Menaion

August 9

Postfestive day of the Transfiguration.

PolyeleosThe holy apostle Matthias, who had followed the Lord Jesus since his baptism by John to that day when Christ was assumed into heaven. After the Ascension of the Lord, he was chosen by the Apostles to take the place of the traitor Judas so that, numbered among the Twelve, he might become a witness of the resurrection.

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

There are eight stichera at "O Lord, I have cried": three for the feast, and five for the holy apostle.

Tone 2, special melody Jehda ot dreva.  Come, let us faithfully celebrate * the brilliant, divine Transfiguration. * Having been renewed in spirit, * we shall climb to the summit of virtue; * and having learned with the apostles * the revelation of the strange mysteries, * we shall glorify the Lord and Savior.

Rejoice and be happy, O faithful! * The Church now celebrates this precious and bright feast. * The Master of all is transfigured. * He is resplendent in the dawn of ineffable splendor, * shining more brightly than the sun.

This is the God and the Creator of all. * Through his great mercy he took on the appearance of a slave. * He now heals the wounds of ancient times. * By his gleaming countenance * he revealed the glow of divinity in his body. * The terrified apostles fell to the ground; * they bowed before the Master of all.

Tone 1, special melody Vsechval’niji mučenicy. O holy apostle Matthias, * you filled the choir from which Judas fell away. * You cast out the darkness of idol-worship * with the splendor of your wise words. * Now pray that Christ may grant peace and great mercy to our souls. (twice)

O blessed Matthias, * you flowed like a river filled with divine water * and watered the earth with your mystical streams, * thus causing it to bear much fruit. * Pray that Christ may grant peace and great mercy to our souls. (twice)

O God-inspired Matthias, * the universe shines in the brightness of your inspired teaching; * for your instructions have illumined and enlightened all. * They have guided all to an understanding of God; * they have transformed into dwellings of brightness * those who had lived in the darkness of vain illusions * and in the darkness of life without God.

Glory – Tone 6.  Grace was poured out through your lips, O glorious apostle Matthias. * You were a luminary in the Church of Christ. * You taught the disciples to believe in the consubstantial Trinity, * in the one divinity.

Now and ever – in the same tone.  O God of goodness, your light has sanctified the whole universe, * and you were transfigured on the high mountain, * revealing your power to your disciples. * You have redeemed the world from sin. * Therefore, we cry out to you: * O Lord of mercy, save our souls!

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

A reading from the Acts of the Holy Apostles (Acts 1:15-26).

A reading from the First Universal Letter of Saint John (1 John 3:21 - 4:6).

A reading from the First Universal Letter of Saint John (1 John 4:11-16).

The aposticha are for the post-feast:

Tone 6, special melody Tridneven. In your compassion, O Christ, you appeared from the Virgin * in the humanity of the first Adam; * indeed, you became the new Adam. * O my Savior, You were transfigured on Mount Tabor, * and thus you revealed your divinity

Yours are the heavens and yours is the earth.

The crowns of grace and the law * were amazed to see your holy Transfiguration * on Mount Tabor, O Christ. * Together with them we bow down to you, * to the Father, and the Divine Spirit.

Tabor and Hermon shout for joy at your name.

Creation is brightly illumined by your Transfiguration * in the presence of the holy apostles on Tabor, O Christ. * Indeed, you revealed to Moses and Elijah * that you are God, more radiant than the sun.

Glory – Tone 2.  Filled with divine ambition, O apostle Matthias, * you labored zealously for God the almighty * who revealed you worthy of divine miracles. * Now you abide with the heavenly hosts and behold our God. * Pray to the Word, Christ our God, * to grant his great mercy to us.

Now and ever – in the same tone.  You were transfigured in glory on Mount Tabor, O Christ our God, * and you showed your disciples the glory of your divinity. * Now also pour out the light of your knowledge upon us * and, in your goodness and your love for all of us, * guide us in the way of your divine commandments.

The troparia:

Troparion of Matthias, Tone 3. O holy Apostle Matthias, intercede with the merciful God * that he may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.

Glory, now and ever – Troparion of the Transfiguration, Tone 7.  You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ our God, * revealing as much of your glory to your disciples as they could behold. * Through the prayers of the Theotokos, * let your everlasting light also shine on us sinners. * O Giver of Light, glory to you.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the August Menaion

First Antiphon (Ps. 65:1-2, 76:19, 103:1-2):
Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; sing praise to his name, give to him glorious praise.
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, save us.

Your thunder rolled round the sky, your flashes lighted up the world. The earth was moved and trembled.
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, save us.

You clothed in majesty and glory, wrapped in light as in a robe.
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, save us.

Glory... now and ever...
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, save us.

Second Antiphon (Ps. 47:3, 77:54, 68-69):
Mount Zion, slopes of the north, is the city of the great King.
Refrain: O Son of God, transfigured on the mount, save us who sing to you: Alleluia!

So he brought them to his holy land, to the mountain which his right hand had won.
Refrain: O Son of God, transfigured on the mount, save us who sing to you: Alleluia!

He chose the tribe of Judah, the hill of Zion which he loves. He built his shrine like the heavens.
Refrain: O Son of God, transfigured on the mount, save us who sing to you: Alleluia!

Glory... now and ever...
O Only-begotten Son and Word of God...

Third Antiphon (Ps. 94:1):
Come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord; let us acclaim God our Savior.
Refrain: O Son of God, transfigured on the mount, save us who sing to you: Alleluia!

Entrance Hymn (Ps. 94:6):
Come, let us worship and bow before Christ.
Refrain: O Son of God, transfigured on the mount, save us who sing to you: Alleluia!

Troparion of the Transfiguration, Tone 7.  You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ our God, * revealing as much of your glory to your disciples as they could behold. * Through the prayers of the Theotokos, * let your everlasting light also shine on us sinners. * O Giver of Light, glory to you.

Troparion of Matthias, Tone 3. O holy Apostle Matthias, intercede with the merciful God * that he may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.

Glory – Kontakion of Matthias, Tone 4.   Your good tidings were more brilliant than the sun, * and they have spread all over the world; * they illumine the Church of the Gentiles with grace. * Rejoice, O miracle-working apostle Matthias.

Now and ever – Kontakion of the Transfiguration, Tone 7.   You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ our God, * and your disciples beheld as much of your glory as they could bear, * that when they would see you crucified, * they would understand that you suffered willingly; * so they would preach to the world * that you are truly the radiance of the Father.

Prokeimenon of the feast, Tone 7 (Ps. 103:24,1). How many are your works, O Lord? In wisdom you have made them all.
V. Bless the Lord, O my soul! Lord my God, how great you are.

Prokeimenon of the saint, Tone 8 (Ps. 18:5,2). Through all the earth their voice resounds; * their message reaches to the end of the world.
V. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.

Epistle:  Acts 1:12-17, 21-26

Alleluia of the feast, Tone 8 (Ps. 88:12,16). Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Yours are the heavens and yours is the earth.
V. Happy are the people who can shout with joy.

Alleluia of the saint, Tone 1 (Ps. 88:6,8). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. The heavens declare your wonders, O Lord, and your truth in the assembly of the holy.
V. God is glorified in the council of the holy, great and awesome above all who surround him.

Gospel:  Luke 9:1-6

Magnification. Extol, O my soul, the Lord transfigured on Mount Tabor.

Irmos, Tone 4. Your childbirth was shown to be incorrupt, * for it was God who came forth from you, * appearing on earth in the flesh * and dwelling among us. * Therefore, O Theotokos, we all extol you.

Communion Hymn of the feast (Ps. 88:16,17). We shall walk in the light of your face, O Lord; we shall rejoice in your name forever. Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Communion Hymn of the saint (Ps. 18:5). Through all the earth their voice resounds; * their message reaches to the end of the world.