Menaion

January 26

Our venerable father Xenophon and his wife Mary. Xenophon was a Senator in Constantinople, where he led a holy Christian life with his wife Mary and their two sons, Arcadius and John. On their way to Phoenicia to study law, the young men were shipwrecked and barely managed to escape with their lives. The parents set out to find them, and, on discovering them in a monastery in Jerusalem, they too entered the monastic life, equal to one another in the ardor of their souls. (520)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

At "O Lord, I have cried": three stichera from the Octoechos, and three for the venerables.

Tone 1, special melody Jehda ot dreva.  Radiant * with spiritual virtues, O holy father Xenophon, * you shone with faith and charity. * You gave alms joyfully, distributing your goods to the poor. * As a just man, * you shall be remembered forever, * for you have earned the never-setting Light. * In it, we see your venerable children and their mother dwelling in the celestial city.

Having renounced * the glory that fades away, * you have all merited the divine glory which never passes. * Having turned away from the pleasures of this life, O God-bearers, * you loved above all else * Christ who is the supreme Delight. * He saved you from the world and its stormy waters, * guiding you to a good harbor in the peaceful life, radiant with splendor.

Having mortified * the passions of the flesh, * you were clothed in tunics of impassibility * which you yourselves wove by the purity of your lives. * Although you dwelt * in the body, you lived patiently like the angels, * meriting their companionship * in the joy of the divine splendors of heaven.

Glory, now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos.

Troparion,  Tone 4.  God of our fathers, you always deall with us in your kindness. * Take not your mercy away from us, * but through their prayers guide our life in peace.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the January Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 4.  God of our fathers, you always deall with us in your kindness. * Take not your mercy away from us, * but through their prayers guide our life in peace.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 4.   You were attentive to the commandments of the Master, * distributing your wealth secretly to the poor, O blessed one, * with your wife and children. * Therefore, you dwell in the divine Paradise.

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:  (of the day)

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:  (of the day)

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