Menaion

January 3

Pre-festive day of the Theophany.

The holy prophet Malachi, who after the return from the Babylonian Captivity announced the great day of the Lord and his coming to his temple, and that always and everywhere a pure offering should be made to his name.

The holy martyr Gordius, praised in the writings of St. Basil the Great, a centurion who suffered during the reign of the Emperor Diocletian. (304)

Our venerable mother Genevieve of Paris, a shepherdess who took the veil of a virgin and defended her people by her Christian example. (c.500)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

There are six stichera at "O Lord, I have cried": three for the holy prophet, and three for the holy martyr.

Tone 8. Seeing that the words of your tongue are now fully realized, * I admire their truth and bless you, O Prophet. * You are truly to be admired; * for you enlightened the world by your splendrous voice, * announcing beforehand the redemptive coming of the Lord.

You lived on earth as if you were an angel. * Likewise, you were enriched with a name signifying an angel. * You joined spiritual goodness to physical goodness, * O all-blessed prophet Malachi.

O Lord, I offer your prophet to You * as an intercessor and suppliant. * Through his pleas and prayers, O generous One, * remit the sins of a hopeless soul; * for You are compassionate and kind by essence and nature.

Tone 8, special melody O preslavnaho čudese.  When you saw the darkness of error, O Gordius, * you hastened to flee from it in the hope of seeing God. * You were tempted by many pains and tortured by hunger; * but being aware of your own strength, * you offered yourself as a volunteer against the enemy.

O all-praiseworthy Gordius, * you had great confidence and confronted a host of adversaries. * You were not concerned with the spectacle of the impious, * but you stood in their midst freely as a preacher. * In a very loud voice you proclaimed Christ the Creator and Lord, * who is consubstantial with the Father and with the Spirit, * equal in honor and coeternal.

Beheaded with a sword, you passed from this life to eternal life, * from death to immortality, * and from corruption to incorruption. * You did not wait for a natural death but chose to die voluntarily. * O passion-bearer Gordius, * how valiant were your struggles. * 0 Martyr, by them you extolled Christ, * the only-compassionate One.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 4. How glorious is the marvel! * He who baptizes by fire and the Spirit is coming to the Jordan, * neither as God alone nor mere man, but in two natures; * the one, the same, and the only-begotten Son. * In his humanity He seeks baptism from a mortal, * and in his divinity He takes away the sin of the world * and grants great mercy to all.

The aposticha are for the pre-festive day:

Tone 6, special melody Tridneven.   Behold the illumination of the faithful. * Behold the One who obtains pardon for us. * Christ our God desires to enter into the currents of the river * so that He may wash away the stain of our wickedness * and renew for us our broken nature.

I think of You from the country of Jordan and Mount Hermon.

O Lord, when your Forerunner saw You coming to him * and asking to be baptized, * he cried out with fear: * My God and my Creator, * how is it that I baptize You, * the only-sinless One?

The waters saw You, O God; the waters saw You and trembled

O faithful, let us come together in spirit * at the currents of the Jordan * so that we may clearly see the great miracle; * for the Creator of all has manifested himself * and has come to be baptized.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 5.  Christ our God is coming to the Jordan River to be baptized. * He desires to cleanse us of our sins by his Theophany, * for He alone is gracious and the Lover of us all.

Troparion of the holy martyr,  Tone 4.  Your martyr Gordius, O Lord our God, * in his struggle, received an incorruptible crown from you. * With your strength, he brought down the tyrants * and broke the cowardly valor of demons. * Through his prayers, O Christ our God, save our souls.

Glory, now and ever – Troparion of the pre-feast, Tone 4. Zebulun, make ready; Naphtali, prepare yourself. * O River Jordan, stand and leap for joy * to receive the Master coming to be baptized. * O Adam, rejoice with the first mother, Eve, * and do not hide yourselves as once you did in Paradise. * For, seeing you naked, Christ has appeared to put on the first robe. * He has appeared to renew all creation.

At the Divine Liturgy (Monday - Saturday)

music - see the January Menaion

Troparion of the pre-feast, Tone 4. Zebulun, make ready; Naphtali, prepare yourself. * O River Jordan, stand and leap for joy * to receive the Master coming to be baptized. * O Adam, rejoice with the first mother, Eve, * and do not hide yourselves as once you did in Paradise. * For, seeing you naked, Christ has appeared to put on the first robe. * He has appeared to renew all creation.

Troparion of the holy martyr,  Tone 4.  Your martyr Gordius, O Lord our God, * in his struggle, received an incorruptible crown from you. * With your strength, he brought down the tyrants * and broke the cowardly valor of demons. * Through his prayers, O Christ our God, save our souls.

Glory – Kontakion of the holy martyr, Tone 4.   You are numbered among the priests of our King and God, * and you were a companion to the ascetics. * Now you rejoice in the company of angels, O father, * and you have inherited the joy of heaven, Sylvester. * O glorious shepherd, * save those who keep your memory.

Now and ever – Kontakion of the pre-feast, Tone 4.  Today the Lord appears in the Jordan's streams * and cries out to John: * Do not be afraid to baptize me, * for I have come to save Adam, the first created.

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Ps. 63:11,2). The just man will rejoice in the Lord, * and will put his trust in him.
V. Hear my voice, O God, when I pray to you.

Epistle:  (of the day; or if Saturday: 1 Timothy 3:14 – 4:5)

Alleluia, Tone 4 (Ps. 91:13,14). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. The just man will flourish like the palm tree * and grow like a cedar of Lebanon.
V. Planted in the house of the Lord, he will flourish in the courts of our God.

Gospel:  (of the day; or if Saturday, Matthew 3:1-11)

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

At the Divine Liturgy (Sunday)

music - see the January Menaion

Troparion of the Resurrection, in the Tone of the Week.

Troparion of the pre-feast, Tone 4. Zebulun, make ready; Naphtali, prepare yourself. * O River Jordan, stand and leap for joy * to receive the Master coming to be baptized. * O Adam, rejoice with the first mother, Eve, * and do not hide yourselves as once you did in Paradise. * For, seeing you naked, Christ has appeared to put on the first robe. * He has appeared to renew all creation.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion of the pre-feast, Tone 4.  Today the Lord appears in the Jordan's streams * and cries out to John: * Do not be afraid to baptize me, * for I have come to save Adam, the first created.

Prokeimenon, Tone 4 (Ps. 27:9,1). Save your people, O Lord, * and bless your inheritance.
V. To you, Lord, I cry out: My God, be not silent to me.

Epistle:  2 Timothy 4:5-8

Alleluia, Tone 8 (Ps. 66:2). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Be gracious to us, O God, and bless us.
V. Let your face shine upon us, and have mercy on us.

Gospel: Mark 1:1-8

Communion Hymn (Ps. 32:1). Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous ones; praise from the upright is fitting. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!