Menaion

January 11

Post-festive day of the Theophany.

PolyeleosOur venerable father Theodosius, founder of the common life, abbot, a friend of St. Sabbas, who, after a long solitary life permitted many disciples to assemble as companions to himself. In monasteries that he built, he cultivated the common life, until, having suffered many things for the true faith, the centenarian finally rested in the peace of Christ. (529)

At Vespers

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We sing “Blessed is the man.” There are six stichera at "O Lord, I have cried."

Tone 5, special melody Prepodobne otče. O venerable father, God-bearing Theodosius, * you struggled valiantly in your earthly life. * With hymns, fastings, and vigils, * you were a model for your disciples. * Now you rejoice with the angelic powers. * Without ceasing, you glorify Christ, who is God of God, and the Word, * the Deliverer who bowed his head to the Forerunner * and who sanctified the nature of water. * Implore Him and pray to Him, O venerable one, * that He grant to the Church * oneness of thought, peace, and his great mercy.  (twice)

O venerable father, God-bearing Theodosius, * your desire was fulfilled when your soul was found to be pure. * The grace of the all-holy Spirit dwelt in you like a most pure light. * You were splendidly adorned by its action. * Without ceasing, you glorify Christ, the one Son in two natures, * who was baptized by the hand of the Forerunner * and who was attested to by the voice of the Father. * Implore Him and pray to Him, O venerable one, * that He grant to the whole world * oneness of thought, peace, and his great mercy.  (twice)

O venerable father, God-bearing Theodosius, * you made yourself worthy of a blessed life by chastity and fasting. * Passing over to the life above, * you asked all the brothers to rejoice with you. * With the bodiless powers you now unceasingly glorify Christ * who ineffably received his flesh from the Virgin * and who drowned our sins by his baptism in the currents of the Jordan. * Implore Him and pray to Him, O holy one, * that He grant to the whole world * oneness of thought, peace, and his great mercy.

Glory – Tone 2.  O venerable Father, like a city of the living God, * the movements of the river brought joy to your soul * when the Water of Forgiveness, Christ our God, entered the Jordan * and made the word of faith gush forth for the whole world. * Implore Him, O blessed Theodosius, to save our souls.

Now and ever – in the same tone.  You have bowed your head before the Forerunner, * and You have crushed the heads of the demons. * You have descended into the waters * and given light to all things * that they may glorify You, O Savior, * the Enlightenment of our souls.

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

A reading from the Wisdom of Solomon (Wisdom 5:15 – 6:3).

A reading from the Wisdom of Solomon (Wisdom 3:1-9).

A reading from the Wisdom of Solomon (Wisdom 4:7-15).

The aposticha are for the post-feast:

Tone 4, special melody Dal jesi znamenie.  The Lord said: You have seen how I clothed myself with your likeness. * I humbled myself beyond comprehension. * Why is it so strange then, O friend, * if I also bow down to your right hand as an equal? * I, who am naked, clothe myself with the waters, * because in my compassion * I desire to clothe the naked with eternal incorruption.

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

You revealed yourself as incarnate, O Lord, * and a womb receiving You remained unburned * as it was foretold in that furnace of long ago * which did not burn the youths. * I indeed am the straw, O Master, * and I place my hand as though upon the fire, * before which the heavenly and earthly creatures tremble, * O all-powerful Jesus, the Savior of our souls.

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

The Lord said: In the waters of the Jordan, * wash Me even though I am without stain. * Human nature, which was stained by the transgression of Adam, * will now be washed anew; * because when I am baptized * there will be a renewal for all * through the water and the Spirit.

Glory – Tone 8.  Multitudes of monks venerate you as a guide, O father Theodosius, * because we truly learned how to walk correctly by means of your path. * Blessed are you, for you served Christ. * You have confounded the power of the enemy, * for you speak with the angels. * You share the lot of the venerable and righteous ones. * Together with them, pray to the Lord * that He show mercy to our souls.

Now and ever – in the same tone.  O Savior, the heavenly hosts are frightened at what they see, * for today You stand naked in the waters; * your head is bowed down in order to be baptized by John, * for You willingly become poor in order to enrich the world. * O Lord, glory to You!

Troparion of the venerable father, Tone 8.  Your abundant tears made the wilderness bloom, * and your sufferings made your labors fruitful a hundred-fold; * you became a shining torch over the world. * O venerable father Theodosius, * pray to Christ our God that he may 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 venerable father, Tone 8.  Your abundant tears made the wilderness bloom, * and your sufferings made your labors fruitful a hundred-fold; * you became a shining torch over the world. * O venerable father Theodosius, * pray to Christ our God that he may save our souls.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion of the venerable father, Tone 8.   You were planted in the courts of your Lord * and blossomed forth with beautiful and admirable virtues, * O master of God's holy sheepfold. * You multiplied your children in the wilderness * and quenched their third with your abundant tears. * Therefore, we cry out: Rejoice, O father Theodosius!

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: 2 Corinthians 4:6-15

Alleluia, Tone 6 (Ps. 111:1,2). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Happy the man who fears the Lord and greatly delights in his command.
V. His posterity will be mighty upon the earth.

Gospel: Matthew 11:27-30

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!