Menaion

December 30

Post-festive day of the Nativity.

The holy woman martyr Anysia was arrested at Thessalonica when she entered that city to attend the synaxis of the faithful, and was put to death in 304 during the reign of Maximian Galerius.

The venerable Zoticus, a holy priest of Rome who went to Constantinople where he established hospitals and havens of refuge for the poor (344).

Transferred from December 31:
Our venerable mother Melany the Younger of Rome, who, with her husband St. Pinianus, left the city of Rome and set out for the Holy City of Jerusalem. There, she among the women consecrated to God and her husband among the monks, they practiced the religious life and both rested in a holy death. (438)


At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 4, special melody Jako doblja.   O all-praiseworthy one, * you were illumined by the splendor of virginity. * You have made the struggles glorious * because you refused to worship the sun. * You were unjustly slain and crimsoned with blood. * O crown-bearer, you are standing in the presence of the Sun of Glory. * From there you are illumined with your crown, * and you shine with splendor from above.

Manifesting the depths of your love, O glorious one, * you soaked the ground with tears of repentance * and wiped the footstool of Christ with your hair. * Indeed you thought of Him as though you saw Him present. * You loved Him, and in your thoughts you followed in his footsteps. * You enlightened your soul through divine visions.

You distributed your wealth to overcome the needs of the poor; * you have betrothed yourself to your incorruptible Bridegroom. * O all-glorious Anysia, * you have offered to Him rivers of blood * and the imitation of the passion which you suffered. * The One on high has led you into the bridal chamber * because you suffered the passion as a martyr.

Tone 4, special melody Zvannyj svyše byv.  You are joined to the choirs of angels, O Melany. * When the divine yearning inflamed you * and caused you to disregard visible things * for the sake of chastity and the control of
passions, * you then overcame the unstable and restless life * by your humble prayers to God. * Because of that you have found eternal life and delight with Him. * You now implore the Master to save our souls.

O all-pure one, desiring the angelic life, * you renounced all delights and pleasure. * You emptied yourself by self-discipline, * by vigils, and by a chaste life. * You were then a pure vessel of the divine Spirit * and adorned with radiant
gifts. * Therefore, you have found eternal life and delight with Him. * You now implore the Master to save our souls.

O Melany, you are adorned with the beauties of virtue. * When you fulfilled the saving word * and distributed your great wealth to the poor and needy, * you then received heavenly wealth. * Through justice, incorruptibility, and deliverance, * you are made wealthy forever. * We, therefore, venerate your dormition and fittingly implore you: * Beg the Creator to enlighten our souls.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 1.  Today in Bethlehem I hear from the angels: * Glory to God in the highest; * glory to Him whose good pleasure it was that there be peace on the arth. * The Virgin is now more spacious than the heavens. * Light has shone upon those in darkness * and has exalted the lowly who sing like the angels: * Glory to God in the highest.

The aposticha are for the post-feast:

Tone 2, special melody Dome Jefratov.  Christ the star has shone forth from Jacob * and illumined the Gentiles * with the light of the knowledge of God. * Let us all exalt Him.

Before the daystar, like the dew, I have begotten you.

O town of David, 0 Bethlehem, rejoice! * He who is without a beginning * has become incarnate without a father * from the Virgin, the pure handmaiden of God.

The Lord said to my Lord: Sit at my right hand till I make your enemies your footstool.

O Word of the Father, * You received flesh and were born. * You are wrapped in swaddling clothes and lie in a manger. * You set me, a speechless one, free from my sins.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 1.  Seeing the one who was made to the image and likeness of God * fall because of his transgression, * Jesus lowered the heavens and came down. * And without changing, He took up his dwelling in a virgin womb * that He might fashion anew the corrupt Adam who cried to Him: * Glory to your epiphany, 0 my Deliverer and my God.

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! (three times)

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the December Menaion

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 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 holy martyr, Tone 4. Your lamb Anysia, 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.

Troparion of the venerable mother, Tone 8.  You loved the purity of virginity * and supplicated your Beloved with gracious words. * You spent your fortune for the monks and nuns, * and you even build them monasteries, O blessed Melany. * Now that you have retired to a heavenly monastery, do not forget us.

Glory – Kontakion of the holy martyr, Tone 3.   Today, this martyr smashes the demon by her steadfast faith * and grinds to bits the enemy of holiness by martyrdom. * The angels bring her crowns and gifts. * O God on high and Savior of the world, save us.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion of the venerable mother, Tone 4.   Your soul shone with light from the One born for us of the Virgin, * and you sparkled with all the virtues, * for you are worthy of all praise. * You shared your worldly wealth with those on earth * and stored for yourself treasures in heaven, * becoming a marvelous example of ascetical life. * Therefore, O holy Melany, * we honor you with love.

Prokeimenon, Tone 8 (Ps. 65:4,1,2).  Let all the earth worship you and sing praise to you; let everyone sing praise to your name O Most High.
V. Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; sing praise to his name, give to him glorious praise.

Epistle:  (of the day)

Alleluia, Tone 1 (Ps. 18:2,3). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
V. Day unto day pours out the word and night unto night imparts knowledge.

Gospel: (of the day)

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 (Ps. 110:9). The Lord has sent deliverance to his people. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!