Menaion

December 11

Six sticheraOur venerable father Spiridon the Wonder-worker, bishop of Tremithus on the island of Cyprus, bishop, a true shepherd of his sheep, whose marvelous deeds were celebrated by the mouths of all. (348) His commemoration is transferred from December 12 because of the feast of the Icon of the Mother of God of Guadalupe.

Our venerable father Daniel the Stylite, priest of Constantinople who, after a life led in a monastery, undertook many labors. Transported by the manner and example of St. Simeon, he stood on a column, not subdued by force of cold or heat or wind, for thirty-three years and three months, until the time of his death. (489)


At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

There are six stichera at "O Lord, I have cried". (At weekday Vespers, each is sung twice.)

Tone 5, special melody Radujsja.  Rejoice, O model of holy bishops, unshakable pillar of the Church of Christ, glory of the orthodox and source of awesome miracles, inexhaustible stream of charity, torch radiant with a thousand fires, instrument moved by the breath of the Spirit, exemplar of gentleness and integrity, adorned with candid simplicity, heavenly man, angel living here below, laborer in the vineyard of the Lord and intimate friend of Christ! Intercede with him that great mercy be given to our souls!

O heir of the land which is the inheritance of the meek, glory of the Fathers, O Spiridon: by the power of your wise words and divine grace, you boldly routed the deadly error and madness of Arius. In the Spirit, you promoted the divine and saving teachings which give light to all orthodox Christians, teaching them to glorify the only-begotten Word, who is truly one in essence with the unbegotten Father, who grants great mercy to the world.

Putting to death your carnal passions, you gave life to the dead by the grace of God. You changed a serpent to gold and held back the course of a river by your prayers. Appearing at night to the endangered emperor, you healed him by the apparition through the wondrous glory given you by God. Thus celebrating your illustrious memory and venerating your relics, O Spiridon, we receive the streams of healings and great mercy which you pour forth from it upon all

Glory – Tone 1.  O blessed father, venerable Spiridon, for love of God you challenge sin even now just as when you were alive. You practiced poverty, yet changed a serpent into gold; you stopped the flow of a river in your flowing compassion for the people; as an instrument of the providence of God, you appeared to the emperor and healed him. As a disciple of Christ, you raised the dead. Joining the gathered assembly of the Fathers, you made the brilliant purity of the faith shine forth. Having such power with Christ who gave you these gifts, pray to him to 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 Spiridon, you are the treasure of the bishops because of your virtues. As a champion of the Church, you rose up against heresy, casting down the blasphemy of Arius with the Council. Since you work wonders in word and in deed, intercede with Christ our God to save our souls.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

Troparion, Tone 1. You showed yourself a defender of the First Council and a worker of miracles. * You summoned the woman back from the grave and turned the snake into gold. * Angels came to minister beside you, O priestly father, * when you offered your ardent prayers. * Glory to him who strengthened you! * Glory to him who chose you! * Glory to him who heals us through you!

 

At the Divine Liturgy

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Troparion, Tone 1. You showed yourself a defender of the First Council and a worker of miracles. * You summoned the woman back from the grave and turned the snake into gold. * Angels came to minister beside you, O priestly father, * when you offered your ardent prayers. * Glory to him who strengthened you! * Glory to him who chose you! * Glory to him who heals us through you!

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 2.   O all-holy father, enraptured by the love of Christ, * you soared on the wings of the Spirit to pure contemplation * which inspired your apostolic life, * and you became an altar of sacrifice, * beseeching the Lord that he may enlighten all of us.

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:  Hebrews 13:17-21

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: Luke 6:17-23

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