Menaion

July 21

Our venerable father Simeon, fool for Christ, and his fellow ascetic John. Simeon, called Salus [i.e., of the sea; he lived for 29 years next to the Dead Sea], at Emesa in Syria. Moved by the divine Spirit, he desired to be considered a fool for Christ and ignoble among people. Likewise the commemoration of St. John, hermit, who for almost thirty years was a companion to St. Simeon in his holy wandering and in a hermitage at the Dead Sea. (590)

The holy prophet Ezekiel, who was a son of the priest Buzi. At the time of the exile in the land of the Chaldeans, he was notable for his vision of the glory of the Lord. As an examiner placed before the house of Israel, he reproved the unfaithfulness of the Chosen People. He foresaw that the holy city of Jerusalem would be overthrown into ruins and the people deported. He himself was in the midst of the captives; he nourished their hope and prophesied to them that the dry bones would return to life.

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

At "O Lord, I have cried": three stichera for the venerable fathers, and three for the holy prophet.

Tone 4, special melody Dal jesi znamenie.  Living in fraternal harmony in the wilderness, O blessed ones, * you wisely halted the movements of the flesh * by your prayers and light-filled contemplation. * Your hearts became shining vessels * filled with the radiance of the Spirit, * O firm foundation for monks, * venerable Simeon and John.

Feigning folly, you exposed the foolishness * of those who accept evil as wisdom, O blessed father. * You drive away demons, accomplish wondrous miracles * and enlighten those who lie in the darkness of sin. * In the midst of tumult, * you maintained the pure calm of your spirit, O Simeon, * who received the gift of dispassion from God.

Moderate in spirit, loving God, * compassionate, humble and meek, filled with charity, * you lived and died like an angel on earth. * Thus, O blessed Simeon, * the Father, together with the Son and the Spirit, * dwell in the purity of your heart.

Tone 8, special melody O preslavnaho čudese. O divinely blessed and wondrous Ezekiel, having cleansed soul and body, and your mind with purity, you intellectually behold the ineffable glory of the Lord which is more brilliant than a lightning-flash, passing understanding, for he surpasses and exceedes the divine seraphim, and is hymned by ten thousand mouths.

O God-pleasing Ezekiel, as an imitator of Christ you endured the oppression of the alien's debt, cruelly tortured, prefiguring the salvation and deliverance which were to come to the world through the precious Cross, O you revealed by God. Pray that all who praise you now may partake of this.

O divinely inspired Ezekiel, receiving a scroll from the hands of the Almighty, you became a God-seeing theologian, manifest in sacred manner and godly in appearance, O glorious one, whose lips were truly sweeter than honey, imparting wisdom to the enraged synagogue.

Glory, now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos.

Troparion of Simeon,  Tone 4.  God of our fathers, you always deal with us in your kindness. * Take not your mercy away from us; * but through their prayers guide our life in peace.

Glory – Troparion of Ezekiel,  Tone 2.  As we celebrate the memory of your prophet Ezekiel, O Lord, * we implore you to save our souls through his prayers.

OR:

Glory – Troparion of Ezekiel,  Tone 2.  O prophet of God, Ezekiel, * through the gift of the Spirit you saw the sealed door of the Word’s entrance. * Beg him to open the doors of his mercy to us * and save the souls of those who honor your memory.


At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the July Menaion

Troparion of Simeon,  Tone 4.  God of our fathers, you always deal with us in your kindness. * Take not your mercy away from us; * but through their prayers guide our life in peace.

Troparion of Ezekiel,  Tone 2.  O prophet of God, Ezekiel, * through the gift of the Spirit you saw the sealed door of the Word’s entrance. * Beg him to open the doors of his mercy to us * and save the souls of those who honor your memory.

Glory – Kontakion of Simeon, Tone 2. Let us praise with love and faith the angelic Simeon. * Acting like an angel in the flesh, he glows with virtue. * Let us remember John along with him, * since they pray together unceasingly to the Lord for us.

Now and ever – Kontakion of Ezekiel, Tone 4.  You were a prophet of God, O wonderful Ezekiel. * You predicted the Lord's coming in the flesh, * and the Creator has come like a lamb. * The Son of God has been revealed to the ages.

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:  (of the day)

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:  (of the day)

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