Menaion

March 30

Our venerable father John Climacus, author of “The Ladder” was born in Palestine. At the age of sixteen, he entered a monastery on Mount Sinai, where (in his later years) he wrote “The Ladder of Perfection.” (649)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 8, special melody O preslavnoho čudese.  O venerable father John, * you truly bore the praises of the Lord always on your lips, * and with great wisdom you studied the words of the Scriptures * that teach us how to live the ascetic life. * Because of this, you were enriched and blessed * with an outpouring of grace on high.

O most glorious father John, * you cleansed your soul with a fountain of tears * and gained God's mercy in your all-night vigils. * You were drawn to his love and beauty, O blessed one, * and are rightly satisfied by it now. * You rejoice endlessly in bliss.

O holy father John, * by your faith you have lifted up your mind to God. * Rejecting the restless confusion of the world, * you took up your cross and followed Christ. * Your body was kept under the rein * of the heroic deeds of your asceticism, * by the power that flows from the Holy Spirit.

On Saturday or Sunday:

Glory – Tone 6. Venerable father, the whole world is filled with the fame of your holy deeds; through them, you have received the recompense of your labors in heaven. You destroyed the hordes of demons and have been united to the choirs of angels, whose pure lives you imitated. By your boldness with Christ our God, ask peace for our souls.

Now and ever – Theotokion.

On other days:

Glory, now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

At the aposticha:

Glory – Tone 8.  All the monks honor you, O holy father Anthony, as a spiritual guide. * Through you, we have set out on the narrow path; * blessed are you for having served Christ * and for having broken the power of the enemy, * O companion of the angels, the just and the saints. * With them, ask the Lord to have mercy on our souls.

Now and ever – aposticha theotokion.

Troparion,  Tone 4. O venerable John, we have found your godly deeds * to be a divine ladder leading us to heaven * for you were a model of virtue. * Therefore, beg Christ our God to save our souls.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the March Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 4. O venerable John, we have found your godly deeds * to be a divine ladder leading us to heaven * for you were a model of virtue. * Therefore, beg Christ our God to save our souls.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 4.  John, our teacher and father, * the Lord has raised you to the heights of self-control, * to be a true guiding star * enlightening the ends of the earth.

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!