Menaion

August 31

PolyeleosThe deposition of the venerable Belt of the Most Holy Mother of God. At the time of her dormition, the Theotokos left her belt to the apostle Thomas. This was later taken to Constantinople and kept in a sealed casket in the church of Blachernae. In the time of the emperor Leo the Wise, the casket was opened and the belt placed on the Empress Zoe, who recovered from a life-threatening illness.

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

We sing “Blessed is the man.” There are six stichera at "O Lord, I have cried."

Tone 4, special melody Jako doblja. The reliquary containing your cincture, * O Theotokos, * is an ark of holiness for the faithful, * a sacred rampart around them, * their glory and their pride. * Every day it overflows as a fountain of healing. * Thus, gathered together by God, * we celebrate today the sea of your miracles * and your countless wondrous deeds. (twice)

Behold the renowned place; * behold the ceaselessly radiant dwelling place * in which grace is kept as a treasure: * the honorable cincture of the Handmaid of the Lord! * O mortals, come and draw pardon and enlightenment! * In thanksgiving, cry out with your whole heart: * By your birthgiving you have saved us * and we bless you, O all-pure Virgin! (twice)

We celebrate the holy deposition * of your cincture, O Theotokos, * as a festive day full of joy. * On this day, you have deigned to bestow it upon your city * as a sacred rampart, an inviolate talisman, * a precious bond, an impregnable treasury of healing, * a river overflowing with the Spirit's gifts. (twice)

Glory, now and ever – Tone 2.  O all-pure Theotokos, * the Church of Christ has received your sacred cincture * as a resplendent diadem. * Today it is radiant with joy, O Lady, * as it exults in the mystery and cries out: * Rejoice, precious diadem, crown of the glory of the Lord, * only glory of the assembly and my eternal joy! * Rejoice, protectress of those who have recourse to you, * our haven of peace, * our anchor of salvation.

Entrance with censer, and prokeimenon of the day.  Then three readings:

A reading from Genesis (Genesis 28:10-17).

A reading from the Prophecy of Ezekiel (Ezekiel 43:27 – 44:4).

A reading from Proverbs (Proverbs 9:1-11).

The aposticha are for the feast:

Tone 4, special melody Dal jesi znamenie.  You bestow your cincture upon your city, O all-glorious one, as a firm bulwark, protecting it from every misfortune by divine acts, and preserving it unvanquished by the foe; for it cries out with love: Your Son and Lord, alone compassionate, is my strength and might, and the cause of my great rejoicing!

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

Those who rule piously are splendidly adorned by your cincture, as with a precious crown, O all-pure one. They boast in your divine greatness and are known to inspire terror in the enemy which always wars against us, and they praise you, crying out to him born of you in manner past recounting: O all-glorious Jesus, save us all, for you are compassionate!

The rich among the people will seek your favor.

You engirdle us with the power of your cincture, O Virgin, strengthening us against the enemy, subduing the passions which ever torment and war against us, and ever granting us victorious dispassion, that we may glorify you in purity and ardently cry to your Son: O almighty Jesus, save us all, for you are compassionate!

Glory, now and ever – Tone 2.  Let us purify our hearts and our minds, * that we may joyfully celebrate this feast with angels, * intoning the psalm David sang * for the young Bride of the King of All, Christ our God. * He said: Go up to your resting--place, O Lord, * you and the Ark of your holiness! * O Lord, you have adorned her as a palace of delights * and have given her as am imheritance to your city * to surround it and protect it, * delivering it, in your power, from all its enemies * through the prayers she raises to your throne.

Troparion, Tone 8.  Ever-Virgin Theotokos and protection of the human race, * you gave the robe and cincture of your most pure body * to your city as a powerful protection. * These garments remained incorrupt because of your virginal childbearing. * Time and nature are renewed in you. * Therefore, we pray that you may grant peace to the whole world and great mercy to our souls.

Glory, now and ever – the festal theotokion of Saturday evening, in the same tone.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the August Menaion

Troparion, Tone 8.  Ever-Virgin Theotokos and protection of the human race, * you gave the robe and cincture of your most pure body * to your city as a powerful protection. * These garments remained incorrupt because of your virginal childbearing. * Time and nature are renewed in you. * Therefore, we pray that you may grant peace to the whole world and great mercy to our souls.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 2.  Your precious cincture, which encircled your womb * which was pleasing to God, O Theotokos, * is the invincible might of your city and an inexhaustible treasury of good things, * O only Ever-virgin who gave birth.

Prokeimenon, 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.

Epistle:  Hebrews 9:1-7

Alleluia , Tone 8 (Ps. 131:8,1). Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Go up, Lord, to the place of your rest, you and the ark of your strength.
V. O Lord, remember David and all the many hardships he endured

Gospel:  Luke 10:38-42, 11:27-28

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