Menaion

February 14

Our venerable father Auxentius on Mount Skopa [modern Siope] in Bithynia, priest and archimandrite, who argued the Chalcedonian faith with a strong voice in a prominent place as if established in a position of authority. (5th century)

PolyeleosThe passing of our venerable father Constantine, whose monastic name is Cyril, the Apostle of the Slavs. This man from Thessalonica, along with his brother Methodius, was sent by Photius the bishop of Constantinople to Moravia, where he preached the Christian faith and devised an alphabet that they might translate the sacred books from the Greek to the Slavic language. When they came to Rome, Cyril, who was previously known as Constantine, was afflicted by illness. He was made a monk and the same day slept in the Lord. (869)

The venerable Maron, hermit and wonder-worker, who lived on a mountain near Apamea in Syria, and was very much dedicated to ardent penance and the interior life. At his famous tomb a monastery was built. The Maronite Catholic Church takes its name from this saint. (c. 423)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

We sing “Blessed is the man.” Stichera at "O Lord, I have cried" (which are repeated as necessary):

Tone 4. O Father, you shone with the beauty of virtue, * and you went about the whole world, * like a bee putting the purest honey of divine wisdom * in the good hearts of those believing in the one Christ, * who came on earth and visited our lowliness * with his endless mercy and humility.  (twice)

With the wisdom of meekness * and filled with love of God * and knowledge of the true faith, * you netted the cities and countryside for God, O blessed Cyril. * By grace you came to those who had not received saving wisdom, * and therefore, we praise you with holy hymns.  (twice)

You lived a life without fault and worthy of praise, * and your death was precious to God in the eyes of all. * Glorious with righteousness, O Father, * you gave your soul into God's hands. * Therefore, we ask you to pray to him for mercy * for those who faithfully praise you.  (twice)

Glory, now and ever – the dogmatikon of Saturday evening, in the same tone, or (on Friday night or Saturday night) in the Tone of the week

Entrance with censer, and prokeimenon of the day.  Then three readings:

A reading from the Wisdom of Solomon (Wisdom 5:15 — 6:3).

A reading from the Wisdom of Solomon (Wisdom 3:1-9).

A reading from the Wisdom of Solomon (Wisdom 4:7, 16-17, 19 — 5:7).

The aposticha are from the Octoechos, then:

Glory – Tone 8.  The pure spiritual memory of the saints * dwelt in your pure heart, O venerable father, * most blessed Cyril. * It showed you to be an exorcist terrifying to the evil spirits * and a doctor of hidden illnesses. * Therefore, since you have confidence before God, who loves us all, * pray to him without ceasing * to free us from stain of soul and body.

Now and ever – the aposticha theotokion of Saturday evening, in the same tone.

Troparion, Tone 4.  From your childhood, you made wisdom your sister, * and you took her to wife as a radiant virgin. * You adorned your mind and soul with it like gold. * You became a second great Cyril, O voice of God. * You became a marvel by name and a blessed thinker.

Another translation: From your childhood you made wisdom your sister, O divine voice, and you received her as a radiant virgin. You adorned your mind and soul with it like gold. You shone as a second great Cyril, O blessed in understanding and wise in name.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the February Menaion

Troparion, Tone 4.  From your childhood, you made wisdom your sister, * and you took her to wife as a radiant virgin. * You adorned your mind and soul with it like gold. * You became a second great Cyril, O voice of God. * You became a marvel by name and a blessed thinker.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 2.  Enlightening the world by your divinely inspired teachings, * you have extended your sway like lighting over the world. * You sow the brilliant Word of God everywhere you go; * all the corners of the world shine with your miracles, * the north, south, east, and west, O blessed Cyril.

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Ps. 115:6,3). Precious in the eyes of the Lord * is the death of his faithful.
V. What can I return to the Lord for all he has given me?

Epistle:  Hebrews 7:26 – 8:2

Alleluia, Tone 6 (Ps. 111:1,2). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Happy the man who fears the Lord and greatly delights in his command.
V. His posterity will be mighty upon the earth.

Gospel: John 10:9-16

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