Menaion

June 2

Our venerable father Nicephor the confessor, at the Bosporus in Propontis. He was bishop of Constantinople and a most fierce champion of the tradition of the Fathers. For the cult of holy icons, he steadfastly opposed himself to the iconoclastic emperor Leo the Armenian. Leo then forced him from his see and sent him for a long time to a monastery, from which he departed to God with a calm spirit. (771)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 4, special melody Jako doblja.  We recognize you as a foundation of truth, a firm support of the faith, a rampart of sacred teaching, a defender of religion, a temple of purity, a chosen urn of the fragrance of the Spirit, a treasury of instruction, upon which the Church of Christ rests, O holy bishop Nicephor.

We proclaim you a successor of the apostles, a companion of martyrs, the faithful imitator of the ascetics, a seal of teachers and their sacred imprint, a holy river of healing, which covers the malice of the impious under its streams.

O blessed Father, you have multiplied the talent of wisdom, and worthily entered the joy of the Lord, glorified by the grace of the divine brightness, and reflecting the mystical splendor of the Holy Spirit. O glorious bishop, you now stand at the right hand of the life-giving Master in the unending radiance of heavenly brightness.

Tone 8, special melody O preslavnoho čudese.  As the rightful high priest, you entered into the divine, unending tabernacle of truth, established by the Lord, O venerable father, with your own blood, not with another's, not submitting to the counsel of the torturers, but allying yourself with God to the end.

Adorned in word and deed, with your priestly garments, and with righteous teaching, O all-wise Nicephor, nourished by wisdom, in confession you accepted harsh captivity, bitter suffering, cruel tortures, receiving them all, O blessed Father.

You became an instrument of the Spirit, proclaiming divine words from on high, the ineffable mystery of the Savior. You became a holy trumpet, truly and remarkably preaching the incarnate Word to us with a loud voice, though he is beyond our reach, and higher than any mind or thought, O most venerable Father.

Glory, now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos.

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 Nicephor, * intercede with Christ our God to save our souls.

Or:

Troparion, Tone 8.  The grace of your deep words and lofty teaching * has become a ladder to virtue for us. * You possessed a trumpet of the spirit, O Father, * and by it you announce spiritual teaching. * You have taken up your abode in paradise, * but still confound enemies with the might of your words. * O blessed Nicephor, * beg Christ to forgive the sins of those who honor you.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the June 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 Nicephor, * intercede with Christ our God to save our souls.

Or:

Troparion, Tone 8.  The grace of your deep words and lofty teaching * has become a ladder to virtue for us. * You possessed a trumpet of the spirit, O Father, * and by it you announce spiritual teaching. * You have taken up your abode in paradise, * but still confound enemies with the might of your words. * O blessed Nicephor, * beg Christ to forgive the sins of those who honor you.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 4.  Since you have received the crown of victory from God, * save those who appeal to you in faith, * O glorious Nicephor, for you are a prince of Christ’s priests and a teacher for 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:  (of the day)

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:  (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!