Menaion

February 7

Post-festive day of the Meeting.

Our venerable father Parthenius, bishop of Lampsacus in Hellespont, bishop, who, in the time of the emperor Constantine, it is said propagated the faith by his preaching and example of life. (318)

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 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 1, special melody Nebesnych činov.  0 great Parthenius, * your name is a synonym of virginity; * you are the luminary of Lampsacus * and the bright morning star of miraculous works. * Through your memory you invite all of us * to observe the spiritual feast * of those who sing hymns to Christ the Savior.

From early youth you bore God in yourself, O most blessed one. * You burned up the hosts of demons by the fire of your prayers. * O wise one, you guided the flock of Lampsacus. * You destroyed the altars of idols * and renewed yourself for God.

Your miracles preach your wondrous deeds: * the fish which was cast up dead came back to life; * the unfruitful cultivated land and vineyard brought forth fruit; * the promise of a needed rain was fulfilled abundantly. * Therefore, O priestly worker, * we ask that you pray for our salvation.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 6.  O Christ our God, this day You have been pleased * to rest in the arms of the Elder * as You sit upon the throne of the Cherubim. * Deliver us, who sing your praises, from the force of passions, * and grant salvation to our souls.

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 6.  Today the gates of heaven swing open, * for the Word of the Father who has no beginning * has received beginning in time * without any loss to his divinity. * As a child of forty days He is offered by a virgin Mother * in the Temple according to the Law. * The Elder Simeon receives Him in his arms and cries out: * Dismiss me, O Master, for my eyes have seen your salvation; * O Lord, who came into the world to save us, glory to You!

Troparion of the venerable father, Tone 4.  God of our fathers, you always deal with us in your kindness. * Take not your mercy away from us; * but through their prayers guide our life in peace.

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.  God of our fathers, you always deal with us in your kindness. * Take not your mercy away from us; * but through their prayers guide our life in peace.

Glory – Kontakion of the venerable hierarch, Tone 3.   O God-wise Parthenius, you have received the grace of miracles. * O God-bearing father, you have dispelled all the passions of the faithful, * and you have cast out the evil spirits. * Therefore we praise you, the perfect contemplator of divine truths.

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!