Menaion

January 17

VigilOur venerable father Anthony the Great, who, bereaved by his parents' death, accepted the evangelical commands, distributed all his goods to the poor and retired in solitude to the Thebaid in Egypt. He began to lead an ascetic life and diligently worked to strengthen the Church, sustaining confessors of the faith during the persecution of the Emperor Diocletian. He supported St. Athanasius against the Arians. He had many disciples, and is thus considered the father of monks. (356)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 4, special melody Zvannyj svyše byv. You were enlightened by the rays of the Spirit, * when the love of God inflamed you and made your soul soar * to desire the truly infinite Love. * Then you turned aside from flesh and blood and left the world, * while remaining united to it through great abstinence and silence. * Therefore, as you desired, you have been filled with blessings * and have radiated them, * enlightening our souls as a star, O Anthony! (three times)

By the grace of the divine Spirit, * you were radiant with divine light * and broke the bows and arrows of the devils. * By divine teachings, you exposed all their evil snares. * You are a radiant light for monks, * the first glory of the desert, * a most precious and skilled physician for the sick, * and the first living example of the life of virtue, * O father Anthony. (three times)

Anthony, pure in heart and soul, * earthly angel, heavenly man, * teacher of chastity, precise rule of abstinence: * living with your Master * and offering Him never-silent praise with the angels * and all the holy monks and martyrs, * O blessed saint, set free from grievous danger and sin * all those who honor your holy memory. (twice)

Glory –  Tone 6.  You preserved the image of God within you, * setting the mind as master over the restless passions by your ascetic life. * As far as possible, you have grown in the divine likeness. * Bravely controlling nature, * you have subjected the lower to the higher * and made the body the servant of the spirit. * Therefore, you became the head of those living the monastic life * as a dweller in the desert, * a spiritual father teaching those who drew near to you, * and an example of virtue. * Now in heaven, O Anthony, * the looking glass has been broken * and you directly gaze upon the Trinity. * Pray for those who honor you with faith and love.

Now and ever – the dogmatikon of Saturday evening, in the same tone, or (on Friday night or Saturday night) in the Tone of the week

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

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

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

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

Stichera at the litija:

Tone 2 Bolhar. Having gathered on earth a school for learning the ascetic life, and drowned in the stream of your tears all the designs of the passions, setting up a divine and precious ladder to Heaven, your life, inspired by God, is known to all. For by it, you show the fruits of holiness, thus healing the infirmities of the passions of those who faithfully cry aloud to you, "Rejoice, golden morning star and radiant shepherd of those leading the monastic life! Rejoice, fair and noble child of the desert! Rejoice, unshakable pillar of the Church!"

Let us honor Anthony, angel on earth and man of God in Heaven, modesty of the world, delight of blessings and virtues, boast of ascetics. Planted in the house of God, he put forth righteous flowers; and as a cedar in the wilderness, he increased the flocks of the rational sheep of Christ in holiness and righteousness.

O holy father, from infancy you earnestly studied virtue and have been an instrument of the Holy Spirit. Receiving from Him the power to work miracles, you have persuaded men to renounce the pleasures of earth. Now, shining purely in the light of God, enlighten also our understanding, O father Anthony.

Glory –  Tone 5 (Bolhar?). O holy father Anthony, you heeded the teachings of the Gospel of the Lord, renouncing the world, its riches and its glory, counting them as nothing. Therefore, you called out to all: "Love God, and you shall find eternal grace; prefer nothing to His love, that when He comes in glory, you may find rest with all the saints!" By his prayers, guard and save our souls, O Christ!

Now and ever – in the same tone. We bless you, O Virgin Theotokos, and we glorify you, for from you has shone forth Christ, the Sun of Justice, who has great mercy!

The aposticha are for the feast:

Tone 5, special melody Radujsja. Rejoice, Anthony, * living with the angelic choirs in the heights! * Learning their virtues, you lived their life on earth * as a spotless mirror, * reflecting the flashing rays of the Holy Spirit, O blessed saint. * Thus enlightened, you saw the future, * foretelling all things taught to you by the radiance of the light of Christ. * Pray to Him that great mercy be granted to our souls.

V. Precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of his faithful.

Rejoice, O Anthony, * leader of ascetics and their invincible champion! * By cutting down the passions at the root * and opposing the efforts of the devils, * you bravely exposed their weakness and soul-destroying errors. * You revealed the power of the Savior's Cross and its unconquerable might. * Armed with it, you defeated all who rejected the divine appearance of Christ in the flesh. * Pray to Him that great mercy be granted to our souls.

V. Happy the man who fears the Lord, and greatly delights in his commands.

A radiant * and firm pillar of the virtues, * a protecting cloud were you, * as you saw the face of God * and led from earth to Heaven those who followed you into the desert. * You destroyed the sea of the passions with the staff of the Cross. * Having defeated the raging Amalek, * you were blessed by God, * finding the way to Heaven without obstacles. * Rejoicing in your incorruptible inheritance, * you stand with the angels before the throne of God. * Beg Him that our souls be granted great mercy.

Glory – Tone 8.  All the monks honor you, O holy father Anthony, as a spiritual guide. * Through you, we have set out on the narrow path; * blessed are you for having served Christ * and for having broken the power of the enemy, * O companion of the angels, the just and the saints. * With them, ask the Lord to have mercy on our souls.

Now and ever – the aposticha theotokion of Saturday evening, in the same tone.

Troparion, Tone 8.  Father Anthony, you imitated Elijah in his zeal * and you followed John the Baptist in his holy way of life. * You took up your abode in the desert * and strengthened the world by your prayers. * Intercede with Christ our God that he may save our souls. (twice)

Glory, now and ever – Theotokion, Tone 4. Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos! * Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you! * Blessed are you among women, * and blessed is the fruit of your womb. * For you gave birth to Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of our souls.

At the Divine Liturgy

music

Troparion, Tone 8.  Father Anthony, you imitated Elijah in his zeal * and you followed John the Baptist in his holy way of life. * You took up your abode in the desert * and strengthened the world by your prayers. * Intercede with Christ our God that he may save our souls.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 2.   You rejected the troubles of this world, most venerable Anthony, * and spent your life in peace by imitating John the Baptist. * With him we exalt your name; * for you are a perfect example of good conduct.

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:  Hebrews 13:17-21

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: Luke 6:17-23

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