Menaion

June 14

The holy prophet Elisha at Samaria or Sebaste in Palestine. He was a disciple of the prophet Elijah, and was himself a prophet in Israel from the time of King Joram to the days of Jehoash. Though his oracles do not remain, he nevertheless (by his working miracles for foreigners) announced the coming salvation for all people.

Our holy father Methodius, patriarch of Constantinople. While he was a monk, he betook himself to Rome to Pope St. Paschal the First in defense of the holy icons. Elevated to the episcopate, he solemnly celebrated the triumph of the orthodox faith with the restoration of the holy icons. (847)


At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

At "O Lord, I have cried" , there are six stichera, three for the holy prophet and three for the holy father.

Tone 8, special melody O preslavnoho čudese. Hail, wise prophet Elisha! * Having purified your heart of all carnal pleasures, * you gloriously received the lights of the Spirit * which you radiantly communicated to all. * You were totally transfigured in light; * thus you dwell in the presence of the never-setting Light, * and you ceaselessly pray for us who acclaim you.

When Elijah, zealous for God, * the driver of the heavenly chariot, * was departing from you, O blessed Elisha, * he made you shine with a double portion of grace. * Imitating his deeds, you stopped the flow of the river, * then later gloriously set it free. * You now shine in splendor as you magnify Christ our God.

For the faithful Shunamite woman, * you once obtained a child through grace; * later, you raised him from the dead by your prayers, * working these signs as God's prophet. * With salt, you purified the waters that caused miscarriage, O blessed prophet. * Thus we sing to you who work great wonders * by the grace of the all-powerful Spirit.

Tone 8, special melody O preslavnoho čudese. O father Methodius, wise in God, * you were like a lion * that by the roaring of your all-wise teachings * terrified John the Grammarian, that sly fox, * for he could not endure your denunciation, * and, as a wicked wretch, was felled by a blow from your sword. * As a champion of true believers, therefore, * you did not leave the flock of Christ to perish.

O Methodius, you are the confirmation of orthodoxy, * the shepherd of the Church, * the adornment of monks, a river full to overflowin * with the waters of the Spirit, * a cup pouring forth drink of surpassing sweetness, * a beacon illumining the ends of the world, * a two-edged sword honed to sharpness by grace, * which cuts down the hordes of the ungodly.

O glorious Methodius, * you are a model of confession, * the foundation of holy bishops, * an instrument played by God with the melody of doctrine, * full of piety, a dwelling-place of wisdom, * an abyss of love, an ever-flowing stream of mercy, * a bowl pouring forth the drink of compunction, * a flourishing garden of paradise.

Glory – Tone 2.  Today the divine coming of the prophets * has shone forth, mystically beckoning to the souls of those * who love the feasts of the Church. * The one who mounted the chariot which traverses the heavens, * the star of the never-setting East, * together with Elisha, the wondrous man, * widens the streams of the new Jordan, * making clear the proclamation of piety, * and clearly portraying by a double image * the twofold blessing of the harmonious glory of the Old and New * for those who celebrate their most festive memorial with faith.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos, concluding with an additional psalm verse and the following sticheron:

Your priests will be clothed with righteousness and your saints will rejoice.

Tone 4. Today the Church of God is clothed for a feast * and joyously cries aloud: * My beauty shines more brightly than any city: * behold, the treasure of bishops, the glorious Methodius, arrives in Heaven! * Come, feast-lovers! * All you true Christians, gather together! * Let us draw healing in abundance from the holy relics, * and let us entreat Christ our God * to deliver the world from all heresy!

Glory – Tone 6.  O prophet and herald of Christ, * you have never departed from the throne of his majesty, * and, ministering in the highest, * you always intercede for everyone who is sick. * Wholly glorious, you bless the whole world. * Ask for cleansing for our souls.

Troparion of Elisha,  Tone 4.  An angel in the flesh, the foundation of the prophets, * and the second foreruner of Christ, * the glorious Elijah from on high sent grace to Elisha * to cure sicknesses and cleanse lepers. * He likewise overflows with healing for those who honor him. (same as the troparion of Elijah; cf. July 20)

Glory – Troparion of Methodius,  Tone 4.  Burning with zeal for the holy icons, O most wise saint, * you boldly opposed the malice of the king. * You were locked in a tomb and suffered torment, * and for your labors you were exiled. * Do not forget us who sing of your fame, * O most blessed pastor Methodius.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the June Menaion

Troparion of Elisha,  Tone 4.  An angel in the flesh, the foundation of the prophets, * and the second foreruner of Christ, * the glorious Elijah from on high sent grace to Elisha * to cure sicknesses and cleanse lepers. * He likewise overflows with healing for those who honor him. (same as the troparion of Elijah; cf. July 20).

Troparion of Methodius,  Tone 4.  Burning with zeal for the holy icons, O most wise saint, * you boldly opposed the malice of the king. * You were locked in a tomb and suffered torment, * and for your labors you were exiled. * Do not forget us who sing of your fame, * O most blessed pastor Methodius.

Glory – Kontakion of Elisha, Tone 2.  O blessed Elisha, you lived the life of a prophet of God. * You received an abundance of graces, * and now, together with Elijah, * you intercede fervently with Christ our God for all of us.

Now and ever – Kontakion of Methodius, Tone 2.  You fought like an angel on earth * and inherited heaven for a reward, O Methodius. * Having clearly revealed the reverence that was due to icons, * you were subjected to agonies and terrible hardships. * But this did not deter you from your path of truth * as you condemned those who cast out the icons of Christ.

Prokeimenon, Tone 4 (Ps. 109:4,1). You are a priest forever * according to the order of Melchizedek.
V. The Lord said to my Lord: Sit at my right hand * till I make your enemies your footstool.

Epistle:  James 5:10-20

Alleluia, Tone 5 (Ps. 98:6, 96:11). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Moses and Aaron were among his priests; Samuel was among those who called upon his name.
V. Light dawns for the just, and gladness for the upright of heart.

Gospel: Luke 4:22-30

Communion Hymn (Ps. 111:6,7). The just man will be remembered forever; evil news he will not fear. Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!