Menaion

January 5

Vigil of the Theophany.

The holy martyrs Theopempt and Theona, of Nicomedia in Bithynia, who met martyrdom in the persecution of the Emperor Diocletian. (c. 350)

Our venerable mother Syncletica of Alexandria in Egypt, virgin, who is said to have led a solitary life that influenced many women of her day. (4th cent.)

The holy prophet Micah, who in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, by his preaching defended the oppressed, and condemned idols and depravities. He announced to the chosen people that a leader from of old would be born in Bethlehem of Judea, who would shepherd Israel in the strength of the Lord.

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 4, special melody Jako doblja.  Let us exalt the wise Theona and Theopempt; * for they obeyed the teachings of Christ, * they splendidly rejected every shameful worship. * With brightness and honor they joyfully served the One God and Lord. * They courageously professed Him in the presence of the torturers, * and for this they have received crowns from on high.

Having forsaken the life which pulls one down, * sensual delight, and flowering glory, since they are passing, * you adhered to Christ. * Inflamed by his beautiful goodness, * you offered yourselves like fragrant roses, * and you were adorned with a crown of the heavenly kingdom.

Having rejected the world, * you manifested yourselves to be above the world. * You have come together in the Church of the firstborn, * and with the angels you sing an eternal hymn. * Having rejected the defiled guile of idolatry, * you stand together in the presence of God. * O Martyrs, you put to shame the folly of the torturers.

Tone 1, special melody Nebesnych činov.  Having yearned for the glory of the fathers, * you truly loved the incorruptible glory. * Therefore, setting aside the things that delight, * you handed over your body to suffering. * You have now received the reward for your pains, * for you are reigning with Christ.

The One who handed over Job at the request of Satan * also wanted to test you as gold. * He purified your body by the distress caused by the devil. * Therefore, by your constancy in the midst of suffering * you confounded the Evil One, * and you have been adorned with the crown of victory.

You yearned for the beautiful goodness of Christ the Bridegroom * and became betrothed to Him through your ascetical efforts. * You were adorned with the practice of good deeds. * Therefore, you now reign with Him in his bridal chamber.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 6.  O River Jordan, prepare yourself, * and see Christ our God approaching to be baptized by John * in order to shatter the heads of the monsters in the sea, * through the power of his divinity. * Rejoice, O wilderness of Jordan, * and all you mountains, dance with delight. * For the Giver of Life has come to call back Adam. * O voice that cries out in the wilderness, * O John the Forerunner, cry out: * Make ready the way of the Lord, * and clear Him a straight path.

The aposticha are for the pre-festive day:

Tone 6, special melody Tridneven.   Let all the earth and everything in it * dance and rejoice without limit. * For the River of Joy is baptized in the stream; * He dries up the springs of evil * and pours forth divine forgiveness upon all.

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

Jesus has no need of baptism * since He is the Giver of Light; * but He descends in the flesh * into the streams of the Jordan, * thereby giving light to those in darkness. * We now go forth to meet Him with eager faith.

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

In the form of a servant, O Christ, you come to be baptized * by a servant in the waters of the Jordan, * thereby delivering us from the curse of Adam's sin, * and granting us enlightenment and blessings.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 6.  Sing with joy, O desert of the Jordan, and blossom as the lily; * for within you has been heard the voice of one who cries: * Prepare the way of the Lord. * For the One who set the mountain heights in place, * as well as the trees in the valleys, * and who fills all creation with his power, * is baptized by a servant. * The Giver of Gifts now becomes poor. * In the past it was told to Eve: * You shall bear children in much grief. * But now the Virgin hears the words: * Rejoice, O Full of Grace, the Lord is with you; * for He is the all-merciful One.

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

Troparion of the venerable mother,  Tone 8. In you, O mother, the divine image was strictly preserved; * taking up your cross, you followed Christ. * You taught us by example how to spurn the flesh, for it passes away, * and how to care for the soul which is immortal. * Therefore, O venerable Syncletica, your soul rejoices with the angels.

Glory, now and ever – Troparion of the Vigil, Tone 4. After Elijah had been taken up, * the River Jordan was parted in two by Elisha's mantle; * and a dry path was opened in the waters * as an image of true baptism * by which we pass beyond this fleeting life. * Christ appeared in the Jordan to sanctify the waters.

It is a day of strict fast, and the Royal Hours are celebrated.

But if January 5 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, then the fast and the Royal Hours take place on the previous Friday, and on January 5 we celebrate the Divine Liturgy as follows:

At the Divine Liturgy (Saturday)

music - see the January Menaion

Troparion of the Vigil, Tone 4. After Elijah had been taken up, * the River Jordan was parted in two by Elisha's mantle; * and a dry path was opened in the waters * as an image of true baptism * by which we pass beyond this fleeting life. * Christ appeared in the Jordan to sanctify the waters.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion of the Vigil, Tone 2.   O most compassionate Christ, who take away the many sins of all, because of your immeasurable mercy, you have come to be baptized in the waters of the Jordan as a man, clothing in a robe of glory the misery of my ancient nakedness.

Prokeimenon: of the day

Epistle:  1 Timothy 3:14 – 4:5

Alleluia:of the day

Gospel: Matthew 3:1-11

Communion Hymn (Ps. 32:1). Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous ones; praise from the upright is fitting. 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 Vigil, Tone 4. After Elijah had been taken up, * the River Jordan was parted in two by Elisha's mantle; * and a dry path was opened in the waters * as an image of true baptism * by which we pass beyond this fleeting life. * Christ appeared in the Jordan to sanctify the waters.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion of the Vigil, Tone 2.   O most compassionate Christ, who take away the many sins of all, because of your immeasurable mercy, you have come to be baptized in the waters of the Jordan as a man, clothing in a robe of glory the misery of my ancient nakedness.

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!