Menaion

February 12

Our holy father Meletius, archbishop of Antioch, was elected to the patriarchal see in 360, but within a month he was sent into exile by Emperor Constantius. Reinstated in 379, he held a council of 150 bishops and took a prominent role in the Ecumenical Council of Constantinople (381). He was persecuted on account of the Nicene faith with frequent exile and soon after presiding over the First Ecumenical Council of Constantinople departed to the Lord. His virtues were celebrated with the highest praises by Saints Gregory of Nyssa and John Chrysostom (381)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

At "O Lord, I have cried", there are three stichera for the holy father.

Tone 4, special melody Jako doblja. You wisely taught that the Word, * coeternal with the Father, and bodiless, * was united to the flesh in his Person * without undergoing change or confusion. * He may be contemplated in two natures and two energies, * which may not be separated from one another * because of their real union.

O blessed Meletius, * you delighted in the Law of the Lord. * As the Scriptures say, * you became a tree planted near the waters of asceticism. * You yielded the fruit of the virtues by the grace * of the one who enlightened your holy soul * and made it capable of receiving * all the inspirations of the Spirit.

As said in the Song of Songs, * O holy father Meletius, * your cheeks are like doves, cherishing chastity and renouncing pleasures * for the sake of the joys of the age to come. * Christ has granted them to you as a gift, * for he accepted your countless struggles * and your flaming zeal, with which * you confronted all dangers to the Faith.

Glory, now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

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 Meletius, * intercede with Christ our God to save our souls.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the February Menaion

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 Meletius, * intercede with Christ our God to save our souls.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 6.   The Macedonian apostate feared your spiritual courage and fled. * We your servants gather around you in order to gain your intercession. * O father Meletius, you are equal to the angels * and the fiery sword of Christ our God. * We praise you as a star enlightening all of us.

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)

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