Menaion

January 12

Post-festive day of the Theophany.

The holy martyr Tatiana, who died in Rome under Emperor Alexander Severus. (c.227)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 8 O Lord and sinless One, * although You allowed yourself to be baptized in the flesh * to free the world from sin, * nevertheless we glorify You, knowing that You are God; * for You were baptized and delivered our souls from slavery.

O Lord, when You became incarnate * and came into the currents of the Jordan * in order to sanctify the water by your glorious baptism, * You condescended to bow your head to John, * and You were baptized by a servant * in order that You might save our souls.

O Lord, You desired to save from error * the whole world which You created, * and You deigned to become incarnate from an inviolate virgin. * As the Lover of us all, You saved Adam from corruption. * You were baptized and bestowed enlightenment on our souls.

Tone 2, special melody Jehda ot dreva.  When you begin to glow richly with the light of the Spirit, * you left riches behind and loved only that which was heavenly. * You clothed yourself with the strength of a martyr, * and you endured pain beyond measure. * Thus you took away the power of the torturer, * and you wove a crown of victory, * O Martyr and most glorious sufferer of the passion.

When you extinguished the evils of the flesh * and the flames of sin, O precious one, * by means of the dew of the Divine Spirit acting in you, * you closed the mouths of the ferocious beasts in the arena. * You courageously handed your body over to suffering, * thus weaving for yourself a crown of victory. * O Tatiana, you are blessed by God.

Neither sword nor fire, nor tribulations, nor hunger, * nor any form of torture dulled your yearning for the Lord, * because you sought Him with your heart; * and you completely turned away from evil things, O martyr. * You took up your abode inside the bridal chamber of God * and became the betrothed of the King of all.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 5.  Seeing You, the Creator, naked in the waters * and asking for baptism, * every creature on earth was seized with fear and wonder. * All were spellbound by the trembling of the Forerunner; * he did not dare to approach you. * Seeing You, the sea fled, and the streams of the Jordan turned back; * the mountains leaped, and the angelic powers were astonished and said: * O wonder! The Savior is naked * and desires to clothe humanity with renewal
and salvation.

The aposticha are for the post-feast:

Tone 6, special melody Anhelskija predidite sily.  With the prophet, let us cry out to the Lord: * O Savior and Creator, * You have manifested yourself out of love for us. * In the Jordan You have crushed the heads of the serpents, * and by your light You have illumined those who were blind, O Christ. * Blessed is your Epiphany, * O our God, glory to You!

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

By your baptism You have given power over the enemy * to those who lovingly venerate your saving plan. * You accornplished it according to your will, * and You released us from the curse which came through Eden. * Let us cry out to Him: * Blessed is your Epiphany, * O our God, glory to You!

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

We who are of the race of Adam * freely share in the fall * and clothe ourselves in the garment of the flesh. * Today we strip ourselves through the baptism of the Lord. * With the angels, let us cry out to God: * Blessed is your Epiphany, * O our God, glory to You!

Glory, now and ever – Tone 6 samohlasen.  O faithful, let us praise the great plans of God who works in our behalf, * for the only pure and spotless One * became incarnate on account of our fall * and purifies us in the Jordan River. * He sanctifies us together with the waters * and crushes the heads of serpents in this water. * O believers, let us therefore draw water with joy, * for those who draw it in faith * shall be invisibly endowed with the grace of the Spirit * through the presence of Christ our God, the Savior of our souls.

Troparion of the holy martyr, Tone 4.  Your lamb Tatiana, O Jesus, cries out in a loud voice: * I love you, my Bridegroom; I seek you with painful longing. * I am crucified with you; in your baptism, I am buried with you; *I suffer for you that I may reign with you; * and I die for you that I may live with you. * Receive me as a spotless sacrifice immolated with love for you. * By her prayers, O merciful One, 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 holy martyr, Tone 4.  Your lamb Tatiana, O Jesus, cries out in a loud voice: * I love you, my Bridegroom; I seek you with painful longing. * I am crucified with you; in your baptism, I am buried with you; *I suffer for you that I may reign with you; * and I die for you that I may live with you. * Receive me as a spotless sacrifice immolated with love for you. * By her prayers, O merciful One, save our souls.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion of the holy martyr, Tone 4.   You shone in glory and were stained in your own blood, * and like a beautiful bird you soared to heaven. * O martyr Tatiana, * pray for those who honor you.

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 4 (Ps. 67:36,27). God is wondrous in his saints, the God of Israel.
V. In the churches bless God; from Israel's wellsprings bless the Lord.

Epistle: (of the day)

Alleluia, Tone 1 (Ps. 39:2,3). Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. I have waited, waited for the Lord, and he stooped toward me and heard my cry.

Gospel: (of the day)

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