Menaion

October 3

Six sticheraThe holy bishop and martyr Denis the Areopagite, who was joined to Christ by the preaching of blessed Paul the Apostle on the Areopagus and was made first bishop of the Athenians.

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

There are six stichera at "O Lord, I have cried".

Tone 1, special melody Nebesnych činov.  Having entered in mind into the innermost darkness of the unapproachable light, * you learned the divine enigmas of the Word, * O sacred Denis, disciple of Christ, * and on earth you clearly explained the ranks of the angels.

Having made your soul brilliant with rays of threefold splendor * and your body with withering material fire, * O father, you passed over the immaterial radiance and joined the angels. * With them pray unceasingly for us, that our souls be saved.

Having become emiment in the Church of God by your pastorship, * you made your heart a receptacle of the grace of the Spirit, O father. * Therefore, O Denis, you ever pour forth healings upon us, * like water, from your precious shrine.

Tone 1, special melody Prechvalnyj mučenicy. Since he is the Vessel of Election, * when holy Paul saw you, he wisely caught you * in his discourses with the hook of grace * and made of you a bishop and seer of ineffable secrets. * Intercede together with Paul, O divine preacher, holy Denis, * for the salvation of those who sing to you with live.

O father Denis, * in dignity you have become equal to the angels * through the virtue of your spirit, * and you described in your sacred books * the beautiful, heavenly order of the ranks of angels. * And in following it, you arranged the assembly of the Church * in imitation of the order existing in heaven.

As a friend of wisdom, * to the point of coming to resemble God as closely as possible, * O blessed Denis, * you mystically explained the Names of God. * Initiated as you were by union with God * in the mysteries that surpass all understanding, * you taught them to the ends of the earth.

Glory – Tone 2.  Come, O faithful, let us sing in one choir * the annual memorial of the divine hierarchs Denis and Cyprian: * the first, rejecting the philosophy of the Stoics * for the teaching of the "Vessel of Election," * opened himself to the knowledge * of the mysteries which cannot be expressed. * The other, illumined in his spirit * by Justina, the all-beauteous virgin, * escaped the snares of the demon. * Having burned in the fire all his books of magic, * he became a herald of the Gospel. * Thus we sinners, glorifying him who glorified them, * sing to their Savior: * You crown your victorious martyrs with glory; * by their prayers, save our souls, O Christ our God.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos, concluding with:

Glory – Tone 4.  We wish to call you * the unfathomable depth of heavenly wisdom, * O witness of Christ, resplendent in light. * We sing to you as a firm defender, * a champion of the Church; * for, radiant with the purest illumination, * you merited to be clothed in Christ, the cloak of light, * and to shine with the splendor of the divine Spirit, * in the company of the heavenly hosts. * We celebrate your festive memorial throughout the world, O Denis, * and in faith we glorify the Lord who glorified you.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

Troparion,  Tone 4. You learned goodness and practiced temperance. * You robed yourself in the priesthood * and girded yourself with a good conscience. * Therefore, you came to draw ineffable things from the chosen vessel, Paul. * You have completed the race; you have kept the faith. * O priest-martyr Denis, beg Christ our God to save our souls.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the October Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 4.  You learned goodness and practiced temperance. * You robed yourself in the priesthood * and girded yourself with a good conscience. * Therefore, you came to draw ineffable things from the chosen vessel, Paul. * You have completed the race; you have kept the faith. * O priest-martyr Denis, beg Christ our God to save our souls.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 8.  In a spiritual way you passed through the gates of heaven, * and you climbed to the third heaven with the apostle Paul. * You were given a deep understanding of mystical things * with which you have given light to the ignorant. * For all of this we invoke you, O Denis. * Rejoice, O father of all!

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Ps. 18:5,2). Precious in the eyes of the Lord * is the death of his faithful.
V. What can I return to the Lord for all he has given me?

Epistle:  Acts 17:16-34

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

Gospel:  Matthew 13:44-54

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