Menaion

August 20

Postfestive day of the Dormition.

The holy prophet Samuel. Fifteenth and last of the Judges of Israel, he lived approximately eleven hundred years before Christ. Born in the tribe of Levi, son of Elkanah and Hannah, he was promised to the Lord by his till-then barren mother. At the age of twelve, Samuel had his first revelation from the Lord God. Samuel preached repentance to the children of Israel, and led the people to victory over the Philistines. Asked by the people to give them a king, he warned them that God was the only true king of Israel, but they insisted. It was Samuel who anointed Saul son of Kish as the first King of Israel, and David son of Jesse as its second and greatest ruler. He died in Ramah and was buried there.

The holy king Stephen of Hungary, who, regenerated by his baptism, received his crown of kingship from Pope Silvester II, provided for the propagation of the faith of Christ among the Hungarians, established the Church in his kingdom, and endowed monasteries with his riches. He was just and peaceful in ruling his subjects, until at Alba Regalis [modern Székesfehérvár] in Hungary on the day of the Assumption his soul traveled to heaven.(1038)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 6, special melody Vsju otloživše. Today the immaculate Virgin who gave birth to Life * is carried to the everlasting life, * granting mercy to the faithful. * All creation now gladly rejoices with the assembly of angels * escorting her as a queen with festal songs of praise. * Her Son and King enthrones her with himself * so that she may reign over all.

The apostles and preachers of the Word of God, * were taken up and carried on the clouds. * They came to Zion to witness the glorious, holy Dormition of the Theotokos * and to perform the burial for her who gave birth to the Lord. * She is the haven and protection for all the faithful. * She was truly an untarnished image of God on earth.

Let us joyfully celebrate the holy Dormition of the Theotokos * since it was for all creation. * She offers her glorious, bright, and truly divine gifts. * Her faith, hope, and joyful charity, * her chastity, holiness, and justice are her adornment. * May she [Basilian Festal Menaion has: He] make us worthy to be her companions in the heavenly kingdom.

Tone 4, special melody Dal jesi znamenie. Your mother offered you up from her maternal arms as an acceptable gift. * O Samuel, through prayers she received you, a worthy offspring, * and she returned you to God, the Benefactor, as she had promised. * For this reason the grace of the Spirit dwelt in you, O glorious one. * You were adorned with wisdom and grew up in virtue.

You were consecrated with holy oil as a priest. * Appearing as a prophet, you foresaw the future. * At a divine command, you anointed the king and foretold the future. * You justly judged the Isarelites who repeatedly sinned and turned away from God, * O wonder-worker and God-loving Samuel.

O venerable prophet and equal of the prophets; * O friend of the just and companion of the angels; * you see not in imagination nor in obscurity * but face to face the One whom you desired. * You put aside the weight and darkness of the flesh * so that you may rejoice in heaven.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 6.  For your holy Dormition, O Theotokos and Mother of Life, * the clouds carried the apostles through the air. * Those who had been scattered throughout the world * were brought together in a single choir; * and, burying your most pure body with respect, * they sang the words of Gabriel: * Rejoice, O full of grace, O unwedded Virgin; * the Lord is with you! * Intercede with your Son and our God to save our souls.

The aposticha are for the post-feast:

Tone 6, special melody Tridneven.  Imitating the words of the angel Gabriel, we say: * Rejoice, O pure One. * Since you are the most holy Mother of the Lord * and have passed over to him, * be mindful of those who praise you.

Go up, Lord, to your rest, you and your holy ark.

The infinite wisdom of God * created from you a temple beyond understanding * through the Holy Spirit, O praiseworthy One. * He now takes you to the abode of the saints.

The Lord swore a true oath to David; he will not go back on his word.

O Mother of the God of all, * today I come to you as a servant, * praying to be delivered from temptations. * O Theotokos reigning with your Son, * protect the Christian people.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 6 samohlasen.  O Tabernacle all-pure, when the translation of your body took place, * the apostles gathered around your bier with fear and trembling. ` They gazed upon you and were filled with awe. * In tears Peter cried out to you: * O Virgin, I see you laid out as one dead, * yet you gave birth to the Life of the universe. * I am struck with amazement, * for in you dwells the One who shall be our joy in the life beyond. * O pure Virgin, intercede unceasingly with your Son and God * to save the Christian people.

Troparion of the saint,  Tone 2. As we celebrate the memory of your prophet Samuel, O Lord, * we implore you to save our souls through his prayers.

Or:

Troparion of the saint,  Tone 2. You were sent like a valuable treasure to a barren woman, * and later you were consecrated as an aromatic sacrifice, well-pleasing to God. * You served him with reverence and justice, * and we honor you as a prophet, O Samuel. * You are an intercessor for our souls.

Glory, now and ever – Troparion of the feast,  Tone 1.  O Theotokos, in giving birth you preserved virginity; * and in your falling asleep you did not forsake the world. * You are the Mother of Life and have been transferred to life, * and through your prayers * you deliver our souls from death.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the August Menaion

Troparion of the feast,  Tone 1.  O Theotokos, in giving birth you preserved virginity; * and in your falling asleep you did not forsake the world. * You are the Mother of Life and have been transferred to life, * and through your prayers * you deliver our souls from death.

Troparion of the saint,  Tone 2. You were sent like a valuable treasure to a barren woman, * and later you were consecrated as an aromatic sacrifice, well-pleasing to God. * You served him with reverence and justice, * and we honor you as a prophet, O Samuel. * You are an intercessor for our souls.

Glory – Kontakion of the saint, Tone 8.   Like a precious gift you were given to God before your birth * and you served him like an angel from the time of your youth. * You were made worthy to look into the future, O blessed one, * and so we sing to you: * Rejoice, O Samuel, prophet and servant of God.

Now and ever – Kontakion of the feast, Tone 2.   The grave and death did not detain the Theotokos. * She intercedes without rest and is our unfailing hope of protection; * for he who dwelt in the womb of the Ever-Virgin, * transferred to life the Mother of Life.

Prokeimenon of the feast, Tone 3 (Luke 1:46-48). My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
V. For he has looked with favor upon the humility of his servant; from this day forward, all generations will call me blessed.

Prokeimenon of the saint, Tone 4 (Ps. 109:4,1). You are a priest forever * according to the order of Melchizedek.
V. The Lord said to my Lord: Sit at my right hand * till I make your enemies your footstool.

Epistle:  (of the day)

Alleluia of the feast, Tone 8 (Ps. 44:11,13). Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Go up, Lord, to your rest, you and your holy ark.
V. The Lord swore a true oath to David; he will not go back on his word.

Alleluia of the saint, Tone 5 (Ps. 98:6, 96:11). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Moses and Aaron were among his priests; Samuel was among those who called upon his name.
V. Light dawns for the just, and gladness for the upright of heart.

Gospel: (of the day)

Magnification. The angels were struck with amazement, * beholding the dormition of the Most Pure, * seeing how the Virgin was taken up from earth to heaven.

Irmos, Tone 1. The limits of nature * are overcome in you, O pure Virgin, * for birth-giving remains virginal, * and death is the prelude to life: * a virgin after childbearing and alive after death! * You ever save your inheritance, O Theotokos.

Communion Hymn of the feast (Ps. 115:4). I shall take the chalice of salvation and call upon the name of the Lord. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

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