Menaion

October 11-17

SUNDAY OF THE FATHERS AT THE SEVENTH ECUMENICAL COUNCIL

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

There are ten stichera at "O Lord, I have cried", four from the Octoechos and six for the Coincil Fathers.

Tone 6, special melody Otčajannaje. Truly the Seven Councils of the Fathers * although held at various times * were brought together under the canons and in good order * by the Patriarch Germanus the New. * By inscribing and establishing their doctrines * and offering themselves as intercessors with the Lord, * the Fathers are protectors of our salvation * and shepherds of the fold.

The Book of the Law has truly honored the seventh day for the Hebrews * who were dispersed in the shadow of the Law and devoted to it. * But you Fathers, by your participation in the Seven Councils, * by the inspiration of God who in six days finished this universe * and blessed the seventh day, * have made it even more honorable by decreeing the bounds of faith.

You have given all, O thrice-blessed Fathers, * to know the Father, the Son, and the Spirit clearly by their works: * the Trinity who is the cause of the creation of the world. * By your
mystical speech * you called the first three Councils and then the next four. * You have appeared as champions of the true faith, * proving that the Trinity is truly the Creator * of the four elements and of the world.

It would have sufficed Elisha the Prophet * to bend but once to instill life into the dead son of the servant, * but he kneeled and bent seven times. * Thus, in his foreknowledge he prophesied your gathering * through which you revived the lncarnation of the Word of God, * and humiliated Arius and his coworkers.

In wisdom, O venerable Fathers, * you patched the garment of Christ * which had been torn by barking dogs; * for you could not possibly bear to see his nakedness, * like Shem and Japheth of old, * who could not bear to see the nakedness of their father. * Thus you confounded the foolish Arius * and all those who followed his doctrines.

O Fathers, you are the true shepherds * who expelled from the Savior's fold * the Macedonians and the Nestorians, * the followers of Ephtechnis and Dioscorus, * Appolonarius, Sabellius, and Severus * because they became devouring wolves hidden in the skins of lambs, * Since you exposed these wretched ones, we truly honor you.

Glory –  Tone 6.  Let us honor today those mystical trumpets of the Spirit, * namely the God-mantled Fathers * who, speaking of divine things, * sang in the midst of the Church a
hymn in unison, * teaching that the Trinity is One, * not differing in Substance or Godhead, * refuting Arius and struggling for the true faith. * They always intercede with the Lord * to have mercy on 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 Genesis (Genesis 14:14-20).

A reading from Deuteronomy, the Book of the Second Law (Deuteronomy 1:8-11,15-17).

A reading from Deuteronomy, the Book of the Second Law (Deuteronomy 10:14-21).

Litija stichera of the patron of the church. Then:

Glory – Tone 3.  O holy fathers, you have carefully kept the apostolic tradition. * In true faith, you taught the doctrine of the consubstantial Trinity. * Assembled in council, you rejected the blasphemy of Darius, * refuted Macedonius, the adversary of the Spirit, * condemned Nestorius, Eutyches, Dioscorus, Sabellios and Severos the headless. * We entreat you to intercede, * that, preserved from their errors, * we may keep the purity of the true faith * throughout all our lives.

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

TThe aposticha are from the Octoechos for Sunday. Then, for the Council Fathers:

Glory – Tone 4.  Come all you people of the true faith, * let us celebrate today in faith and true worship * the anniversary of the God-mantled Fathers * who came together in the
splendid city of Nicea * from the whole inhabited world. * These Fathers, in the wisdom of their pious minds, * refuted the impious belief which the wretched Arius had invented. * They banished him from the universal Church * by a decree of the Council. * They instructed all to confess openly * that the Son of God is consubstantial and co-eternal with the Father * before all eternity, * decreeing the same with precision and true worship in the Canon of Faith. * Therefore, following their divine doctrines, * in true faith let us worship the Father and the Son and the most Holy Spirit, * the consubstantial Trinity in one Godhead.

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

The troparia:

Troparion of the Resurrection, in the Tone of the Week.

Glory – Troparion of the Council Fathers, Tone 8. O Christ our God, you are above all praise. * You have established our fathers as beacons on the earth, * leading us all to the true faith through them. * O most merciful Lord, glory to you!

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

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the October Menaion

Troparion of the Resurrection, in the Tone of the Week.

Troparion of the Council Fathers, Tone 8. O Christ our God, you are above all praise. * You have established our fathers as beacons on the earth, * leading us all to the true faith through them. * O most merciful Lord, glory to you!

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion of the Council Fathers, Tone 6.   The Son shone forth from the Father indescribably. * In two natures he was born of a woman. * Recognizing this, we do not reject the representation of his human form; * rather, we depict it with reverence and honor it with faith. * Therefore the Church holds fast to the true faith * and kisses the image of the incarnation of Christ.

Prokeimenon, Tone 4 (Daniel 3:26,27). Blessed are you and praiseworthy, O Lord, * the God of our Fathers, * and glorious forever is your name.
V. For you are just in all you have done for us.

Epistle:  Hebrews 13:7-16

Alleluia, Tone 1 (Ps. 49:1,5). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. The God of gods, the Lord, has spoken and summoned the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.
V. Gather before him his righteous ones who have made a covenant with him by sacrifice.

Gospel:   John 17:1-13

Communion Hymn for Sunday, and for the Council Fathers (Ps. 32:1). Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous ones; praise from the upright is fitting. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!