Menaion

December 26-31

SUNDAY AFTER THE NATIVITY

The Commemoration of the Holy and Righteous Joseph the Betrothed, David the King, and James the Brother of God

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

We sing “Blessed is the man.” At "O Lord, I have cried", we sing ten stichera: six stichera of the Resurrection in the Tone of the Week, four stichera of the feast of the Nativity, and three stichera for the relatives of the Lord.

(Nativity) Tone 2 samohlasen. Come, let us rejoice in the Lord; * let us proclaim the present mystery * by which the partition has been broken and the flaming sword withheld. * Now the Cherubim shall let us all come to the Tree of Life. * As for me, I am returning to the bliss of Paradise * from which I had been banished by disobedience. * Behold! The Image of the Father and his unchangeable eternity * has taken the form of a servant. * Without suffering He has come forth to us from an all-pure Virgin, * and yet He has remained unchanged. * He is true God as He was before, * and He has taken on himself what He had not been, * becoming man out of his love for all. * Therefore, let us raise our voices in hymns, singing: * O God, born of the Virgin, have mercy on us.

Because the Lord Jesus was born of the holy Virgin, * all creation is enlightened. * Behold! The shepherds keep watch and the Magi are adoring; * the angels are singing hymns of praise * and Herod is trembling; * for the Savior of our souls has revealed himself in the flesh.

O Christ our God, your kingdom is eternal, * and your reign is from generation to generation. * You became incarnate of the Holy Spirit * and became man from the ever-virgin Mary. * Your coming, O Christ, has shed a great light upon us. * You are the Light of Light * and the radiance of the Father. * You have illumined the whole creation. * Therefore, everything that breathes sings a hymn of praise to You. * You are the image of the Father's glory. * You are the eternal God, existing before all ages, * who shone forth from the Virgin. * O Lord our God, have mercy on us.

O Christ, what shall we offer You * for your coming on earth in our humanity for our sake? * Every creature that has its being from You gives thanks to You: * the angels offer hymns of praise, the heavens give a star; * the Magi present their gifts and the shepherds, their wonder; * the earth provides a cave and the desert, a manger. * As for us, we offer a Virgin Mother. * O God who are from all eternity, have mercy on us.

(Relatives) Tone 1, special melody Nebesnych činov. Let us praise David the King, the ancestor of God, * because from him came forth the branch who is the Virgin. * From her bloomed the Flower, Christ, * who summoned Adam and Eve from corruption. * He is compassionate towards all.

In his advanced years, * Joseph clearly saw the prophecies fulfilled. * It was truly a strange betrothal; * and he received a revelation from the angels who cried out: * Glory to God who sent down peace upon the world.

Let all of us praise the relative of the Lord, James the apostle, * who bravely suffered martyrdom as a bishop. * By his prayers, O Christ our God, * who was wrapped in swaddling clothes in the cave, * save all those who extol You.

Glory –  Tone 6.  We are commemorating the noble David and James: * the king and prophet, the apostle and first bishop; * because by their teachings we have been delivered from error. * Let us sing the praises of Christ * who came forth from the Virgin * and became incarnate to save our souls.

Now and ever – the dogmatikon of Saturday evening in the Tone of the week

But if the Sunday after the Nativity falls on December 31:

Now and ever – Tone 2.  When Augustus became supreme ruler of the world, * the many kingdoms among the people came to an end. * Likewise, when You became incarnate of the Immaculate One, * the worship of many gods had to cease. * The cities came under a universal power, * and the Gentiles believed in one supreme Divinity. * Nations were registered in the name of Caesar Augustus, * and we, the faithful, were registered in your dlvlne name, O incarnate One. * O Lord, great is your mercy; glory to You!

Entrance with censer, and prokeimenon of Saturday evening. 

If Litija is celebrated, sing the litija stichera of the Nativity, concluding with:

Glory – Tone 1 Bolhar.  The prophets of great renown, splendid in the rays of divine eloquence, are ever blessed, and, putting forth the sayings of the Spirit as fruit, they preached to all the ineffable birth of Christ God; and having lived most wondrously, they ended their lives in accordance with the Law.

Glory – Tone 3.  Come, O lovers of the feast, * let us sing a hymn of praise to the assembly of the Forefathers: * Adam, the father of the human race, * Enoch, Noah, Melchisedek, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. * Let us also honor those who came after the Law: * Moses, Aaron, Joshua, Samuel, and David; * together with Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Jeremiah, * Daniel, and the twelve minor Prophets; * likewise Elijah, Elisha, and all the others; * also Zechariah and the Baptist, * and all those who preached Christ, the life and the resurrection of our race.

TThe aposticha are from the Octoechos for Sunday, concluding with:

Glory – Tone 6.  The remembrance of your nativity * brings happiness to priests and might to kings. * Let us also boast of it and say: * Our Father, who art in heaven, * hallowed be thy name, O Lover of Mankind.

Now and ever – in the same tone. Today the invisible nature is united with our visible nature through the Virgin. * Today the infinite Essence is wrapped in swaddling clothes in Bethlehem. * Today God is guiding the Magi by a star * so that they might worship Him. * With the gold, frankincense, and myrrh, * He is foretelling his three-day burial. * Let us cry out to Him: * Having become incarnate from the Virgin, * save our souls, O Christ God.

The troparia:

Troparion of the Resurrection, in the Tone of the Week.

Glory – Troparion of the Relatives, Tone 2. Joseph, proclaim the wonders you have seen * to David, the forefather of God: * the Virgin has given birth; * you have given glory with the shepherds * and worshipped with the wise men; * you have been instructed by an angel. * Ask Christ our God to save our souls.

Now and ever – Troparion of the Nativity, Tone 4.  Your birth, O Christ our God, * has shed upon the world the light of knowledge; * for through it, those who worshipped the stars * have learned from a star to worship you, the Sun of Justice, * and to know you, the Dawn from on high. * Glory to you, O Lord!

But if bread is blessed: sing "Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos", twice, Glory, now and ever, and the troparion of the Relatives.

At the Divine Liturgy

music

First Antiphon (Ps. 9:2, 110:1-3):
I shall praise you, Lord, with all my heart; I shall declare all your wondrous deeds.
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, save us.

In the meeting of the just and their assembly, great are the works of the Lord, to be pondered by all who love them.
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, save us.

Majestic and glorious his work, his justice stands firm forever.
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, save us.

Glory... now and ever...
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, save us.

Second Antiphon (Ps. 111:1-3):
Happy the man who fears the Lord and greatly delights in his commands.
Refrain: O Son of God, born of the Virgin, save us who sing to you: Alleluia!

His posterity will be mighty upon the earth; the children of the upright are blessed.
Refrain: O Son of God, born of the Virgin, save us who sing to you: Alleluia!

Riches and wealth are in his house; his justice stands firm forever.
Refrain: O Son of God, born of the Virgin, save us who sing to you: Alleluia!

Glory... now and ever...
O Only-begotten Son and Word of God...

Third Antiphon (Ps. 94:1):
Come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord; let us acclaim God our Savior!
Refrain: O Son of God, born of the Virgin, save us who sing to you: Alleluia!

Entrance Hymn (Ps. 94:6):
Come, let us worship and bow before Christ.
Refrain: O Son of God, born of the Virgin, save us who sing to you: Alleluia!

Troparion of the Resurrection, in the Tone of the Week.

Troparion of the Nativity, Tone 4.  Your birth, O Christ our God, * has shed upon the world the light of knowledge; * for through it, those who worshipped the stars * have learned from a star to worship you, the Sun of Justice, * and to know you, the Dawn from on high. * Glory to you, O Lord!

Troparion of the Relatives, Tone 2. Joseph, proclaim the wonders you have seen * to David, the forefather of God: * the Virgin has given birth; * you have given glory with the shepherds * and worshipped with the wise men; * you have been instructed by an angel. * Ask Christ our God to save our souls.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 3.   Today the godly David is filled with joy; * Joseph offers hymns of praise with James. * Rejoicing, they take up the garland of relationship with Christ. * They sing praise to him whose birth on earth defies description * and they cry out: O merciful Lord, save those who honor you.

Prokeimenon of the Resurrection, in the Tone of the Week. Then immediately after its verse:

Prokeimenon, Tone 4 (Ps. 67:36,27). God is wondrous in his saints, the God of Israel

Epistle:  Galatians 1:11-19

Alleluia, Tone 4 (Ps. 131:1,2). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Lord, remember David and all his humility.
V. How he swore to the Lord and vowed to the God of Jacob.

Gospel:  Matthew 2:13-23

Magnification. Extol, O my soul, Christ the King, born in a cave.

Irmos, Tone 1. I see a strange and marvelous mystery: heaven is a cave, * the cherubic throne a Virgin; * the manger has become the place * in which Christ, the incomprehensible God, lies down. * Let us praise him and extol him.

Communion Hymn for Sunday (Ps. 148:1). Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise him in the highest. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

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