Menaion

January 28

Six sticheraOur venerable father Ephrem the Syrian, who, first in his own home town of Nisibis exercised the office of preaching and of handing on holy teaching. Then, when the Persians invaded Nisibis, he fled with his disciples to Edessa in Syria, where he set down the fundamentals of a school of theology, fulfilling his ministry by his words and writings. So striking is the austerity of his life and the clarity of his teaching that from the exquisite hymns he composed he has deserved to be called the harp of the Holy Spirit. (378)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 1, special melody Nebesnych činov.  Reflecting the beauties of Paradise and rejoicing in its eternal meadows, you make the knowledge of God flourish throughout the world, O father Ephrem. As we share in it within our souls with a worthy disposition, we are renewed again in spirit.

Describing the Second Coming of the Judge, O holy father Ephrem, you teach every soul to have its lamp prepared. You announce the coming arrival of the Bridegroom with floods of tears: 'Let us be clothed with a garment of light to go out and meet Christ!'

Strengthening your body through temperance, you mortified the storm of the passions by fasting and by night-long vigils of prayer, O holy father Ephrem. Thus the power of the Spirit overshadowed you, making you a spiritual light for the whole world.

Glory –  Tone 6.   Wisely renouncing the tumult of life, O Ephrem worthy of our hymns, you fled to the desert for love of peace. In it, you drew near to God, shining as a light for the world, pouring forth the words of life for mankind. Thus, by your ceaseless prayers you strengthen us, so that our souls might be saved from the ravages of the Enemy, O venerable father.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

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

Glory – Tone 4.  Like the prophet David, you drenched your bed with tears and made repentance the center of your life in word and deed. You showed us the awesome final judgment. Thus, in choir, we all venerate your memory, O worker of wonders of the Lord, O blessed Ephrem worthy of our hymns; and we beg you now: intercede for our souls before Christ our God.

Troparion,  Tone 8. Your abundant tears made the wilderness bloom, * and your sufferings made your labors fruitful a hundred-fold; * you became a shining torch over the world. * O venerable father Ephrem, * pray to Christ our God that he may save our souls.

At the Divine Liturgy

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Troparion,  Tone 8. Your abundant tears made the wilderness bloom, * and your sufferings made your labors fruitful a hundred-fold; * you became a shining torch over the world. * O venerable father Ephrem, * pray to Christ our God that he may save our souls.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 8.   Ever conscious of the hour of judgment, * you shed tears of bitter lament, O Ephrem. * You actively embraced the life of silence which you loved so dearly. * By your actions you have taught us. * You have spurred the lazy to repentance.

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: 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:  Matthew 11:27-30

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