Menaion

July 13

Six sticheraThe synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel. The primary feast of the Archangel is March 26. On this day is commemorated all his appearances and marvels throughout the history of salvation. This feast was instituted on Mt. Athos in 982.

Our venerable father Stephen of the Monastery of St. Sabbas, who suffered death during the reign of the emperor Severus. He was the nephew of St. John Damascene, and lived the monastic life in the Sabaite monastery near Jerusalem. (794)

Our holy father Julian, bishop of Kenoman, at Le Mans [Lat.: Cenomanus] in Gallia Lugdunesis [a Roman province in what is now France], who is considered the first bishop of that city. (1st century)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

There are six stichera at "O Lord, I have cried," three for the archangel and three for the venerable father.

Tone 4, special melody Dal jesi znamenie. The Spirit, the ever-existing One, has made you a reflection of his light, O Gabriel. You radiate that light which you share to all the ends of the earth. It was you who announced to us the great mystery which was hidden from eternity: that the bodiless God would take flesh from a Virgins womb and come as Man to save the whole human race.

As you stand by the throne of God, the three-fold Light, O Gabriel, you radiate the divine illumination which ceaselessly flows forth from the Godhead. Deliver us on earth from the darkness of the passions as we joyfully praise you; enlighten us, O leader of the angelic hosts, and intercede for our salvation.

O Gabriel, prince of the heavenly powers, stop the divisions of heresy within the Church; heal the attacks of heretics; still the storm of our many temptations; deliver from all danger those who honor you with love and seek your protection, O intercessor for our souls!

Tone 8, special melody O preslavnaho čudese.  Stephen, God-bearing and blessed father: you wisely strengthened your spirit by your knowledge of God. You directed your sentiments to courage, your desire to chastity, and the zeal of your soul to justice. Thus you prepared an acceptable chariot of the virtues, in which you joyfully ascended to heaven.

Stephen, God-bearing and blessed father: you made your spirit radiant with the light of divine teachings, brandishing your heart like a lance against the blasphemy of the heretics in your desire to taste the delights on high. Make us also worthy to share in them, O you who now stand before the throne of the all-powerful King.

Stephen, God-bearing and blessed father: filling your spirit through fasting, you directed it constantly toward the Cause of all things. Calming the turbulence of your passions and fleeing the turmoil of the world, you attained to the object of your desires by the purity of your spirit, O venerable and Godly-minded father.

Glory – Tone 6.  Rejoice with us today, all you leaders of the angelic hosts! The great Archangel Gabriel, your captain and our guardian, is present in the Church today and watches over us, sanctifying this place. Let us therefore sing his praises and cry out to him: Keep us safe under the shelter of your wings, O great Archangel Gabriel!

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos, concluding with:

Glory, now and ever – Tone 8.  As captain of the hosts, champion and leader of angels, O Gabriel, deliver from all oppression, sorrow, sickness and sin, those who sing your praises and entreat you. Since you are bodiless, you behold God, who transcends all essence; and you are radiant with the unapproachable light of the Master’s glory. In his love for us all, he took flesh for our sake from the Virgin, when he willed to save the human race.

Troparion of Gabriel, Tone 4.  O people, with a candlelight assembly * let us sing the praises of the leader of heaven's hosts. * He is the servant of light sent from the Light divine * to enlighten all who sing with love: * O Gabriel, leader of the angels, * rejoice with all the powers of heaven.

Glory – Troparion of Stephen, Tone 8. Guide to Orthodoxy, teacher of piety and holiness, * luminary for the world, * inspired adornment of monks, * O wise Stephen, harp of the Spirit, * you enlightened all by your teachings, * intercede with Christ our God to save our souls.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the July Menaion

Troparion of Gabriel, Tone 4.  O people, with a candlelight assembly * let us sing the praises of the leader of heaven's hosts. * He is the servant of light sent from the Light divine * to enlighten all who sing with love: * O Gabriel, leader of the angels, * rejoice with all the powers of heaven.

Troparion of Stephen, Tone 8. Guide to Orthodoxy, teacher of piety and holiness, * luminary for the world, * inspired adornment of monks, * O wise Stephen, harp of the Spirit, * you enlightened all by your teachings, * intercede with Christ our God to save our souls.

Glory – Kontakion of Gabriel, Tone 2.  Having beheld the glory of God in heaven * and having brought grace to earth from on high, * save and protect those who sing to you: * O prince of angels and wise Gabriel, * minister of God’s glory and heavenly defender of the world, * always protect us and never abandon us.

Now and ever – Kontakion of Stephen, Tone 4.  You sought the very depth of wisdom, O Stephen, * and great was your joy when you found that precious pearl. * You found understanding in your infirmities, * most blessed Stephen.

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Ps. 98:5,1). Exalt the Lord our God and worship at his foot-stool, for he is holy.
V.The Lord is King; let the peoples rage.

Epistle:  Hebrews 2:2-10

Alleluia, Tone 5 (Ps. 148:1,5). Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Praise the Lord, all his angels; praise him all his hosts.
V. He spoke and they were made; he commanded and they were created.

Gospel: Luke 10:16-21

Communion Hymn (Ps. 103:4). You make your angels spirits, * and your ministers a flaming fire. Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!