Menaion

January 23

The holy martyr Clement, bishop of Ancyra, was killed along with the holy martyr Agathangel during the persecution of the Emperor Maximian (c.296).

Commemoration of the Sixth Ecumenical Council (680), at which was taught the two wills of Christ, denying the Monothelite heresy.

At Vespers

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At "O Lord, I have cried": three stichera for Clement and three for Agathangel.

Tone 1, special melody Nebesnych činov. You were a branch of the Vine of Life, * dug about on all sides by your mystic labor. * Pruned by the hardships of asceticism, * cut back by the sword of martydrom, O holy father, * you poured forth the wine of repentance for us. * Drinking of it to the full, * we the faithful celebrate your holy memory, O blessed Clement.

O holy hierarch, after offering the perfect Sacrifice, * the wondrous and divine Oblation, * you offered yourself as a sacrifice, * joyfully mingling your blood with that of the Lord. * Cleansed by Him, O blessed one, * you became pure, wholly and perfectly consecrated.

You offered in sacrifice the Lamb of God * who takes away the sins of the world, * removing corruption and death, O blessed and holy hierarch. * Then you were immolated as a spotless victim, * becoming one with Him, * through a death like His, which led to life. * Now you have found merited blessedness in His Kingdom.

Tone 2, special melody Jehda ot dreva.  The illustrious hierarch Clement enriched you with the Good News, * and you became his companion in his struggles. * With him, you ran the holy race to the end, O Agathangel, * sufferings all sorts of punishments. * YOu received the crown at last * and passed into the Kingdom on high, * there to rejoice with the angels for all ages.

Scourged by sharp instruments * and burned on all sides by fire, * you were laid out on a rack, O martyr Agathangel. * Baked like good bread, you were offered to the heavenly table * where you beg the Master to save from all punishment * those who venerate you with faith.

You withstood flaying, * and, extended on the rack, * you endured your sufferings with an infinite patience. * At the end of your struggle, when you were beheaded, * you poured forth your blood, * watering the whole Church * which celebrates your illustrious reknown as the glory of martyrs by your hardships.

Glory – Tone 8.   O martyr and hierarch Clement, * for twenty-eight years you suffered a veritable crucifixion for Christ. * Beaten with rods and cut, you were dragged from town to town , from place to place. * But neither fire, nor sword, nor blows * could rob your soul of its strength. * You bravely broke the power of the demons. * Thus, we beg you to intercede with Christ for the salvation of our souls.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos. Then, for the holy martyrs:

Glory – Tone 1.  Wonderful among the priests, * the holy martyr Clement endured long years of suffering. * He merited to obtain the joy of eternal blessings. * The one who followed his example entered into countless struggles for the faith, * acquiring divine riches by making his body * have more regard for Heaven than for death. * O holy martyr, we sing of your grandeur; * by your intercessions before Christ, break the continuous assault of our passions, * and deliver us from evil through your prayers.

Troparion,  Tone 4.  O most holy Clement, you are a vineyard of holiness for the faithful, * a rod of valor, a flower of purity, * and a fruit of great delight that God has granted. * Since you struggled together with the martyrs and rose to the dignity of a bishop, * intercede with Christ our God that he may save our souls.

 

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the January Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 4.  O most holy Clement, you are a vineyard of holiness for the faithful, * a rod of valor, a flower of purity, * and a fruit of great delight that God has granted. * Since you struggled together with the martyrs and rose to the dignity of a bishop, * intercede with Christ our God that he may save our souls.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 4.   O Clement, worthy of all praise, * you became a precious vine and a noble conqueror in Christ's vineyard. * At the time of your martyrdom you cried out with your companion: * O Christ our God, you are the delight of martyrs.

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 13:7-16

Alleluia, Tone 2 (Ps. 131:9, 111:1). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Your priests will be clothed with righteousness and your saints will rejoice.
V. Happy the man who fears the Lord and greatly delights in his command.

Gospel: Luke 8:16-21

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