Menaion

January 4

Pre-festive day of the Theophany.

The Synaxis of the holy seventy Apostles, whose names were recorded by St. Dorotheus. In addition to the Twelve Apostles, our Lord chose seventy other apostles and sent them out to preach. (cf. Luke 10:1-5)

Our venerable father Theoctist, hegumen of Cuomo in Sicily founded a monastery in the city of Kucuma on the island of Sicily, where he became hegumen. At his monastery lived Greek monks, who had fled persecution by the iconoclasts. (800)
Prefestive Day of the Theophany

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

There are six stichera at "O Lord, I have cried": three for the holy apostles, and three for the venerable father.

Tone 4, special melody Dal jesi znamenie. O faithful, let us bless with sacred hymns: * Cleophas, Andronicus, Silvanus, and Agabus; * Ananias and Philip; * Prochorus, Nichanor, Rufus, and Sostenes; * Linus, and then Stachius, Stephen, and Timon, * Hermas, Phlegontus, and Mark, * together with Luke, Sosipater, Jason, and Gaius; * and Tychicus and Philemon.

May Narcissus and Trophimus be worthily venerated, * together with Caesar, Zenus, and Aristarchus; * Mark, Silus, and Gaius; * Hermas and Asyncritus; Apollo and Cephas; * Clement and Justus; Quartus, Erastus, and Luke; * Onesiphorus, Carpus, and Evodius; * Matthias and James; Urban and Aristobulus; * Tychicus and Aristarchus.

Let us venerate the honorable preachers of God: * Pudens, Herodionus, and Artemis; * Philologus, Olympus, and Rhodion; * Apellus and Amplius; Patrobus and Mark; * Tertius and Thaddeus; * the wonderful Epenetus, Achaicus, and Aquila; * Lucius, Barnabas, and Fortunatus; * and the glorious Apollo and Crispus.

Tone 2, special melody Jehda ot dreva.  When you pierced your soul with divine yearning, O all-blessed one, * you rejoiced and took up your cross and followed Christ. * Through self-discipline, you mortified the desires of your flesh. * By the warmth of your prayers, you received the life-giving energy of the Spirit, * to put an end to the winter of illnesses. * Therefore, we willingly bless you.

O Father, through assiduous prayer and continual fasting, * you purified the cravings of the soul. * You were the temple of the Divinity, * and you received the holy, divine anointing of the priesthood; * you entered into the sanctuary to offer as a sacrifice * the One who was sacrificed out of his great love for us.

You revealed yourself to be meek and innocent * in living the rule, O Father Theoctist. * You truly followed the way of the meek. * Having become deified through communion with God, * you savored the joy and happiness of the true One. * Do not cease to remember those who sincerely venerate you * and who observe your divine falling asleep.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 3. Resplendent is the feast which has passed; * but more glorious is the present day. * On that day the Magi adored the Savior; * on this, the glorious servant baptizes the Master. * There, the shepherds sang in amazement; * here, the voice of the Father proclaims Him to be the Only-begotten Son.

The aposticha are for the pre-festive day:

Tone 8.   When the Creator came to be baptized, John said to Him: * This is an unbearable fire, since I am made of clay and straw. * Why is it that You bow your holy head * which the multitudes of angels dread? * O compassionate Giver of Life, * great is your condescension.

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

Behold our Enlightenment, Deliverance, and Salvation; * He desires to solemnly come into the Jordan to be humbled before all, * and to be clothed with water as with a robe. * He clothes the humiliation of all those who were humbled * by the plotting of the evil serpent.

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

The fire is truly unbearable, * and the Creator is coming to the Jordan * to cleanse me who am crushed by wicked transgressions. * But being generous and merciful, * He recieves the heavenly rain in the midst of the waters * in order to cleanse me from the defilements of my sins.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 6.  Christ the Truth is coming to the Jordan * to be baptized by John, * and the Baptizer says to Him: * I should be baptized by You, but You are coming to me. * I do not dare to put straw to the fire. * O Master, sanctify me by your divine Theophany.

Troparion of the holy apostles,  Tone 2.  O holy Apostles, intercede with the merciful God * that he may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.

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 apostles,  Tone 3.  O holy Apostles, intercede with the merciful God * that he may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.

Glory – Kontakion of the holy apostles,  Tone 2.  Come, you faithful people, * let us praise the seventy disciples of Christ with heavenly hymns. * Through them we have come to adore the Holy Trinity, * and they are still a light of faith for us.

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 8 (Ps. 18:5,2). Through all the earth their voice resounds; * their message reaches to the end of the world.
V. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.

Epistle:  Romans 8:8-14; or if Saturday: 1 Timothy 3:14 – 4:5

Alleluia, Tone 1 (Ps. 88:6,8). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. The heavens declare your wonders, O Lord, and your truth in the assembly of the holy.
V. God is glorified in the council of the holy, great and awesome above all who surround him.

Gospel: Luke 10:1-15; or if Saturday, Matthew 3:1-11

Communion Hymn (Ps. 18:5). Through all the earth their voice resounds; * their message reaches to the end of the world.

 

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!