Menaion

March 11

Our holy father Sophronius, patriarch of Jerusalem. He had John Moschus as a teacher and friend, with whom he visited monastic sites. He was elected patriarch of the see after Modestus. When the Holy City fell into the hands of the Saracens, he defended with vigor the faith and the safety of the people. (644)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 4, special melody Jako doblja.  Named for moderation, O Sophronius, * you were called before time by God. * Wise and temperate in your deeds, you were just, reasonable, courageous, * crowned with virtues and talents. * Like a prudent steward you ration out * whatever is necessary for body and soul.

From your mouth as a theologian, * O blessed Sophronius, * you thundered forth the resounding doctrinal teachings, * clearly proclaiming the divinity of the unbegotten Father, * the co-eternal Son and Holy Spirit, one God, * having the same Essence, one in Trinity, * and Trinity in Unity.

You wisely taught that the Word * was coeternal with the Father, * bodiless, united to the flesh in his Person, without confusion or change. * He has two natures, with two energies, * of which he is composed, * and in both of which, indivisibly, * he can be contemplated * by virtue of their real union.

Glory, now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

Troparion, Tone 8. Guide to Orthodoxy, teacher of piety and holiness, * luminary for the world, * inspired adornments of monks [or bishops], * O wise Sophronius, harp of the Spirit, * you enlightened all by your teachings; * intercede with Christ our God to save our souls.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the March Menaion

Troparion, Tone 8. Guide to Orthodoxy, teacher of piety and holiness, * luminary for the world, * inspired adornments of monks [or bishops], * O wise Sophronius, Harp of the Spirit, * you enlightened all by your teachings; * intercede with Christ our God to save our souls.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 8.  You advanced by heavenly fervor * and spread the true dogma by your lips. * You ruled your Church well and reformed the monks within it. * You clearly preached words of instruction for us, * and so we sing you you, O blessed patriarch: * Rejoice, luminous glory of the faithful.

Prokeimenon, Tone 1 (Ps. 48:4,2). My lips will speak * words of wisdom; * understanding will be the theme of my heart.
V. Hear this, all you nations; give heed, all who dwell in the world.

Epistle:  (of the day)

Alleluia, Tone 2 (Ps. 36:30,31). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. The mouth of the just will utter wisdom, and his tongue will pronounce judgment.
V. The law of the Lord is in his heart; his steps shall be saved from stumbling.

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!