February 21

Our venerable father Timothy of Symbola, hermit. His earthly life was spent in fasting, prayer and vigils. He remained pure and chaste throughout his life. (795)

Our holy father Eustathius, Archbishop of Great Antioch, who was notable for his teaching. Under the Arian emperor Constantius, he was driven into exile to Trajanopolis in Thrace for his defense of the Catholic faith, and rested in the Lord there. (c.338)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

At "O Lord, I have cried", there are three stichera for the holy apostle.

Tone 8, special melody O preslavnoho čudese. O Timothy, divinely-minded father, * by your strict abstinence and your constant prayer * you did away with the pull of the passions. * Receiving the grace of impassibility, * you became a tabernacle of the Holy Spirit. * Thus, O blessed father, you drive away evil spirits at all times, * for you remain alive even after death.

O Timothy, divinely-minded father, * you were a true imitator of Abraham: * for you showed hospitality * to all those who came to you each day. * In your trials, you were another Job. * Having the gentleness of David, you lived your life like an angel on earth. * You have attained your highest Desire: intercede for us now.

O Timothy, venerable and sacred father, * you were a model of chastity, * an example of temperance, a rule of piety, * a fount of compunction, * an unshakable strongholy of Orthodoxy, * an inehxaustible stream of healings, a never-setting sun, * a son of divine grace, and the treasure of holy monks!

Tone 8, special melody Čto vy naračem.  Heavenly was the life you led; and thus God raised you to the priesthood in order to offer Him worship in the purity of your spirit. * You endured trials and sufferings because of your divine preaching, exposing error and supporting the truth, which you affirmed by your words, O blessed hierarch Eustathius.

With the fire of your sacred words, you consumed like kindling the blasphemy of Arius, who refused to acknowledge the Son of God as being equal to the Father in honor. Thus, O holy Eustathius, you enlightened the hearts of the faithful who celebrate your sacred memory, and you confirm them in the Faith.

By the staff of your words, O holy shepherd, you have protected the spiritual flock of God from the ravages caused by wolves. Therefore, the Good Shepherd Himself has led you safely into the heavenly fold, together with the spirits of all the just and chosen ones, O Eustathius, holy and God-bearing father, blessed hierarch!

Glory, now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos.

Troparion, Tone 4.  God of our fathers, you always deal with us in your kindness. * Take not your mercy away from us; * but through their prayers guide our life in peace.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the February Menaion

Troparion, Tone 4.  God of our fathers, you always deal with us in your kindness. * Take not your mercy away from us; * but through their prayers guide our life in peace.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 4.  Rising in the East like a radiant star, * you illumine the hearts of the faithful by your miracles, * O vessel of miracles, O most blessed Timothy.

Now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 8.  You preached that the Word has one nature * with the Father and the Spirit, O pastor Eustathius. * You defeated Arius with the cords of your dogma. * You were a heavenly light to the fathers of the Council * and have become a champion of the Trinity. * As you stand before them, pray for the salvation of our souls.

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Ps. 115:6,3). Precious in the eyes of the Lord * is the death of his faithful.
V. What can I return to the Lord for all he has given me?

Epistle:   (of the day)

Alleluia, Tone 6 (Ps. 111:1,2). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Happy the man who fears the Lord and greatly delights in his command.
V. His posterity will be mighty upon the earth.

Gospel:  (of the day)

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