Menaion

November 13

VigilOur holy father John Chrysostom, archbishop of Constantinople. Born in Antioch, he was ordained to the priesthood and found worthy of the title Chrysostom because of his golden eloquence. Chosen for the see of Constantinople, he showed himself to be the best pastor and teacher of the faith. He was forced into exile by his enemies. When he was recalled from his exile by a decree of Pope Saint Innocent I, having suffered many evils from the accompanying soldiers, he returned his soul to God on the fourteenth day of September at Comana in Pontus. (407)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 4, special melody Jako dobl'a. Let us praise in song * the God-inspired instrument and golden-forged trumpet, * the boundless depth of dogma, * the affirmation of the Church and the heavenly mind, * the depth of wisdom and the chalice of purest gold * that poured forth sweet rivers of learning * and nourished all creation. (three times)

Let us worthily honor * John of the golden words, * the never-setting star which enlightens everything under the sun * with his rays of teaching. * He is the preacher of penance * and the sponge of purest gold * which removes the cruel dampness of ignorance. * He gives life to hearts that are torn by sin. (three times)

Let Chrysostom be exalted, * for he is the earthly angel and the heavenly man, * the eagle of great and good speech * and the treasury of virtues. * He is the firm rock and the example of the faithful, * the one who is like the martyrs * and who stands equal with the angels, * for his teaching was the same as the apostles. (twice)

Glory –  Tone 6.  O thrice-venerable and most holy Father, * you are the good shepherd and the student of Christ the chief Shepherd * who gave his life for his flock. * Now, ever-praised John Chrysostom, * grant that through your prayers we may receive great mercy.

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 IV).

The Slavonic menaion has stichera at the litija.

The aposticha are for the feast:

Tone 5, special melody Radujsja. Rejoice, O golden, glittering, and beautiful God-inspired Instrument of the Church. * Rejoice, O orator who with loving-kindness * prescribed for us various examples of penance. " Rejoice, O golden-formed mind, " golden-tongued swallow, and dove who radiated virtues on green pastures. * Rejoice, most golden stream which pours forth the waters of divine speech, * the stream entrusted with the divine love for the human race. * Ask Christ to send great mercy to our souls.

V. My lips will speak words of wisdom; understanding will be the theme of my heart.

Rejoice, father of orphans and quick helper of the needy. * Rejoice, benefactor of the poor, * food of the hungry, and corrector of those who sin. * Rejoice, most honorable and most pleasing healer of souls. * Rejoice, sublime knowledge of theology " and narrator of spiritual writings. " Rejoice, keeper of the law and retainer of the most just order. * Rejoice, O sublime wisdom of visions and deeds. * Ask Christ to send great mercy to our souls.

V. The mouth of the just will utter wisdom, and his tongue will pronounce judgment.

O Chrysostom, the Church sings to you: * Rejoice in Christ, your Bridegroom. * For by your virtues and your words, * you have enlightened the world more than the rays of the sun. * Rejoice, O wisest of men, greater than all other orators. * Rejoice, defender of the true faith. * You are the one who uncovered falseness, O teacher of penance. * Rejoice, quiet depth of knowledge, * who like the great Paul followed Christ completely. * Now ask Christ to send great mercy to our souls.

Glory – Tone 8.  O Chrysostom, you spoke most purely * and showed yourself to be the golden-sounding trumpet. * You purified the hearts of the faithful * by your true and dedicated teaching. * The message of your teaching * has gone forth prophetically, O venerable Father, * and you have enlightened the ends of the earth.

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

Troparion, Tone 8.  The grace shining forth from your mouth * like a torch has enlightened the universe; * it has stored up in the world * the treasure of disdain for wealth. * It has shown us the heights of humility. * Instruct us by your words, John Chrysostom our father, * and intercede with the Word, Christ our God, to save our souls. (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

music - see the November Menaion

Troparion, Tone 8.  The grace shining forth from your mouth * like a torch has enlightened the universe; * it has stored up in the world * the treasure of disdain for wealth. * It has shown us the heights of humility. * Instruct us by your words, John Chrysostom our father, * and intercede with the Word, Christ our God, to save our souls.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 6.   You have received divine grace from heaven * and with your lips you teach all how to worship * one God in the Trinity, * most blessed venerable John Chrysostom. * It is fitting that we praise you, * for you are the teacher who reveals the divine.

Prokeimenon, Tone 1 (Ps. 48:4,2). My lips will speak * words of wisdom; * understanding will be the theme of my heart.
V. Hear this, all you nations; give heed, all who dwell in the world.

Epistle:  Hebrews 7:26 - 8:2

Alleluia, Tone 2 (Ps. 36:30,31). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. The mouth of the just will utter wisdom, and his tongue will pronounce judgment.
V. The law of the Lord is in his heart; his steps shall be saved from stumbling.

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!