Menaion

July 31

Six sticheraPre-festive day of the Procession of the Venerable Cross.

The holy and righteous Eudocimus, who lived in the time of the emperor Theophilus, the iconoclast. He was the military governor of Cappadocia, and lived a virtuous life before God and man. He died at the age of thirty-three. (9th century)

The holy Joseph of Arimathea. Noble Joseph, a rich man and member of the Jewish Sanhedrin, was a secret follower of Chirst (Matt.27:57; Jn. 19:38). He took Christ’s body down from the tomb with Nicodemus, and laid it in his own new tomb. The risen Lord appeared to him and brought him to faith in the Resurrection. He traveled far, preaching the Gospel, and took it to England, where he died. (1st century)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

There are six stichera at "O Lord, I have cried," three for the Cross and three for Eudocimus.

Tone 1, special melody Nebesnych činov. As we celebrate the Forefeast now, * let all human nature leap up with joy, * for the Tree of the Cross of the Lord, * the sure healing which gives release from all infirmities, * for every suffering and affliction, * shall be set before all the faithful.

Come, all you faithful, * let us see the strange wonder: * how the Tree of the Cross of the Lord * quenches the fervor of every infirmity * and extinguishes the burning heat of the passions * of those who celebrate its Forefeast * with faith and honor in its festival.

O all the living, * celebrate the Forefeast with those who have died; * for the Tree of the Cross of the Lord, * which slew the power of Hades, * and is the protector of all of us, * the resurrection of the dead, * comes now to impart true grace to all, * bestowing its healings on the human race.

Tone 8, special melody O preslavnaho čudese.  O blessed and all-wise Eudocimus, * your pure soul, shining with the understanding of the true faith * and shedding the light of the radiance of the virtues, * illumines the fullness of the faithful, * dispelling the darkness of the demons. * Wherefore, O all-wondrous one, * we all honor you with piety * as one who has a share in never-waning grace.

Possessed of a merciful soul, * a pure mind, a vigilant heart, * unwavering faith and an unfeigned love, * you passed over from the earth to the heavens * and made your dwelling with the choirs of the righteous. * Thus we honor you with sacred hymns * and call you blessed, O holy Eudocimus.

When strengthened by divine doctrines, * you drove carnal passions away from your soul * and became a pure dwelling-place of the Holy Trinity. * Therefore, you have departed into divine delight * since God now preserves your body incorrupt, O blessed one, * who, by judgments known to him alone, * has manifestly glorified you, * O holy Eudocimus.

Glory – Tone 1.  How can we not marvel at your prudence? How can we fail to praise your angelic life, your chastity of thought, your meekness, humility and inner stillness, your constant almsgiving, O venerable Eudocimus? For you were adorned with all the virtues, O blessed one. Therefore, ineffable joy and the kingdom of heaven await you.

Now and ever – in the same tone. The holy words of David truly reach their fulfillment today! * For behold, we publicly bow down before the footstool of your all-pure feet * and, placing our hope in the shelter of your wings,, * we cry aloud to you, O most compassionate One: * Let the light of your face be signed upon us! * Exalt the horn of your Orthodox people * in the exaltation of your precious cross, * O most merciful Savior!

The aposticha are from the Octoechos, concluding with:

Glory – Tone 2 samohlasen.  You are my might and protection, * O mighty three-barred Cross of Christ! * Make me holy me with your power, * that I may bow down and glorify you with faith and love!

Troparion of Eudocimus, Tone 4. Holy Eudocimus, God called you out of this world * and led you to the eternal mansions. * He will keep your body incorrupt. * You lived a life of wisdom and honor, keeping your body pure. * Intercede trustingly with Christ that he may save all of us.

Glory, now and ever – Troparion of the Pre-feast, Tone 1. Save your people, O Lord, and bless your inheritance. * Grant victory to your Church over evil, * and protect your people by your Cross.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the July Menaion

Troparion of the Pre-feast, Tone 1. Save your people, O Lord, and bless your inheritance. * Grant victory to your Church over evil, * and protect your people by your Cross.

Troparion of Eudocimus, Tone 4. Holy Eudocimus, God called you out of this world * and led you to the eternal mansions. * He will keep your body incorrupt. * You lived a life of wisdom and honor, keeping your body pure. * Intercede trustingly with Christ that he may save all of us.

Glory – Kontakion of the Pre-feast, Tone 4.  The heavens surpassed the sun in brilliance, * for the cross illumines everything with its radiance. * Enlighten our minds and senses by its power, * O true Lover of us all, * Savior of all creation. * We have the cross as an armor of peace and a trophy of light. (check translation of final phrase)

Now and ever – Kontakion of Eudocimus, Tone 2.  You yearned for the things of heaven, * and you achieved union with them. * You perfected your soul like a fiery chariot * by means of the ladder of good works. * O most blessed Eudocimus, since you lived your life on earth like an angel, * now you have received the Creator’s seal.

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:  Matthew 11:27-30

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