Menaion

September 11

Post-festive day of the Nativity of the Theotokos.

Our venerable mother Theodora of Alexandria. As a young married woman, she committed adultery on the advice of a fortune-teller. She was accused by her conscience, and left the world, cutting off her hair and dressing as a man in order to enter the monastery of Octodecatos, assuming the name Theodore. Falsely accused of having sex with a prostitute, she accepted the rebuke as a punishment for her former sin. She ended up in the desert for seven years, until the hegumen took her back. Only at her death did the monks realize that she was a woman. (490)

The holy bishop martyr Autonomus fled Italy during the Diocletian persecution and settled in Bythinia, where he brought many to the faith. While preaching to pagans, he was attacked in his own church and killed at the altar. (c.300) transferred from September 12 because of the leave-taking

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

There are six stichera at "O Lord, I have cried": three for the the venerable mother, and three for the bishop martyr.

Tone 4, special melody Jako dobl'a. Although you bore the body of a woman, * you took up your dwelling in the midst of men. * You underwent sufferings and the struggles of passions. * You overcame them through fasting, * unceasing prayer, and attentiveness to the Lord.

The sun that sets has never known you to sin, * and the Unsetting Sun knows your life of virtue; * He is the Lord who knows the depths of the heart and sees the secrets of all. * He enlightened the eyes of your heart through the light of penance. * Because of this, you hasten to please Him by abstaining from evil * and by the perfecting of virtues.

Although you fell into the trap of the enemy, * you still loved the child whom you bore amid reproach; * you nourished him with your love, O glorious mother, * and piously bore the condemnation of those who defamed you. * For this reason, we celebrate your honorable feast, O Theodora.

Tone 4, special melody Jako dobl'a.  O great preacher Autonomous, * you illumined yourself through virtues. * Adorned with piety, you were a heavenly bishop. * You traveled through the world as a bright sun, * implanting everywhere the preaching of the faith. * You destroyed error through your piercing words, 0 God-wise bishop.

You went forth freely to painful sufferings, * to courageous battles and wounds. * You suffered many stonings, O Autonomous. * As a martyr you ascended the ladder of these stones to God. * Now you pray with the bodiless powers for the world.

O most radiant one, * through the grace of the Divine Spirit, * you have attained the garb of martyrdom. * You have hastened as a priest to the holy things in heaven * where Christ our
Forerunner had already entered. * You have received the crown of victory from God, 0 Autonomous, * in the company of those who poured out their blood for Him.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 4.  O Virgin, today you were born a most noble child * from the two just ones, Joachim and Anne, * as the angel had promised in his announcement. * To God you are a heaven, a throne, and a vessel of holiness; * to the whole world, a herald of joy, * the cause of our life, the blessing that wiped out the curse. * You are the reason for all the blessings of God. * O Maiden whom God has chosen, * on this day of your nativity * obtain peace and great mercy for our souls.

The aposticha are for the post-feast:

Tone 2, special melody Dome Jefratov.  You cried out from the heart * as a childless one laments who is yearning for a child. * But you have given birth to a child. * She is the praise of the whole human race.

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

Let us venerate with singing voices * the glorious nativity of the all-holy Virgin. * Because of her, the whole world is renewed.

The rich among the people will seek your favor.

Rejoice, O wise Prophets who speak for God, * because the Virgin is now born. * The Salvation of the world desires to be born from her.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 4.  Today Anna, the barren one, claps her hands for joy. * The earth is bathed in light and kings sing their happiness, * priests enjoy all blessings and the whole universe rejoices; * for the Queen and immaculate Bride of the Father * comes forth from the root of Jesse. * Behold, no woman will ever again bear a child in sorrow or anxiety, * for joy has come forth in abundance and life has filled the world. * Joachim's offerings shall no more be rejected, * for the tears of Anne have now been turned into joy. * And now Anne can say: * Rejoice with me, all you chosen ones of Israel, * for the Lord has given me the palace of his divine and living glory * to be a place of joy and happiness for the whole universe * and for the salvation of our souls.

The troparia:

Troparion of Theodora,  Tone 8.  In you, O mother, the divine image was strictly preserved; * taking up your cross, you followed Christ. * You taught us by example how to spurn the flesh, for it passes away, * and how to care for the soul which is immortal. * Therefore, O venerable Theodora, your soul rejoices with the angels.

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

music - see the September Menaion

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 Theodora,  Tone 8.  In you, O mother, the divine image wss strictly preserved; * taking up your cross, you followed Christ. * You taught us by example how to spurn the flesh, for it passes away, * and how to care for the soul which is immortal. * Therefore, O venerable Theodora, your soul rejoices with the angels.

Glory – Kontakion of Theodora,  Tone 2.   In order to obtain complete forgiveness of your sins, * you spent all of your bodily strength in fast and abstinence * and your nights in continual prayer to God. * Your penitence and perseverence obtained forgiveness for you.

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.

and then immediately:
Prokeimenon of a venerable woman, Tone 4
(Ps. 67:36,27). God is wondrous in his saints, the God of Israel
V. In the churches bless God; from Israel's wellsprings bless the Lord.

Epistle:  (for Theodora) Galatians 3:23-29

Alleluia of a venerable woman, Tone 1 (Ps. 39:2,3). Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. I have waited, waited for the Lord, and he stooped toward me and heard my cry.

Gospel: (for Theodora) John 8:3-11

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 a venerable woman (Ps. 111:6-7). The just woman will be remembered forever; evil news she will not fear. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!