May 8

VigilThe holy apostle and evangelist John the Theologian, son of Zebedee, who with his brother James and Peter was a witness of the transfiguration and also of the passion of the Lord. At the cross he took Mary as his mother, at the command of the dying Lord. In the Gospel and his other writings he shows himself to be a theologian. He was found worthy to contemplate the glory of the incarnate Word, which he saw and proclaimed. (cf. Sept. 26)

Our venerable father Arsenius the Great, at Mt. Skete in Egypt. It is said that he had been a deacon of the Roman Church. At the time of Theodosius the emperor, he withdrew into solitude and there, having fulfilled all virtues, gave up his spirit to God. (448)

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the May Menaion

Troparion, Tone 2.  Beloved apostle of Christ our God, * hasten to deliver a people that lacks any other defense. * He who accepted that you lay your head on his breast * will also acceptr your prayer. * Pray to Christ, O Theologian, * that he may overcome the darkness of pagan nations, * and beg that he grant us peace and abundant mercy.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 2.   O man of purity, who could describe your glory? * Many are the miracles and healings you perform. * Since you a theologian and the beloved of Christ, * intercede with him for the salvation of our souls.

Prokeimenon, Tone 8 (Ps. 18:5,2). Through all the earth their voice resounds; * their message reaches to the end of the world.
V. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.

Epistle:  1 John 1:1-7

Alleluia, Tone 1 (Ps. 88:6,8). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. The heavens declare your wonders, O Lord, and your truth in the assembly of the holy.
V. God is glorified in the council of the holy, great and awesome above all who surround him.

Gospel: John 19:25-27, 21:24-25

Communion Hymn (Ps. 18:5). Through all the earth their voice resounds; * their message reaches to the end of the world.

The Slavonic Chasoslov also has a troparion and kontakion for Arsenius.