Menaion

September 17

Post-festive day of the Exaltation of the Cross.

The holy martyr Sophia (Wisdom) and her three children, Faith, Hope, and Charity. They lived and suffered in Rome in the time of the emperor Hadrian. For refusing to sacrifice to the goddess Artemis, he had them put to death. (c.137)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 1, special melody Nebesnych činov.  The Cross is raised and the demons are scattered. * The thief of Paradise opens up the gates. * Now Death is put to death and deprived of its evil. * Christ is glorified, all creation rejoices, and the curse is destroyed.

Come, all you lovers of good! * See the precious Cross being raised up. * Together let us exalt and give glory * to the one Deliverer and God by calling out: * Having been crucified
on the Tree of the Cross, * do not despise us who pray to You.

Of old, Moses made the bitter water sweet. * He delivered Israel by assuming the likeness of the Cross. * Let all of us faithful * divinely and mystically form a likeness of it in our hearts, * for we are being saved by your might.

Tone 4, special melody Dal jesi znamenie.  The virgin maidens were bound by the laws of nature, * yet they were clearly strengthened by the love of the Creator. * Through faith they loosened the bonds of evil. * They acted courageously when they destroyed the enemy. * For this reason they were splendidly adorned with a victorious crown. * Now they live and rejoice with the heavenly Bridegroom.

The praiseworthy Faith, the glorious Charity, * and the Godwise Hope, * who were named after the virtues, * showed themselves to be among the most radiant. * They suffered the
passion and defeated the Evil One * who had craftily deceived our first mother. * Having become like God, they entered Paradise * and now pray for everyone.

The noble ones were not concerned about fire, torture, and death, * because through faith they sought the beauty of the radiant Bridegroom. * Sophia's daughters, Faith, Hope, and
Charity, * adorned with numerous wounds, were spiritually united with Him. * For their sake, 0 Lord, deliver us from evil.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 1.  The Tree of life which was planted in the place of the Skull, * the Tree upon which the King of the Ages brought about our salvation, * is raised up in the middle of the earth today. * It sanctifies the ends of the earth, * and the Church of the Resurrection celebrates its rededication now. * The angels rejoice in heaven, * and those upon the earth exalt with joy and say with David: * Exalt the Lord our God and bow before his throne * and before his footstool, for He is holy; * it is He who grants great mercy to the world.

The aposticha are for post-feast:

Tone 2, special melody Dome Jefratov. With the deified water and your blood, O Word, * your Church is splendidly adorned as a bride, * praising the glory of your Cross.

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

Let us bow down and venerate the spear and the Cross, * the nails and the other instruments * by which the life-bearing body of Christ was crucified.

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

When Moses was defeating Amalek * and holding his hands in the air in the form of a cross, * he prefigured the pure passion of Christ.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 1.  Jacob, the Patriarch, prefigured your Cross, O Christ, * when he blessed his descendants * by laying his hands on their heads in the form of a cross. * Today we exalt it and cry out, O Savior: * Grant victory to your Church over her enemies, * as You once did to your people.

The troparia:

Troparion of Sophia and her daughters, Tone 4. The Church celebrates and is truly happy * over the newly born children and their radiant mother. * Named after Wisdom, she gave birth to three children * equal to the three theological virtues. * In the company of these wise virgins, * she gazes on the Word and chaste Groom. * We join her in her happiness and sing: * O thrice-blessed martyrs, Faith, Hope, and Charity, * make us firm in faith, hope, and charity.

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 Sophia and her daughters, Tone 4. The Church celebrates and is truly happy * over the newly born children and their radiant mother. * Named after Wisdom, she gave birth to three children * equal to the three theological virtues. * In the company of these wise virgins, * she gazes on the Word and chaste Groom. * We join her in her happiness and sing: * O thrice-blessed martyrs, Faith, Hope, and Charity, * make us firm in faith, hope, and charity.

Glory – Kontakion of Sophia and her daughters, Tone 4.   Your daughters, O venerable Sophia, were Faith, Hope, and Charity. * They were like three buds of great holiness. * By the grace of Christ, they confused the false reasoning of the Greeks. * By their struggles they obtained an incorruptible crown * from Christ the Master of all.

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.

Epistle:  (of the day)

Alleluia of the Cross, Tone 1 (Ps. 73:2,12). Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Remember your flock which you acquired long ago.
V. God is our king from all ages. He has accomplished salvation in the middle of the earth.

Gospel: (of the day)

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!