Menaion

June 6

Our venerable father Bessarion the Wonder-worker, at Skete in Egypt, anchorite, who stood out as a beggar for the love of God and as a pilgrim. The Greek fathers compared him to Moses and Elijah because of his virtues and miracles. (446)

Our venerable father Hilary the Younger, hegumen of the Dalmatian Monastery, who, for the sake of the cult of the holy icons, suffered imprisonment, lashes, and exile with unconquered faith. (845)


At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

At "O Lord, I have cried": three stichera for each of the venerable fathers.

Tone 8, special melody O preslavnaho čudese.  You were the light of monastics, O wise Bessarion, * and by the rays of your virtues * and the radiance of grace you were like a lamp in the desert. * From the gloom of the passions and the darkness of the wicked, * from all sorrow and temptation, * deliver those who fervently honor you and hymn with faith your divine repose.

Enduring standing amid thorns * in your divine love of ineffable struggles, * you show forth an effort equal to that of the martyrs. * You sweetened the bitter waters of the sea * and gave drink to souls in thirst, O all-wise one. * You traversed the flowing waters of the Nile, * making your passage over its waters * with dry feet (or: dryshod), O all-praised one.

Knowing you to be like the wise Elijah, * we all clearly praise you, O Bessarion, * for you caused torrents of water to fall as rain from the sky * through God's mercy on you, * and by your honored supplications * you bestowed fountains of rain and divine dew from on high upon all the faithful * as well as grace and power and invincible protection.

Tone 4, special melody Dal jesi znamenie.  Having lived an irreproachable life * in patience, gentleness, compunction, * unfeigned charity, self-mastery, * night- long vigils, faith, hope and compassion, * you seemed to be an angel in a body on earth, * O blessed father Hilarion. * Intercede for our souls before God.

You were a heavenly man, * an earthly angel, O blessed one, * a fountain of compunction, a river of compassion, * an ocean of miracles, * a corrector of sinners, a fruitful olive tree for our God, * making the faces of the faithful gleam with the oil of your labors; * and they acclaim you, O venerable father Hilarion.

Enlightened by the knowledge of God, * your spirit triumphed over the bodily passions * without being stained by mire here below. * But you bore the image of our King, * reflecting the beauty of God * so as to be in his likeness * through the work of the Holy Spirit, * O splendor of monks, O venerable father Hilarion!

Glory, now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos.

Troparion,  Tone 4.  God of our fathers, you always deal with us in your kindness. * Take not your mercy away from us; * but through their prayers guide our life in peace.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the June Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 4.  God of our fathers, you always deal with us in your kindness. * Take not your mercy away from us; * but through their prayers guide our life in peace.

Glory – Kontakion of Bessarion, Tone 2.  Imitating the powers of heaven, O venerable father, * you lived a soaring life like a bird, * flying upward with unquenchable desire to Christ the King until you reached him. * O Bessarion, pray unceasingly for all of us.

Now and ever – Kontakion of Hilarion, Tone 2.  O father Hilarion, you were a courageous fighter, * and the fire did not harm * you because of the refreshing dew that came from God. * You exceeded the limits of human endurance in fighting your battles; * and now you rejoice with the saints. * As you join with them, we beg you to pray for all of us.

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!