Menaion

January 18

Six sticheraOur holy fathers Athanasius and Cyril of Alexandria, archbishops of that city. Athanasius is called the “Father of Orthodoxy” because of his defense of the faith against Arius at the First Ecumenical Council of Nicea (325); he was greatly persecuted for this. This date celebrates his return from exile in 345. (373) Cyril worked against the Nestorian heresy, and was champion of the use of the term Theotokos (i.e. the one who gave birth to God). He was one of the major figures of the Third Ecumenical Council of Ephesus that was held in 431. (444)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

At "O Lord, I have cried", there are six stichera: three for Athanasius, and three for Cyril.

Tone 4, special melody Jako doblja. You endured persecutions and withstood perils, * O venerable Athanasius, divine preacher, * so strenuously that you drove out the impious error of Arius. * You saved the Church from heresy * as you proclaimed in true Faith that the Son and Spirit * have the same Essence as the Father.

With the brilliance of your teachings, * you brought light to those who lay in darkness. * You drove off all error, * exposing yourself to danger, O Athanasius, * with the courage of a true pastor, * as an unshakable pillar of the Church of Christ. * Thus, as we gather together, * we venerate you with joy in our hymns.

Divinely inspired, you practiced * all the virtues with perseverance. * Consecrated by the anointing of the Spirit, * in the sight of all, * you became a most holy hierarch * a defender of the Faith, and a true shepherd. * Thus, the whole Church honors your sacred memory, * rendering glory to the Savior on this feast.

Tone 4, special melody Jako doblja. With the staff of your teachings, O Cyril, * you drove off the spiritual wolves from the Church of Christ. * You have set up your words around her as a rampart * in order to present her intact to Christ. * Intercede with him to deliver from peril and death * the faithful who celebrate your venerable memory.

Illumining your mind with the splendors of the Spirit, * you became a radiant sun, * shedding your precepts upon the ends of the earth, like rays, * and enlightening the fullness of the faithful, O most blessed one. * And you have dispelled the darkness of heresies * with the power of him Who shone forth from the Virgin, O God-bearing one.

The entire Church is adorned * by the elegance of your discourses, * O Cyril, thrice-blessed hierarch. * She is radiant in the splendor of the Faith * as she reverently venerates your memory, * O glory of the Orthodox, * spokesman for the Fathers gathered in Council, * and champion of the all-holy Theotokos.

Glory –  Tone 6.  In our hymns, let us all venerate Athanasius, the hierarch of Christ, * who overcame the teachings of Arius, * preaching clearly to the whole world the power of the Holy Trinity, * the one God in Three Persons, without division. * He intercedes before God for us * who celebrate his memory with faith.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos. Then, for the venerable fathers:

Glory – Tone 3.  Once again, on his annual feast, * we are visited by the one named for immortality, * that Nile River with golden streams. * By his splendid elevation, * he made immortality overflow in a river of gold. * Granting an ambrosia as a fruit, thanks to his profound theology, * he taught us to worship the undivided power of the Holy Trinity. * By the flood of his divine teachings, * he waters the spirits of believers ( and intercedes for our souls before God.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

Troparion,  Tone 3.  Shining with works of the true faith, you quenched every heretical dogma. * You were conquerors in victory and enriched everyone by your holiness. * You adorned the Church with regal glory, * and you justly found Christ who shows us mercy.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the January Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 3.  Shining with works of the true faith, you quenched every heretical dogma. * You were conquerors in victory and enriched everyone by your holiness. * You adorned the Church with regal glory, * and you justly found Christ who shows us mercy.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 4.  O archbishops, remarkable for your piety and devotion, * heroic defenders of the Church of Christ, * protect all those who beg of you: * O merciful ones, through your intercession save those who honor you with fervor.

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Ps. 149:5,1). Let the faithful rejoice in glory, * shout for joy, and take their rest.
V. Sing to the Lord a new song of praise in the assembly of the faithful.

Epistle: Hebrews 13:7-16

Alleluia, Tone 2 (Ps. 131:9,13). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Your priests will be clothed with righteousness and your saints will rejoice.
V. The Lord has chosen Zion; he prefers her for his dwelling.

Gospel:  Matthew 5:14-19

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