Menaion

January 21

Our venerable father Maximus the Confessor, noted theologian and writer who resigned his post as secretary to the Emperor Heraclius and entered the monastery of Chrysopolis, of which he eventually became hegumen. He headed the opposition to the Monothelite heresy. For this he was banished, imprisoned, and lost his tongue and right hand. (662)

The holy martyr Neophyte, of Nicaea in Bithynia, who died at the age of fifteen in the reign of Diocletian. (4th century)

The holy martyrs Eugene, Candidus, Valeran, and Aquila.

The holy virgin martyr Agnes of Rome, who, while still a maiden, bore the highest testimony of the faith in Rome and consecrated the label of chastity by her martyrdom. She conquered both her youth and the tyrant, received the fullest admiration among the nations and gained even greater glory with God. On this day is celebrated the burial of her body. (3rd/4th century)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

At "O Lord, I have cried": three stichera for the venerable father, and three for the holy martyr.

Tone 4, special melody Jako doblja. Christ was made man for us * in his good pleasure * and reveals himself in our hearts * in two wills and two natures. * You preached Him, O venerable Maximus, * and closed the gaping mouths of the impious. * By the diabolical instigation of the worker of all evil, * they had proclaimed Christ * as having only one will and one energy.

O venerable Maximus, * under the vigor of your teachings * you smothered the foolish babblings of Pyrrhus. * You endured being afflcted, persecuted, and severely beaten. * They cut off your tongue as well as the hand * which you had lifted up in constant prayer to God, * and with which you wrote your sublime works.

O blessed one, your holy tongue * was like the pen of skillful writer, * sharpened by the Spirit, * and writing with grace on the tablet of our hearts * about the law of the divine virtues, * the teachings of the orthodox, * and the incarnation of the One * who wished to be revealed to all * in two natures, yet as a single Person.

Tone 8, special melody O preslavnoho čudese.  O glorious wonder! * A dove from heaven speaks in human language * to the martyr Neophyte! * It made him resplendant in the angelic life * and strengthened the young man * for the most difficult combat. * Oh! The wondrous accomplishments of this champion of the faith! * By his prayers, O Lord, save our souls in your mercy.

O glorious wonder! * As soon as he left his swaddling clothes * and attained the use of reason, * Neophyte performed miracles under the action of the Spirit. * By his prayers, he drew water from a rock * and raised up a dead woman, * whose child he proved to be. * Oh! The marvelous accomplishments of this champion of the faith! * By his prayers, O Lord, save our souls in your mercy.

O glorious wonder! * Struggling for Christ, the valiant Neophyte * has amazed his enemies by astonishing miracles. * He extinguished the fire into which he had been cast, * and he inspired respect in the savage beasts! * With invincible force * the martyr was made worthy of our admiration. * By his prayers, O Lord, save our souls in your mercy.

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 life you emulated. * By your boldness with Christ our God, * ask for mercy and peace for our souls.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

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

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

Troparion,  Tone 8.  Guide to Orthodoxy, teacher of piety and holiness, * luminary for the world, * inspired adornments of monks, * O wise Maximus, Harp of the Spirit, * you enlightened all by your teachings; * intercede with Christ our God to save our souls.

Glory – Troparion, Tone 4. Your martyr Neophyte, O Lord our God, * in his struggle, received an incorruptible crown from you. * With your strength, he brought down the tyrants * and broke the cowardly valor of demons. * Through his prayers, O Christ our God, save our souls.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the January Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 8.  Guide to Orthodoxy, teacher of piety and holiness, * luminary for the world, * inspired adornments of monks, * O wise Maximus, Harp of the Spirit, * you enlightened all by your teachings; * intercede with Christ our God to save our souls.

Troparion, Tone 4. Your martyr Neophyte, O Lord our God, * in his struggle, received an incorruptible crown from you. * With your strength, he brought down the tyrants * and broke the cowardly valor of demons. * Through his prayers, O Christ our God, save our souls.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 8.   Let us, O faithful, honor with worthy hymns the great Maximus, * so highly devoted to the Holy Trinity. * He preached faith in God with great courage, * and glorified Christ in his two natures, two wills, and two operations. * Therefore, let us cry out: * Rejoice, O preacher of true faith.

Now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 4.   You are a new shoot in the garden of Christ's martyrs. * You offer the fruits of heavenly understanding * which nourish those who venerate you in faith. * O glorious, wise, and brave martyr Neophyte, * as you stand before God, * pray for our salvation.

Prokeimenon, Tone 4 (Ps. 15:3,8). To all the saints in his land, * the Lord has shown all the wonders of his will.
V. I set the Lord ever before me; with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.

Epistle:  Hebrews 11:33-40

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: Luke 16:10-15

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