Menaion

April 6

Our holy father Eutyches, archbishop of Constantinople, who led the Second Ecumenical Council at Constantinople [553, the 5th Ecumenical Council], where he boldly fought for the Orthodox faith, and, when he had suffered a long exile, at his death professed the resurrection of the flesh. (582)

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the April Menaion

Troparion, Tone 4.  Your life has shown you to your flock as a rule of faith, * an image of gentleness, and a teacher of moderation. * You acquired greatness through humility * and wealth through poverty. * O father and bishop Eutyches, * intercede with Christ our God to save our souls.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 8.  All you people, singing with faith and love, * let us bless the godly Eutyches * as a minister and great pastor, * an all-wise teacher and expeller of heresies, * for he entreats the Lord * in behalf of all of us.

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Ps. 149:5,1). Let the faithful rejoice in glory, * shout for joy, and take their rest.
V. Sing to the Lord a new song of praise in the assembly of the faithful.

Epistle:  (of the day)

Alleluia, Tone 2 (Ps. 131:9,13). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Your priests will be clothed with righteousness and your saints will rejoice.
V. The Lord has chosen Zion; he prefers her for his dwelling.

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!


Also on this day:

PolyeleosThe passing of our holy father Methodius, teacher of the Slavs. After the death of St. Cyril in Rome, Methodius returned to Moravia and labored there among the Slavs, preaching the Gospel and establishing the Christian faith there. (885)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen) - see April 10, 2004

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

Tone 4 samohlasen.  O holy bishop Methodius, you took upon yourself task of teaching the law of grace. By holy letters you brought together and handed on these teachings to your people and your flock, that by them they could read and contemplate the holy Scriptures, and they blessed the Lord. we, therefore, bless you worthily. (twice)

O blessed Methodius, you followed the words of the Lord, and truly blessed the Father, who gave birth to the Word in essence, and sent forth the all-holy Spirit. You continue to profess this, crying aloud, Truly the Comforter proceeds from the Father. Therefore, O divine preacher, you stand with the fathers of the First Council in their same profession, pray with them to the Savior, that he may save us all. (twice)

O father Methodius, you received apostolic grace from God in abundance. You were counted worthy of the wonder of prophecy, seeing the future as if it were present. Rejoice, O glorious father, sight of the blind, expeller of demons and healer of the sick. Grant us forgiveness of sins and great mercy. (twice)
v. Glory . . .
- O bishop Methodius, renowned citizen of the land of Moravia, glory and boast of the northern countries, your lofty preaching calls us together. Come, O feast-lovers, let us rejoice in faith and exult with him on the feast of his glorious falling asleep. May he offer unceasing prayer to Christ our God, that our souls may be delivered from all troubles and dangers.

Glory –  in the same tone.  O bishop Methodius, renowned citizen of the land of Moravia, glory and boast of the northern countries, your lofty preaching calls us together. Come, O feast-lovers, let us rejoice in faith and exult with him on the feast of his glorious falling asleep. May he offer unceasing prayer to Christ our God, that our souls may be delivered from all troubles and dangers.

Now and ever – the dogmatikon of Saturday evening, in the same tone, or (on Friday night or Saturday night) in the Tone of the week.

Entrance with censer, and prokeimenon of the day.  Then three readings:

A reading from Proverbs (Composite I).

A reading from the Wisdom of Soloman (Composite II).

A reading from the Wisdom of Soloman (Composite IV).

Aposticha of the day, then:

 Glory – Tone 8.  Come, O feast-lovers, let us rejoice and exult with holy hymns, the falling asleep of the bishop Methodius, the enlightener of Moravia, the equal-to-the apostles of the Slav peoples. Behold, he rejected the pleasures of the world, and took the apostolate of the cross on his shoulders, together with his brother, enlightening the Slav nations. After his falling asleep, he received from God the reward of righteousness, and prays without ceasing, that our souls may be delivered from all troubles and dangers.

Now and ever – the aposticha theotokion of Saturday evening, in the same tone.

Troparion,  Tone 4. Send your mercy from heaven, O Christ, * to those who keep the feast of your pastor’s death. * Through the intercession of your holy disciple * who is truly our father in the faith, * open the gates of your kingdom * and break the chains of our many sins.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the April Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 4. Send your mercy from heaven, O Christ, * to those who keep the feast of your pastor’s death. * Through the intercession of your holy disciple * who is truly our father in the faith, * open the gates of your kingdom * and break the chains of our many sins.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 2.  Let us sing of the heavenly and faithful Methodius. * Let us praise with love this great pastor of the Slavs. * Truly he was a good servant of the Trinity. * He banished the wiles of heresy. * Rejoice, because he prays for all of us.

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:  Hebrews 7:26 - 8:2

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: John 10:9-16

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