Menaion

January 19

Six sticheraOur venerable father Macarius of Egypt, known as Macarius ‘the Elder,’ priest and abbot of the monastery of Skete in Egypt, who, dead to the world and to himself, lived for God alone, which he also taught his disciples. (390)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

There are six stichera at "O Lord, I have cried". (At weekday Vespers, each is sung twice.)

Tone 4, special melody Dal jesi znamenie.  Desiring that blessedness that surpasses all understanding, * you found your delight in fasting, O holy father. * You made the lack of goods your true wealth; * poverty was your only treasure; * and moderation became your celebration. * The desire of your heart was granted, * for you now dwell in the resting place of the saints, O Macarius.

You ran the race of asceticism * to the very end without hesitation. * You kept the faith, and thus you received the crown of justice * which Christ prepared for you. * In accord with their merits, * he grants rewards and honors to each one * in exchange for their afflictions and trials. * May we also receive them through your prayers!

You renounced all pleasures * as you disciplined your body, O holy father, * curbing your mind by the practice of temperance, * strict treatment, patience in trials, and endurance in afflictions. * In return, you received unending joy, * continuous delight, and ineffable happiness in heaven.

Glory –  Tone 8.   O Egypt, rejoice for having produced * such a protector as the one named for blessedness, * the most blessed of the blessed. * Enlightened by the wisdom of the Spirit, * Macarius has surpassed all ascetics by his virtuous life. * Choosing him as a mediator, * we ask him to intercede with Christ to save our souls.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

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

Glory – Tone 6.  O venerable father, * the whole world is filled with the fame of your holy deeds; * through them, you have received the recompense of your labors in heaven. * You destroyed hordes of demons * and have been united to the choirs of angels, * whose pure lives you imitated. * By your boldness with Christ our God, ask peace for our souls!

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

Troparion,  Tone 1. You made the wilderness your dwelling, O father Macarius, the bearer of God. * You became an angel in the flesh and a wonderworker. * Through prayers, fasts, and vigils, * you obtained from God special graces to heal the sick * and to sanctify the souls of those who came to you with trust. * Glory to the One who gave you strength! * Glory to the One who crowned you! * Glory to the One who through your intercession grants healing to all!

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the January Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 1. You made the wilderness your dwelling, O father Macarius, the bearer of God. * You became an angel in the flesh and a wonderworker. * Through prayers, fasts, and vigils, * you obtained from God special graces to heal the sick * and to sanctify the souls of those who came to you with trust. * Glory to the One who gave you strength! * Glory to the One who crowned you! * Glory to the One who through your intercession grants healing to all!

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 1.   You ended your life among those who imitate martyrdom, * and you have inherited the land of the meek, O father. * You filled the desert with people like a city, * and God gave to you the grace to work wonders. * Therefore, we come to venerate you, O Macarius.

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: Galatians 5:22 – 6:2

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:  Mark 13:1-8

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