Menaion

February 8

Post-festive day of the Meeting.

Six sticheraThe holy great martyr Theodore was a general in the army of the Emperor Licinius. He suffered death in Heraclea in Thrace. (318)

The holy prophet Zechariah, who prophesied that the Chosen People would return from their exile to the land of promise. He bore the news to them of the king of peace, which Christ the Lord fulfilled marvelously by his triumphant entrance to the holy city Jerusalem.

Transferred from February 9:
The holy martyr Nicephor, a Christian from Syria, took the place of Sapricius, who apostasized before a pagan judge. He was put to death during the reign of Emperor Valerian. (260)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 4, special melody Jako doblja. You showed yourself to be an invincible warrior * and a courageous martyr, O wise one. * You routed the foe by your wise words * and the patient manifestation of your deeds. * Therefore, you received crowns of victory, * and now you are numbered with the heavenly ranks, O great-martyr Theodore.

You were a heavenly pillar, O wealthy one, * who detested the altars of the evildoers. * You were led as a pure and perfect lamb * and as a pleasing sacrifice to Him who was slain for your sake. * Now you bestow a treasury of miracles * to those in the world who glorify your memory, O Theodore.

O Theodore, glory of martyrs, you were raised on a cross, * stripped of your skin, and wounded by sharp arrows. * You were stretched out on a tree, * beheaded by a sword, and enveloped by all conceivable agonies. * In all this you revealed yourself to be invincible * through the power of Him who was nailed to the cross.

Tone 8, special melody Čto vy naračem.  O prophet who reveals God, * you lived like the angels and clearly spoke with them. * Because of that you illumined your mind beyond our comprehension. * You received wondrous images; * you were a revelation of great mysteries, * a speaker of prophecy, and a spiritual renewal for all. * Pray now that our souls may be saved.

You manifested yourself as an earthly angel. * You conversed with heavenly beings * and received supernatural visions. * You were a human lampstand which glowed with light. * In the words of the psalmist, * you were a frutiful olive tree * which gives oil to the pious ones through the action of God. * Pray now that our souls may be saved.

You were truly a prophet of God, * and you delighted in poverty. * You were clearly full of the ever-present Delight, * and you saw the Glory beyond expression. * You were adorned with crowns of goodness. * O God-pleasing one, * pray for us who honor you, that our souls may be saved.

Glory – Tone 8.  O faithful, let us praise Theodore" whose name means the gift of God. " He is a follower of the blessedness of Christ. " Let us worthily bless the great martyr, " the conqueror of the world. " He prays to Christ our God for our souls.

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, * pointing out to her the sufferings that she would bear. * He asked the Lord to be released from life, saying: * Now You may dismiss me, O 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 2, special melody Dome Jefratov.  O gates of heaven, open up! * Christ is brought into the Temple as an infant. * The virgin Mother offers Him to God the Father.

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

Christ, who manifested himself to the holy Isaiah * as a fiery coal held by tongs * is now given to the venerable Elder * by the arms of the Theotokos.

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

Simeon, holding the Master in his arms with fear and joy, * asked for release from this present life. * And the Theotokos sang the praises of God.

Glory – Tone 5.  The precious memory of the martyr of Christ * has shined forth today brighter than the dawn. * He invisibly illumines the hearts of the faithful. * Through the action of the Holy Spirit * he disperses the clouds around our souls. * O lovers of martyrs, let us call out to him: * Rejoice, for you revealed yourself to be a God-given grace to the faithful.* You performed multitudes of miracles * for those who hastened to you, O blessed Theodore. * Do not delay, but implore Christ without ceasing, * that He may grant eternal good things * to those who faithfully observe your blessed memory.

Now and ever – in the same tone.  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 of the holy martyr, Tone 4.  O Theodore the triumphant, you became a brilliant general * in the armies of the King of heaven. * You fought courageously with the weapons of faith * and put the legions of demons to flight. * Therefore, we praise you with fervor at all times.

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.  O Theodore the triumphant, you became a brilliant general * in the armies of the King of heaven. * You fought courageously with the weapons of faith * and put the legions of demons to flight. * Therefore, we praise you with fervor at all times.

Glory – Kontakion of the holy martyr, Tone 2.   O Theodore, the pride of martyrs, you put on the armor of faith * and took the Word of God as a spear to vanquish the enemy. * In the company of the martyrs, * do not cease to inrtercede with Christ our God in behalf of all of us.

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. 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:  2 TImothy 2:1-10

Alleluia, Tone 4 (Ps. 91:13,14). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. The just man will flourish like the palm tree * and grow like a cedar of Lebanon.
V. Planted in the house of the Lord, he will flourish in the courts of our God.

Gospel: Matthew 10:16-22

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!