April 19

Our venerable father John of the ancient cave. He lived an ascetic life in the “ancient caves” or Lavra of Chariton the Great in Palestine. Constantly meditating on death and teaching himself humility, he spent his days in fasting, prayer, and vigils. (8th century)

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the April 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 John, your soul rejoices with the angels.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 8.  You gave up food, wealth, and fame, * and you lived as a wanderer in the deserts. * You withered your body by your abstinence, * and with courage you passed your life in silence. * For this we sing to you, * O venerable model of virtue: * Beg Christ our God to forgive the sins * of those who lovingly cherish your memory.

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!