Menaion

September 28

PolyeleosOur venerable father and confessor Chariton, in the Old Laura near Bethlehem in Palestine, abbot, who, diligent in prayer and fasting, founded many lauras in the desert. (362)

The holy martyr Wenceslaus, prince of the Czechs, who was the leader of the Bohemians, trained in divine and human wisdom by his grandmother St. Ludmilla. He was severe toward himself but gentle in ruling his kingdom and merciful to the poor. He redeemed in large numbers pagan slaves about to be sold that they might be baptized. After enduring many difficulties in ruling his subjects and in spreading the faith he was betrayed by his brother Boleslaus and killed by assassins in a church in Old Boleslavia [modern Altbunzlau] in Bohemia. (929)

The holy prophet Baruch. A disciple and faithful friend of the prophet Jeremiah, he foretold the return of the Jews from the Babylonian captivity, and the coming of the Son of God on earth. It is held that he was killed by Jews from Egypt, as was the prophet Jeremiah, in the seventh century before Christ.

The Synaxis of the Venerable Fathers of the Monastery of the Caves who repose near the venerable Anthony.

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 4, special melody Dal jesi znamenie.  By temperance and constant prayer, * you weakened the bodily passions, * drowning the treacherous serpent in the flood of your tears, * O venerable father Chariton. * Being wondrously acceptable to God, * you were adorned with divine charisms by Jesus, the Lover of mankind and Savior of our souls. (twice)

Toiling at ascetic labors, * you extinguished burning embers of the passions. * When you were exposed to the fire of pains and torments, * in the presence of the impious who were judging you, * you confessed the Word who emptied himself * and became incarnate for our sake. * Thus you became a witness branded by the marks of your countless torments, * O admirable and blessed God-bearing father. (twice)

Fleeing to the mountains and wilderness, * you sought solitude, O holy father, * keeping your soul spotless, * so that now, O Chariton, you have become the dwelling of the Trinity. * By his power, you built up three holy communities, * dwellings for the salvation of the monks * who venerate your holy memory, all-worthy of our hymns. (twice)

Glory –  Tone 4.   O God-bearing father Chariton, * immediately after your death, you saw Christ in heaven, * for whose sake you had crucified yourself to the world. * For, being a stranger both to the world and to the flesh, * you transcended visible things in your life, * for it was not you who lived, * but Christ our God who lived in you. * Pray to him to save our souls.

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 Wisdom of Solomon (Wisdom 3:1-9).

A reading from the Wisdom of Solomon (Wisdom 5:15 - 6:3).

A reading from the Wisdom of Solomon (Wisdom 4:7-15).

The aposticha are for the venerable father, concluding with:

Glory – Tone 8.  All the monks honor you, O venerable father Chariton, * as a spiritual guide. * Through you, we have set out on the narrow path; * blessed are you for having served Christ * and for having broken the power of the enemy, * O companion of the angels, * the just and the saints. * With them, ask the Lord to have mercy on our souls.

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

Troparion,  Tone 8.  You blended the river of your tears * with the wellspring of your profession, * and in those waters you wash away the sins * of those who esteem your precious memory. * You present them clean before their God and Master; * now beg him to save our souls.

Glory, now and ever – the festal theotokion of Saturday evening, in the same tone.

At the Divine Liturgy

music

Troparion,  Tone 8.  You blended the river of your tears * with the wellspring of your profession, * and in those waters you wash away the sins * of those who esteem your precious memory. * You present them clean before their God and Master; * now beg him to save our souls.

Glory. now and ever– Kontakion, Tone 2.   O divinely-minded Chariton, * you found your delight in the monastic life. * You conquered the passions of your body and increased in faith; * you blossomed forth like the Tree of Life in the midst of paradise, * O most blessed and holy father.

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Ps. 149:5,1). Let the faithful rejoice in glory, * shout for joy and take their rest.
V. Sing to the Lord a new song of praise in the assembly of the faithful.

Epistle:  2 Corinthians 4:6-15

Alleluia, Tone 6 (Ps. 111:1,2). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Happy the man who fears the Lord and greatly delights in his commands.
V. His posterity will be mighty upon the earth.

Gospel:  Luke 6:17-23

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