Menaion

June 30

PolyeleosThe Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles. Although each of the Twelve Apostles has his own feast day during the year, the Church has set aside this day for a general feast of all of them together.

Our holy father Basil Velychkovskyj, bishop. He was born in Galicia in 1903, and entered the Redemptorist monastery in 1925. In 1942, he became hegumen of the monastery in Ternopil,where he was arrested and sent to prison in L’viv. He was ordained an archbishop in 1963. He was arrested again in 1969, and then deported to Rome. From there he went to Winnipeg, Canada, where he died. (1973)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

We sing “Blessed is the man.” There are six stichera at "O Lord, I have cried", three for Peter and Paul, and three for the twelve apostles.

Tone 2, special melody Kijmi pochval'nimy. What crowns of praise shall we weave for Peter and Paul?  * They were separated in the body but united in spirit, * and outstanding as the preachers of God. * The one Indeed led the apostles, * while the other labored more than all the rest. * Christ our God, showing great mercy,  * fittingly crowns them with immortal glory.

With what beautiful hymns shall we praise Peter and Paul? * They are wings of divine knowledge, * spreading out to the far ends of the earth * and soaring aloft to heaven. * They are two heads of the Gospel of grace, * two feet of the preaching of the truth, * two rivers of wisdom and two arms of the Cross, * through which the merciful Christ * casts down the pride of demons.

With what spiritual songs shall we praise Peter and Paul? * They slew the godless tongues of idolaters. * They are fearful swords of the Spirit and notable ornaments of Rome, * both nourishers of the whole world * and the God-inspired tablets of the New Covenant. * Christ, in his great mercy, * has proclaimed their honor in Zion.

Tone 4, special melody Jako doblja. O most honorable disciples, * you are sanctified as ones who are witnesses to the incarnate Word. * You manifested yourselves to the world as flashes of lightning. * You overflow with delight like the silent hills. * You separated yourselves like the [ever-flowing] rivers of Paradise. * You nourish the Churches of the Gentiles with divine waters.

Like glistening beams of light, * you were sent as rays of the Spirit into the whole world. * You abundantly granted miracles * and were ministers of the mysteries of Christ. * You were the tablets of the Sacred Scriptures. * You were the inscriptions of God's grace * and of the law taught by God, * O most precious ministers of the priestly mysteries.

You are the spears of fishermen * and the eloquence of philosophers. * You are the lofty words of debaters. * You are the teachings of those who are wise in God, * the models for all doctrine, * and you clearly explained the mysteries of the Gospel. * You are the partakers of the everlasting nourishment * and the delight of the angels. * You live forever in glory.

Glory –  Tone 6. The most honorable feast has arrived, * the feast of the Church of Christ, * the feast of the Intercessors of our salvation. * Therefore, let us mystically rejoice, saying to them: * Rejoice, for you have become the light of those in darkness, * shining splendors of the Spiritual Sun. * Rejoice, O Peter and Paul, unshakable foundations of divine teachings, * friends of Christ and chosen vessels. * Be present among us in an invisible manner * and grant spiritual gifts * to those who praise your feast with hymns.

Now and ever – the dogmatikon of Saturday evening, in the same tone, or (on Friday night or Saturday night) in the Tone of the week

Entrance with censer, and prokeimenon of the day.  There are no readings.

The aposticha are for the feast:

Tone 4, special melody Dal jesi znamenie. You have given an honor to the Church * in your precious apostles, O Lord. * They glow like human lampstands; * Peter and Paul illumine the whole world like bright stars. * Through them you illumined the darkness of the west, * O all-powerful Jesus and Savior of our souls.

Through all the earth their voice resounds; their message reaches to the ends of the world.

You have given a stronghold to your Church, O Lord, * in the firmness of Peter and the mind of Paul. * Both of them were radiant in wisdom * and true preachers of the Word of God. * They dispelled the error of the Greeks. *  Therefore, being guided mystically by both of them, we sing to you, * O all-powerful Jesus and Savior of our souls.

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.

You have given an example of conversion to sinners  in your two apostles. * Both denied you in a time of fear and then repented; * both questioned your preaching and then believed. * They were both leaders at your councils, * O all-powerful Jesus and Savior of our souls.

Glory –  Tone 6.  Today a delightful feast has shone forth to the ends of the earth, * the all-solemn memorial of the most wise and first apostles, Peter and Paul. * Let Rome, therefore, receive the glad tidings, rejoicing; * and let us feast on this solemn day, crying out to them: * Rejoice, O Peter, apostle and special friend of the Teacher, Christ our God. * Rejoice, O truly beloved Paul, * preacher of the faith and teacher of the universe. * Because of your privilege, O holy ones, * beseech Christ our God to save our souls.

Now and ever – the aposticha theotokion of Saturday evening, in the same tone.

Troparion,  Tone 1.  Your preaching has spread over the whole earth, * because you have received the Spirit in flaming tongues. * You burned down the lies of idolatry, * and you have caught the straying people with the net of faith. * The heavens declare your glory for this, * and the firmament proclaims your works. * We join them in a song to your memory: * Through the prayers of your twelve apostles, save us, O God.

Glory, now and ever – the festal theotokion of Saturday evening, in the same tone.

At the Divine Liturgy

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Troparion,  Tone 1.  Your preaching has spread over the whole earth, * because you have received the Spirit in flaming tongues. * You burned down the lies of idolatry, * and you have caught the straying people with the net of faith. * The heavens declare your glory for this, * and the firmament proclaims your works. * We join them in a song to your memory: * Through the prayers of your twelve apostles, save us, O God.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 2.  Christ our rock has exalted the foundation stone of faith, * the chosen twelve from the disciples and Paul. * As we observe their memory with faith, * let us praise the One who glorifies them.

Prokeimenon, Tone 8 (Ps. 18:5,2). Through all the earth their voice resounds; * their message reaches to the end of the world.
V. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.

Epistle:  1 Corinthians 4:9-16

Alleluia, Tone 1 (Ps. 88:6,8). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. The heavens declare your wonders, O Lord, and your truth in the assembly of the holy.
V. God is glorified in the council of the holy, great and awesome above all who surround him.

Gospel:  Mark 3:13-19

Communion Hymn (Ps. 18:5). Through all the earth their voice resounds; * their message reaches to the end of the world.