Menaion

February 3

Post-festive day of the Meeting.

Six sticheraThe Synaxis of the holy prophet Simeon and the prophetess Anna, who, the one a righteous and devout old man, and the other a widow and prophetess, were worthy to hail the infant Jesus as the Messiah and Savior, the blessed hope and redemption of Israel, when he had been brought to the temple to be circumcised according to the custom of the law. All we know of them is given in the second chapter of the Gospel according to St. Luke.

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

There are six stichera at "O Lord, I have cried": three for the the feast, and three for the synaxis.

Tone 1, special melody Nebesnych činov.  The Creator of all things, and our God, * is being brought into the Temple by the virgin Mother. * The aged Simeon receives Him and cries out with joy: * Now You may dismiss your servant in peace, * according to your will, O good One.

Receiving from the Virgin the One begotten before all ages, * Simeon took Him in his arms and cried out: * I have seen the Savior, * the Illumination of your glory to the ends of the earth. * Now You may dismiss your servant in peace, O good One, * since I have seen You today.

Near the end of his long life, * Simeon carried in his arms the Savior * who was born for the salvation of all. * Rejoicing, he cried out: * I have seen the Light of the Gentiles and the Glory of Israel. * Now You may dismiss your servant from here, O God, * according to your command.

Tone 4, special melody Dal jesi znamenie.  You are righteous, perfected, and glorified beyond everyone, * O God-inspired Simeon. * You took into your hands the incarnate and only perfect God. * He came into the world in order to justify it, * and that you might be released from the body which cried out to Him: * Now You may dismiss your servant in peace, O Lover of Mankind, * since I have seen You today.

While remaining young in spirit, you became old in body, O Simeon. * You received the promise not to see death until you had seen the young infant. * He was of God the Father before all ages, * yet He humbled himself through the flesh. * You beheld Him and danced for joy * and asked for release from the flesh. * Then you joyfully passed to the heavenly abode.

The God-inspired Anna and the wealthy Simeon shone with prophecy. * They manifested themselves as spotless in the Law. * They saw the Giver of the Law revealing himself * as an infant according to our nature. * Therefore, let us joyfully celebrate today * and glorify Christ, the Lover of us all.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 5.  He who is ancient of days and young in the flesh * is being brought to the Temple by his virgin Mother. * He fulfills the promise of his own law. * Simeon receives Him and says: * Now You may dismiss your servant, according to your word, in peace, * for my eyes have seen your salvation, O Lord.

The aposticha are for the post-feast:

Tone 1, special melody Nebesnych činov.  Now we are celebrating the saving grace * of the ineffable manifestation of God * because Christ our God became man without change from the Virgin Maiden. * He is now being brought into the Temple * and offered to God the Father by his mother. * Simeon receives Him and takes Him into his arms.

Now you may dismiss your servant, O Lord, in peace, according to your word.

Of old You were seen in the prophets, O Jesus, * as much as it was possible to see You. * But now, O Word of God, by your will, * You manifest yourself to the whole world. * O Christ, You took flesh from the Virgin Mary. * Since You are the Lover of Mankind, * You manifested your salvation to all those who come from Adam.

A light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.

Of old You established the Law on Mount Sinai. * Now in the city of Zion * You fulfill the prescriptions of the Law. * You wished to be brought into the Temple as an infant in the flesh. * 0 Christ, You were carried in the arms of the Theotokos, * in order to be an offering in the arms of Simeon.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 1.  He, who once gave the Law to Moses on Sinai, * today submits himself to the prescriptions of the Law. * In his compassion He has become like us for our sakes. * Now the pure God, as a holy infant having opened a pure womb, * is being offered as God to himself. * He is freeing us from the curse of the Law * and granting light to our souls.

Troparion of the Synaxis, Tone 4.  The elderly Simeon is filled with happiness today, * receiving the eternal God as an infant into his arms. * He begs to be released from the bonds of the flesh, * for he cries: I have seen your salvation for the world.

Glory, now and ever – Troparion of the Meeting, Tone 1.  Rejoice, Theotokos, Virgin full of grace; * for from you has shown forth the Sun of Justice, Christ our God, * enlightening those who are in darkness. * Rejoice, also, you just elder; * you received in your arms the liberator of our souls, * who grants us resurrection.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the February Menaion

Troparion of the Meeting, Tone 1.  Rejoice, Theotokos, Virgin full of grace; * for from you has shown forth the Sun of Justice, Christ our God, * enlightening those who are in darkness. * Rejoice, also, you just elder; * you received in your arms the liberator of our souls, * who grants us resurrection.

Troparion of the Synaxis, Tone 4.  The elderly Simeon is filled with happiness today, * receiving the eternal God as an infant into his arms. * He begs to be released from the bonds of the flesh, * for he cries: I have seen your salvation for the world.

Glory – Kontakion of the Synaxis, Tone 4.   The elderly Simeon prayed to be released * from the bonds of this passing life. * He received the Creator and Lord of all into his arms. * He found release and departed to life everlasting.

Now and ever – Kontakion of the Meeting, Tone 1.   Christ our God, through your birth you sanctified the Virgin's womb * and blessed the hands of Simeon as was proper. * Now you have come and saved us. * Give peace to nations at war and strengthen our government. * You, alone, love us all.

Prokeimenon, Tone 3 (Luke 1:46-48). My souls proclaims the greatness of the Lord * and my spirit rejoices * in God my Savior.
V. For he has looked with favor on the humility of his servant; from this day forward, all generations will call be blessed.

and then immediately after the verse:
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 9:11-14

Alleluia, Tone 6 (Ps. 96:11). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Light dawns for the just, and gladness for the upright of heart.

Gospel:  Luke 2:25-38

Magnification. Virgin Theotokos, * the hope of Christians, * protect, watch and save * those who have placed their hope in you.

Irmos, Tone 3. O faithful, let us recognize the figure of Christ * foreshadowed in the letter of the Law which says: * Every male child who opens the womb * is sanctified to God. * Therefore, the first-born Word * and Son of the Father without beginning, * the first-born Son of a mother who had not known man: * him, let us extol.

Communion Hymn for the Meeting (Ps. 115:4). I shall take the chalice of salvation and call upon the name of the Lord. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

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