Menaion

July 10

The holy forty-five martyrs in Nicopolis in Armenia, Leontius, Mauritius, Daniel, Antonius, Anicetus, Sisinnus, and others, who under the emperor Licinius and the governor Lysias were tortured in many ways. (319) The holy martyrs are commemorated at Compline.

PolyeleosOur venerable father Anthony of the Monastery of the Caves. He was a hermit, who in the laura called “the Caves” followed the monastic life which he had learned on Mt. Athos. He was the founder of Russian monasticism.(1073)

The holy Maronite Franciscan brothers: Francis, Abd-el-Mooti and Raphael Massabki, and eight others with them, killed in Damascus in 1860. Passion of the blessed martyr Emmanuel Ruiz, priest, and his companions [Carmelo Volta, Peter Soler, Nicholas Alberga, Engelbert Kolland, Ascanius Nicanor, all priests; Francis Pinazo and John-Jacob Fernandez, friars] at Damascus in Syria, seven from the Order of Friars Minor and three faithful brothers of the Maronite Church [Francis, Abd-el-Mooti and Raphael Massabki]. When they were deceitfully handed over to the enemy by a traitor and afflicted with various humiliations on account of their faith, they ended their lives with the glorious death of martyrs. (1860)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 4, special melody Zvannyj svyše byv.  When divine desire fell upon you, * O venerable one, * you accounted passionate attachment to the world as harmful; * wherefore, forsaking your homeland, you arrived on Athos, the holy mountain, * and there in the midst of the fathers, * you shone forth in virtue like a deacon, O Anthony. * Entreat Christ, whom you served from your youth, * that he enlighten and save our souls. (twice)

When you were set afire by the love of Christ, * you despised the wisdom and glory of this world, * seeing them as things which pass away. * Because of this, you made a cave for yourself, * and within it struggled like an angel. * God rewarded you for this with angelic honors. * Standing with them before the throne of Christ, * pray that he enlighten and save our souls. (twice)

When you received divine love in your heart, * you entered into a dark cave as into a splendid bridal, * and there you were enriched with understanding of things unseen, * beholding things of the future as though they were present, * speaking plainly of them to all. * Entreat Christ, whom you served from your youth, * that he enlighten and save our souls.

Tone 5, special melody Prepodobne otce.  O Anthony, venerable father, * having illumined your mind with Holy Spirit's grace, * you predicted the wrath of God which would fall upon the church, * and entrusted the defense against foes to Simeon, * and foretold his burial in the church which he was building. * We, therefore, hymn you as a mediator of good things for all, * asking that through you we may receive * great mercy from Christ our Master and Lord.

Venerable Father Anthony, fulfilling the commands of Christ the True Shepherd and Teacher, after your repose, out of loving concern showing to Erasmus who had lived carelessly, the riches of repentance, by your prayers and appearances to him you transformed his deadly sickness. Granting him time for repentance you guided others to chastity. Therefore, beseech Christ that our souls may be saved.

Father Anthony, chastely and with God’s help you guided the ship of your mind, obediently sailing across the gulf of passions of the sea of this world. Directed by the sails of the Most-holy Spirit, you reached the calm harbor of the heavenly homeland, the abode of the Saints and the repose of the Righteous. With them pray that we too may enter there, we beseech you.

Glory –  Tone 6.  Your severe life and labors for God became known to the Fathers of the Holy Mountain. Then, by divine economy, they sent you back again to your homeland, saying: "Go, child, so that by you those not knowing God may come to know him.” You went back there, O Venerable One, and you illumined your homeland, becoming a superior of monks. Thus a multitude of these were brought to Christ. Pray for us who are feasting your truly resplendent falling-asleep, that our souls be saved and guarded from the enemy legions.

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 Proverbs (Composite I).

A reading from Proverbs (Proverbs 10:31-32; 11:1-2, 4, 3, 5-12, Composite VI).

A reading from the Wisdom of Solomon (Wisdom 3:1-9).

Stichera at the Litija:

Tone 1 Bolhar. By means of divine Providence you were named for the namesake of yourlife, O Anthony, receiving your name from your deeds. For by your teachings gathering a multitude of disciples who followed after you, you led them to God, as a partner with the venerable and righteous ones. Standing with them before the Trinity, pray for us who are glorifying with hymns your most-glorious falling-asleep.

Avoiding the passionate darkness of this world, O venerable Anthony, you abode in a cave and descended there to the depths of divine understanding, O truly-wondrous father. Therefore, as one with clearness of sight, you were granted to know beforehand things which were far away and to speak clearly of them as if they were near. You were an intercessor for those sinful people sick with human sins, and you foretold prophetically the invasion of barbarians. We beseech you, O father, and we pray that we be delivered of such threats and that our souls may be saved.

Tone 2 Bolhar.Whose human understanding or tongue is able to speak out or praise your life, as is proper? For on account of your life in the body equal to the angels, those on earth were amazed and praised Christ who granted you such victories over the passions, O venerable father. Beseech him, O truly-praised One, that we who are glorifying you may be saved, O truly-wondrous Anthony.

Blessed is the cave, O venerable father, which has in itself your precious relics from which flows healing to the faithful. Blessed are your disciples who have acquired you as such a teacher and who have been called "children” by such a father, O truly-wondrous Anthony the intercessor for our souls.

Tone 4 Bolhar. Now your all-precious and hallowed body lies in a cave, O venerable Anthony, in which many have labored together in this life. And abundantly it spills out healing to those coming to it in faith. Therefore, we all beseech you: By your prayers always grant spiritual health to those calling you blessed.

Glory, now and ever –  Tone 8 Bolhar.  You acquired great faith and boldness towards God, O venerable Anthony. For resembling the Prophet Gideon, who by means of a fleece spilled out victory; you, O Father, desired by means of dew to know the place prepared by the sovereign Lady and Queen. Therefore, you spoke, since grace has come upon you: There will be dew across the whole land, and on the spot where she has desired a church to be, let it be dry. And again, let there be dew on the place while the rest is dry. You obtained the fulfillment of both, O Father. Therefore, you raised up a truly-precious temple to the Mother of God. With her pray to Christ, we beseech you, that our souls may be saved.

The aposticha are for the venerable father:

Tone 1 samohlasen.  You followed in the footsteps of the great Anthony, O venerable one, for as he lived in the desert for the sake of silence and was granted to be companion to the angels, you were enclosed in an underground place- in a cave - being granted to see the Ineffable Light. Therefore, having imitated his life, you received his title on account of your deeds. Standing with him before the Holy Trinity, pray that our souls may be saved.

V. Precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of his faithful.

Like a brightly-lit lamp you shone in a dark place, and, as the prophet said,you flourished like a palm tree in the house of God, bringing the fruit of your most-holy body as a living bloodless sacrifice to the Master himself, father. Therefore, having assembled together with love, we all bless you forever as our inheritance.

V. Happy the man who fears the Lord, and greatly delights in his commands.

The cave in which lay your sacred body, O venerable Anthony, by the power of the Most holy Spirit heals the various infirmities of those coming to it in faith. It drives away demons from people and those enfeebled leave it, having received soundness of body. Thus we glorify the Lord, saying: Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.

Glory –  Tone 6.  Resembling the Prophet Elijah, O venerable Anthony, because of your truly great faith you obtained the fulfillment of an astonishing petition. As he had brought down fire from heaven to consume the sacrifice, in like manner, by your prayer you brought fire down from heaven to, as it were, consume and purify the place where was to be erected a most-glorious temple of the Sovereign Lady and Theotokos. Therefore, as a partner with the venerable ones and zealous prophets, calling you blessed we beseech you: Entreat Christ that our souls may be saved.

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

Troparion,  Tone 4.  You renounced and left the world, * following Christ in the spirit of the Gospel. * Living the life of an angel, * you settled in the peaceful shelter of Mount Athos. * After that you came to the mountains of Kiev * with the blessing of the fathers. * You ended your life of labor there, * casting light over all your homeland. * Showing the path of the kingdom to all monks, * you led them to Christ. * Now beg him to save our souls, O venerable Anthony.

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 4.  You renounced and left the world, * following Christ in the spirit of the Gospel. * Living the life of an angel, * you settled in the peaceful shelter of Mount Athos. * After that you came to the mountains of Kiev * with the blessing of the fathers. * You ended your life of labor there, * casting light over all your homeland. * Showing the path of the kingdom to all monks, * you led them to Christ. * Now beg him to save our souls, O venerable Anthony.

Glory. now and ever– Kontakion, Tone 8.   From childhood you loved God with all your heart * and lovingly followed him, O venerable father. * Scorning this passing world as a trifle, * you took up residence in a cave. * There you fought the army of invisible demons, * and you were like the sun over the world. * Now you stand before the throne with the angels, * so remember us who honor you * that we may sing: * Rejoice, O father Anthony.

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: Luke 6:17-23

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