Menaion

December 7

Pre-festive day of the Maternity of the holy Anna.

Our holy father Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, who on April 4th, on the holy night of Pascha, fell asleep in the Lord. His memory is celebrated today, on which (while still a catechumen) he undertook ruling the famous See of Milan in 373, while he was exercising the office of prefect of the city. A true pastor and teacher of the faithful, he exercised great charity toward all, defended strenuously the freedom of the Church and the doctrine of orthodox faith against the Arians. By his commentaries and his musical hymns, he piously catechized the people. (397)

Day of Alleluia.

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

There are six stichera at "O Lord, I have cried": three from the Octoechos, and three for the holy father.

Tone 1, special melody Nebesnych činov. As a governor you adorned your office with virtue * which you received through divine inspiration. * It was fitting that you also received the episcopal throne; * in both, you were a faithful dispenser of the grace of God, O Ambrose. * For this reason you inherited a two-fold crown.

Through self-discipline, sufferings, vigils, and fervent prayers, * you cleansed your soul and body, O wise in God. * Having become a chosen vessel for Christ our God, * you received divine gifts as did the apostles.

You courageously rebuked the pious king who had formerly sinned, * just as Nathan had rebuked David, O all-blessed Ambrose. * You publicly excluded him from communion. * After submitting himself to penance and correction, * he was numbered again in your fold.

Glory – Tone 4.  The multitude of angels in heaven and the human race on earth * have blessed your all-honorable nativity, O most holy Virgin, * since you were the mother of Christ our God, who is the Creator of all. * O ever-praised and undefiled Theotokos, * we pray that you unceasingly entreat him for us * since, after God, we have placed our hope in you.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are ftom the Octoechos.

Troparion,  Tone 4. Your life has shown you to your flock as a rule of faith, * an image of gentleness, and a teacher of moderation. * You acquired greatness through humility * and wealth through poverty. * O father and bishop Ambrose, * intercede with Christ our God to save our souls.

Glory, now and ever – Troparion of the pre-feast, Tone 4. Today the beginning of our salvation is conceived in a barren womb; * and Anna rejoices with Joachim. * Adam rejoices to be freed, * and, with them, we also begin our hymn: * Rejoice, O woman full of grace, the Lord is with you.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the December Menaion

Troparion, Tone 4. Today the beginning of our salvation is conceived in a barren womb; * and Anna rejoices with Joachim. * Adam rejoices to be freed, * and, with them, we also begin our hymn: * Rejoice, O woman full of grace, the Lord is with you.

Troparion, Tone 4.  Your life has shown you to your flock as a rule of faith, * an image of gentleness, and a teacher of moderation. * You acquired greatness through humility * and wealth through poverty. * O father and bishop Ambrose, * intercede with Christ our God to save our souls.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 3.  O Ambrose, shepherd and priest of the mysteries, * enlightened with the true faith, you overcame Arius. * You openly worked wonders and cured by the Spirit's power. * O venerable father, beg Christ our God to save our souls.

Now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 3.   Today the Virgin Mary, the Theotokos, * is born from a barren womb according to the divine plan. * She is the inviolate bridal chamber of the heavenly bridegroom. * The chariot of the Word is made ready, * for this is why she was pre-ordained * to be the gateway of God and truly the Mother of Life.

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!