Menaion

February 4

Post-festive day of the Meeting.

Our venerable father Isidore of Pelusium, in Egypt, priest, who, notable in his teaching, spurning the world and riches, preferred to imitate the life of John the Baptist in the desert, having taken up the monastic state, founded a monastery at Pelusium, and was held in much esteem as a theologian and a guide of souls. (c. 450)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 4, special melody Dal jesi znamenie.  In fulfillment of the Law, * the Lover of us all now is brought to the Temple. * Simeon takes Him in his aged arms and cries out: * Now let me depart to the blessedness of the world to come; * for I have beheld on this day, clothed in mortal flesh, * the One who is Lord of life and Master of death.

As a light of revelation to the Gentiles, * You manifested yourself, O Lord. * The Sun of Justice sits upon a light cloud. * You fulfilled the shadow of the Law * and showed the beginning of the new grace. * Therefore, beholding You, Simeon cried out: * Release me from corruption, for I have seen You today.

When You became incarnate as You willed, * You did not separate yourself from the bosom of the Father. * You uphold the whole world with your hand, * yet You were held in the arms of the ever-Virgin, * and You were handed over to the arms of Simeon, the servant of God. * Therefore, he cried out with joy: * Now You may dismiss your servant in peace, O Lord, for I have seen You.

Tone 4, special melody Jako doblja.  Lifting yourself up to God * by contemplation and the practice of the virtues, * O blessed father Isidore, * you led a holy life, * approaching the vision of God by the ladder of your works * and cherishing the supreme Object of all your desires. * Now, possessing forever that which you desired, * you enjoy the blessedness and delight of the triple Radiance.

O holy father, * by the streams of grace and the rain of your sacred words, * you refresh all the faithful in the Lord. * Approaching the cup of Wisdom from on high, * you drank from it in abundance, as from a well. * By your writings, your admonishings and your teachings, * you spread your radiant doctrine everywhere, * O father Isidore, worthy of our praise.

By temperance, you mortified the arrogance of the flesh, * as youi clothed yourself in the life-giving crucifixion. * Expanding the dispositions of your soul, O blessed Isidore, * you have been able to receive the graces of the Holy Spirit; * and you have become a repository of divinely-inspired doctrine, * a treasury of wisdom which surpasses our understanding.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 2.  Today Simeon takes in his arms the Lord of Glory, * the One whom Moses formerly saw in the darkness * when he received the tablets of the Law on Mount Sinai. * This is He who speaks through the prophets; * He is the Creator of the Law. * This is He whom David announced; * He is awesome to all, yet He has great and abundant mercy.

The aposticha are for the post-feast:

Tone 2, special melody Dome Jefratov.  O Simeon, receive the Lord of glory, * as it was made known to you by the Holy Spirit. * Behold, He now comes into the Temple.

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

The immaculate and most pure Virgin * is carrying the Creator and Master * as an infant in her arms, * and she is entering the Temple today.

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

Great and awesome is the mystery of the plan of salvation * which embraces everyone and raises up infants, * since He is being carried as an infant in her arms.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 2 samohlasen.  The pure Virgin brings the sacred One * into the sanctuary to the holy priest. * Simeon extends his hands, * receives Him joyously in his arms, and cries out: * O Master, now You may dismiss your servant in peace, * according to your word, O Lord.

Troparion of the venerable father, Tone 8.  In you, O father, the divine image was strictly preserved; * taking up your cross, you followed Christ. * You taught us by example how to spurn the flesh, for it passes away, * and how to care for the soul, which is immortal. * Therefore, O venerable Isidore, your souls rejoices with the angels.

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 venerable father, Tone 8.  In you, O father, the divine image was strictly preserved; * taking up your cross, you followed Christ. * You taught us by example how to spurn the flesh, for it passes away, * and how to care for the soul, which is immortal. * Therefore, O venerable Isidore, your souls rejoices with the angels.

Glory – Kontakion of the venerable father, Tone 4.   O glorious Isidore, the Church has found in you another morning star, * for you enlighten her with the clarity of your teaching. * And she cried out to you: * Rejoice, Isidore most blessed, whose spiritual knowledge is so revered.

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 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)

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