Menaion

January 1

Great feastTHE CIRCUMCISION OF OUR LORD, GOD, AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. Coming eight days after the birth of Christ, this feast commemorates his naming and his becoming a member of the Covenant of Moses.

OUR HOLY FATHER BASIL THE GREAT, ARCHBISHOP OF CAESAREA IN CAPPADOCIA, who is called “great” in learning and wisdom. He taught meditation on the Scriptures and manual work in obedience and fraternal love to his monks, and established a way of life for them in the Rules he wrote. He taught the faithful by his excellent writings and shone forth by his pastoral care for the poor and sick. (379)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

We sing “Blessed is the man.” There are eight stichera at "O Lord, I have cried," four for the Circumcision and four for the holy father.

Tone 8 samohlasen. In his love for the human race, * the Savior condescended and willed to be wrapped in swaddling clothes. * Eight days old according to his mother, * and eternal according to his Father, * he did not look down upon the circumcision of the flesh. * Therefore, O believers, let us cry out to him: * You are our God; have mercy on us! (twice)

The all-good God was not ashamed * to be circumcised in the flesh * but he offered himself as a symbol * and an example of salvation to all. * For the Maker of the Law submitted himself to its commands * and to what the prophets beforehand told of him. * O our God who hold all things in your hands * and yet were wrapped in swaddling clothes, * O Lord, glory to you!

Tone 4, special melody Zvannyj svyše byv.   You have been called by the name of Basil, after the kingdom. * In your kingly rank you led the people of Christ to wisdom and knowledge. * Then the Lord of all and King of
Kings * adorned you with the crown of the kingdom, O Basil. * He is the everlasting and co-eternal Son * who was united to her that bore Him. * Therefore, intercede with Him * that He may enlighten and save our souls. (twice)

Adorned with the vestments of a bishop, O Basil, * you gladly proclaimed the Gospel of the kingdom * and poured out the teachings of the true faith for the Church. * Now enlightened by them, we confess and glorify * the one Godhead, indivisible in three Persons; * namely the almighty Father, the only-begotten Word of God, and the Divine Spirit. * Intercede with Him * that He may enlighten and save our souls.

You are now living among the ranks of the heavenly powers, O Basil, * for you imitated their life with the purity of your way of living. * When you were in the flesh, * you lived on earth as one without flesh. * Therefore, intercede with Christ our God for us * who delight in your God-inspired teachings, * that He may protect us from dangers and the darkness of ignorance, * and that He may enlighten our souls.

Glory –  Tone 8.  O venerable Father, * you became a lover of wisdom, * preferring life with God * to all possessions of the world. * Your contemplation of death * made you forsake the wealth of the earth, * and by your perseverance in fastings, * you overcame the sting of passions. * By study of the divine law * you preserved the freedom within your soul. * By your generous practice of virtue * you subjected the passions of the flesh to the spirit. * You renounced the flesh, the world, and the princes of the earth; * now you stand in the presence of Christ. * Intercede with Him for great mercy upon our souls.

Now and ever.  In his love for the human race, * the Savior condescended and willed to be wrapped in swaddling clothes. * Eight days old according to his mother, * and eternal according to his Father, * he did not look down upon the circumcision of the flesh. * Therefore, O believers, let us cry out to him: * You are our God; have mercy on us!

Entrance with censer, and prokeimenon of the day.  Then three readings:

A reading from Genesis (Genesis 17:1-2, 4-7, , 3, 9-12, 14).

A reading from Proverbs (Proverbs 8:22-30).

A reading from Proverbs (Proverbs 10:31-32, 11:2, 4, 3, 5-12).

Litija stichera of the patron of the church. Then:

Tone 3.  With your life of purity, O holy Basil, * you attracted Christ, the fountain of life, to dwell in your soul. * You channeled streams of inspired teachings to the world. * The faithful people of the Church drink from them * and acknowledge the teachings of your lips * and offer good works to Him * who glorified your memory for all ages.

The holy chrism of grace was poured out upon you, O God-inspired Basil, * and anointed you as minister of the Gospel of the kingdom of heaven. * You were the sweet fragrance of Christ; * you filled the earth with the fragrance of his knowledge. * Graciously hear the voices of your servants * and ask abundant mercy for us who honor you.

Clothed in priestly vestments, holy Basil, * O defender of the Trinity, * you stood before the tribunal, * braving danger for the faith. * You resisted with the undaunted courage of a martyr. * You put to shame the anger of the bold emperor * who was filled with the power of the ungodly. * You willingly decided beforehand * to accept the sufferings that he threatened. * Having been ready of your own choice to be a martyr, * you received the crown of victory from Christ * who has shown you great mercy.

Glory – Tone 6.  The grace flowed from your lips, O holy Father Basil. * You were the shepherd of the Church of Christ, * teaching your spiritual sheep to believe in the holy Trinity, * consubstantial in the one Godhead.

Now and ever – Tone 8.  In his love for the human race, * the Savior condescended and willed to be wrapped in swaddling clothes. * Eight days old according to his mother, * and eternal according to his Father, * he did not look down upon the circumcision of the flesh. * Therefore, O believers, let us cry out to him: * You are our God; have mercy on us!

 

The aposticha are for the holy father:

Tone 1 sanohlasen.  All-blessed Basil, you were like a divine and noble bee of the Church of Christ. * When you armed yourself with the sting of divine love, * you wounded the blasphemers of God-transgressing heresies, * and you stored up the sweetness of true worship in the souls of believers. * Now that you have attained the delights of the divine presence, * remember us before the consubstantial Trinity.

My lips will speak words of wisdom; understanding will be the theme of my heart.

You have acquired the virtues of all the saints, O Father Basil: * the meekness of Moses and the zeal of Elijah, * the confession of faith by Peter, * and the eloquence in theology of John. * Like Paul, you never cease to cry aloud: * Who is weak and I am not weak? * Who is offended and I burn not? * Therefore, because you dwell with them, * pray for the salvation of our souls.

The mouth of the just will utter wisdom, and his tongue will pronounce judgment.

O Basil, the revealer of holiness, * having studied the nature of creatures * and contemplated the instability of all things, * you found the only One who is unchangeable, * the transcendent Creator of all the world. * And having clung to Him, you cast off the desire of transient things. * Therefore, intercede for us * that we may also obtain the divine love.

 Glory – Tone 6.  O all-blessed Basil, you received the grace of miracles from heaven * and exposed the errors of the heathen by your doctrines. * You are the glory and support of bishops, * and an example of the teachings of all the Fathers. * Therefore, having received favor with Christ, * intercede with Him for the salvation of our souls.

 Now and ever – Tone 8.  The all-good God was not ashamed * to be circumcised in the flesh, * but He offered himself as a symbol * and an example of salvation to all. * For the Maker of the Law submitted himself to its commands * and to what the prophets beforehand told of Him. * O our God who holds all things in your hands * and yet were wrapped in swaddling clothes, * O Lord, glory to You!

Troparion of Basil,  Tone 1.  Your voice resounds to the whole world * which has received your word of instruction in divine dogmas. * You explained the nature of creation * and gave rules to order human conduct. * O royal priest, O venerable father Basil, * beg Christ our God to grant us his great mercy.

Glory, now and ever – Troparion of the Circumcision, Tone 1. O Jesus, although you are seated on a fiery throne * with the eternal Father and your divine Spirit, * you were pleased to be born of a virgin maiden, * your Mother who has never known man. * Therefore, as man you were also circumcised * when you were eight days old. * Glory to your most noble decision! * Glory to your salvation! * Glory to your humility! * You alone love us all.

At the Divine Liturgy

music

Troparion of the Circumcision, Tone 1. O Jesus, although you are seated on a fiery throne * with the eternal Father and your divine Spirit, * you were pleased to be born of a virgin maiden, * your Mother who has never known man. * Therefore, as man you were also circumcised * when you were eight days old. * Glory to your most noble decision! * Glory to your salvation! * Glory to your humility! * You alone love us all.

Troparion of Basil,  Tone 1.  Your voice resounds to the whole world * which has received your word of instruction in divine dogmas. * You explained the nature of creation * and gave rules to order human conduct. * O royal priest, O venerable father Basil, * beg Christ our God to grant us his great mercy.

Glory – Kontakion of Basil, Tone 4.   You have appeared as the unshakable foundation of the Church, * leading all mortals to safe pasture in the Lord, * and confirming them by your teachings, * O venerable Basil, revealer of heavenly mysteries.

Now and ever – Kontakion of the Circumcision, Tone 3.   The Lord of all endures circumcision * and being good, he cuts away the sins of mortals. * Today he grants salvation to the world, * and the bishop Basil, the Creator's morning star, rejoices; * he has been initiated into the mysteries of Christ.

Prokeimenon of the Circumcision, Tone 6 (Ps. 27:9,1).  Save your people, O Lord, * and bless your inheritance.
V. To you, O Lord, I cry out: My God, be not silent to me.

And then immediately after the verse:

Prokeimenon of Basil, Tone 1 (Ps. 48:4).  My lips will speak * words of wisdom; * understanding will be the theme of my heart.

Epistle:  (Circumcision) Colossians 2:8-12;  (Basil)  Hebrews 7:26 – 8:2

Alleluia, Tone 8 (Ps. 79:2; 36:30). Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Shepherd of Israel, hear us, you who lead Jacob's flock.
V. The mouth of the just will utter wisdom, and his tongue will pronounce judgment.

Gospel:  (Circumcision) Luke 2:20-21, 40-52; (Basil) Luke 6:17-23

The Divine Liturgy of our holy Father Basil the Great is celebrated.

In place of It is truly proper to glorify you, we sing In you, O Woman full of grace.

Communion Hymn for the Circumcision (Ps. 149:1). Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise him in the highest. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

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