Menaion

January 10

Post-festive day of the Theophany.

Our holy father Gregory of Nyssa, brother of St. Basil the Great, one of the great theologians of the Byzantine Church. (c.395)

The venerable Dometian, bishop of Melitene, who lived under Emperors Justinian the Lesser and Maurice, and was known for his remarkable intelligence, prudence, and spiritual zeal, and for his love for the poor. (602)

Our venerable father Marcion, priest and treasurer of the Great Church in Constantinople, second in command to Patriarch Gennadius. (c.471)

At Vespers

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There are six stichera at "O Lord, I have cried": three for Gregory, and three for Dometian.

Tone 5, special melody Prepodobne otče. O venerable father Gregory, you are filled with holiness, * O reed filled with the breath of the Comforter, * O clearest tongue of piety * and many-splendored luminary of the divine Splendor, * O preacher of truth and foundation of theology, * fountain of sublime doctrine and rich teachings, * you are a flute inspired by God. * You delighted the thoughts of the faithful with your inspired hymns. * O all-wise one, implore Christ and pray to Him to save our race, * for He renewed
the world in the streams of the Jordan.

O venerable father Gregory, you are most worthy of honor, * you are the axe which chops down the assaults of the heretics. * You are the two-edged sword of the Comforter. * You are the shears that prune the wild branches * and the fire which burns up the brushwood of heresies. * Truly you are the winnowing fan * that defines both the simple and the difficult teachings. * You gave clear rules for the path of salvation. * Implore Christ and pray to Him to save our race, * for He renewed the world in the streams of the Jordan.

O venerable Father and all-blessed Gregory, * your mouth is filled with blessed words * which it draws from the unfailing and divine sources of salvation. * You explain the words of prayer for everyone, * and set down rules for virtue, * and are illumined by divine contemplation. * Enlightened by the splendor of the uncreated Trinity, * you were its invincible defender. * O all-wise one, implore Christ and pray to Him to save our race, * for He renewed the world in the streams of the Jordan.

Tone 1, special melody Vsechvalnii mučenicy.  The one who formerly threatened to seize the whole world in his hands, * and who boasted that he could dry up the oceans, * humbly appears before the faithful this day; * for he has become a servant of Jesus Christ.

O faithful, Dometian is calling us today * to the table that is pleasing to God. * Let us come to it courageously * and commemorate his accomplishments. * Let us also implore the Savior of our souls * to grant peace to the world.

O all-precious one, through a two-fold grace, * like a dedicated servant * you increased the talent of Christ given to you. * Therefore, may it go well for you as a good and faithful servant. * Enter now into the joy of your Lord * and receive the reward of your labors.

Glory – Tone 4.  Having adorned your words of wisdom with spotless virtue, * you were adorned in two ways, O Gregory of Nyssa: * you filled the people with wonder by your inspired preaching, * and you delighted them with your knowledge. * You wisely explained the One God in the Trinity. * Thus by your correct teachings You conquered the alien heresy; * you reestablished the authority of the faith to the ends of the earth. * With the angelic powers you now stand in the presence of Christ, * and you seek peace and mercy for our souls.

Now and ever – in the same tone.  Upon touching your immaculate head, * the hand of the Baptist trembled. * The streams of the Jordan turned back, * feeling unworthy to serve You. * How could the one who stood in awe of Joshua, the son of Nun, * be unafraid to stand before the Creator of Joshua? * You have completed all that was assigned to You, O Savior, * so that You might redeem the world by your Epiphany, * for You alone love the human race.

The aposticha are for the post-feast:

Tone 2, special melody Dome Jefratov.  May all creation sing hymns of praise to Christ * who was born of the Virgin * and is baptized in the Jordan today.

The sea fled at the sight; the Jordan turned back on its course. (or: The sea saw and fled; Jordan was turned back.)

May the Forerunner and the trumpet of the prophets cry out: * Bring the fruits of your good works to the Lord, * for He is baptized in the flowing waters.

Why is it, O sea, that you fled; O Jordan, that you turned back?

Shining brilliantly from the heavens, * the divine Spirit is now ineffably seen in the form of a dove, * and it descends upon Christ.

Glory – Tone 4.  O Gregory, through your heavenly life you manifested God * and your actions were filled with light * because of your divine contemplation. * You loved wisdom with a divine yearning; * you became rich through grace from the Spirit. * The sweetness of your words was like an abundance of honey. * You always delight the Church of God with your understanding of the divinity. * Therefore, you abide in heaven as a bishop, * and you pray without ceasing for us who observe your memory.

Now and ever – in the same tone.  When John the Baptist saw You approach * the One who purifies the sin of the world by fire and the Spirit, * he cried out with fear and trembling, saying: * I am unworthy to place my hand on your immaculate head. *
Therefore, O Master, purify me by your Epiphany, * for You alone love the human race.

Troparion of the holy martyr, Tone 4.  Your martyr Polyeuct, 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 Theophany, Tone 1.  At your baptism in the Jordan, O Lord, * worship of the Trinity was revealed; * for the Father's voice bore witness to You, calling You his beloved Son, * and the Spirit in the form of a dove * confirmed the truth of these words. * O Christ God, who appeared and enlightened the world, glory to You!

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the January Menaion

First Antiphon (Ps. 113:1-3,5):
When Israel came forth from Egypt, Jacob's sons from an alien people,
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, save us.

Judah became the Lord's temple, Israel became his kingdom.
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, save us.

The sea saw and fled; Jordan was turned back.
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, save us.

Why is it, O sea, that you fled; O Jordan, that you turned back?
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, save us.

Glory... now and ever...
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, save us.

Second Antiphon (Ps. 114:1-5):
I love the Lord because he will hear my voice in supplication.
Refrain: O Son of God, born of the Virgin, save us who sing to you: Alleluia!

For he will turn his ear to me in the day when I call him.
Refrain: O Son of God, born of the Virgin, save us who sing to you: Alleluia!

They surrounded me, the snares of death, with the anguish of the tomb; they caught me, sorrow and distress. I called on the Lord's name.
Refrain: O Son of God, born of the Virgin, save us who sing to you: Alleluia!

How gracious is the Lord, and just; our God has compassion.
Refrain: O Son of God, born of the Virgin, save us who sing to you: Alleluia!

Glory... now and ever...
O Only-begotten Son and Word of God...

Third Antiphon (Ps. 94:1):
Come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord; let us acclaim God our Savior!
Refrain: O Son of God, baptized by John in the Jordan, save us who sing to you: Alleluia!

Entrance Hymn (Ps. 94:6):
Come, let us worship and bow before Christ.
Refrain: O Son of God, baptized by John in the Jordan, save us who sing to you: Alleluia!

Troparion of Theophany, Tone 1.  At your baptism in the Jordan, O Lord, * worship of the Trinity was revealed; * for the Father's voice bore witness to You, calling You his beloved Son, * and the Spirit in the form of a dove * confirmed the truth of these words. * O Christ God, who appeared and enlightened the world, glory to You!

Troparion of the saints, Tone 4.  God of our fathers, you always deal with us in your kindness. * Take not your mercy away from us; * but through their prayers guide our life in peace.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion of Gregory, Tone 3.   That heavenly hierarch of the Church and precious mystic orator of Wisdom, * that vigilant mind, Gregory of Nyssa, sings praises along with the angels * and finds delight in the Light divine. * He now prays unceasingly for all of us.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion of Theophany, Tone 4.   You have revealed yourself to the world today; * and your light, O Lord, has set its seal on us. * We recognize you and exclaim to you: * You have come and revealed yourself, O Unapproachable Light.

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Ps. 115:6,3). Precious in the eyes of the Lord * is the death of his faithful.
V. What can I return to the Lord for all he has given me?

Epistle: 1 Corinthians 12:7-11

Alleluia, Tone 2 (Ps. 131:9, 111:1). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Your priests will be clothed with righteousness and your saints will rejoice.
V. Happy the man who fears the Lord and greatly delights in his command.

Gospel: Matthew 10:1,5-8

Magnification. Extol, O my soul, Christ the King, baptized in the Jordan.

Irmos, Tone 2. Every tongue is at a loss * to fittingly extol you; * and even a supernatural mind is overwhelmed * when it glorifies you, O Theotokos. * But in your goodness accept our faith, * since you recognize our godly love. * You are the intercessor for Christians, * and we extol you.

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