Menaion

September 10

Post-festive day of the Nativity of the Theotokos.

The holy martyrs Menodora, Mitrodora, and Nymphodora were sisters from somewhere in Bythinia. Brought up as Christians, they withdrew from the city into the desert to live for Christ alone, and gave themselves up to fasting, prayer, and work. They became famous as a source of healing illness, which brought them to the attention of the governor. He, astounded by their beauty, wanted to marry them off to noblemen, but they refused. He then put them to the torture to get them to renounce Christ. They died confessing the name of Jesus. (306)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

There are six stichera at "O Lord, I have cried": three for the the feast, and three for the saints.

Tone 8, special melody O preslavnoho čudese. O wonder that surpassess all understanding! * From a mother without child and an unfruitful womb, * the Theotokos, the undefiled One, comes forth from the righteous Joachim and Anna * and blossomed just as the rod of old. * Therefore, the whole assembly of prophets and patriarchs * now rejoices in her birth.

Today David rejoices and Jesse takes great delight, * Levi is exalted and Joachim rejoices in spirit. * The sterility of Anna is loosed by your birth. * O most pure Mary, you are full of grace; * and all people, together with the assembly of angels, * bless your divine womb.

Rejoice, O assembly of the faithful! * Rejoice, O Temple of the Lord! * Rejoice, O unbetrothed Mother who gloriously ended the barrenness of Anna, * and by your birth-giving came the remission of sins for all! * Rejoice, O all-immaculate One, divine Temple! * Rejoice, O Tabernacle in which the Lord and Creator dwelled!

Tone 4, special melody Jako dobl'a.  O virgin martyrs, you have adorned yourselves with the crimson of your blood; * you have united yourselves to Christ our God * in an incorruptible manner; * He preserved your virginity * in the immortal bridal chamber, * in the heavenly dwelling not made by human hands.

In the power of the Spirit, O glorious ones, * and with the youth of your bodies and the maturity of your thoughts, * you conquered the Prince of Evil, the ancient serpent, * and you
showed his might as weakness. * O triune conquerors, Menodora, Metrodora, and Nymphodora, * for this you received crowns of victory.

O most praiseworthy sufferers of the passion, * you endured extreme pain * but did not renounce Christ. * You were cut into pieces and consumed by fire, * torn by spikes and hung on a cross. * For all of this, the triune conquerors, Menodora, Metrodora, and Nymphodora, * have received crowns of victory.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 2.  What is the festive hymn that is heard today? * Joachim and Anna are mystically observing this day with honor, saying: * Adam and Eve, rejoice today
with us! * Through their transgression of old, Paradise was closed. * Now, Mary the maiden of God is being given to us as a blessed fruit. * She opens up the entrance of Paradise to all
of us.

The aposticha are for the post-feast:

Tone 1, special melody Nebesnych činov.  May the door of the God-pleasing temple be opened, * because Joachim has gone inside with glory * before the throne of the King of all. * He has offered up the one who was sanctified to the Lord, * she who was chosen from him to be the Mother of God.

Listen, O daughter, and see and incline your ear.

In your birth, O most pure One, * you gave universal joy and great light to the world, * the Sun of glory, Christ our God. * Because of this you have been revealed * as our intercessor for true happiness and grace.

The rich among the people will seek your favor.

Today your illustrious glory, O pure Lady, * foretells your mighty good works to all people, * for you have appeared as the mediatrix of the present happiness * and the cause of our
joy. * In your mercy, O pure Lady, you have appeared to us.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 2.  The chosen one of the King of all, * the abode of God and divine dwelling of the everexisting One, * comes forth today from the barren and glorious Anna. * It is through her that the shameless Hades is crushed * and the first Eve is led into a faithful life. * Let us worthily cry out to her: * Blessed are you among women, * and blessed is the fruit of your womb!

The troparia:

Troparion of Menodora, Mitrodora, and Nymphodora,  Tone 4. You traded violent tortures and bitter death for eternal life. * Three virgins professed the uncreated Trinity * before a false judge at an illegal trial. * You followed the footsteps of the slaughtered Lamb * when they pierced you with the sword. * Pray for those who honor your memory.

Glory, now and ever –Troparion of the Nativity,  Tone 4.  Your birth, O Virgin Theotokos, * heralded joy to the universe; * for from you arose the Sun of Justice, Christ our God. * Removing the curse, he gave the blessing, * and by destroying death, * he granted us eternal life.

At the Divine Liturgy

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Troparion of the Nativity,  Tone 4.  Your birth, O Virgin Theotokos, * heralded joy to the universe; * for from you arose the Sun of Justice, Christ our God. * Removing the curse, he gave the blessing, * and by destroying death, * he granted us eternal life.

Troparion of Menodora, Mitrodora, and Nymphodora,  Tone 4. You traded violent tortures and bitter death for eternal life. * Three virgins professed the uncreated Trinity * before a false judge at an illegal trial. * You followed the footsteps of the slaughtered Lamb * when they pierced you with the sword. * Pray for those who honor your memory.

Glory – of Menodora, Mitrodora, and Nymphodora,  Tone 4.   Fearless as you were in your struggles for the Holy Trinity, * and because of your sisterly love for each other, * you defeated the enemy of your spiritual life. * In the company of the five virgins, * you entered victoriously into the heavenly mansions * where you are forever joyful with the angels * in the presence of the King of all.

Now and ever – Kontakion of the Nativity, Tone 4.   At your holy birth, O Immaculate One, * Joachim and Anna were freed from the reproach of childlessness * and Adam and Eve * from the corruption of death. * Your people, delivered from the guilt of their faults, * celebrate your birth and cry out: * The barren woman gives birth to the Theotokos * and the Sustainer of our Life.

Prokeimenon of the Nativity, Tone 3 (Luke 1:46-48). My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
V.For he has looked with favor upon the humility of his servant; from this day forward, all generations will call me blessed.

Epistle:  (of the day)

Alleluia of the Nativity , Tone 8 (Ps. 44:11,13). Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Listen, O daughter, and see and incline your ear.
V. The rich among the people will seek your favor.

Gospel:  (of the day)

Magnification. Extol, O my soul, the Virgin Mary born of the barren woman.

Irmos, Tone 2. Virginity is something foreign to mothers, * and child-bearing is strange for virgins. * But in you, O Theotokos, * both the one and the other have come to pass. * Therefore, we, the peoples of the earth, * unceasingly extol you.

Communion Hymn of the Nativity (Ps. 115:4). I shall take the chalice of salvation and call upon the name of the Lord. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!