Menaion

February 6

Post-festive day of the Meeting.

Our venerable Father Bucolus, bishop of Smyrna, lived in Smyrna in the days of Saint John the Theologian, by whom he was appointed bishop before St. Polycarp the martyr. (2nd century)

The holy martyr Silvanus, bishop of Emesa, and his companions. Silvanus of Emesa in Syria, was a bishop, who, when he had led that same Church for forty years, finally, under the emperor Maximinus thrown to the wild beasts. Together with Luca the deacon and Mocius the lector he received the palm of martyrdom. (313)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

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 6, special melody Tridneven.  You glistened with the light of sanctifying virtues, O priestly one. * You mystically placed the light on the lampstand of the divine Church. * You illuminate it by your sacred teachings, O Father.

The Holy Spirit sanctified you, O priestly Bucolus. * Through you, O God-bearer, * He gives sanctity, enlightenment, and deliverance * to all those who approach through faith.

Preaching the utter goodness of our God, * you bless the afflicted, O wise one. * Since you are a very holy priest, * you lead the people to the Savior through grace.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 5.  Search the Scriptures as Christ our God said in the Gospels; * for in them we find Him who was born and wrapped in swaddling clothes, * the One laid in a manger and fed upon milk, * who received circumcision and was carried by Simeon. * Not in fancy nor in imagination, * but in very truth has He appeared to the world. * Let us cry out to Him: * Glory to You, O pre-eternal God!

The aposticha are for the post-feast:

Tone 2, special melody Dome Jefratov.  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.

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

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.

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

My eyes have seen You, the Promised One. * Quickly release me, your servant, * O Gracious God and Lover of Mankind.

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.

Troparion,  Tone 4. Your life has shown you to your flock as a rule of faith, * an image of gentleness, and a teacher of moderation. * You acquired greatness through humility * and wealth through poverty. * O father and bishop Bucolus, * intercede with Christ our God to 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 venerable hierarch, Tone 4.  Your life has shown you to your flock as a rule of faith, * an image of gentleness, and a teacher of moderation. * You acquired greatness through humility * and wealth through poverty. * O father and bishop Bucolus, * intercede with Christ our God to save our souls.

Glory – Kontakion of the venerable hierarch, Tone 4.   Radiant with the light of the priesthood, * you illumined the people, O pastor. * You destoyed the darkness of idolatry, * and you dispersed the clouds of the passions by your cures. * You went before the unsetting Light. * Now we ask you to pray for us who honor you, O blessed Bucolus.

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 1 (Ps. 48:4,2). My lips will speak * words of wisdom; * understanding will be the theme of my heart.
V. Hear this, all you nations; give heed, all who dwell in the world.

Epistle:  (of the day)

Alleluia, Tone 2 (Ps. 36:30,31). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. The mouth of the just will utter wisdom, and his tongue will pronounce judgment.
V. The law of the Lord is in his heart; his steps shall be saved from stumbling.

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!