Menaion

March 14

Our venerable father Benedict. Born in Nursia in Umbria and educated in Rome, he began a hermit’s life in the Subiaco region. He gathered many disciples around himself, and then went to Monte Casino. There he founded his celebrated monastery and composed his “Rule for Monks.” This rule spread so widely that he has deserved to be called the patriarch of monks in the West. It is said that he died on the twenty-first day of March. (550)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 2, special melody Jehda ot dreva.  O holy father, with faith and in true love, * you renounced the world from childhood * and joyfully followed Christ crucified. * Having mortified your flesh in a multitude of struggles, * you received the power of healing in abundance, * so that you could bring an end to all types of diseases, * driving away spiteful spirits. * Thus you were made worthy of great praise.

You, who are the adornment of ascetics, * gathered an incomparable flock of holy monks * to sing to the Lord, O venerable father. * You traced out the path to heaven for all those * who perfectly follow your divine teachings, * O blessed father Benedict, * imitating your life so full of virtues. * You bring them together on the day of your passing to God.

Like Elijah of old, O holy father, * you brought down rain from heaven by your divine prayers. * The jar obeyed you and produced oil. * You returned the dead to life * and worked other miracles for the greater glory of God our Savior. * Thus, O venerable father Benedict, we celebrate your memory with love.

Glory, now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

Troparion,  Tone 8. In you, O father, the divine image was strictly preserved; * taking up your cross, you followed Christ. * You taught us by example how to spurn the flesh, for it passes away, * and how to care for the soul, which is immortal. * Therefore, O venerable Benedict, your souls rejoices with the angels.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the March Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 8. In you, O father, the divine image was strictly preserved; * taking up your cross, you followed Christ. * You taught us by example how to spurn the flesh, for it passes away, * and how to care for the soul, which is immortal. * Therefore, O venerable Benedict, your souls rejoices with the angels.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 6.  You were enriched by God’s grace and sealed your calling with works. * Pleasing to Christ God in prayer and fasting, * you have shown yourself filled by the Spirit’s gifts, O Benedict, * champion against the enemies, * healer of the sick and swift help for 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!