Menaion

June 25

Leave-taking of the Nativity of the Forerunner

The holy venerable martyr Febronia, a young nun in her twentieth year, was a victim of the persecution of Diocletian in Sybapolis in Syria. (310)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

At "O Lord, I have cried", there are six stichera: three for the Forerunner, and three for the holy martyr.

Tone 4 samohlasen. When John was born, the silence of Zechariah was broken. * For when the Voice appeared, it was not proper that his father remain silent. * Just as disbelief bound the father's tongue, * so now the appearance of John frees him. * Having revealed himself, he preaches good tidings to all. * The Forerunner of Light and the Voice of the Word is born, * and he prays for the salvation of our souls.

Today the Voice of the Word frees his father’s voice * which was lost through disbelief, * and he reveals the Church's blessed posterity * by loosing his mother’s bond of barrenness. * The Lamp preceding the Light appears; * the Star proclaims the coming of the Sun of Justice * who is the restoration of all * and the salvation of our souls.

When the time approached * for the Word of God to be born from a Virgin, * a messenger came forth from a barren womb. * He is the greatest born of woman * and the greatest of the prophets. * Behold, the beginning of God’s actions is beyond our understanding. * You were begotten eternally * and conceived, O Lord, without seed. * You work wonders for our salvation. * Almighty Lord, glory to you!

Tone 4, special melody Dal jesi znamenie.  Illustrious Febronia, * you suffered a passion in keeping with the discipline you had kept, * for you mingled the blood of martyrdom * with the sweat of asceticism. * Thus you gained the double crown * given you by the Benefactor. * Splendidly adorned with it, you went up as both a spotless virgin * and a martyr victorious in combat.

The beauty of your body * was matched by the divine splendor of your soul: * you glistened like a spotless lily, * having attained that purity of soul in the holy monastery; * and you were crimsoned with the drops of your own blood. * Thus, in heaven, you were welcomed into the bridal chamber, * the indestructible palace, * as a virgin and martyr, a spotless bride.

The angel of the Lord * encamped around you and delivered you, O wondrous Febronia. * From infancy you feared the Lord * and you were kept as an acceptable offering for the Almighty. * Thus you trampled underfoot the folly of Selenus. * Having been crowned, you went up to Christ, your Bridegroom.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 8.  Elizabeth said to the Virgin Mary: * How is it that the Mother of my Lord has come to me? * You bear the King, and I, a soldier. * You bear the Lawgiver, and I, the preacher of the law. * You bear the Word, and I, the voice who announces the Kingdom of heaven.

The aposticha are from the Octoechos, concluding with:

Glory – Tone 6.  Elizabeth carried the Forerunner of grace, * and the Virgin carried the Lord of glory. * When the mothers greeted each other, the infant leaped for joy, * for even within the womb, the servant praised the Master. * The mother of the Forerunner was amazed and cried out: * How have I deserved that the mother of my Lord has come to me? * Glory to Him who with great mercy saves a despairing people.

Troparion,  Tone 4.  Prophet and forerunner of the coming of Christ, * although we honor you with love, we cannot give you worthy praise. * Through your glorious and holy birth, * you mother was freed from barrenness and your father from the loss of speech, * and the incarnation of the Son of God is proclaimed to the world.

Glory – Troparion, Tone 4. Your lamb Febronia, O Jesus, cries out in a loud voice: * I love you, my Bridegroom; I seek you with painful longing. * I am crucified with you; in your baptism, I am buried with you; *I suffer for you that I may reign with you; * and I die for you that I may live with you. * Receive me as a spotless sacrifice immolated with love for you. * By her prayers, O merciful One, save our souls.

At the Divine Liturgy

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Troparion,  Tone 4.  Prophet and forerunner of the coming of Christ, * although we honor you with love, we cannot give you worthy praise. * Through your glorious and holy birth, * you mother was freed from barrenness and your father from the loss of speech, * and the incarnation of the Son of God is proclaimed to the world.

Troparion, Tone 4. Your lamb Febronia, O Jesus, cries out in a loud voice: * I love you, my Bridegroom; I seek you with painful longing. * I am crucified with you; in your baptism, I am buried with you; *I suffer for you that I may reign with you; * and I die for you that I may live with you. * Receive me as a spotless sacrifice immolated with love for you. * By her prayers, O merciful One, save our souls.

Glory, now and – Kontakion, Tone 6.  The martyr Febronia spoke these words: * It was not hard for me to follow you, my beloved Lord, * for the sweetness of your love filled my soul with yearning, * and the beauty of your mercy drew me to drink your chalice * that you might admit me to the marriage feast in heaven along with the wise virgins, * where I might sing to you. * Therefore, O martyr, we celebrate your martyrdom and beseech you: * Pray that the door to the feast remain opened for us.

Prokeimenon, Tone 4 (Ps. 67:36,27). God is wondrous in his saints, the God of Israel.
V. In the churches bless God; from Israel's wellsprings bless the Lord.

Epistle:  2 Corinthians 6:1-10

Alleluia, Tone 1 (Ps. 39:2,3). Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. I have waited, waited for the Lord, and he stooped toward me and heard my cry.

Gospel: Luke 7:36-50

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