Menaion

November 16

PolyeleosThe holy apostle and evangelist Mathew who, named Levi, was called by Jesus to follow him and leave his job of publican or tax collector. Chosen among the Apostles, he wrote a Gospel in which Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham, is particularly proclaimed to fulfill the Old Testament.

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 4, special melody Zvannyj svyše byv.  He who knows the human heart, * in his divine foreknowledge, * saw your sentiments toward him, O holy Apostle, * and separated you from the world, * delivering you from iniquity, O Matthew. * Then he made you a lamp to enlighten the ends of the earth, * and at his command, you shone forth. * Therefore, you were worthy to write his divine Gospel. * Pray to him to save and enlighten our souls. (twice)

The Word who had no beginning * called you from the ranks of publicans * to be his disciple, O Matthew, * and urged you to follow him * in order to share in the kingdom he promised. * Then, O blessed one, you left all things, * renouncing trouble and confusion, * and you followed him with a sure step. * Now, O eyewitness of our God, * you are filled with the ineffable vision of God. * Pray to him to save and enlighten our souls. (twice)

The penetrating gaze of a prophet * once saw you as a holy stone, * rolling over the earth to crush the ways of the wicked. * O blessed one, the incarnate Word * has made you a light for the world, * a herald of justice and truth, * radiant with the splendor flowing from the triple Sun. * Pray to him to save and enlighten our souls. (twice)

When the Unapproachable Light * willed to come in the flesh * to scatter the darkness of ignorance and error, * at his call, his life-giving command, * you followed him as a servant of the divine Wisdom. * You kept the law of God and were and ineffable delight, * a dwelling-place of Christ for the Church, O Matthew. * Pray to him to save and enlighten our souls. (twice)

Glory –  Tone 4. Christ called you to the school of heaven, * and by divine inspiration, you followed him with your whole heart, * instantly leaving all earthy occupations. * Taking by obedience the dispositions in keeping with the Kingdom on high, * you renounced all the vainglory and greed of a publican, O Matthew, * and became an evangelist, a light for darkened hearts. * You lead erring sheep to salvation * as an always-fervent intercessor for the world before God, * and a saving protector of the faithful who glorify you.

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 Letter of Saint Peter (1 Peter 1:1-6).

A reading from the First Letter of Saint Peter (1 Peter 2:21 - 3:9).

A reading from the First Letter of Saint Peter (1 Peter 4:1-11).

(Litija options; see stichera for November 14)

(Aposticha)

Glory –  Tone 6.  Soaring like an eagle on high, * you have wondrously ascended * from the depths of infamy to the heights of the virtues, * O illustrious apostle Matthew. * You have followed in the footsteps of Christ, * who covered the heavens with his praise, and the earth with his knowledge. * In all things you showed yourself to be his imitator, * announcing the Gospel of peace, life, and salvation * to the faithful open to his divine precepts. * Guide us along the way * that we may be acceptable to the Creator * and call you blessed.

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

Troparion,  Tone 3.  You rose from the tax collector's booth and you followed Christ in all earnestness. * He made you a blessing for all, a chosen apostle and evangelist for the world. * Therefore, we honor your sacred memory * and ask you to beg God to forgive our sins.

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

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the November Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 3.  You rose from the tax collector's booth and you followed Christ in all earnestness. * He made you a blessing for all, a chosen apostle and evangelist for the world. * Therefore, we honor your sacred memory * and ask you to beg God to forgive our sins.

Glory. now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 4.   You cast off the yoke of gathering taxes, * and you put on the yoke of justice. * You became a shrewd merchant, * obtaining a wealth of wisdom from heaven itself. * When you preached the word of truth, you lifted up depressed spirits. * You wrote of the coming hour of judgment.

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:  1 Corinthians 4:9-16

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: Matthew 9:9-13

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