Menaion

November 22

Postfestive day of the Entrance

The holy Philemon and his companions of Colossae, for whose love in Christ Jesus blessed Paul the Apostle rejoiced and who is venerated together with his wife St. Apphia.

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

There are six stichera at "O Lord, I have cried": three for the the feast, and three for the saints.

Tone 8, special melody O preslavnaho čudese. O wonder most glorious! * The Ineffable One is now prefigured. * She is known today in visible images * because the Divine Light shone forth for the world. * The betrothed is led into the holy temple. * Let us exalt her as the splendid and holy one, * the light-radiating Temple of Christ the Light-Giver.

The wise Joachim and Anna * offered up a truly acceptable first fruit, * the heavenly fruit that God clearly desired to give to them, * the handmaiden of God, the Virgin Mary. * Her tribulations took away the debt. * Let us praise her and devoutly rejoice * because she is the mediatrix of joy for the whole world.

Come let us mystically gather together. * Adorned with the light of faith, * let us walk before the Virgin * who now gloriously enters the temple of God. * She is betrothed to Christ, the King of all. * We celebrate the beautiful feast of her entrance * which is a delight to everyone.

Tone 2, special melody Jehda ot dreva. O glorious Philemon, * as a branch of the Living Vine, * you have rained the joy of the knowledge of God * upon those who have anguish of soul. * You made happy the hearts that were ensnared * and possessed by the darkness of idol worship. * Therefore, we rejoice and celebrate your God-loving memory.

O blessed one, * the city of Gaza venerates you, * since it beheld the light of knowledge through you. * The Colossians hold onto your holy body as a rich possession * which overflows with the grace of healing. * Therefore, O glorious Philemon, * we observe your memory * and are protected from dangers by your prayers.

In faith * let us praise the wise ones, * the hierarchs Archippus and the precious Apphias. * Let us honor the priestly preachers * and honorable teachers, Philemon and Onesimus. * They rooted out the cunning of idol worship by preaching * and planted the knowledge of truth * for all who devoutly honor them.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 1.  Today let the heavens above greatly rejoice * and let the clouds pour down gladness * at the mighty and marvelous acts of our God. * For behold, the gate that looks towards the East, * born from a fruitless and barren womb according to the promise, * and consecrated to God as his dwelling, * is now being brought into the temple as a spotless offering. * Let David greatly rejoice and play on his harp, saying: * Virgins shall be brought to the King after her; * her companions shall be brought into the ark of the Lord * to be nourished with the life of the Incorruptible One * who was begotten from eternity * for the salvation of our souls.

The aposticha are for the post-feast:

Tone 2, special melody Dome Jefratov.  Today the assembly of virgins, * singing psalms and carrying candles, * brightly leads the procession * in honor of the all-Immaculate One.

She is led to the King with her maiden companions.

O prophet, receive the Spiritual Mountain, * the Sanctuary, the Divine Altar, * and the Ark which contained the manna, * the all-Immaculate One.

They are escorted amid gladness and joy; they pass within the palace of the king.

Open up the doors of the sanctuary, O prophet Zechariah; * truly receive the Mother of God. * She is the ever-Virgin.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 2.  Today the all-Immaculate Virgin * is being escorted into the temple * to become the abode of God, the King of all. * Today, as a three year old child, * the most pure holy One is being led into the Holy of Holies. * With the angel, let us cry out to her: * Rejoice, for you alone are blessed among women.

Troparion of the apostles,  Tone 3. O holy Apostles, intercede with the merciful God * that he may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.

Glory, now and ever – Troparion of the feast,  Tone 4.  Today is the prelude of God's benevolence * and the herald of our salvation, * for the Virgin openly appears in the temple of God * and foretells Christ to all. * Let us also with full voice exclaim to her: * Rejoice, fulfillment of the Creator's plan.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the November Menaion

Troparion of the feast,  Tone 4.  Today is the prelude of God's benevolence * and the herald of our salvation, * for the Virgin openly appears in the temple of God * and foretells Christ to all. * Let us also with full voice exclaim to her: * Rejoice, fulfillment of the Creator's plan.

Troparion of the apostles,  Tone 3. O holy Apostles, intercede with the merciful God * that he may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.

Glory – Kontakion of the apostles, Tone 2.   We praise these stars who bathe the world in light, * the apostles Philemon, Archippus, and Onesimus, * also Mark, Apollo, and Apphia. * We cry: Pray unceasingly for all of us.

Now and ever – Kontakion of the feast, Tone 4.   The most pure Temple of the Savior, * the most precious Bridal Chamber and Virgin, * the Treasury of the glory of God, * is led today into the house of the Lord, * bringing grace in the Spirit of God. * God's angels praise her in song; she is the Heavenly Ark.

Prokeimenon, Tone 3 (Luke 1:46-48). My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
V.For he has looked with favor upon the humility of his servant; from this day forward, all generations will call me blessed.

Epistle:  Philemon 1:25

Alleluia, Tone 8 (Ps. 44:11,13). Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Listen, O daughter, and see and incline your ear.
V. The rich among the people will seek your favor.

Gospel:  Luke 10:1-15

Magnification. The angels were struck with amazement, * beholding the entrance of the Most Pure, * seeing how the Virgin entered into the Holy of Holies.

Irmos, Tone 4. Let no uninitiated hand * touch the living Ark of God; * but let faithful lips, singing without ceasing * the words of the angel to the Theotokos, * cry aloud in great joy: * O pure Virgin, you are truly exalted over all.

Communion Hymn (Ps. 115:4). I shall take the chalice of salvation and call upon the name of the Lord. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!