Menaion

August 21

Postfestive day of the Dormition.

The holy apostle Thaddeus was one of the Seventy, not the same as the Jude Thaddeus who was one of the Twelve. He went to Edessa in Syria and preached the Gospel, there and throughout Syria and Phoenicia, and fell asleep in the Lord in Beirut.

The holy martyr Bassa was the wife of a pagan priest, secretly Christian. She brought up her sons in the Faith as well. Her husband handed her over to the torturers with her sons. They were beheaded in the persecution of Maximian. (3rd century)

Our holy father Pius X, pope of Rome, was born in the village of Riese in the province of Venice in 1835. After he became a priest, he performed his duties with distinction. He was made bishop of Mantua, then patriarch of Venice, and was elected pope in 1903. He took as the motto of his pontificate “To renew all things in Christ.” He fulfilled this task in the spirit of simplicity, poverty, and courage, arousing the faithful to a Christian way of life and waging constant warfare against the errors of his age. He renewed the prayer of Christians and the chant of the western Church, and urged young children to approach the Lord’s table. (1914)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 8, special melody O preslavnoho čudese. O blessed apostle Thaddeus, * having drawn close to the heavenly light, * you became a light because of your divine communion, * and you dispersed the night of idolatry. * Because you led souls to the Almighty, * we glorify Christ and venerate your illustrious memory.

O Thaddeus, blessed and illustrious apostle of the Lord, * after the divine and glorious Resurrection * and most holy Ascension of Christ, * you received the mission to preach the divine message * to your city, Edessa. * By words and miracles you converted Abgar, the ruler of the city. * With him you strengthened everyone in the truth.

O blessed and God-wise Thaddeus, * through your holy touch, the blind saw and the lame walked. * The sick were healed, the weak were encouraged, * and the ignorant were enlightened. * You were filled with the gifts of the Holy Spirit; * for this reason we praise you, O blessed one

Tone 4, special melody Dal jesi znamenie. O praiseworthy one, you suffered many tortures. * Then you passed over to the painless repose, * to the light that knows no evening, * to the bright joy, and to the eternal delight of God. * Therefore, we bless you today as we observe your holy feast, * O God-loving sufferer of the passion.

After various painful tortures, you were cast into the sea. * God, the Savior of all, rescued you, O long-suffering Bassa, * By divine power he crushed the power of the enemy * and illumined the minds of the devout beyond understanding.

Having sung about the divine passion * like a melodious bird in the meadow, * you called your honorable disciples. * With them you fled from the snare of error. * O Bassa, Godwise and worthy of admiration, * with them you made your home in the heavenly kingdom. * O most blessed one, pray for us.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 6.  Come, let us celebrate the universal Dormition of the immaculate Theotokos. * Today the angels glorify the passage of the Mother of God with joy. * They summon us to sing out: * Rejoice, for you have passed from earth and inhabit the heavenly abode. * Rejoice, since the choir of disciples was gathered into one group by means of a swift cloud. * Rejoice, our hope and salvation. * The Christian people bless you unceasingly.

The aposticha are for the post-feast:

Tone 2, special melody Jehda ot dreva.  Come, O light-bearers, and venerate with sacred songs and cymbals * the praiseworthy Dormition of the Theotokos * as she passes away from the earth. * Indeed, she gloriously lives in Paradise, * and we see the divine bounty * which lavishes grace on all who faithfully venerate her.

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

O Lady, by means of the celestial clouds, * the sacred choir of apostles was gathered from the ends of the earth * to bury your God-loving, precious, and incorruptible body. * Therefore, the heavenly hosts who invisibly gathered around your bier * call out in praise: Rejoice, O Ark of salvation!

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

O truly Incomprehensible, awesome, and inexpressible mystery, * you were the Birthgiver of God. * You enriched the heavens and illumined the world. * Your presence perfumes the air with fragrance. * Rejoice, O Ark of the Divinity!

Glory, now and ever – Tone 8.  Choirs of virgins mystically stand around the bier of the Virgin Mother, * and the souls of the just surround it. * The former bring the gift of virginity instead of myrrh; * the latter bring spiritual songs with virtue. * It is fitting for the Mother of God as a queen * to be surrounded by those who glow with virtues. * We who have entered upon a chaste life * shall go down together with them * to the burial of the Mother of our God, * blessing her with hymns and spiritual songs.

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

Or:

Troparion of Thaddeus,  Tone 3. Edessa rejoices today at its baptism through you. * Abgar has been freed from passion and praises you. * We join in his hymn, and we sing to you: * Fill our lives with spiritual happiness * and heal our passions by your prayers, O apostle Thaddeus.

Glory – Troparion of Bassa,  Tone 4.  Your lamb Bassa, O Jesus, cries out in a loud voice: * I love you, my Bridegroom; I seek you with painful longing. * I am crucified with you; in your baptism, I am buried with you; *I suffer for you that I may reign with you; * and I die for you that I may live with you. * Receive me as a spotless sacrifice immolated with love for you. * By her prayers, O merciful One, save 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 Thaddeus,  Tone 3. Edessa rejoices today at its baptism through you. * Abgar has been freed from passion and praises you. * We join in his hymn, and we sing to you: * Fill our lives with spiritual happiness * and heal our passions by your prayers, O apostle Thaddeus.

Troparion of Bassa,  Tone 4.  Your lamb Bassa, O Jesus, cries out in a loud voice: * I love you, my Bridegroom; I seek you with painful longing. * I am crucified with you; in your baptism, I am buried with you; *I suffer for you that I may reign with you; * and I die for you that I may live with you. * Receive me as a spotless sacrifice immolated with love for you. * By her prayers, O merciful One, save our souls.

Glory – Kontakion of Thaddeus, Tone 4.   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.

Or:

Glory – Kontakion of Bassa, Tone 1.  You put out the fires of the torments by the dew of the Spirit, O blessed saint. * You were taken into the divine and spiritua light, * and after your passing, you shower cures upon us, * suppressing the urges of passions by your prayers.

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