Menaion

July 25

PolyeleosDormition of the Holy Anna, mother of the Mother of God. All that we know of the mother of the Mother of God is taken from tradition, and from the apocryphal “Proto-Evangelion of James.” She is also commemorated on September 9th, with her husband St. Joachim.

Memory of the holy women Olympiada and Euphraxia at Nicomedia in Bithynia. Olympiada was a widow who, bereft of her husband while still young, passed the remainder of her life most piously at Constantinople among women devoted to God. She was a deaconess, first in the time of Patriarch Nectarius, and then under St. John Chrysostom. She assisted the poor and was also very faithful to St. John Chrysostom in his exile. (408) Euphraxia went with her mother to Egypt, traveling around the monasteries and giving alms. She received the monastic habit and entered into deep ascetic discipline. (413)

Commemoration of the Fifth Ecumenical Council. This council was held in Constantinople in the time of the Emperor Justinian the Great (553). All the Monophysite heresies were condemned at this council, as were the works of Origen (against the resurrection of the dead).

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 4, special melody Dal jesi znamenie.  Preserving intact * the justifications of the law, * and laboring blamelessly for God Almighty, * you were granted, O Anna, to become * the mother of her who would give birth to Christ in the flesh: * the pure and divine maiden. * With her we also call you blessed, * and with joyous thought we celebrate today * your holy dormition.

Having given birth, * O divinely wise Anna, * to the palace of life, * you have truly been translated to life incorruptible, * and have joined the choirs of the righteous * who nurture you richly with the joy of the Master. * Therefore, we celebrate your repose, * O ever-memorable one, * and, made wise by God, * we honor you with faith.

Having given birth, * O divinely wise Anna, * to the gate of heaven, * you have made haste to the heavenly mansions, O glorious one, * and delight now in divine glory. * By your intercessions, * grant glory to us also who celebrate your holy dormition; * and dispel the gloom of the passions, * driving away the darkness * of things that divine us from the Lord.

Tone 1, special melody O divnoje čudo. Behold, the radiant solemnity, * a feastday for the whole world, * the holy and glorious dormition * of Anna, the wondrous mother * who gave birth to the Mother of Life, * the living ark who contained the uncontainable Word. * She delivered us from suffering, * bringing us never-ending joy, * and grants great mercy to all the faithful.

O marvelous wonder! * The woman who gloriously gave birth * unto the virgin * who alone is blessed among women, the source of our Life, * passes from this temporal life * to the never-ending life. * Today, the glorious Anna * is lifted up from earth to heaven * to exult with angelic choirs; * and today we celebrate her sacred feast.

Today, in the fervor of the Holy Spirit, * all we the faithful celebrate the glorious feast * of your holy dormition: * behold, you are still with us, * granting the grace of healing, * consuming all evil spirits around us, * and enlightening the hearts of the faithfu * l who sing of your venerable passing, O holy Anna.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 8.  The holy couple, Joachim and Anna, * were formerly barren, but they have brought forth the Theotokos, * that holy branch from whom has blossomed Christ our God, * the salvation of the world. * They have passed to the heavenly courts. * With their daughter, in company with the angels' choirs, * they now rejoice and constantly intercede for the world. * Joining them in faith, we sing and cry aloud: * Through the handmaid of God, the all-pure Mary, * you are the grandparents of her Son, Jesus Christ. * Therefore, intercede for all of us!

Entrance with censer, and prokeimenon of the day.  Then three readings:

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

A reading from the Wisdom of Solomon (Wisdom 5:15 – 6:3).

A reading from the Wisdom of Solomon (Wisdom 4:7-14).

The aposticha are for feast:

Tone 5, special melody Radujsja.  Rejoice, mystical dove * who announce the springtime of grace to us: * you lived a chaste and blameless life * and gave birth reverently * to the treasure of virginity, the spotless Theotokos. * O Ewe lamb, you bore the virgin lamb * who, in turn, by her word gave birth to the Word, * the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world. * Holy Anna, grandmother of the Lord * who transferred you to himself from earth, * entreat him to grant our souls great mercy.

Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous ones; praise from the upright is fitting.

Rejoice, venerable couple, beloved of God * and chosen by the Lord for the radiance of your holiness: * by divine grace, you prepared the way * for the fulfillment of the Law * as you gave birth to her * who would bring forth the Author of our Life. * Holy Anna and blessed Joachim, * lights who have enkindled the resplendent lamp, radiant with grace, * the pure Theotokos; * in company with her, entreat the Lord * to grant our souls great mercy.

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

Rejoice, blessed land * which budded forth in this world * the branch from whom the Lord would blossom, * you ceaselessly meditated upon his Law; * and in you, grace was fulfilled. * Freed from barrenness by your child-bearing, * you were delivered from corruption by your death, * as you radiantly passed from earth to God. * Blessed grandmother of Christ our God, * you gave birth to his Mother, the lampstand who bore the light. * Together with her, entreat the Lord * to grant our souls great mercy.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 8.  Come, all creation, and with glorious cymbals, * let us all praise the divinely-wise Anna, * whose womb bore the holy mountain of God. * Today she has departed for the spiritual mountain, * the dwelling-place of Paradise. * Let us sing to her: Blessed is your womb * which bore her whose womb would carry the true light of the world! * Blessed are your breasts, which nourished the Mother of the nourisher of our life! * Entreat him to deliver us from the enemy's every attack * and to save our souls from all affliction!

Troparion,  Tone 4. O holy Anna, you are filled with the wisdom of God, * and you gave birth to the most pure Mother, * the one who gave birth to Life. * Therefore, you have been carried up in glory on this day * to the blessedness of heaven, * to the abode of those who exult with joy. * And now you pray, O ever-blessed one, * for the forgiveness of sins * for all those who honor you with all their heart.

At the Divine Liturgy

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Troparion,  Tone 4. O holy Anna, you are filled with the wisdom of God, * and you gave birth to the most pure Mother, * the one who gave birth to Life. * Therefore, you have been carried up in glory on this day * to the blessedness of heaven, * to the abode of those who exult with joy. * And now you pray, O ever-blessed one, * for the forgiveness of sins * for all those who honor you with all their heart.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 2. Let us celebrate the memory of Christ's ancestors, * and fervently ask for their help * so that, delivered from all affliction, we may cry out: * O God who glorified them according to your good will, * remain always with us.

Prokeimenon, Tone 4 (Ps. 67:36,27). God is wondrous in his saints, the God of Israel
V. In the churches bless God; from Israel's wellsprings bless the Lord.

Epistle:  Galatians 4:22-31

Alleluia, Tone 1 (Ps. 36:39,40). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. The salvation of the just is from the Lord; he is their protector in time of distress.
V. The Lord will help them and deliver them and rescue them from sinners and save them, for they have hoped in him

Gospel:  Luke 8:16-21

Magnification. Extol, O my soul, the wondrous conception of the Mother of God.

Irmos, Tone 1. Let us, the faithful, * extol the Theotokos, * the ever-flowing Fountain of Life, * radiant Beacon of Grace, * Living Temple, and most pure Tabernacle, * more spacious than earth and heaven.

Communion Hymn (Ps. 32:1). Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous ones; praise from the upright is fitting. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!