Menaion

December 5

VigilOur venerable and God-bearing father Sabbas the Sanctified, who, born in Cappadocia, arrived at the desert of Judea, and instituted a new sort of eremetical life in seven monasteries, which were called "laurae.” He gathered solitaries under one overseer (hegumen). In the great laura, which afterwards was adorned with his name, he dwelt for many years, a shining example of sanctity. He strove assiduously for the faith taught at the Council of Chalcedon. (532)

At Vespers

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

Tone 5, special melody Prepodobne Otče. O wise Sabbas, similar to the angels, * fellow citizen with the saints, associate of the prophets, * co-heir with the martyrs and apostles, * you dwell forever in that Light that does not fade. * Illumined by its divine radiance, * enlightened by the object of all your desire, * remaining intimately at his side, * you rejoice endlessly in the divine contemplation of his beauty. * Pray to Christ; beg him to grant the Church * harmony, peace, and the grace of salvation. (three times)

O wise Sabbas, unquenchable light of temperance, * dazzling beacon for monks, shining with the radiance of love, * unshakeable fortress of patience, * pillar and support of the faithful who honor you, * treasury of healing, true citizen of the desert: you have become a new Paradise, * bringing forth divine fruit for the chosen. * Pray to Christ; beg him to grant the Church * harmony, peace, and the grace of salvation. (three times)

O wise Sabbas, you are a resplendent pillar of virtues, * a beacon on the ocean of this life * guiding the people to the safe harbor of God, * a bulwark breaking the spirits of error, * the pure voice of the Holy Spirit, * the guide of monks, a just model of temperance, * the crown of humility in all things, * a spring of joyful waters that gushes forth healing. * Pray to Christ; beg him to grant the Church * harmony, peace, and the grace of salvation. (twice)

Glory –  Tone 6.  Preserving the image of God faultlessly within you, * and, through asceticism, subjecting the disorderly passions to the spirit, * you have ascended as far as possible in the divine likeness. * You struggled to submit the lower to the higher, * valiantly dominating your nature, * making the flesh a servant for the spirit. * Thus you have become a model for monks, * a founder of hermitages, an instructor for prayerful hearts, * a certain rule of virtue. * Now in the heavens, all mirrors have been laid aside, O blessed one, * and you clearly contemplate the Holy Trinity, * interceding for the faithful * who honor you 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 Wisdom of Solomon (Wisdom 3:1-9).

A reading from the Wisdom of Solomon (Wisdom 5:15 - 6:3).

A reading from the Wisdom of Solomon (Wisdom 4:7-15).

Stichera at the litija:

Tone 2 Bolhar. Having formed a company of spiritual athletes on earth, O holy Sabbas, you brought an end to the attack of the passions by the streams of your tears. All have come to know of your life inspired by God, like a divine and sacred ladder granting access to heaven. Having brought forth the works of faith upon it, you use those fruits to heal the passions and maladies of all the faithful who cry aloud to you: Rejoice, O star which the dawn finds shining with golden light, O lamp and shepherd for monks! Rejoice, object of our hymns, the most beautiful son which the desert has produced, in whom the Church finds her firm support! Rejoice, supreme guide for those who wander! Rejoice, O you who lift up our spirits as you bring joy and rejoicing to all!

Let us honor holy Sabbas, for he was an angel in the flesh on earth, and a man of God in heaven, the adornment of the world and the treasury of virtues, the glory of ascetics and their pride! Planted in the house of God, he has flourished like the just, as a cedar planted in the desert. He has increased the flock of the spiritual sheep of Christ in justice and holiness.

From infancy you practiced virtue, O holy Father, to the point of becoming an instrument of the Holy Spirit. Receiving from him the power to work miracles, you led people to renounce the pleasures of earth. As you are now illumined even more with the light of God, O venerable father Sabbas, illumine also our hearts and minds!

Glory –  Tone 2 (Bolhar?). You were filled with love for the goods * which surpass all understanding, O divinely inspired Father, * and renounced all the attractions of life here below. * You were never seduced by the forbidden fruit, as was Adam; * rather by temperance you lived an angelic life, * rejecting the serpent. * Now that you dwell in heaven, O father Sabbas the Sanctified, * you rejoice in the Tree of Life. * You are the heavenly intercessor before God * for those who celebrate your holy memory.

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

The aposticha are for the feast:

Tone 5, special melody Radujsja. Rejoice, fragrant treasure of the ascetical struggle in truth, you have taken the Cross upon your shoulders and you dedicated yourself, O blessed Father, to Christ our Master. You trampled upon the earthly cares of the flesh and made your soul shine with virtue to fly straight towards the love of the Lord. Holy Father Sabbas, as we gather before your holy relics, we ask that you obtain by your prayers love of God and the grace of salvation for the world.

V. Precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of his faithful.

In this world you were a flame of light, enlightened by the fire of Spirit. O God-bearing Father Sabbas, illumine the hearts of the faithful who run to you, guide them to the light without end. You have enlightened the furnaces of the desert with the dew of divine grace, therefore you have been given the crown of victory by Christ, the Master of divine righteousness. O Holy Father, we pray you to intercede with him to grant our souls the grace of salvation.

V. Happy the man who fears the Lord, and greatly delights in his commands.

Your life was like a star ascending to heaven, upon which you have attained the heights, and deserved to speak with Christ, your Master. O blessed Father, your spirit was enlightened by the light from above, and illumined by his brightness, you equaled the angels in splendor, and now you stand before God, O Venerable Father, pray that the faithful who celebrate your divine and glorious memory may stand with you, and that the grace of salvation may be granted to the world.

Glory – Tone 8.  All the monks honor you, O holy father Sabbas, as a spiritual guide. * Through you, we have set out on the narrow path; * blessed are you for having served Christ * and for having broken the power of the enemy, * O companion of the angels, the just and the saints. * With them, ask the Lord to have mercy on our souls.

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

Troparion, Tone 8.  Your abundant tears made the wilderness bloom, * and your sufferings made your labors fruitful a hundred-fold; * you became a shining torch over the world. * O venerable father Sabbas,* pray to Christ our God that he may save our souls. (twice)

Glory, now and ever – Theotokion, Tone 4. Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos! * Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you! * Blessed are you among women, * and blessed is the fruit of your womb. * For you gave birth to Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of our souls.

At the Divine Liturgy

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Troparion, Tone 8.  Your abundant tears made the wilderness bloom, * and your sufferings made your labors fruitful a hundred-fold; * you became a shining torch over the world. * O venerable father Sabbas, * pray to Christ our God that he may save our souls.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 4.   From your youth, O glorious Sabbas, * you have been like an offering of incense in God's presence. * You were called the adornment of hermits * and a true ascetic. * Therefore, we cry out to you: * Joy to you, O father, worthy of all praise.

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Ps. 115:6,3). Precious in the eyes of the Lord * is the death of his faithful.
V. What can I return to the Lord for all he has given me?

Epistle:  Galatians 5:22 - 6:2

Alleluia, Tone 6 (Ps. 111:1,2). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Happy the man who fears the Lord and greatly delights in his command.
V. His posterity will be mighty upon the earth.

Gospel: Matthew 11:27-30

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