Menaion

July 2

PolyeleosThe deposition of the venerable robes of our Most Holy Lady, the Mother of God at Blachernae in the reign of the Emperor Leo and his consort Irene (457-474).

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

We sing “Blessed is the man.” There are eight stichera at "O Lord, I have cried."

Tone 4, special melody Dal jesi znamenie. Since you are compassionate, * O Lover of all of us, * you have given your Mother to your servants as an aid, * and through her you have wrought * you ineffable and awesome dispensation * and restored our pristine and divine estate. * Wherefore, honoring her most honored feastday, * we hymn your might, O almighty Jesus, Savior of our souls.  (twice)

O all-hymned one, * with your precious robe you ever protect the city * that honors and glorifies you, as is meet, * from godless barbarians, famine, earthquake, and civil strife, * O pure Virgin who knows not wedlock. * Wherefore, the city glorifies you, O all-holy Bride of God.

O Lady, full of divine grace, * you have given your precious robe to your city * as a treasure which cannot be taken away, * as a protection and glory, * an impregnable rampart, * an ever-flowing fount of miracles, a treasury of healings, * and an ever-saving haven for the storm-tossed. * Wherefore we hymn you, O all-hymned and pure one.

All people, draw forth healing of soul and body * for before us lies the shrine * wherein the precious robe of the Ever-Virgin has been placed. * It pours forth upon us streams of wonders* and washes away the darkness of our hearts * and the defilement of the passions, * and sanctifies the souls of the faithful with grace divine.

Glory –  Tone 2. Let us purify our hearts and minds * that we may joyfully celebrate this feast with the angels, * intoning the psalm which David sang * for the young Bride of the King of all, Christ our God. * He said: "Go up to your resting-place, O Lord, * you and the ark of your holiness!" * You have adorned her, O Lord, as a palace of delights * and have given her as an inheritance to your city, * to surround and protect it, * delivering it from all enemies by your power * and thanks to the prayer which she r raises to you!

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.  Then three readings:

A reading from Genesis (Genesis 28:10-17).

A reading from the Prophecy of Ezekiel (Ezekiel 43:27 - 44:3).

A reading from Proverbs (Proverbs 9:1-11).

The Slavonic menaion as aposticha are for the feast.

Troparion,  Tone 8.  Ever-virgin Theotokos and protection of the human race, * you gave the robe and cincture of your most pure body to your city as a powerful protection. * These garments remained incorrupt * because of your virginal chldbirth. * For in you, both time and nature have been renewed. * Therefore we pray that you grant peace to the universe and great mercy to our souls.

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

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the July Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 8.  Ever-virgin Theotokos and protection of the human race, * you gave the robe and cincture of your most pure body to your city as a powerful protection. * These garments remained incorrupt * because of your virginal chldbirth. * For in you, both time and nature have been renewed. * Therefore we pray that you grant peace to the universe and great mercy to our souls.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 4.  As a mantle of immortality, * you have given to the faithful the garment that covered your most pure body, * O Virgin whom God himself has blessed * and divine protection of the human race. * With love we celebrate the feast of the deposition of your mantle, and we sing with faith: * Rejoice, O Virgin, for you are the pride of Christians.

Prokeimenon, Tone 3 (Luke 1:46-48). My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
V. For he has looked with favor upon the humility of his servant; from this day forward, all generations will call me blessed.

Epistle:  Hebrew 9:1-7

Alleluia, Tone 8 (Ps. 131:8,11). Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Go up, Lord, to your rest, you and your holy ark.
V. The Lord swore a true oath to David; he will not go back on his word

Gospel: Luke 10:38-42, 11:27-28

Communion Hymn (Ps. 115:4). I shall take the chalice of salvation and call upon the name of the Lord. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!