Menaion

December 21

Pre-festive day of the Nativity.

The holy martyr Juliana of Nicodemia. Born to pagan parents, she was at a young age converted to the Faith. She refused to marry the man chosen for her by her parents because he was not a Christian. She was arrested, beaten, and then beheaded, and with her many others who saw her witness and were converted by it. (304)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

There are six stichera at "O Lord, I have cried": three for the the pre-feast, and three for the holy martyr.

Tone 4, special melody Dal jesi znamenie. Through the Spirit, the prophet called out: * This is our God and the Way. * There shall not be another but Him. * From Him you will discover the way of all knowledge. * He will take on our likeness * by clothing himself in the flesh of the virgin Handmaid of God. * He is coming to be born; * He who is unapproachable by nature, * is approachable to me.

O all-immaculate Theotokos, * your womb was the pillar of the threshing floor, * the uncultivated head of grain * which, beyond understanding, bore the Word. * You gave birth to Him in a cave of Bethlehem. * He desired to feed all creation with divine knowledge * so that He might deliver the human race * from soul-corrupting hunger.

The immaculate One carried the Lamb in her womb * and went into the holy cave to give birth to Him * and to wrap Him in swaddling clothes as a mortal. * She placed Him as an infant into the manger * as it was gloriously foretold. * Creation celebrates and joyously extols Him * who has done such exalted things on earth.

Tone 4, special melody Jako doblja.  O all-praiseworthy Juliana, * you clothed yourself with the crimson robe of salvation. * Illumined by the Spirit, * you betrothed yourself to the Lord, the immortal King. * He preserved you immaculate, * uncorrupted forever in the heavenly bridal chambers, * adorned in beauty as an incorruptible virgin.

Having been covered with wounds, * having fought with fire, * having suffered the tearing of your flesh, * and having bravely endured the bolllnq in a cauldron, * you were not conquered by the idolators. * You did not offer sacrifice to the false gods, * but you bent your neck to the true God. * By the sword of the torturer you went up into heaven, * and you wear the crown of victory.

O all-praiseworthy one, * by the shedding of your blood you were illumined, * and you shone brightly like the sun. * O martyr Juliana, * you dispersed the darkness of paganism through grace, * and you enlightened the faithful * who venerate your courage and light-bearing memory.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 6. O Zion, be happy; rejoice, O Jerusalem, * the city of Christ our God; * welcome the Creator who rests in a manger in a cave. * Open your gates, Jerusalem, and I will enter * so that I may see Him who holds all creation in his hand, * even though He lies in a manger wrapped in swaddling clothes. * The angels ever praise this life-giving Lord * who is the only Savior of all.

The aposticha are for the pre-festive day:

Tone 2, special melody Dome Jefratov.   The sayings of the prophets * are now being fulfilled * because Christ is born of the pure Virgin * in the town of Bethlehem.

God comes from Ternan; the Holy One from Mount Paran.

O precious Bethlehem, * you are the glory, joy, and praise of the human race. * You are the divine city. * Lift up the Creator of the universe.

O Lord, I heard your voice and I was afraid; I knew your deeds and I was terrified.

The Word of the Father, * through whom all things come to be, * reveals himself in a virginal manner. * He is one Person having two natures.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 6.  O Virgin without husband, from where do you come? * Who gave you birth; who is your mother? * How can you cradle the Creator in your arms? * How did you accomplish virgin-birth? * Most pure Lady, we see in you great wonders, * awesome mysteries fulfilled on earth. * We shall prepare a worthy cave for you. * We shall ask the heavens for a star. * We shall ask the Magi to come from the east to the west * to behold your newborn Child in a manger, * to behold the Savior of all.

Troparion of the martyr,  Tone 4. Your lamb Juliana, O Jesus, cries out in a loud voice: * I love you, my Bridegroom; I seek you with painful longing. * I am crucified with you; in your baptism, I am buried with you; *I suffer for you that I may reign with you; * and I die for you that I may live with you. * Receive me as a spotless sacrifice immolated with love for you. * By her prayers, O merciful One, save our souls.

Glory, now and ever – Troparion of the Pre-feast, Tone 4. Bethlehem, make ready, * Eden has been opened for all. * Ephrathah, prepare yourself, * for the Tree of Life has blossomed from the Virgin in the cave. * Her womb has become a spiritual paradise * in which divinity was planted. * If we partake of it we shall live and not die like Adam. * Christ is born to raise up the likeness that had fallen.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the December Menaion

Troparion of the pre-feast, Tone 4. Bethlehem, make ready, * Eden has been opened for all. * Ephrathah, prepare yourself, * for the Tree of Life has blossomed from the Virgin in the cave. * Her womb has become a spiritual paradise * in which divinity was planted. * If we partake of it we shall live and not die like Adam. * Christ is born to raise up the likeness that had fallen.

Troparion of the martyr,  Tone 4. Your lamb Juliana, O Jesus, cries out in a loud voice: * I love you, my Bridegroom; I seek you with painful longing. * I am crucified with you; in your baptism, I am buried with you; *I suffer for you that I may reign with you; * and I die for you that I may live with you. * Receive me as a spotless sacrifice immolated with love for you. * By her prayers, O merciful One, save our souls.

Glory – Kontakion of the martyr, Tone 3.   Because you were purified by perfect virginity, * you have put on the crown of martyrdom, O Juliana. * You heal the sick and the needy * and bring salvation to those who approach your relics. * Christ gives us divine grace and eternal life through you.

Now and ever – Kontakion of the pre-feast, Tone 2.  As we see the One who holds the world in his hands * now wrapped in swaddling clothes in Bethlehem, * let us offer our hymns in anticipation to the one who gave him birth; * for with a mother's joy she cradles the Son of God.

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:  (of the day)

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:  (of the day)

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