Menaion

November 12

VigilThe holy martyr Josaphat, bishop of Polotsk. Josaphat Kuncewicz, bishop of the Greek Catholic Church and martyr, spurred his flock to Catholic unity by his constant effort and nurtured the Byzantine-Slavic Church by his pious love. At Vitebsk in Belarus (then under the control of Poland), he was cruelly seized by an angry mob and died for the unity of the Church and in defense of the Catholic truth. (1623)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 1, special melody Prechvalnyj mučenicy. O Josaphat, you are worthy of glory. * Your sacred vestment was stained with your martyr's blood, * and now you have entered into the Holy of Holies * with the Lord who rejoices for you. * From Him you have received victory for your labors, * an eternal crown, everlasting beauty, and the life of Paradise. * O great martyr Josaphat, * now also pray that He may grant unity and peace to our Churches * and great mercy to our souls. (twice)

O all-precious orator, * you first offered yourself as an unbloody sacrifice to God. * Like the unblemished fruit, your holy work was an acceptable sacrifice. * Then you brought yourself to Christ, by means of your blood, * as a true and great martyr. * Now also pray that He may grant unity and peace to our Churches * and great mercy to our souls. (twice)

You destroyed the vanity of the dissenters * by your sanctifying words. * You also strengthened the faith of the weakened hearts. * You have entered into the eternal life, * having suffered for the cause of unity. * You were a witness to the Lord, O great martyr Josaphat. * Now also pray that He may grant unity and peace to our Churches * and great mercy to our souls.

Your sacred vestments were stained crimson by your blood, O holy one. * So you received from Christ a two-fold crown, O generous father. * You also rejoice with the angels in heaven * as you stand in the presence of the Blessed Trinity. * Now also pray that God may grant unity and peace to our Churches * and great mercy to our souls.

O great martyr Josaphat, * in chastity you yearned for an honorable life. * You worshiped Christ the Almighty, * and you led the people into union with Him * by your precious words and by his grace. * You washed yourself with the blood of martyrdom, O blessed one of God. * You have entered into eternity. * Now also pray that He may grant unity and peace to our Churches * and great mercy to our souls.

In thought you ascended into the unsetting cloud of the ineffable Light. * You, a great martyr and shepherd, * knew the ineffable mysteries of Christ. " As a martyr you were enlightened, " and as a shepherd you were mystically taught. * Because of that, you also received two crowns from the glory on high. " Now also pray that He may grant unity and peace to our Churches " and great mercy to our souls.

Glory –  Tone 6.  O great martyr Josaphat, * you were a true priest until the time of your death. * As a priest you were a minister of the Ineffable mysteries of Christ. * You poured out your blood as did Christ our God, * presenting yourself as an acceptable sacrifice. * Because of that, you are confident in his presence. * Pray for the faith of those who observe and venerate your all-holy memory, * so that your flock and the whole world * may be delivered from all dangers, invasions, enemies, and sieges.

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 Proverbs (Composite I).

A reading from the Wisdom of Solomon (Composite II).

A reading from the Wisdom of Solomon (Composite III).

Stichera at the litija:

Tone 1 Bolhar. Come, let us all celebrate in spirit with heavenly priestly words * the memory of the great martyr Josaphat. * Because he cleared the thorns of division * and with abundant virtue through the fruit of the sanctuary, * he planted the teachings of salvation for our souls.

As a priest you acted according to the divine gospel. * You sealed the divine teachings with your blood * at the hands of the flock in disunity, O great martyr Josaphat. * You dried up the river of demons, * and you went up into heaven * as a conqueror receiving the crown of victory.

O great martyr Josaphat, " the Eastern Church possessed you and your priestly works. " Now you protect her In an unshakable manner from hostile wolves " as she preaches about your courage and extols you, O blessed one.

Glory –  Tone 5 Bolhar. The Church celebrates your light-bearing feast, * and she rejoices, O great martyr Josaphat. * She faithfully venerates you. * As a shepherd do not cease to bless her. * Pray for the salvation of all.

Now and ever – O most pure Virgin, * you are the temple, the gate, the palace, and the throne of the King. * Christ, our Redeemer and Lord, * appeared through you to those who slumbered in darkness. " For He, as the Sun of Righteousness, * wished to enlighten those whom He created with his own hands * according to his own image. * Therefore, O Lady, whom we always praise in song, * we beseech you to intercede with Christ for the salvation of our souls, * for as his mother you can approach Him with the greatest confidence.

The aposticha are for the feast:

Tone 4, special melody Jako dobl'a.  Like a very bright sun * you shone upon the firmament of the Church. * By the splendor of your words, by your God-inspired teaching, * and by your life equal to that of an angel, * you enlightened the souls that were darkened by the wickedness of the enemy. * You led back onto the way of truth those who had strayed. ' Because of that, we rejoice today * and observe your light-bearing and holy memory.

V. Your priests will be clothed with righteousness and your saints will rejoice

O great martyr Josaphat, * you were equal in honor to the apostles. ` You received an understanding like theirs. * You did not fear the cruelty of malicious torturers, * but manfully and courageously you preached the unity of the faith. * You suffered many varied wounds and torments. " And now you have received a great reward for your long-suffering * from the Source and Judge of victory, Christ our God. * Implore Him for all who in faith venerate your holy memory.

V. Precious in the eyes of the Lord Is the death of his faithful.

O great martyr Josaphat, * offering up precious service and a spotless sacrifice to the Master, Christ our God, * you offered yourself as a perfect holocaust to Him. * You courageously suffered out of love for Him by spilling your blood. " As a true shepherd and follower of Christ, * you did not cease to cry out: * O Father, protect everyone in your name. * All blessed Josaphat, now pray that the Churches and all people be reunited " and that we may be saved.

Glory – Tone 4.  Your good deeds are radiant like the sun upon heaven and earth, * O conciliator of Christ, all-blessed great martyr Josaphat. * You rightly preached to us the true and spotless faith of Christ. " For this, as a good shepherd, you also laid down your life, * following the wellspring of shepherds, Christ our God. * O all-blessed sanctifier, O God-bearer, * implore that all may be saved * who lovingly celebrate the precious memory of your sufferings.

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

Troparion, Tone 4.  You have become a brilliant light, O priest-martyr Josaphat. * You gave up your life for your sheep like the Good Shepherd. * You were slain by the lovers of schism, * and you have walked into the Holy of Holies to rest in the company of the angels. * O long-suffering saint, we make this petition to you: * Beg Christ, the Prince of Shepherds, to save our souls * and to number us among the sheep at his right hand. (twice)

Glory, now and ever – Theotokion, Tone 4. Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos! * Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you! * Blessed are you among women, * and blessed is the fruit of your womb. * For you gave birth to Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of our souls.

At the Divine Liturgy

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Troparion, Tone 4.  You have become a brilliant light, O priest-martyr Josaphat. * You gave up your life for your sheep like the Good Shepherd. * You were slain by the lovers of schism, * and you have walked into the Holy of Holies to rest in the company of the angels. * O long-suffering saint, we make this petition to you: * Beg Christ, the Prince of Shepherds, to save our souls * and to number us among the sheep at his right hand.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 2.   You were enlightened by the spark from the crucified Christ * from the time when you were a child. * You were like an angel in monastic life, * living it in tune with true holiness. * You openly preached unity, and with your martyr's blood, * you calmed the hearts of those who had been tossed about with schism. * Christ has crowned you and we sing to you: * Rejoice, unshatterable pillar of unity.

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:  Hebrews 4:14 - 5:6

Alleluia, Tone 2 (Ps. 131:9,13). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Your priests will be clothed with righteousness and your saints will rejoice.
V. The just man will flourish like the palm tree * and grow like a cedar of Lebanon.

Gospel: John 10:9-16

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