Menaion

December 4

Six sticheraThe holy great martyr Barbara who, it is said, was a virgin and martyr of Nicomedia. (306)

Our venerable father John of Damascus, a priest celebrated for his holiness and learning, He strove diligently by his word and writings in favor of the veneration of Holy Images against the Emperor Leo III, the Isaurian. Having been made a monk in the monastery of St. Sabbas near Jerusalem, he composed sacred hymns and there reposed in the Lord. His body was buried on this day. (749)


At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

At "O Lord, I have cried": three stichera for the holy martyr, and three for the venerable father.

Tone 2, special melody Jehda ot dreva. When blessed * Juliana looked over the frightful arena, * and saw the glorious martyr Barbara scoured by the whip, * her body all covered with varied wounds, * she cried out with fervent tears: * O loving God! O Word of God! * make me worthy now to share the lot of the faithful sheep.

Holy Barbara * and Juliana, united in their desire * to keep the faith, entered into combat with the Enemy, * They gained victoy over him, * receiving glory * in the presence of Christ our God. * Now they take away the scourge of illnesses, * providing a swift healing for all the faithful.

As a welcome death * approaches you, O venerable martyr Barbara, * you were eager to complete your course with joy. * The wicked hands of your impious father slew you, * and you were presented * like an offering of first-fruits on the altar of God. * Henceforth, united to the choir of truly wise virgins, * you contemplate the splendor of Christ the Bridegroom.

Tone 8, special melody O preslavnoho čudese.  In a wondrous way, O wise father John, * you have brightened the Church of Christ with your songs, * which speak of the things of God. * You are another David, striking the harp of the Spirit, *attracting all to God with your sweet music.

O glorious father John, * you renounced the distracting noise of the world * and reached a deep calm in Christ. * From contemplation and action, O holy father, * you gained truly splendid treasures * which you bestow upon the faithful * by the bright splendor of your life.

Come, O faithful, let us celebrate* the feast of our holy father John with fervent hymns, * for he reflects to us the brilliance of the light of God. * O Lord, how great is your goodness and kindness, * reflected in your saints, through which we come to glorify you.

Glory – Tone 6.   Leaving your homeland, your family and your possessions, * you renounced the love of your pagan father, * becomin the bride of the God whom you loved. * You found the pearl of great price, * like the merchant of old. * Intercede with God that he might save our souls.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos. Then, for the venerable father:

Glory – Tone 6.  O venerable father, * the whole world is filled with the fame of your holy deeds; * through them, you have received the recompense of your labors in heaven. * You destroyed hordes of demons * and have been united to the holy angels, * whose pure lives you imitated. * By your boldness with Christ our God, ask peace for our souls.

Troparion, Tone 8. Let us praise the honorable Barbara. * She has thwarted the power of the enemy * and through the might and the strength of the cross, * she was made free in her flight to God.

Glory – Troparion, Tone 8. Guide to Orthodoxy, teacher of piety and holiness, * luminary for the world, * inspired adornments of bishops, * O wise John, Harp of the Spirit, * you enlightened all by your teachings; * intercede with Christ our God to save our souls.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the December Menaion

Troparion, Tone 8. Let us praise the honorable Barbara. * She has thwarted the power of the enemy * and through the might and the strength of the cross, * she was made free in her flight to God.

Troparion, Tone 8. Guide to Orthodoxy, teacher of piety and holiness, * luminary for the world, * inspired adornments of bishops, * O wise John, Harp of the Spirit, * you enlightened all by your teachings; * intercede with Christ our God to save our souls.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 4.   O honorable and triumphant Barbara, * you believed in the Holy Trinity * and renounced the multiplicity of pagan deities. * You fought for your faith with great courage * and were not frightened by the threats of your persecutors, * but instead declared in a clear voice: * I adore on God in three Divine Persons.

Now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 4.   Let us praise John the hymnographer with song. * He is an effective preacher and a teacher for the Church. * Behind the armor of the cross he exposed the lies of heresy, * and standing before God he obtains remission of sins for us.

Prokeimenon, Tone 4 (Ps. 67:36,27). God is wondrous in his saints, the God of Israel.
V. In the churches bless God; from Israel's wellsprings bless the Lord.

Epistle:  Galatians 3:23-29

Alleluia, Tone 1 (Ps. 39:2,3). Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. I have waited, waited for the Lord, and he stooped toward me and heard my cry.

Gospel: Mark 5:24-34

Communion Hymn (Ps. 32:1). Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous ones; praise from the upright is fitting. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!