Menaion

November 20

Prefestive day of the Entrance of the Theotokos.

Our venerable father Gregory the Decapolite at Constantinople, monk. He first professed the monastic life and then the life of an anchorite. Then he made a journey and settled for a long while in Thessalonica. Finally he returned his soul to God at Constantinople where he fought vigorously in defense of the holy Images. (9th century)

Our holy father Proclus, archbishop of Constantinople, who vigorously proclaimed blessed Mary to be the Theotokos (“she who gave birth to God”). He returned the body of St. John Chrysostom from exile in a triumphal translation. His episcopate was so adorned with blessings that at the Ecumenical Council of Chalcedon he was thought worthy to be called the Great. (446)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

There are six stichera at "O Lord, I have cried": three for the the pre-feast, and three for the venerable father.

Tone 1, special melody Nebesnych činov. The candle-bearing virgins brightly escort the ever-Virgin. * They are in spirit truly prophesying the future * because the Theotokos is the temple of God; * and with a virgin's glory, * she is being led as a young child into the Temple.

The Theotokos, glorious fruit of the holy promise, * is truly revealed to the world as higher than all creation. * She is piously escorted into the Temple of God * and fulfills the promise of her parents. * She is protected by the Holy Spirit.

O Virgin, you were faithfully nourished by heavenly bread * in the Temple of the Lord. * You gave birth to the Word, * who is the Bread of Life for the whole world. * You are a chosen and all-immaculate temple to Him. * You were betrothed mystically through the Spirit * to be the bride of God the Father.

Tone 1, special melody Nebesnych činov. Living joyfully in the heavenly abode, O Father, * you always stand with the angels before the throne of the Lord. * Pray that He grant the remission of sins * to those on earth who observe your memory.

Through prayer and discipline, O Father Gregory, * you cut the thorns of passion. * You turned up the spiritual ground * and cast into it the seeds of piety. * In this manner, you reaped fruits of healing for us.

O venerable one, all those who honor you * call you a harbor of virtues. * O Gregory, you were a friend of silence and a keeper of vigils. * You are a model of continence, a safe abode of prayer, * a treasury of miracles, and a mediator before God.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 4.  Today the Theotokos, the Temple that is to contain God, * is being escorted into the Temple of the Lord, * and Zechariah receives her. * Today the Holy of Holies greatly rejoices, * and the choir of angels mystically celebrates this feast. * Let us also celebrate with them today * and cry out with Gabriel: * Rejoice, O Full of Grace, the Lord is with you, * and He grants us great mercy.

But if it Friday evening, we sing: Glory.... Today the Theotokos.... Now and ever... and the dogmatikon in the Tone of the Week.

The aposticha are for the holy father Proclus:

Tone 4, special melody Dal jesi znamenie.  O ever-remembered Proclus, you are a teacher In the Church; * through the splendor of dogmas * and the beauty of your life and words, you enlightened all. * You were truly revealed as a pillar of the Church. * Therefore, we bless you * and celebrate your holy, all-honorable memory in psalms and hymns.

Precious In the eyes of the Lord is the death of his faithful.

You taught splendidly * and preached that the Theotokos, the most pure handmaiden, gave birth to Him; * the Creator and Master before all ages, * the Son and the Word of the Father. * Later on in time He willingly became incarnate for us * without changing his nature. * You put the foolish and dishonorable Nestor to shame.

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

O ever-memorable one, * you have drawn the golden glistening waters of the wise preacher of God. * You revealed yourself to be his transmitter of piety. * You made the flock of Christ firm by the teachings of the truth. * You restored his pure and all-precious relics * like a royal pillar of the Church.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 4.  Come all you people, * and let us praise the only-immaculate One * who was foretold by the prophets * and is being led into the Temple. * She was chosen from eternity to be the Mother; * and in time she was revealed as the Theotokos. * O Lord, by her prayers * grant us your peace and great mercy.

Troparion, Tone 4.  God of our fathers, you always deal with us in your kindness. * Take not your mercy away from us; * but through their prayers guide our life in peace.

Glory, now and ever – Troparion of the pre-feast, Tone 4. Today Anna prepares for us a joy that dispels all sadness * for she had blossomed and borne the only Ever-Virgin. * Today she fulfills her vows with gladness * and leads into the Temple of the Lord * the one who is the true temple of God the Word * and his pure Mother.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the November Menaion

Troparion of the pre-feast, Tone 4. Today Anna prepares for us a joy that dispels all sadness * for she had blossomed and borne the only Ever-Virgin. * Today she fulfills her vows with gladness * and leads into the Temple of the Lord * the one who is the true temple of God the Word * and his pure Mother.

Troparion of Gregory, Tone 4.God of our fathers, you always deal with us in your kindness. * Take not your mercy away from us; * but through their prayers guide our life in peace.

Glory – Kontakion of Gregory, Tone 3.   The Church recognizes you as a brilliant sun * which enlightens the world with virtue and with miracles of healing. * You pleased Christ, and now we praise you, * as we celebrate your precious memory, O Gregory.

or Kontakion of Proclus, Tone 4.   The most honorable of cities * celebrates your death in a manner worthy of you, * O wise Proclus, * father of our ancestors.

Now and ever – Kontakion of the pre-feast, Tone 4.   Filled with joy today * by the auspicious feast of the Theotokos, * the whole world cries out: * This is the Heavenly Ark.

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:  (of the day)

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: (of the day)

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