Menaion

June 12

Six sticheraOur venerable father Onuphry the Great, anchorite, who piously spent his life for sixty years in the desolate wilderness. (400)

Our venerable father Peter of Mount Athos, a soldier by profession. Captured and imprisoned by the Arabs, he was miraculously freed. He immediately set out for Rome, where he was tonsured a monk by the Pope. He was guided in a vision to Mt. Athos, and spent thirty-five years in the ascetic life. (734)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 8, special melody O preslavnoho čudese. O divinely-wise father Onuphry, * you cut yourself off from the tumult of the world, * and ascended to celestial perfection, * having desired him who is the Source of all good things; * and there you attained true love, O blessed one. * Illumined with that true light, * rescue us from the darkness of sin * by your supplications.

O divinely-wise father Onuphry! you endured the cold of night and the burning heat of day * in your hope of things to come, * O venerable one! * And having mortified your members here on earth, * you have received the life of heaven, * and have entered joyously into the bridal chamber, O holy one, * to behold the infinite beauty of your Creator.

O divinely-wise father Onuphry, the glorious Paphnutius found you in the desert * hidden like a treasure, * and he clearly proclaimed to those in the world * the corrections of your struggles, * and enriched the faithful with his account * of your God-pleasing life, O all-praised one! * By your supplications, O glorious one, * show us to be imitators of your life.

Tone 8, special melody O preslavnoho čudese. We have recognized you, O venerable one, * as the namesake of the divine Peter, * who truly followed him * and piously shared in his zeal for the Faith; * for you loved the good Law and desired its divine precepts, O father, * and adorned your souls with all the virtues. * Wherefore, we honor and bless you.

O venerable and most rich father, * through compunction of soul * you obtained true patience, love unfeigned, * steadfast hope and perfect humility. * In this way you became a temple of the divine Spirit. * Having received his light in purity, * you became to mortals a secondary sun, * through the purity of your life.

O venerable and divinely-inspired father, * though you hid, unseen, on earth for many years, * you still became known through the Spirit * by many signs and wonders, * and by the sweet savor of myrrh, * for you poured forth a living radiance and holiness, * truly showing the grace of the divine Spirit to those who love you.

Glory – Tone 6. O venerable father, * the whole world is filled with the fame of your holy deeds; * through them, you have received the recompense of your labors in heaven. * You destroyed hordes of demons * and have been united to the choirs of angels, * whose pure lives you imitated. * By your boldness with Christ our God, ask peace for our souls!

Or:

O venerable fathers, * the sound of your corrections * has gone forth into all the earth. * Because of this, you have found * the reward of your labors in the heavens, * have destoryed the hordes of demons, * and attained membership in the angels' ranks, * whose lives you emulated blamelessly. * As you have boldness before the Lord, * asl for his peace for our souls.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos, concluding with:

Glory – Tone 6.  Having preserved unharmed * that which was created according to the image of God, * and through fasting established your mind * over all pernicious passions * to arrive at the likeness of God, * insofar as you were able. * Having manfully done violence to your nature, * you strove to make the baser subject to the higher, * enslaving the flesh to the spirit. * By this you have been show to be the summit of monastics, * citizens of the desert, teachers of those who run the good race, * the manifest rule of the virtues. * And now in heaven, where you no longer see through a glass darkly * but behold the Holy Trinity in purity, * pray for those who honor you with faith and love.

Troparion,  Tone 4. You became a brilliant general * in the real armies of the King of heaven, * O Theodore the Triumphant. * You fought courageously with the weapons of faith * and put the legions of demons to flight. * Therefore we praise you with fervor at all times.

At the Divine Liturgy

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Troparion of Onuphry,  Tone 1. You entered the desert, being led by spiritual yearning; * and you fought in it for many years like an angel. * You are the equal of Elijah and the Baptist, * and you were delighted by the sacred mysteries ministered by angel hands. * Now that you have gone to them in the Trinity’s light, * pray for us who venerate your memory.

Troparion of Peter,  Tone 8. The mountain of Athos rejolces, * inviting all the monastic choirs to praise you. * We join with them in singing to you, * O venerable Peter, * and we lay our petition before you: * Seek peace for the world and mercy for our souls.

Glory – Kontakion of Onuphry, Tone 3.  Illumined by the light of the most Holy Spirit, * you turned your back on the distractions of this life. * Taking up your life in the desert, O venerable father, * you greatly pleased God our Creator. * For this reason, Christ exalts you, O blessed saint.

Now and ever – Kontakion of Peter, Tone 2.  Leaving the company of mortals, * you took up residence in caves and caverns, * inspired by your love of God * and the ardent burning desire of your soul. * You received a crown from God for this. * Now pray unceasingly for all of us to be saved.

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:  Galatians 5:22 - 6:2

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:   Matthew 11:27-30

Communion Hymn (Ps. 32:1). Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous ones; praise from the upright is fitting. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!