Menaion

September 15

Great feastPost-festive day of the Exaltation of the Cross.

The holy great martyr Nicetas the Goth on the banks of the Danube. He was ordered to be burned to death by Athanaricus the Arian king because of his Catholic faith. (372)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 5, special melody Radujsja živonosnyj kreste.  Joy to you, life-bearing Cross of the Lord, * invincible triumph of the true faith. * You are the gate to Paradise, * the strength of the faithful, and the stronghold of the Church. * Because of you, corruption no longer has meaning nor power. * By you we have been lifted up from earth to heaven. * You are an invincible weapon against evil, * a glory indeed for saints and martyrs, * and a haven for salvation. * You are the source of mercy to the world.

Joy to you, most honorable Cross of the Lord. * Through you the human race has been delivered from the curse. * In your exaltation you are a sign of true joy. * O Cross all-venerable,
you scatter all our enemies. * You are the help of Christians, the glory of kings, * the strength of the just, and the splendor of priests. * All who sign themselves with you are freed from
peril. * You are the strength under which we are tended like sheep. * The angels gather around you in awe as the source of peace. * You are the glory of Christ * who grants great mercy to the world

Joy to you, precious Cross of the Lord, * guide to the blind and physician to the sick, * and resurrection to the dead. * You raised us out of corruption and removed the curse. * Through
you we have been made divine, * and the power of Hades has been destroyed in full. * Therefore, seeing you today lifted up by our priests, * we exalt Christ who was suspended on you; *
and we bow deeply before you, * seeking forgiveness and great mercy.

Tone 1, special melody Nebesnych činov. Having clothed yourself with the armor of faith, " O victorious martyr Nicetas, " you were revealed as a defender of Christ the King" just as the mighty Gideon of old. " You defeated the enemy by your courage.

O Martyr, you defeated the enemy * by your all-powerful faith in the Savior. * O God-wise one, you suffered the passion. * Because of this, O wise Nicetas, " you converted the barbarians to the Creator and Master of all. * And they devoutly glorify Him.

O holy Martyr, you offered to the glory of Christ" the first-fruits of the enemy. " You were revealed as a sufferer of the passion. " You preached about God and died as a witness to the Trinity. * For this you received a crown of martyrdom; * and like a brilliant light, " you shed radiance through the world, O glorious one.

Glory – Tone 6.  We recognize you as a torchbearer of the martyrs, O Nicetas, * for you suffered the passion of Christ. * You put aside the glory of earthly treasures * and
despised the paganism of your ancestors. * You destroyed their gods and victoriously put the enemy to shame. * You were martyred for professing Christ * and became a soldier of the King of heaven. " Pray for us to the Benefactor of all, * so that He may be generous and save our souls.

Now and ever – Tone 6.  The words of the prophets have told of the most holy wood * by which Adam was delivered from the ancient curse and from death. * On this day of its exaltation, creation raises its voice * to beg God for the abundance of his mercy. * O Lord, your compassion is beyond measure; * spare us, O God, and save our souls!

Entrance with censer. In place of the prokeimenon of the day, the following great prokeimenon:

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Ps. 113:11, 1-2, 3, 5). But our God is in the heavens; he does whatever he wills.
V.When Israel came forth from Egypt, Jacob's sons from an alien people, Judah became the Lord's temple.
V. The sea saw and fled; Jordan was turned back.
V. Why is it, O sea, that you fled; O Jordan, that you turned back?

The aposticha are for post-feast:

Tone 6, special melody Vsju otloživše.  By its elevation the Cross is like an appeal to the whole creation. * We adore the blessed passion of Christ our God * who was suspended on it. * By this Cross, Christ destroyed the one who had destroyed us. * In his great goodness he brought us back to life after we had been dead. * In his mercy he clothed us with beauty * and made us worthy of heaven. * Therefore, we exalt his name with great rejoicing * and glorify his infinite condescension.

Exalt the Lord, our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.

O precious Cross of the Lord, * Moses prefigured you when he stretched out his arms to heaven * and thus defeated the haughty Amalek. * You are the pride of the faithful * and the strength of those who struggle, * the glory of the apostles, the courage of the just, * and the salvation of the saints. * Therefore, at the sight of your elevation, * the whole creation
rejoices, exalts, and glorifies Christ * whose goodness joined together those who had strayed.

God is our king from all ages. He has accomplished salvation in the middle of the earth.

O most venerable Cross of the Lord, * the angels surround you with joy at your elevation today. * You raise up those who had fallen and had been delivered to death * for having eaten
of the forbidden tree. * Therefore, we praise you with our lips, * begging for sanctification, saying: * Exalt Christ our gracious God, O you nations, * and adore his divine footsteps forever.

Glory – Tone 8.  O honorable martyr Nicetas, * your name reveals you as a sign of victory * as you preached Christ our God in battle. * You confessed Him before the king and the torturers. * Do not cease to pray to the Lover of mankind * for the peace of the world and for Christ-loving rulers. * Remember all who faithfully commemorate you, * and pray that we may be delivered from danger.

Now and ever – Tone 8.  Behold the words of your prophet Moses are fulfilled, O Lord; * for he said: You shall see your life suspended before your eyes. * Today the Cross is exalted, and
the world is freed from error. * Today the Resurrection of Christ is renewed; * the ends of the earth exalt with joy. * At the sound of the cymbals of David, * they offer a hymn of praise and say: * In your goodness and love for all, * You have brought about our salvation in the middle of the earth, O our God. * Through your Cross and Resurrection You save us.* O Lord all-powerful, glory to You!

The troparia:

Troparion of Nicetas, Tone 4. You lovingly took up the Cross for armor, * and you advanced to fight the enemy. * You were burnt to death for Christ, * and thus you offered up your priestly soul to the Lord. * You have been rewarded with the gift of healing, O Nicetas; * now beg Christ our God to save our souls.

Glory, now and ever – Troparion of the Cross, Tone 1.  Save your people, O Lord, and bless your inheritance. * Grant victory to your Church over evil, * and protect your people by your cross.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the September Menaion

First Antiphon (Ps. 21:2-4):
My God, my God, hear me; why have you forsaken me? Far from my salvation are the words of my transgression.
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, save us.

O my God, I call by day and you give no reply; I call by night and I find no peace.
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, save us.

O God, you are enthroned in the Holy Place, the Glory of Israel.
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, save us.

Glory... now and ever...
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, save us.

Second Antiphon (Ps. 73:1-2):
Why, O God, have you cast us off forever? Why does your anger smolder against the sheep of your pasture?
Refrain: O Son of God, crucified in the flesh, save us who sing to you: Alleluia!

Remember your flock which you acquired long ago, whom you redeemed as your inheritance.
Refrain: O Son of God, crucified in the flesh, save us who sing to you: Alleluia!

Remember Mount Zion where you made your dwelling.
Refrain: O Son of God, crucified in the flesh, save us who sing to you: Alleluia!

Glory... now and ever...
O Only-begotten Son and Word of God...

Third Antiphon (Ps. 94:1):
Come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord; let us acclaim God our savior.
Refrain: O Son of God, crucified in the flesh, save us who sing to you: Alleluia!

Entrance Hymn (Ps. 94:6):
Come, let us worship and bow before Christ.
Refrain: O Son of God, crucified in the flesh, save us who sing to you: Alleluia!

Troparion of the Cross, Tone 1.  Save your people, O Lord, and bless your inheritance. * Grant victory to your Church over evil, * and protect your people by your cross.

Troparion of Nicetas, Tone 4. You lovingly took up the Cross for armor, * and you advanced to fight the enemy. * You were burnt to death for Christ, * and thus you offered up your priestly soul to the Lord. * You have been rewarded with the gift of healing, O Nicetas; * now beg Christ our God to save our souls.

Glory – Kontakion of Nicetas, Tone 2.   O glorious Nicetas, you crushed the power of error by your perseverance in the faith * and earned the crown of victory by your struggles; * therefore, you now enjoy the company of the angels in heaven. * With them, do not cease to interced with Christ our God that he may save our souls.

Now and ever – Kontakion of the Cross, Tone 4.   Christ our God, who were willingly raised upon the cross, * grant your mercies to the new people who bear your name. * By your power grant joy to the Church. * Give her victory over evil * with your invincible trophy, the weapon of peace, * as an ally.

Prokeimenon of the Cross, Tone 7 (Ps. 98:5,1). Exalt the Lord our God and worship at his foot-stool, for he is holy.
V.The Lord is King; let the peoples rage.

Prokeimenon of a martyr, Tone 7 (Ps. 63:11,2). The just man will rejoice in the Lord, * and will put his trust in him.
V. Hear my voice, O God, when I pray to you.

Epistle:  2 Timothy 2:1-10

Alleluia of a martyr, Tone 4 (Ps. 91:13,14). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. The just man will flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon.
V. Planted in the house of the Lord, he will flourish in the courts of our God.

Gospel:  Matthew 10:16-22

Magnification. Extol, O my soul, the most precious cross of the Lord.

Irmos, Tone 8. You are a mystical paradise, O Theotokos; * Christ has blossomed forth from you without tilling. * He planted the life-bearing tree of the cross on the earth. * As we now exalt the cross * and bow before it, we proclaim your greatness.

Communion Hymn of the Cross (Ps. 4:7). We have been signed, O Lord, with the light of your face. Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

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