Menaion

November 30

PolyeleosThe holy and glorious apostle Andrew, the First-Called. Born in Bethsaida, he was the brother of Simon Peter and a fisherman with him. He was called first from the disciples of John the Baptist at the Jordan by the Lord Jesus. Andrew followed him and even brought his brother to the Lord. After Pentecost it is said that he preached the Gospel in Achaia and at Patrae was tied to a cross. The Church in Constantinople considers him their praiseworthy and remarkable patron.

The holy Frumentius, enlightener of Ethiopia. Frumentius was shipwrecked off the coast of Ethiopia and captured by the people living there. After having begun preaching the Gospel to the people, he went to St. Athanasius the Great in Alexandria to tell him of the situation. Athanasius ordained Frumentius bishop, and he returned to Ethiopia. His zeal, his preaching, and his miracles brought the whole country to Christ during his lifetime. (370)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 4, special melody Zvanny svyše byv.  You had walked in the light of the Forerunner. * But when the incarnate image of the Father's glory appeared * to save us all in his mercy, * you were the first to follow after him, * O illustrious Andrew, * whose spirit was illumined * by the perfect splendor of his radiant divinity. * Thus you were the apostle and herald of Christ our God: * entreat him to enlighten and save our souls. (three times)

You had listened to the voice of the Forerunner. * But when the All-Holy Word was incarnate * to give us the gift of life * and bring the good news of salvation to earth, * you followed him and were consecrated to him * as a holy first-fruits and the beginning of his harvest. * Having recognized him, you revealed our God to your brother: entreat him to enlighten and save our souls. (three times)

You had been the disciple of the fruit of a barren womb. * But when the Son of a Virgin arose, * the Master teaching piety, total wisdom and purity, * you became a fervent friend of virtue, O blessed Andrew; * in your heart you prepared the steps * to lift you from glory to glory, * to the very splendor of Christ our God: entreat him to enlighten and save our souls. (twice)

Glory –  Tone 4. Renouncing the catching of fish, * you became a fisher of men, * with the rod of divine preaching * and the hook of faith, O illustrious apostle, * who fished the whole assembly of the nations up from the depths of error. * You are the brother of Peter, * whose voice went out to instruct the whole world. * O Andrew, do not cease to intercede for us, the faithful, * who celebrate your sacred memory with their whole heart.

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).

Stichera at the litija:

Tone 1 Bolhar. O Lord, Andrew was the first-called among the disciples, * the imitator of your Passion, * the Apostle who was like you even in his death. * With the hook of the Cross, he has fished from the depths of ignorance * those who once had wandered, in order to bring them to you. * Thus, we the faithful who have been saved, * sing to you, O supreme Goodness: * By his prayers, save our souls and grant peace to our lives.

O faithful, let us sing to Andrew, the brother of Peter and the disciple of Christ. He once cast nets to catch fish. But now, with the Cross as a rod, he has caught the world, as he leads the nations back from error through Baptism. Forever in the presence of Christ, he intercedes before him that the world be given peace and that he grant great mercy to our souls.

Having received in his heart the mystic flame enlightening the spirit and consuming sins, the Apostle Andrew, the disciple of Christ, made his teaching shine in the darkened hearts of the pagans. He burns the myths of the wicked like twigs, for such is the power of the fire of the Spirit. O strange wonder arousing amazement: human nature, with its body made of mud and its lips of clay, has received bodiless knowledge, proper to the Spirit. Initiated into ineffable secrets which you contemplate in heaven, intercede that our souls receive light!

Tone 8. Seeing the God you loved walking in the flesh on earth, O first-called of his eye-witnesses, you cried out to your brother, full of joy: Simon, we have found the One whom we love! Then you spoke to the Savior in the words of David: Like the deer that yearns for living streams, so my soul is thirsting for you, O Christ our God! Loving him ever more deeply, you joined him by means of the Cross, as a true disciple imitating his passion; since you share his glory, ceaselessly pray to him for our souls.

Glory –  Tone 8. Let us acclaim Andrew, * the herald of the Faith and servant of the Word, * who fishes people from the depths of error, * holding in his hands the rod of the Cross * and casting divine power as a net * to draw souls from the depth of evil, * and present them as an acceptable offering to our God. * O faithful, ceaselessly sing to him * with the choirs of the disciples of Christ, * that he intercede before him * that he be favorable to us on the day of judgment.

Now and ever – Theotokion. O Lady, receive the prayers of your servants: * deliver us from all danger and all affliction.

The aposticha are for the feast:

Tone 5, special melody Radujsja. Rejoice, mystical heaven, ceaselessly proclaiming the glory of God, O Andrew, first to answer the call of Christ with fervor. You became his intimate companion, to the point of reflecting his light on those in darkness, whom you enlightened, in imitation of his goodness. Thus we celebrate your holy feast and joyfully embrace your reliquary from which, for those who ask, flows great mercy

Through all the earth their voice resounds; their message reaches to the ends of the world.

Having found the primary object of your desires, the one who put on our nature in the compassion of his heart, O Andrew, you united yourself to him in the fervor of your love. You cried out to your brother: We have found Christ, the one whom the prophets announced in the Spirit. Let us go, that his beauty may delight our souls and spirits; so that, enlightened by his splendor, we may drive away the darkness of ignorance and the night of error, praising and blessing the Lord who grants the world great mercy!

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.

With the net of your words, you fished from the depths of ignorance the nations who had lived without knowledge of the true God; and with a sure foot, you trod upon the breakers stirred up by the sea as an excellent steed of him who had dominated the waves. Then you attacked the sickness of the godless, applying your precious wisdom to it as a medicine. It is a wisdom that amazes the impudent followers of him who turns them to foolishness by not acknowledging Christ, who grants the world great mercy.

Glory –  Tone 3.  With hymns, let us honor the First-Called, * the brother of Peter, a catcher of fish and a fisher of men, * the apostle Andrew: * for he made known to all the teachings of Jesus. * As one throws bait to the fish, * so he handed over his body to the wicked, * and thus captured them in his nets. * By his prayers, O Christ our God, * grant your people peace and great mercy.

Now and ever – in the same tone. Tell us, O Joseph: How is it * that you take the young Virgin that you received from the holy Temple * and lead her, pregnant, to Bethlehem? * He says: Having searched the prophecies * and having been divinely warned by an angel, * I firmly believe that Mary will give birth in an ineffable manner to God. * Magi will come from the East to bow down before him, * worshipping him and offering rich gifts. * O Lord, who are incarnate for our sake, glory to you!

Troparion,  Tone 4.  Andrew, the first-called of the apostles and brother of Peter their leader, * intercede with the Master of All * that he may grant peace to the world * and great mercy to our souls.

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

At the Divine Liturgy

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Troparion,  Tone 4.  Andrew, the first-called of the apostles and brother of Peter their leader, * intercede with the Master of All * that he may grant peace to the world * and great mercy to our souls.

Glory. now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 2.  Let us praise Andrew the theologian for his courage, * the first apostle of the Savior and brother of Peter. * In like manner he drew his brother to Christ. * He is now crying out to us: * Come and see, for we have found the One whom the world desires.

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: John 1:35-51

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