Menaion

November 4

Our venerable father Joannicus the Great in the coenobium of Antidium in Bithynia, monk, who, having left the military after more than twenty years in arms, pursued the solitary life in different forests of Mt. Olympus. He was accustomed to end his prayer with these words: "God my hope, Christ my refuge, Holy Spirit my protector." (846)

The holy martyr Nicander, bishop of Myra and the priest Hermas, at Myra in Lycia. Both were ordained by the Apostle Titus. They were distinguished by a great zeal for the Faith and for their great labors in winning pagans for Christ. Because of this, they

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

At "O Lord, I have cried": three stichera for the venerable father, and three for the holy martyrs.

Tone 4, special melody Zvannyj svyše byv. You were illumined with light divine * when with purity of mind you lifted up your eyes * and preferred the eternal things which are to come * to the things which are inconstant. * Then receiving fire in your heart, O father, * like a deer you thirsted for love divine, * and unmindful of both flesh and blood * you prepared yourself for ascetic struggle. * For this reason you made the passions of the body * subject to your soul.

To ascend the mountain of God, * you made your dwelling in the heights, * without being brought low * by the vexing needs of this lowly body, * O father Joannicus; * for uniting yourself to the Good One * by standing whole nights and days in prayer, * you were illumined and received the gift of prophecy, * beholding things far off as if they were near, * and foretelling to the faithful things which are to come. * Wherefore we glorify you * as a divine teacher.

The assaults and demonic darts * you were able to severely blunt * with the entreaties of your prayers, * and by the power of God, O most glorious one, * you have triumphed over them. * Wherefore, refreshed by the humility of your heart, * you were given miracles as honors by the Good One! * For this cause, your precious relics pour forth fragrant myrrh, * for your have shown yourself to be the sweet fragrance of Christ, * O father Joannicus.

Tone 2, special melody Jehda ot dreva.  Having been given a fitting name * through the Lord's providence, O father, * you confirmed it by signifying it in the flesh; * for in your endurance you vanquished a multitude, * both of adversaries and of torturers. * Wherefore, receiving a crown of glory, * you cried out with faith: * Glory to your invincible might, O Christ who loves us all!

On this, your divine memorial, * you pour forth the most fragrant myrrh of healing * upon us today, O wise Nicander; * you drive away the darkness of sorrow and bodily suffering, * and fill with richest grace * the assembly of all who cry out to Christ: * You are the inexhaustible myrrh, * making fragrant all who call upon you!

As you have boldness before Christ, * who alone is glorious in his saints, * entreat him, O venerable Nicander, * in behalf of all who with love celebrate your memory * and praise your corrections, * that through grace, we may become partakers of the ineffable good things of Christ * and receive his incorruptible glory.

Glory – Tone 6.   O venerable father, * the sound of your corrections has gone forth into all the world; * therefore you have found, in heaven, * the reward for your earthly labor. * You destroyed the hordes of demons * and attained to the ranks of the angels, * whose life you blamelessly emulated. * With your boldness before Christ our God, * ask peace for our souls.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos. Then, for the venerable father:

Glory – Tone 8.  We honor you as the instructor of a multitude of monks, * O Joannicus our father; * for by your steps we have learned how to walk aright! * Blest are you in your labor for Christ, * for thus you denounced the power of the enemy, * O converser with the angels, * companion of the venerable and the righteous. * Pray with them to the Lord * that our souls find mercy!

Troparion,  Tone 4.  You fought like a brave soldier against the hostile flesh, * and you battled spiritual enemies by deep fasting. * You vanquished legions of devils by humility * and have shown yourself a great conqueror. * You received the power to heal from God. * O Joannicus, now beg him to save our souls.

Glory – Troparion, Tone 4.  Your holy martyrs, O Lord our God, * in their struggles, received an incorruptible crown from you. * With your strength, they brought down the tyrants * and broke the cowardly valor of demons. * Through their prayers, O Christ our God, save our souls.

At the Divine Liturgy

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Troparion,  Tone 4.  You fought like a brave soldier against the hostile flesh, * and you battled spiritual enemies by deep fasting. * You vanquished legions of devils by humility * and have shown yourself a great conqueror. * You received the power to heal from God. * O Joannicus, now beg him to save our souls.

Troparion, Tone 4.  Your holy martyrs, O Lord our God, * in their struggles, received an incorruptible crown from you. * With your strength, they brought down the tyrants * and broke the cowardly valor of demons. * Through their prayers, O Christ our God, save our souls.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 8.   You became a brilliant star over the earth, * guiding those in the fog of passions. * You became a truly effective doctor, * for you received the grace to heal. * O father Joannicus, heal those who petition you, * that we may ever sing to you.

Now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 4.   You were enlightened with the anointing of truth, * and you were illumined by the blood of martyrdom. * With joy you have taken up your place among the angels. * We gladly keep your memory today, hoping to obtain purification by your prayers.

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Ps. 115:6,3). 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:  Galatians 5:22 - 6:2

Alleluia, Tone 6 (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 4:25 - 5:12

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