knew not wedlock, held in your womb the God who is over all and gave birth to an eternal Son, who gives salvation as the prize to all who sing your praise.

First Canon.

Ode 6. Irmos.

Come godly-minded people, as we celebrate this divine and honoured feast of the Mother of God, let us clap our hands as we glorify the God who was born from her. Twice.

Troparia.

By night a pillar of fire once guided the Israelite people, while now, O Immaculate, your Protecting Veil, formed like lightning, ever guides us to salvation.

Unfolding your Protection, wholly light, you protect us each day, All-pure Virgin, as we now know. What return then shall we make you for your grace?

Of old and now you have shown us to be your own chosen portion and a people for your won possession, O Maiden. Therefore the company of the Orthodox sings your praise.

Your faithful and God-loving people, O Maiden, proclaims your grace and, delivered from dangers and perils, sings a song of thanksgiving to your Protection.

Second Canon. Be merciful to me, Saviour.

In truth, O Queen of the universe, you appeared all light and wondrously unfolded your most pure Protection, protecting your servants. Therefore we sing the praise of your great loving-kindness.

The Cherubim once overshadowed the ark under the Law; while now your Protection protects the Church of Christ, All blessed one, overshadows her and grants unstinted grace.

The Israel of old was led by a cloud to the Promised Land, while the new Israel is guided by your Protecting Veil towards unending life.

Round us you throw your radiant Protection, O most pure, like fire consuming the foolish, saving us from their folly. Therefore we glorify you.

Katavasia, the Irmos of the 1st Canon.

Kontakion. Tone 8. To you, my Champion.

Like a cloud brightly overshadowing the whole company of the Church, O all-pure, you appeared of old on the royal City. But as the Protection and Champion of your people, protect from every affliction us who cry to you: Hail, Protection wholly light.

The Ikos.

Unfolding from on high your holy Protection, Virgin Mary, Mother of God, you protect and save your people, who cry out to you, Pure Maiden, hour by hour, while now they gratefully sing the praise of your wonders as they cry: Hail, Protection, wholly light!

Hail, gate of salvation.

Hail, Protection of the Church.

Hail, wondrous vision of the Angels.

Hail, unshakeable support of mortals.

Hail, Ever-Virgin Mother of Christ the universal King.

Hail, Protection and assistance of your faithful people.

Hail, for you appeared protecting your race.

Hail, for you grant victories to the troops.

Hail, source of abundant goodness.

Hail, lamp of God’s loving-kindness.

Hail, for through you we conquer the foe.

Hail, for to you we cry out each day:

Hail, Protection wholly light!

Synaxarion.

On the 1st [28th] of the month we celebrate the commemoration of the Protecting Veil of our most holy Lady, Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary, who ever gives special protection to the Orthodox people, as of old she protected the Queen of cities.

Verses

Those who with faith, pure Virgin, look to you

With your Protection you protect and cherish.

Protection of God’s Mother veils God’s people.

Once, during an all-night vigil that was being celebrated in the holy shrine in Vlachernae, the blessed Andrew went there, as was his custom. Epiphanios was there also with one of his children. He was would stand there, as his custom was, because his fervour gave him strength, sometimes until midnight, sometimes until dawn. And so, when it was already about eleven o’clock at night, the blessed Andrew saw with his own eyes a most extraordinary vision coming in female form from the royal doors with a dread entourage, among which was the honoured Forerunner and the son thunder, holding her by the hand on either side, and many Saints, robed in white, went before her; while others followed with hymns and spiritual songs. When she drew near the ambo, Andrew approached Epiphanios and said, ‘Do you see the Lady and Mistress of the world?’ He replied, ‘Yes, my spiritual father.’

And as they watched, she bowed her knees and prayed for a long time, shedding tears down her godlike and immaculate face. After her prayer, she advanced to the sanctuary, where she entreated for the people present. So when she had removed the veil which she was wearing on her most-pure head and which had the appearance of lightning, she unrolled it and taking it with great reverence in her all-pure hands — it was large and awesome — spread it out above all the people who were standing there. The saints saw it stretched out over the people for a number of hours and blazing with the gory of the Lord like amber. As long as the most holy Mother of God was there, it was visible also, but after she had departed, it was no longer to be seen. For while she indeed took it with, she felt behind her grace for those who were there.

At the prayers of your most pure Mother, Christ God, have mercy and protect us from visible and invisible enemies and save our souls. Amen.

First Canon.

Ode 7. Irmos.

The godlike Children did not worship creation instead of the Creator, but bravely trampling on the threat of fire, rejoicing they sang: O highly exalted Lord and God of our fathers, blessed are you! Twice.

Troparia

You have placed us, Sovereign Lady, under your Protecting Veil, and you ever protect us from dread abuse, assault of foes and every affliction. Therefore with upraised voices we all sing your praise to the ages.

You protected the royal city of Constantine as your chosen part, Pure Virgin; likewise you now protect with your glory, All-blameless Lady, us who take refuge in your fervent defence.

The wondrous overshadowing of our race with your godlike Protection, Pure Virgin, clearly manifests your providence, through which you grant joy and peace to our souls.

Unhusbanded, O All-pure, you husbanded Christ, the Husbandman of our life; as cause of our joy you appeared to those who sang, Hail, Sovereign Lady of our race, saviour and sweet help.

Second Canon. God’s condescension.

The living house in which God Most High made his dwelling, the Pure Mother of God, was seen of old in her house and unfolding her Veil she wondrously protected those who had put their trust in her.

We are wholly unable to comprehend the greatness of your goodness towards us, O Maiden; for as a truly loving mother you protect, cherish and nourish us each day. And so we sing the praise of your godly Protection.

God-bearing Andrew in an immaterial vision saw you in mind spiritually unfolding your radiant Protection for your suppliants, and he praised you marvellous works, that are beyond reason and understanding.

Of old a cloud of light covered the tent of witness; while now your wondrous and most radiant Protection, immaculate Maiden, covers the Church of Christ day and night as the mountain of God.

Katavasia, the Irmos of the 1st Canon.

Ode 8. First Canon. Irmos.

The Offspring of the Mother of God saved the innocent Youths in the furnace. Then he was prefigured, but now in reality he gathers the whole world which sings: All you works praise the Lord, and highly exalt him to all the ages. Twice

In many ways you revealed of old the force of your Protection, Mother of God, by signs and wonders and countless deeds of power, acting as our Champion every day, O All-pure; while now we sing the praise of your saving wondrous works.

Your chosen people, O All-blameless, faithfully receiving force and strength from your godly Protection, ever escapes from afflictions that attack them and from warlike foes, and remains unharmed by any madness, Mother of God, through your solicitude.

From on high, Immaculate Virgin, unfold your holy and most radiant Protection, and as of old protect us and keep us safe from foes who attack us, and deliver your inheritance from their wickedness and assault.

Venerable Andrew and venerable and godly Epiphanios saw you unfolding the Protecting Veil that had protected your immaculate body, Mother of God Ever-Virgin, and they were amazed; for you protected all, O Maiden, with immaterial light and heavenly glory.

Second Canon. The One who was glorified.

To those who walk in the night of life, Pure Virgin, your all-holy Protection grants divine force, light and salvation and directs them all to the repose of eternal life.

The choirs of the Bodiless Powers and of the Saints, seeing you, Pure Virgin, in your holy church unfolding your sacred veil and protecting the world, praised the fount of your mercy.

Protection of the world, wider than a cloud, are you, pure Mother of God, salvation of mortals; and so, as we celebrate with love the commemoration of your honoured Protection, we praise the multitudes of your wonders.

Having gained you, pure Virgin, as a mighty defence in life and unbreakable hope, we take refuge under your mighty Protection, and we are rescued from the stumbling-blocks of the Trickster as we sing the praise of your grace.

Katavasia, the Irmos of the 1st Canon.

Ode 9. First Canon. Irmos.

Angels magnify in hymns the Protection of the Mother of God, for it protects the choirs of believers in every place.

Let all born of earth bearing torches, in spirit leap for joy; let the nature of the immaterial spirits honour and celebrate the wondrous sacred festival of the Mother of God, and let them cry: Hail, all-blessed Mother of God, pure and Ever-Virgin! Twice.

Angels, seeing the Protecting Veil of the Mother of God were amazed at how it protects and saves those who trust in it.

The dew which falls in drops from your Godly Protection as from an immaterial cloud, O Immaculate, becomes healing for us and brings to an end sicknesses of soul and body for those who cry: Hail, Ever-Virgin, our joy and consolation!

Angels and mortals honour your revered Protection, Sovereign Lady, for by it you protect all those who faithfully sing your praise.

The Church of the faithful celebrates a sacred memorial of your wonders to your glory and praise, O All-blameless, and with faith taking refuge under your Protection, cries out to you: Protect and guard me until my life’s end, O All-praised.

Angels and mortals magnify the Protecting Veil of the All-pure, for it protects and saves all who honour it.

With all our soul let us gather to your godly Protection, immaculate Lady, bringing thankful praise with fervent gratitude, for you haveerial cloud, O Immaculate, becomes healing for us and brings to an end sicknesses of soul and body for those who cry: Hail, Ever-Virgin, our joy and consolation!

Angels and mortals honour your revered Protection, Sovereign Lady, for by it you protect all those who faithfully sing your praise.

The Church of the faithful celebrates a sacred memorial of your wonders to your glory and praise, O All-blameless, and with faith taking refuge under your Protection, cries out to you: Protect and guard me until my life’s end, O All-praised.

Angels and mortals magnify the Protecting Veil of the All-pure, for it protects and saves all who honour it.

With all our soul let us gather to your godly Protection, immaculate Lady, bringing thankful praise with fervent gratitude, for you have chosen us for your own and you treat us kindly in all things; you guide us and save us from afflictions.

Immaculate Virgin who bore God, save your flock, protecting it with your Protecting Veil and caring for it in every way.

From above, pure Virgin, keep your godly Protection around your people like a rampart with a wealth of loving-kindness; while to me, who have now woven for you songs of praise, give enlightenment and illumination, I implore, and forgiveness of faults.

Second Canon. Heaven was amazed.

Magnify, O my soul, the all-holy Protection of the pure Virgin.

Bending with motherly love, O Maiden, towards your people who fervently hope in you, for you are compassionate, in a strange manner you spiritually unfolded for them your godly Protection like a cloud of light. And so as we proclaim the wealth of your loving-kindness, Mother of God, we magnify you.

Magnify, O my soul, the light-bearing Protection of the only Mother of God.

Your Son, O Immaculate, who of old guided an ungrateful people with a cloud like a pillar, revealed you as a spiritual and living cloud that wondrously protects and saves for a land of incorruption the chosen people, O Pure One, by your ardent presence.

Glory.

Magnify, O my soul, the Godhead without beginning in three Persons.

Raising your hands to God you implore on our behalf the One who came forth from you, and thence, unfolding spiritually your light-bearing Protection, you protected all the faithful. And so, as we celebrate its yearly memorial, Mother of God, we magnify you.

Both now.

Magnify, O my soul, the wonderful mighty deeds of the All-immaculate Maiden.

As we sing the praise of the manifold gifts of your Protection and its unstinted grace, pure Mother, which we unceasingly enjoy, we cry out to you from our souls: As of old you protected your people, so now too protect us with your hand and save us until our life’s end, O Immaculate.

Katavasia, the Irmos of the 1st Canon.

Exapostilarion. As God you adorned.

Your godly Protection, Maiden Mother of God, overshadows the faithful; and protects and guides the Orthodox flock and preserves it unscathed from dangers of every kind.

Another. Same melody.

By your mighty Protection and unsleeping intercession, O Maiden, guard the race of the Orthodox unharmed. For we have all gained you as refuge in troubles.

At Lauds.

We insert 4 stichera, and sing the following Prosomia.

Tone 1. Joy of the heavenly hosts.

The Ever-Virgin Maiden and pure Mother of God, ally and Protection of the attacked, and above all refuge and ready help, let us all praise as is fitting, as we magnify her Protection.

Your all-holy and dazzling Protection, which you unfold each day like a cloud of light, and with which you manifestly protect and cover us, in good fortune and in disasters, as we have learned, O Virgin, with gladness we call blessed.

Of old the queen of cities, O Virgin, escaped from dangers and fearful wars by your divine and wondrous Protection, while today your people by its grace escapes from troubles, disasters and calamities.

How wondrous the grace of your kindness, O Virgin, for your people both of old and now. And so, as we take refuge each day under your revered Protection, we find deliverance from every assault and participation in blessings of every kind.

Glory. Both now. Tone 5.

The gifts of your Protecting Veil, O Mother of God, unfolded in every place like the beams of the sun, bring us graces in countless ways; for they drive out the gloom of diseases, rout the regiments of foes, dispel the fog of unlooked for disasters and grant us lasting peace. But, O Virgin Full of grace, accept our thankful hymns, we beg, and be for us an ally and defender until the ends of the age.

Great Doxology and Dismissal.

At The Liturgy

Typika and Beatitudes, from the 3rd Ode of the 1st Canon and the 6th Ode of the 2nd. Or, if you wish, the following Antiphons.

1ST ANTIPHON

Verse 1: The Queen stood at your right hand in a garment of gold, of many colours.

At the prayers of the Mother of God, O Saviour, save us.

Verse 2: All the glory of the king’s daughter is within.

At the prayers of the Mother of God, O Saviour, save us.

Verse 3: The rich among your people will entreat your favour.

At the prayers of the Mother of God, O Saviour, save us.

Glory. Both now.

At the prayers of the Mother of God, O Saviour, save us.

2ND ANTIPHON

Verse 1: The whole earth is full of your praise, O Lord.

Son of God, wonderful in the Saints, save us who sing to you: Alleluia.

Verse 2: The day of the Lord comes against everyone who is arrogant and proud, and against everyone who is high and exalted.

Son of God, wonderful in the Saints, save us who sing to you: Alleluia.

Verse 3: The Lord Sabaoth shakes the glorious with strength, and the exalted will be crushed by arrogance.

Son of God, wonderful in the Saints, save us who sing to you: Alleluia.

Glory. Both now.

Only-begotten Son and Word of God…

3RD ANTIPHON

Verse 1: I will remember your name in every generation.

We sing the praise of the graces of your Protecting Veil, O Virgin, which like a light-bearing cloud you unfold beyond understanding, and you spiritually protect your people from every assault of their foe. For we have gained you was Protection and defender and helper, as we cry out to you: Glory to your mighty deeds, O Pure one; glory to your Protection; glory to your providence towards us, O Immaculate!

Verse 2: Therefore the peoples will give thanks to you for ever and to age on age.

We sing the praise…

Verse 3: Myrrh and fragrant oil and cassia from your garments.

We sing the praise…

Kontakion. Tone 8. To you, my Champion

Like a cloud brightly overshadowing the whole company of the Church, O all-pure, you appeared of old on the royal City. But as the Protection and Champion of your people, protect us from every affliction us as we cry to you: Hail, Protection wholly light.

Prokeimenon. Tone 3.

[Song of the Mother of God. Luke 1]

My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God, my Saviour.

Verse: For he has regarded the lowliness of his handmaiden; and behold, from henceforth all generations will call me blessed.

Apostle.

The Reading is from the Epistle of Paul to the Hebrews.

[9:1-7]

Brethren, now the first tabernacle had regulations for worship and an earthly sanctuary. For a tabernacle was constructed, the first one, in which were the lampstand, the table, and the bread of the Presence; this is called the Holy Place. Behind the second curtain was a tabernacle called the Holy of Holies. In it stood the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which there were a golden jar holding the manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; above it were the Cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot speak now in detail. Such preparations having been made, the priests go continually into the first tabernacle to carry out their ritual duties; but only the high priest goes into the second, and he but once a year, and not without taking the blood that he offers for himself and for the sins committed in ignorance by the people.

Alleluia. Tone 8 [Psalm 44]

Verse 1: Hear, O Daughter, and see, and incline your ear; and forget your people and your father’s house.

Verse 2: The rich among the people of the land will entreat your favour.

At Above all.

Angels magnify in hymns the Protection of the Mother, for it protects the choirs of believers in every place.

Let all born of earth bearing torches, in spirit leap for joy; let the nature of the immaterial spirits honour and celebrate the wondrous sacred festival of the Mother of God, and let them cry: Hail, all-blessed Mother of God, pure and Ever-Virgin!

Communion.

I will take the cup of salvation, and I will call on the name of the Lord. Alleluia.

Megalynarion.

You are the Protection of Orthodox Christians, O Virgin, protecting all the faithful. And so your people takes refuge in your Protection, and with faith magnifies your watchful care.

 

6 Oct. Commemoration of the holy Apostle Thomas.

At Vespers

At Lord, I have cried, we insert 6 stichera and we sing 3 prosomia of the Apostle, doubling them.

Tone 4. As noblest of Martyrs.

You handled the Master’s side, all-blessed Apostle, and grasped the summit of blessings; for like a sponge you soaked up streams from there, the source of good things and eternal life, and you watered hearts dried up through ignorance of God, as you well up with the doctrines of the knowledge of God.

By your believing unbelief you confirmed believers when you began to speak of him as God and Lord of all creation, he who bore flesh for us who are on earth and who endured the Cross and death and the holes of the nails and who was pierced by a lance in his side, from which we draw life.

Wondrous Thomas opened up the source of doctrines, Master, for the godly; for when he handled your side he was fittingly initiated into the double energy with the two essences, and he cried out: You are my God and Master, you are the Lord of glory, who became flesh for my sake.

Glory. Tone 6.

As a servant of the Word and of his ineffable incarnation, Apostle Thomas, you drew from the depth of wisdom; for searching with the reed of the Cross, you caught souls from the depth of deception. Therefore you enlightened the whole inhabited world with the net of your doctrines, and made the clouded souls of the Indians bright with the light of knowledge. And so, as you radiantly enjoy Christ’s glory, implore him to have mercy on our souls.

Both now. Theotokion.

Mother of God, you are the true vine who gave bud to the fruit of life; intercede, we beseech you, Sovereign Lady, with the Apostles and all the saints that he have mercy on our souls.

At the Aposticha, Prosomia.

Tone 4. You have given as a sign.

Christ, the lover of mankind, drew you out like a pearl from the abyss of the confusion of the world, Apostle Thomas, and through you he enriched those who were in doubt and involved in the poverty of dread deeds. And so we call you blessed and glorify with songs of praise you festive memorial, as we devoutly honour you.

Verse: His sound has gone out into all the earth, and his words the ends of the world.

Sacred Apostle who looked on God, you made the whole land of the Indians radiant, for you enlightened them all and by the Spirit, wise Saint, you made them children of the light and of the day; you smashed the temples of the idols and by grace you raised up churches to God’s glory and praise, blessed Intercessor for our souls.

Verse: The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims the work of his hands.

With your restless hand, Thomas, you searched God’s side and the wounds of the nails, which he underwent for us, and as you joyfully changed your unbelief to fair belief you cried out: You are my Lord and my God, and I glorify you, lover of mankind, who by your passion pour forth dispassion for believers.

Tone 6. By Anatolios.

You gazed on the divine mysteries of Christ, Apostle Thomas, and mystically you have been declared to be a spiritual mixing bowl, in which the souls of believers rejoice; for with the divine net of the Spirit you drew peoples from the deep of ignorance; therefore you came from Sion as a river of grace, welling up with your inspired doctrines into the whole creation. And so, imitating the passion of Christ, you were pierced in the side and entered the darkness of incorruption; implore him to have mercy on our souls.

Both now. Theotokion.

Having placed all your hope.

When to mind there comes the thought of the dread judgement seat of your Son, All-pure Virgin, and the universal tribunal, I am in despair, trembling and terrified at the examination of my deeds; for they are all worthless and filled with every kind of shame, and truly worthy of darkness and punishment and rejection. See my distress, and see the abasement of my soul, and deliver me from every constraint and punishment.

Apolytikion. Tone 3.

Holy Apostle Thomas, intercede with the merciful God to grant our souls forgiveness of sins.

At Matins

The usual reading from the Psalter. After the 3rd reading, Kathisma.

Tone 5. Let us believers praise.

Let us all praise the Apostle and Disciple of Christ with hymns on his commemoration; for in a manner fitting God he has confirmed our minds in the Lord, having handled the marks of the nails as he sought firm belief, and he intercedes unrelentingly that he have mercy on our souls.

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Implore the God and Lord who was incarnate of you, Holy Lady, for the sake of us who were corrupted by sins, to take pity on us and to turn away his anger and rage from those who cry out with faith and unceasingly praise the mighty deeds of his grace.

Then the Canons of the Oktoichos and the following of the Apostle, of which the Acrostic is.

I marvel at Thomas, filled with marvels.

A composition by Theophanes.

Ode 1. Tone 4.

Implore the Son of God without beginning, the Word of God, who appeared on earth in form like us, whom you saw, glorious Apostle, and whose hands and side you handled with your palm, to save your servants.

My God, Jesus, who knows what is hidden, and who tests minds and examines hearts, made you, all-blessed Thomas, a servant and witness and godly Apostle of his theophany.

A river of mystic waters you have been declared, Thomas, watering the face of the earth and the body of the Church with streams of the knowledge of God, and by the surge of the Spirit driving away the deception of belief in many gods.

Theotokion.

You are the overthrower of death and corruption, All-hymned Mother of God, for you bore Christ the source of incorruption, who made human nature lovely with grace of immortality, O all-blameless.

Ode 3. Let us not boast.

Virtue’s beauty and wonders adorning you, Apostle who saw God, you shone on the ugliness of the Indians with the divine light and made their darkness bright with faith.

Set aflame by the splendour, by the action of the Spirit, you were sent out, inspired Thomas, like a shaft of divine light and enlightened the world with wonders.

Like the swiftness of passing lightning, Apostle Thomas, initiated into the doctrines of divine wisdom, you have made radiant the ends of the earth.

Theotokion.

Virgin who did not know wedlock and who bore God incarnate, establish me, who am battered by the assaults of the passions; for there is no help but yours, O Immaculate.

The Irmos.

Let us not boast in wisdom and power and wealth, but in you, O Christ, the empersonned wisdom of God the Father. For none is holy but you, O Lover of mankind.

Kathisma. Tone 8. The Wisdom and Word.

Catching in the net of the divine words spiritual fish, you offered them as firstfruits to our God; and being granted to put on the support of Christ, you have been revealed as an imitator of his passion; therefore we have assembled and honour as is fitting, glorious Apostle, your all-festive memory, and with one voice we cry to you: Intercede with Christ God to bestow forgiveness of faults on those who celebrate with love your holy memory.

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Let us hymn the heavenly gate and ark, the all-holy mountain, the cloud of light, the bush unburned, the spiritual Paradise, the ransom of Eve, the great foundation of the whole inhabited world; because in her salvation was wrought for the world and forgiveness of ancient offences; and so we cry to her: Intercede with your Son and God to bestow forgiveness of faults on those who devoutly worship your all-holy child-bearing.

Ode 4. The One seated in glory.

Using the greatest proof of marvels, and radiantly displaying the glory of divine doctrines, you grasped by your preaching the whole inhabited world, which cries out: Glory, O Christ, to your power!

Thomas, blessed and all-honoured, we praise you as an eye-witness and zealous servant of the Word, a witness of his glory and majesty, as a faithful steward and Apostle.

O blessed and all-revered Thomas, fixing a corner-stone as base, you constructed for those who believe as it were a bridal chamber and heavenly tabernacle.

Theotokion.

We name the all-holy Virgin earth unploughed, which produced the ear of life, light cloud, source of the rain which gives life, as we cry out: Glory, O Christ, to your power!

Ode 5.

Apostle, made radiant by Christ’s glory and having handled his life-giving side, you drew on an unfathomable abyss of blessing and enriched the world.

At your first entrance Thomas was not present and did not believe the Disciples; but afterwards, brought to belief, he cried out with joy: Most merciful, I proclaim you God and Lord!

With spiritual thunder Thomas, the living heaven of your glory, cried out, proclaiming you, O Christ, to be both God and Lord and he preached you reverently.

Theotokion.

Make my mind a victor over the passions, O all-blameless, and subdue their assaults by reason, Bride of God, who gave birth to the Saviour of our souls [who gave birth to eternal dispassion].

Ode 6. I will sacrifice to you.

Your unbelief, blessed Thomas, heals the soul-destroying unbelief of all; for you indisputably investigated the holes of the nails and the lance.

Like a sharpened arrow, O Christ, as a man of power, you loosed the Apostle into the hearts of the foe, O Giver of life, and he brought you the plunder of their spoils.

Lord of mercy, you destroyed idolatrous sacrifices by your being slaughtered on a tree and by the holy slaughter of your inspired Apostles, as they imitated your sufferings.

Theotokion.

O marvel, newer than all marvels! For a Virgin conceives in her womb without knowing man him who cherishes the universe and she is not straitened.

The Irmos.

I will sacrifice to you with a voice of praise, O Lord, the Church cries to you, cleansed from the gore of demons by the Blood which flowed through pity from your side.

Kontakion. Tone 4.

Today you have appeared.

Filled with God’s grace, Christ’s Apostle and true servant cried in repentance, ‘You are my God and Lord!’

The Ikos.

When Peter said to the inspired Thomas, Christ’s Disciple and great speaker of mysteries, ‘We have seen the Lord’, he said, ,If I do not see in his hands the mark of the nails, and handle his side, I will not believe’. But the Creator and Master of all things came as a slave, wishing to save all, and said to Thomas, ‘Handle the marks in my hands and side, and do not be unbelieving; for I am the Lord your God’. But he cried in repentance, ‘You are my God and Lord’.

Synaxarion

On the 6th of the same month, commemoration of the holy Apostle Thomas.

Verses.

Thomas once sought to thrust his hand, O Word,

Into your side: for you his side is pierced.

Thomas with spears from afar was stabbed on the sixth of October.

He preached the word of God to Medes and Parthians, Persians and Indians; he was imprisoned by King Smidaios, because through him his son Azanes, his wife Tertia and his daughters Migdonia and Narka had believed and been baptised. And so he was handed over to five soldiers, who took him up a mountain and ran him through with lances; and so he departed to the Lord.

From his journeys [which occupy five pages of small print in the Menaion].

On the same day, commemoration of the holy Martyr, Eroiпs.

Verses.

Virgin Erotiпs they burn with fire

Who was on fire with the love of Christ.

The holy new Monk Martyr Makarios, from Kios in Bithynia, was martyred at Prousi. He was stoned and finally slain with the sword in 1590.

At their holy intercessions, O God, have mercy on us. Amen.

Ode 7.

Dancing joyfully as an Apostle with the choir above in heaven, gladly you sing, blessed saint: Blessed are you, Lord, in the temple of your glory.

From end to end of the world your sound has sped, and the utterance of divine words has taught those who cry: Blessed are you, Lord, in the temple of your glory.

You became a temple of the Trinity, all-honoured Apostle; therefore you wiped out the temples and altars of idols, while you raised temples for the praise and worship of Christ God.

Theotokion.

Through your giving birth we have been delivered from the slavery of the law; for without knowing man, O Mother of God, you bore for us a liberator. Blessed are you among women, O all-blameless.

Ode 8. The Offspring of the Mother of God.

Companion of God in the flesh, you were seen to have abandoned the flesh; while you were enriched with deification above the world, made divine by your nearness to God and crying: Praise the Lord, and highly exalt him to all the ages.

Close knit with God by love, you longed for death with him, blessed Apostle, when you called out to your fellow Apostles: Let us go, and let us accept death with him, as we cry: Praise the Lord, and highly exalt him to all the ages.

As clouds of heavenly rain, O Christ, you revealed your Apostles, overflowing with showers of divine knowledge, and watering the Churches, and crying: Praise the Lord, and highly exalt him to all the ages.

Theotokion.

Pure of spot and blemish, and a sacred enclosure of all holiness, you bore the all-holy Word, who hallows all, with the Father without beginning; and so we praise you, O Virgin, and highly exalt you to all the ages.

The Irmos.

The Offspring of the Mother of God saved the innocent Youths in the furnace. Then he was prefigured, but now in reality he gathers the whole world which sings: All you works praise the Lord, and highly exalt him to all the ages.

Ode 9. A Stone not cut.

You were revealed as a light-bearing chariot, glorious Apostle, carrying with your obedient and god-bearing soul the Word seated upon it, as he drives towards salvation those who hymn you.

As we celebrate your all-blessed memorial, we implore that we may be delivered from every storm by the mediation of the confidence which you have as Christ’s Apostle, O all-honoured eye-witness of God.

We all celebrate your memory to-day, Apostle Thomas; enlighten, hallow us with faith, ever rescuing us from trials and dangers and sufferings by your prayers.

Theotokion.

You appeared as a Mother, bride of God, and an all-spotless Virgin; for you joined in one virginity and child-bearing, immaculate Lady, in giving birth to the Maker and Lord of all creation.

The Irmos.

A Stone not cut by human hand was cut from you, O Virgin, unhewn mountain: Christ the head of the corner, who joined together the natures that were parted; and so with joy, Mother of God, we magnify you.

Exapostilarion. Women hear.

Eyewitness and Apostle of Christ the all-pitying, grant peace to the whole inhabited world, victories to our Christ-loving Sovereign, ask forgiveness of faults and salvation for us who praise you, Thomas, as an inspired disciple.

Another.

Christ, the great Sun, sent you as a beam radiant with light to India, as an initiate dispelling utterly the fog of error, O wise Apostle Thomas, and enlightening the peoples to honour the divine Trinity, by which we are all guarded.

Theotokion.

All-blameless Mother of God, the great rampart of the Apostles, Martyrs, Prophets and Saints, make your Son and Lord merciful to us your servants, Mother of God, when he takes his seat to judge each as they deserve.

At Lauds we insert 6 stichera, and we sing the three following Idiomels, doubling the first.

Tone 2. By Anatolios.

You followed Christ, Apostle Thomas, and you despised the world, and hiding his teachings in your store, you were revealed as an Apostle; therefore among the nations you enlightened their souls, darkened by the error and the passions, with the commandments of the Saviour, to believe in the consubstantial Trinity.

Twice.

Tone 4.

Made radiant in soul by the divine fire of knowledge, you became in all things an imitator of the Master, as an outstanding Disciple, Apostle Thomas; for with the rod of the Cross you caught souls of the devout from the deep of ignorance. Therefore too you netted with the hook of the divine Spirit the beclouded mind of the Indians. Ever beseech Christ God to deliver us also from the darkened sight of the foe and to save our souls.

The same tone.

Leaving behind the deep of fishing, by faith you advanced with the rod of the Cross and caught all with it, Apostle Thomas; and so having handled the side of the Word with your hand, you were found worthy to explore with your finger the holes of the piercing nails. Intercede insistently with Christ God that our souls may be saved.

Glory. Tone 6.

You gazed on the divine mysteries of Christ, Apostle Thomas, and mystically you have been declared to be a spiritual mixing bowl, in which the souls of believers rejoice; for with the divine net of the Spirit you drew peoples from the deep of ignorance; therefore you came from Sion as a river of grace, welling up with your inspired doctrines into the whole creation. And so, imitating the passion of Christ, you were pierced in the side and entered the darkness of incorruption; implore him to have mercy on our souls.

Both now. Theotokion.

Mother of God, you are the true vine who gave bud to the fruit of life; intercede, we beseech you, Sovereign Lady, with the Apostles and all the saints that he have mercy on our souls.

Great Doxology and Dismissal.

At the Liturgy, the Typika and rest as usual.

 

10 Oct. Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council.

Note that on the 11th of this month, if it falls on Sunday, or on the first Sunday following it, we sing the Office of the Holy Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council.

At Vespers

After the Opening Psalm, we recite Blessed is the man. At Lord, I have cried we insert 10 Stichera and we sing 3 of the Resurrection, 1 by Anatolios and 6 Prosomia of the Holy Fathers.

Tone 6

The Patriarch Germanos the Younger collected together in one Canon the seven Councils of the Fathers, which had taken place at different times, excellently writing together and strengthening their teachings; he also presents them to the Lord as unsleeping advocates of salvation and fellow-shepherds of the flock.

The letter of the Law laid down for the children of the Hebrews that the heptad was to be honoured, and they devoted themselves to a shadow and reverenced it. But you, O Fathers, came together in a heptad of Councils, at the behest of God, who fashioned the universe in a hexad of days and blessed the seventh, and you made the heptad even more honourable by laying down a definition of the Faith.

Thrice-blessed Fathers, you have handed down that the Trinity is the cause of the birth of the world for all things that are created; for with mystic reason you established three and four Councils, and you appeared as champions of orthodox reason, for you showed that while there are four elements, it is the Trinity which created them and made the world.

It would have been sufficient for the Prophet Elisaius to have bent over once at most to breathe life into the child that lay dead; nevertheless he bent over seven times and lay right over him, thus like a scout he foretold your comings together, by which you breathed life into the slaying of God the Word, by putting to death Arius and his boon companions.

Revered Fathers, with wisdom you sewed together the torn garment of Christ, rent asunder by baying hounds, for you could not bear to look on his nakedness, as Sem and Japhet of old could not on their father’s, and you put the parricide to shame along with his supporters: Arius, whose name the madness bears.

As true shepherds you bravely drove away the Macedioniusses, the Nestoriusses, the Eftychisses, the Dioscorusses, Apollinariusses and Sabellioseverusses, exposed as dangerous wolves in sheepskins, far from the Saviour’s flock stripped of their fleeces, making them thrice-wretched; therefore we call you blessed.

Glory. Tone 6.

Let us praise to-day the mystical trumpets of the Spirit, the Godbearing Fathers, who sang a harmonious melody of theology in the midst of the Church, one Trinity, unchanging Essence and Godhead; the overthrowers of Arius, the champions of the Orthodox, who ever intercede with the Lord that he may have mercy on our souls.

Both now. Theotokion. The 1st of the Tone.

Entrance, O Joyful Light, the Prokeimenon of the day, and the Readings.

The Reading is from Genesis.

[14,14-20]

Now when Abram heard that Lot his nephew had been taken captive, he numbered his own home-born servants three hundred and eighteen, and pursued the enemy as far as Dan. And he fell upon them by night, he and his servants, and smote them and pursued them as far as Chobal, which is on the left of Damascus. And he brought back all the cavalry of Sodom, and he brought back Lot his nephew and all his goods and the women and the people. And the king of Sodom came out to meet him, after his return from the slaughter of Chodologomor and the kings with him, to the valley of Sabi; this was the plain of Kings. And Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought out bread and wine; he was Priest of the Most High. And he blessed Abram and said: Blessed is Abram by the most high God, who created the heaven and the earth. And blessed is the most high God, who has delivered your enemies into your hand.

The Reading from Deuteronomy.

[1,8-11 & 15-17b]

Moses said to the sons of Israel: See, I have delivered the land before you; go in and inherit the land which I swore to your fathers, to Abraham and to Isaac and to Jacob, to give it to them and to their seed after them. And I spoke to you at that time saying: I alone shall not be able to bear you. The Lord your God has multiplied you, and behold, you are to-day as the stars of heaven in multitude. May the Lord the God of our fathers multiply you a thousand times more than you are, and bless you as he has spoken to you. And I took from you wise and understanding and prudent men, and I set them to rule over you, captains of thousands and hundreds and fifties and tens and recorders for your judges. And I commanded your judges at that time, saying: Hear cases between your brethren, and judge rightly between a man and his brother and the stranger who is with him. You shall not have respect to persons in judging. You shall hear the small as well as the great. You shall not shrink before any man’s person; for the judgement is God’s.

The Reading from Deuteronomy.

[10,14-18 & 20-21]

Moses said to the sons of Israel: Behold the heaven and the highest heaven belong to the Lord your God, the earth and all that is in it. the Lord preferred your fathers, to love them: and he chose their seed after them, you above all nations, as it is at this day. So circumcise the hardness of your heart and stiffen your neck no longer. For the Lord your God is God of Gods and the Lord of Lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality, who takes no bribe. He executes judgement for the stranger, the orphan and the widow; and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing. You shall fear the Lord your God and serve him, and to him you shall hold fast, and take oaths in his name. He is your boast, he your God, who has done for you the great and wonderful things which your eyes have seen.

At the Liti, the usual.

Glory. Tone 3.

Holy Fathers, you have become sure guardians of the Apostolic traditions; for by teaching the orthodox doctrine of the consubstantiality of the Holy Trinity, you overthrew in Council the blasphemy of Arius. With him you refuted Macedonius, the opponent of the Spirit, and condemned Nestorius, Eftychis and Dioscorus, Sabellius and Severus the Leaderless. We implore you: beg that we who have been delivered from their error may preserve our life spotless in the faith.

Both now. Theotokion.

Mother of God, the protection of all who ask, in you we trust, in you we boast, in you is all our hope. Intercede with him who was born from you on behalf of your unprofitable servants.

At the Aposticha, from the Oktoichos.

Glory. Of the Fathers. Tone 4.

Let us with faith celebrate to-day the yearly commemoration of the god-bearing Fathers, who were assembled from the whole world in the radiant city of Nicaea, as we reverence the gatherings of the Orthodox; for they, their minds attuned to true religion, overthrew the godless teaching of Arius, and in council banished him from the Catholic Church; and in the Symbol of faith, which they precisely and devoutly laid down, they taught all to confess clearly the Son of God as consubstantial and co-eternal, and existing before the ages. And so we too, following their divine teachings and firm in our belief, worship the Son and the all-holy Spirit with the Father, in one Godhead, a consubstantial Trinity.

Both now. Theotokion. The same Tone.

Assent to the entreaties of your servants, All-blameless one, putting an end to the uprisings of dangers for us and rescuing us from every trouble; for we have you as our only safe and sure anchor, and we have gained you as protection. May we who call upon you, Sovereign Lady, not be put to shame; hasten at the entreaty of those who cry out to you with faith: Hail, Sovereign Lady help of all, joy and shelter and salvation of our souls.

Resurrection Apolytikion.

Glory. Of the Fathers. Tone 8.

You are glorified above all, Christ our God, who established our Fathers as beacons on the earth, and through them guided us all to the true faith. O greatly compassionate one, glory to you!

Both now. Theotokion.

You were born for us from a Virgin and endured crucifixion, Good Lord; by your death you despoiled death, and revealed resurrection as God; do not despise those whom you fashioned with your own hand; show your love for mankind, O Merciful; accept the Mother of God who bore you, as she intercedes for us, and save, O Saviour, a people in despair.

And Dismissal.

At Matins

The usual Reading from the Psalter; but instead of Psalm 118 we say the Polyeleos [not in the Athonite Typica]. The Resurrection Kathismata and the rest likewise as usual.

Then the Canons of the Oktoichos [to 8], and of the Holy Fathers to 6.

The Canon of the Saints, whose Acrostic is:

I sing the seventh synod of the blest.

A composition of Theophanes.

Ode 1. Tone 8.

mpart to me, Lord, who now desire to sing the Seventh Council, the assembly of the seven gifts of the Paraclete, who made it wise with tongues of fire and silenced all blasphemous prattling.

ince the beginning the seventh is the best of numbers; for the complete rest from God’s creative work took place originally on the seventh day; and now the cessation of all heresies at the Seventh Council.

n Nicea of old the choir of the Fathers, having vanquished Arius, enemy of God, with their shepherd’s rod, strengthened the Church with orthodox doctrines; and now in this same city their united ranks have put the iconoclasts to shame.

Theotokion.

ow as the Fathers devoutly taught, we faithfully confess a virgin womb, which bore without pangs the fleshless in flesh; and we depict and worship his likeness, and greet it with honour.

Ode 3.

uided by Christ the godly Chief Shepherds, lest his Church, which cannot be broken, might be shaken, shook to their foundations as partners of Antichrist those who wished to shake the Church to its foundations.

he assembly of the Fathers cleans up foul and muddy torrents by drawing water from the springs of salvation, and quenches the thirst of Christ’s thirsty people with the streams of their teachings.

ere in the shining city of Nicea the seventh assembly of lovers of Christ took place against those who truly hated him, the Christians’ accusers; its advocates the Sovereigns Irene and Constantine.

Theotokion.

very impious man, who does not honour the holy image of the Mother of God, and does not proclaim that she bore Christ as God and man, let him go hence and be sent to burn unceasingly in the fire.

Kathisma. Tone 4.

Most blessed Fathers, inspired by God, you were shown to the world as truly brilliant beacons for the world, by melting like wax the heresies of the blasphemous prattlers, quenching the burning confusions of the slanderers.

Glory. The same.

Both now. Theotokion.

Come speedily to help us, pure Virgin Mother; deliver us from enemies who blaspheme you and do not worship you; shatter all the idle prattling of the heresies; let them know that you alone are Mother of God, who save the Orthodox by your intercessions.

Ode 4.

word and arrow, God’s word, in hand, the godlike Fathers utterly slaughtered all those ill disposed to the sign of the cross and who likewise do not honour the images of Christ, the Mother of God and all the Saints.

ven as seven trumpets on the seventh circuit threw down the walls of Jericho; so the seven Councils brought down to chaos the whole band that had risen up against God, at the seventh assembly of the well-tuned trumpets of the Spirit.

Vaunting a youthful brashness, and burning with God’s zeal, the assembled Fathers, like Elias, put to death the priests of shame; therefore with boldness they firmly taught the worship of Christ’s image.

Theotokion.

Ever pure, you are my hope, and you are my song, you are my harbour and you are my pilotage, you who without union bore God incarnate, the Word of the Father; therefore without doubting, empowered with your strength, I venerate your image.

Ode 5.

Now the revered Fathers, having deliberated together with lofty thought, have condemned the Iconoclasts as thinkers of strange thoughts; and decreed, as is fitting, that honour be paid to Christ’s image.

The time of joy is now, the day of salvation has newly appeared; let us therefore rejoice and joyfully cry out to Christ: Give us your peace, at the prayers of the Fathers of the Seventh Council, O Lover of mankind.

Theotokion.

He, the Son of God, through his merciful compassion, was born from the Virgin without change, bearing as his own what was alien; and willingly He appears circumscribed by its form, He who in his essence is uncircumscribed.

Ode 6.

Iweetness and rejoicing the mountains have rained down; for the multitude of heretics has been scattered, which exuded bitter poison: the rejection of the holy images.

ea, let heaven and earth in harmony celebrate the greatness of the daughter of God; for she is magnified and casts down those who belittle her.

Theotokion.

New birth He gave me, the Son, of old of the Father without mother, and divinely born of a Mother without father; therefore making an image I greet the one who gave birth together with the One who was born.

Kontakion. Tone 2.

The Son who shone ineffably from the Father, was born twofold in nature from a woman; knowing Him we do not deny the representation of his form; but depicting it devoutly, we honour it faithfully; and so, holding to the true faith, the Church greets the image of Christ’s incarnation.

The Ikos

The all-merciful God, wishing to rouse us always to the perfect memory of his incarnation, has delivered to us this notion: the depiction of his honoured form through the painting of images; that seeing it with our sight we may believe what we have heard in speech; as we recognise the action, name, appearance and struggles of the holy men, and Christ the prize-giver who gives crowns of victory to the Holy Athletes and Martyrs; through whom the Church lately more clearly holding to the true faith, greets the image of Christ’s incarnation.

After the Synaxarion of the day

On the same day we celebrate the memory of the Holy and blest Fathers, who assembled for a second time in Nicea in the reign of the devout and Christ-loving Sovereigns Constantine and Irene, against those who claimed, impiously, ignorantly and unthinkingly that God’s Church worshipped idols and who cast down the revered and holy images.

Verses

The Champions with the weapons of your words,

O Word, the foes of honoured icons trounced.

This holy, seventh Ecumenical Council took place in Nicea a second time, in the reign of the Emperor Constantine and his mother Irene, when Hadrian was Pope of Rome, Tarasios Patriarch of Constantinople, Politianos of Alexandria, Theodoret of Antioch and Elias of Jerusalem. Three hundred and sixty five Holy Fathers were assembled. They all assembled against the Iconoclasts, and they condemned in writing every heresy, the leaders of the heresies and then all the Iconoclasts; placing on record and decreeing that anyone who does not venerate the holy images is a stranger to the Orthodox faith; that the honour given to the image passes to its prototype; and that whoever worships and honours the image, worships the person of the one depicted therein. And so when they had thus decreed and had strengthened the Orthodox faith, each one returned to his own See.

Through the prayers of the Holy Fathers, O God, have mercy upon us.

Ode 7.

Overthrown are the leaders of heresy by the teachings of the inspired men, who rightly transfer the honour given to the types to their archetypes, as Basil the Great said: Blessed is the God of our Fathers.

Decorated now with shining images the churches are made beautiful; and so the world, through the churches, sings to the beauty far above all mortals, together with those who sing: Blessed is the God of our Fathers.

Out of the way you impious, the light has dawned, the darkness is far off; and so all things filled with light sing the praise of Christ in good heart and say: Blessed is the God of our Fathers.

Theotokion.

For all the only hope of salvation, the all-pure Sovereign Lady, who awe-inspiringly gave birth to Christ the King of kings, bearing him as an infant in her arms, is venerated together with him in painting, as the Fathers say.

Ode 8.

The assembly of the Fathers excellently decreed, for those who honour God, a relative worship and the re-erection of the sacred image of Christ; but we lovers of true religion, as obedient children, celebrate their yearly memorial, and with longing we kiss Christ’s image.

Now fiercely the arrogant bowed the humble down, and repulsed the attacks of the lovers of virtue, because they opposed their inspired deeds; but the Fathers of the Seventh Council, assembled in Nicea, at once brought down their pride far more fiercely.

Even as the Psalmist said, the blows and lashes of those who think like infants become infants’ arrows for those who think like the old; and by God’s power many tongues of those who speak blasphemies against the Highest become feeble; and each one acknowledges the Father, the Son and the Spirit, one God, only cause of all things.

Theotokion.

y his mercy the Creator is willingly created as an infant from your pure blood, guarding you wholly purified after child-birth, O Pure one, and purifying his polluted image; therefore in images he is depicted with you, having become mortal by nature, who is God by nature.

Ode 9.

Lord most mighty and King of all, great in might and counsel, who hold the universe in being, incomprehensible, alone God, strengthen the Church, protecting her by your orthodoxy, at the entreaties of the all-glorious Fathers, who have condemned false doctrine.

Even on earth, O Saints, whose minds were in heaven, you were found worthy of great honours, for you gave Christ’s image a relative honour; and now having laid aside the shadow and the covering of the flesh, you see him in person face to face, and are found worthy of yet greater things.

So that we might be chastened you provoked an assault by barbaric cavalry with all their host, do you shatter it yourself and their violence against us; and fight with the King who has shown his trust in you, who achieve all things, at the confident prayers of the Fathers whose memory we celebrate.

Theotokion.

The mystery of your awe-inspiring child-bearing no mortal mind can fathom; but no more than can the lofty mind of Angels that above nature you gave birth to God incarnate; therefore, acknowledging you as Mother of God and depicting you with him, we magnify you.

Exapostilarion.

O Fathers with minds in heaven, who were gathered in the Seventh Council, offer an insistent supplication to the Trinity that those who sing the praise of your divine assembly may be delivered from every heresy and eternal punishment and may reach the Kingdom.

Theotokion.

O Lord supremely good, at the prayers of your Mother and of the Fathers gathered in the seven Councils, establish the Church and strengthen the Faith; and make all sharers in the Kingdom of heaven, when you come on earth to judge all creation.

At Lauds we sing 4 Stichera of the Resurrection and 3, Prosomia, of the Fathers, doubling the first.

Tone 6.

Having welded together all spiritual knowledge, and having examined together by the Divine Spirit the heavenly and revered Creed, the revered Fathers, under God’s inspiration, traced it out. In it, clearly following the teachings of the Apostles, they most distinctly teach that the Word is without beginning with his Begetter and most surely consubstantial. Renowned they are, truly all-blessed and godly-minded.

Verse: Blessed are you, Lord, the God of our Fathers.

Having received the spiritual brilliance of the Holy Spirit, and divinely inspired, the good heralds proclaimed the supernatural oracle, brief in words, but rich in meaning; the blest defenders of Gospel teachings and the godly traditions, whose revelation they clearly received from on high, and, enlightened, set forth the Faith taught them by God.

Verse: Gather to him his holy ones.

Having collected together all their skill as shepherds, and stirred up their most just anger, the godly Shepherds, as Christ’s truest servants, the most sacred initiates of the inspired proclamation, most justly drove off the fierce and ravening wolves with the sling of the Spirit, having cast as from a sling from the body of the Church those fallen as though sick of a deadly and incurable sickness.

Glory. Tone 8.

The choir of holy Fathers, having hurried together from the ends of the whole world, proclaimed the doctrine of the one being and nature of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and clearly delivered to the Church the mystery of the godhead. Praising them with faith, let us call them blessed as we say: O godly host, inspired warriors of the Lord’s battle-line, brightly shining stars of the spiritual firmament, impregnable towers of the mystical Sion, sweet-scented flowers of Paradise, pure golden mouths of the Word, Nicea’s boast, the whole world’s ornament, intercede insistently on behalf of our souls.

Both now. You are most blessed.

Great Doxology and Dismissal.

At the Liturgy, Typika and Beatitudes of the Tone and from the [3rd] and 6th Odes of the Canon of the Fathers.

Communion.

The just will be held in eternal memory.

 

18 Oct. Commemoration of the Evangelist Luke.

At Vespers

At Lord, I have cried we insert 6 Stichera and sing the following Prosomia.

Tone 8. What may we call you.

What may I name you, Apostle? Heaven, for you declared the glory of God. Lightning, for you irradiate the world by your illumination. Cloud, that rains down divine streams. Mixing-bowl overflowing with the inspired wine of wisdom, wine that makes hearts glad. Intercede that our souls may be saved.

How may I now address you, O inspired by God? River, coming forth from Paradise for us. Ark of the covenant which Christ laid down. Beacon, blazing with spiritual light. Lamp, that irradiates the Church. Bread of life, divine table, cup of divine drink. Intercede that our souls may be saved.

What may we now call you, who saw God? Most active minister of the mysteries of Christ. Wise architect of the spiritual tabernacle, who carve out the tables of grace, having written down the new law which comes forth from Sion and is proclaimed through you. Intercede that our souls may be saved.

What may we now call you, glorious Saint? Safe treasury of the gifts of heaven’s grace. Skilled physician of both souls and bodies. Paul’s co-worker and companion of his journeys, who set down the Acts of the Apostles. Virtue, Luke, has made for you many names. Intercede that our souls may be saved.

What titles may I address you by, Inspired of God? Disciple, for you to us you proclaimed the good tidings: Christ. Physician, for you heal the passions of our souls. Lamp, blazing with spiritual light. Base and foundation of the faith, for it was you who traced out for us the all-revered Gospel. Intercede that our souls may be saved.

How may I now address you, wondrous Saint? Unerring contemplator of wisdom’s teachings. Active writer of the teaching of the Apostles and unshakeable pillar of true religion, or indestructible tower of the Church. Many are you achievements and greater your graces. Intercede that our souls may be saved.

Glory. Tone 6. By Anatolios.

Apostle of Christ, Writer of the doctrines of God and foundation of the Church. It was you who with divine words truly drew out and saved as from the rolling swell hearts in the gloom of ignorance sunk in the deep of destruction. You became the companion of Paul, the vessel of election, but also his imitator. Therefore we entreat you, most noble Luke, adornment of the people of Antioch. Intercede with the Saviour and God, for those who with faith celebrate your ever-revered memory.

Both now. Theotokion. You rose on the third day

O Trinity of infinite power, Unity of three Persons, at the prayers of your honoured Disciple and godly Apostle, and of the Ever-Virgin, save those who sing your praise.

At the Aposticha, Prosomia. Tone 5. Hail, of ascetics.

Grace was poured out on your lips in a fiery tongue, Apostle Luke, and you were revealed as a tongue of fire as you sent forth words of light by your preaching for those worthy of light, but bolts of shame for those who longed for the darkness, as you wrote and taught the honoured Gospel; and you appeared as a fragrance of life for those who truly wished for life, as Paul said, whom you had as teacher; but again as the odour of death for those who did not love life. But grant us peace and life and light and God’s great mercy.

Verse: His sound has gone out into all the earth; and his words to the ends of the world.

From your words we have come to know, as you said, the sureness of the words which you set forth, inspired Initiate, since you undertook to write for us about the things of which you had been informed and as they had handed on to you, those who before had been the eye-witnesses. Whose equal you became and a servant of the incarnation of the Word, whom you saw after the resurrection at Emmaus, and ate with him with heart aflame along with Cleopas. Fill too with his divine fervour the souls of us who honour you.

Verse: The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims the work of his hands.

Hail, who alone wrote down for us the ‘Hail’ as you hailed the good tidings of the Pure Virgin, and the Baptist who called her ‘Mother of the Lord’ from the womb, of whose conception too you wrote, and the incarnation of the Word, his temptations, marvels, words and sufferings, his cross and death and rising, which you saw, and his ascension and the descent of the Spirit, and the acts of the heralds and especially those of Paul, companion of whose journeys you were named, healer and Initiate and beacon of the Church. Watch over her always.

Then the following Idiomel.

Verse: Grace was poured out on your lips, therefore God has blessed you for ever.

Tone 4. By Basil.

As you searched the depth of the spiritual sea with the fishing rod of Wisdom, all-blessed Luke, you caught from the death-bearing deep the souls of the faithful. Therefore, having become Paul’s disciple, you cleansed your whole heart by the radiance of the Spirit; and having enlightened the nations by your doctrines and healed by your wonders all the diseases of the passions, you ever implore Christ God for us that our souls may be saved.

Glory. Tone 6.

All-wise Fisherman, holy Disciple, workman of the Saviour and proclaimer of his sufferings, when you had sped through creation by faith, gathered all the nations from error and offered them as incense to God you took the fair way to heaven. And so as you stand before the Judge intercede that we may be delivered from our iniquities and rescued from eternal punishment on the day of judgement.

Both now. Theotokion.

My Maker and Redeemer, Christ the Lord, came forth from your womb, O all-pure, clothed himself in me and freed Adam from the former curse. And so, All-pure, as to God’s Mother and truly Virgin, we cry to you without ceasing the Angel’s ‘Hail’. Hail, Sovereign Lady, protection and shelter and salvation of our souls.

Apolytikion. Tone 3.

Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke, intercede with the merciful God to grant our souls forgiveness of sins.

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Virgin Mother of God, we hymn you as the means of the salvation of our race; for your Son and our God, who through the Cross accepted suffering in the flesh which had been taken from you, has redeemed us from corruption as he loves mankind.

And Dismissal.

At Matins

After the usual Reading from the Psalter the Canons from the Oktoichos are sung and the following of the Apostle to 6.

A Composition by Theophanes.

Ode 1. Tone 8.

Knowing your mouth, O wise Apostle Luke, to be a divine mixing bowl of the wisdom from in high and enriched with the great and ineffable treasure of grace we draw from it eagerly, as we chant to the Lord; for he has been greatly glorified.

By leading you into the mysteries of heaven and opening to you at once the scriptures inspired by God, Apostle Luke, Christ shows you to be an initiate and wise herald of things beyond understanding, as you vigorously cry out, ‘Let us sing to the Lord; for he has been greatly glorified.’

Christ’s Church ordained you, all-blessed Luke, to be the companion of Paul’s journeys, as you shone out directly with his grace and followed in his footsteps, and cried with him, ‘‘Let us sing to the Lord; for he has been greatly glorified.’

Theotokion.

Apostle Luke, you made clear the manner of the ineffable and divine conception by the all-praised pure Virgin; for the all-holy Spirit came upon her, and the Word overshadowed her. To him we chant with one accord; for he has been greatly glorified.

Ode 3. You are the foundation.

Your Gospel, inspired Luke, makes present the Dayspring from on high that has overshadowed mankind.

Devoutly performing acts with noble inspiration, you recounted in writing those of the Apostles.

The blessed Paul wove for you the first fruits of praise, and entrusted to writing your encomium.

Theotokion.

As you prophesied, O Immaculate, all the generations of mankind now call you blessed, for through you they are now saved.

Irmos.

You are the foundation, Lord, of those who have recourse to you; you are the light of those in darkness, and my spirit sings your praise.

Kathisma. Tone 8. The Wisdom and Word.

Revealed as the companion of Paul’s journeys, you bravely endured dangers of many kinds, all-praised Apostle of the Lord; and having completed the course of the faith by contest, blessed Saint, you rejoice with him in the highest. Therefore, having proclaimed to the world the Gospel of Christ, you enlightened the whole earth under heaven. All-honoured Luke, intercede with Christ God to grant forgiveness of faults to those who celebrate with love your holy memory.

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Let us sing the praise of the heavenly gate and ark, the all-holy mountain, the cloud of light, the bush unburned, the spiritual Paradise, the restoration of Eve, the great foundation of the whole inhabited world, because salvation was wrought in her for the world and forgiveness of the ancient crimes. Because of this we cry to her: Intercede with your Son and God to grant forgiveness of faults to those who worship in faith your immaculate birth-giving.

Ode 4. You mounted upon horses.

As you were seen to be enlightened by the radiance of the Spirit, you were counted worthy to depict by your hands his laws for those who love God, those who sing with faith, ‘Glory to your power, O Lord!’

The grace of the Paraclete, having found you as his dwelling, was poured out richly on your lips, and revealed you as a herald of his peace to all those who sing with faith, ‘Glory to your power, O Lord!’

You appeared as companion to Paul in struggles, glorious Saint, and rightly were found worthy of the crowns of the kingdom. There you now rejoice together and cry with one accord: Glory to your power, O Lord.

The Lord, finding the beauty of your mind radiating in beauty with divine rays, appointed you as herald to those who sing with faith, ‘Glory to your power, O Lord!’

Theotokion.

The Lord has put down the mighty from their thrones, as the Virgin and Mother said; but he has filled with divine blessings the hungry who sing with faith, ‘Glory to your power, O Lord!’

Ode 5. Enlighten us.

Purified by the law of love from former stains, you received in your heart, Luke, the spiritual light and shared it with all.

You were clearly revealed as ablaze with the lightning rays of grace, All-blessed Luke, aflame with fiery tongue inspired.

You had longed to journey with wise Paul, for you were addressed as beloved servant, O Evangelist of grace.

Theotokion.

Hail, truly the treasure house of virginity, the restoration of the Foremother and the abolition of the curse of the Forefather.

Ode 6. I pour out my entreaty.

Having ascended to the mountain of the virtues, O Apostle, you conversed with the beloved, and like Moses you received the twin tables written by God inscribed by the finger of the Spirit, blessed Luke, teacher of the inhabited world.

You enlightened the world by your teachings, as preacher of the revered Church; for you were seen aflame with the beams of the uncreated Trinity, O God-inspired, and you became as a star, shining as a torch on the ends of the inhabited world.

Now, O inspired by God, you heal the diseases of souls as of old you did those of bodies, entrusted with the gift from heaven and enriched with grace of the Spirit. For Paul presents you as having becoming a physician among martyrs.

Theotokion.

The Lord, as he is mighty, renewing my nature, regarded you and did great things for you, as you said, O all-blameless who gave birth to God. And he saved me from corruption through you, as he is God and loves mankind.

Irmos.

I pour out my entreaty before the Lord, and I tell him all my afflictions, for my soul has been filled with evils and my life has drawn near to Hades. And like Jonas I beg you: O God, bring me up from corruption.

Kontakion. Tone 4. Today you have appeared.

You became a Disciple of God the Word, and with Paul you brought the whole earth to the light and dispelled the gloom by writing the divine Gospel of Christ.

The Ikos.

As physician and beloved disciple, Luke, heal by mystical surgery the passions of my soul and body, and grant me to be in good health in every way, and to honour your all-revered festival with gladness; to drench with showers of tears instead of sweet spices your revered and all-honoured body; for as a for as a monument of life inscribed on the wondrous church of the Apostles it cries out to all, just as you did of old by writing the divine Gospel of Christ.

Synaxarion.

On the 18th day of the month, Commemoration of the holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke.

Verses.

Though at Emmaus I was held from sight

Of you says Luke now, Christ, I see you plain.

On the eighteenth of the month, the Evangelist Luke reached his life’s end.

Luke, the great Evangelist, was from Antioch the Great in Syria, a doctor by profession and outstandingly skilled in the art of painting. While living and practising medicine at Thebes in Boeotia, he encountered the holy Apostle Paul; and having come to believe in Christ he abandoned his ancestral error. He then gave up the cure of bodies and took up that of souls. At the suggestion of the holy Apostle Paul he composed the Gospel according to him for one Theophilos, a Governor, who had come to believe in Christ. After Paul had departed he taught all Greece and, so they say, when he was eighty years old he went to his rest in peace at Thebes in Boeotia. His body was laid to rest there, God glorifying his own servant and worker by raining down little round loaves or capsules upon his grave as a symbol of his skill. And therefore his tomb became well known to all.

Constantius, the son of Constantine the Great, translated his remains from Thebes through the grand Duke and martyr Artemios and enshrined them in the church of the Holy Apostles under the holy table with Andrew and Timothy.

They say that he was the first to paint the icon of the holy Mother of God, carrying our Lord Jesus Christ in her arms, through the painter’s medium of wax, and two others. These the great Apostle offered to the Mother of the Lord, if it pleased her. She accepted them and said: ‘may the grace of the One who was born from me be with them through me’. Likewise he is said to have painted the holy icons of the holy Princes of the Apostles. And from him this fair and devout and all-honoured work was carried out into the whole inhabited world.

On the same day, Commemoration of the holy Martyr Marinos the elder.

Verses.

Old error old Marinos now refutes,

By daring young, and meets his end by sword.

On the same day, Commemoration of our Venerable Father Julian of the Euphrates.

Verses.

Now from the life which runs by like a dream

With ready gladness Julian runs by.

Our father among the Saints Julian abandoned the world and went away to the banks of the river Euphrates. There he found a cave in which he lived the solitary life. Many enthusiasts flocked to his tiny cave and setting up huts round about to the number of a hundred, nourished by their proximity to the teacher. This wondrous man slew a dragon and made water gush up in waterless land. He also went to mount Sinai and built a church on the rock on which Moses the lawgiver had seen God, as far it was possible to see him. This church is still standing today. But when many people were fearing the return of the impious and apostate Julian from the Persians, they asked his help, knowing him to be a true servant of God. He prolonged his holy prayer until the tenth day and then heard the words: ‘Not only for your sake, but because of the night-long entreaties and supplications of many others, the foul and impious Julian is being slain’.

After some years, when Meletios had been driven from Antioch, a number of people appealed to this blessed man for the sake of his many prayers and intercessions and entreaties. He agreed and set out, and on the way he was received by a God-loving woman. When the Saint had sat down for supper the woman’s only child, who was occupied at table, shortly disappeared from sight and as it happened fell into the well. The noble woman, though she knew this, remained absolutely unchanged, but rather covered the well over and bravely continued serving. She deceived the Saint when he asked where the child was by saying he had fallen ill. When the Saint anxiously asked that the child come to the table and enjoy a blessing, what had happened became known. He at once rose from table and tearing the cover off the well saw the child jumping in the water safe and sound, and as though in a game he ordered him to be brought up by means of something that was to hand. When this had been done the child was questioned and said he had come to no harm because he had been buoyed up and supported by the old man who had spoken with him and played with him in the waters.

When he reached Antioch he dwelt in the cave in which the holy Apostle Paul had once hidden. Once when a large crowd had flocked to the cave for the sake of the succour and blessing of the Saint, he was in the grip of a violent fever, and was lying breathing weakly and almost at his last breath. As they crowded round him, saying that there were many people waiting outside and in need of blessing, he answered ‘If health were good for us the Lord of all things would give it’; and after he had prayed he raised himself from the raging fever for the sake of helping the crowd.

Once when he was on a journey and was leaving for the royal court, some one who lying sick on coming near his cloak arose at once and followed him, as of old the lame man followed Peter and John. Not only this, but when he had established him in the orthodox faith he returned to his monastic training ground, making his way through Kyros. The people of Kyros detained the Saint for his succour, saying: ‘Servant of God, in place of our bishop we are expecting a certain Asterios, an impious and destructive man. Stay with us and help us if you are able, lest with his gossiping tongue he perverts us with his words. He stayed and when he had completed an all-night prayer, with a few who had gathered, he slew him with wrath sent by God, allowing him a life of pain of only one day. Then he returned to his disciples and having passed a good number of years with them he departed to the Lord.

Saint Mnason, bishop of Cyprus, and forty holy children met their end by the sword.

Commemoration of the newly-revealed holy Martyrs Gabriel and Kyrmidoli who contested in Egypt in 1522.

At their holy intercessions, O God, have mercy on us. Amen.

Ode 7. The Hebrew Youths.

Ah, how the Master is made manifest from the tomb to Luke and Cleopas! For having risen he taught them to cry, ‘Blessed are you, Lord God to the ages!’

As you hastened on the path of life, blessed saint, you found the Word journeying with you, opening the gates of heavenly tabernacles to you, as you cry, ‘Blessed are you, O God, to the ages!’

You were revealed, Luke, as a harp, voicing sweet melodies from God, enlightening mortals as they cry, ‘Blessed are you, Lord God to the ages!’

Theotokion.

Hail Mary, Mother of God, the Bodiless Angel cried out you, O Virgin; while with him we faithful cry to your Offspring: Blessed All-pure One, the fruit of your womb.

Ode 8. The Lord, glorified on the holy mountain.

Having received your books as tables written by God, let us faithfully delight in the illumination of grace, O all-blessed, as we praise the Lord and highly exalt him to all the ages.

The Spirit having used your tongue as an instrument, enlightens mortals, initiating them into the doctrines of grace as they praise the Lord and highly exalt him to all the ages.

You were bound unshakeably with Paul, inspired Luke, and with the one inspired by God you were shown revealed as an all-honoured pair, as you both praise the Lord and highly exalt him to all the ages.

With the net plaited by God of your words, herald of God, those held by error you caught for the light of faith, as they praise the Lord and highly exalt him to all the ages.

Theotokion.

Revealed as a Prophetess, Elizabeth, bearing the Baptist and Forerunner, proclaimed you Mother of the Lord, as she cried out: Praise the Lord and highly exalt him to the ages.

Irmos.

The Lord, glorified on the holy mountain and who made known to Moses in the bush by fire the mystery of the Virgin, praise and highly exalt to all the ages.

Ode 9. You passed beyond the bounds.

You took your stand, Luke, as having reached the final goal of the yearning for things desired, and you clearly met a blessed end, the mirrors having being removed at the manifestations of the truth.

Having shone on the world like a sun, you stand inspired, all-praised Luke, before the Trinity with Paul who saw God. With him, O revealer of God, we unceasingly magnify you.

With your light-bearing radiance, Luke, entreat that those who sing your praise may be made bright, and bestow peace on the world, all-blessed Apostle who speak of God, that we may unceasingly magnify you.

Rejoicing you now stand, Luke, before the universal King, adorned with a crown of divine majesty and beauty, therefore, O inspired of God, we unceasingly magnify you.

Theotokion.

You received the Word who is without flesh as he wished to refashion my nature, and when he had taken flesh you gave him birth. And so, Mother of God, we unceasingly magnify you.

Irmos.

‘You passed beyond the bounds of nature when you conceived the Creator and Lord; and you became a gate of salvation for the world. And so, Mother of God, we unceasingly magnify you’.

Exapostilarion.

Luke, Apostle of Christ, initiate of ineffable mysteries, Teacher of the nations, with godlike Paul and the pure Mother of God, whose godlike icon you depicted from love, intercede on behalf of those who call you blessed and who honour your sacred falling asleep, all-wise speaker of mysteries who saw God.

Theotokion.

Sovereign Lady, Queen of all, go before in dangers, go before us in afflictions, be with us in the constraints of the last day, do not let Satan seize us, nor Hades, nor destruction; but may we stand without guilt before the dread tribunal of your Son; for as pure Mother of God you obtain whatever you will.

At Lauds we insert 4 Stichera and sing the following Prosomia.

Tone 1.

Believers, in hymns let us honour Christ’s Disciple, wise writer of the Gospel, fair living imprint of the vessel of election, whose praise is in all the Churches, Luke the Apostle. For he proclaimed the marvellous wonders of God, enlightening those on earth with beams of theology through grace.

Wise Apostle, having learnt the skill of healing souls above that of bodies, infused with the wisdom of God you were revealed as outstanding in both. By it you heal both souls and bodies, all-blessed Luke. Each day you summon mortals to knowledge and give them wings towards the love of God; you lead them up to heaven and you intercede for those who sing your praise.

With a rational hook you drew to divine knowledge those who like fish had sunk in the deep of ignorance, and you offered them to Christ as a fair dish, all-blessed one; and they received outstanding honour: the life that is unsullied and unending. So too you were named an Apostle of Christ, wise Evangelist and writer of the works of Grace realised in acts.

Then this Idiomel. Tone 8. By Leo Magister.

Come all creation, let us praise in songs the true spiritual physician and Disciple of the Saviour, Luke the revered. For he healed the disease of godlessness with the ointment of the baptismal font of Christ; and from his mouth he has poured on living lands rivers of waters welling up from God, the Gospel. Therefore his sound has out prophetically into the inhabited world, and he intercedes that our souls may be saved.

Glory. Same Tone.

Like David let us the faithful, gathered together, cry out in songs to Luke the mystical orator of the Word: Your tongue has been revealed as a pen of Christ the swiftly writing scribe, making fair the eyes of the nations for the knowledge of divine understanding, by which you proclaimed the Gospel and composed the Acts of your fellow Apostles. And so, as you stand before God, the Trinity, intercede for our souls.

Both now. Theotokion.

Sovereign Lady accept the supplications of your servants, and rescue us from every constraint and affliction.

Great Doxology and Dismissal.

At The Liturgy

Typika, and from the 3rd and 6th Odes of the Apostle.

Communion.

His sound has gone out into all the earth; and his words to the ends of the world. Alleluia.

 

Note: This translation is not yet complete and omits the Canon for the Earthquake and the second one for the Saint. I hope to complete it before too long.

26 Oct. Commemoration of the Martyr Demetrios Myrovlitis; and remembrance of the earthquake.

At Vespers

After the Opening Psalm we say the 1st section of Blessed is the man.

At Lord, I have cried, we insert 6 Stichera and sing the following Prosomia of the Saint.

Tone 8. O marvellous wonder!

O marvellous wonder! In heaven and on earth joy has dawned bright today at the commemoration of the Martyr Demetrios; from the Angels he is garlanded with praises, and from humans he receives songs. O how he struggled! How well he competed! Through him the cunning foe has fallen and Christ has conquered.

O marvellous wonder! By the beams of his wonders Demetrios shines for ever through the ends of the earth more brightly than the sun, shining from the light that knows no evening, and taking his pleasure in the light that never sets; by his rays barbarian clouds have been dispelled, diseases chased away, demons defeated.

O marvellous wonder! Thrice-blessed Demetrios, transfixed by a lance for the sake of Christ, has appeared each day like a two-edged sword against foes, as he cuts of the arrogance of enemies and breaks in pieces the insolence of demons. To him let us cry out: Holy Demetrios, protect us who ever honour your all-revered memory

You appeared as a tower of true religion, firmly established on the rock of the faith, not captured by temptations and not shaken by dangers; for the waves of the godless breaking against you with violent swell and tempest did not cast down your unshakeable firmness; for you longed to be adorned with a martyr’s crown.

Imitating by suffering the suffering of Christ, you have received from him, glorious Champion Demetrios, the power to work wonders; and you save those who have recourse to you, delivering them from many dangers, as you have well-pleasing boldness towards Christ; before whom you now stand, filled with glory.

Dripping with your own blood, Demetrios, you were offered to Christ the Giver of life who emptied out his precious blood for your sake; and he made you a sharer in his glory, a companion in his kingship, for you had won the victory against the boaster and completely quenched his dread devices.

Glory. Tone 6. By Vyzantios.

To-day the universal festival of the Champion calls us together. Come then, lovers of feasts, let us radiantly celebrate his memorial, as we say: Hail, who tore apart the tunic of impiety through the faith, robing yourself in the courage of the Spirit! Hail, who destroyed the purposes of the lawless with the strength given you by God! Hail, who when your limbs were pierced by the lance depicted for us spiritually the blessed passion of Christ! Implore him, Demetrios, ornament of Athletes, that we may be rescued from visible and invisible foes, and that our souls may be saved.

Both now. Theotokion. To the melody: Fearful are you, O Lord.

All-holy Lady, help of the world and hope of Christians; we now entreat and implore you, loving Mother of God, on behalf of us who have sinned and are in despair, to make your Son and Lord merciful; for by using your mother’s boldness you have this power. Come quickly, O Immaculate, come quickly, intervene, and deliver your people from the impending threat; in your compassionate mercy do not despise those who sing your praise.

Entrance, O Joyful light. Prokeimenon of the day, and the Readings.

The Reading is from the Prophecy of Isaias.

[63:15-19 & 64:1-5 and selection]

Look down from heaven, Lord, and see from your holy house and your glory. Where is the multitude of your mercy and your pity, that you keep back from us, O Lord? For you are our Father, though Abraham did not know us, though Israel did not acknowledge us; but you are our Father, deliver us. From the beginning your name is upon us. Why have you made us wander from your way, Lord? Why have you hardened our hearts not to fear you? Turn back for the sake of your servants, for the tribes of your inheritance, that we may inherit a small part of your holy mountain. Our enemies have trampled down your sanctuary. We have become as at the beginning, when you did not know us, when your name had not been invoked upon us. If you open the heaven, trembling will take hold upon mountains from you, and they will melt as wax melts before the fire; and fire will burn up your enemies, and your name will be manifest to your enemies; before your face nations will be troubled. When you do glorious things trembling from you will seize mountains. From eternity we have not heard, nor have we seen a God save you; and your works are true, and you do mercy to those who wait on you. For mercy will meet those who act justly, and they will be mindful of your ways. And now, Lord, your are our Father, while we are your clay and you are our Fashioner; we are all the works of your hands; do not be very angry with us, Lord, and do not remember our sins in season. And now look upon, Lord, for we are all your people.

The Reading is from the Prophecy of Jeremy.

[2:1-12]

Thus says the Lord: I have remembered the mercy of your youth and the love of your marriage, in your following the Holy One of Israel, says the Lord, the Holy One of Israel. For the Lord the first of his produce. All that devour him shall offend; evils will come upon them, says the Lord. Hear the word of the Lord, house of Jacob and all the family of the house of Israel. Thus says the Lord: What offence did your fathers find in me, that they rebelled far from me and went after vanities and became vain? Nor did they say: Where is the Lord, who brought us up from Egypt, who guided us in the wilderness, in a vast and trackless land, in a waterless and fruitless land, and in the shadow of death? In a land in which no man had ever journeyed, nor had any human dwelt there? And I led you into Carmel, to eat its fruits and its good things. And you entered and defiled my land, and you turned my inheritance into an abomination. Your priests did not say: Where is the Lord? And those who stood by the law did not know me, and the shepherds sinned against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal and went after what is profitless. Therefore I will dispute with you again, says the Lord, and I will dispute with your children’s children. Pass through the isles of the Kittim and see; send to Kedar and observe closely, and see if such things have been done; if the nations will change their gods - and they are not gods. But my people has changed their glory for that from which they get no profit. Heaven is amazed at this and shudders greatly with horror, says the Lord.

The Reading is from the Wisdom of Solomon.

[3:1-9]

The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment will ever touch them. In the eyes of fools they seemed to have died, and their departure was reckoned a disaster, and their going from us their destruction; but they are in peace. For though in the sight of mankind they were punished, their hope is full of immortality. And having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good; because God tried them and found them worthy of himself. He proved them like gold in a furnace and accepted them as whole burnt offering. And at the moment of their visitation they will shine out, and they will run like sparks through stubble. They will judge nations and hold sway over peoples, and the Lord will be their king to the ages. Those who have trusted in him will understand truth; and the faithful in love will abide with him; because grace and mercy are upon his holy ones, and his visitation upon his chosen.

At the Liti, Idiomel Stichera.

Tone 1. By George Sikeliotes

Rejoice in the Lord, city of Thessaloniki; be glad and dance, resplendent by faith, for you possess as a treasure in your bosom Demetrios the all-renowned Athlete, and Martyr for the truth; look and receive healings of wonders; and see how he strikes down the insolence of the Barbarians, and with thanksgiving cry out to the Saviour: Lord, glory to you!

The same tone. By Anatolios.

With the charm of songs let us make bright the present day, and let us make the struggles of the Martyr resound; for the great Demetrios is proposed for our praise. For bravely overpowering the attacks of tyrants, he leapt keenly into the stadium; and having triumphantly carried off the victory, he implores the Saviour that our souls may be saved.

Glory. Tone 2. By Germanos.

Christ God has taken your blameless spirit, wise Martyr Demetrios, to the dwellings beyond the world; for you became a champion of the Trinity, competing bravely in the stadium like tempered steel; pierced by a lance in your spotless side, O all-honoured, you imitated the One who was transfixed on a tree for the salvation of all the world; you received the power of healings and grant mortals cures without grudging. And so today, as we feast your falling asleep, we fittingly glorify the Lord who glorified you.

Both now. Theotokion.

O greatest mystery! Seeing the wonders I proclaim the divinity, I do not deny the humanity; for Emmanuel opened the gates of nature as man, yet as God did not break the seals of virginity; but he came from the womb as he had entered through the hearing; as he had been conceived, so he became incarnate. Impassibly he entered, ineffably he came forth, as the Prophet had said: This gate shall be shut, none shall go through it, except the Lord, the God of Israel, who has great mercy.

At the Aposticha, Idiomel Stichera of the Earthquake.

A composition of Symeon of the Wonderful Mountain.

Tone 2.

When the earth was troubled in fear of your rage, hills and mountains were shaken, Lord; but having looked upon us with an eye of compassion, in your anger do not be enraged at us; but with compassion for the creation of your hands free us from the dread threat of earthquake, as you are good and love mankind.

Tone 6.

Verse: You shook the earth and troubled it.

Fearful are you, Lord, and who can stand against your just rage? Or who can entreat you, or who can supplicate you, good Lord, on behalf of a people that has sinned and is in despair? The heavenly armies, Angels, Principalities and Powers, Thrones, Dominions, the Cherubim and the Seraphim cry out to you on our behalf: Holy, Holy, Holy are you, O Lord; do not despise the works of your hands; through your compassionate mercy save a city endangered!

Verse: Who looks upon the earth and it trembles.

The Ninevites by their transgressions heard they would be submerged through the threat of earthquake; but by the mediating sign of the whale, repentance summoned resurrection through Jonas; but as you took pity and accepted them, at the cry of your people with the children and beasts, through your Resurrection on the third day spare us too who are being punished, and have mercy.

Glory. Of the Saint. Tone 8. By Anatolios.

Your most godlike and blameless soul, revered Demetrios, has her dwelling in the heavenly Jerusalem, whose walls have been adorned by the hands of the invisible God. While on earth this famous temple holds your all-honoured and most valiant body, an inviolate store house of treasures, a remedy for diseases; to it we have recourse and draw healings. Guard the city which magnifies you, All-praised, from assaults of foes, for you have boldness towards Christ who glorified you.

Both now. Theotokion.

Virgin without bridegroom, All-blameless Mother of God, who ineffably conceived God the Most High in the flesh, receive the entreaties of your servants; you grant cleansing of faults to all; now accept our supplications and implore that we may all be saved.

Apolytikion. Tone 3. Your confession.

The whole world has found you as a mighty champion in dangers, O victor, who rout the nations. Therefore as you destroyed the pride of Lyaios in the stadium by giving Nestor courage, holy great Martyr Demetrios, implore Christ God to grant us his great mercy.

Another. Of the Earthquake. Tone 8.

Christ our God, who look upon the earth and make it tremble, deliver us from the dread threat of earthquake; and send down upon us your rich mercies, at the prayers of the Mother of God, O lover of mankind.

The same are also said at The Lord is God.

At Matins

After the 1st Reading from the Psalter, Kathisma.

Tone 4. Speedily anticipate.

Your memory, glorious Martyr Demetrios, has today made Christ’s Church radiant, and gathered all together to praise you fittingly in songs, O God-inspired, as a true soldier and destroyer of foes. And so by your intercessions deliver us from temptations.

Glory. Same melody.

Martyr Demetrios, pride of the contest, having put on Christ, you defeated in war the enemy without strength. For having destroyed the error of the lawless, you have become a trainer of true religion for those with faith. And so we reverently keep the festival of your memory.

Both now. Theotokion.

Hope that cannot be put to shame of those who trust in you, who alone beyond nature bore in the flesh Christ our God, with the Holy Apostles entreat him to give the inhabited world pardon and peace, and to us all before the end amendment of life.

After the 2nd Reading from the Psalter, Kathisma.

Tone 5. Let us believers praise.

With unwavering faith Christ’s Champion bravely cast down the insolence of tyrants, like an athlete he threw the evil one, and as the reward of his torments he received the gift of wonders from the judge of the contest, the only God; with whom he also intercedes to have mercy on us.

Glory. The same.

Both now. Theotokion.

Hail gate of the Lord, though which none may pass; hail wall and protection of those who flee to you; hail haven without storms, and who did not know wedlock, who bore in the flesh your Maker and God, do not cease to intercede for those who praise and worship your Offspring.

After the Polyeleos, Kathisma.

Tone 3. Awed by the beauty.

We implore you faithfully Demetrios, most compassionate Martyr of the Lord, to deliver us from dangers of every kind that assail us; heal the wounds of our souls and bodies; tame the proud ragings of our foes, O Saint; give peace to our life, that we may ever glorify you.

Glory. The same.

Both now. Theotokion.

Blessed of God, Mother without bridegroom, heal my sick soul, for I am held fast by many faults, O Mother of God. Therefore I cry to you with groaning of my heart: Accept me who have greatly sinned, O All-immaculate, that with boldness I may cry to you: Hail, Full of grace.

The Anavathmi, the 1st Antiphon in Tone 4.

Prokeimenon. Tone 4.

God is wonderful in his Saints, the God of Israel.

Verse: For his saints who are on earth the Lord has worked wonders.

Let everything that has breath. Gospel. Psalm 50.

Glory.

At the prayers of the Champion O Merciful One, blot out the multitude of my transgressions.

Both now.

At the prayers of the Mother of God O Merciful One, blot out the multitude of my transgressions..

Verse: Have mercy on me, O God, according to your great mercy; according to the fulness of your compassion blot out my offences.

And the Idiomel. Tone 2.

Christ God took your blameless spirit to tabernacles beyond the world, wise martyr Demetrios,; for you became a champion of the Trinity, competing bravely like adamant in the stadium. Pierced in your immaculate side by a lance, imitating the one who was stretched upon a tree for the salvation of all the world, you received the power of wonders, granting healings to mortals ungrudgingly. And so today, as we celebrate your falling asleep, we fittingly glorify the Lord who glorified you.

Then the Canons; that of the earthquake with the Irmi to 6; those of the Saint to 8.

[The Canon of the Earthquake, of which the Acrostic is:

O Christ, earth’s tremors end with speed Joseph.]

First Canon of the Saint, of which the Acrostic is:

I address triumphant Demetrios.

By Theophanes.

Ode 1. Tone 4. Through the Red Sea’s deep.

Bound with the godly crown of martyrdom, you dance before God, blazing with the lighting that flashes from him and filled with enlightenment, revered Martyr Demetrios.

As Martyr for the truth and one who bravely struggled to shedding of blood and displayed an flinching stand in face of struggles, the Master accepted you.

Down to the ground you broke the inventor of wickedness, Demetrios, destroying him by your martyr’s lance of godlike goodness, strengthened for this by the powers beyond discernment.

Theotokion.

As God he was before without mother; as one like us he became without father from you, all-praised Mother of God, taking flesh in the union which is beyond reason and understanding.

[Second Canon of the Saint, of which the Acrostic is:

Adorned with spiritual myrrh, you become myrrh.

In the Theotokia:

By Philotheos.]

Katavasia I will open my mouth.

Ode 3. First Canon of the Saint.

Your Church, O Christ.

The decree of the tyrants was reckoned by you as nothing, O Champion, for you chose before all things the Word of God.

You have become a lampstand formed of light in a tabernacle of Martyrdom, shining by divine light, Martyr and Champion Demetrios.

Theotokion.

Healing the form of mortals that had been corrupted, O All-pure, he clothed himself in it from you, yet remaining what he was, the Lover of mankind.

Katavasia. O Mother of God.

Kathisma of the Saint. Tone 8. The Wisdom and Word.

Rich in the ways of true religion, casting down the error of false religion, you trampled down the insolence of the tyrants, O Martyr; and with your mind on fire with divine love, you drowned the error of idols in the deep. Therefore you fittingly received wonders as the reward of your struggles and are a source of healings. Champion Demetrios, intercede with Christ God to grant forgiveness of faults to those who celebrate with love your holy memory.

Glory. Another of the Saint.

Well-pleasing to the King of the ages, you turned away the whole plan of a lawless king, glorious Martyr, and did not sacrifice to idols. And so, by contesting most valiantly, you offered yourself as a sacrifice to the Word who was sacrificed. Therefore you were also pierced through the side by the lance, healing the passions of those who approach you. Champion Demetrios, intercede with Christ God to grant forgiveness of faults to those who celebrate with love your holy memory.

Both now. Of the Earthquake. Tone 4. Lifted up on the Cross.

Because from your unendurable wrath that threatened us you have delivered us and had mercy on us, showing us, O Christ, an ocean of love for mankind, we now give you thanks, having been chastised so as to turn from our wicked deeds that slay us. But look upon us, have compassion on us, O Saviour, at the entreaties of the one who gave you birth.

Ode 4. First Canon of the Saint.

Seeing you the Sun of justice.

The most high Word of God, seeing you had conquered the falsehood of impiety, crowned you with glory, Demetrios, as you sang: Glory to your power, O Lord.

Given strength by the life-bearing hand, you reached the meadows of great calm, where now with gladness you cry out, Demetrios: Glory to your power, O Lord.

Having raised up a trophy against error, you received a victorious diadem of justice, Demetrios, as you cried out: Glory to your power, O Lord.

Theotokion.

You alone, Mother of God, were counted worthy to be more sacred than all creatures, for by giving birth to him you enlightened the world with the grace of knowledge of God.

Katavasia. The Prophet Avvakoum.

Ode 5. First Canon of the Saint. You, Lord, are my light.

Having received in your heart the fire of divine love, you quenched the fire of the godless folly of idols, revered Demetrios.

Appear, Demetrios, delivering us from dangers by your prayers, sheltering those who with faith and love sing your praise.

Those who with faith press forward to your shrine, Demetrios, are instantly delivered from diseases and soul-destroying passions.

Theotokion.

The Word of God, consubstantial with the Father, O Mother of God, beyond understanding and reason became your Son, consubstantial with you.

Katavasia. The universe was amazed.

Ode 6. First canon of the Saint. I will sacrifice to you.

Assembled with one accord, we sing the praise of your light-bearing memory, most blessed Demetrios, and the multitudes of the wonders and gifts of grace of the Holy and revered Spirit.

Loose the bonds of my faults by your prayers, for as an unconquerable Martyr you have freedom to speak before the Master. And be for me refuge an protection, Demetrios.

Theotokion.

Finding you undefiled among thorns as a most pure lily and flower of the valleys, Mother of God, the Word the Bridegroom dwelt in your womb.

Katavasia. Come, godly-minded people.

Kontakion. Tone 2. Model Melody.

With the streams of your blood, Demetrios, God has dyed the Church in purple, the God who gives you unconquerable might and keeps your City unharmed, for you are its strength.

Ikos.

Let all we believers assembled honour with songs and hymns this great Saint as a soldier and Martyr of Christ, as we cry aloud to the Master and Creator of the inhabited world: Deliver us from the constraint of earthquake, Lover of mankind, at the prayers of the Mother of God and of all the Martyrs; for in you we hope to be delivered from dangers and afflictions, because you are our strength.

Synaxarion,

On the 26th of the month, Commemoration of the holy and glorious Great Martyr Demetrios, Myrovlitis and Wonderworker.

Verses.

Lances, my Christ, pierce through Demetrios,

Tracing the passions of your lance-pierced side.

Spears on the twenty sixth day pierced the side of the martyr Demetrios.

He lived in the reign of the Emperors Diocletian and Maximianos and was from the city of Thessalonika, a devout Christian from the start and a teacher of the faith in Christ. But when Maximianos visited Thessalonika, the Saint was arrested as being well known for his beliefs. The Emperor was extremely proud of a certain Lyaios and urged the people of the place to come out and meet him in combat (Lyaios was a man of huge stature and excelled in strength those who came agaisnt him). A certain young man, Christian by faith, named Nestor, went to Demetrios, who was in prison, and said, ‘Servant of God, I intend to compete aginst Lyaios. But pray for me.’ Demetrios signed his forehead with the sign of the Cross and said, ‘You will both beat Lyaios and bear a Mertyr’s witness for Christ.’ At these words Nestor took courage and opposed Lyaios, cast down his arrogant boasting and slew him.

Because of this the Emperor was humiliated and after investigation having found out what had happened, he gave orders that first Demetrios should be run through in the side with lances, as he was the cause of Lyaios’ slaughter. This being done the Saint at once gave up his life and after his death became the cause of many wonders and cures. Then, at the Emperor’s order, Saint Nestor was beheaded.

On the same day the holy Martyrs Artemidoros and Basil attained perfection by the sword.

Verses.

Artemidoros, for whom end was sword,

Had Basil as his fellow for the sword.

On the same day the holy Martyr Leptina was dragged down into the ground and attained perfection.

Verses.

Dragged to the ground by hands of hostile men,

Leptina [thin] left to earth the bulk of flesh.

On the same day the holy Martyr Glykon attained perfection by the sword.

Verses.

Glykon, you stretched your neck out o sword,

Pouring for Christ your blood as sweet [glykeia] libation.

On the same day, Commemoration of the great and terrible earthquake.

Verses.

You shook, but saved again the earth, O Word;

For of your anger pity is the sum.

In the twenty fourth year of the reign of Leo the Isaurian, in the ninth Indiction, on the 26th of October, there was a great and terrible earthquake in Constantinople, so that the upper stories and the more splendid of the other buildings collapsed and many people were buried under the ruins. And so on the day of the Great martyr Demetrios we commemorate that terrible threat of the earthquake, going in procession to the church in Vlachernae of our all-pure, holy and glorious Lady, Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary, where we celebrate the divine Liturgy. At her prayers may we be delivered from every threat and attain eternal good things, in Christ Jesus our Lord, to whom be glory and might to the ages of ages. Amen.

Ode 7. First Canon of the Saint. The Children of Abraham.

Ablaze with divine glory and grace, Martyr and Champion, you shine as though formed of light, and you enlighten those who cry: Blessed are you, Lord, in the temple of your glory.

Adorned with your own blood as with royal purple, having the Cross for a sceptre, glorious martyr, you now reign with Christ, crying: Blessed are you, my God and Lord.

Theotokion.

Virgin Mother, glorified and enlightened, guard well all those who honour you as true Mother of God, for you are blessed among women, Sovereign Lady.

Katavasia. The godlike Youths.

Ode 8. First Canon of the Saint. Stretching out his hands.

You darkened all the folly of the foe and all his wrestler’s tricks, girded with the indestructible power of Christ, and having become a victor, glorious Martyr Demetrios, you cried out: All you his works, praise the Lord!

Showing the constancy of martyrs, you gained fair fame, Demetrios, have bathed in the holy bath that is not defiled by the renewed assaults of sins, pierced by a lance and crying out: All you his works, praise the Lord!

The multitude beyond understanding of the wonders that Christ granted you freely, glorious Martyr, you display for all; and grace of healings beyond reason that is clearly yours, proclaims grace to us who cry: All you his works, praise the Lord!

Theotokion.

Let us confess her who alone in all generations is Virgin-Mother and pure Mother of God; for she is the cause of salvation for us, since she gave birth to the Word, the Redeemer of the world, to whom we cry: All you his works, praise the Lord!

Katavasia. The Offspring of the Mother of God.

Ode. 9. First canon of the Saint. A stone not cut by human hand.

Break the bonds of the faults of those who sing your praise, O Champion. End the assaults of the passions; abolish the folly of heresies; calm the storm of temptations by your intercessions.

Direct your most sacred flock to the straight paths of the heavenly kingdom, crowned victor, Martyr Demetrios, onto the saving pasture and the place that is everlasting.

Theotokion.

All we the faithful, believing you, O Virgin, to be root, source and cause of incorruption, we honour you with songs of praise; for you poured out for us empersonned Immortality.

Katavasia. Let all born of earth.

Exapostilarion. With the Disciples.

Martyr of Christ, Demetrios, as once by divine grace you destroyed the arrogance and pride of Lyaios and his stallion’s insolence by strengthening Nestor in the stadium by the power of the Cross, so strengthen me also by your prayers, O Champion, at all times against demons and soul-destroying passions.

Theotokion.

Immaculate Virgin-Mother, do not cease to implore the Lord who was incarnate from your pure blood on behalf of us who are your servants, that we, the race of mortals, may find grace and prompt help in time of need, rescuing us from the threat of fearsome earthquake and from dangers by your mother’s prayers.

At Lauds we insert 4 Stichera and sing three Prosomia, doubling the first.

Tone 5. Hail, of ascetics.

Come to us, Martyr of Christ, as we implore your compassionate protection, and deliver those in trouble from the threats of tyrants and the dread folly of heresy, by which. like prisoners and naked, we are continually pursued from place to place, passing and wandering in caves and mountains. Take pity, then All-praised, and give us relief; end the tempest and assuage the pain that harms us, as you intercede with God, who grants the world his great mercy.

You have been given to us as a fortified wall that does not tremble at the siege engines of the foe, for you render ineffective the assaults of the barbarians and the symptoms of all diseases. You are an invincible rampart and unbreakable foundation, defender, builder and champion for your city, Demetrios. By your prayers, All-blessed one, save it now dreadfully endangered and wretchedly afflicted, as you implore Christ, who grants the world his great mercy.

The choir of Champions is displayed having gathered every virtue; therefore they worthily inherited the delight of the pure and blessed life. Among whom, worthy Demetrios, you are pre-eminent, honoured by your imitation of Christ and glorified for being like him pierced with a lance. Ask him insistently that we who honour you may be delivered from sufferings and dread disasters, as you fervently entreat the One who grants the world his great mercy.

Glory. Tone 4. By Andrew of Jerusalem.

Let us all honour Demetrios, wisest in teachings and victor among Martyrs, who by lances inherited the grace from the Saviour’s side that was pierced by the lance, from which the Saviour pours out for us streams of life and incorruption. Through blood he finished the course of his contest and shone for all the inhabited world by wonders, zealous for the Master and compassionate lover of the poor; many times the defender of the people of Thessalonika in many dread dangers. As we celebrate his yearly memorial, we glorify Christ God, who works through him healings for all.

Both now. Theotokion.

Deliver us from our constraints, Mother of Christ God, who gave birth to the Maker of all things, that we may all cry to you: Hail, the only defence of our souls.

Great Doxology and Dismissal.

Holy myron from the Saint is given, while his Idiomels are chanted.

At the Liturgy, Typika and Beatitudes, and from the canons of the Saint the 3rd and 6th Odes.

 

 

Note. The translation of this office is not yet complete, only the first canon of the Saints having been translated so far.

November.

1 Nov. Commemoration of the Unmercenary Physicians Cosmas and Damian.

At Vespers

At Lord, I have cried we insert 6 Stichera and sing 3 Prosomia of the Saints, doubling them.

Tone 6. Model melody.

Placing all their hope in heaven, the Saints treasured up for themselves an inviolable treasure; freely they received, freely they give remedies to the sick; in accordance with the Gospel they possessed neither gold nor silver; their kind deeds they shared out to humans and beasts alike; that being in all things obedient to Christ they might intercede with confidence on behalf of our souls.

They spurned all perishable matter on earth, while like Angels in the flesh they were declared citizens of heaven, the united comradeship, the like-minded and harmonious pair of saints. And so to all who suffer they award healings, granting their kindness without payment for the needy. Let us worthily sing their praise with yearly feasts as they intercede with confidence on behalf of our souls.

Bringing all the Trinity to dwell in them, the holy pair, inspired Cosmas and Damian, like fountains pour out waters of healings from a life-bearing source; whose relics too heal passions through a touch; and their names alone drive sicknesses from mortals; they are saviours for all who flee to them as they intercede to Christ with boldness on behalf of our souls.

Glory. Tone 6. By Anatolios.

Unlimited is the grace of the Saints, which they obtained from Christ; therefore their relics too, by divine power, unceasingly act by wonders; whose names alone too, when invoked with faith, drive away incurable pains; through them, Lord, free us too from the passions of soul and body, as you love mankind.

Both now. Theotokion. Placing all their hope.

By my own will I have slipped and become enslaved to the tyrant by deception; in my wretchedness I flee to your most wondrous compassion, Bride of God, All-holy Maiden. And so rescue me from trials and tribulations, and save me, O All-blameless, from the attacks of the demons, that I may glorify you and worship you with love, and praise and magnify you, Lady ever-blest.

Or Cross-Theotokion.

A sword passed through your heart, All-holy Lady, when you saw him, who had shone from you by an ineffable word, lifted up on a Cross as one condemned by lawless men, given vinegar and gall to drink, pierced in his side, nailed by his hands and feet; and grieving she bewailed him and cried out as a mother: What is this new mystery, my Child?

At the Aposticha. Idiomel Stichera. Tone 2.

The source of remedies cured one and only one each year; the tabernacle of the Unmercenary Saints cures the whole multitude of the sick; for the wealth of the Saints lacks nothing, is never exhausted. At their intercessions, O Christ, have mercy on us.

Same Tone. By Theophanes.

Verse: God is wonderful in his Saints: the God of Israel.

With divine longing and love for things to come, your way of life was by practice and you passed through the roads of salvation. Therefore having kept your purity of soul unsullied, it left behind completely material things. While gilded by the divine Spirit, Unmercenary Saints, you grant healings to the sick, sacred pair, radiant couple, godlike enlightened twosome, visiting us in troubles and diseases and healing for no money the diseases of our souls.

Same Tone. By Germanos.

Verse: For his Saints who are on earth, the Lord has worked wonders.

Made worthy of great gifts, O All-praised, by the lowliness of your way of life; passing through all places healing the sufferings of the diseased freely, you appeared as companions of the Angels, Cosmas with wise Damian, kind brothers, and you heal our sufferings by your prayers.

Glory. Tone. 6

Always having Christ active in you, Unmercenary Saints, you work wonders in the world, curing the sick; for your surgery is an inexhaustible source; when drawn on, it overflows yet more; when poured out, it still runs over; emptied each day, each day filled up; giving to all, yet not failing; and those who draw receive their fill of remedies, and it remains unexhausted. What then shall we call you? Healing physicians of souls and bodies, healers of incurable sufferings, freely curing all, who have received gifts of grace from the Saviour Christ, who grants us his great mercy.

Both now. Theotokion.

Mother of God, you are the true vine who gave bud to the fruit of life; we implore you, Sovereign Lady, intercede, together with the Unmercenary ones and all the saints that he have mercy on our souls.

Or Cross-Theotokion. You rose on the third day.

When the Virgin and your pure Mother saw a lawless people nailing you to a Tree, as Symeon had foretold, O Saviour, your heart was wounded.

Apolytikion. Tone 8.

Holy Unmercenaries and Wonderworkers, visit our weaknesses; freely you have received, freely give to us.

At Matins

After the usual reading from the Psalter, we read one Canon from the Octoichos, and the following of the Saints.

First Canon, of which the Acrostic is:

With hymns I honour the wise Unmercenaries.

A composition of John of Damascus.

Ode 1. Tone 1.

[‘All peoples, let us sing a hymn of victory to him who rescued Israel from the bitter slavery of Pharaoh, and guided them in the depth of the sea dryshod, for he has been glorified’.]

The wondrous and honoured pair, enlightened by the grace of the sovereign Trinity, gushing forth unending streams, grants remedies to all those who approach with faith.

Initiated by the life-bearing words, the All-blest saints shone out like beacons in the world, easily dispersing the fog of the passions with the fervour of the faith.

Obedient to the Saviour’s law, the holy saints laid aside all sensuality of the flesh, while making their souls most clearly radiant with virtues; and were famed in the world.

Theotokion.

Dwelling in your womb, Mother of God, the Son, who shone from the Father and beyond time is above all gods, clothed himself in entire humanity; let us sing his praise, for he has been glorified.

Ode 3.

[‘Establish me, O Christ, on the unshakeable rock of your commandments, and enlighten me with the light of your face; for none is holy but you, O Lover of mankind’.]

The springs of healings, and the channels of divine gifts, the shining vessels of the immaterial light, let us fittingly sing their praise.

As ones who heal the passions of souls and bodies, O All-revered, as benefactors now cure the maladies of those who eagerly approach you.

Adorned with fertile virtues, you clearly beat off every corrupted delight of life, as you bent your gaze unswervingly on the divine beauty.

Theotokion.

He who before was without form appeared in a form like ours, Mother of God, when the Godhead came together with flesh in your womb, all-holy Bride of God.

Irmos.

‘Not in wisdom and power and wealth let us boast, but in you, O Christ, the empersonned Wisdom of the Father; for none is Holy, but you, O Lover of mankind’.

Kathisma. Tone 8. The Wisdom and Word.

From heaven you marvellously received the gift of wonders from Christ, and you unendingly cure all the passions; for the grace of the Spirit appeared in you, giving the power of divine healings; therefore with unmercenary thought, God-bearing Unmercenaries, You have gained also abundance of incorruptible good things; intercede with Christ God to bestow forgiveness of faults on those who feast with love your holy memory.

Glory. Same Tone.

You have been revealed by the grace of the Spirit as wonderworking givers of remedies, light-bringing lampstands of wonders; for bedewing the flame of the passions with the faith, by it you warm the thought of believers; therefore, having gained your divine temple as a surgery for souls, we take refuge in it, God-bearing Unmercenaries; intercede with Christ God to bestow forgiveness of faults on those who feast with love your holy memory.

Both now. Theotokion.

Come all believers, let us magnify with our voices the Queen, the Mother of the Creator of all things, and with hymns of praise let us shout: Cause of joy, All-praised Virgin, save those who honour you, and protect them by your prayers; for as Mother of God you have boldness to take pity and to adjudge healing of diseases; and so we cry to you: Intercede with your Son and God to grant forgiveness to your servants, who devoutly worship your child-bearing without seed.

Or Cross-Theotokion.

When the Ewe-lamb saw the Lamb and Shepherd hanging on the Cross, her inward parts were in agony and she lamented as a mother: Alas! Light of the world, my God and Lord, for what reason do you now willing endure all this? Because you wish to save entirely those born of earth and for your corrupted image to change its dwelling to divine life. I magnify your sufferings; you endured them through the compassion of your pity, completely curing the pains of all by your own.

Ode 4.

[‘I have learned of your dispensation, O All-powerful, and with fear I have glorified you, O Saviour’.]

Clearly following the divine word, you did not gain lamps of gold or silver, godlike Saints.

The Unmercenaries, blazing with divine wonders, grant benefits to all, crowning them with grace.

You were declared wise physicians, bringing healing hands to the pains of the passions.

Theotokion.

Let the faces now be struck of those who do not confess you to be Mother of God, O All-pure Lady.

Ode 5.

[‘Rising in the night we hymn you, Christ God, who made yourself poor for us and underwent both cross and death in your flesh’.]

As streams that flow from God, you are a source of waters of deeds of kindness for the faithful, as you heal diseases of soul and body, glorious Unmercenaries.

Revered Unmercenaries, unstopping the source of grace you distribute good health to those who now have recourse to you in faith and love.

The bright and all-wise stars, who openly raise the earth to heaven, in imitation of the radiance of the Angels, ceaselessly shine on us.

Theotokion.

You were shown to be higher, Virgin Mother, in conceiving the Maker of all things, like the Father without beginning, and in giving birth for the world to the Saviour and Lord.

Ode 6.

[‘You saved the Prophet from the whale, Lover of mankind; bring me too up from the deep of faults, I beg’.]

Let us eagerly honour the saving healers, the inspired benefactors, godlike Cosmas and Damian.

Having guarded sobriety and adorned with wisdom, godlike Cosmas and Damian rejoice together with Christ.

As you lived with one mind and practised asceticism with one soul, as one you were entrusted with awarding us with healings.

Theotokion.

You gave birth to the unapproachable light with a body, O All-pure, which enlightens all the world with the rays of the Godhead.

Irmos.

‘I will sacrifice to you with a voice of praise, O Lord, the Church cries to you, cleansed from the filth of demons by the blood which flowed with pity from your side’.

Kontakion. Tone 2.

You have received the grace of remedies, spread strength over those in need, glorious, wonderworking Physicians; but by your visitation, cast down the insolence of enemies, healing the world by wonders.

The Ikos.

The word of the wise Physicians surpasses all understanding and wisdom; for having received grace from the Most High, they invisibly bestow strength on all; therefore on me too they have bestowed the grace of narration, to sing their praise as God-bearing, well-pleasing to God and healers, who grant multitudes of cures; for they rescue all from pains, healing the world by wonders.

Synaxarion.

The Month of November, with 30 days.

The day has 10 hours and the night 14.

On the 1st of the same month, Commemoration of the holy and Unmercenary Wonderworkers, Cosmas and Damian, the sons of Theodoti from Asia .

Verses.

Though they have passed from earth, Unmercenary pair,

They fill the earth with wonders now as then.

Two healing lights from the earth fly up on the first of November.

On the same day Commemoration of the holy Martyrs Kyriaina and Juliani.

Verses.

Kyriaina in fire breathed her last,

So honoured the great Lord of all that breathes.

Aflame, O Saviour, with her love for you,

Juliani that flame from fire now bears.

On the same day Commemoration of the holy Martyrs Caesarius, Dasios, and five others.

Verses.

With five companions, lovers of the truth,

Lovers of falsehood slay Caesarius.

On the same day Commemoration of the holy Priest Martyrs, John the Bishop and James the Presbyter.

Verses.

Along with James, the Priest of Christ, a sword

John brought, himself a Priest of Christ.

On the same day Commemoration of the holy Martyr Hermingeld.

Verse.

Washed of the dye of error Hermingeld,

Slaughtered is dyed in purple of his gore.

The holy Martyrs Cyprian and Juliani attained perfection by fire.

Commemoration of the holy Bishop and New Martyr James and his two disciples, James the deacon and Dionysios, a monk, who attained perfection by the axe in 1520.

Our venerable father David, who was a monk in Evoia, attained perfection in peace.

At their holy intercessions, O God, have mercy and save us. Amen.

Ode 7.

[‘We the faithful recognise you, Mother of God, as the furnace; for as he, the highly exalted, saved the Three Young Men, so he wholly refashioned me, humanity, in your womb, the God of our fathers, praised and glorified above all’.]

By inspiration you appeared wholly God’s, wholly able to contain God; for you abandoned all the world for God, All-glorious, following in the footsteps of the Saviour, in a manner fitting God honouring the God of the fathers.

Beyond nature, All-noble Physicians, you heal all the maladies of the infirm by mystical surgery, drawing saving remedies from the divine treasuries, as you hymn the God, who is glorified above all.

With a garland of your kingdom, Master, and a shining diadem you have fairly adorned the ones who greatly longed for the extraordinary loveliness of your beauty, O Christ, and have declared them to be general benefactors for believers.

Theotokion.

When the Dayspring from on high appeared on earth, All-pure, you were revealed to be a gate, most fair and wholly light, shining on the world with rays of purity and ever sending out the lustre of wonders to believers.

Ode 8.

‘In the furnace, as in a smelter, the Young Men of Israel shone with the beauty of godliness brighter than gold, as they said: All you works of the Lord, bless the Lord, praise and highly exalt him to all the ages’.

Deadened to the delight of the world, amputating the disease of love of money, you have been named, wise Saints, Unmercenaries for all who cry: All you works of the Lord, praise the Lord, and highly exalt him to all the ages.

You have clearly become sharers in eternal life; for you abandoned the pleasures of this corruptible life as cried with one voice: All you works of the Lord, bless the Lord, praise and highly exalt him to all the ages.

Deliver us all, O Master Christ, from dread infirmities, at the prayers of the Unmercenaries, and grant that with one voice we may ever cry to you: All you works of the Lord, bless the Lord, praise and highly exalt him to all the ages.

Theotokion.

All we believers are filled with gladness, and strengthened by grace, ransomed by your Offspring, Virgin Mother, we cry: All you works of the Lord, bless the Lord, praise and highly exalt him to all the ages.

Irmos.

‘Stretching out his hands Daniel closed the jaws of the lions in the den; while the Children, lovers of true religion, girded with virtue, quenched the power of the fire as they cried: Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord’.

Ode 9.

[‘As the shining lampstand and Mother of God, outstanding glory and higher than all created things, in hymns we magnify you’.]

The wise pair, the dazzling beam of the spiritual light, which gives to all a share in illumination, let us unceasingly call blest.

For believers you produce strength of spiritual health, and you are trusted to cure the sufferings of the body, as saviours you are ever praised.

The beacons, shining with God’s light, spiritually make radiant without ceasing the heaven of the holy Church, as they now carry the torch with its outpouring of illumination.

The pair called by God, strengthened by the holy Trinity, pours out the gifts of remedies for all those who with love call them blest.

Theotokion.

Cloud of light and holy Ark, Gate all-light of the spiritual Sun, as Mother of God we magnify you.

Irmos.

‘Eve by the disorder of disobedience introduced the curse; while you, Virgin Mother of God, by the shoot of your child-bearing made the blessing flower for the world; therefore we all magnify you’.

Exapostilarion.

Receiving the grace of healings from God, blest Unmercenaries, you cure diseases and heal all those who faithfully have recourse to your godlike shrine; and therefore with one voice we worthily call your holy memory blest.

Theotokion.

All-immaculate, you bore God the Word of God, when he in his great wisdom accomplished his great dispensation; and therefore we all worthily praise you as her who intercedes with him that we may be rescued from diseases and every kind of danger.

At Lauds we insert 4 idiomel Stichera.

Tone 1. By Anatolios.

You received the grace of remedies from God and heal the sufferings of our souls and bodies without payment, Unmercenaries for the whole world; therefore through you Christ granting believers the gift of good health, reveals you as unerring beacons for the inhabited world; intercede with him that our souls may be saved.

Same Tone.

Drawing from the providence from above the abyss of remedies, you pour out healings for all believers, O Unmercenaries; for beyond nature you heal the sufferings of the sick with mystic surgery, as you bring from the treasures of the Spirit saving remedies for the ailing; therefore as you have become an honoured temple of the Trinity, source of life, which has made its dwelling in you; intercede with it that our souls may be saved.

Tone 2. By Germanos.

The choir of the Saints rejoices to the ages; for they have inherited the kingdom of heaven. Earth has received their relics and is filled with sweet fragrance. Christ’s servants have taken up their dwelling for eternal life.

The same Tone.

Physicians of the sick, treasuries of remedies, saviours of believers, far-famed Unmercenaries, heal those who cry out in need and who suffer pain, as with Theodoti you intercede with the good God that we may be rescued from all the snares of the foe.

Glory. Tone 4. By Theophanes.

Holy Unmercenaries, you possess a source of remedies and grant healings to all who ask, for you have been found worthy of the greatest gifts from the unfailing source of the Saviour Christ. For to you, as rivals of the Apostles in zeal, the Lord says: See, I have given you authority against unclean spirits, so as to cast them out and so as to cure every disease and every weakness. And so, having lived your lives well in accordance with his commands, freely you have received, freely you give, as you heal the sufferings of our souls and bodies.

Both now. Theotokion.

Hail refuge of Christians and their might; hail heavenly Ladder; hail treasure-chest of virginity; hail Mother of God, the spiritual Ark of the divine; hail boast and support of the world, recalling of the fallen, the Tabernacle, wholly light, holy and all good.

Or Cross-Theotokion.

When the All-pure saw Christ the lover of mankind crucified and pierced in the side, she wept and cried out; What is this, my Son ? Is this how an ungrateful people repays you for the good things you have done for them? Why, so much beloved, do you hasten to leave me childless? I am filled with amazement, O Compassionate, at your voluntary crucifixion.

At the Aposticha, Stichera from the Octoichos.

Glory. Tone 8.

Who would not wonder? Who would not glorify? Who would not faithfully praise the wonders of the wise and glorious Unmercenaries? Because also after their holy passing over, they give remedies richly to all who have recourse to them; and their precious and holy relics pour forth the grace of healings. O holy Pair! O honoured Saints! O wisdom and glory of the grace given us by God! And so let us sing to God our Benefactor, who has revealed them for the healing of our souls and bodies.

Both now. Theotokion.

Lady, accept the supplication of your servants, and deliver us from every constraint and tribulation.

Or Cross-Theotokion.

I cannot bear to see you, my Child, who give awakening to all, sleeping on the Tree, that you may grant to those, who of old fell into a deadly sleep from the fruit of transgression, you may grant divine and saving awakening, the grieving Virgin, whom we magnify.

 

8 Nov. The Assembly of Michael and Gabriel.

At Vespers

At Lord, I have cried we insert 6 Stichera and we sing Prosomia of Michael.

Tone 4. As noble among Martyrs.

Brightest attendant of the three-sunned Godhead, Michael Chief Captain, with the Powers on high you cry with joy: Holy are you, O Father, Holy are you, O co-eternal Word, Holy too are you, O Holy Spirit; one glory, one kingship, one nature, one Godhead and Power.

Fiery your form and wonderful your beauty, Michael first of Angels, for with your immaterial nature you pass through the ends of the world fulfilling the orders of the Maker of all things, recognised as powerful in your strength, and making your temple, honoured with your holy name, a source of healings.

O Lord, who make spirits your Angels, as it is written, and a flame of fire those who minister to you, you have declared Michael the Chief Captain as leader of your Archangels, who is wholly subject to your wishes, O Word, and cries aloud with fear the thrice-holy hymn to your glory.

Of Gabriel. The same tone. You have given us a sign.

The eternal Mind established you, Gabriel, as second light, lighting the whole world with participation in divine gifts and revealing to us the divine and truly great mystery from all eternity: the bodiless being embodied in a Virgin womb and becoming man to save mankind.

As you attend the throne of the Godhead with triple sun and with the splendours that pour from it unceasingly flood those of us on earth who stand harmoniously in choir and praise you, free us from the fog of passions and make us radiant with enlightenment, O Gabriel Chief Captain, intercessor for our souls.

Shatter the assaults of Hagar’s off-spring, incessantly directed at your flock; abate the schisms of the Church; calm the swell of measureless temptations; from dangers and troubles deliver us who honour you with love, O Gabriel Chief Captain, intercessor for our souls.

Glory. Tone 6. By Byzantios.

Rejoice with us, all you commanders of the Angels, for your leader and our champion, the great Chief Captain, marvellously appearing today in his sacred shrine, sanctifies it; therefore as is right let us cry out to him with songs of praise: Shelter us in the shelter of your wings, Michael greatest of Archangels!

Both now. Theotokion.

Rejoice with us, all you choirs of Virgins; for our protection, intermediary, shelter and great refuge, marvellously appearing today in her sacred shrine, sanctifies it; therefore as is right let us cry out to her with song of praise: Shelter us in the shelter of your wings, immaculate Lady, Mother of God.

Entrance; O Joyful Light; the Prokeimenon of the day, and the Readings.

The Reading is from Jesus son of Navi.

[5, 13-15]

It came to pass, when Jesus was in Jericho, that he looked up with his eyes and saw a man standing in front of him, and his drawn sword was in his hand. And Jesus approached him and said: ‘Are you one of ours? Or are you one of the enemy’s?’ But he said to him: ‘I am Chief Captain of the power of the Lord, and now I have come here’. And Jesus fell on his face to the ground and said: ‘Master, what orders have you for your servant?’ And the Chief Captain of the Lord said to Jesus: ‘Untie the sandals from your feet; for the place where you are standing is holy’; and Jesus did so.

The Reading is from Judges.

[6, 6.11-24]

It came to pass in that day that Madiam prevailed against the children of Israel, and they cried to God. And behold, the Angel of the Lord came and sat under the oak of Joas in Ephrata, and Gedeon his son was threshing wheat in the wine-press, and hastening to escape from the presence of Madiam. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him: ‘The Lord is with you, powerful in strength’. And Gedeon said to him: ‘In me, my Lord; and if the Lord is with us, why have all these evils come upon us? And where are all his wonders, of which our fathers told us, saying: ‘Did not the Lord lead us up out of Egypt?’ And now he has abandoned us, and handed us over to the hand of Madiam’. And the Angel of the Lord looked on him and said to him: ‘Go in this strength of yours and you will save Israel from the hand of Madiam. See, I have sent you’. And Gedeon said to him: ‘In me, Lord. How shall I save Israel? See, my thousand is the humblest in Manasse, and I am the smallest in my father’s house’. And the Angel of the Lord said to him: ‘The Lord will be with you, and you will smite Madiam as one man’. And Gedeon said to him: ‘If I have found grace in your eyes, and you do for me to-day everything of which you have spoken with me, do not, pray, leave here until I come back to you, and I shall bring my sacrifice and offer sacrifice before you’. And he said; ‘I am, I shall sit here until you return’. And Gedeon went and prepared a goat kid and an measure of unleavened flour, and he put the meat in a basket and the broth he put in a pot and brought them to him under the oak, and approached. And the Angel of the Lord said to him: ‘Take the meat and the unleavened loaves and put them on that rock and pour out the broth next it’. And he did so. And the Angel of the Lord stretched out the tip of the rod in his hand and touched the meat and the unleavened loaves; and fire was kindled from the rock and it devoured the meat and the unleavened loaves; and the Angel of the Lord disappeared from his sight. And Gedeon saw that it was the Angel of the Lord, and Gedeon said: ‘Alas Lord, Lord! Because I have seen the Angel of the Lord face to face’. And the Lord said to him: ‘Peace to you, do not be afraid, you shall not die’. And Gedeon built there an altar to the Lord, and called it PEACE OF THE LORD until this day.

The Reading is from the Prophecy of Daniel.

[10, 1-21]

In the third year of Cyrus, king of the Persians, a word was revealed to Daniel, whose name was called Baltasar; and the word was true and mighty power, and understanding was given him in a vision. In those days, I Daniel had been mourning for three weeks of days. And desiring bread, I did not eat, and meat and wine did not enter my mouth, I did not anoint myself with oil until the completion of the three weeks of days. And on the twenty fourth of the first month in the third year, I was near the great river, that is the Tigris. And I raised my eyes and looked, and behold a man, clothed in linen, his loins girt with gold of Ophaz; and his body was as Tharsis, and his face like the sight of lightning, and his eyes like lamps of fire, and his arms and legs like the sight of gleaming bronze, and the sound of his words was as the sound of a multitude. And I Daniel alone saw the vision, and the men who were with me saw nothing; but great amazement fell on them and they fled in fear. And I was left alone, and I saw this great vision, and no strength was left in me, and my glory was turned to corruption, and I retained no strength. And I heard the sound of his words; and when I heard the sound of his words I was stunned with my face to the ground. And behold a hand was touching me and raised me onto my knees and the knuckles of my hands. And he said to me; ‘Daniel, man of desires, understand by the words which I speak to you, and stand upright, because I have been sent to you’; and when he had spoken this word to me I arose trembling. And he said to me: ‘Daniel, do not be afraid, because from the first day that you gave your heart to understand and to be afflicted before the Lord your God, your words were heard, and I have come through your words. And the Ruler of the kingdom of the Persians resisted me for twenty one days; and behold Michael one of the chief Rulers came to help me, and I left him there with the Ruler of the kingdom of the Persians. And I have come to make you understand all that will happen to your people in the last days; because the vision is yet for days ahead’. And when he spoke to me in these words, I put my face to the ground and was stunned. And behold as the likeness of a son of man touched my lips; and I opened my mouth, and spoke and said to the one who stood in front of me: ‘Lord, at the sight of you, my inward parts were turned within me, and I had no strength. And how will your servant, Lord, be able to speak with my Lord? And from now on strength will not remain in me, and breath has not been left in me’. And once again there touched me as it were the appearance of a man, and he strengthened me and said to me: ‘Do not be afraid, man of desires, peace be with you; be a man and be strong’. And when he had spoken with me I grew strong and said: ‘Let my Lord speak to me, for you have given me strength’. And he said: ‘Do you know why I have come to you? And now I shall return to make war on the Ruler of the Persians; and as I was going in the Ruler of the Greeks came. But I shall tell you what is ordained in the scripture of truth, and there is not one that upholds me against these, but Michael your Ruler’.

At the Liti, Idiomel Stichera.

Tone 1. By Kyprianos.

Chief captains of the spiritual Powers, who ever stand beside the Master’s throne, implore the Lord to give peace to the world and to our souls his great mercy.

The same Tone. By Arsenios.

The Commander of the Powers above, Michael, the leader of the divine ranks, who goes with us every day and guards us all from every assault of the devil, has called us together today to a great festival. Come then, lovers of feasts and lovers of Christ, let us pick the flowers of virtues and with pure thoughts and firm conscience, let us honour the Archangel’s Assembly; for as he stands unceasingly next God and raises high the thrice-holy hymn, he intercedes that our souls may be saved.

Tone 2. By the Studite.

Leaders of the spiritual Powers of the immaterial Being, enlighteners of the world with the rays of the glory with triple sun, Chief Captains, with untiring voices you sing out the thrice-holy hymn; therefore intercede that our souls may be saved.

The same Tone. By Arsenios.

As you surround the immaterial throne, O spiritual beings, divine Bodiless ones, you sing the thrice-holy hymn to God the Ruler with lips of flame: Holy God, the Father without beginning; Holy strong, the co-eternal Son; Holy immortal, the consubstantial Spirit, glorified together with the Father and the Son.

The same Tone. By Anatolios.

With bodiless lips and spiritual mouths the ranks of Angels offer their unceasing hymn to your unapproachable Godhead, Lord; and pure intelligences and ministers of your glory praise you, Master. With them Michael, the bodiless one and leader of the Powers above, the Chief Captain of the Angels, has become for us today host at the feast, urging us on to sing the songs of the Bodiless Powers to your unapproachable glory, Lover of mankind, that he may intercede without ceasing on behalf of our souls.

Tone 4. By Ephraim of Karia.

Bright with the sun’s beam of the divine light, Chief Captains, you outshine the ranks of immaterial beings; clothed like light in dazzling white in the highest, you shed on the world the fire of the unapproachable Godhead; and so you sing unceasingly with lips of flame the thrice-holy hymn: Holy, Holy, Holy are you, our God. Glory to you.

Tone 6.

Your Angels, O Christ, standing with fear by the throne of your majesty and ever shining with the light that floods from you, sing your praises in the highest, and sent forth by you as ministers of your will, they give enlightenment to our souls.

Glory. Tone 4.

With lips of fire the Cherubim sing your praise, Christ God; with bodiless mouths the choir of Archangels sings a never-ending hymn of glory; Michael, the Chief Captain of the Powers above, offers to your glory an unceasing hymn of victory. For he has shone on us today that for this shining festival we may fittingly ring out in song the thrice-holy hymn with lips of clay; for all things have been filled with your praise, and you grant the world through him your great mercy.

Both now. The same Tone. Theotokion.

Today the temple that contains God, the Mother of God, is brought into the Lord’s temple and Zachary receives her. Today the Holy of Holies rejoices and the choir of Angels mystically celebrates the festival; with whom let us, as today we celebrate, cry out with Gabriel: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you, he who has great mercy.

At the Aposticha, Prosomia. Tone 1.

As we in the world celebrate a festival like the Angels, let us cry out to God, who is borne on a throne of glory, the hymn: Holy are you, heavenly Father; co-eternal Son, holy are you, and you, all-holy Spirit.

Verse: Who makes spirits his Angels and flames of fire his Ministers.

Foremost of the heavenly beings, and who stand with great boldness by the throne of unendurable glory, eye-witness of things unuttered, Michael Chief Captain, save us, who honour you devoutly year by year and who faithfully sing the praise of the Trinity.

Verse: Bless the Lord, O my soul; O Lord, my God, you have been greatly magnified.

You are clearly first of the bodiless Angels, and minister of the divine radiance, its eye-witness and initiate. Michael Chief Captain, save us, who honour you devoutly year by year and who faithfully sing the praise of the Trinity.

Glory. Both now. Tone 8. By Monk John.

As general and champion and Prince of Angels, free from every constraint, trouble and disease and from grievous sins those who sincerely praise and openly implore you, glorious Chief Captain, who as immaterial look on the Immaterial and are illumined by the unapproachable light of the Master’s glory; for he with love for mankind took flesh from a Virgin for our sakes, as he wished to save humanity.

Apolytikion. Tone 4. Lifted up on the Cross.

Chief Captains of the heavenly armies, we the unworthy implore you to protect us by your supplications with the shelter of the wings of your immaterial glory, guarding us as we fall down and insistently cry out: Deliver us from dangers, as Chief Captains of the Powers on high.

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

The mystery hidden from all eternity and unknown to Angels, has been revealed to those on earth through you, O Mother of God: God being made flesh in a union without confusion, and willingly accepting the Cross for us, through which he raised the first-formed man and saved our souls from death.

And Dismissal.

At Matins

After the 1st Psalter Reading,

Kathisma. Tone 4. Lifted up on the Cross.

Chief Captain of the bodiless Ministers, you stand before God and are made radiant with the rays that come from him, make bright, make holy those who faithfully sing your praise, deliver them from every tyranny of the foe, and ask for a peaceful life for our Sovereigns and all the ends of the earth.

Glory. The Same.

Both now. Theotokion.

We your servants, Mother of God, Sovereign Lady, will never cease to hymn your mercies with thanksgiving from the heart, as we cry out and say: All-holy Virgin, come speedily and deliver us from seen and unseen foes; for you always save your servants from evils of every kind.

After the 2nd Psalter Reading,

Kathisma. Tone 4. Lifted up on the Cross.

The Cherubim and many-eyed Seraphim, the hosts of ministering Archangels with the Virtues, Thrones, Dominations, Angels, Powers and Principalities implore you, our Maker and God and Master: Do not despise the supplication of a sinful people, O Christ most merciful.

Glory. The same.

Both now. Theotokion. Model melody.

Come speedily to help, before we are enslaved to foes who blaspheme you and threaten us, Christ our God; by your Cross do away with those who war against us; let them know how strong is the faith of the Orthodox; at the prayers of the Mother of God, O only lover of mankind.

After the Polyeleos [see the end of this page for the Selection]. Kathisma.

Tone 8. Taking knowledge.

Princes and Chiefs of the heavenly realms, of the high-throned and dread regions of the divine glory, Michael and Gabriel, Chief Captains and Ministers, with all the Bodiless Powers, who ever intercede with the Master on the world’s behalf, ask forgiveness of offences for us, and that we may find mercy and grace on the day of judgement.

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

O Pure, O blessed one, filled with God’s grace, with the Powers above, with the Archangels and all the Bodiless ones, on our behalf ceaselessly implore him who through his compassionate pity was born from you, that before the end he may grant us pardon and forgiveness of sins, and amendment of life, that we may find mercy.

The Anavathmi, the 1st Antiphon of the 4th Tone.

Prokeimenon. Tone 4.

Who makes spirits his Angels and a flame of fire his Ministers.

Verse: Bless the Lord, O my soul; O Lord, my God, you have been greatly magnified.

Gospel according to John. See Monday of Pentecost.

Psalm 50. Glory.

At the prayers of the Bodiless Powers, O Merciful One, wipe away the multitude of my offences.

Both now.

At the prayers of the Mother of God O Merciful One, wipe away the multitude of my offences.

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your great mercy; according to the fullness of your compassion blot out my offences.

Idiomel by Arsenios. Tone 2.

As you surround the immaterial throne, O spiritual beings, divine Bodiless ones, you sing the thrice-holy hymn to God the Ruler with lips of flame: Holy God, the Father without beginning; Holy strong, the co-eternal Son; Holy immortal, the consubstantial Spirit, glorified together with the Father and the Son.

Then the Canons are sung, that of the Mother of God [from the Little Paraklesis] to 6, and the following two of the Bodiless Powers to 8.

First Canon of the Bodiless Powers.

A Composition of Monk John.

Ode 1. Tone 8. Peoples, let us raise.

All we believers, let us praise the uncreated Trinity which directs all the immaterial ranks of the choirs on high, as we cry out: Holy, Holy, Holy are you, O God Almighty.

As the beginning of your creatures, O Maker, you set in place the bodiless nature of the Angels, encircling your immaculate throne, to cry to you: Holy, Holy, Holy are you, O God Almighty.

Hail Gabriel, revealer of God’s incarnation, and Michael, leader of the immaterial ranks, who cry unceasingly: Holy, Holy, Holy are you, O God Almighty.

Theotokion.

Eve, the foremother, once made the human race subject to the curse by her transgression; but you, Virgin Bride of God, led the whole race to blessing, by giving birth to the Creator.

Second Canon, whose Acrostic is:

To the Leaders of the Bodiless Minds.

In the Theotokia:

By Clement.

Ode 1. The same Tone.

Come, as we join the dance, let us praise in songs the spiritual choirs of the bodiless ranks as Ministers of God, who tirelessly intercede for our salvation, and rejoice at our repentance.

The princes and leaders, and shining captains of the Angels today rouse the bodiless Minds to a festive celebration of their bright memory, with whom mankind rejoices, as it brings a hymn to the Trinity.

Let us mortals be glad together with the Angels, with spiritual joy; now Gabriel again brings the good news, the union of the Churches and the removal of every hostile heresy, on the coming of their commemoration.

Theotokion.

Immaculate one, you bore the Father’s Word, who dwelt supernaturally in you, by the Holy Spirit; being in two natures and wills, but in one person without change, whose form we kiss in greeting.

Katavasia. I will open my mouth.

Ode 3. Plant your fear, Lord.

With strength, O Immortal, you established mighty beings to accomplish your all-holy will, who ever stand before you in the highest.

Accept the leaders of the Angels, the initiates of your incarnation and of your hallowed rising, O Christ, as they intercede on our behalf.

In your compassion, O Christ, you have placed Angels as guardians of mankind, and made them the ministers of the salvation of your servants.

Theotokion.

Ineffably, O Bride of God, you conceived the Lord, the Saviour who redeems from dangers us who call on you in truth.

Second Canon. You are the foundation.

First of the Angels and second light after the Trinity, Prince Michael, you have appeared to us who praise you faithfully.

Gabriel faithfully dazzled the whole earth with the ray of divine grace when he announced the descent of God in the body.

Famed couple, radiant immaterial pair, show those who faithfully celebrate your memory to be God’s lights.

Theotokion.

Isaias sang your conceiving beyond understanding, O Pure one; I sing it too, that I may share his cleansing.

Katavasia. O Mother of God.

Kathisma. Tone 8. Taking knowledge.

In our desire to praise the choirs of Bodiless Powers, let us on earth imitate as far as we are able their holiness, by deadening all the limbs of the flesh, asking them as champions and protectors to deliver from every deception of the invisible foe us who sing their praise, that we may find mercy.

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

We ever thank you, Mother of God, and we magnify and worship you, Pure Virgin Full of grace, as we praise your childbearing, crying out unceasingly: Save us, Virgin All-merciful, as you are good, and deliver us from dread reckoning of the demons at the hour of judgement, that your servants may not be put to shame.

Ode 4. You mounted upon horses, Lord.

You mounted upon Angels, as upon horses, Lover of mankind, and took their reins in your hands, and your riding became salvation for those who ceaselessly cry out to you: Glory to your power, O Lord.

Your virtue covers Angels, Lover of mankind, and the ends of the earth are full of your glorious, divine praise, O Unoriginate, which with the Angels cries out to you: Glory to your power, O Lord.

You came forth, O merciful Christ, for the salvation of your people; you summon with you your beloved Powers and your Coming is joy for those who cry out to you in faith: Glory to your power, O Lord.

Theotokion.

O All-pure, you were seen to be Virgin and Mother, for you bore Christ, God himself and man, to whom the ranks of Angels cry with fear: Glory to your power, O Lord.

Second Canon. You, Lord, are my strength.

As Jesus son of Navi warred of old against Jericho, the Chief Captain of power appeared to him, great Michael, victor and champion, the leader of the Bodiless Powers; receiving strength from him, the servant of the Lord took the citadel captive.

A Prince of the bodiless Powers, great Gabriel, truly the great Archangel, once appeared to Zachary the priest bearing the good tidings of a child; and so when John, the voice of the Word, was born he gave his father back his voice.

All the ends of the earth rejoice with joy today, as they celebrate the sacred memory of your Archangels, O God, of godlike Michael and of Gabriel, inspired by God; and the whole order of Angels rejoices with them, because the world is saved by their protection.

Theotokion.

You alone are pure even after child-birth; you alone were seen, though unwedded, giving suck to the true Word of God when, by the Holy Spirit, he had taken the form of a servant that is ours, O Virgin Mother of God; as we honour his appearing, we reverence the likeness of his form.

Katavasia. The Prophet Avvakoum.

Ode 5. By the light of your knowledge.

Ever borne with unalterable longing towards the steep ascent, towards you, O Christ, the summit of all desires, the angelic Powers ceaselessly glorify you.

O Christ, you have established singers of your greatness, spiritual in their nature, imperishable by your grace; you have created your Angels in your image, O Incomprehensible.

You have kept your ministers, O Christ, from swerving to the worse, by their closeness to you; for you are the source of goodness, who make good those who fittingly worship you.

Theotokion.

Alone Virgin after childbirth, pure and unwedded, Mary immaculate, bring us to anchor in your haven, guiding us from dangers towards eternal salvation.

Second Canon. Why have you abandoned.

To Bawerving to the worse, by their closeness to you; for you are the source of goodness, who make good those who fittingly worship you.

Theotokion.

Alone Virgin after childbirth, pure and unwedded, Mary immaculate, bring us to anchor in your haven, guiding us from dangers towards eternal salvation.

Second Canon. Why have you abandoned.

To Balaam the seer who of old do not believe the ineffable and divine marvels of God, the Angel, by appearing to the ass in the narrow lane, brought fearful reproof, and by showing the beast to be rational altered the signs of nature.

To Peter, imprisoned and waiting in gaol, God’s Angel appeared delivering him from Herod’s hands, and from bonds and from death; and so let us all honour the wise Archangels as God-inspired guardians of our souls.

Angels, Archangels, God’s divine Powers, abolish the upheavals of wars, and the heresies and all the scandals of the Church by your constant entreaties to God, and keep us in peace.

Theotokion.

We know you to be one God of creation in two natures, unconfused in both modes of action and both wills, the Son of God who took flesh from a woman, whose image we honour in pictures.

Katavasia. The universe was amazed.

Ode 6. Lord, you made Jonas dwell.

As befits God, O Lord, you brought out of nothing by your word the natures of the immortal, heavenly hosts, creating them with forms of light.

O Bodiless Powers, you have become honoured initiates of God’s praise, citizens of the heavenly and truly divine tabernacle, as you fittingly adore the Maker.

Son of God before all eternity, the spiritual ranks of the Bodiless ones praise you unceasingly, and glorify you as Maker and Creator of the universe.

Theotokion.

O Immaculate, you were worthy to cradle in your arms the One who is seated eternally with the Father in the highest. Give him to us your servants, O Pure one, in your mercy.

Second Canon. Be merciful to me.

Flying upward in mind from the corruption of matter, let us in fear with lips of matter honour in songs the immaterial Bodiless Powers as beings of fire and flame and light.

Put to death, O Archangels, the assaults of the passions, and with them bring to an end all the scandals of the faith, O Holy ones formed of fire, the Chief Captains of the Trinity.

Archangels of God, leaders of the Bodiless hosts, by your freedom to speak save us from every heresy, Michael the Prince and Gabriel, the Chief Captains.

Theotokion.

Willingly, O Christ, you appeared in flesh from a womb that did not know wedlock as God without flesh, but as man you bore flesh; the form of whose likeness we the faithful honour.

Katavasia. Come, godly-minded people.

Kontakion. Tone 2.

Chief Captains of God, ministers of divine glory, guides of mankind and princes of the Bodiless Powers, intercede for what is for our good and for great mercy, as Chief Captains of the Bodiless Powers.

The Ikos.

You said in the Scriptures, Lover of mankind, that the multitudes of Angels rejoice in heaven over one human who repents, O Immortal; therefore we in our sins, O Sinless One, who alone know the heart, dare to implore you each day, for you are compassionate, to take pity on us, Master, and send us, the unworthy, compunction, granting us pardon; for they intercede for us all, the Chief Captains of the Bodiless Powers.

Synaxarion.

On the 8th day of the month, the Assembly of the Chief Captains, Michael and Gabriel, and of the rest of the holy, bodiless and heavenly Orders.

Verses.

Michael, a fitting song I wished to sing

You fittingly; but matter-free have none.

Leaders of heaven’s high host the eighth of November now honours.

For the Assembly of the Nine Orders of Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones, Dominations, Virtues, Principalities, Powers, Archangels and Angels.

Verses.

What offering worthy of the Orders nine

Could one the offspring of nine months pronounce?

Michael the pre-eminent Captain of the bodiless Powers, in both the Old Testament and the New Grace, has shown and shows to the human race his many graces and benefactions. For when the opponent and enemy of our salvation tossing his mane against the Creator, said swaggeringly: ‘I shall place my throne above the clouds’ and boastingly: ‘I shall be like the Most High’, he fell, as the Lord says, from his Archangel’s dignity. For he says: ‘I saw Satan falling from heaven like lightning.’ Moreover the bragging Order under him suffered the same fate. But all-honoured Michael, maintaining, as a faithful servant, his respect for the Master and showing his great care for our race was appointed by the Almighty to lead the spiritual and archangelic ranks. For when he saw the rebel fall, he assembled the choirs of Angels and saying: ‘Let us attend’ hymned aloud the Lord of all things, as though saying: ‘Let us, who are creatures, attend to what they have suffered who until now were with us, beings of light, but now have become darkness. This support then has been named the Assembly of the Angels, that is attention, agreement and unity.

This great champion then and benefactor of our salvation, abounding in and unfolding many saving acts of kindness, appears visibly to many. For he was seen by Abraham and Lot at the overthrow of Sodom. He appeared to Jacob as he fled from his brother. He marched at the head of the army of the children of Israel when they were being delivered and freed from the malice of the Egyptians. He appeared to Balaam as he went to curse Israel. To Jesus son of Navi when he inquired he said: ‘I the Chief Captain of the Lord have now come to you.’ He also diverted the rivers that had been released against the shrine and chapel by the impious. And many other stories are told of him in the inspired Scripture. Therefore we also, putting him forward as protector and guardian of our life, celebrate his present all-honoured festival, asking through his prayers and intercessions that we may find deliverance from troubles in this present age, and in the age to come that we may be found worthy of heaven’s grace and rank. Amen.

At the prayers of your Saints, O God, have mercy on us. Amen.

Ode 7. The Hebrew Youths.

Tens thousand ministering Angels stand unceasingly before him, unable to bear the sight of his countenance, as they cry: Blessed are you, Lord God!

You have shown, O Merciful, that the immaterial substances of the Angels are lights, filled with the ineffable light, who cry out unceasingly: Blessed are you, Lord God, to the ages.

Having created the multitude of Angels by your consubstantial Word, and hallowed them with the divine Spirit, you have taught them to praise the Trinity, God to the ages.

Triadikon.

Keeping in mind three Persons, we glorify an infinite Essence, the Father, the Son and the Spirit, as we cry out: Blessed are you, Lord God, to the ages.

Second Canon.

With choirs of Bodiless Powers, come race of mortals, let us clap our hands as we celebrate the auspicious day of the memorial of the wise Archangels of Christ, crying out: Blessed are you, O God of our Fathers.

Of old, as friends of strangers, Abraham who saw God and glorious Lot welcomed Angels and have found fellowship with Angels as they cry: O God of our Fathers, blessed are you.

Angels appeared to noble Manoe and to all-wise Tobit, bringing them the rewards of a worthy life; and the Angel of the three Youths once truly quenched the furnace’s flame of fire.

Theotokion.

Jesu, like the Fathers we proclaim that you took our whole nature from a Virgin without change, double in natures, but one in person; whose form we depict and faithfully reverence.

Katavasia. The godlike Youths.

Ode 8. The Lord glorified.

Let us rival the Angels’ life and wing our minds on high, and immaterially raise the song with them, praising the Lord and highly exalting him to all the ages.

The Angels, worshippers of the heavenly choir, circling the throne of glory and ever wheeling about God, praise and highly exalt him to the ages.

The Trinity that makes a flame of fire those who minister unceasingly in the heights, and shows the Angels to be spirits, let us worship and glorify to all the ages.

Theotokion.

The One before whom in heaven tens of thousands of Angels and Archangels trembling stand you were worthy to carry in your arms; implore him, Mother of God, that we may be saved, who glorify him to the ages.

Second Canon.

Michael the Archangel is Prince of Angels; but resplendently glorified with him is the initiate of grace and the Virgin’s honoured suitor, the Captain of the Bodiless hosts, Gabriel who fittingly announces joy to those who cry: You people, highly exalt Christ to the ages.

Ezekiel saw the ranks of Angels in varied form and in his opening proclaimed: Among them stand the six-winged Seraphim, and the many-eyed Cherubim circle round. With them he saw the Archangels shining like amber as they glorified Christ to all the ages.

Daniel clearly foretold how fearful would be the arrival of your second coming down when he proclaimed how thrones were placed, and an Ancient took his seat; and he speaks of tens of thousands of Angels who stand around in fear and cry out to the Trinity with never silent voices to all the ages.

Theotokion.

The Word, consubstantial with the Father and the Spirit, willingly appeared from the Virgin with the same form as us, not mingling the elements of the dread union; for he is shown to be one in both, in the two natures and one person; the image of whose likeness we now worship.

Katavasia. The Offspring of the Mother of God.

Ode 9.

Christ, who united the things of earth with those of heaven, and brought to completion one Church of Angels and of mortals, we unceasingly magnify you.

Angels and Archangels, Thrones, Virtues and Dominations, Principalities and Powers, Cherubim and Seraphim, with the Mother of God, intercede on behalf of the world.

Michael with Gabriel, shown as champions of all, watch over those who honour with longing and who hymn with faith your all-festive memory, and save them from every danger.

Theotokion.

O Virgin, you received the eternal Word, when he wished to refashion my nature, and you gave birth to him incarnate; therefore, Mother of God, we unceasingly magnify you.

Second Canon.

First of the Bodiless ones, Michael and Gabriel, you have appeared as champions for the salvation of those in sickness and on sea, and of those in need.

Dancing with the choirs of Powers and Thrones, as Captain of the Angels and initiate of God, O Gabriel, intercede for us to the Saviour.

As guardians of the world and of the Church, and Commanders of the Powers on high, implore the Saviour on our behalf.

Theotokion.

Harmoniously, Mother of God, we glorify you, for you deliver us from passions and from dangers, and you fulfil our entreaties for good things.

Katavasia. Let all those born of earth.

Exapostilarion.

The Maker and God has proclaimed you as champion, governor and provider for our mortal race, O godlike Chief Captain, and has honoured you ineffably with glory, ceaselessly to sound the thrice-holy and divine hymn of victory.

Another.

Inexpressibly aflame with the divine rays of the Trinity beyond light, you pass through all creation as lightning, fulfilling God’s behest, Archangel Michael, lightning-formed, guarding, protecting and sheltering those who radiantly sing your praise.

Another.

O glorious Michael, godlike Chief Captain, you have been placed by God as leader of Virtues, Powers, Archangels, Angels, Dominations, Thrones and Principalities; as you stand before the unendurable throne, shelter, guard, protect and save those who in faith honour you, the world’s defender.

Theotokion.

You are greater in honour than the glorious Cherubim, O Al-praised, and beyond compare more glorious than the dread Seraphim, and holier than all the Holy Angels, O All-pure, for inexpressibly you gave birth to the Creator of all things in a body, O Mother of God. Ask him to give your servants deliverance from offences.

At Lauds we insert 4 Verses and we sing 3 Prosomia, doubling the first.

Tone 1. Joy of the heavenly hosts.

Michael, we faithfully sing your praise as Chief Captain of the heavenly orders, and mighty champion, guard and deliverer of those on earth, beseeching you to deliver us from every destroying pain.

The leader of the godlike Powers above invites the choirs of mortals today to celebrate with the Angels one shining feast of their Assembly and together raise the thrice-holy hymn to God.

Michael, godlike spirit, guard and shelter in this life beneath the shelter of your godlike wings us who flee to you in faith, and at the hour of death, Archangel, be present as most kindly helper for us all.

Glory. Tone 5.

Where your grace casts its shade, Archangel, there the devil’s power is chased away; for the fallen Morning Star cannot endure in your light. And so we ask you, quench his fiery darts, directed against us, delivering us by your mediation, from his traps, Michael Archangel, worthy of praise.

Both now. Theotokion.

Virgin Mother of God, we the faithful as is fitting call you blessed, and we glorify you, the impregnable city, the unbreachable wall, the unshakeable protection and refuge of our souls.

Great Doxology and Dismissal.

At the Liturgy, the Typika, and from the Canons the 3rd and 6th Odes.

Apostle.

Brethren, if the word spoken through Angels… [Heb.2,2-10]

Gospel according to Luke.

The Lord said to his Disciples: One who hears you, hears me… [10,16-21]

Communion.

Who makes spirits his Angels, and flames of fire his Ministers.

 

SELECTION FOR THE POLYELEOS

FOR THE ASSEMBLY OF THE ARCHANGELS MICHAEL AND GABRIEL

AND ALL THE HEAVENLY POWERS.

I shall sing to you, Alleluia.

I shall give thanks to you, O Lord, with my whole heart and in the presence of Angels I shall sing to you.

Who makes spirits his Angels and a flame of fire his Ministers.

Who walks on the wings of the winds.

Bless the Lord all his Angels.

Mighty in strength, who perform his word.

Bless the Lord all his Powers, his Ministers who do his will.

He is seated on the Cherubim, let the earth be shaken.

All you his Angels worship him.

For he has commanded his Angels concerning you, to protect you in all your ways.

They will bear you in their hands, lest you strike your foot against a stone.

You who are seated on the Cherubim shine forth before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasse.

The Angel of the Lord will surround those who fear him and will deliver them.

By the word of the Lord the heavens were established.

And by the breath of his mouth all their power.

And he mounted upon Cherubim and flew, he flew on the wings of the wind.

You have made him little less than the Angels.

You have crowned him with glory and honour.

He sent out his Angel and took me from my father’s sheep.

Bless the Lord, my soul, O Lord my God you are greatly magnified.

Praise the Lord from heaven, praise him in the heights.

Praise him all his Angels, praise him all his Powers, to you praise is due, O God..

Glory, Both now. Alleluia.

At the end of the Polyeleos and the Glory, Both now, whenever we do not want to sing the slow Triadikon, for the sake of brevity, we sing the following to Tone 1.

Glory.

Let us worship the Father, and let us glorify the Son, and let us all praise together the all holy Spirit, crying out and saying: All holy Trinity, save us all.

Both now.

Your people, O Christ, brings your Mother to intercede; at her entreaties grant us your pity, that we may glorify you, O Good one, who dawned for us from the grave.

 

13 Nov. Commemoration of John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople.

At Great Vespers

After the Opening Psalm we recite the 1st Section of the 1st Kathisma of the Psalter. At Lord, I have cried, we insert 6 Stichera and sing 3 Prosomia, doubling them.

Tone 4. As noble among Martyrs.

Let us praise in song the golden trumpet, the instrument inspired by God, the inexhaustible ocean of doctrines, the support of the Church, the heavenly mind, the depth of wisdom, the mixing bowl of solid gold which pours out rivers of teachings that flow with honey and which waters creation.

Let us fittingly honour John of golden speech, the unsetting star which lights with the rays of its teachings the whole wide earth; the herald of repentance, the all-golden sponge that takes away the sweat of dread despair and moistens hearts wasted by sins.

The Angel of earth and man of heaven, the sweet singing swallow of many notes, the treasury of the virtues, the unbreakable rock, pattern for the faithful, rival of the Martyrs, in rank the equal of the holy Angels, in living one with the Apostles, let Chrysostom be magnified in hymns.

Glory. Tone 6.

Thrice-blessed, holiest, venerable Father, the good shepherd and Disciple of Christ the Chief Shepherd, you lay down your life for the sheep. Now too, all-praised John Chrysostom, by your prayers ask that we may be granted his great mercy.

Both now. Theotokion. Same Tone.

Who will not call you blessed, All-holy Virgin? Who will not sing the praise of your child-birth without labour? For the only-begotten Son, who shone out from the Father beyond time, came forth from you, pure Maiden, ineffably incarnate. By nature he is God, by nature he became man for our sake, not divided in a duality of persons, but known without confusion in a duality of natures. O honoured and all-blessed, implore him to have mercy on our souls.

Entrance, O Joyful Light, the Prokeimenon of the day, and the Readings.

The Reading is from Proverbs.

Selection.

The memory of the just is praised, and the Lord's blessing is upon his head. Blessed is one who has found wisdom; a mortal who knows understanding. To import her is better that treasures of gold and silver. She is more valuable than precious stones; nothing of value equals her worth. Justice proceeds from her mouth; she carries law and mercy on its tongue. Therefore, my children, listen to me; for I speak weighty things; and blest the one who keeps my ways. For my goings out are the goings out of life, and favour is prepared from the Lord. Therefore I exhort you, and utter my voice to the children of men. Because I, Wisdom, have prepared counsel, I have called upon knowledge and understanding. Mine are counsel and sureness; mine is prudence, mine is strength. I love those who are my friends, while those who seek me will find grace. You innocent, understand cunning; you untaught, take it to heart. Listen to me, for I will speak weighty things, and I will open right things from my lips. Because my throat will meditate truth; lying lips are abominable before me. All the words of my mouth are with justice, there is nothing crooked in them nor twisted. They are all straight for those who understand, and right for those who find knowledge. For I teach you what is true, that your hope may be in the Lord and that you may be filled with spirit.

The Reading is from the Wisdom of Solomon.

Selection.

The mouth of a just man distils wisdom; the lips of men know graces. The mouth of the wise meditates wisdom; justice delivers them from death. When a just man dies hope is not lost; for a just son is born for life, and among his good things he will pluck the fruit of justice. There is light at all times for the just, and they will find grace and glory from the Lord. The tongue of the wise knows what is good, and wisdom will takes its rest in their hearts. The Lord loves holy hearts; while all who are blameless in the way are acceptable to him. The wisdom of the Lord will enlighten the face of the understanding; for she anticipates those who desire her before they know it, and is easily contemplated by those who love her. One who rises for her at dawn will not toil, and one who keeps vigil because of her will be without care. For she goes about seeking those who are worthy of her, and shows itself favourably to those in the ways. Wickedness will never prevail against wisdom. Because of this I too became a lover of her beauty and became her friend, and I sought her out from my youth, and I sought to take her as my bride; because the Master of all things loved her. For she is an initiate of the knowledge of God one who chooses his works. Her toils are virtues; she teaches sobriety and prudence; justice and courage, than which nothing is more useful in human life. If anyone longs for much experience, she knows how to compare things of old and things that are to come. She knows the twists of words and the explanations of riddles; she foresees signs and wonders and the outcomes of seasons and times. And to all she is a good counsellor. Because immortality is in her, and fame in the fellowship of her words. Therefore I appealed to the Lord and besought him and said from my whole heart: God of my Fathers and Lord of mercy, who made all things by your word, and established humanity by your wisdom to be master over the creatures that had come into being by you, and to order the world in holiness and justice; give me Wisdom who sits by your throne, and do not reject me from among your children, for I am your servant and the son of your maid servant. Send her out from your holy dwelling and from the throne of your glory, that she may be present and teach me what is pleasing before you. And let her guide me with knowledge and guard me with her glory. For all the thoughts of mortals are wretched and their ideas are unstable.

The Reading is from the Wisdom of Solomon.

Selection.

When the just is praised, peoples are glad; for immortality is his memory, because it is known both to God and men, and his soul is pleasing to the Lord. Therefore, O men, desire wisdom, and long for it and be instructed. For her beginning is love and keeping of laws. Honour Wisdom, that you may reign for ever. I will declare to you and not hide from you the mysteries of God Because he is both the guide of Wisdom and the One who sets right the wise; and in his hand are all prudence, and knowledge of works. The artificer of all things, Wisdom, taught me; for in her is an understanding holy spirit, brightness of the eternal light, image of the goodness of God. She makes them friends of God and prophets. She is more lovely than the sun, and beyond every order of the stars; compared to light, she is found before it. She delivered her devotees from toils, and guided them in straight paths. She gave them holy knowledge and protected them from those who lay in ambush for them, she awarded them a mighty contest, that all might know that true religion is more powerful than all, and that wickedness can never prevail against Wisdom, nor will justice in passing sentence overlook the evil. For they said in themselves, not reasoning correctly: Let us overpower the just, let us not spare his saintliness, nor feel reverence for the aged grey hairs of an elder; let our strength be law. Let us lie in ambush for the just, for he is a hindrance to us and he is opposed to our works and alleges the sins of our upbringing. He claims to have knowledge of God, and calls himself a child of the Lord. He has become a reproof to our thoughts. He is grievous for us even to look at; for his life is not like others and his paths are quite different. We are reckoned by him to be counterfeit, and he keeps away from our ways as from filth; he calls the end of the just blest. Let us see if his words are true, and let us test what will happen to him at the end. Let us examine him by insult and torture, that we may know his forbearance and make trial of his patience. Let us condemn him to a shameful death, for by his own words he will have protection. This was how they argued, and they were deceived; for their wickedness had blinded them. And they did not know the mysteries of God, nor did they judge that you alone are God who have authority over life and death, and who save in time of tribulation, and deliver from every ill; pitying and merciful, giving grace to your holy ones, and by your right arm resisting the proud.

At the Aposticha, Prosomia. Tone 5. Hail of Ascetics.

Hail instrument of the Church, lovely and gleaming like gold; the tongue which with love for mankind traced out for us the many-sided ways of repentance; mind formed of gold; golden-mouthed swallow; dove, whose pinions, as the Psalmist says, are shining like gold with the golden pallor of virtues; stream like gold, pouring out waters; godlike mouth and entrusted with love for mankind: entreat Christ to send down to our souls his great mercy.

Verse: My mouth will speak wisdom; and his tongue will speak judgement.

Hail Father of orphans; sure help of the wronged; provision for the poor; righting of sinners; most skilled and revered physician of souls; lofty precision of theology; clarity of the Scriptures of the Spirit; most effective law; straightest rule; contemplation and action, the summits of wisdom. entreat Christ to send down to our souls his great mercy.

Verse: The mouth of a just man will meditate wisdom; and the meditation of my heart understanding.

You made yourself into a consecrated house of the sacred virtues; for in you, Father, as in a holy and most pure temple, they made their dwelling; for you governed wisely the body’s senses and guarded your mind, purified of the passions, as in a secure treasure-house; therefore you became most godlike, All-blessed, and presided over the Church, adorned with the priesthood, implore Christ to grant the world his great mercy.

Glory. Tone 6.

You were revealed as golden-voiced trumpet, O Golden Mouthed of golden words, making the hearts of the faithful golden by your teachings worked in gold. For the sound of your doctrines went out, Venerable Father, and enlightened the ends of all the world.

Both now. Theotokion.

My Maker and Redeemer, Christ the Lord, by coming from your womb, All-pure Lady, and, clothing himself in me, freed Adam from the former curse. And so, All-pure one, as to her who is truly Mother of God and Virgin, we cry to you unceasingly the Angel’s ‘Hail’: Hail, Sovereign Lady, defence, protection and salvation of our souls.

Apolytikion. Tone 8. Model Melody.

The grace which shone from your mouth like a torch of flame enlightened the whole earth; it laid up for the world the treasures of freedom from avarice; it showed us the height of humility. But as you train us by your words, Father John Chrysostom, intercede with Christ God, the Word, that our souls may be saved.

Both now. Theotokion.

You were born for us from a Virgin, and endured crucifixion, loving Lord; by your death you despoiled death, and revealed resurrection as God; do not despise those whom you fashioned with your own hand; show us your compassion, O Merciful; receive the Mother of God who bore you as she intercedes for us, and save, our Saviour, a people in despair.

At Matins

After the Polyeleos, Kathisma.

Tone 4. Today you have appeared.

The Church, watered by you golden words, gives golden streams as drink for all and heals diseases of those who sing your praise, all-blessed Chrysostom.

Glory. Tone 5. Let s believers.

Neither the lawless enmity of a synod, nor the mindless hatred of an Augusta quenched the virtues that were in you, Father. But tested by trials, like gold in the fire, you intercede unceasingly with the All-holy Trinity, for which you struggled, fervent in the spirit.

Both now. Theotokion. Same melody.

Show your servant your swift protection and assistance and your mercy, and calm the waves of vain thoughts, and raise up my fallen soul, pure Mother of God. For I know, I know that all that you wish you can also perform.

The Anavathmi, the 1st Antiphon in Tone 4.

Prokeimenon. Tone 4.

My mouth will speak wisdom, * and the mediation of my heart understanding.

Verse: Hear this all you nations.

Let everything that has breath… Gospel according to John. One who does not enter through the door.

Psalm 50. Glory. Tone 2.

Today let companies of High Priests in spirit leap for joy, as with us they honour your memory, venerable Hierarch Chrysostom, beacon of the Church.

Both now.

At the prayers of the Mother of God O Merciful One, wipe away the multitude of my offences.

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your great mercy; according to the fullness of your compassion blot out my offences.

And the Idiomel. Tone 6.

Grace was poured out on your lips, venerable Father, and you became a Shepherd of Christ’s Church, teaching the rational sheep to believe in a consubstantial Trinity in one Godhead.

The Canons: of the Mother of God to 6 [from the Little Paraklesis] and that of the Saint to 8.

The Canon of the Saint, of which the acrostic is:

I sing you, golden mouth of the Spirit. By Theophanes.

Ode 1. Tone 8. Moses’ wonderworking staff.

As you became a most fervent herald of repentance, Father Chrysostom, intercede with God that I may repent with my whole heart and implore that I may be cleansed of the wounds of ancient falls by your compassion.

Having received the whole radiance of the Holy Spirit, venerable Father, you appeared as a pillar all of light guiding the Church, and a cloud of light overshadowing the companies of the Orthodox, O all-blessed.

Chosen by Christ as a Teacher, with your tongue of gold and your mind inspired by God you became a rich source of divine teachings; for you appeared as a river of God, full of the waters of the Spirit, Chrysostom, revealer of God.

Theotokion.

Adorned with the adornment of grace, O blessed one, graced by God, you gave birth to the Word of the Father, become flesh through ineffable compassion beyond mind and beyond reason, yet you remained a Virgin undefiled.

Katavasia. I will open my mouth.

Ode 3. Christ who established.

Enriched with the mind of Christ, by your pure way of life you became his fellow worker for the salvation of mortals, teacher and orator, Chrysostom, inspired by God, pouring out saving teachings.

From the safe treasures of the Spirit you became rich, and having drawn the inexhaustible source of teachings from the springs of salvation, you watered the whole face of the Church, Venerable Father.

You truly cleansed the overgrown ploughland of souls with your all-wise husbandry, and watering it with heavenly showers you made it fruitful, O inspired by God.

Theotokion.

In you, all-blameless Virgin, there is no spot or stain at all, rather you appeared as a dwelling of heavenly virtues, for in you all the hallowing of the virtues made its dwelling.

Katavasia. O Mother of God.

Kathisma. Tone 8. The Wisdom and Word.

As one who saw God having drawn the wealth of the knowledge of the ineffable wisdom, you treasured up for all the waters of orthodoxy that inspired by God make glad the hearts of the faithful, but fittingly drown the doctrines of the faithless. Therefore through both you have been revealed by the hard labours of true religion as an invincible champion of the Trinity, John Chrysostom, intercede with Christ to grant forgiveness of faults to those who celebrate with love your holy memory.

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Tremble, my soul, and groan as you think on the flame of Gehenna and the burning, and the weeping and most wretched lamentation there, and the most bitter separation from the inheritance and company of the Saints. Hasten eagerly to wipe away with tears of compunction the records of your ten thousand debts, having as a fellow worker who cannot be put to shame the only pure one, through whom forgiveness of faults is given to those who with right belief glorify her as Mother of God.

Ode 4. You, Lord, are my strength.

Christ, who with providence arranges for all things as he is good, has given you to us as another of like manner to the Apostles, herald of the heavenly initiation and godlike instructor in the mysteries on high, all-blessed John Chrysostom.

Let us honour John, shining like gold, golden of speech, making all golden with the gold-formed beams of his teaching and making the world radiant with his tongue, brighter than gold and filled full of light, pouring out inspired grace.

You became wholly a dwelling place of God; you appeared as wholly an instrument of the Spirit raising a melody inspired by God of every virtue and a foundation of salvation, and showing forth the beauty of the kingdom of heaven, all-blessed John Chrysostom.

You proclaimed the compassion of God, setting out ways of repentance; and teaching excellently and most completely the flight from evils, O all-blessed; and showing forth counsels for works of excellence, all-revered Father Chrysostom.

Theotokion.

After God we have gained you as protection, for you were declared Mother of God, of the Maker and Creator, who took our form, O all-blameless, and saved it from corruption and death and glorified it with divine glory.

Katavasia. The Prophet Avvakoum.

Ode 5. Why have you rejected me.

We all know you to be a most resplendent beacon of the Church and saviour of souls, snatching them from the death-bearing maw and guiding them to eternal life, honoured Father.

Armed with weapons of true religion and courage of soul, most holy one, you routed the ranks of the heretics; but with joy you outstandingly rally the choirs of the Orthodox with the bond of the Spirit.

Your cheeks, full like fountains with inspired fragrances, make the inhabited world glad with spiritual scents by the aromatic initiation of your thoughts and the beauty of your words, O all-wise.

Theotokion.

As you conceived God, the creator and maker and Lord, all generations of mankind call you blessed, pure Virgin, and the immaterial Captains of the Bodiless Powers glorify you as Mother of God.

Katavasia. The universe was amazed.

Ode 6. Have mercy on me, Saviour.

With spiritual wisdom you enriched the whole world, becoming a rich bestower of the word; for rich grace from on high was poured out on your lips, O Hierarch.

Your sound has gone out into all the earth like lightning, while the power of your words, O Chrysostom, like a well-sounding trumpet, has echoed throughout all the ends of the inhabited world.

Clothed in a tunic of the virtues woven from on high, all-blessed one, and adorned with the splendour of words, you appeared as a skilled support of the truth.

Theotokion.

The Lover of mankind who carries the universe by his almighty power, clothed himself in the weakness of flesh from you, all-blameless Virgin, for the benefit of mankind.

Katavasia. Come godly-minded people.

Kontakion. Tone 6.

You received divine grace from heaven, and through your lips you teach us all to worship one God in Trinity, venerable John Chrysostom, wholly blessed. Fittingly we praise you, for you are a teacher who makes clear things divine.

The Ikos.

I bow the knee to the Maker of all things, I stretch out my hands to the eternal Word seeking the gift of words that I may sing the praise of the Saint whom he magnified. For he who lives to the ages said to the Prophet: I glorify those who glorify me with faith. He then, who among those of old exalted Samuel, has now glorified his Hierarch. For having traded well he brought the talent with which he had been entrusted to the King. Therefore the One above all being also exalted him. For this reason I the unworthy ask that words be given me that I may have strength to sing his praise. For he is the instructor of the of the world who makes clear things divine.

Synaxarion.

On the 13th of the month, Commemoration of our Father among the Saints, John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople.

Verses.

Closing his mouth in death, the golden John

Another mouth has left to us: his books.

On the thirteenth of the month the lips that were golden fell silent.

Commemoration of the holy new Monk and Martyr Damaskinos of Constantinople, he was martyred in Constantinople in 1681. At the prayers of the Golden-worded, Christ our God, have mercy on us. Amen.

Ode 7. The Youths from Judea.

Initiated into the depth of goodness and compassion of God, you appeared pledging salvation to those who fervently repent and cry out with their whole soul: Blessed is the God of our Fathers.

By your teachings, Chrysostom, you train every mind and in your great compassion heal the sicknesses of souls, and joyfully you chant with those who live well: Blessed is the God of our Fathers.

You were exalted, becoming a chosen, holy, innocent priest of the Most High, resplendently clothing yourself in justice and crying out with joy: Blessed is the God of our Fathers.

Theotokion.

Immaculate Virgin, you conceived the God and Lord over all things, who was well pleased to save the race of mortals from the corruption of death. As we fittingly sing his praise we cry: Blessed is the God of our Fathers.

Katavasia. The godlike Youths.

Ode 8. The King of heaven.

As with understanding we attend to your words, O Chrysostom, we are initiated into the mystery of theology and pluck all the enjoyment of good thongs, and flee the harm of wickedness; for you have become the general guardian of salvation, crying out: Highly exalt Christ to the ages.

Entreat the Master, Chrysostom, on our behalf, employing your compassionate freedom to speak, Father, and your merciful and benevolent love; for with faith we put you forward to the Saviour as mediator, champion and fervent advocate, inspired Hierarch, all-blessed John.

To rulers who acted unjustly you showed a young man’s resistance, a mind not to be humbled, warmly championing those who had be wronged, Venerable Father, and orphans, widows and paupers with a loving disposition, as you cried: Highly exalt Christ to the ages.

Theotokion.

The Prophets foretold in bodily forms, manifold riddles and symbolic and figurative stories your wondrous birthgiving beyond nature, O Virgin. And so with joy we devoutly sing your praise, as we highly exalt Christ to the ages.

Katavasia. The Offspring of the Mother of God.

Ode 9. Heaven and the ends of the earth.

As you truly enjoy the life for which you struggled according to your power on earth, conspicuous by your angelic way of life, and gaining a the tongue and gentle mouth of Christ, intercede, inspired Father, that those who with faith especially called you blessed may be saved.

Your words, thrice-blessed one, are words of life, procuring unending life; for Christ revealed you to be a source pouring forth a river flowing with streams of divine teachings, truly a torrent of delight, a channel of forgiveness and bright herald of repentance.

You were revealed, High Priest, as a resplendent mediator between God and mortals; for you appeared as a shining beacon of true religion, and you became a teacher of almsgiving. And so, O golden-worded, with fondness of heart we now fittingly magnify you.

Theotokion.

Pure Mother of God, who have been glorified, save those who sing your praise with love, in compassion banishing a crowd of temptations; for since you gave birth to God, all that you wish you obtain and can perform, O Virgin. And so we all magnify you.

Katavasia. All those born of earth.

Exapostilarion. By the sacred Spirit.

By your words of shining gold, Father Chrysostom, the Church of Christ is bright and resplendent; while the souls of the faithful are filled with joy as they honour your all-holy memory, for you appeared to all as guide to salvation and herald of repentance.

Another. Women hear.

The mighty voiced herald of repentance, the treasury of the poor, the golden and eloquent mouth of the Church, the clarification of the Scriptures, John the all-wise, let us praise, for by him we have been established.

Theotokion.

All-blameless Virgin, my Lady and Mistress, with far-famed Chrysostom implore your Son to deliver from trials of every kind those who sing your praise and make them all worthy of eternal good things, for can do whatever you will.

At Lauds we insert 4 Stichera, and sing the following Prosomia.

Tone 4. You have given as a sign.

Pouring forth your sacred teachings more brightly than gold, all-wise Chrysostom, you enrich minds that are poor, and you dispel the fog of the passions and the bitter winter of the love of money. And so, as is fitting, we call you blessed and honour the dust of your relics as a source of sanctification.

Let the fiery pillar, the river that flows with waters of doctrines, the heavenly mind of theology, the mouth of solid gold, guarantor for sinners, inspired herald of repentance, brightly shining beacon, heavenly mortal, the blessed Chrysostom be praise today.

You have become a sun with many lights, irradiating the inhabited world by your words, dazzling star, brightly shining lamp, torch that ever summons those who are storm-tossed by the worldly sea to the calm haven of salvation by grace, O Golden-worded, Golden-mouthed, intercessor for our souls.

Unjustly driven from flock, venerable Father, you became familiar with afflictions and bitter exiles, by which you were counted worthy of a blessed end as a noble Athlete, throwing down the one of many wiles, and Christ crowned you with a diadem of victory, John Chrysostom, intercessor for our souls.

Glory. Tone 8. By Anatolios.

With golden words and teachings inspired by God you adorned the Church of God, storing up in it spiritual riches, your words received from God, and so, having woven for you with songs a crown of unfading flowers, she offers it to your sacred memory, O John, wise in God, all golden of soul and tongue. But as you freedom to speak, venerable Father, intercede on behalf of our souls.

Both now. Theotokion.

Sovereign Lady accept the supplications of your servants, and rescue us from every constraint and affliction.

Great Doxology and Dismissal.

Holy oil is given to the Brethren.

At the Liturgy, Typika and Beatitudes from the 3rd and 6th Odes of the Canon of the Saint.

?21 Nov. Введение во храм Пресв. Богородицы?

30 Nov. Commemoration of Apostle Andrew, the First-called.

At Vespers

After the Opening Psalm we recite the 1st Section of the 1st Kathisma of the Psalter.

At Lord, I have cried, we insert 6 Stichera, and sing the three following Prosomia, doubling them.

Tone 4. Called from on high.

Formed by the light of the Forerunner, when the empersonned brightness of the Father’s glory appeared, wishing through his compassion to save the human race, then, glorious Saint, you were the first to run to him, illumined in mind by the perfect brilliance of his Godhead; therefore you are named herald and Apostle of Christ our God; implore him to save and enlighten our souls.

Acquainted with the voice of the Forerunner, when the all-holy Word became flesh, granting us life and salvation, bringing the good tidings to those on earth, then, O all-wise, you followed him and dedicated yourself as firstling and all-holy first fruits to him; our God, whom you both came to know and revealed to your own brother; implore him to save and enlighten our souls.

Frequenting the one sprung from a barren womb, when the offspring of the Virgin dawned, as Teacher of piety and temperance revealing purity, then you became a most fervent lover of virtue, blessed Andrew, placing ascents in your heart; and from glory you were raised to the ineffable glory of Christ our God; implore him to save and enlighten our souls.

Glory. Tone 4. By Anatolios.

Leaving behind the catching of fish, O Apostle, you net men, lowering the bait of true religion like a hook with the rod of your preaching, and drawing up from the depth of error all the nations. Apostle Andrew, brother of the Prince and outstanding teacher of the world, do not cease to intercede for us, O all-praised, who with faith and love praise your ever-honoured memory.

Both now. The same Tone.

Isaias, dance, receive the word of God; prophesy to Mary the maiden that the bush is aflame with the beam of the Godhead and is not being burned by fire. Bethlehem, make ready, Eden open your gate; and Magi make your journey to see salvation swaddled in a manger; whom the Star above the cave reveals as the Lord, the giver of life, who saves our race.

Entrance. O joyful light, and the Readings.

The Reading is from the First Universal Epistle of Peter.

[1:1-2, 10-25 & 2:1-6]

Peter, an Apostle of Jesus Christ, To the exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, chosen and destined by God the Father and sanctified by the Spirit for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you. Beloved, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired about this salvation; they inquired what person or time was indicated by the Spirit of Christ within them when predicting the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glory. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things which have now been announced to you by those who preached the good news to you through the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look. Therefore gird up your minds, be sober, set your hope fully upon the grace that is coming to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’ And if you invoke as Father him who judges each one impartially according to his deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile. You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your fathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was destined before the foundation of the world but was made manifest at the end of the times for your sake. Through him you have believed in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth through the Spirit for a sincere love of the brethren, love one another from a pure heart. You have been born anew, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living word of God which abides for ever; for ‘All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withered, and the flower fell, but the word of the Lord abides for ever’. That word is the good news which was preached to you. So put away all malice and all guile and insincerity and envy and all slander. Like new-born babes, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up to salvation; for you have tasted that the Lord is good. Come to him, to that living stone, rejected by men but in God’s sight chosen and precious; and like living stones be yourselves built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in scripture: ‘Behold, I am laying in Sion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and he who believes in him will not be put to shame.’

The Reading is from the First Universal Epistle of Peter.

[2:2-25 & 3:1-9]

Beloved, for to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. He committed no sin; no guile was found on his lips. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he trusted to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls. Likewise you wives, be submissive to your husbands, so that some, though they do not obey the word, may be won without a word by the behaviour of their wives, when they see your reverent and chaste behaviour. Let not yours be the outward adorning with braiding of hair, decoration of gold, and wearing of fine clothing, but let it be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable jewel of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. So once the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves and were submissive to their husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are now her children if you do right and let nothing terrify you. Likewise you husbands, live considerately with your wives, bestowing honour on the woman as the weaker sex, since you are joint heirs of the grace of life, in order that your prayers may not be hindered. Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love of the brethren, a tender heart and a humble mind. Do not return evil for evil or reviling for reviling; but on the contrary bless, for to this you have been called, that you may obtain a blessing.

The Reading is from the First Universal Epistle of Peter.

[4:1-11]

Beloved, since therefore Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same thought, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer by human desires but by the will of God. Let the time that is past suffice for doing what the Gentiles like to do, living in licentiousness, desires, drunkenness, revels, carousing, and lawless idolatry. They are surprised that you do not now join them in the same wild profligacy, and they abuse you; but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For this is why the gospel was preached even to the dead, that though judged in the flesh like men, they might live in the spirit like God. The end of all things is at hand; therefore keep sane and sober for your prayers. Above all hold unfailing your love for one another, since love covers a multitude of sins. Practice hospitality ungrudgingly to one another. As each has received a gift, employ it for one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who utters oracles of God; whoever renders service, as one who renders it by the strength which God supplies; in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and might to the ages of ages. Amen.

At the Liti, Idiomel Stichera. Tone 1.

By Andrew of Jerusalem.

The First-called Disciple and imitator of your passion, the Apostle Andrew, conformed to you, Lord, having drawn out with the fish-hook of your Cross those once gone astray in the deep of ignorance, brought them to you. At his prayers, O supremely Good, make our lives peaceful and save our souls.

The same Tone.

Let us the faithful sing the praise of Peter’s brother, Andrew, Christ’s Disciple; for he once searched the sea with nets and caught fish, while now he trawls the inhabited world with the rod of the Cross and brings the nations back from error by Baptism; and as he stands before Christ he asks peace for the world, and for our souls God’s great mercy.

The same Tone.

Having received within his heart the spiritual fire that enlightens minds and burns up sins, Christ’s Apostle and disciple shines with the mystical rays of teachings in the unenlightened hearts of the nations; while he again burns up the brushwood fables of the ungodly; for the fire of the Spirit has such a force. O strange and fearful wonder! A tongue of clay, a nature of clay, a body of dust has received spiritual and immaterial knowledge. But, O initiate of ineffable and contemplator of heavenly mysteries, intercede that our souls may be illumined.

Tone 8.

When you saw the God so longed for walking the earth, O First-called, who saw God, you called out to your brother: We have found, Simon, the one so longed for; to the Saviour you cried like David: As the hart longs for the springs of water, so my soul longs for you, Christ God. Therefore too adding longing to longing, you pass over through a cross to him you longed for, as a true Disciple and became an imitator of the passion through his Cross; and so having also become with him a partaker of glory, fervently intercede on behalf of our souls.

Glory. Tone 8.

By Andrew of Jerusalem; or, according to others, Anatolios.

Let us all sing the praise of Andrew, the herald of the faith and servant of the Word; for he fishes men from the deep, grasping in his hands the Cross for a rod, and lowering power like a line he brings souls up from the error of the foe and offers them as an acceptable gift to God. Let us the faithful ever sing his praise with the choir of Christ’s Disciples, that he may intercede with him so that he may be merciful to us on the day of judgement.

Both now. Theotokion.

Sovereign Lady, accept the supplication of your servants, and rescue us from every calamity and tribulation.

At the Aposticha, Prosomia. Tone 5.

Hail, spiritual heaven, ever telling the glory of God; the first to submit fervently to the call of Christ, and immediately to join him; set aflame by him you were seen as a second light, and by your beams you enlightened those in darkness, as you imitated his loving-kindness. Therefore we celebrate your all-holy festival, and with great joy kiss the casket of your relics, from which you pour out salvation for those who ask, and God’s great mercy.

Verse: His sound has gone out into all the earth; and his words to the ends of the world.

Having found the first of all objects of desire, who had put on our nature through compassion, with ardent longing you attached yourself firmly to him, Andrew, inspired by God, crying to your brother: The one whom the Prophets proclaimed in the Spirit, we have found; come, let us entrance our soul and mind with his beauties; so that, guided to the light by his radiance, we may dispel the night of error and the darkness of ignorance, as we bless Christ, who grants the world his great mercy.

Verse: The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims the work of his hands.

You caught from the deep of ignorance the nations which did not know God with the net of your words, and you troubled the salt seas, appearing as a noble horse of him who is Master of the sea, honoured Saint; and you dried up the putrid rot of godlessness, casting in precious salt, your wisdom; at which, glorious Andrew, they were indeed amazed, those who were shameless content with a wisdom proved folly.

Glory. Tone 3 By Germanos.

With hymns let us honour the brother of Peter and disciple of Christ, catcher of fish and fisher of men, Andrew the Apostle; for by his doctrines he has trained all in the teachings of Jesus; and like a bait for fish he handed over his flesh to lawless men, and caught them in his net. At his intercessions, O Christ, grant your people peace and great mercy.

Both now. The same Tone.

Joseph, tell us: How are you bringing the Maiden you received from the Holy Place, to Bethlehem great with child? I, he said, have searched the Scriptures and have been told by an Angel, and I am assured that Mary will give birth to God in a way past explanation; to worship him Magi will come from the East, adoring him with precious gifts. O Lord, incarnate for our sake, glory to you!

Apolytikion. Tone 4.

As the First-called of the Apostles and full brother of the Prince, implore the Master of all things, Andrew, to give peace to the inhabited world, and to our souls his great mercy.

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

The mystery, hidden from all eternity and unknown to Angels, has been revealed to those on earth through you, O Mother of God: God being made flesh in a union without confusion, and willingly accepting the Cross for us, through which he raised the first-formed man and saved our souls from death.

And Dismissal.

At Matins

After the 1st Reading from the Psalter, Kathisma.

Tone 1. The soldiers watching.

As a godly Disciple and First-called of all the Disciples of Christ, with love we praise you, Apostle Andrew, and faithfully we cry out to you: Deliver your flock, with which you were entrusted by God, from every tribulation, from constraints and stumblings, and every evil

Glory. Again the same.

Both now. Theotokion.

As you now stretch out your hands in pity, holy Lady, grant us your help from the Holy Place, and may they complete their lives without danger, those who glorify your all-holy Offspring, and claim you, Lady and Maiden, as their hope and boast.

After the 2nd Reading from the Psalter, Kathisma. Tone 3.

Christ found you first, blest Andrew, as you came1, a noble initiate, and one who proclaimed his commandments clearly to the inhabited world like a soaring bird, illumining the companies of the nations. Implore him as God to grant us his great mercy.

Glory. Again the same.

Both now. Theotokion.

You became the divine tabernacle of the Word, Mother of God alone all-pure, surpassing the Angels in purity. With the divine waters of your prayers purify me, who am befouled more than all by offences of the flesh, granting me God’s great mercy.

After the Polyeleos, Kathisma.

Tone 5. Let us believers.

Let us all sing the praise of the Apostle as eye-witness and godlike herald of the Word, and truly spiritual fisher of nations; because Andrew inspired of God brought us to knowledge of Christ, and now he intercedes without ceasing that our souls may be saved.

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Immaculate Virgin, you are the protection, of those who have their hopes unquestioningly in you. Free us from trials of every kind, calamities and dire troubles, as with the Apostles you intercede with your Son, and save all who sing your praise.

The 1st Antiphon of the Anavathmi of the 4th Tone.

Prokeimenon. Tone 4.

His sound has gone out into all the earth; and his words to the end of the world.

Verse: The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims the work of his hands.

Let everything that has breath.

Gospel, according to Matthew:

At that time, Jesus was walking by the sea.

[See the 2nd Sunday of Matthew]

Psalm 50.

Glory. At the prayers of the Apostle.

Both now. At the prayers of the Mother of God.

Then the Idiomel. Tone 1.

The First-called Disciple and imitator of your passion, the Apostle Andrew, conformed to you, O Lord, having drawn out with the fish-hook of your Cross those once gone astray in the deep of ignorance, brought them to you. At his prayers, O supremely Good, make our lives peaceful and save our souls.

After this are said the Canons, of the Mother of God, and the two of the Apostle.

The Canon of the Mother of God.

Ode 1. 1st Tone. Irmos.

‘Let us all sing a song of victory to God who worked wonders with upraised arm and saved Israel, for he has been glorified’.

Troparia.

As she who alone gave birth in time in the flesh to the Son who is without time, O all-holy and immaculate, heal for all times the passions of my most wretched soul.

As you are compassionate, O all-pure, wipe out by your supplications the wounds of my soul, the hardness of my heart, the darkening of my thought and the wrong turnings of my mind.

O Immaculate, who bore the Light, my Redeemer, redeem me from darkness and the eternal torments there, that saved I may praise you mighty deeds.

With your light, O all-blameless, dispel the blackness of my mind, you who bore the Light; and grant me, loving Lady, to behold the Light which dawned for us from you.

First Canon of the Apostle.

A Composition of the Monk John.

Ode 1. Tone 1. Your triumphant right hand.

Purify my soul, muddied by thoughts and words, Andrew, herald of Christ, by the divine grace which dwells in you, that in purity I may offer you a worthy hymn.

Christ’s Forerunner, shoot of a barren womb, rejoicing brought you, Andrew, as the precious cornerstone of his own Disciples to the one born of a Virgin, Christ, who has been glorified.

With love and unwavering longing you mounted the steps of virtue, and ever meditating on ascents, Andrew, from feeble power you attained the highest power.

Theotokion.

Hail, fount of grace. Hail, ladder and gate of heaven. Hail, lampstand and golden jar, and mountain unhewn, who bore for the world Christ the giver of life.

Second Canon of the Apostle.

Ode 1. Tone 1. Through a pillar if fire.

With the rod of the Gospel, Andrew all-praised, you drew from the deep of error and caught peoples, as Christ had promised, who taught you to trawl men as you had caught fish.

The pillar of the faith, the seat of the true doctrines of Christ, Andrew inspired by God today calls all the ends of the earth to arrange a yearly feast; let us believers, therefore, come together.

As a fisherman by craft you searched the hollow of the sea with nets; with the seine net of the Spirit you catch nations, tribes and peoples by the Spirit, and, O most wondrous, you reveal to us the deep above.

Initiator, eye-witness and preacher of the ineffable knowledge of Christ, you received from on high the Holy Spirit, who speaks in tongues, comes to rest by fire, distributes his gifts. Intercede that we may be saved.

Glory.

With faith I worship a Unity beyond being of a Trinity without beginning, not dividing the Godhead; for it is one in form, simple and indivisible; but I join it together in a being of Persons, and faithfully I distinguish.

Both now. Theotokion.

God becomes a babe from a Virgin, makes new the corrupted descendants of Adam, abolishes the middle wall and rampart of enmity in his flesh and by coming forth from an immaculate Mother makes the curse of the Foremother a blessing.

Katavasia. Christ is born.

Of the Mother of God. Ode 3. Irmos.

‘Let my heart be established to your will, Christ God, who established the second heaven upon the waters, and fixed the earth in the waters, O all-powerful’.

Troparia.

Banish from my barren mind all unfruitfulness, and make my soul fruitful with virtues, All-holy Mother of God, the help of the faithful.

Deliver me from every condemnation and the many stumbling blocks of the serpent, the everliving fire and the darkness, O All-blameless, who bore for us the Light that knows no evening.

I greatly fear the inexorable tribunal, that unquenchable fire and the dread sentence, pure, loving Lady. Hasten, save your servant before the end.

Blessed is the fruit of your womb, Virgin all-praised, for he has made incorruptible through the tree of his Cross those corrupted by a fruit, and established them as partakers in divine grace.

Of the Apostle. You alone know.

Without being called, with thirst you hurried forward, Andrew, of your own volition to the source of life, like a hart; and having found it you proclaimed it to all, and having drunk you watered with the streams of incorruption the ends of the earth, that were fainting from thirst.

You acknowledged the bonds of nature, noble Andrew, and took your brother as companion, crying out: We have found the one so longed for. And when he made his way you explained to him the birth of the flesh and the knowledge of the spirit.

With the net of the word you netted the rational fish from the deep of deception, Apostle, and brought them to the table of Christ as a pure delicacy, resplendent with the grace of him who appeared in the likeness of flesh.

Theotokion.

When you conceived God in your womb, O Virgin, through the All-holy Spirit, you remained unburned; since to Moses the lawgiver the bush which flamed unconsumed had clearly foretold you, as the one who had received the unbearable fire.

Another. Let my heart be made firm.

When the Word called, ‘Come after me’, Kephas too with Andrew followed Christ at once, and like arrows of faith they left their father and the boat and the nets.

O all-revered, you transformed the shrines of idols into temples of God, consecrating in them children of baptism, whom grace renewed through water by the Spirit.

Mystically you found beforehand for the world the pearl of great price, hidden in the field of your heart, Apostle, which once the nations found it they treasured it by the faith.

Having taken the Gospel in your hands like a treasure, O all-praised, you enriched the whole earth with the inspired proclamation; and so it honours your memorials with your struggles.

Glory.

Let us all praise with orthodox belief the one power in Trinity, as we sing the praise of God without beginning, uncreated, consubstantial, equal in throne, three-personned triple sun.

Both now. Theotokion.

Every mother who bears a child can no longer remain virgin; but you gave birth to Christ and appeared as Virgin Mother, suckling our life, and remaining ever pure.

Katavasia. The Son begotten.

Kathisma. Tone 8. The Wisdom and Word.

As First-called of all the Disciples, eye-witness and minister of the Word, we honour you as is fitting, Apostle Andrew; for you fervently followed with unwavering love the Lamb who takes away the offences of the world; therefore you were revealed as a partaker in the passion of him who willingly underwent death in the flesh. And so we cry to you: Intercede with Christ God to grant forgiveness of faults to those who celebrate with love your holy memory.

Glory. Another, same melody.

You threw down the insolence of the idols; you longed for the sufferings of the Saviour, blessed Andrew, and you were declared to be an Apostle, a source for all of wonders from heaven; and you became, all-blessed, a Teacher of nations; therefore as we fittingly honour your memory, we give you glory in hymns and faithfully magnify you, Apostle of the Lord. Intercede with Christ God to grant forgiveness of faults to those who celebrate with love your holy memory.

Both now. Theotokion.

Hail, throne of God, formed of fire. Hail, Maiden, royal seat, couch strewn with purple and gold, and purple bridal chamber, cloak of sea purple dye, most costly sanctuary, lightning-bearing chariot, lampstand of many lights. Hail, Mother of God, twelve-walled city, gate of beaten gold, beauteous inner chamber, fair gilded table, tabernacle adorned by God. Hail, glorious Bride, bedecked with the sun. Hail, only loveliness of my soul.

Of the Mother of God. Ode 4. Irmos.

‘Foreseeing in Spirit, Prophet Avvakoum, the incarnation of the Word, you proclaimed and cried out, ‘When the years draw near you will be made known, when the moment comes you will be revealed’. Glory to your power, O Lord’.

Troparia.

All-holy Virgin, spotless tabernacle, purify me now, who am defiled by sin, with the most pure drops of your mercies, and give me a hand of help, that I may cry, ‘Glory to you, pure Virgin glorified by God’.

You were revealed as the hallowed Temple of God, who, beyond understanding, dwelt in you, O Virgin; entreat him to cleanse us from the stain of sins, that we may be recognised as house and dwelling of the Spirit.

Have mercy on me, Mother of God, who alone gave birth to the source of mercy, and loose the dread sickness of my soul and the hardness of my heart, granting me before the end streams of tears and divine compunction by your intercessions.

Perceiving by the Spirit of God, the Prophet depicted you beforehand, Pure Virgin, as a shaded Mountain, for you cleanse by your mediations those who are wasted by the fever of offences, only righting of mortals.

Of the Apostle. Avvakoum with foreseeing.

The divine power of the all-creating and radiant Spirit, which utterly consumes what is worse, dwelt in you, Andrew, in a manner fitting God, in the form of a tongue of fire, and revealed you as Herald of ineffable mysteries.

All-honoured Andrew did not take up weapons of flesh for the destruction of the dread strongholds of the foe, but shielding himself with Christ he took prisoner and brought him subject nations.

All-blessed Andrew, from the unfailing gift of your Teacher Christ do not cease by your prayers to fill with waters of spiritual joy those who with longing celebrate your memory in songs.

Theotokion.

We hymn your great and fearful mystery; for unknown to the leaders of the hosts above the world the One Who Is came down upon you, O all-praised, like rain upon a fleece, for our salvation and refashioning.

Another. Foreseeing in Spirit.

Leaving your nets and taking up the Cross, you ran to follow Christ who called you; and spreading the seine net of the Spirit, you netted men instead of fish. Glory to the Spirit which was given you.

Having received the flame of the Spirit by a tongue, Apostle, you became a man possessed by God, traversing the beauties of the heavenly places and learning thoroughly the spiritual realities in them, and revealing these beauties to us.

Wise Apostle, you watered the thirsty desert with your inspired words, and showed it to be mother of many offspring, the children of the Church, who bear the fruit of the seed of your preaching. Glory to the Spirit which was given you.

Andrew, seeing your beauty, Jesu, before him, radiantly called to his brother: My brother Peter, we have found the Messias, the one proclaimed beforehand in the Law and the Prophets; come let us cling fast to the true life.

Glory.

Let us believers praise a Trinity in Unity, in one Godhead, Father, Son and Divine Spirit, one essence and nature, without division, without separation, without partition; for God is one in a Trinity of Persons.

Both now. Theotokion.

You conceived ineffably one of the Trinity in your womb and gave birth to a Son without corruption; and the Trinity in no way received an addition, while your purity, Mother of God, remained as it had been before child birth.

Katavasia. Rod out of Jesse’s root.

Of the Mother of God. Ode 5. Irmos.

‘Grant us your peace, O Son of God, for we know no other God but you. We name you by name, because you are God of the living and dead’.

Troparia.

Open the eyes of my heart, Pure Virgin, that I may clearly see your divine splendour and your inexpressible glory, that I may obtain mercy and eternal glory.

All-immaculate, you gave birth to one of the holy Trinity, with two wills but one substance; implore him fervently that we may all be saved.

As you gave birth, All-immaculate, to the Saviour and God, intercede that I, your unprofitable servant, may be kept safe from every tribulation, from diseases and evil.

O Virgin, entreat the one whom you bore beyond understanding that they may be saved who cry to you with faith: Hail, Virgin all-blameless, only blessed protection of the world.

Of the Apostle. O Christ, who enlightened.

You have received the one for whom you longed, Apostle Andrew, and you take your rest with him in imperishable tabernacles, having worthily reaped the sheaves of your toils; therefore in hymns we glorify you.

You longed for the Master, and you pursued him, guided by his footsteps, and truly imitating his sufferings, most honoured Andrew, unto death.

Having stretched you like a powerful arrow the Lord unleashed you at the whole world, wounding demons and curing those wounded by impiety.

Theotokion.

The powers of heaven are glad as they see you, the companies of mortals rejoice with them; for by your child bearing, Virgin Mother of God, they have been made one, as they fittingly glorify you.

Another. Enlighten our mind, O God.

Longing for the Cross of Christ, Disciple, you gained by your cross the unsullied kingdom, which he who by a cross had drawn all God’s initiates, will give as their inheritance to you his divines.

You sought for Christ, the true life, and having sought you were the first to find; and having found it mystically you grasped it and received it in him who gave it, and you have become a treasury of life perpetual.

The words of your thunders have re-echoed in the world, and gone from extremity to extremity of the earth; for like a wheel your lightnings encircled it and appeared to the inhabited world, as David says.

Disciple of Christ, remember us, who celebrate your memory and honour your relics; ever entreat fervently for the flock, whose guard and salvation you have been from the beginning.

Glory.

Let us believers with one accord glorify Father, Son and Divine Spirit, undivided Trinity, Three-personned Kingship, as we faithfully sing its praise with unceasing songs of contemplation.

Both now. Theotokion.

You gave birth to the Light, not knowing how, O lampstand all light, lamp bearer of the Sun, and you have become a new vessel of immaterial light, pouring on all the earth rays of the knowledge of God.

Katavasia. As you are God of peace.

Of the Mother of God. Ode 6. Irmos.

‘Imitating the Prophet Jonas, I cry out: Free my life from corruption, good Lord,, and save me, Saviour of the world, as I cry: Glory to you’.

Troparia.

Befouled by many sins, I beseech you, the truly good and undefiled Tabernacle, wash me clean of every kind of stain by your mediation.

Be my pilot, who am ever storm-tossed on an ocean of the dread trials of life; and save me, directing me to an roadstead of salvation.

Waves of thoughts, assaults of passions and a deep of sins drive my wretched soul before the storm; help me, holy Lady.

Christ has ever done great things for you; ever implore him to magnify his rich mercies upon me, O graced by God.

Of the Apostle. The deepest abyss.

As you crossed the sea of life in the boat of the body, O all-blessed, you found Christ, who governs all things, as your helmsman, and, blessed Andrew, you were borne rejoicing towards him.

Spirits are banished by the word, diseases take to flight and the swarm of sufferings of the soul are driven far from the diseased by the grace, Andrew, that has been given you from God.

Like a smooth wave, moved by a gentle spirit, blessed Saint, you dried up evil seas of polytheism by divine breezes, and poured out for all rivers of knowledge of God.

Theotokion.

The Ancestors of the race rejoice in you, immaculate Virgin, having received through you once more the Eden they had lost through transgression; for you are pure both before childbirth and after giving birth.

Another. The Prophet Jonas.

He who comes from Bethsaida calls us together today to celebrate his festival, having set before us the trophies of his combats.

The fisherman by craft and disciple by faith, he scans the hearts of the faithful like the deep, lets down the fish hook of the word and catches us in his net.

Bearing in your heart the fire of the love of Christ, Disciple, you cried out to the nations: You flame has been truly quenched, now that Christ has appeared.

Seasoned in mind with the salt of Christ, you sweetened your relishes for us, the doctrines of heavenly and pure delight.

Glory.

Let us believers worship the Father, the Son and the right Spirit, three-personned nature, undivided, as we cry aloud: Glory to God in Trinity.

Both now. Theotokion.

By the Father’s good pleasure the Son became incarnate through the Spirit of God in your womb, pure Mother of God, and saved the former image.

k of the word and catches us in his net.

Bearing in your heart the fire of the love of Christ, Disciple, you cried out to the nations: You flame has been truly quenched, now that Christ has appeared.

Seasoned in mind with the salt of Christ, you sweetened your relishes for us, the doctrines of heavenly and pure delight.

Glory.

Let us believers worship the Father, the Son and the right Spirit, three-personned nature, undivided, as we cry aloud: Glory to God in Trinity.

Both now. Theotokion.

By the Father’s good pleasure the Son became incarnate through the Spirit of God in your womb, pure Mother of God, and saved the former image.

Katavasia. The monster from the deep.

Kontakion. 2nd Tone. Nor tomb, nor death.

Let us sing the praise of God’s herald, whose name is ‘courage’, the First-called of the Saviour’s disciples, the brother of Peter; because, as to him of old, so now to us he cries, ‘Come, we have found the one so longed for’.

The Ikos.

From on high David rouses a sinner like me to recount with blessing the statutes of God; nevertheless again he teaches in accord with faith, and with many tears declares, ‘Today if you should hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as Israel once embittered him’. He proposes then in the Psalm which follows, ‘Sing to the Lord all the earth’. Come, we have found the one so longed for.

Synaxarion.

On the 30th day of the same month: Commemoration of the holy, glorious and all-praised Apostle, Andrew the First-called.

Verses.

Inverted crucifixion Andrew bears,

Appears in truth feet upward, not in shadow.

Andrew the First-called endured a cross on the last of November.

On the same day, Commemoration of our Father Frumentios, Bishop of India [Ethiopia].

Verses.

Framed by the Trinity’s protecting grace

Frumentios showed that error was a fraud.

At the prayers of your Saints, O God, have mercy on us. Amen.

Of the Mother of God. Ode 7. Irmos.

‘The fire did not touch or trouble your Youths in the furnace, Saviour; then the three with one voice praised and blessed, saying: Blessed is the God of our Fathers’.

Troparia.

Pure and Immaculate, ever sanctify the defiled soul of your servant, and swiftly abolish dread imprisonments of the mind, hardness of heart and assaults of the demons.

Give life to my mind, slain by the passions of the flesh, All-blameless, and strengthen me to accomplish things pleasing to God; that I may magnify you, that I may ever glorify your goodness.

Slay the passions of my flesh, pure Lady, and wiping away the foul stain of my base soul, O Virgin, deliver me from the audit of the invisible foes, and save me.

All-holy, immaculate and pure, your servants ever fall before you day and night with broken mind, as they implore that at your entreaties they may find ransom from sins.

Of the Apostle. We the faithful recognise.

Your certain promise has been manifestly fulfilled, O Christ, for your pupil, inspired by God, rebuking the rolling swell with a word, changed it to a joyful calm, as he sang, ‘God is praised and highly glorified’.

Ordered to ascend to the spiritual mount of Sion, Apostle, and taking with joy the cup of salvation, ferried through death you went towards divine life, where Christ is, God of all and highly glorified.

Born naturally of earth, Apostle, you work wonders above nature; for close knit through love to Christ, you followed him who loved you, as you sang, ‘God is praised and highly glorified’.

Theotokion.

Hail, pure Virgin, Adam’s fleece, from which came forth the Shepherd, when he, the highly glorified, had truly put on humanity entire, having refashioned me in your womb, he the God of the Fathers, praised and highly glorified.

Another. Your Youths in the furnace.

Having breathed in the fire of the all-holy Spirit from above, Apostle of Christ, with new tongues, you were in no way consumed by them, but were commanded to declare his mighty works to the ends of the earth.

Initiates of Christ, contemplators of things above, the proclamation that you trumpeted to the earth astounds every thought; because, while only twelve, you illumined earth’s many thousands.

Your grace, O Master Christ, was regarded as a wonder in your Disciples, wise in God; because though of small account and common they hastened through all the earth, from one extremity to the other.

What taught you to speak thus, Apostle? What enlightened your mind to see clearly the beam of the unapproachable glory, which pours the light of truth into our hearts?

Glory.

Let us believers sing hymns of the Trinity as we glorify Father without beginning, Son and right Spirit, one single being; let us praise it with triple song: Holy, holy, holy are you, to the ages. Amen.

Both now. Theotokion.

We glorify you, O Christ, as one of the Trinity; because incarnate of a Virgin, without change you endured all things as man and were not parted from your Father’s nature, Jesu, even when you had been made one with us.

Katavasia. The Youths brought up.

Of the Mother of God. Ode 8. Irmos.

‘The One at whom Angels and all the hosts tremble as Creator and Lord, praise him, you priests, youths glorify, peoples bless and highly exalt to all the ages’.

Troparia.

He who is without flesh took flesh from you in a manner fitting God; beseech him, O all-pure, to put to death the passions of my soul and give life to it, that was slain of old by most evil sin.

By bearing God the Saviour, O all immaculate, you cured the wound of Adam formed from dust; implore him to heal the incurable bruises of my sick soul

Raise me up as I lie in the depths of evils; war against the enemies who now war against me; do not, pure Lady, despise one wounded in soul by unseemly pleasures, but take pity and save me.

Heal the passions of my heart, O Immaculate, who bore the Physician of us all; and make me a partaker of the portion of the Just, O Virgin, as you intercede with Christ.

Of the Apostle. In the furnace.

Andrew, Apostle of Christ, your godly memorial, bearing light and gladness has now shed its rays of healings on us, as we cry out, ‘All you works of the Lord, praise the Lord, and highly exalt him to all the ages’.

The breath of God’s Spirit from on high set you aflame and made you a fervent Orator to speak of God, Apostle, as you cried out, ‘All you works of the Lord, praise the Lord, and highly exalt him to all the ages’.

Like lightning darting its rays, you went forth as light for the nations, dispelling the darkness of ignorance and illumining believers as they cried, ‘Bless the Lord all you works of the Lord, praise, and highly exalt him to all the ages’.

Theotokion.

Let us all sing the praise of her who bore without seed and beyond nature from the divine lightning the pearl of great price, Christ, as we cry out, ‘All you works of the Lord, praise the Lord, and highly exalt him to all the ages.’

Another. The bush on Sinai.

By the skill of the fisherman, O all-wise, you caught fish from the sea; while now by the faith you net humans for Christ from the error of the foe; for error was once a deep, drowning the nations in the tempest of ignorance.

You sailed the spiritual deep of life unwashed by waves, Apostle, spreading the sail of the Spirit by the faith of Christ; and so rejoicing you attained the harbour of life for all the ages.

When the spiritual Sun had set upon the Tree by the counsel of his own free will, the beacon of the sun, Andrew the great lamp of the Church, seeking to be dissolved with him and to set into Christ, was hanged upon the tree of a cross.

O disciple and friend of Christ, and fellow of his Apostles, when the Judge is seated upon his throne with you, the Twelve, to judge, as the promise says, then be for us a wall of lovingkindness.

Glory.

Let us glorify the Unity of triple light and Trinity of equal throne, not separating, but uniting it harmoniously as truly one united being in three persons, yet not confounded.

Both now. Theotokion.

You conceived one of the Trinity and gave birth to him incarnate of you, as he formed anew the laws of nature by your child-bearing, pure Virgin. Do not ever cease, Mother of God, to intercede with him as God on our behalf.

Katavasia. The furnace moist with dew.

Of the Mother of God. Ode 9. Irmos.

‘The light-bearing cloud, on which the Master of all things came down like rain from heaven upon a fleece, and was incarnate for us, the one without beginning becoming man, let us all magnify as the pure Mother of our God’.

Troparia.

A lover of sin, I live in indifference, pure Bride of God, and I tremble at the impartial tribunal, at which keep me uncondemned by your holy entreaties, that as my protectress I may ever call you blessed.

I quake before the judgement seat, pure Virgin, and the infallible eye of your Son, for I have accomplished shameful deeds upon earth, and therefore I cry out to you, ‘Most compassionate Lady, help me, snatch me from then from my straits, and save me’.

How fearful, O Maiden, is the day of the trial! How dread the sentence! How terrible the shame! Who then will stand? All-immaculate, pure Lady, have mercy on my wretched soul and grant me forgiveness before the end.

You gave birth to the divine light, O All-blameless, enlighten me, who am darkened by all the assaults of the evil one and all his malice, and who have angered God; guide me to good works, as you are the cause of all good that is good.

Of the Apostle. The burning bush.

Like an outstanding pupil, of your own will you became familiar with the cross, following your Master unto death, and you ascended the height of the cross rejoicing, as you journeyed on the path to heaven, blessed Apostle.

The gate of Eden was opened for you, a heavenly ladder was set up, the tabernacles of heaven received you and you took your stand rejoicing before Christ the giver of life, Apostle, best intercessor for the world.

Blessed, all-wise Andrew, you were glorified by sufferings equalling those of the Teacher; for you achieved your godlike end through a cross, and were called God by participation; and so we beseech you: ever intercede on our behalf.

Hail noble pair, who have now attained the citizenry in heaven; may you watch over the conduct of those who sing your praise, and make resplendent with the radiance of your divine gifts of grace their conquering power.

Theotokion.

You sprang from the prophetic root of David, ancestor of God, O Virgin; but also glorified David by giving birth to the Lord of glory, whom he prophesied; him as is fitting we magnify.

Another. The light-bearing cloud.

Having spread the net of mystic contemplation, and in it caught like fish the beauties of heavenly thoughts, Holy Apostle, implore the Holy Trinity to be for us too a source of pardon.

We nations, enlightened through you, and through you raised from earth to heaven, give thanks; for having abandoned the cult of the foe, we have become companions of the Angels and fellows of the Lord of glory.

Eye-witnesses of ineffable mysteries and servants of the Word, mystagogues and contemplators of things unsearchable, intercede, Apostles, that we too may become fellow heirs of Christ’s kingdom and sharers in his Godhead.

Having received from Christ authority to bind and loose, loose us all from the bonds of many offences, because Christ will come and all you Twelve will sit on as many thrones to judge all the tribes of Israel.

Glory.

Let us glorify the Nature in three persons and the inseparable glory, the undivided Trinity, hymned unceasingly in one Godhead in heaven and on earth, as we devoutly worship the Father and Spirit with the Son.

Both now. Theotokion.

Virgin, Mother of God, intercede that those who with faith take refuge under your compassion and devoutly worship your Son as God of the world and Lord may be rescued from dangers and trials of every kind.

Katavasia. A strange and wonderful.

Exapostilarion. By the Holy Spirit.

The Word without beginning having found you, O all-blessed, declared you the First-called of all the Apostles, revered Andrew; and following in his footsteps you were revealed as guide of those who had gone astray, bringing up the divine path to heaven.

Another. Women, hear.

Let us give glorious praise to Peter’s brother, the first-called of the Disciples, who became an eye-witness and servant of the Word, the Apostle Andrew; for he enlightened the nations, and was crucified, dying like a Disciple of the Master.

Theotokion, to the same melody.

All-blameless Virgin, implore God, to whom you gave birth, for all who devoutly honour you, with the glorious Apostle, to obtain the divine radiance of your Son and the place of the elect and of the Saints; for you have strength to do whatever you wish.

At Lauds.

We insert 4 Stichera, and we sing Prosomia.

Tone 1. Joy of the heavenly hosts.

Bethsaida now be glad; for in you there flowered from a mystic pool two sweet scented lilies, Peter and Andrew, who spread the fragrant proclamation of the faith to the whole world by the grace of Christ, whose sufferings too they imitated.

Andrew rejoice and leap for joy, because in the radiance of the Word you clearly received the Sun of glory, Christ the giver of life, whom you held fast and by the faith proclaimed; implore him without ceasing on behalf of us who sing your praise with faith.

Chosen initiate of the divine dispensation of Christ, chosen first of all to be a disciple of the Word, Andrew who saw God cried out and said, when he saw his brother Peter, ‘We have found the Messias whom the Scripture and Prophets proclaimed of old’.

The city of Patras has gained you as Shepherd and divine defender, deliverer from dangers of every kind and guardian, wise Andrew, as with thanksgiving it honours you. But implore without ceasing that it may be preserved unharmed.

Glory. Tone 8.

Let us all sing the praise of Andrew, the herald of the faith and servant of the Word; for he fishes men from the deep, grasping in his hands the Cross for a rod, and lowering power like a line he brings souls up from the error of the foe and offers them as an acceptable gift to God. Let us the faithful ever sing his praise with the choir of Christ’s Disciples, that he may intercede with him so that he may be merciful to us on the day of judgement.

Both now. The same Tone.

Bethlehem receive the Mother City of God; for she has come to give birth in you to the unwaning light. You Angels, marvel in heaven; mankind give glory upon earth, Magi from Persia bring your triple glorious gift, Shepherds abiding in the fields sing the thrice-holy hymn. Let everything that has breath praise the Maker of all.

Great Doxology and Dismissal.

At the Liturgy, the Typika and from the 3rd and 6th Odes of the Canons of the Apostle.

Communion.

His sound has gone out into all the earth, and his words to the ends of the world.

1 The text appears to be corrupt. Bartholomew has a note, ‘Formerly the reading was calling, which is unsuitable. Some people correct this to having been called; but this contradicts both the story and what is said in the first troparion of the third Ode, You ran forward with thirst, not called … but of your own free will. Therefore the word has been changed to came. But choose the best yourself’.

 

Note. Although the Orthodox rite does not have a liturgical season of Advent, from the feast of the Entry of the Mother of God [21 November], when for the first time the Katavasias at Matins are those of Christmas, hymns which prepare for the coming feast of the Nativity feature increasingly in the offices for the major feasts. In the office of St Andrew a number of the Theotokia for Vespers and Matins, including those for the two Canons of the Apostle, are texts which prepare for the Nativity. On 22 November, the feast of St Caecilia, the Canon is written to be sung to the melodies of the Christmas Canon, though, being a minor feast, the Katavasias themselves are not sung.

30 November.

Vespers. 1st Both now.

Isaias, dance,[1] receive the word of God; prophesy to Mary the Maiden that the bush is aflame with the beam of the Godhead and is not being burned by fire.[2] Bethlehem, make ready,[3] Eden open your gate;[4] and Magi make your journey to see salvation swaddled in a manger; whom the Star above the cave reveals as the Lord, the giver of life, who saves our race.[5]

Aposticha. Both now.

Joseph, tell us: how are you bringing the Maiden you received from the Holy Place, to Bethlehem great with child?[6] ‘I, he said, having searched the Prophets and been told by an Angel,[7] am assured that Mary will give birth to God in a way past explanation; to worship him Magi will come from the East, adoring him with precious gifts.’ Lord, incarnate for our sake, glory to you!

Lauds. Both now.

Bethlehem welcome the Mother City of God[8]; for she has come to give birth in you to the light that never sets.[9] You Angels, marvel in heaven; humans give glory on earth; Magi from Persia bring your triply glorious gift; Shepherds abiding in the fields[10] sing the thrice-holy hymn. Let everything that has breath praise the Maker of all.

December

6 Dec. Commemoration of Nicolas the Wonderworker.

At Great Vespers

The 1st Section of Blessed is the man.

At, Lord, I have cried, we insert 6 [at a Vigil 8] Prosomia.

Tone 2. When from the Tree.

Bodily you dwelt in Myra, but anointed with spiritual myrrh you were revealed truly to be myrrh, Holy Nicolas, High Priest of Christ; and with myrrh you make fragrant the faces of those who with faith and love ever celebrate your most revered memory, as you free them, Father, from disasters, dangers and afflictions by your prayers to the Lord.

Truly you have been revealed, like your name, as a mighty Victory [Niki] of the faithful People [Laos] in trials, Holy Nicolas, true servant of Christ; for invoked everywhere you come swiftly to help those who with love take refuge under your protection; for appearing night and day by faith, you save them from trials and calamities.

You appeared to the Emperor Constantine with Avlavios in a dream, and filling them with fear, you spoke to them like this, ‘Free from imprisonment at once those whom you unjustly hold in chains, for they are innocent of lawless murder. But if, Majesty, you disobey, I will make entreaty against you by beseeching the Lord.’

Holy Nicolas, sacred herald of Christ, you are a great and fervent helper for those in dangers, those on land and those who sail, those far off and those nearby, a most compassionate and mighty intercessor. Therefore assembled together we cry, ‘Intercede to the Lord that we may be rescued from every calamity’.

Other Prosomia. Same Tone.

With what garlands of praise.

With what garlands of praise may I bind the brow of the High Priest? In body he was in Myra, in spirit he comes to all who sincerely love him; the comfort of the afflicted, refuge of all in dangers, tower of true religion, champion of the faithful; the one through whom the arrogance of the ill-intentioned was cast down by Christ who has great mercy.

With what harmonious songs may we praise the High Priest? Opponent of impiety, champion of orthodoxy; defender of the Church; the great warrior and teacher; the one who put to shame all the heretics; the destroyer of Arius and fervent fighter; the one through whom the arrogance of the ill-intentioned was cast down by Christ who has great mercy.

With what prophetic songs may we praise the High Priest? who saw beforehand things far off, and proclaimed them clearly in advance, describing them as though present; rescuing all those unjustly treated; appearing in a dream to the King, inspired by God, and delivering from unjust slaughter those before in chains, enriching them with God’s great mercy.

Glory. Tone 6.

Lovers of feasts, let us assemble and with songs of praise hymn the ornament of Hierarchs, the glory of the Fathers, the fount of wonders and greatest helper of believers, as we say, Hail guard, august leader and immovable pillar of the people of Myra. Hail brightly shining beacon, who irradiate with your wonders all the ends of the earth. Hail divine joy of the afflicted, and most fervent defender of the wronged. And now, all-blessed Nicolas, do not cease to intercede with Christ God on behalf of those who ever honour with faith and love your joyous and all-festive memory.

Both now. Pre-festal. The same Tone.

Cave, make ready; for the Ewe-lamb has come, bearing Christ in her womb. Manger, receive the One who by a word frees us who are born of earth from irrational action. Shepherds abiding in the fields, bear witness to the fearful wonder; and Magi from Persia, offer gold, frankincense and myrrh to the King; because the Lord has appeared from a Virgin Mother. Bowing low like a slave his Mother worshipped him, and cried out to the One in her arms, ‘How were you sown in me, or how did you grow within me, my Redeemer and my God?’

Entrance. O Joyful Light, the Prokeimenon of the day and the Readings.

The Reading is from Proverbs.

[10:7; 3:13-16 & selection]

The memory of the just is with praises, and the Lord’s blessing of is upon his head. Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the mortal who knows understanding. For it is better to trade for her than for treasures of gold or silver. She is more precious than valuable stones; nothing evil can stand against her; she is well known to all who draw near her; nothing precious matches her worth. From her mouth comes justice, she bears law and mercy on her tongue. Therefore listen to me, my children, for I shall speak noble things; and blessed is the one who will keep my ways. For my issues are issues of life, and favour is prepared by the Lord. Therefore I beseech you and utter my voice to the children of mankind. Because I, Wisdom, have prepared counsel and knowledge and I have called upon understanding. Counsel and assurance are mine, understanding is mine, strength is mine. I love those who are my friends, while those who seek me will find grace. And so you simple folk understand subtlety, you untaught lay it to heart. Hearken to me again, for I shall speak noble things, and I shall open my mouth to speak things that are right. Because my throat will meditate truth, but lying lips are abominations before me. All the words of my mouth are with justice; there is nothing twisted in them or crooked. They are all straight to those who understand, and right to those that find knowledge. For I teach you what is true, that your hope may be in the Lord, and you may be filled with Spirit.

The Reading is from Proverbs.

[10:31-32 & 11:1-12]

The mouth of the just drops wisdom; but the tongue of the unjust will be cut out. The lips of just men know graces; but the mouth of the impious is turned away. A false balance is an abomination before the Lord; but a just weight is acceptable to him. Wherever pride enters, there too dishonour; but the mouth of the humble meditates wisdom. The perfection of the upright will guide them, but the crookedness of the treacherous will carry them off. Possessions do not profit in the day of wrath, but justice will deliver from death. When a just man dies he leaves regret; ready and welcome is the destruction of the ungodly. The justice of the blameless keeps their ways straight, but impiety falls in with injustice. The justice of upright men will deliver them, but transgressors are caught by base counsel. When a just man dies his hope does not perish; but the boast of ungodly people perishes. A just man escapes from the hunt, but the ungodly is given up in his place. In the mouth of the ungodly people is a snare for citizens, but the perception of the just brings prosperity. By the good things of the just a city is successful, and in the loss of the ungodly there is gladness. By the blessing of the upright a city will be exalted, but by the mouth of the ungodly it will be overthrown. One who lacks sense sneer at their fellow citizens, an intelligent man practices stillness.

The Reading is from the Wisdom of Solomon.

[4:7-15]

The just, though he die early, will be at rest. For old age is not honoured for length of time, or measured by the number of years; but understanding is grey hair for humans, and a blameless life is ripe old age. Being pleasing to God he was loved by him, and while living among sinners he was taken up. He was snatched away lest evil change his understanding, or trickery deceive his soul. For the fascination of wickedness obscures the good, and roving desire perverts the innocent mind. Though perfected in a short time he fulfilled long years; for his soul was pleasing to the Lord, and so he took him quickly from the midst of evil. Yet the peoples saw and did not understand, nor take such a thing to heart, that grace and mercy are with his holy ones and his visitation with his chosen ones.

At the Liti we sing Idiomels.

Tone 1.

You fixed your gaze unflinchingly on the height of knowledge and inscrutably contemplated the depth of wisdom, Father. Ever beseech Christ for us, Hierarch Nicolas.

Same tone.

Man of God and faithful servant and steward of his mysteries, and man of the desires of the Spirit, living monument and breathing image, with wondering admiration the Church of Myra has received you as a divine treasure and intercessor for our souls.

Tone 2.

As a rule of faith and image of meekness Christ God revealed you to your flock, Hierarch Nicolas; for in Myra you give off the fragrance of sweet myrrh and shine radiantly by your achievements, defender of orphans and widows; and so do not cease to intercede that our souls may be saved.

Same Tone. Tone 6.

Well done, good and faithful servant; well done, worker in the vineyard of Christ, for you bore the heat of the day, you increased the talent given you and did not envy those who came after you. And so heaven’s gate has opened for you; enter into the joy of your Lord, and intercede for us, Holy Nicolas.

At the Aposticha. Prosomia. Tone 5. Hail, of ascetics.

Hail, sacred head; the pure dwelling of the virtues, the godly rule of the most godly priesthood, most manifest great Shepherd, the torch of Victory whose name you bear; who bend with compassion towards those who ask, who incline to the prayers of the weak; most ready deliverer, the saving guardian of all those who with faith celebrate your all-revered memory. Implore Christ, O All-blessed, to send down his great mercy.

Verse: Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his holy one.

Hail, most sacred mind; the pure lodging of the Trinity; the pillar of the Church; the support of believers; the help of the storm-tossed; star, who by the beams of your acceptable supplications ever scatter the darkness of trials and tribulations, High Priest Nicolas; calmest of harbours, in which those who are beset by the billows of life find safety. Implore Christ to grant our souls his great mercy.

Verse: Your priests, Lord, will clothe themselves with justice, and your holy ones will rejoice.

Hail, Nicolas, who filled with godlike zeal by fearsome intervention and visitations through dreams rescued from evil arrest those who were about to die unjustly. Fount, who became a rich fount of fragrant myrrh for those in Myra, and watered their souls, driving away the foul stench of the passions. Sword, which cut down the cockle of error. Winnowing fan that sifted the doctrines of Arius like chaff. Implore Christ to send down to our souls his great mercy.

Glory. Tone 6.

Man of God and faithful servant, minister of the Lord, man of desires, vessel of election, pillar and support of the Church, heir to the Kingdom, do not cease to cry out on our behalf to the Lord.

Both now. Prefestal. Tone 6.

Virgin without bridegroom, where have you come from? Who begot you? And who is your mother? How do you carry the Creator in your arms? How was your womb not corrupted? We see great marvels have come to pass on earth, All-holy, and we make ready in advance that which fits your need: the Cave from the earth; and we ask heaven to provide the Star; and Magi are advancing from the eastern regions of the earth towards the west, to look on the salvation of mortals being suckled as a babe.

Apolytikion. Tone 4.

The truth of your actions proclaimed you to your flock as a rule of faith, an image of meekness and a teacher of self-control; and so you gained through humility the things on high, through poverty riches, O Father and High Priest Nicolas; intercede with Christ God that our souls may be saved.

Theotokion.

The mystery hidden from all eternity and unknown to Angels has been revealed to those on earth through you, O Mother of God: God being made flesh in a union without confusion and willingly accepting the Cross for us, through which he raised the first-formed man and saved our souls from death.

And Dismissal.

 

Pre-Christmas Texts.

The Byzantine rite has no liturgical season corresponding to Advent in the Latin rite and its various western derivatives. This does not mean that there is no liturgical preparation for feast of Christ‘s Nativity. This begins on 15 November, the day after the commemoration of the Apostle Philip with the Christmas Fast, with replacement of The Lord is Godby Alleluiaand other non-lenten features on non-festal days. On 21 November we begin to sing the Christmas Katavasias, Christ is born, give glory!Then, on St Andrew's day and subsequent feasts, the office introduces pre-Christmas idiomela at Vespers and Matins. I have collected these on this and added some footnotes giving scriptural and other references.

6 December.

Vespers. 1st Both now.[11]

Cave,[12] make ready; for the Ewe-lamb[13] has come, bearing Christ in her womb. Manger, receive the One who by a word freed us who are born of earth from irrational[14] action. You Shepherds abiding in the fields, bear witness to the fearful wonder; and Magi from Persia, offer gold, frankincense and myrrh to the King; because the Lord has appeared from a Virgin Mother. Bowing low like a slave his Mother worshipped him, and cried out to the One in her arms, ‘How were you sown in me, or how did you grow within me, my Redeemer and my God?’[15]

Vespers. Liti. Both now.

Bethlehem prepare; let the Manger make ready; let the Cave receive. The truth has come,[16] the shadow has passed away, and God has appeared among humankind from a Virgin, formed like us[17] and deifying the addition.[18] Therefore Adam is made new with Eve, as they cry, ‘Goodwill has appeared on earth, to save our race’.

Vespers. Aposticha. Both now.

Virgin without bridegroom, where have you come from? Who begot you? And who is your mother? How do you carry the Creator in your arms? How was your womb not corrupted? We see great marvels have come to pass on earth, All-holy, and we make ready in advance that which fits your need: the Cave from the earth; and we ask heaven to provide the Star;[19] and Magi are advancing from the eastern regions of the earth towards the west, to look on the salvation of mortals being suckled as a babe.[20]

17 December.

Vespers. 1st Both now. See 6 December.

Cave, make ready…

Vespers. Aposticha. Both now. See 30 November.

Bethlehem welcome…

Sunday before Christmas.

Vespers.

Prosomia of the Forefeast. Tone 1. All-praised Martyrs.

All-blameless Virgin, living Palace of God, you contained within yourself the One whom the heavens cannot contain;[21] beyond understanding you gave birth to him in the Cave, a beggar and incarnate, that he might make me divine[22] and enrich me, made a beggar by the incontinence of bitter eating.[23]

Through compassion enrolled with slaves by Caesar’s decree,[24] long-suffering Christ, you came to give freedom, life and deliverance to ungrateful servants, who worship your saving Nativity, for you have come to save our souls.

The All-holy and blameless Virgin, realising that her child-bearing was beyond explanation and had made new the laws of nature, cried to her Son, ‘My Child, so much desired, I am amazed at the great mystery: I have born a child and yet remain a virgin by your power, who do all things by your will!’

Both Now. Of the Forefeast. Tone 6. See 6 December.

Cave make ready …

Liti. Both Now. Of the Forefeast. Same Tone.

Listen, O heaven, and give ear, O earth;[25] for see, the Son and Word of God the Father comes forth to be born from a maiden who has not known man, by the good pleasure[26] of him who begat him impassibly and by the co-operation of the Holy Spirit. Bethlehem, prepare; Eden, open your gate, for He Who Is[27] becomes what he was not, and the Fashioner of all creation is fashioned, he who grants the world his great mercy.

Aposticha. Both Now. Forefeast. Same Tone.

See, the time of salvation is at hand; Cave prepare, the Virgin draws near to give birth. Bethlehem, land of Juda,[28] rejoice and be glad, for our Lord has dawned from you. Hearken, mountains and hills, and the countries around Judea; for Christ is coming to save mankind whom he fashioned, for he loves humankind.

Matins.

Canon of the Forefeast. Ode 1. Tone 1. Christ is born.

Christ made a child in the flesh, Christ willingly become a beggar, Christ made visible,[29] the Virgin now comes to Bethlehem to give birth to him. Let heaven and earth be glad.[30]

You hills and mountains, leap for joy;[31] Prophets inspired by God, dance. Peoples and nations, clap your hands. The salvation, the enlightenment of all is close at hand and is coming to be born in the city of Bethlehem.

The Rich becomes a beggar, and those rich by wickedness beggars. God is recognised as without change the mortal offspring of an unwedded Maiden. Let us all sing to him in praise, for he has been glorified.[32]

Ode 3. Of the Forefeast. To the Son begotten.

He who was begotten of the Father before the ages beyond understanding, in the last times[33] became flesh from the Virgin, as he knows how, for he wished to renew humanity, corrupted by the plot of the evil serpent.

The Son of God without beginning, who is seated in the highest with the Father and the Spirit, seeing how human nature had been brought low, takes a beginning and is about to be born in the flesh as man.

Theotokion.

She who is holier than the Angels and all creation now bears in the flesh the Angel of the great counsel[34] of the Father for the recalling of all who sing to him unceasingly: Holy are you, O Lord.[35]

Ode 4. Of the Forefeast. Rod out of Jesse’s root.

Rod out of Jesse’s root,[36] O Virgin, you budded, and blossomed with a flower that does wither, the Creator of all, who as God decks the whole earth with flowers, which cries aloud to him: Glory to your power, O Lord!

O Word of God you came to get me back, who had been stolen through evil eating, had fallen away by my own will and become like the dumb beasts.[37] So you became a babe and were laid in a manger for dumb beasts. Glory to your power, O Lord!

Theotokion.

Avvakoum foresaw you, Jesu, incarnate of a shaded mountain,[38] the Virgin, crushing the evil mountains and hills and handing over to oblivion the uprisings of the evil one and the rebellions of the demons.

Ode 5. Of the Forefeast. As you are God of peace.

By nature the Master, you are found with slaves. All-perfect Son of God, you were well-pleased to be called Son of Man, All-merciful; and so you willingly became a beggar and are coming to be born in the Cave, O supremely Good.

Christ our King, by nature uncontainable, how will a little cave receive you? How will a manger, Jesu, be able to contain you? From a Mother who has not known man you come in flesh, Lord, to your own[39] that you may save those who have been banished.

The Ewe-lamb has come forth to bear the Shepherd. Holy Cave, prepare. Shepherds, hasten to behold the Lamb and Shepherd who has been born. Magi with gifts prepare to worship him in the flesh as King.

Ode 6. Of the Forefeast. The monster from the deep

Sovereign Lady, you are a new heaven. From your womb, as from a cloud,[40] you hasten to make Christ, the sun of glory, dawn in a cave in the flesh, for by his owns bright rays he is going to make all the fullness of the earth cry aloud because of his measureless compassion.

Compassionate Christ, you saw our grief and our trouble, and you did not despise us; but, without parting from your Father, you emptied yourself and dwelt in a womb that knew not wedlock, which now comes to the Cave to give birth to you in the flesh without pangs.

Mountains and hills, plains and valleys, peoples and tribes, nations and everything that has breath, filled with divine joy, shout in exultation: The redemption of all, the timeless Word of God, through pity subject to time, came and dwelt on earth.

Kontakion of the Forefeast. Tone 1. The angelic choir.

Bethlehem rejoice, Ephrata[41] prepare; for see the Ewe-lamb, bearing in her womb the great Shepherd, hastens to give birth. Seeing him the Godbearing Fathers exult as with the Shepherds they hymn a Virgin who gives suck.

The Ikos.

Seeing the dazzling radiance of your conceiving, O Virgin, Abraham the friend of God, noble Isaac, Jacob and the whole choir of saints chosen by God rejoice; and they bring creation to meet you with words of joy. For you appeared as the source of joy, since you conceived in your womb him who once appeared in Babylon and beyond all understanding preserved unburned the Youths unjustly cast into the furnace. And so they also raise the song as they hymn a Virgin who gives suck.

Ode 7. Of the Forefeast. The Youths brought up.

The godly vine, which makes the pure cluster ripen,[42] draws near and has come to give birth to the wine of joy which gushes forth and gives drink to us who cry to him: God of our fathers, blessed are you![43]

The divine casket, bearing within it the sweet-scented myrrh,[44] is coming to pour it out in the cave of Bethlehem, and fill with mystic fragrance those who sing: God of our fathers, blessed are you!

The tong,[45] which the prophet Isaias saw of old, has come carrying in her womb the divine coal, Christ, who burns up all the material of sin and guides the souls of the faithful to the light.

Ode 8. Of the Forefeast. The furnace moist with dew.

Glory to God in the highest, let us cry in joy with the Angels. The Saviour will be born. The Master, whom a Star shows to the Magi as they hasten to behold him in a manger, will come to make his dwelling. Let all creation bless the Lord, and highly exalt him to all the ages.[46]

Obedient to Caesar’s law, Master, you were willingly enrolled among slaves,[47] that as God you might free humanity from the slavery of the evil one, O most merciful. therefore with joy we raise the song: Let all creation bless the Lord, and highly exalt him to all the ages.

Theotokion

‘O Word without beginning, I carry you as a young babe, yet am wholly without knowledge of man’, said the Virgin. ‘I am at a loss to know whom I should name as your father on earth; therefore with all I raise the song to you: Let all creation bless the Lord, and highly exalt him to all the ages’.

Ode 9. Of the Forefeast. A strange and wonderful mystery.

Strange, wonderful and dread mysteries! The Lord of glory[48] came to earth, and as a beggar in a cave he put on flesh, seeking to call back Adam, and to deliver Eve from her pains.

By your swaddling bands[49] you loose the cords of offences, while by your poverty, O Compassionate, you make all rich. Laid in manger for irrational beasts, you free mortals from irrational[50] wickedness, O Word of God ever without beginning.

Theotokion

The proclamations of the Prophets have come to their end, for he whom they prophesied would come at the consummation of the years,[51] has came, has appeared, embodied of a pure Virgin. Let us receive him with pure minds.

Exapostilarion. Of the Forefeast

Bethlehem, rejoice; and you, Ephrata, prepare, for the Mother of God has come to give birth to God ineffably in a cave and in a manger. O dread mystery! whose divine Nativity Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, all the Patriarchs and Prophets now radiantly feast in anticipation, as mortals do with Angels.

20 December

At Vespers

Tone 1. By Anatolios.

Peoples, let us celebrate the forefeast of the Nativity of Christ; and raising our minds, let us be taken up in spirit to Bethlehem, and let us contemplate with spiritual thoughts the Virgin, who hastens to give birth in a Cave to the Lord of all things and our God. Joseph, as he contemplated the greatness of the wonders, seemed to see a human, wrapped in swaddling clothes like an infant; while he understood from the things that came to pass that he was the true God, who grants our souls his great mercy.

The same Tone, by the same.

Peoples, let us celebrate the forefeast of the Nativity of Christ; and raising our minds, let us be taken up in spirit to Bethlehem, and let us contemplate the great mystery in the Cave; for Eden has been opened, as God comes forth from a pure Virgin, he who is perfect in both divinity and humanity.[52] And so let us cry: Holy God, the Father without beginning; Holy Strong, the incarnate Son; Holy Immortal, the Advocate Spirit.[53] Holy Trinity, glory to you!

The same Tone, by the same.[54]

Listen, O heaven, and give ear, O earth;[55] for see, the Son and Word of God the Father goes forth to be born from a Maiden, who knows not man, by the good pleasure[56] of the One who begot him impassibly, and by the co-operation of the Holy Spirit. Bethlehem make ready, Eden open your gate; because the One Who Is[57] becomes what he was not, and the Fashioner of all creation is being fashioned, he who grants the world his great mercy.

Both now. See Lauds for 30 November.

Bethlehem welcome…

At the Aposticha, Idiomel Stichera of the Forefeast.

Tone 2. By Kyprianos.

Bethlehem, land of Juda, city according to the flesh, radiantly make ready the divine Cave, in which God comes to birth in flesh from a Holy Virgin who knows not man, to save our race.

Verse: God comes from Theman, and the Holy One from a shady wooded Mountain.

By Andrew Pyros. Same Tone.

Come, let us all faithfully celebrate the forefeast of Christ’s Nativity; and spiritually setting forth our hymn like a star, let us with the Shepherds shout aloud the Magis’ hymn of glory, ‘The salvation of mortals has come from a virgin womb, to call back believers’.

Verse: Lord, I heard your report, and I was afraid.

By Kyprianos. Model Melody.

O house of Ephratha, the holy City, the glory of the Prophets, make ready the house in which the Divine comes to birth.

Both now. Tone 2. By Kyprianos. See Sunday before Christmas.[58]

See, the time of our salvation…

Apolytikion of the Forefeast. Tone 4. Joseph was amazed.

Bethlehem prepare; Eden is opened for all. Make ready Ephratha, because the tree of life[59] has flowered in the Cave from the Virgin. For her womb has been revealed as the spiritual Paradise in which is the plant of life; eating from it we shall live; we shall not die like Adam. Christ is born to raise up his image[60] which had fallen.

At Compline

Triode, sung at Compline, whose Acrostic is:

For Monday.[61]

Ode 1. Tone 2. Irmos.

T To the Lord, who by his divine command dried up the raging untrodden sea, and guided the people of Israel through it on foot, let us sing; for he has been greatly glorified.

Troparia.

H The ineffable descent of the Word of God, that is of the God-man Christ, is made known; he did not think that to be God was robbery, but is coming having taken the form of a servant[62] from a pure Maiden, Child of God.

D Christ comes willingly to serve the one whose form the fashioner now puts on. He enriches Adam in his penury with Godhead, granting him a strange refashioning and rebirth, as he is compassionate.

Ode 8. Irmos.

E The unwearied fire, fed with unlimited fuel drew back in fear before the pure bodies and pure souls of the holy Youths; and as the ever-living flame died down an everlasting hymn was sung: All you his works, praise the Lord and highly exalt him to all the ages.

Troparia.

U I will make you all my kinsmen, if you keep my commandments,[63] says Christ to mankind, as he comes from a pure womb. He gives them peace[64] and now commands them to have lowly thoughts, to recognise him as Lord and chant: We highly exalt you to all the ages.

T O Word of God for you being given birth was the reverse of the order of the flesh; for it was not flesh and blood which sustained your holy flesh, but the presence of the Holy Spirit and the divine overshadowing of the Most High;[65] and knowing you as Lord, we hymn and highly exalt you to all the ages.

Ode 9. Irmos.

E Christ, our Creator, you magnified the Mother of God who gave you birth, from whom you took a body with like passions to our own, which was the deliverance from our faults. As with all generations we call her blest, we magnify you.[66]

Troparia

R Rejecting all the stain of passion, let us take up as befits the coming of Christ a prudent disposition; for he is coming forth without stain to bear flesh and to grant to all divine refashioning through the Spirit.

A Looking to Christ, who humbles himself, let us be lifted up from the passions that seek the ground; with good zeal trained by faith not to think lofty things,[67] let us be humbled in spirit; that by works which exalt we may exalt up the One who is being brought forth.

 

11. Dec. Sunday of the Holy Forefathers.

AT VESPERS

After the Opening Psalm we recite the whole of the 1st Kathisma of the Psalter.

At ‘Lord, I have cried’, we insert 10 stichera, and sing 3 of the Resurrection, 3 by Anatolios and 4 Prosomia of the Forefathers.

Tone 8.

Today, as we celebrate the memorial of the Forefathers, let us the faithful raise a hymn to Christ the Redeemer, the Lord who magnifies them among all the nations, and faithfully performs extraordinary wonders, as he is mighty and powerful; and he showed forth from them a rod of power for us, pure Mary the Child of God who alone knew no man, from whom the flower, Christ, came forth, blossoming life for all and pleasure without cost and eternal life.

Master, who delivered the Holy Youths from the fire, and Daniel from the lions’ mouths; who blessed Abraham and Isaac your servant and his son Jacob; who were well pleased to be born from their seed for us, that you might save the Forefathers who had fallen away of old, to be crucified and buried, and you smash all the bonds of death, and you raise all who from every age were among the dead, who worship, O Christ, your eternal Kingdom.

By the dew of the Spirit God’s Youths rejoicing as in rain walked mystically in the midst of the flame, typifying in advance the Trinity and Christ’s incarnation; and as wise through faith they quenched the power of fire. And the just Daniel appeared as a tamer of lions. Besought by their intercessions, O Saviour who loves mankind, deliver us also from the unquenchable and eternal fire, and make us worthy to gain your heavenly Kingdom.

The faithful, Holy Youths in the furnace of fire, as in dew, mystically prefigured your coming from the Virgin, which shone forth without burning for us. And the just Daniel, wonderful among Prophets, clearly foreshowed your second divine coming when he cried: I see where thrones are set, and the judge has taken his throne, and a river of fire is present; from which at their intercessions may we be delivered, O Master Christ.

Glory. Tone 6. By Anatolios.

Let us the faithful today praise all the Fathers before the law: Abraham, God's friend, Isaac, born by promise, Jacob and the twelve Patriarchs; honouring with them meek David and Daniel the Prophet of desires, and the three Children who changed the furnace into dew, asking forgiveness of Christ God, who is glorified in his Saints.

Both now. Theotokion. The 1st of the Tone of the Week.

At the Aposticha the Resurrection stichera of the Tone.

Glory. Tone 3. By Germanos.

Come, lovers of festival, let us praise in song the gathering of the Forefathers: Adam the Forefather, Enoch. Noah, Melchisedek, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; after the law Moses and Aaron, Jesus, Samuel and David; with them Isaias, Jeremias, Ezekiel and Daniel, and the Twelve with Elias, Elisaius and them all; Zachary and the Baptist and all who proclaimed Christ, the life and resurrection of our race.

Both now. Theotokion. The same Tone.

By the Father's will without seed you conceived of the Holy Spirit the Son of God, who is from the Father without mother before the ages, but for us he came of you without father; you bore him in the flesh and suckled him as a babe; therefore do not cease to intercede that our souls may be delivered from dangers.

Apolytikion of the Resurrection.

Glory. Both now. Of the Forefathers. Tone 2.

You justified the Forefathers by faith, through them betrothing in advance the Church from the nations. The Saints will exult in glory, for from their seed there is a glorious fruit, she who bore you without seed. At their intercessions, Christ God, save our souls.

And Dismissal.

The Forefeast of the Nativity begins on the feast of Saint Ignatios of Antioch, 20 December, and lasts until the eve of the Feast on the twenty fourth. Christmas is described in the liturgical books as Pascha and the services of the Forefeast reflect those of Holy Week. For example, the final idiomel of the Royal Hours on Christmas Eve is modelled on the Antiphon of Matins of Good Friday, Today he is hung upon the Tree, which is also sung at the Ninth Hour of the Royal Hours of Good Friday. Moreover at Compline each evening there is a Triode, with the same acrostics and Irmi as those for Matins in Holy Week which refer to the day of the week. This of course does not fit at all, unless Christmas falls on a Saturday; and even then the week is a day short and so the Canon for Thursday, which, as in Holy Week, has eight Odes, is sung at Matins on the 22nd. In the Greek Menaion the Canons at Compline are as follows:

Date

Acrostic

Tone

20

On the Second (day of the week). I.e. Monday

2

21

On the Third (day of the week). I.e. Tuesday

2

22

On the Fourth (day of the week). I.e. Wednesday

2

23

And Presabbath. I.e. Friday

6

24

Alphabetical (Less the Irmi)

6

In the Slavonic menaion they are as follows:

Date

Acrostic

Tone

20

On the Second.

2

21

On the Fourth.

2

22

On Great Thursday I sing a great hymn.

6

23

 

6

24

And today I sing Great Sabbath.

6

The Canon on the 23rd is the same as that in the Greek Menaion, though no acrostic is given.

The Canons for Matins in the Greek Menaion are as follows:

Date

Acrostic

Tone

Author

20

Joseph sings these prefestal [songs] = Sl.

1

Joseph

21

Alphabetical = Sl.

4

Joseph

22

On Great Thursday I sing a great hymn.

6

23

1. Alphabetical [no Slavonic equivalent]

2

Joseph

2. [Sung on the 22nd in Slavonic]

6

Anonymous

24

1. And today I sing Great Sabbath

6

2. Alphabetical = Sl.

2

Joseph

The Canons for Matins in Slavonic are as follows:

Date

Acrostic

Tone

Author

20

Joseph sings these prefestal [songs] = Gk

1

Joseph

21

Alphabetical = Gk

4

Joseph

22

[Sung on the 23rd in Greek]

6

Anonymous

23

Alphabetical [on the 24th at Compline in Greek]

6

Joseph

24

Alphabetical = Gk

2

Joseph

The Greek Menaion solves the problem of the short week by using the Great Thursday Canon, which of course has the full eight odes (the word great in Greek here strictly means long), for Matins on the twenty second and that for Great Saturday as a first canon for Matins. The Canon at Compline is in fact written to be sung to the same set of Irmi, whih are the ones used on Great Saturday in Holy Week.The fact that the Greek arrangement includes all the Canons found in the Slavonic and in addition allows for all the Canons based on those for Holy Week suggests that the Greek is the older one, of which the Slavonic is a simplification.

For some of these days we only give the texts for the Forefeast, but hope to complete them in the future.

20 Dec. Commemoration of the Holy Martyr Ignatios.

At Vespers

At Lord, I have cried, we insert 6 Stichera, and sing three Idiomel Stichera of the Forefeast.

Tone 1. By Anatolios.

Peoples, let us celebrate the forefeast of the Nativity of Christ; and raising our minds, let us be taken up in spirit to Bethlehem, and let us contemplate with spiritual thoughts the Virgin, who hastens to give birth in a Cave to the Lord of all things and our God. Joseph, as he contemplated the greatness of the wonders, seemed to see a human, wrapped in swaddling clothes like an infant; while he understood from the things that came to pass that he was the true God, who grants our souls his great mercy.

The same Tone, by the same.

Peoples, let us celebrate the forefeast of the Nativity of Christ; and raising our minds, let us be taken up in spirit to Bethlehem, and let us contemplate the great mystery in the Cave; for Eden has been opened, as God comes forth from a pure Virgin, he who is perfect in both divinity and humanity. And so let us cry: Holy God, the Father without beginning; Holy Strong, the incarnate Son; Holy Immortal, the comforter Spirit. Holy Trinity, glory to you!

The same Tone, by the same.

Listen, O heaven, and give ear, O earth; for see, the Son and Word of God the Father goes forth to be born of a Maiden, who knows not man, by the good pleasure of him who begot him impassibly, and by the co-operation of the Holy Spirit. Bethlehem make ready, Eden open your gate; because the One who Is becomes what he was not, and the fashioner of all creation is being fashioned, he who grants the world his great mercy.

Prosomia of the Saint

Tone 4. Called from on high.

Rightly are you called God-bearer: when the Master in his compassion took you in his arms, blessed Ignatios, as he revealed the doctrines of the true wisdom from the highest, then you received the beam with many lights, soaking up, like a sponge, the waters from the deep of enlightenments; and so you followed step by step Christ our God who called you. Implore him to save and enlighten our souls.

Wounded with perfect love, when the whirlwind of affection set your soul aflame, most holy Father, urging you forward to go towards the Master, then you cried out that revered word, ‘I am the Creator’s wheat, and I must be completely ground by the teeth of wild beasts, that I may appear as the purest bread for the Word, our God’. Implore him to save and enlighten our souls.

You were crucified with Christ, O Revealer of mysteries, when you cried aloud that inspired word, ‘My love has been crucified, and I am pressing forward with speed to share in his suffering’. Therefore, blessed Ignatios, you set out like the sun from the East and sped towards the West, giving light, and you were adorned with a diadem of the Kingdom as you were brought to Christ. Implore him to save and enlighten our souls.

Glory. Tone 8

By Anatolios

Godbearer Ignatios, you enfolded Christ your love in your embrace, and you received the reward of your priestly service of the Gospel: to be perfected through blood; and so, becoming wheat of the immortal husbandman, you were ground by the teeth of wild beasts and were revealed as sweet bread for him. Blessed Athlete, intercede on our behalf.

Both now. Of the Forefeast. Tone 8.

Bethlehem, receive the Mother City of God; for the Light that does not set has come to be born in you. Marvel in heaven, O Angels; humans, give glory on earth; Magi from Persia, bring out your thrice-famous gift; Shepherds abiding in the fields sing the thrice-holy hymn; let everything that has breath praise the Maker of all things.

At the Aposticha, Idiomel Stichera of the Forefeast.

Tone 2. By Kyprianos.

Bethlehem, land ofJuda, city according to the flesh, radiantly make ready the divine Cave, in which God comes to birth in flesh from a Holy Virgin who knows not man, to save our race.

Verse: God comes from Theman, and the Holy One from a shady wooded Mountain.

By Andrew Pyros. Same Tone.

Come, let us all faithfully celebrate the forefeast of the Nativity of Christ; and spiritually setting forth our hymn like a star, let us with the Shepherds shout aloud the Magis’ hymn of glory, ‘The salvation of mortals has come from a virgin womb, to call back believers’.

Verse: Lord, I heard your report, and I was afraid.

By Kyprianos. Model Melody.

O house of Ephratha, the holy City, the glory of the Prophets, make ready the house in which the Divine comes to birth.

Glory. Of the Saint. Tone 1.

By Theodore the Studite

How firm and adamantine was your soul, most blessed Ignatios! For as you had an unyielding desire for your true lover, you said, ‘There is in me no matter-loving fire, but rather living water, which speaks in me, and from within says to me: Come to the Father’; therefore, fired by the divine Spirit, you roused wild beasts to part you quickly from the world and send you to Christ the beloved; implore him that our souls may be saved.

Both now. Tone 2. By Kyprianos.

See, the time of our salvation has drawn near. Cave make ready, the Virgin is drawing near to give birth. Bethlehem, land of Juda, be glad and rejoice, because from you our Lord has dawned. Listen, mountains and hills, and lands around Judea, because Christ is coming to save mankind whom he fashioned, for he loves mankind.

Apolytikion of the Forefeast. Tone 4. Joseph was amazed.

Bethlehem prepare; Eden is opened for all. Make ready Ephratha, because the tree of life has flowered in the Cave from the Virgin. For her womb has been revealed as the spiritual Paradise in which is the plant of life; eating from it we shall live; we shall not die as Adam. Christ is born to raise up his image which had fallen.

Glory. Of the Saint.

You shared their way of life.

Both now. Again of the Forefeast

Bethlehem prepare.

At Compline

Triode, sung at Compline, whose Acrostic is:

For Monday.

Ode 1. Tone 2. Irmos.

‘To the Lord, who by his divine command dried up the raging untrodden sea, and guided the people of Israel through it on foot, let us sing; for he has been greatly glorified.‘

The ineffable descent of the Word of God, that is of the God-man Christ, is made known; he did not think that to be God was robbery, but is coming having taken the form of a servant from a pure Maiden, Child of God.

Christ comes willingly to serve the one whose form the fashioner now puts on. He enriches Adam in his penury with Godhead, granting him a strange refashioning and rebirth, as he is compassionate.

Ode 8. Irmos.

‘The unwearied fire, fed with unlimited fuel drew back in fear before the pure bodies and pure souls of the holy Youths; and as the ever-living flame died down an everlasting hymn was sung: All you his works, praise the Lord and highly exalt him to all the ages.‘

I will make you all my kinsmen, if you keep my commandments, says Christ to mankind, as he comes from a pure womb. He gives them peace and now commands them to have lowly thoughts, to recognise him as Lord and chant: We highly exalt you to all the ages.

O Word of God in you being given birth was the reverse of the order of the flesh; for it was not flesh and blood which sustained your holy flesh, but the presence of the Holy Spirit and the divine overshadowing of the Most High; and knowing you as Lord, we hymn and highly exalt you to all the ages.

Ode 9. Irmos.

‘O Christ, you magnified the Mother of God who gave you birth, from whom you took a body with like passions to our own, our Creator, which was the deliverance from our faults. As with all generations we call her blest, we magnify you‘.

Rejecting all the stain of passion, let us take up as as befits the coming of Christ a prudent disposition; for he is coming forth without stain to bear flesh and to grant to all divine refashioning through the Spirit.

Looking to Christ, who humbles himself, let us be lifted up from the passions that seek the ground; with good zeal trained by faith not to think lofty things, let us be humbled in spirit; that by works which lift up we may lift up the One who is being brought forth.

At Matins

After the 1st Reading from the Psalter, Kathisma.

Tone 1. The soldiers watching.

He who bowed the heavens and dwelt in the Virgin comes forth in flesh to be born in the Cave of Bethlehem, as it is written, and to be seen as a babe, he who gives life to babes in the womb; rejoicing in him, let us all now go to meet him in uprightness of heart.

Glory. Both now. The Same.

After the 2nd Reading, Kathisma, to the same melody.

Sion, be glad, Bethlehem, make ready; the maintainer of all things, sending the Star ahead, reveals his measureless condescension; for he before whom the Powers of heaven tremble is truly being brought to birth from the Virgin without change, the only Lover of mankind.

Glory. Both now. The Same.

Psalm 50 and the Canons.

Canon of the Forefeast, whose Acrostic is:

Joseph sings these prefestal songs.

Ode 1. Tone 1. Irmos.

‘Let us all sing a hymn of victory to the God who worked wondrous marvels with his upraised arm, and saved Israel; for he has been glorified‘.

Let us begin to-day to celebrate the forefeast of Christ’s Nativity, who was born in the body from the Virgin Mother in the Cave of Bethlehem through his great compassion.

Releasing me from the bonds of sin, the pre-eternal God, seen as a babe, is wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger. Glory to his might!

Eden is opened, Master, as you are brought to birth in the flesh from a Maiden, Child of God, in the city of Bethlehem. We hymn your dread dispensation.

See, now the saying of Isaias has been fulfilled, O All-pure; for you have come to give birth to a Son beyond time in a cave; and so all the earth is glad.

Canon of the Saint, a composition of Andrew of Crete.

Same Tone and Irmos.

As we radiantly celebrate, let us sing in harmony, the Martyr Ignatios urges on Christ’s Church towards his much-praised contest.

All-blessed Ignatios, we all honour your memory and reverence in psalms the One who crowned your all-honoured head, O blessed by God.

As a brightly shining beacon of the Church, Ignatios, you shed light on all the ends of the earth, and you are a torch for the West coming from the East.

Imitating the dangers Paul faced in every place, Ignatios, and while a prisoner you did not quail, confirming the Churches of Christ with numerous letters.

Glory.

Trinity above all being, one Godhead, three-personned Unity, save, have mercy on those who faithfully cry to you, ‘Holy, Holy, Holy’.

Both now.

Eden make ready; for Ephratha has been prepared for the Creator, who is about to be born from the Virgin Mother in the cave of Bethlehem through his great compassion.

Of the Forefeast. Ode 3. Irmos.

‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner; it is the rock on which Christ established his Church, which he ransomed from among the Nations‘.

Isaias, knowing the incarnation of Christ by the Holy Spirit, clearly foretells it, ‘The Lord is born as a Child from a Virgin for our rebirth, whose government is upon his shoulder’.

A Star has already dawned from the tribe of Juda; knowing which Kings of the East are moving and hastening to arrive that they may contemplate Christ, who is being brought to birth in Bethlehem.

Let all creation sing out a prefestal hymn to the One who was begotten of the Father before the morning star, now shines ineffably from the Virgin and in the flesh is being brought to birth in Bethlehem through his great compassion.

Of the Saint. The same.

You were revealed to be a model of sacred struggle, a tablet of endurance, a rule of courage, a pillar of the Church, a bulwark of Faith, an example of virtue, crowned by Christ for your honoured struggles.

Truly, Father, you have been called by the title ‘God-bearer’, for while still quite a child, you were carried and placed in the Lord’s hands, as he declared to us, ‘Become for me like this little child.’

What place has not been hallowed by your sufferings? In what region, Martyr, are you not known? Or what prison has not received you, Christ’s Martyr, as a prisoner. For godlike zeal roused to fight.

You cried out. I am pure wheat for our God and I am hastening to be ground by wild beasts. Let my bones be crushed, led my limbs be devoured and let me become food for beasts, that I may appear pure bread for Christ.’

In holiness you reached a remarkable stadium of martyrdom and displayed a strange courage more remarkable than those who had competed before, on fire with longing for unyielding lover, who set your soul alight like fire.

The Bishop Martyr, ever fervent in spirit, cried out with longing in the midst of dangers, ‘I go after Christ rejoicing. I am crucified with Christ. I live, but it is no longer I, but Christ alone,’ he says, ‘who lives in me.’

Glory.

I worship one Godhead, as beginning and end of all that is and all that will be, the Father unbegotten, the Son begotten beyond time, the right Spirit, proceeding from the Father.

Both now.

Come, Isaias, cry aloud, ‘See, the Virgin has in her womb the Redeemer of the World, and gives birth to him in a Cave; and the name of Jesus who is being brought to birth, will be ‘God with us, Emmanuel Sabaoth’.

Kontakion of the Forefeast. Tone 3.

To-day the Virgin comes to the cave, to give birth ineffably to the eternal Word. Hearing this, dance, O inhabited world! Glorify, with Angels and with Shepherds, him who willed to be made manifest, a little Child, God before the ages.

The Ikos.

The sacred sayings of the Prophets reach their term. See, a Virgin gives birth to God in the flesh in the city of Bethlehem within the Cave; let all creation be enriched, be glad and dance; the Master of all things is at hand to live among slaves, ransoming us, who are subject to corruption, from the power of the Stranger; and he appears as a babe, swaddled in a manger, a little Child, God before the ages.

Kathisma of the Saint. Tone 8. The Wisdom and Word.

You blazed our from the East like a star and with the beams of your words you enlightened the world and banished the darkness, and like Paul you nobly completed the course, having endured dangers among nations and cities. So too you were ground like wheat by the teeth of wild beasts, becoming an offering to your Lord, Godbearer Ignatios. Intercede with Christ God to grant forgiveness of faults to those who celebrate with love your holy memory.

Glory. Of the Saint. Tone 3. Awed by the beauty.

Set apart by Christ God, you made your sacred robe shine with splendour, and truly you met with martyrdom, O Godbearer. For you roused wild beasts to separate your from the world, imitating Paul the inspired, glorious Martyr. And so at Rome, Father, you fittingly accomplished martyrdom.

Both now. Of the Forefeast. The same.

All things have been filled with joy, for the Mother of God is hastening to give birth to the King of the universe. O inexplicable wonder! The one without beginning begins, and the one without flesh takes flesh. A Cave receives the one who upholds all things. Bethlehem be glad and all creation dance on this prefestal day.

Of the Forefeast. Ode 4. Irmos.

‘Foreseeing in Spirit the incarnation of the Word, O Prophet Avvakum, you cried your proclamation: You will be made known when the years draw nigh; when the time has come you will be revealed. Glory to your power, O Lord‘.

Mountains and hills, trees of the forest, rivers and seas and everything that has breath leap for joy; now Jesus, salvation, draws near to be born of a Virgin in the city of Bethlehem.

Take up your psaltery Prophet David, and sing clearly by the Holy Spirit, ‘From the Virgin has been born without confusion, he who shone from the womb of the Father before the morning star, the Lord of glory, Christ our God’.

How will a tiny, shabby Cave receive you, O Word, as you are brought to birth in the flesh? How will you be wrapped in swaddling clothes, who robe the heaven with clouds? How will you be laid in a manger for dumb beasts as an infant?

Of the Saint. The same.

You made the earth radiant with the brightness of your contests, holy Ignatios, when you led as a prisoner. For hastening like the sun with the rays of your martyrdom, you gave light to all the West bringing torches from the East.

Bound like Paul by rational beasts, you made haste towards Rome, wise Ignatios. But though a prisoner, you did not cease to strengthen the Churches, sending letters city by city to all Christ’s hierarchs to take courage.

‘Let the mouths of wild beasts be my slaughter and their bellies my sepulchres,’ you cried out, O Athlete, ‘Let no one trouble me, let no one weaken my resolve. For I am hurrying to be ground like wheat and to found as pure bread of God.’

‘I am hastening to become Christ’s, Christ’s alone, I say. For I am wholly Christ’s,’ you cried out, O Athlete, ‘Him I follow, him I am eager to attain. And through this fire and sword and all wild beasts I stand firm, that I may reach him.,

You reached the finishing line with fervent soul, courageous Martyr, wounded with love for your lover. For Christ was your love. Drawing breath from him and following after him, you braved the toils of every torment.

Glory.

Let us believers glorify a Trinity in Unity, as with never silent voices we cry out: Holy Trinity worshipped in Unity, and hymned without confusion in Trinity, glory to you, consubstantial Trinity.

Both now.

Being God you deigned for our sake to be born in a Cave beneath the earth, O Good One, and to be poor with our poverty through compassion, and coming forth incarnate from a Virgin you remained one Son of Father and of Mother.

Of the Forefeast. Ode 5. Irmos.

‘Give us your peace, O Son of God; for we know no other God but you; we name you by name; because you are God of the living and the dead‘.

Clouds with gladness rain down sweetness, for already the Lord draws near to be born as an infant from a pure Virgin in a shabby Cave.

Godlike Prophets of God now leap for joy; for Christ, the truth, has come to fulfil the proclamations of your godlike tongue being brought to birth as a babe.

Eden, closed to me of old, be open then as you see Christ become an infant in the flesh, and as he was well pleased being brought to birth in the city of Bethlehem of a Virgin Maiden.

Of the Saint. The same.

Such a High priest was ours, wise, faithful, undefiled, innocent, cried Paul as he described beforehand the sacred image of your sacred ways.

Having the high citadel of your life, Father, as an inviolable rule and model of orthodoxy, we are drawn up to it, longing to attain the ancient glory.

Devoutly rivalling the achievements of Paul, you endured all his dangers, noble Bishop and Martyr, light of the East and star of the West.

Led away as a prisoner to suffer, High priest Ignatios, prisoner of Christ, you wrote to the Churches and cities, strengthening all by your confession.

As our pillar, foundation and rampart, Martyr and Shepherd, keep the concord of the Church unshaken in the confession of Christ’s truth.

Glory.

I hymn and worship the equal honour of the Trinity, as I fittingly glorify one Godhead, undivided in three Persons, and ever acknowledged in one substance.

Both now.

God, becoming like mankind from you, is born for us a babe, O Bride of God, and remains wholly unchanged, and appears in flesh, God made man.

Of the Forefeast. Ode 6. Irmos.

‘Imitating the Prophet Jonas I cry: Free my life from corruption and save me, Saviour of the world, as I cry out: Glory to you‘.

Heaven upon earth shows to the Astrologers through a shining star the heavenly King now being brought to birth for our sake in the city of David.

The Prophet preaches and clearly cries, ‘You house of Ephratha, Bethlehem, in which God will appear from the Virgin, leap for joy and dance’.

In a Cave of Bethlehem a Maiden clearly gives birth to God the Maker of the universe and wraps him as a mortal in swaddling clothes and lays him in a manger.

Of the Saint. The same.

As you truly loved your lover without flinching and spiritually lit the fire which led to him, Ignatios, you had in you the water that lived and spoke.

Though you drank Christ’s new cup, yet you remained thirsty to die for the sake of living, and you cried out, ‘These things are nothing to me, compared to attaining life.’

Accomplishing the martyrdom of your conscience, you did not quail when you saw the assaults of the wild beasts; you did not tremble when you were about to be ground like wheat by their fangs.

Burning with the love of Christ, O Athlete, you hastened to the fire of trials as to the morning dew, to attain your lover, the One Who Is.

You reckoned your lengthy torments, your unbreakable bonds, your being rent in pieces in Rome and the fire of the persecutors as nothing, Bishop and Martyr, for the sake of your lover.

Glory.

Trinity above all being, Unity above all goodness, the Father and the Son and the right Spirit, have mercy on those who worship your divine might.

Both now.

Make ready Bethlehem, Ephratha prepare: He who is without mother from the Father and without father from his Mother, is being carried, borne in the womb, brought to birth to save us.

Kontakion of the Saint. Tone 3. To-day the Virgin

The light-bearing day of your radiant struggles proclaims beforehand to all him who was born of a Virgin; for thirsting from love to delight in him, you hastened to be ground by wild beasts; for this you were named Godbearer, glorious Ignatios.

The Ikos

Abraham once was sacrificing his son, foreshadowing the slaughter of him who possesses all things and who is now hastening to be born in a Cave; while you, inspired Father, offered your whole self as victim; and becoming fodder for the wild beasts, you appeared as pure wheat for your Creator, and you truly dwell eternally in heavenly barns, and delight in your love, for whom you left all the world behind, all-blessed, and were named Godbearer, glorious Ignatios.

Synaxarion

On the 20th of the same month, Commemoration of holy Bishop and Martyr Ignatios the Godbearer.

Verses

A feast for lions, Ignatios, you were made,

Brave lion, sharer in the mystic feast.

For on the twentieth day by the jaws of the lions he perished.

On the same day, Commemoration of our venerable Father Philogonios; an advocate who became bishop of Antioch.

On the 20th of the same month, Commemoration of holy Bishop and Martyr Ignatios the Godbearer.

Verses

A feast for lions, Ignatios, you were made,

Brave lion, sharer in the mystic feast.

For on the twentieth day by the jaws of the lions he perished.

On the same day, Commemoration of our venerable Father Philogonios; an advocate who became bishop of Antioch.

Verses

A lawyer, Philogonios leaves life,

Running the good path of the laws of God.

The holy new martyr John, from the island of Thasos was martyred in Constantinople in 1652,dying by the sword.

At their holy intercessions, O God, have mercy on us.

Forefeast. Ode 7. Irmos.

‘The fire, O Saviour, did not touch, did not harm your Youths in the furnace; then the three, as from a single mouth, hymned and blessed as they said: Blessed is the God of our Fathers‘.

Showing the proof of Christ in the body, Jeremy cried out: God has appeared embodied upon earth, and found every way of knowledge, being born of a Mother in Bethlehem.

See, a rod has blossomed from a root, putting forth a fresh flower, Christ; and upon him, brought to birth in a Cave, the Spirit of understanding, counsel and divine knowledge has come to rest.

Let us give ear to sacred words. The Lord is being brought to birth as a Child for us, whose government is upon his shoulder, and he is called Angel of great counsel of the Father, prince of peace, Christ.

Of the Saint. The same.

You did not have in you, Ignatios, fire that loved matter, but rather water that lived and spoke; water that called, ‘Come quickly to the Father; water leaping up that channels us from life to life.

‘Let the teeth of the wild beasts become for me,’ he said, ‘swords and blades and slaughters, and let the entrails of lions be my tomb, and let the fire be fed before corruption on the remnants of my skin.

‘To be alive in body is not what I love, for I long to live in spirit. For me to be alive is Christ, the divine love. To him I hurry, him I love,’ he says, ‘him I expect to gain’.

‘Death to me is sweet,’ he says, ‘all the agonies of my toils are sweet to me; wild beasts are pleasant, this fire to me is dew. I I will not hold on to living; therefore I hasten to die, that I may live with Christ.’

Glory.

Let us offer a hymn to the Trinity, as we glorify the Father without beginning, the Son and right Spirit, a single being, which we hymn thrice over, as we cry: Holy, Holy, Holy, God of our Fathers.

Both now. Theotokion.

The One foretold of old by the Prophets draws near me, born as a babe from a Virgin. Adam rejoices, Eve is released from pangs; and David, the Virgin’s forefather, dances with them.

Forefeast. Ode 8. Irmos.

‘The One before whom Angels and all the heavenly Hosts tremble as Creator and Lord, you priests hymn, you children glorify, you peoples bless and highly exalt to all the ages‘.

The Lord is clearly coming to his own by a strange birth; let us receive him, so that he, brought to birth in a Cave, may make us, who have been exiled from the Paradise of pleasure, dwell there once again.

See, our recalling dwells among us; let us with haste make joyful songs resound, and let us sing prefestal melodies to him who is contained in a tiny Cave.

As the Lord has sworn, see, he has fulfilled it, giving us from David’s seed his own Virgin Mother, from whom beyond reason he was born in the flesh as a babe in Bethlehem.

Of the Saint. The same.

Let the praise of Ignatios, the great Priest, be sung, doubly crowned, as Martyr and as Shepherd. For having struggled for the sake of the love of God, longing passionately to be loved, he did not refuse to suffer.

Thrusting for the cup of Christ’s passion, you hurried as a prisoner, wise Ignatios. And having reached the starting line, you did not cease to cry aloud, ‘I thirst to be thirsty for Christ to the ages.’

By the paths of the Faith you nobly sped through the earth, like the sun, from the extremities of heaven. And having set from the earth towards Christ without setting, you make the light of incorruption shine for the world.

Held fast in bonds, you journeyed through the earth, perfuming us by your struggles. And now, after the end, like a lily of the field and a lily of the plain, you make us fragrant.

Glory.

Let the Trinity, in being a Unity, be hymned; let the Unity, in Persons a Trinity be honoured; as one in nature, but three in Persons, not divided, not compounded.

Both now. Theotokion.

Christ the star has dawned in Jacob, and Magi hasten in the city of Bethlehem to hymn, honour and worship him, born of the womb of the pure Mother of God.

Forefeast. Ode 9. Irmos.

‘The ever-flowing life-bearing Fount, the light-bearing Lampstand of grace, the holy Temple, the all golden Tabernacle, wider than heaven and earth, the Mother of God, we faithful magnify‘.

With Patriarchs, with all the Just and with the Holy Prophets let us leap for joy; from a Maiden the Lord, Jesus, redemption, illumination, life, salvation is now being brought to birth in the city of David.

Already the gateways of the incarnation of the divine Word have been clearly opened for all; heavens be glad, Angels leap for joy, and let earth in spirit make merry with mankind, along with Shepherds and with Magi.

The spiritual jar of alabaster, the Virgin carries Christ as inexhaustible myrrh, and advances to empty it out in the Cave, that she may fill our souls with his sweet fragrance.

Of the Saint. The same.

The God-bearer invites to a banquet, setting before us his sacred struggles. Come, lovers of martyrs, having plucked with holiness the mystical flowers of delightful songs, let us wreathe our own heads with crowns.

Most sacred priest, you made your sacred robe more sacred by your struggles. Therefore, having obtained a double crown, with Martyrs and with Pastors, Bishop and Martyr, you sing the praise of Christ our God.

‘I am pure wheat of God,’ you said, ‘and I am ground by the teeth of wild beasts, that I may become bread, made holy and made pure for my lover and my God. And as I long for him, I do not quail at death.

As one who despises things below, Ignatios, and servant of mysteries on high, as celebrant and victim you offered yourself for martyrdom as unblemished worship, making yourself ready for wild beasts and fires.

The bowels of wild beasts became your tomb, but now you have Sion as your dwelling and you live in the newness of the life-bearing Spirit as you reign with Christ in heaven and delight in his beauty.

Made radiant by the unapproachable light and dwelling in the mansions on high, holy Ignatios, as you appeal to your God and Creator on behalf of this your flock, do not cease to make constant intercession.

Glory.

Let the light beyond beginning, our life, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be ever hymned in three Persons and one Godhead, simple Trinity, united in nature and identical in honour.

Both now. Theotokion.

Hail pure living City of God, in which God was well pleased to be contained; for not leaving the things above, he has come down to you, like rain upon the earth, O Mother of God, and is being brought to birth as a babe in the city of Bethlehem.

Exapostilarion of the Forefeast.

Prepare Bethlehem; Cave make ready; and Manger receive the uncircumscribed God, circumscribed in flesh; for he is coming to be born, as he has been well pleased.

Of the Saint

I am wheat of God and the Saviour, you said, Godbearer Ignatios, and now I must be ground by the teeth of wild beasts, so I shall be seen as sweet and pure bread for the Holy Trinity; as you stand in its presence may you remember those who celebrate your light-bearing memorial, all-wise High Priest and Martyr.

Another

As wounded by the affection of love of your Lord, you cried out: Christ my love has been willingly crucified; and so I thirst to be made thirsty, and as I live my love is to be loved; I long to have become in his passion and his kingdom.

Of the Forefeast.

Believers, let us now with faith make songs resound for the Forefeast of the Nativity; for Christ is coming, has come to be born in Bethlehem as a mortal from a Virgin, and to appear as an infant, wrapped in swaddling clothes, he who is before the ages.

At Lauds we insert 6 Stichera, and we sing the following Prosomia, in alphabetical order.

A composition by Romanos the Melodist [?]

The acrostic is the Alphabet.

Tone 6. Model Melody.

Angelic Powers, advance; people of Bethlehem, prepare the Manger; for the Word is born; Wisdom goes forth; Church, receive greeting; peoples let us say for the joy of the Mother of God: Blessed is he who has come; our God, glory to you. (Twice)

The Star of Jacob rises in the Cave. Come, and as we celebrate the Forefeast, let us hasten with the Magi, let us gather with the Shepherds; let us see God in swaddling clothes; let us see a Virgin giving suck. O awesome sight! The King of Israel is at hand.

Hills drop down sweetness; for see, God has come from Theman, Nations be defeated; Prophets and Patriarchs leap for joy; mankind dance inspired by God; the strong and great Prince, Christ is brought to birth; on earth the King of heaven is at hand.

Raising mortals up from earth, the Creator has come, renewing once again the royal image; Powers of things above, rejoice together, sing your hymn; the middle wall of enmity is abolished; he has come for whom it was laid up; for God becomes a mortal; Christ, the King of Israel, is at hand.

Come, believers, let us meet the Creator, who has come to earth to dawn from a Virgin; let us shine with purity, let us blaze with virtues; let us be prepared with trembling and joy to see with the eyes of the mind Christ become a babe, who in his supreme goodness makes us mortals divine.

Glory. Same melody.

Christ draws near; Bethlehem prepare in advance; already the salvation of the Nations sheds its light. Make ready the Manger, assemble the Shepherds, summon the Magi from Persia; the Armies of the Bodiless Minds cry out: The King of heaven, Christ is at hand.

Both now. Same melody.

Zeal and fire devour you, fool, and truly you err, false accuser of the law; for see, as Isaias said, the Virgin is with child and lays the King in a manger; and so all the powerful of the tribe of Juda fail.

At the Aposticha, Idiomel Stichera. Tone 4.

Bethlehem make ready, city of Sion sing a hymn; desert, betrothed to joy, be glad; for a star comes forth in Bethlehem, revealing that Christ is about to be brought to birth; a Cave receives the wholly uncontainable; and a Manger is being prepared to receive eternal life; to him let us all sing and cry: Save our souls, Jesu God, incarnate for us.

Verse: God will come from Theman, and the Holy One from a shaded woody mountain.

Christ who comes, manifestly our God, will come and not delay; he will appear from a Bride who knows not wedlock, while he will take his rest in a Cave; and you, O Manger of irrational beasts, receive the one whom heaven cannot contain, who is about to be wrapped in swaddling in you, the one who with a word has delivered us from unreason. A Star reveals, Magi worship, Shepherds abide in the fields, while they see the awesome wonder; and Angels make melody, as they contemplate on earth the redemption of our race.

Verse: Lord, I have heard of your report and was afraid.

Isaias, dance, receive the Word of God; prophesy to the Maiden Mary that a Bush is on fire and is not consumed by the ray of the Godhead. Bethlehem make ready; Eden open your gate; Magi journey to see salvation wrapped in swaddling clothes in a manger, whom a Star above the Cave has revealed to be the Lord, the giver of life, who saves our race.

Glory. Of the Saint

Living monument and breathing image, your yearly festival is here, Godbearer Ignatios, and proclaims your priestly service and your deeds of valour; your resistance to shedding of blood on behalf of the Faith; that blest and revered voice which said: I am God’s wheat, and am being ground by the teeth of wild beasts; and so, as you became an imitator of Christ, intercede that our souls may be saved.

Both now. Of the Forefeast. Tone 2. By Byzas.

Cave, make ready; for the Ewe-lamb has come, bearing Christ in her womb. Manger, receive the One who by a word frees us who are born of earth from irrational action. Shepherds abiding in the fields, bear witness to the fearful wonder; and Magi from Persia, offer gold and incense and myrrh to the King; because the Lord has appeared from a Virgin Mother. Bowing low like a slave his Mother worshipped him, and cried out to the One in her arms: How were you sown in me, or how did you come to be in me, my Redeemer and my God?

The rest of the Office of Matins as usual, and Dismissal.

 

21 Dec. Commemoration of the Martyr Juliana of Nikomedia.

At Vespers

At Lord, I have cried, we insert 6 Stichera, and sing Prosomia of the Forefeast.

Tone 4. You have given us a sign.

This is our God, no other will be reckoned with him, the Prophet cried out in spirit; for he has found every way of knowledge; while after these things he will appear to mortals wearing flesh; for he hastens to be brought to birth of a Virgin, Child of God; he who is by nature unapproachable becoming approachable by me .

Your womb, all-blameless Mother of God, is acknowledged to be a heap of grain of a threshing floor, which carries ineffably, beyond mind and beyond reason a ear of grain untilled; which you bear in a Cave of Bethlehem, and is about to nourish all creation by grace with divine knowledge and to rescue humanity from a famine which destroys the soul.

The unblemished Heifer comes forth to a holy Cave, carrying the fatted Calf, to give him birth in a marvellous manner, to swaddle him as a mortal and lay him in a manger as an infant. Creation celebrates in advance as it harmoniously magnifies the one who has wrought such marvels upon earth.

Glory. Both now.

Tone 6.

Sion, keep festival; Jerusalem, be glad; City of Christ God receive the Creator, contained in a Cave and in a Manger; Open to me your gates, and entering by them I shall see swaddled as a babe the one who holds creation in his grasp, whom Angels hymn with unceasing voice, the Lord, the Life-giver, who saves our race.

At the Aposticha, Prosomia.

Tone 2. O house of Ephratha.

The sayings of all the Prophets are fulfilled; for Christ is born in the city of Bethlehem from the pure Child of God.

Verse: God will come from Theman; and the Holy One from a shady wooded mountain.

Glory of those born of earth, their boast and fame, honoured Bethlehem, divine metropolis, receive your Creator.

Verse: Lord, I heard your report and was afraid; Lord I considered your works and was amazed.

The Word of the Father, through whom the universe came to be, without suffering and without change appears as one substance from two natures.

Glory. Both now. Same melody.

City of Bethlehem, make ready the Cave, the Manger, the swaddling clothes for the Creator; for he is at hand to be brought to birth in you.

Apolytikion of the Forefeast. Tone 4.

Bethlehem prepare; Eden is opened for all. Make ready Ephratha, because the tree of life has flowered in the Cave from the Virgin. For her womb has been revealed as the spiritual Paradise in which is the plant of life; eating from it we shall live; we shall not die as Adam. Christ is born to raise up his image which had fallen.

Glory.

Apolytikion of the Saint. Tone 4.

O Jesu, your lamb cries aloud: O my Bridegroom, I long for you; and seeking you I struggle, and I am crucified and buried with you in your baptism; and I suffer for your sake, that I may reign with you; and I die for you, that I may live in you; but as a spotless victim now accept one who with longing is slain for you. Through her prayers, as you are merciful, save our souls!

Both now.

Bethlehem prepare; Eden is opened for all. Make ready Ephratha, because the tree of life has flowered in the Cave from the Virgin. For her womb has been revealed as the spiritual Paradise in which is the plant of life; eating from it we shall live; we shall not die as Adam. Christ is born to raise up his image which had fallen.

At Compline

At Compline we sing the following Diode, of which the Acrostic is:

And on Tuesday.

Ode 8. Tone 2. Irmos.

‘The three holy Youths for not obeying the tyrannical decree were cast into the furnace, and they confessed God as they sang: Works of the Lord, bless the Lord’.

Let us cast from us the sleep of idleness, and with wakefulness of soul let us sing out to Christ who is brought to birth of a pure Maiden: Works of the Lord, bless the Lord.

Let good action be sufficient for the store house of our soul; that with radiant face we may sing to Christ as he is brought to birth: Works of the Lord, bless the Lord.

Increasing our talent by good works, let us offer them instead of gold and frankincense and myrrh as gifts to Christ who gave them, as he comes to be born of a Maiden, Child of God.

Ode 9. Irmos.

‘All-holy Virgin, who contained in your womb the uncontainable God, and bore joy for the world, we hymn you’.

To the understanding Christ has given the command to watch, to those who hope for his coming; for he has come to be born from a Virgin.

At your second coming, O Christ, show me, who honour your coming in the flesh, to be a companion of the your sheep on your right hand.

At your former coming, O Christ, you saved Adam; but at your second, save those who honour your Birth.

At Matins

The usual Reading from the Psalter. After the 1st Reading, Kathisma.

Tone 2. The noble Joseph.

The unapproachable God, through compassion willing to become approachable for me, comes forth in flesh, to be born as man in the city of Bethlehem from a Virgin girl; let us eagerly hasten to receive him as we cry out with fear: Lord, glory to you.

Glory. Both now. The same.

After the 2nd Reading, Kathisma.

Tone 3. Awed by the beauty.

A marvellous wonder appears today! For our Saviour is now hastening to be brought to birth for us in the Cave in flesh from the Virgin. Magi will worship him with gifts as a king. Shepherds and Angels with glorify him, with them let us also cry: Glory to him who for us became man.

Glory. Both now. The same.

Psalm 50 and the Canon of the Forefeast, of which the Acrostic is the Alphabet. By Joseph.

Ode 1. Tone 4. Irmos.

‘The ancient Israel, after crossing the expanse of the Red Sea on foot dryshod, through Moses’ hands outstretched in the figure of the Cross, destroyed the might of Amalek in the wilderness’.

Rejoice heaven, and earth be glad; for God is with us in flesh, he is being brought to birth from a Virgin girl and wrapped in swaddling clothes; while he looses the bonds of our offences as he is compassionate.

A pure Queen gives birth beyond understanding to the King of all things, who opens the kingdom above to believers and takes away completely the sin which ever reigned wretchedly in us.

Prophetic writings are now proved; for see, Christ whom they foretold appears incarnate in the city of Bethlehem; let us now hasten to celebrate to-day his Nativity beforehand with uprightness of mind.

Of the Saint.

Ode 1. Tone 4.

Theotokion.

The Virgin hastens to give birth in the Cave to the Fashioner of nature, who beyond nature bears flesh from her according to an ineffable hypostasis, that he may make humanity divine.

Forefeast. Ode 3. Irmos.

‘Because the barren, the Church from the Nations, has given birth, and she who had many children, the synagogue, has grown weak; to our wondrous God let us cry: Holy are you, O Lord’.

Daniel sees you, O Word, as a stone cut from a virgin mountain, levelling the altars of idols by your might; and so in fear we glorify you.

Magi from the East, having journeyed with a star to the King of all, offer you gifts, O Christ, myrrh, gold and incense, amazed at your condescension.

Mary, an unploughed land, carries a lifebearing ear to give birth in the city of Bethlehem to the one who nourishes the souls of all who cry: Holy are you, O Lord.

Of the Saint

Theotokion

Delivering mortals the Compassionate is brought to birth from the pure Virgin in Bethlehem, accepting swaddling clothes as an infant.

Irmos

‘Your Church, O Christ, rejoices in you and cries: You, Lord, are my strength, my refuge and my firmament’.

Kathisma of the Forefeast. Tone 3. Awed by the beauty.

All you ends of the earth be filled with joy; for the Mother of God has to give birth to the King of the universe, O inexpressible wonder! He who is without beginning begins; he who is without flesh takes flesh. A Cave receives the one who possesses all things. Bethlehem rejoice, and creation dance on this prefestal day.

Glory. Of the Saint. Tone 4.

Lifted up on the Cross.

Adorned with divers virtues given by God, decked with the flowers of your honoured martyrdom, wholly fair and blameless you appeared, pure Saint. Therefore your Lord loved your beauty and has now brought you into a most shining bridal chamber, in which you dance, Juliana, with the Martyrs as you magnify Christ.

Both now. Forefeast.

Tone 4. Come swiftly to help.

Virgins take the lead at the joy of the Virgin; Mothers give praise to the procession of the Mother of Christ our God; Magi with Angels; the Shepherds with us; for she comes to the city of Bethlehem for the birth of a son, God before the ages, who saves the world from corruption.

Forefeast. Ode 4. Irmos.

‘He who sits in glory upon the throne of the Godhead, Jesus, supremely divine, has come on a light cloud, and with his undefiled hand saved those who cry: Glory, O Christ, to your power!’

The holy box of the fragrant myrrh of revered sanctification is coming forth to the city of Bethlehem to empty him out who grants sanctification to all of us who cry: Glory, O Christ, to your power.

Inspired Isaias, as you see that your revered proclamations have become realities, rejoice and dance; for the Virgin without seed has borne the uncontainable in flesh in the Cave of Bethlehem.

Jesus is born in the flesh, and in time the Timeless appears as a babe, abolishing my perennial faults, and by his ineffable poverty he enriches me, who have been impoverished by destructive transgressions.

Of the Saint.

Theotokion.

Seeing her virginity sealed after childbirth the Mother of God and moved by wonder she cried out: My Child, how is that I now wrap you in swaddling clothes, who wrap the sea in sand.

Forefeast. Ode 5. Irmos.

‘The godless will not see your glory, O Christ; but we, rising in the night before dawn, will hymn you, O Only-begotten, radiance of the glory of the Father’s Godhead, only lover of mankind’.

God Emmanuel is born of a Maiden and laid in a manger he works our restoration as he wills; let us devoutly celebrate beforehand his Nativity.

You, the Word without beginning and one in nature with the Father, were laid in a manger of irrational beasts and freed from unreason us who celebrate devoutly the Forefeast of your Nativity.

The blest root of Jesse has sprung up, blossoming the pure Virgin who bears a divine flower, Christ the Lord; whose Nativity we gladly celebrate beforehand.

Of the Saint.

Theotokion.

A new wonder! The immaculate Virgin hastens to bear God made man in the Cave of Bethlehem.

Forefeast. Ode 6. Irmos.

‘I have come to the depths of the sea, and a storm of many sins has drowned me; but as God lead my life back from corruption, as You love mankind.’

A little Child is born for us on earth, he who shone ineffably from the Father before the ages; he has freed us all from the ancient transgression as he is compassionate.

Strange and marvellous things were heard in the city of Bethlehem when you were born, O Word without beginning; for Shepherds with Angels brought you a hymn as their Master.

The Star reveals to Magi the Sun of justice who is brought to birth ineffably; rejoicing let us now celebrate the Forefeast of his Nativity.

Of the Saint.

Theotokion.

The Creator who wrapped the sea in mist by his will is born from a Virgin Maiden, and like a babe accepts swaddling clothes as he redeems the world.

Irmos

‘I will sacrifice to you with a voice of praise, O Lord, the Church cries to you, cleansed from the filth of demons by the blood which flowed with pity from your side’.

Kontakion of the Forefeast.

Tone 2.

As we see him who holds the whole earth in his hand wrapped in swaddling clothes in Bethlehem, let us bring prefestal songs to the one who gave him birth; for as a mother she rejoices as she holds in her bosom the Son of God.

The Ikos.

The Virgin, holding in her embrace the Son of God, and as she kissed him with a mother’s greetings she exclaimed: In conceiving I knew no seed, and in giving birth I did not undergo corruption, but even after giving birth I am pure as before; and so I venerate, my Child, your great compassion and the ineffable miracle which you have shown me; therefore I too rejoice as i hold in my bosom the Son of God.

Synaxarion.

On the 21st of the same month, commemoration of the holy Martyr Juliana.

Verses.

The sword was Juliana’s shining fame,

For it obtained for her a shining crown.

Then on the twenty first day the fair Juliana they slaughtered.

On the same day, the 500 holy Martyrs, who in Nikomedia came to the faith through Juliana, attained perfection by the sword.

Verses.

Five hundred Martyrs Nicomedes’ town

Saw slain, but bearing off the victor’s crown.

On the same day, one hundred and thirty holy women in Nicomedia attained perfection by the sword.

Verses.

A triple decade with a fivefold score

Of women Martyrs offered heads to sword.

On the same day, commemoration of the holy Martyr Themistocles.

Verses.

The rasping of sharp nails of iron you bore,

As though yourself of iron, Themistocles.

At their holy intercessions, O God, have mercy and save us. Amen.

Forefeast. Ode 7. Irmos.

‘Three youths in Babylon held the tyrant’s command as idle chatter, and in the midst of the fire they cried aloud: Blessed are you, the God of our fathers.’

How will a Cave contain you, the Uncontainable, as you come to be born for us? How will a Virgin suckle you, compassionate Jesus, who are called the nourisher of all?

Following the words of the Seer Balaam, Magi hasten to worship Christ with gifts, recognising him as the one who reigns over everything that has breath.

Human nature, barren of every virtue, rejoice and dance; for Christ has come to be born from a Virgin in the flesh, that he may make you fertile by good deeds.

Of the Saint.

Theotokion.

Hail, Virgin Mother, place which contained the Uncontainable, for you are about to give birth for us in a Cave, O Immaculate, to him who sets right the creation of his own hands.

Forefeast. Ode 8. Irmos.

‘All-powerful Redeemer of all, you came down and bedewed the devout in the midst of the flame, and taught them to sing: All you works, bless, praise the Lord’.

O Christ you have deigned to be born in the Cave of a pure Virgin through your ineffable compassion, to save me who by my many transgressions have been declared a robbers’ cave.

Signing my complete forgiveness, you, the Maker of creation, were enrolled by Caesar’s decree with your servants; I hymn the measureless mercy of your compassion, Master.

Palace of the King, filled with light, how have you entered a tiny Cave to bear the King, the Lord, incarnate for us, O All-holy Virgin, Bride of God?

Of the Saint.

Theotokion.

The Lord, mounted upon a cloud, is coming to be brought to birth for us through a cloud, the Virgin, that he may banish the dark clouds of sin from the souls of us who cry to him: All you works of the Lord, bless the Lord.

The Irmos.

‘Stretching out his hands Daniel closed the jaws of the lions in the den; while the Children, lovers of true religion, girded with virtue, quenched the power of the fire as they cried: Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord’.

Forefeast. Ode 9. Irmos.

‘By the sickness of disobedience Eve gave entrance to the curse; while you, Virgin Mother of God, by the offshoot of your child-bearing, made the blessing flower for the world; therefore we all magnify you’.

Believers, let us all dance, let us leap for joy and shout in harmony; the salvation of all, the Lord, draws near to be brought to birth and to save those who with devout mind celebrate his Nativity.

Holy David, take up psaltery and harp and sing: Be glad house of Ephratha; for he whom the Father begot from the womb is being clearly brought to birth in you, embodied from the Virgin.

Theotokion.

Like a great shower of rain the Master has come down into your womb, watered the earth parched by the drought of godlessness and dried up the seas of error, O Virgin Mother, Mother of God.

Of the Saint.

Theotokion.

Carrying him who carries all things you are coming to Bethlehem, O Virgin, to bear him and to lay as an infant in a manger him who above all works the restoration of mortals.

The Irmos

‘A stone not cut by hand from you, an unhewn mountain, O Virgin, has been cut as head of the corner: Christ who joined together separated natures; therefore with gladness, Mother of God, we magnify you’.

Exapostilarion of the Saint.

Your Bridal Chamber.

The Martyr, longing for your bridal chamber, O Word, bravely endured every trial of torments by your aid. At her intercessions I beg you, as God, to have compassion on my soul.

Of the Forefeast. Same melody.

Bethlehem, land of Juda, make ready your entrances; for in you the Virgin and Mother of God has now come, to give birth in a Cave as a mortal to my God and Lord.

At Lauds we insert 4 Stichera, and we sing Prosomia.

Tone 6.

The creative Wisdom now advances; the prophetic clouds part asunder; grace clears the sky; the truth has shone out; shadowy riddles cease; the gate of Eden has been opened; Adam dance; our God who fashioned us is himself willingly fashioned.

Fulfilling the oracles and visions of the Prophets, the Word is brought to birth in flesh and becomes corporeal, and after birth he is laid in a manger of irrational beasts. This is the supreme condescension! This the awesome dispensation! For this we sing: The King of Israel, Christ draws near.

That you may cleanse the poison of corruption and refashion for me the original image, you become incarnate and take suck, and you, who at your behest cause the universe to revolve, are wrapped around in swaddling clothes; O Word, who work wonders, I sing your praise, Angel of the Father’s counsel, through which I am made immortal.

Not leaving the bosom of the Father, you appeared as a mortal; and carried in a Virgin’s arms you summoned from Persia through a star the Magi who worshipped you as sovereign God; with the breath of your lips you destroy the godless rulers of the nations and shepherd your chosen people.

Glory. Same melody.

The Word, who is consubstantial with the Father, kneaded from pure virgin blood, is fashioned and will grow with the passing of time, and again is born in a Cave. Amazement! But Angels clap their hands, Shepherds sing: the King of Israel, Christ is at hand.

Both now. Both now. Same melody.

The oracles of the Seer Balaam are being fulfilled; for those who gaped at Persian prodigies, made radiant by the shining of an unaccustomed star, recognised by their gifts the unsetting Sun, Christ, embodied in Bethlehem, to be God, sovereign and willingly one dead.

At the Aposticha, Prosomia.

Tone 2. O house of Ephratha.

The Star shines out already in the Cave; you Shepherds with Angels, you Magi with gifts, get ready to arrive.

Verse: God will come from Theman; and the Holy One from a shady, wooded mountain.

That he may fulfil the sayings of the Prophets, the Lord is born in Bethlehem and opens Eden to Adam’s posterity.

Verse: Lord, I heard your report and was afraid; Lord I considered your works and was amazed.

Anoint with myrrh the holy Manger, Bethlehem; for in you the Master unfurls the beams of his Godhead.

Glory. Both now. The same melody.

Come, let us who are born of earth ceaselessly hymn with one voice the Virgin, Mary, Mother of God, from Christ is brought to birth.

The rest of the Office of Matins as usual and Dismissal.

21. December.

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22 Dec. Commemoration of Martyr Anastasia, the Healer of Wounds.

At Vespers

At Lord, I have cried, we insert 6 Stichera, and sing Prosomia of the Forefeast.

Tone 6.

The unsetting Sun hastens to emerge from virgin loins to enlighten everything under heaven. Let us hurry to meet him with clear eyes and pure actions; and let us now be prepared to receive in spirit the one who comes to his own by a strange birth, as he was well pleased; that, as he is compassionate, by being brought to birth in Bethlehem, he may bring us back who have been estranged from the life in Eden.

God the Word, who rides on the backs of the Cherubim, united hypostatically to flesh, has dwelt in an unblemished womb, become a mortal and is coming to the land of Juda to be brought to birth. Holy Cave, be made ready as a majestic palace for the universal King; and you, Manger, as a throne formed of fire, on which the Virgin Mary lays as a babe the Infinite for the restoration of what he fashioned.

The Virgin lays you in a manger of dumb beasts, O Word of God without beginning, who beyond understanding have accepted a beginning; for you are coming to dispel my unreason, to which I submitted by the envy of the serpent; while you will be wrapped in swaddling bands that you may tear apart the bands and cords of my offences, O alone Good and lover of humankind; therefore I glorify you, I praise and worship with great joy your coming in the flesh, through which I have been freed.

Both now. Forefeast.

Tone 6. By Vyzas.

Virgin without bridegroom, whence have you come? Who begot you? And who is your mother? How do you bear the Creator in your arms? How was your womb not corrupted? We see great marvels come to pass on earth, O All-holy, and we make ready in advance that which fits your need, the Cave from the earth; and we ask heaven to provide the Star; and Magi are advancing from the eastern regions of the earth towards the West, to look on the salvation of mortals being suckled as a babe.

At the Aposticha, Prosomia of the Forefeast.

Tone 2.

Christ is coming to crush the evil one, to enlighten those in darkness and release the prisoners; let us go forth to meet him.

Verse: God will come from Theman; and the Holy One from a shady wooded mountain.

Sing families of nations praise and glory; Magi with gifts, Shepherds abiding in the fields eagerly hurry onwards.

Verse: Lord, I heard your report and was afraid; Lord I considered your works and was amazed.

Mountains and hills, valleys and plains, rivers and all creation now magnify the Creator who is brought to birth.

Both now. Forefeast. Tone 4.

Isaias dance, receive the Word of God; prophesy to the Maiden Mary that a Bush is on fire and is not consumed by the ray of the Godhead. Bethlehem make ready; Eden open your gate; Magi journey to see salvation wrapped in swaddling clothes in a manger, whom a Star above the Cave has revealed to be the Lord, the giver of life, who saves our race.

Apolytikion of the Forefeast. Tone 4.

Bethlehem prepare; Eden is opened for all. Make ready Ephratha, because the tree of life has flowered in the Cave from the Virgin. For her womb has been revealed as the spiritual Paradise in which is the plant of life; eating from it we shall live; we shall not die as Adam. Christ is born to raise up his image which had fallen.

Glory. Of the Saint.

Both now. Of the Forefeast. Tone 4.

Bethlehem prepare; Eden is opened for all. Make ready Ephratha, because the tree of life has flowered in the Cave from the Virgin. For her womb has been revealed as the spiritual Paradise in which is the plant of life; eating from it we shall live; we shall not die as Adam. Christ is born to raise up his image which had fallen.

At Compline

At Compline we sing the Triode, of which the Acrostic is:

I shall sing on Wednesday.

Ode 3. Tone 2, Irmos.

‘You have established me on a rock of faith; you have broadened my mouth against my foes; may spirit has been made glad by singing: None is holy as our God, and none is just but you, O Lord’.

To no purpose and with murderous intent is Herod’s Sanhedrin gathered to slay the Lord who comes to birth; to whom we all sing: You are our God, and none is just but you, O Lord.

Herod’s fell council, being of a mind to fight God, thinks to slay, together with the infants, the Master Christ; to whom we all sing: You are our God, and none is just but you, O Lord.

Ode 8. Irmos.

‘When a tyrant’s word prevailed, the furnace once was heated sevenfold; in which the Youths, trampling on the King’s decree, were not consumed, but cried: All you works of the Lord, praise the Lord, and highly exalt him to all the ages’.

Emptying out our tears like myrrh for Christ, who is brought to birth for us in flesh, let us purify the stains of the flesh, as in purity we approach the Immaculate and cry: All you works of the Lord, praise the Lord, and highly exalt him to all the ages’.

With tears of pitiable sorrow may we escape the tears of the dread punishment to come, as we grasp the feet of Christ, who is placed as a babe in swaddling clothes, and cry: All you works of the Lord, praise the Lord, and highly exalt him to all the ages.

Knowing that ransom is effected by his own compassion and a fount of tears, let us believers, washed clean through confession, approach Christ, who is brought to birth in the flesh, as we cry: All you works of the Lord, praise the Lord, and highly exalt him to all the ages.

Ode 9. Irmos.

‘With pure souls, and unpolluted lips, come, let us magnify the undefiled and most holy Mother of Emmanuel, through her offering our prayer to the One born of her: Spare our souls, Christ God, and save us’.

Let none be ungrateful, none full of evil jealousy of those who now bring gifts acceptable to God instead of myrrh, gold and incense, the myrrh of virtues, as they sing to Christ who is brought to birth: Spare our souls, Christ God, and save us.

Cunning Herod, hard of heart, says to the wise Magi: Go, seek the King who has now been born, and having found him, tell me, as he meditated murder in his murderous heart. Spare our souls, Christ God, and save us.

O the audacity of blind murder! therefore you forgot: that no one takes God into their power and destroys him; for boiling over with rage, Herod, you savagely slaughter the babes. Spare our souls, Christ God, and save us.

At Matins

After the 1st Reading from the Psalter, Kathisma.

Tone 4.

Inspired by God let creation to-day be glad; for Christ the Lord, the Son of our God, is born of a pure Maiden, so making the whole human race immortal and abolishing the curse of the foremother Eve; and so as to our benefactor let bring a song.

Glory. Both now. The same.

After the 2nd Reading, Kathisma.

Tone 3. Today the Virgin.

Joseph the just, as he hymned the Virgin who bore the pre-eternal Word, cried out: I see you, who have become the Temple of the Lord, bearing the One who has come to save all mortals, and who shows those who praise him to be temples through pity of the divine.

Glory. Both now. The same.

Then Psalm 50 and the Canons. Canon of the Forefeast, of which the Acrostic is:

I sing a great hymn on Great Thursday.

Ode 1. Tone 6. Irmos.

‘With a cutting hand the Red Sea is cut, while the deep, nurse of waves, is dried up; the same becomes at once a path for the unarmed and for the fully armed a tomb; a song, pleasing to God, was raised: Christ our God has been greatly glorified’.

The infinite Wisdom of God, cause of all things and origin of life, has built his own house from a pure Mother who has not known man. For putting on a bodily temple Christ our God has been greatly glorified.

God’s Wisdom summons the Magi, guiding them to the mystery as first fruits of the Nations, to nourish spiritually those who before were unreasoning at a manger of unreasoning beasts, where a mystical table is spread, to which they hasten as they make their way with gifts, while the star shining before them.

Let us listen to the sayings of the Prophets that have now been fulfilled. For the Virgin has conceived in her womb and hurries to give birth to the One who pre-exists. The heavens revealed him to the Magi, Angels to Shepherds as a babe made manifest.

Of the Forefeast. Ode 3. Irmos.

‘God, who is Lord and Creator of all things, the One who is beyond passion has made himself a pauper and united the created to himself. And carried as a babe in the flesh, he is worshipped in a paltry manger, as he cries, ‘Eat my body, and you will be made firm by faith’.’

Herod makes bold to slay before his time Christ who now comes to pour out his own saving blood for the world. He rages madly before the mad rage of Pilate and so with scarlet savagery he slaughtered multitudes of infants.

A foolish man said, ‘There is no God’. Filled with utter madness, he is sick with the disease of Christocide. Having failed in his rash aim, he armed himself to the teeth against innocent babes and defiled the land with their blood.

The Irmos.

‘Lord who constructed heaven’s vault and builder of the Church, establish me in your love, the pinnacle of all desires, the firm foundation of the faithful, only lover of mankind.’

Kathisma of the Saint.

Tone 8. The Wisdom and Word.

Glory. Both now. Of the Forefeast.

Tone 4. Taking knowledge.

As we celebrate the Forefeast of Christ’s Nativity, we faithful keep festival and all go forth to meet him as is fitting, like the Magi bearing virtues as gifts and singing the Angels’ new song to the One who is being brought to birth in Bethlehem from a Maiden, child of God, without seed. He is our God, whom all creation glorifies.

Of the Forefeast. Ode 4. Irmos.

‘The Prophet, foreseeing your ineffable mystery, O Christ, cried out to you, ‘Compassionate Father, you have made strong love mighty, for you, O Good One, have sent the Only-begotten Son into the world as atonement.’

Falling like rain up the fleece and like a drop upon the earth who gave you birth, Lord, you come with compassion to be brought to birth and to live among mortals, for the Father has sent you the Only-begotten into the world as atonement.

A new drink, which thirsty David longed to drink of old, comes to the Cave, to gush forth in Bethlehem and to end all the former thirst of soul of Adam and of David, from whom, according to the flesh, Christ is born.

Of the Forefeast. Ode 5. Irmos.

‘Bound together with the bond of love as lovers of the brethren, let us give glory to the Master of all things, who loved the world so much and gave as ransom the beloved Son and bestows peace on all.’

God’s Wisdom, who holds fast the ungovernable water high in the lofty upper air, reins in the deeps and holds back the seas, descending like rain upon a fleece, dwelt in a Virgin’s womb.

Christ by a star calls Magi, disciples of the Seer Balaam, to knowledge. He who cloaks heaven’s vault with clouds, is wrapped in swaddling clothes and he before whom the Cherubim tremble lies in manger, while he who fills all things is contained in a Cave.

Of the Forefeast. Ode 6. Irmos.

‘A final abyss of sins has surrounded me, and no longer able to endure the tempest, like Jonas I cry to you, Master, ‘Bring me up from corruption!’’

Knowing you to be the Lord, the heavens declare your glory, Saviour, though a star, now calling Magi with gifts to knowledge of you and to divine worship.

Let any who has acquired filth wipe it away, and so made pure let them touch Christ the pure as he lies as a babe in a manger purifying the passions of our hearts.

The Irmos.

‘I pour out my supplication to the Lord, and to him I declare my afflictions, for my soul has been filled with evils and my life has drawn near to hell. And like Jonas I beg, ‘O God, bring me up from corruption!’’

Kontakion of the Saint. Tone 2.

Seeking things on high.

Those in trials and tribulations hasten to your temple and receive the revered gifts of the divine grace which dwells in you, Anastasia; for you ever pour out healings for the world.

The Ikos.

Named with the name of the Lord’s Resurrection, now by your prayers raise me who have fallen, letting a drop of your wonders fall on my soul, O Martyr, and quench the flame of dread sin. For you save the world each day from passions of many kinds, with I too have been tried. For granting all things to all, you pour out healings for the world.

Synaxarion.

On the 22nd of the month, Commemoration of the holy Great Martyr Anastasia, Healer of Wounds [Pharmakolytria].

Verses.

Anastasia is for those with faith

A cure [pharmakon] ‘gainst every drug [pharmakon], and she is burned.

Second and twentieth day, the Great Martyr is burned by fierce fire.

On the same day, Commemoration of the holy Martyr Chrysogonos.

Verses.

To sword now Chrysogonos gives his neck,

In spirit golden [chrysous], but in strength of bronze.

On the same day, Commemoration of the holy Martyr Theodoti and her children.

Verses.

Fire Theodoti with her loved ones bears,

Burning with fiercer love for God than fire.

On the same day, Commemoration of the holy Martyr Zoпlos.

Verses.

Zoпlos, leaving passing life [zoк] behind,

In land of living found enduring life.

On the same day the Opening of the doors of the Great Church of God.

Verses.

Now holy men lift up the gates of Christ,

For us an image of the Psalmist’s Minds.

On the same day the Light race of the Church of God.

Verses.

Lights that today race round the Temple’s walls

Show to the world the course of light divine.

At the prayers of your Saints, O God, have mercy and save us. Amen.

Of the Forefeast. Ode 7. Irmos.

‘The Youths in Babylon did not quail before the furnace flame, but cast into the midst of the flame, refreshed with dew, they sang, ‘Blessed are you, Lord, the God of Fathers!’’

Shaking his head, foreseeing evils, Herod looked an opportunity for he sought to put to death the One, who has authority over life and death, Christ the God of our Fathers.

As many of you as are friends of Christ, flee with him as he flees into Egypt, and there worship him with awe, invoking him in a manner fitting God and glorify him with one accord.

‘One who is not with me acts against me’, says Christ, ‘while one who does not gather with me is like one who scatters’. Therefore let us tremble at his condescension in the flesh.

Of the Forefeast. Ode 8. Irmos.

‘The most blessed Youths in Babylon, braving dangers for their ancestral laws, utterly despised the ruler’s irrational command. And united in the fire by which they not smelted, they raised the hymn worthy of the Mighty One. ‘You his works, praise the Lord, and highly exalt to all the ages!’’

Guests wise in God, as we advance in mind to Bethlehem, let us with Angels and with Shepherds contemplate the wonder, raising a song of glory to God in the highest, who grants mortals the prize of good will and peace.

Keeping hold of the law of love, let us take up the aim of brotherly love, being at peace with one another and of one mind, for Christ, the prince of peace, is drawing near, to bring peace to the universe and to save those who cry, ‘Praise the Lord his works, and highly exalt him to all the ages’.

Lawless Herod welcomed Christ with deceitful words, and he informed the Magi that he was going to worship him; but he was not afraid to persecute the hidden God. He not have compassion on the infants, nor did he learn to cry, ‘Praise the Lord his works, and highly exalt him to all the ages’.

Of the Forefeast. Ode 9. Irmos.

‘Come, believers, let us enjoy with uplifted minds the Master’s hospitality and an immortal table in a meagre Cave, having learned that the Word has ineffably become incarnate. Him we magnify.’

‘Go’, said Herod to the princes of the Magi, ‘seek out the child, and when you find him, quickly bring me word’, devising deceit in his heart. But the deceiver was foiled, acting lawlessly to no effect.

The Creator, begotten from the Father before the ages, is born from the Virgin, being Wisdom, Word of God and Power. Knowing the Lord, God and Man, in two natures, we magnify him.

You appeared as a human, in reality, not in mere semblance, thus God by the manner of the exchange, the nature, Saviour that you assumed. Therefore, as we honour your divine sojourning, we magnify you.

Irmos.

‘We who through you, O Virgin, have been saved confess you to be most truly the one who gave birth to God, with all the choirs of the heavens you we now magnify.’

Exapostilarion of the Saint.

Glorious Virgin Martyr, splendour of champions, all-wise Anastasia, do not cease to implore the one who is now coming to be born of a Virgin Maiden, the pure Mother of God, in a cave and a manger, to grant release from sins to all those who celebrate your all-holy memory and honour you with love.

Of the Forefeast

Your light-bearing memorial, Martyr Anastasia, proclaims in advance Christ’s Nativity in Bethlehem, as it summons Magi from the Persia with gifts; the Shepherds with Angels to sing in praise; for you offered yourself like gold, incense and myrrh to your Master, when you struggled in the contest, O wise in God.

At Lauds, we insert six stichera, and sing the following 4 Prosomia.

Tone 6.

Now all the ancient images are being discharged, for the Virgin is with child, the stone has been cut from the mountain, Jesse’s rod has blossomed and Gideon’s dew has now been poured out on earth. Peoples, let us cry out, ‘The King of Israel, Christ, is at hand!’

Strange happenings of a strange birth-giving are seen! How is the One enthroned with the Father being laid in a manger of irrational beasts? How is the One who cannot be touched in swaddling clothes? How is the One who is everywhere in the Cave? Peoples, let us cry out, ‘The King of Israel, Christ, is at hand!’

The One who worked wonders and smote Egypt, rained Manna on the ungrateful people, becomes incarnate and suckles at the breast. Seen as a little child, he flees from Herod, borne on the Virgin Mother as on a light cloud, as Isaias, the most visionary of prophets foresaw.

The pre-existent Child, King of the ages, is willingly brought to birth and is given to us as a son. Listen, you Nations, Israel, give ear! Understand and be discomfited, for he is with us, the One grind down and wipe out from the earth every kingdom and rule that does not obey him.

Glory.

Jew, you will be shepherded with a rod of iron, as you did not believe and resisted the Prophets; for to the Son when he is born the Father gives Nations as his lot and the whole earth as his possession, while you he will thrust aside, foul murderer, for you cannot be persuaded to cry, ‘The King of Israel, Christ, is at hand!’

Both Now.

David, leap for joy, for Christ comes from your loins! Jesse, be glad, for your root has flowered! Juda, from your thigh the Lord will come forth. Nations he devours, as Balaam said. As great Isaias said, ‘See, the all-revered Virgin will give birth to a little child, Emmanuel’.

Aposticha. Prosomia.

Tone 2. House of Ephratha.

The Star shines out already in the Cave; you Shepherds with Angels, you Magi with gifts, get ready to arrive.

Verse: God will come from Theman; and the Holy One from a shady, wooded mountain.

Christ is drawing near; the Star already shines. The heavenly multitude of the host of spiritual powers bows down.

Verse: Lord, I heard your report and was afraid; Lord I considered your works and was amazed.

Bethlehem, rejoice! The One who shepherds Israel, the Saviour, is upon you. Judea, you are no longer least among the rulers.

Glory. Of the Saint.

Tone 5. By Vyzas.

Today a day of the forefeast of the incarnation of Christ God has shone out with the feast of the all-praised Martyr Anastasia. See, the Virgin is approaching Bethlehem to lay, wrapped in swaddling clothes, in a manger of irrational beasts, the Babe who has freed us from the ancient curse and saves our souls.

Both. now. Same Tone.

‘Do not be downcast, Joseph, when you see my womb. For you will see what is born of me and you will rejoice and worship him as God’, said the Mother of God to her own betrothed, as she was about to give birth to Christ. Let us sing her praise, as we say, ‘Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you; and through you, with us’.

The rest of the Office of Matins as usual and Dismissal.

 

 

The Sunday before the Nativity is that which falls between 18 December and 24 December and commemorates the ’Holy and Godbearing Ancestors of Christ, from Adam to Joseph the Betrothed’, following the genealogy in the Gospel according to Luke, together with the Prophets and other Holy Persons of the Old Covenant, both men and women. They are all listed in the Synaxarion for the day, together with usual iambic couplet. The present translation contains the complete list, but not yet the complete set of couplets. I hope to have these completed next year. The Sunday is also, in effect, part of the Forefeast of the Nativity,which strictly speaking begins on 20 December, the feast of St Ignatios of Antioch.

The background to this page is from one of David Roberts’s paintings of Bethlehem.

 

Sunday Before the Nativity of Christ.

At Vespers

After the Opening Psalm and the reading of the 1st Kathisma of the Psalter, we insert 10 Stichera and sing those prescribed of the Resurrection, then those of the Forefeast and those of the Holy Fathers.

Prosomia of the Forefeast. Tone 1.

All-praised Martyrs.

All-blameless Virgin, living Palace of God, you contained within yourself him whom the heavens cannot contain; beyond understanding you gave birth to him in the Cave, a beggar and incarnate, that he might make me divine and enrich me, made a beggar by the incontinence of bitter eating.

Through compassion enrolled with slaves, long-suffering Christ, by Caesar’s decree, you came to give freedom, life and deliverance to ungrateful servants, who worship your saving Nativity, for you have come to save our souls.

The All-holy and blameless Virgin, realising that her child-bearing was beyond explanation and had made new the laws of nature, cried to her Son: My Child, so much desired, I am amazed at the great mystery: I have born a child and yet remain a virgin by your power, who do all things by your will!

And of the Holy Fathers. Tone 8. The Paradise in Eden.

As we believers celebrate today the memorials of the Fathers, let us sing in praise to Christ the Redeemer; the Lord, who as mighty and powerful magnified them among all the nations and faithfully performed extraordinary wonders; and has revealed from among them a rod of power, Mary the only pure Child of God, who has not known man; from her Christ has come forth, the flower that blossoms with life for all, the inexhaustible delight and the salvation of our souls.

Rejoicing in the dew of the Spirit as in raindrops, the Children of God walked in the midst of the flame, thus prefiguring the Trinity and the incarnation of Christ; and wise through Faith they quenched the power of fire; while Daniel the just appeared as a tamer of lions. Entreated by their prayers, O Saviour who loves mankind, deliver us also from the unquenchable and everlasting fire, and grant that we may reach your heavenly Kingdom.

The faithful and holy Children, when in the furnace of the flame of fire as in a dew, mystically prefigured your coming from the Virgin, which blazed for us yet did not burn. While Daniel the just, and wonderful among the Prophets, clearly foreshadowed for all your divine second coming. In his vision he cried and said that thrones were set, the judge had taken his seat and the river of fire appeared; from which, O Christ, may we be delivered by their prayers.

Glory. Tone 6.

Daniel, the man of desires, when he saw a stone hewn without human hand, foretold that you, Lord, would be born as a babe without seed, you the Word incarnate of the Virgin, God unchanging and the Saviour of our souls.

Both Now. Of the Forefeast. Tone 6.

Cave prepare, for the Ewe Lamb comes bearing Christ in her womb; Manger receive him who with a word has loosed us born of earth from irrational action. Shepherds abiding in the fields, bear witness to a fearful wonder; Magi from Persia, offer the King gold, frankincense and myrrh; for the Lord has appeared from a Virgin mother. Bending over him like a slave, his Mother worshipped him and addressed him as he lay in her arms: How were you sown in me? How have you grown in me, my Redeemer and my God?

Entrance, the Prokeimenon of the day and the Readings.

The Reading is from Genesis.

(14,14-20)

Now when Abram heard that Lot his nephew had been taken captive, he numbered his own home-born servants three hundred and eighteen, and pursued the enemy as far as Dan. And he fell upon them by night, he and his servants, and smote them and pursued them as far as Chobal, which is on the left of Damascus. And he brought back all the cavalry of Sodom, and he brought back Lot his nephew and all his goods and the women and the people. And the king of Sodom came out to meet him, after his return from the slaughter of Chodologomor and the kings with him, to the valley of Sabi; this was the plain of Kings. And Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought out bread and wine; he was Priest of the Most High God. And he blessed Abram and said: Blessed is Abram by the most high God, who created the heaven and the earth. And blessed is the most high God, who has delivered your enemies into your hand.

The Reading is from Deuteronomy.

(1,8-11 & 15-17b)

Moses said to the sons of Israel: See, I have delivered the land before you; go in and inherit the land which I swore to your fathers, to Abraham and to Isaac and to Jacob, to give it to them and to their seed after them. And I spoke to you at that time saying: I alone shall not be able to bear you. the Lord your God has multiplied you, and behold, you are to-day as the stars of heaven in multitude. May the Lord the God of our fathers multiply you a thousand times more than you are, and bless you as he has spoken to you. And I took from you wise and understanding and prudent men, and I set them to rule over you, captains of thousands and hundreds and fifties and tens and recorders for your judges. And I commanded your judges at that time, saying: Hear cases between your brethren, and judge rightly between a man and his brother and the stranger who is with him. You shall not have respect to persons in judging. You shall hear the small as well as the great. You shall not shrink before any man’s person; for the judgement is God’s.

The Reading is from Deuteronomy.

(10,14-18 & 20-21)

Moses said to the sons of Israel: Behold the heaven and the highest heaven belong to the Lord your God, the earth and all that is in it. the Lord preferred your fathers, to love them: and he chose their seed after them, you above all nations, as it is at this day. So circumcise the hardness of your heart and stiffen your neck no longer. For the Lord your God is God of Gods and the Lord of Lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality, who takes no bribe. He executes judgement for the stranger, the orphan and the widow; and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing. You shall fear the Lord your God and serve him, and to him you shall hold fast, and take oaths in his name. He is your boast, he your God, who has done for you the great and wonderful things which your eyes have seen.

At the Liti the Idiomel of the Monastery as usual.

Glory. Tone 1.

The famous Prophets, dazzling thunderbolts of inspiration, are for ever blest. Plucking the words of the Spirit, they proclaimed to all the inexplicable birth of Christ God; rightly they reached the goal, having lived lives beyond wonder.

Both Now. Of the Forefeast. Same Tone.

Hear, O heaven, and give ear, O earth; for see, the Son and Word of God the Father comes forth to be born of a maiden who has not known man, by the good pleasure of him who begat him impassibly and by the co-operation of the Holy Spirit. Bethlehem, prepare; Eden, open your gate, for he who is becomes what he was not, and the Fashioner of all creation is fashioned, he who grants the world his great mercy.

Aposticha, Stichera from the Oktoichos.

Glory. Tone 2. By Cyprian.

Hail honoured Prophets, who excellently ordered the Law of the Lord and by your faith appeared as indestructible, unshakeable pillars; for you were seen as the mediators of the New Testament of Christ; and now that you have passed over into heaven, implore him to grant peace to the world and to save our souls.

Both Now. Forefeast. Same Tone.

See, the time of salvation is at hand; Cave prepare, the Virgin draws near to give birth. Bethlehem, land of Juda, rejoice and be glad, for our Lord has dawned from you. Hearken, mountains and hills, and the countries around Judea; for Christ is coming to save mankind whom he fashioned, for he loves mankind.

Apolytikion. Tone 4.

Great are the achievements of faith! In the fountain of flame, as by the water of rest, the three holy youths rejoiced, and the Prophet Daniel was revealed shepherding lions like sheep. At their intercessions, Christ God, save our souls.

At Matins

The usual office of the Resurrection. The Anavathmi and Prokeimenon of the Tone. Dawn Gospel. Having seen the Resurrection etc.

Canon of the Ancestors.

Ode 1. Tone 6. Irmos.

’The One, who of old hid the pursuing tyrant with the waves of the sea, the Children of those he saved have hidden beneath the earth; but let us, like the young maidens, sing to the Lord, for he has been greatly glorified’. (Twice)

To you in fear the gates of death stand open and the everlasting bars are shattered; for at your revered descent the dead of old have risen up and with joy, O Christ, they sing your Resurrection.

Today the company of the godly Fathers radiantly feasts in anticipation Christ’s Nativity and traces the wonder of this grace: for Abraham and the Youths are a symbol of the Law.

Of old holy Abraham entertained the one Godhead in three persons; while now the Word, enthroned with the Father and the divine Spirit, comes forth for the Youths, and he is greatly praised.

Abraham was delivered from an unjust hand, the godly Youths from the flame of the furnace and the Prophet Daniel from the wild beats and the den. And so they now feast in anticipation Christ’s Nativity.

In number and faith of the divine Trinity the Youths in the furnace overthrew godlessness and in symbols revealed beforehand to the world the mysteries of God that were to be.

Theotokion.

O full of grace, Mother without bridegroom, Virgin undefiled, we call you blessed, for you blossomed from the race of Abraham and the tribe of David, and you have given birth to Christ who was proclaimed of old by the Prophets.

Canon of the Forefeast.

Tone 1. Christ is born.

Christ made a child in the flesh, Christ willingly become a beggar, Christ made visible, the Virgin now comes to Bethlehem to give birth to him. Let heaven and earth be glad.

You hills and mountains, leap for joy; Prophets inspired by God, dance. Peoples and nations, clap your hands. The salvation, the enlightenment of all is close at hand and comes to bei born in the city of Bethlehem.

The Rich becomes a beggar, and beggars those rich by wickedness. God is recognised as without change the mortal offspring of an unwedded Maiden. Let us all sing to him in praise, for he has been glorified.

Katavasia.

Christ is born, give glory! Christ comes from heaven, go to meet him. Christ is upon earth, be exalted! Sing to the Lord all the earth, and all you peoples, raise the hymn with joy: for he has been glorified!

Of the Ancestors. Ode 3. The Irmos.

’When creation saw you hanging on Golgotha, who had hung the whole earth freely on the waters, it was seized with amazement and cried: None is Holy, but you, O Lord!’ (Twice)

After three days in the tomb, you raised by your Rising those dead since time began; they, loosed from condemnation, in harmony rejoiced and cried: See, you have come, Lord, our Redemption! (Twice)

Thinking on the glory in the image and likeness of God, the Youths, by the fire of the Spirit, valiantly quenched the flame of the image of gold, as they sang with faith: We know no Lord but you.

With superiority of wisdom and the power of the Spirit the Youths took prisoner and put to shame the wise men of Babylon, and resolutely they cried out: None is Holy but you, O Lord, lover of mankind!

The Law rejoices and dances with the Youths and the Prophets, and leaps with joy today in anticipation of the divine shining out of the Lord. Abraham is glad, because he has seen the Lord incarnate from his seed.

Theotokion.

Your conceiving was without seed, the acquisition of your giving birth came forth beyond reason and beyond nature; for the Mystery so often spoken of supernaturally by Prophets has appeared to us, the Word of God, the Lord.

Of the Forefeast. To the Son begotten.

He who was begotten of the Father before the ages beyond understanding, in the last times became flesh from the Virgin, as he knows how, for he wished to renew humanity, corrupted by the plot of the evil serpent.

The Son of God without beginning, who is seated in the highest with the Father and the Spirit, seeing how human nature had been brought low, takes a beginning and is about to be born in the flesh as man.

Theotokion.

She who is holier than the Angels and all creation now bears in the flesh the Angel of the great counsel of the Father for the recalling of all who sing to him unceasingly: Holy are you, O Lord.

Katavasia.

To the Son begotten of the Father without change before the ages, and in the last times without seed made flesh from a Virgin, to Christ God let us cry aloud: You have raised up our horn. Holy are you, O Lord!

The Ypakoп. Tone 8.

An Angel turned the furnace of the Youths to dew, while now he halts the women’s lamentation, saying: Why do you bring sweet spices here? Whom do you seek in a tomb? Christ God has risen, for he is the life and salvation of the human race.

Of the Ancestors.

Ode 4. The Irmos.

’Foreseeing your divine self-emptying on the Cross, Avvakum cried out marvelling: You have cut short the strength of the mighty, loving Lord, and preached to those in Hell, as all-powerful’. (Twice)

Your divine descent into Hell, Christ God, declared life to the dead; for you bound the enemies below, loving Lord, and opened to mankind the path to heaven. (Twice)

Let us honour the firstfruits of the Fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; for from their seed has shone out Christ, incarnate from a Virgin, as all-powerful.

Foretelling what would come to pass at Christ’s descent, Daniel revealed the wild beasts to be like sheep, as God’s prophet knowing in advance and clearly revealing the future to all.

Not having sucked in the poison of sin, the Youths were snatched from the flame; for being truly more precious than gold, they were not melted in the furnace of error.

Theotokion.

Loudly the expectation of the Nations is proclaimed in advance, and the world’s salvation: your childbearing, O holy and immaculate, which the company of the Fathers hymns today.

Of the Forefeast. Rod out of Jesse’s root.

Rod out of Jesse’s root, O Virgin, you budded, and blossomed with a flower that does wither, the Creator of all, who as God decks the whole earth with flowers, which cries aloud to him: Glory to your power, O Lord!

O Word of God you came to get me back, who had been stolen through evil eating, had fallen away by my own will and become like the dumb beasts. So you became a babe and were laid in a manger for dumb beasts. Glory to your power, O Lord!

Theotokion.

Avvakum foresaw you, Jesu, incarnate of a shaded mountain, the Virgin, crushing the evil mountains and hills and handing over to oblivion the uprisings of the evil one and the rebellions of the demons.

Katavasia.

Rod out of Jesse’s root, and flower that blossomed from his stem, O Christ, you sprang from the Virgin, the praised from the mountain overshadowed by forest. You came, made flesh from her who knew not wedlock, yet God not formed of matter. Glory to your power, O Lord!

Of the Ancestors.

Ode 5. The Irmos.

’Isaias, as he watched by night, saw the light that knows no evening, the light, O Christ, of your Theophany that came to pass through your compassion for us, and he cried aloud: The dead will arise, and those in the graves will be raised, and all those born of earth will rejoice’. (Twice)

The shining Angel, clearly indicating the dazzling radiance of joy, is revealed in the tomb proclaiming Resurrection to the women; and they, setting sorrow aside, rejoiced, for Christ had risen, and they announced to the Apostles the message: Rejoice!

As we assemble today, let us with faith honour the firstfruit of the Fathers, as founder of both Law and Grace, the Patriarch Abraham; for as a Prophet of God he foretold Christ from a Virgin, and he advances to meet his divine Nativity.

Abraham’s Children, clearly foreshadowing the Lord’s coming to us, through the presence of an Angel quenched the furnace and made the fire a fine mist of dew, and thus by faith they melted down the glory of the golden image.

By the Spirit Daniel stopped the mouths of wild beasts in the den; by grace the Children of Abraham quenched the strength of the fire, and saved from destruction they foretell Christ from a Virgin, begging him, as Redeemer, for our salvation.

Theotokion.

Showing by the Spirit of God your passionless acquisition of our nature, O Lord, Isaias cried aloud, as he watched for the Law of grace: A Virgin is coming to give birth without seed to one according to the flesh of Abraham’s race, but of the tribe of Juda.

Of the Forefeast. As you are God of peace.

By nature the Master, you are found with slaves. All-perfect Son of God, you were well-pleased to be called Son of Man, All-merciful; and so you willingly became a beggar and are coming to be born in the Cave, O supremely Good.

Christ our King, by nature uncontainable, how will a little cave receive you? How will a manger, Jesu, be able to contain you? From a Mother who has not known man you come in flesh, Lord, to your own that you may save those who have been banished.

The Ewe-lamb has come forth to bear the Shepherd. Holy Cave, prepare. Shepherds, hasten to behold the Lamb and Shepherd who has been born. Magi with gifts prepare to worship him in the flesh as King.

Katavasia.

As you are God of peace and Father of mercies, you have sent us your Angel of great counsel, who grants us peace: so we are guided to the knowledge of God, watching before dawn we glorify you, only lover of mankind.

Of the Ancestors.

Ode 6. The Irmos.

’Watching the sea of life rising with the tempest of temptations, as I hasten to your fair haven, I cry to you: Bring my life up from corruption, O most merciful’. (Twice)

By your burial for three days, O good one, in a manner fitting God you accomplished the slaughter of death and the cleansing of Hell. By rising you poured out life for those in the world, Jesu our King.

Since his way was that of hospitality and his faith exalted, Abraham, the forefather, received in type the divine mystery and he rejoiced; while now, as he hastens before Christ, he exults.

Now by the Spirit’s gift faith subjected nature to the Youths; for the fire, which devours all and is without fear, was filled with fear of those who honour the maker of fire, Jesus Christ.

Daniel the prophet in the den once showed how the savagery of the world is trained for the peace of God by the coming of Christ, for in manner fitting God he tamed the lions.

Theotokion.

O Mary, Mother who knew not man, from your virgin womb you bore the Christ, whom the Prophets saw in vision; while now the Fathers dance in anticipation of his Nativity.

Of the Forefeast. The monster from the deep

Sovereign Lady, you are a new heaven. From your womb, as from a cloud, you hasten to make Christ, the sun of glory, dawn in a cave in the flesh, for by his owns bright rays he is going to make all the fullness of the earth cry aloud because of his measureless pity.

Compassionate Christ, you saw our grief and our trouble, and you did not despise us; but, without parting from your Father, you emptied yourself and dwelt in a womb that knew not wedlock, which now comes to the Cave to give birth to you in the flesh without pangs.

Mountains and hills, plains and valleys, peoples and tribes, nations and everything that has breath, filled with divine joy, shout in exultation: The redemption of all, the timeless Word of God, through pity subject to time, came and dwelt on earth.

Katavasia.

The monster from the deep spat Jonas from its bowels, like a new-born babe, just as it had received him; while the Word, having dwelt in the Virgin and taken flesh, came forth, yet kept her incorrupt, for being himself not subject to decay, he preserved his Mother free from harm.

Kontakion.

Of the Ancestors. Tone 6.

Because you did not honour an image traced by human hand, but were armed with the breastplate of uncreated being, you were glorified, thrice-blessed Youths, in the arena of the fire; but standing in the midst of the immaterial flame you called on God: Come swiftly in your pity, hasten in your mercy to come to our aid, for you can accomplish whatever you will.

The Ikos.

Stretch out your hand, which of old the warring Egyptians and the warred-on Hebrews experienced; do not abandon us, do not let death swallow us. He thirsts for us and Satan hates us; but draw near us and spare our souls, as you once spared the Youths, who without ceasing sang your praise in Babylon, and were cast into the furnace for your sake, while from its midst they cried to you: Come swiftly in your pity, hasten in your mercy to come to our aid, for you can accomplish whatever you will.

Another Kontakion, of the Forefeast.

Tone 1. The angelic choir.

Bethlehem rejoice, Ephrata prepare; for see the Ewe-lamb, bearing in her womb the great Shepherd, hastens to give birth. Seeing him the godbearing Fathers exult as with the Shepherds they hymn a Virgin who gives suck.

The Ikos.

Seeing the dazzling radiance of your conceiving, O Virgin, Abraham the friend of God, noble Isaac, Jacob and the whole choir of saints chosen by God rejoice; and they bring creation to meet you with words of joy. For you appeared as the source of joy, since you conceived in your womb him who once appeared in Babylon and beyond all understanding preserved unburned the Youths unjustly cast into the furnace. And so they also raise the song as they hymn a Virgin who gives suck.