Menaion

August 10

Postfestive day of the Transfiguration.

The holy martyr and archdeacon Lawrence of Rome, who desired the fellowship of Pope Sixtus even in martyrdom. As St. Leo the Great relates, when ordered to hand over the treasures of the Church, he instead showed to the foolish tyrant the poor. As archdeacon, it was his ministry to care for them, and on a great number of whom he had lavished the necessities of life and clothing. The third day after his arrest, he conquered the flames for the sake of the faith of Christ. In honor of his triumph even the instruments of his execution were transformed. His body is buried in Rome in the Campo Verano in the cemetery called by his name. (258)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

There are six stichera at "O Lord, I have cried": three for the feast, and three for the holy martyr.

Tone 4, special melody Dal jesi znamenie.  Today you glowed on Mount Tabor with radiant light as a bright sun. * You have shown your friends that you are the Savior, the Word of the Father, * who out of compassion took on the flesh of human nature. * We, therefore, glorify your loving providence, * O all-powerful Jesus and Savior of our souls.

Today the heavenly angels rejoice and celebrate with people * and honor your glorious resplendent image on Mount Tabor, O Christ. * There You have Moses, Elijah, Peter, James, and John * standing before You and praising You, * O all-powerful Jesus and Savior of our souls.

Today all creatures of this world and of the heavenly spheres * are assembled to praise Christ our God * who reigns over the living and the dead. * He is divinely transfigured on * Mount Tabor, * and surrounds himself with the leaders of grace and the Law * according to his good pleasure; * for He is the Savior of our souls.

Tone 1, special melody Nebesnych činov. O precious one, you served the Word spotlessly * by the material fire of an aromatic offering to the Lord. * It was worthy of heavenly joy. * O Lawrence, pray for us who venerate you.

You gave yourself to the Lord as a treasure, * and you were obedient to his words, O blessed man of God. * O wise martyr, you generously gave to the poor * the wealth that cannot be stolen; * in wisdom and wonder you transformed the tortures for your own good.

O Lawrence, the beauty of martyrs, * the glorious and marvelous soldier, * the fountain of miracles and helper of the oppressed, * the bright star and the sacred martyr, * you are greatly exalted.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 4 samohlasen.  O Lord, when you were transfigured before being crucified, * Mount Tabor was made to resemble heaven; * for a cloud was extended as a canopy, * and the Father bore witness to you. * Peter, James, and John were also there, * the same three apostles who were to be with you * at the time of the betrayal of Judas, * so that, having seen you in glory, * they would not be dismayed at the time of your suffering. * Likewise, O Lord, make us worthy to recognize you as our God * in the same sufferings you endured in your great mercy, * and to adore you.

The aposticha are for the post-feast:

Tone 2, special melody Dome Jefratov. The Lord now shows the ineffable glory of his divinity * to his disciples on Mount Tabor, * revealing as much as they could behold.

Yours are the heavens and yours is the earth.

Come, let us hasten with the disciples * to the heights of virtue * that we may also be worthy of grace with them.

Tabor and Hermon shout for joy at your name.

O faithful, let us cleanse our hearts * so that the glory and the grace of the triple Sun * may shine upon all of us.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 4 samohlasen.  O Lord, as a preparation to your crucifixion, * you led some of your disciples to a high mountain * and became transfigured before them, * enlightening them with the light of your glory. * In this way, you showed the reality of the resurrection you are to grant to us * in your love for all and in your almighty power as God. * Make us worthy of this resurrection, O God, * for You are gracious and the lover of us all.

The troparia:

Troparion of Lawrence, Tone 4. Your martyr Lawrence, O Lord our God, * in his struggle, received an incorruptible crown from you. * With your strength, he brought down the tyrants * and broke the cowardly valor of demons. * Through his prayers, O Christ our God, save our souls.

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 Lawrence, Tone 4. Your martyr Lawrence, O Lord our God, * in his struggle, received an incorruptible crown from you. * With your strength, he brought down the tyrants * and broke the cowardly valor of demons. * Through his prayers, O Christ our God, save our souls.

Glory – Kontakion of Lawrence, Tone 2.   Inflaming your heart with heavenly fire, * you turned the fires of passion into cold ashes. * O God-bearing martyr Lawrence, strength of martyrs, * amid all your sufferings you cried out: * Nothing shall separate me from the love of Christ.

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 7 (Ps. 63:11,2). The just man will rejoice in the Lord, * and will put his trust in him.
V. Hear my voice, O God, when I pray to you.

Epistle: (of the day)

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 4 (Ps. 91:13,14). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. The just man will flourish like the palm tree * and grow like a cedar of Lebanon.
V. Planted in the house of the Lord, he will flourish in the courts of our God.

Gospel:  (of the day)

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