Menaion

February 20

Our venerable father Leo, bishop of Catania in Sicily, who diligently cared for the poor. (c.787)

Our holy father Agathon, Pope of Rome, who kept the faith blameless against the errors of the Monothelites and, at synods, promoted the unity of the Church. (681)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 8. O Lord, in the world you revealed the holy bishop * to be a successor to the apostles in word and deed, * and a preacher of correct doctrine. * Therefore you made him an instructor of bishops * and a partaker of your incorrupt glory.

Holding you as a living pillar * and a proclaimer of the right teachings of the Word, O Leo, * the Church of Christ remains ever unshaken, * beholding the truth and glorifying the Lord, * the Master of all, who has glorified you.

Lord and Word, you revealed the holy bishop * to be a sharp sword against the impious, * and for your orthodox Faith. * Cutting down false teachings with it, * you increased pious teaching in the world, O Master.

Glory, now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos.

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

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 8.  The Church sees you as a brilliant light in the heavens, * shining more radiantly than the sun. * Preserve her unconquered * and indestructible from heresy, * and keep her ever spotless, O blessed saint, * for we honor your memory a all times.

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!