Menaion

August 11

Postfestive day of the Transfiguration.

The holy martyr Euplus at Catania in Sicily. In the persecution of Diocletian the emperor, as it is told, he was cast into prison by the governor Calvisian while he held the volumes of the Gospels in his hand. When he was interrogated again, he answered that he rejoiced to bear the Gospels in his heart, and was beaten to death with cudgels. (308)

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 1, special melody Nebesnych činov.  In your appearance on Mount Sinai in ancient times, * you spoke with Moses, saying: * I am the God-Who Is. * Today you have been transfigured on Mount Tabor. * You show forth the splendor of the Godhead glistening with rays. * O Christ, we extol your power.

O Christ, we especially praise your disciples Peter, James, and John. * You willingly led them to the mountain; * you showed them the awesome and unbearable wonder of your divine appearance; * you allowed them to witness your ever-present beauty.

O Christ, your apostles were awestruck at your appearance. * They fell face down to the ground * and marveled at your divine power, O blessed One, * for by your ineffable power you glistened brighter than the sun.

Tone 4, special melody Dal jesi znamenie. You passed through the depth of suffering; * you were engulfed with the breath of the Spirit, O most rich one; * you reached the calm haven of God's kingdom. * There you received a bountiful reward for your pains. * Now you stand with the angels before the Master of creation, * O blessed crown-bearer.

You were clothed in a purple robe, * crimsoned by your blood; * you received the crown of victory by the life-creating hand; * now you dwell in heaven, * reigning in the land of the all-blessed One. * Therefore, we bless you as a true martyr, * a server of the Word, and a tower of faith.

O Euplus, worthy of praise, * you were a servant of the Master's mysteries. * You were led as a sweet offering * to be slain by the sword like an innocent lamb. * Therefore, today we praise you. * With love for you, O martyr, * we reverently honor your sacred passion.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 4 samohlasen.  Indeed, O Lord, the mountain that had been dark with smoke * today becomes honorable and holy because you stood on it. * The mystery hidden from the beginning of the world * becomes manifest in your transfiguration * before Peter, James, and John. * They fell with their faces to the ground, * unable as they were to bear the light of your countenance * and the splendor of your clothing. * A further marvel was the vision of Moses and Elijah, * conversing with you on your future, * and the voice of the Father bearing witness and saying: * This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased. Hear him! * He is the One who will convey great mercy to the world.

(The Basilian Festal Menaion seems to have reversed the doxatikon at Psalm 140 and the aposticha doxastikon for this day.)

The aposticha are for the post-feast:

Tone 2, special melody Dome Jefratov. Desiring to renew the nature of Adam, * Christ is now ascending Mount Tabor * to reveal the divinity to his disciples.

Yours are the heavens and yours is the earth.

O Savior, the three-fold light of your divine glory * shines ineffably on Mount Tabor. * It illumines all creation.

Tabor and Hermon shout for joy at your name.

The disciples, seeing the sudden transformation * of your clothing and of your whole body, * fell face down in awe to the ground.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 4.  O Lord, when You were transfigured on a high mountain * in the presence of your foremost disciples, * you shone with glory, * showing how those who lead an outstanding life of virtue * will be made worthy of the glory of heaven. * Elijah and Moses, conversing with the Lord, * showed him to be the Lord of the living and the dead, * God who spoke through the Law and the Prophets, * the same to whom the Father's voice bore witness * out of the bright cloud, saying: * Hear him, for it is he who through his cross despoiled Hades * and granted eternal life to the dead.

The troparia:

Troparion of Euplus, Tone 4. Your martyr Euplus, 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 Euplus, Tone 4. Your martyr Euplus, 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 Euplus, Tone 1.   Carrying the law of Christ in your hands, O Euplus, * you bravely confronted the enemy by crying out: * I am ready and willing to be martyred. * Then bending your neck, they cut off your head. * And thus you have completed your course.

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!