Menaion

August 28

Our venerable father Moses the Ethiopian. He was at first the leader of a band of robbers, but repented and became a great ascetic. He gave himself up utterly to work, prayer, vigils, and fasting. He was ordained a priest in his old age, and then founded a monastery of his own. He was martyred by barbarians looking for loot. (405)

The holy martyr Ghebre Michael, priest of Ethiopia, that is, Servant Michael, in Cerecca-Ghebaba in Ethiopia, priest of the Congregation of the Mission [i.e., the Vincentians] and martyr, who always sought the true faith in study and prayer and finally entered the unity of the Church, on account of which he suffered imprisonment for thirteen months followed by travels with soldiers with his feet burdened by chains, and finally, spent by hunger and thirst, he was killed by scourging. (1855)

In monasteries: The Synaxis of the venerable fathers of the Monastery of the Caves. The blessed work of asceticism begun by St. Anthony grew throughout the ages as a fruitful olive tree. The numerous saints, who shone like the stars in these caves in Kiev, are commemorated today by the faithful, asking for their prayers.

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

At "O Lord, I have cried": three stichera from the Octoechos, and three for the venerable father.

Tone 8, special melody Mučenicy tvoj. Having wisely abandoned the adornments of the world, * father Moses of great renown * subdued the carnal passions * by the mights pangs of abstinence, * and having cast down the greatly crafty one, * he received a crown of victory. * Through his prayers, O Lord, grant great mercy to us all.

You possessed exemplary abstinence, * all-night standing and a vigilant eye, * and a mind which perceived the beauty of God, * O blessed father Moses. * Thus you have received the grace of healing, * that you may cure cruel sufferings. * For this cause, we beg you, O father: * ask for great mercy for all of us.

Covered by the hand of God, O father Moses, * you passed unscathed through the demonic assaults, * and, adorned with dispassion, * you are numbered among all the venerable. * Pray that great mercy will be granted to all * who sing your praise and honor you with faith.

Glory, now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos.

Troparion, Tone 1.  You made the wilderness your dwelling, O father Moses, the bearer of God. * You became an angel in the flesh and a wonder-worker. * Through fasts, vigils and prayers, * you obtained from God special graces to heal the sick * and to sanctify the souls of those who come to you in trust. * Glory to the one who gave you strength! * Glory to the one who crowned you! * Glory to the one who through your intercession grants healing to all!

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the August Menaion

Troparion, Tone 1.  You made the wilderness your dwelling, O father Moses, the bearer of God. * You became an angel in the flesh and a wonder-worker. * Through fasts, vigils and prayers, * you obtained from God special graces to heal the sick * and to sanctify the souls of those who come to you in trust. * Glory to the one who gave you strength! * Glory to the one who crowned you! * Glory to the one who through your intercession grants healing to all!

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 4.  You upbraided your people * and spat on the devil * and brought them light brighter than the sun. * You guide our souls by the light of your life and thought.

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Ps. 115:6,3). Precious in the eyes of the Lord * is the death of his faithful.
V. What can I return to the Lord for all he has given me?

Epistle:  (of the day)

Alleluia, Tone 6 (Ps. 111:1,2). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Happy the man who fears the Lord and greatly delights in his command.
V. His posterity will be mighty upon the earth.

Gospel:  (of the day)

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


Also on this day:

Our holy father Augustine, bishop of Hippo. Born in Hippo in Africa, he was turned from paganism to Christianity by the prayers and tears of his mother, St. Monica. He was baptized by Saint Ambrose of Milan, and returned to North Africa. There he was chosen bishop of Hippo, and he spent the rest of his life in prolific teaching and writing. He served and glorified the Lord for thirty-five years as bishop of Hippo. (430)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

At "O Lord, I have cried", there are six stichera for the holy father.

Tone 8. O holy bishop, father Augustine, your life was in accordance with your name. You preached the greatness of God, you were adorned with the greatness of holiness, you were crowned with the greatness of struggles, you were illumined with the greatness of your love for Christ. Therefore, pray that great mercy be given to us who honor you.

O holy bishop, father Augustine, even though the land of Hippo has fallen silent, yet we glorify you as the uprooter of heresies, the confirmation of the faith, the great boast of monastics, the adornment of bishops, the lover of poverty, the teacher of the Scriptures, and as our fervent intercessor. Pray that we be granted great mercy.

Bedewed by the divine words of Ambrose, you put forth the grain of the virtues a hundredfold, and were an ornament for the Church, a blazing beacon, a flame burning up heresies and warming the hearts of the faithful, O bishop of the city of Hippo, blessed father and holy bishop. And now ask of Christ great mercy for us who honor you.

Tone 2. With what wreaths of praise shall we crown the holy bishop, the earthly angel and heavenly man, the bishop of the Church of Christ most great, the prelate of Hippo and adornment of the whole world, who was full of the love of Christ and exalted wisdom, the explainer of dogmas, the confirmation of the Faith, the true guide of monastics, crowned by Christ our God, who has great mercy.

With what precious crowns shall we bless our instructor, whose sound has gone forth into all the world, whose divinely eloquent mouth was filled with the Spirit, which the grave, the bringer of oblivion, has not stopped, but which even now utters melodious teachings and shows the path of life? Christ our God, great and rich in mercy, has crowned him.

With what ornamental wreaths shall we crown the bishop, the honored boast of the great Ambrose, the excellent light of the whole world, the all-wondrous pastor of the Church, the fervent comforter of the sorrowful, the unshakable confirmation of the timid, the steadfast opponent of Pelagius, the utter uprooting of heresies, the vigilant lover of the purity of the Church. Christ our God, great in mercy, has crowned him.

Glory –  Tone 6.   Come, ye multitudes of monastics, let us bless our guide and honor his holy memory, for he ever prays for us who keep his most honored memory and cry out to him with love: Pray for us to the most compassionate God, whom you ever serve, whose field you cultivate, whose sheep you tend, whose talent you increase. Ever beseech him in our behalf, O holy bishop Augustine, that our souls find mercy.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos, concluding with:

Glory –  Tone 5.   Tagaste boasts of your birth, both Madaurus and Carthage are extolled by you, and in you Rome also rejoices; but Milan boasts in you yet more, for there were you born in the Spirit; and the great diocese of Hippo has you as its chief bishop and good shepherd, while the whole world cherishes you as an honorable teacher, mighty leader and fervent intercessor for human souls.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

Troparion, Tone 8.  Guide to Orthodoxy, teacher of piety and holiness, * luminary for the world, * inspired adornment of bishops, * O wise Augustine, harp of the Spirit, * you enlightened all by your teachings, * intercede with Christ our God to save our souls.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the August Menaion

Troparion, Tone 8.  Guide to Orthodoxy, teacher of piety and holiness, * luminary for the world, * inspired adornment of bishops, * O wise Augustine, harp of the Spirit, * you enlightened all by your teachings, * intercede with Christ our God to save our souls.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 2.  We praise you with resounding voices, O heavenly trumpet of wisdom. * You are the harmonious organ of theology, O most blessed father Augustine. * You have given us rich knowledge of Christ’s faith, * and you have increased the flock in the Church. * You now take your rest with the angels * and still pray unceasingly for all of us.

Prokeimenon, Tone 1 (Ps. 48:4,2). My lips will speak * words of wisdom; * understanding will be the theme of my heart.
V. Hear this, all you nations; give heed, all who dwell in the world.

Epistle:  (of the day)

Alleluia, Tone 2 (Ps. 36:30,31). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. The mouth of the just will utter wisdom, and his tongue will pronounce judgment.
V. The law of the Lord is in his heart; his steps shall be saved from stumbling.

Gospel: (of the day)

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