Menaion

December 22

Pre-festive day of the Nativity.

The holy great martyr Anastasia. Born into a senatorial family in Rome, she was a Christian from a tender age. Forced by her father to marry a pagan landowner, she refused to have marital relations with him. For this, her husband had her tortured and imprisoned. When her husband drowned during a business trip, she began to openly minister to Christians and to all the poor who needed her help. She was arrested again, starved to death, and finally was bound to a wheel over an open fire and killed. (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 1, special melody Prechvalnyj mučenicy. All creation beholds the descent of God and rejoices. * The Magi bring gifts; * heaven speaks by means of a star; * and the angels give glory, while the shepherds sing with awe. * The manger supports Him as though it were a fiery throne. * Rejoice, O Mother who sees all these wonders.

You are the Light unto the revelation of the Gentiles. * O my eternal Son, * O ineffable Begotten One of the Unbegotten Father, * You have come in the appearance of my likeness. * You come in order to enrich the human race * which is afflicted with the poverty that You took upon yourself. * We praise your compassion, O Lord.

O Mother, you see me resting in your arms. * Be happy, for I have come to take away the anguish of Adam * which resulted from the wicked plotting of the serpent who tempted him. * He was outside the joys of Paradise * because he fell prey to corruption.

Tone 8, special melody Čto vy naračem.  O honorable one, you disdained the beautiful things of the world, * and you did not give in to their pleasures. * You gave yourself over completely to serve God lovingly, * for you patiently bore sufferings with courage. * You gave strength to others by your wise words. * Implore Christ to save our souls.

O honorable one, seeking eternal joys, * you followed the divine footsteps of Christ with unswerving faith. * You distributed earthly goods to the poor, * and you cried out: * O immortal One, I am wounded by my yearning for You. * Make me an image of your sufferings * and a partaker of your divine glory, * for You are generous and the Lover of us all.

O Anastasia, having suffered martyrdom, * you wipe away our sufferings by the streams of your healings. * For this we continually bless you; * we lovingly celebrate your memory * and venerate your relics. * Implore Christ to save our souls.

Glory – Tone 2.  O praiseworthy Anastasia, * you suffered martyrdom at the hands of the tribunal * and received the gift of resurrection. * You destroyed and delivered over to the sea a multitude of demons. * O Martyr and sufferer of the passion, * you are worthy of admiration.

Now and ever – Tone 4. O Bethlehem, adorn yourself! * Sing, O city of Zion! * Rejoice, O wilderness! * Be filled with joy because the star goes ahead into Bethlehem, * announcing Christ who desires to be born. * The cave receives Him whom nothing can contain. * The manger prepares to receive the eternal Life. * Therefore, let us all sing and cry out: * Christ God, You are now born for our sakes; * have mercy on us and save our souls.

The aposticha are for the pre-festive day:

Tone 2, special melody Dome Jefratov.   Christ is coming to crush the Wicked One, * to enlighten those who are in darkness, * and to loosen the bonds * for those who await his coming.

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

Dance, O Zion! * Adorn yourself, O Cave! * O Bethlehem, prepare yourself; * for behold, the Virgin is coming to give birth to Christ.

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

Land of the Gentiles, sing praise and glory! * O Magi, come with gifts! * Hasten, O shepherds, sing with gratitude!

Glory – Tone 4. O blessed Anastasia, * your name means Resurrection of Christ, * and in your life you truly followed in his footsteps. * You were strong and brave; * you wove a royal robe by shedding your blood. * You held onto the
Cross as a sceptre of the Church, * and you now reign with God the Savior. * Implore Him to make us radiant with his divine glory.

Now and ever – in the same tone.  O Isaiah, dance for joy, * and receive the Word of God. * Announce to the Virgin Mary * that the bush filled with fire * shall not be consumed by the coming of our God. * O Bethlehem, prepare yourself. * O Eden, open up your gates. * O Magi, go and see salvation wrapped up in the manger. * The star above the cave manifests Him, * the Lord, the Life-giver, who saves the human race.

Troparion of the martyr,  Tone 4. Your lamb Anastasia, 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.

Or this troparion, in the same tone: How well named are you for the triumph of Resurrection. * By enduring pain you gained the victory of Christ your spouse, * whom you love so dearly. * Beg him to 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. How well named are you for the triumph of Resurrection. * By enduring pain you gained the victory of Christ your spouse, * whom you love so dearly. * Beg him to save our souls.

Glory – Kontakion of the martyr, Tone 2.   Those is trouble and affliction come to your church, * and there they receive rich gifts, * the divine favors which are entrusted to you, Anastasia, * and which you are always showering on thje world.

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!