Menaion

February 25

Our holy father Tarasius, Archbishop of Constantinople, notable for learning and piety. He opened the Second Nicene Council, in which the Fathers vindicated the cult of holy Images. He was called the “father of the poor.” (806)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 2, special melody Jehda ot dreva. You that love the things of God, * honoring those of the spirit, * come today and let us behold * the banquet of the sweet savor of abstinence * which Tarasius, the godly host, * by his immaterial virtues, * has prepared for us in spirit. * Let us all cry out eagerly: * We entreat you, pray that we may obtain forgiveness of our sins!

You revealed the faith to the world in truth, * wise and eminent father;* you wrote it in stone, shaking off the dirt of heresy, * establishing the beauty of the church, * as you followed the teachings of the apostles of Christ. * Together with them we all cry out to you: * Rightly praised father, pray that our souls may be saved!

You received everything of Christ * and the blessedness of giving alms in love of the poor. * Pouring forth alms upon them richly, * you received the mercy of the promise, * for mercy will cry out to be praised at the judgment. * Therefore you departed to life. * We beseech you, pray that we may obtain forgiveness of our sins!

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

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 3.  O blessed Tarasius, you filled the Church with joy * by preaching holy doctrine. * You taught us all to bow before the venerable icon of Christ and to honor it. * You vanquished the iconoclastic heresy. * Therefore, we cry out: Rejoice, Tarasius, our wise father.

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!