Menaion

January 13

Post-festive day of the Theophany.

The holy martyrs Hermylaus and Stratonicus, of Singidunum in Moesia (this city is quite close to the modern Belgrade, Yugoslavia), who after fierce tortures under the emperor Licinius were drowned in the Ister River (the Danube), sometime between 307 and 311.

Our venerable father Hilary, bishop of Poitiers, great defender of the orthodox faith against the Arian heresy, mentor of St. Martin of Tours, hymnwriter and apologist. (367)

Transferred from January 14:

Our venerable fathers killed by the Arabs in Sinai and Raitho in 312. A group of holy monks living on the height of Mt. Sinai were killed by Bedouin tribesmen.

The Commemoration of the passion of the holy equal-to-the-apostles Nina, Enlightener of the Georgians, who was taken as a captive into that country and converted the king through her example and miraculous cures. (4th century)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 4, special melody Dal jesi znamenie The glorious Hermylaus and the God-wise Stratonicus * were a wondrous pair who professed the uncreated Trinity. * After many wounds and sufferings * they conquered the error of worshiping many gods. * They have been crowned with the crown of victory, * and they pray for peace and great mercy for the whole world.

O martyr, you were a servant of the Word. * O Hermylaus, you were chosen as a deacon by the Divine Spirit. * The sacred and splendid robes of your diaconate * were colored by the flowing of your blood; * having perfected your ministry, * you now pass over into the spiritual kingdom, * and you pray fervently for those who venerate you.

Having suffered stoning at the command of the torturer, * you were thrown into a basket and were drowned. * Through your blessed death you drown the most evil enemy. * Now you are living joyously in heaven, * and you pray for everyone, O courageous martyrs.

Tone 8, special melody Čto ty naračem.  O holy ones, you struggled valiantly. * You courageously suffered the attack of the barbarians. * Having given up your lives through the sword, * you received the crown of martyrs. * You now worthily reside with the angels. * Great was your suffering, even greater were your rewards. * Implore Christ that our souls may be saved.

O venerable ones, you struggled to follow Christ. * You willingly spurned the things of life which pass away. * You courageously controlled the yearning of the flesh, * and by the sword you died for Christ; * now you worthily reside with the angels. * Therefore, we venerate your memory and pray: * Implore Christ that our souls may be saved.

O holy ones, you lived in a noble manner. * You courageously imitated the martyrs in their struggles, * and thus you received your crowns from heaven. * So that you might be clothed with the crowns of martyrdom, * you rightly disdained the swords * because they brought the torments to an end. * Implore Christ that our souls may be saved.

Glory – Tone 8.  O venerable and holy fathers, * having meditated day and night on the law of the Lord, * you were made worthy to be partakers in the delights of the living Tree. * You blossomed with fruit, the crowns of your martyrdom. * You had confidence in God, the witness of your struggles. * Now obtain for us both forgiveness and great mercy.

Now and ever – in the same tone. Desiring to fulfill all that was ordained for You from eternity, O Lord, * You received ministers from all creation at this mystery of yours: * Gabriel from among the angels, * the Virgin from among the human race, * the star from among the heavens, * and Jordan from among the waters; * and in it You have cleansed the sins of the world. * O our Savior, glory to You!

The aposticha are for the post-feast:

Tone 2, special melody Dome Jefratov.  You manifested yourself as a reflection of the Father * and the splendor of the divine glory. * By your baptism in the streams of the Jordan, * You cleansed the defilement of our souls.

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

O prophet John, as a fitting servant, * receive the Redeemer of the world, * and baptize the Creator * for the renewal of the human race.

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

Our enlightenment has come! * Our redemption has manifested itself in the currents of the Jordan. * Let us come down and be cleansed * and praise the Lover of mankind.

Glory – Tone 8.  O venerable fathers, through the pains of your fastings, * you lived a life of the angels. * Having become master of your body by self-discipline, * you subjected it to the Spirit. * You kept the law of the Lord * and preserved the original beauty of the likeness. * After spending your life in great fasting, * you entered the struggles of the martyrs, * and you were adorned with the two-fold crown. * Implore the Savior to save our souls.

Now and ever – Tone 8.  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 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.

Glory – Troparion of the venerable fathers, 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.

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 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:  (for the venerable fathers) Romans 8:28-39

Alleluia, Tone 4 (Ps. 33:18,20). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. The just cried out and the Lord heard them, and rescued them from all their distress.
V. Many are the trials of the just, but from them all the Lord will rescue them.

Gospel: (for the venerable fathers) Luke 6:17-23

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!