Menaion

January 29

Six sticheraTranslation of the relics of the holy bishop and martyr Ignatius of Antioch. Ignatius was martyred in Rome at the beginning of the second century. His remains were later translated to Antioch, the place of his birth and his episcopate. During the invasion of the Persians, the relics were once again taken from Antioch to Rome (in the sixth century).

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 4, special melody Jako doblja.  As a successor of the first Theologian, * you followed in his footsteps, O holy father Ignatius, * rising in the East in order to appear in the West, * shedding the light of your divine preaching. * Then you set in this world, only to dawn in God, * crowned by the splendor of grace.

Your relics, wondrously sanctified * by your struggles as a martyr, * were reverently restored to your city. * Radiant with grace, they grant us the festive celebration of their return, * filling us with a divinely-inspired joy, O most wise God-bearer, * and bringing happiness to the faithful as they glorify you.

It was from the East, O Ignatius, * that you shone as a brilliant dawn upon the West. * At the return of your relics, it was from the West * that you sent forth your brilliant rays over the earth. * Intercede that the faithful who celebrate your venerable memory * be delivered from all types of perils.

Glory –  Tone 8.  O Ignatius, Bearer of God, * you commended your soul to Christ. * In return for your sacred work in the service of the Gospel of Christ, * you received from the Lord the grace of completing your course in martyrdom. * You, the wheat of the immortal Farmer, * were ground in the jaws of the wild beasts * to become an acceptable bread for the Savior. * Intercede for us, O blessed martyr!

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

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

Glory – Tone 1.  O Ignatius, worthy of eternal happiness, * O persevering and well-tempered soul! * In the unyielding desire which you had for your beloved, * you said, 'There is no devouring fire within me, * but rather an abundance of life-giving waters. * They speak within my depths, saying, Come to the Father!' * Thus, moved by the Spirit, * you urged the wild beasts to separate you quickly from this world, * sending you on to Christ, whom you loved. * Pray to him to save our souls!

Troparion,  Tone 4. Having offered yourself as a sanctified gift to God, * you were thrown to the ravenous animals. * You received the crown of victory from God for this. * Save those who honor you as a pastor for Christ, * a teacher and a companion of martyrs.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the January Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 4. Having offered yourself as a sanctified gift to God, * you were thrown to the ravenous animals. * You received the crown of victory from God for this. * Save those who honor you as a pastor for Christ, * a teacher and a companion of martyrs.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 4.   Rising in the East today * and enlightening all the world by your teachings, * you were graced with martyrdom, * O heavenly Ignatius.

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Ps. 63:11,2). The just man will rejoice in the Lord, * and will put his trust in him.
V. Hear my voice, O God, when I pray to you.

Epistle:  Hebrews 4:14 – 5:6

Alleluia, Tone 4 (Ps. 91:13,14). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. The just man will flourish like the palm tree * and grow like a cedar of Lebanon.
V. Planted in the house of the Lord, he will flourish in the courts of our God.

Gospel: Mark 9:33-41

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