Menaion

February 5

Post-festive day of the Meeting.

The holy martyr Agatha, who in Catania in Sicily, while still a girl, in a raging persecution, preserved her body unpolluted and her faith intact in martyrdom, offering a witness for Christ the Lord and suffering death during the persecution of Emperor Decius. (250)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

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.

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.

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. * O Christ, You were carried in the arms of the Theotokos, * in order to be an offering in the arms of Simeon.

Tone 4, special melody Dal jesi znamenie.  O Agatha, betrothed to God, * through the beauties of virginity * you preserved your body incorrupt for Christ the Bridegroom. * You were illumined by the brilliance of martyrdom * and have now settled in the divine bridal chamber. * Therefore, we celebrate your universal feast, * and we glorify the Savior who glorifies you.

O glorious one, * your members were severed and your body thrown into the fire. * With the eyes of repentance * you contemplated the blessedness of eternal things. * Because you suffered martyrdom for Christ, O long-suffering martyr, * He has granted you the unfading crown.

You stopped the uncontrollable surging of the wild fire * by your prayers, O martyr of good name. * You saved the city of those who venerate your precious relics. * By these relics, rivers of healings have been obtained through the Divine Spirit. * Because you suffered martyrdom and humbled the enemy, * you received the crown of victory, O all-praiseworthy one.

Glory – Tone 8 samohlasen.  O Agatha, martyr of Christ God, * you were a most glorious marvel in your suffering. * You were like Moses who established the Law for the people. * He received the God-inscribed writings upon tablets of stone. * Here, an angel from heaven brings a tablet on which is written, O venerable one: * You are firm in your commitment; * you received honor from God and entrance into heaven.

Now and ever – in the same tone.  He who rides on the Cherubim and is praised by the Seraphim * is now being brought into the holy Temple according to the Law. * He is sitting in the arms of an old man as though upon a throne. * From Joseph He receives God-pleasing gifts, a pair of turtle doves, * and from the newly-chosen people of the Gentiles, an undefiled Church. * The two doves indicate that He is the head both of the Old and New Testaments. * As for Simeon, when he saw what had been revealed come to pass, * he received the child and blessed the virgin Mother of God, * painting out to her the sufferings that she would bear. * He asked the Lord to be released from life, saying: * Now You may dismiss me, 0 Lord, as You have promised; * for my eyes have seen You, the eternal Light, * the Lord and Savior of all Christian people.

The aposticha are for the post-feast:

Tone 6, special melody Tridneven.  O Simeon, receive with your hands the Creator of all things. * O venerable Elder, in your arms receive Christ * to whom the Virgin gave birth without seed. * He is a joy for all the human race.

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

Multitudes of angels tremble before Him * who is God and Creator of the Law. * O people of the only Benefactor and Giver of the Law, * let us gather together and praise Him, * for He is the salvation of our souls.

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

Now You may release your servant, in peace, * from the bonds of the flesh, O Master, * because I have seen You, O Christ, the Eternal Light. * You are the light of revelation to the Gentiles and to Israel

Glory, now and ever – Tone 2.  Simeon now receives below in his earthly arms * the One whom the ministers at the liturgy on high entreat with trembling, * and who was prophesied to become incarnate. * Seeing the heavenly God as mortal man, * he is ready to withdraw from earthly things and joyfully cries out: * Glory to You, O Lord, the unsetting Light * that uncovers those in darkness.

Troparion of the holy martyr, Tone 4.  Your lamb Agatha, O Jesus, cries out in a loud voice: * I love you, my Bridegroom; I seek you with painful longing. * I am crucified with you; in your baptism, I am buried with you; *I suffer for you that I may reign with you; * and I die for you that I may live with you. * Receive me as a spotless sacrifice immolated with love for you. * By her prayers, O merciful One, save our souls.

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 holy martyr, Tone 4.  Your lamb Agatha, O Jesus, cries out in a loud voice: * I love you, my Bridegroom; I seek you with painful longing. * I am crucified with you; in your baptism, I am buried with you; *I suffer for you that I may reign with you; * and I die for you that I may live with you. * Receive me as a spotless sacrifice immolated with love for you. * By her prayers, O merciful One, save our souls.

Glory – Kontakion of the holy martyr, Tone 4.   May the Church be robed today in a mantle of precious purple * made of the blood of the pure martyr Agatha. * Let us all cry out to her: * Rejoice, Agatha, O pride of Catania!

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 4 (Ps. 67:36,27). God is wondrous in his saints, the God of Israel.
V. In the churches bless God; from Israel's wellsprings bless the Lord.

Epistle:  (of the day)

Alleluia, Tone 1 (Ps. 39:2,3). Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. I have waited, waited for the Lord, and he stooped toward me and heard my cry.

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. 32:1). Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous ones; praise from the upright is fitting. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!