Menaion

October 18

PolyeleosThe holy apostle and evangelist Luke who, as it is told, was born of a pagan family in Antioch and was a doctor by profession. He was converted to the faith and became a most-beloved companion of blessed Paul the Apostle. A scribe with the gentleness of Christ, he diligently arranged all the things which Jesus did and taught in the book of his Gospel. Likewise, in his Acts of the Apostles, he told the beginnings of the life of the Church up to the time of the first visit of Paul to Rome.

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 8, special melody Čto vy naračem.  What shall I call you, O blessed Apostle? * A heaven proclaiming the glory of God? * A star shining brightly upon the world? * A cloud raining down divine showers? * A cup of Wisdom pouring out for us the wine that brings joy to our hearts? * Intercede for the salvation of our souls. (twice)

What shall I call you, O divinely inspired Apostle? * A river flowing to us from Paradise? * The Ark of the Covenant established by Christ? * A star shining forth the supreme Light? * A radiance illumining the Church of God? * A table of the Bread of Life and a divine Chalice? * Intercede for the salvation of our souls. (twice)

What shall I call you, who have seen our God? * An efficient steward of the mysteris of Christ? * A wise builder of the spiritual tabernacle? * The hewer of the tablets of grace * on whch you engraved the newest of laws, * which came from Zion and are preached by you? * Intercede for the salvation of our souls.

What shall I call you, O glorious Apostle? * An attentive physician who heals souls and bodies * with the treasures of heaven's graces? * A collaborator and travelling companion of Paul? * The writer of the Acts of the Apostles, O holy Luke? * There are many names for your many qualities. * Intercede for the salvation of our souls.

What shall I call you, O divine preacher? * A disciple who gave us the good news of Christ? * A physician through whom our souls are healed of their passions? * A radiance shining thye supreme Light? * The solid foundation of the Faith * who wrote an account of the all-holy Gospel for our sake? * Intercede for the salvation of our souls.

What shall I call you, O wondrous Apostle? * A faithful oberver of the Wisdom which instructs us? * The writer of the Acts of the Apostles, whose teachings you relate? * The unhakeable pillar of the Faith, * rampart of the Church, inviolate fortress? * Countless are your deeds, and more countless your gifts. * Intercede for the salvation of our souls.

Glory –  Tone 6.   O holy apostle of Christ, * whose divine teaching you relate, * foundation stone of the Church: * truly, by your preaching you have drawn back from the abyss of perdition * the hearts darkened by ignorance. * You save them from the violence of the stormy waves, * O you who were both the companion and imitator of the Vessel of Election. * O wondrous Luke, we entreat you, * O jewel of the Antiochians: * intercede before the Savior, our God, * for the faithful who celebrate your sacred memory.

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 1:1-7).

A reading from the Universal Letter of Saint James (James 1:1-12).

A reading from the Universal Letter of Saint Jude (June 1-7, 17-25).

(Litija stichera)

(Aposticha)

Glory –  Tone 6.   O holy apostle of Christ, * skilled fisherman, worker in the vineyard of the Savior: * you described his Passion. * Having gone over the whole world with faith, * you gathered the wandering nations * and offered them to our God; * like incense you rose to heaven. * In the presence of the judge, intercede for us, * that he may deliver us from our iniquities * and from all pain on the day of judgment.

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

Troparion,  Tone 5.  Let us praise the holy and glorious apostle Luke with sacred chants; * for he is a living doctor who heals human weakness, * the ills of souls, and the sickness of nature. * He is the awesome writer of the Gospel of Christ, and the story of the Acts of the Apostles. * He recorded for the Church what had been unwritten.

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

At the Divine Liturgy

music

Troparion,  Tone 5.  Let us praise the holy and glorious apostle Luke with sacred chants; * for he is a living doctor who heals human weakness, * the ills of souls, and the sickness of nature. * He is the awesome writer of the Gospel of Christ, and the story of the Acts of the Apostles. * He recorded for the Church what had been unwritten.

Glory. now and ever– Kontakion, Tone 2.   Let us praise the heavenly Luke, a star of the Church, * a preacher of true holiness, and the one who clarified the ineffable mysteries. * The Word who searches all hearts * chose him and Paul to be teachers of the Gentiles.

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:  Colossians 4:5-9, 14, 18

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: Luke 9:44-50

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