Menaion

March 13

The translation of the relics of our holy father Nicephor, patriarch of Constantinople. Nicephor died in exile on the island of Prochonis in the year 827. After the death of the last iconoclast emperor, the relics of the holy father were brought back to Constantinople, first to the church of Hagia Sophia and then finally to the Church of the Holy Apostles in the year 846.

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 1, special melody Nebesnych činov.  The streams of your wisdom, drawn from spiritual clouds, * pour forth a fountain of true faith upon the world. * We, the faithful, drawing forth this sweetness, * turn away from the outpourings of heresy * as from the bitter waters of Marah.

Lying in the tomb, your most pure body did not in any way decay, * but was found to be whole, O most blessed Nicephor. * Bearing it forth with zeal, those nurtured by the t rue faith rejoiced, * gloriously blessing you, O divinely wise one.

The Church honored with the name of the Apostles * received you, O most blessed father, * who through your godly actions became a temple of God, * and who after your interment are again interred in a sacred manner * and have buried all the foul and foolish prattle of the heretics.

Glory, now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

Troparion,  Tone 8.  You reaped your reward from your patience, * unceasing prayer, love of the poor, and constant comfort of the needy. * O blessed and merciful Nicephor, * beseech Christ to save our souls.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the March Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 8.  You reaped your reward from your patience, * unceasing prayer, love of the poor, and constant comfort of the needy. * O blessed and merciful Nicephor, * beseech Christ to save our souls.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 1.  The choir of patriarchs honors your memory * with chants and hymns of praise, O Nicephor; * transferring your relics, it inherits your spirit. * Therefore, the Church glorifies Christ the King, * who alone love us all.

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!