Menaion

September 1

VigilThe passing of the holy apostle and evangelist, John the Theologian, who, son of Zebedee, with his brother James and Peter was a witness of the transfiguration and also of the passion of the Lord. At the cross he took Mary as his mother, at the command of the dying Lord. In the Gospel and his other writings he shows himself to be a theologian. He was found worthy to contemplate the glory of the incarnate Word, which he saw and proclaimed. (cf May 8)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

We sing “Blessed is the man.” There are eight stichera at "O Lord, I have cried."

Tone 1, special melody Nebesnych činov. As witness of revelations beyond words * and interpreter of the sublime mysteries of God, * O son of Zebedee, * you have written the gospel of Christ for us. * You taught us to glorify the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (3 times)

Divinely moved lyre of heavenly canticles, * you are the mystical writer * and the God-inspired voice melodiously singing the divine hymns. * Pray for the salvation of our souls. (3 times)

O beloved of God, with your thundering voice * you declared the wisdom of God. * You constantly proclaimed aloud the hidden word by frequently saying: * In the beginning was the Word. * You have illumined all with the knowledge of God. (twice)

Glory –  Tone 2.  Let all the human race give the praise that is due to John, the son of thunder, * the virgin apostle and the bearer of God's message, * the chief theologian and the first to proclaim the truths * which are contained in the teachings of divine Wisdom. * For always being filled with that which is divine, he said: * In the beginning was the Word, not separated from the Father * but equal to the Father according to his nature, * thereby showing us the right worship of the Holy Trinity. * He has also shown us that the Word was with the Father, the Creator of all, * and that He bears life and has shown us the true light. * O awesome marvel! O Wisdom! * John was filled with love for God; * he was also filled with glory, honor, and faith; * he was the preacher of our pure faith. * Because of this, we shall obtain eternal blessing on the day of judgment.

Now and ever – the dogmatikon of Saturday evening, in the same tone, or (on Friday night or Saturday night) in the Tone of the week

Entrance with censer, and prokeimenon of the day.  Then three readings:

A reading from the First Universal Letter of Saint John (1 John 3:21 - 4:6).

A reading from the First Universal Letter of Saint John (1 John 4:11-16).

A reading from the First Universal Letter of Saint John (1 John 4:20 - 5:5).

Stichera at the litija:

Tone 1 Bolhar. O Apostle, rivers of theology poured out from your precious mouth. * The Church of God has drunk from them * and in true faith adores the consubstantial Trinity. * O John
the Divine, pray to the Holy Trinity * to strengthen the Church and to save our souls.

The garden of purity, the fragrant myrrh, * has again come upon us in the present feast * so that we may cry aloud: * O John, the apostle who reclined on the bosom of the Master, * and made the word fall on the world like rain, * you have guarded the Virgin as the most cherished one. * Ask Christ to grant us his great mercy.

As an eye-witness of the ineffable mysteries, * you cried out that the eternal Word was in God and that He is God. * O Apostle John, you reclined upon the breast of Christ. * O delight of the Trinity, * O unshakable fortitude of Ephesus and Patmos, help us! * O blessed Theologian, pray that those who honor you faithfully * will be delivered from the wicked enemies of both body and spirit.

O Disciple of the Savior, O celibate and theologian, * Christ our God entrusted the Virgin Theotokos to you. * You protected her as the most cherished one. * Therefore, intercede that our souls may be saved.

Glory –  Tone 4 Bolhar. O beloved Disciple, at the Lord's supper * you reclined on the breast of Christ the Master. * From that place you understood things ineffable, * and your heavenly
voice thundered to all: * In the beginning was the Word; * the Word was in God's presence, and the Word was God. * The true light which gives light to everyone was coming into the world. * Christ is God and the Savior of our souls.

Now and ever – The Son, glorified on high with the Father and the Spirit by the Cherubim, * desired to restore Adam. * He completely and ineffably emptied himself in your womb, 0 ever-praised Theotokos; * and having shone forth from you, * He has enlightened the world with his divinity. * Christ the Lord and Savior of our souls, * having divinized the human race, * led us back to heaven.

The aposticha are for the feast:

Tone 4, special melody Zvannyj svyše byv.  You are the theologian who spoke of the Son of the Most High. * He is co-eternal and consubstantial with the Father, * Light from nchangeable Light, and Image of the very person of the Father, * shining from Him eternally and without change, * the Creator and Lord of all. * O beloved, you have preached about Christ our God to the world, * who is the Light leading us out of darkness.

Through all the earth their voice resounds; their message reaches to the ends of the world.

Having received the light of the Comforter * and having been enlightened by Him, * O beloved, as theologian * you taught that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father * and was manifested to mankind by the Son. * He is equal in holiness, essence, and majesty * with the eternal Father and the Word of God. * We, therefore, venerate you in hymns as the blessed
preacher of our faith. * Keep it firm by your prayers to the Lord, our God.

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.

Having ascended to the height of theology, * you have learned the ineffable mysteries of God: * that the essence of the Godhead is one; * one glory, one kingdom, and one dominion, * ever-divided into three Persons, * yet undivided in essence, * united in a divine union without confusion. * Thus you gloriously proclaimed the undivided Trinity. * O Theologian, entreat God to save and enlighten our souls.

Glory – Tone 6.  O apostle of Christ, O evangelist, O theologian, * you were the mystic of the ineffable mysteries. * You proclaimed to us the untold teachings of Wisdom. * You clarified for the faithful * that the Word was present to God in the beginning. * You cast aside the words of the heretics * and rejected their false teachings. * You appeared as the favorite and beloved friend of Christ, * even as the thundering Isaiah and Moses who saw God. * Having boldness before Him, earnestly pray for our souls.

Now and ever – the aposticha theotokion of Saturday evening, in the same tone.

Troparion,  Tone 2.  Beloved Apostle of Christ our God, * hasten to deliver a people that lacks any other defense. * He who accepted that you lay your head on his breast * will also accept your prayer. * Pray to Christ, O Theotologian, * that he may overcome the darkness of pagan nations, * and beg that he grant us peace and abundant mercy. (twice)

Glory, now and ever – Theotokion, Tone 4. Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos! * Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you! * Blessed are you among women, * and blessed is the fruit of your womb. * For you gave birth to Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of our souls.

At the Divine Liturgy

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Troparion,  Tone 2.  Beloved Apostle of Christ our God, * hasten to deliver a people that lacks any other defense. * He who accepted that you lay your head on his breast * will also accept your prayer. * Pray to Christ, O Theotologian, * that he may overcome the darkness of pagan nations, * and beg that he grant us peace and abundant mercy.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 2.   O man of purity, who could describe your glory? * Many are the miracles and healings you perform. * Since you are a theologian and the beloved of Christ, * intercede with him for the salvation of our souls.

Prokeimenon, Tone 8 (Ps. 18:5,2). Through all the earth their voice resounds; * their message reaches to the end of the world.
V. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.

Epistle:  1 John 4:12-19

Alleluia, Tone 1 (Ps. 88:6,8). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. The heavens declare your wonders, O Lord, and your truth in the assembly of the holy.
V. God is glorified in the council of the holy, great and awesome above all who surround him.

Gospel:  John 19:25-27, 21:24-25

Communion Hymn (Ps. 18:5). Through all the earth their voice resounds; * their message reaches to the end of the world.