Menaion

January 20

VigilOur venerable and God-bearing father Euthymius the Great, abbot, who, Armenian in origin and consecrated to God from infancy, sought Jerusalem. Having lived very many years in solitude, he was steadfast and cheerful to the very end of his life in humility and love, and died manifest in the observance of discipline. (473)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

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Tone 1, special melody Vsechval'niji mučenicy. O holy father Euthymius, * an angel was sent to announce your birth, * which was like that of John, the fruit of a barren womb. * For you were his image and imitator; * you lived without home or wealth, * bestowing baptism and dwelling in the wilderness, * radiant with countless miracles.

O holy father Euthymius, * although you were the fruit of a barren womb, * you became the father of countless children. * You sowed see in the once-uninhabitable desert, * and filled it with countless monks. * Intercede that our souls be given peace and great mercy.

O holy father Euthymius, * unsurpassable was your way of life * and truly orthodox was your faith. * You advanced from action to the deepest contemplation, * becoming the dwelling place of wisdom, * by adoring Christ, One of the Holy Trinity, in two natures. * Intercede for our souls before Him.

Tone 4, special melody Zvanny sviše byv. O blessed father, * sanctified from your mother's womb, * our God (who sees all) knew your intention in advance * and your lively, irreversible inclination for the higher things. * He revealed you to be a gift of God. * Your name means 'Cheerful temperament,' * and you took away the sadness of your parents. * From the time you left the cradle, * you were acceptable to the divine Benefactor. * Pray to him to save and enlighten our souls.

O father,* full of divine grace, * when Christ revealed in you * the pure mirror of his divine reflection, * he made you shine with the bright radiance of his splendor. * Now you have become an abundance source of healings, * providing for the needy, * giving drink to the thirsty from your showers. * By your word you wisely bring out the best for God, * seeing the temperaments of souls. * Pray to him to save and enlighten our souls.

O father, * you were resplendent in both action and contemplation. * You not only made your angelic life a precious model * and a rule of virtue for those who choose to worship God in perfection, * but your wise words also taught the worship of the Holy Trinity, * the unique Person in two natures which is Jesus Christ, * amd the Councils equal in number to the four Gospels of Christ. * Pray to him to save and enlighten our souls.

Glory –  Tone 3.  O venerable Euthymius, * consecrated to God from your mother's womb * like another Samuel: * in keeping with your name, you became a joy to believers, * a staff and support for monks, * the pure dwelling of the Holy Spirit. * Ask Him for great mercy for the faithful.

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)

The aposticha are for the feast:

Tone 5, special melody Radujsja. Rejoice, O venerable father; * you became a source of joy for the Church. * At your birth, she repelled * all the assaults of the heretics by the providence of God. * Thus, she named you 'Euthymius' because of her cheerful joy. * By the splendor of your life, you have filled the choirs of angels in heaven with happiness. * Now you dwell with them, * filled with light and rejoicing in the divine and blessed radiance. * O venerable father, pray to Christ * to grant great mercy to our souls.

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

O blessed father, * supported by the staff of the Cross, * you dried up the waves of iniquity. * Drinking from the torrents of the delights of God * as from a mystic stream of Paradise, * you made the sources of salvation spring up in the wilderness. * Flourishing like a palm tree in the springs of the Holy Spirit, * you reached up towards the heights of heaven, * appearing as a pillar of fire, * radiant with the light of Christ. * O venerable father pray to Him * to grant great mercy to our souls.

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

O Euthymius, you have gone * to the replendent dwellings, * to the house of God. * Your soul is filled with joy and happiness there * where the sound of feasting resounds, O blessed one, * in the harmony of that sweet and joyous celebration * where you share in the ineffable and delectable banquet, * the only object of your desire, * for which your mortified your flesh. * You have found the splendor of divine holiness. * O venerable father, pray to Christ * to grant great mercy to our souls.

Glory – Tone 5. O venerable father, * you gave no sleep to your eyes nor rest to your eyelids * until you had delivered your soul and body from the passions, * preparing a dwelling for the Spirit within you. * Becoming the servant of the consubstantial Trinity, * you proclaimed it loudly, * for Christ took up his dwelling within you together with the Father. * O Euthymius, intercede before God for us.

Now and ever – in the same tone. We the faithful call you blessed, O Virgin Theotokos, * and we rightly glorify you as the unassailable city, * the indestructible rampart, * the constant protection and refuge of our souls.

Troparion, Tone 4.  Joy to you, O barren wilderness; * rejoice, sterile desert that has never known the travail of birth; * for your spouse has multiplied your children. * He has planted them in devotion and piety, * and made them grow in detachment for the sake of perfect virtue. * Through his supplications, Christ our God, give peace to our lives. (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 4.  Joy to you, O barren wilderness; * rejoice, sterile desert that has never known the travail of birth; * for your spouse has multiplied your children. * He has planted them in devotion and piety, * and made them grow in detachment for the sake of perfect virtue. * Through his supplications, Christ our God, give peace to our lives.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 8.   Creation takes joy in your birth and memory. * It is delighted with the abundance of your miracles. * Enrich our souls from your treasures, O father, * and wash our defilements away * so that we can sing: Alleluia!

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!