October 1

PolyeleosTHE PROTECTION OF THE MOTHER OF GOD AND EVER-VIRGIN MARY. On October 1, 911, during the reign of emperor Leo the Wise, there was an all-night vigil in the Blachernae church of the Theotokos in Constantinople. Standing near the rear of the church was St. Andrew the Fool for Christ, and his disciple Epiphanius. At four o’clock in the morning, the Theotokos appeared above the people with a veil spread over her outstretched hands, as if to protect them. She was surrounded by angels and saints. Seeing this, Andrew asked his disicple, “Do you see the Queen and Lady of all is praying for the whole world?”

The holy apostle Ananias, who baptized St. Paul in Damascus, as is related in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 9:10-19)

Our venerable father Romanus, deacon, who merited the name "the Melodist" from his sublime art in composing ecclesiastical hymns in honor of the Lord and the saints. (496)

Our venerable mother Therese of the Child Jesus, who entered the Carmelite monastery of Lisieux in France while still a youth and was made a master of sanctity in Christ in innocence and simplicity. She taught a way of Christian perfection through spiritual spiritual childhood and poured herself out in the salvation of souls and in care for the mystical increase of the Church. She fell asleep in the Lord in her twenty-fifth year of life, on the thirtieth day of September. (1897)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 1, special melody O divnoje čudo. O most pure Theotokos, * you are a mighty defender for those in sorrow. * You are a ready help to those in trouble. * You are the salvation and confirmation of the world. * You are the depth of mercy, the fount of God's wisdom * and the protectress of the world. * O faithful, let us sing and praise her glorious protection, saying: * Rejoice, O Full of Grace, the Lord is with you, * and through you he grants great mercy to the world. (twice)

The wondrous prophet Isaiah foretold: * The mountain of the Lord will be revealed in the last days, * and the house of the Lord will be upon the mountain. * O Queen and Lady, we have seen this prophecy truly fulfilled in you, * because  the mountains and hills have been adorned * by the many churches named after your feasts. * Therefore, we joyfully sing out to you: * Rejoice, O Full of Grace, the Lord is with you, * and through you He grants great mercy to the world.

O awesome beauty, * you are the true prophetic fulfillment for all the faithful. * You are the glory of the apostles and the joy of the martyrs, * the pride of virgins and a wondrous protection for the whole world. * O Lady, with the mantle of your mercy, * protect our Church and all the people who sing out to you: * Rejoice, O Full of Grace, the Lord is with you, * and
through you He grants great mercy to the world.

Tone 4, special melody Jako dobl'a.   O Theotokos, you cooperated with the invitation offered by the Holy Spirit. * You were like a paradise planted by God * and the site of the living Tree. * We acknowledge you as having brought forth the Creator of all * who feeds the faithful with the Bread of Life. * We ask you to pray for us with the Forerunner. * With your mantle protect all people from every danger. (twice)

Heaven and earth are sanctified. * The Church is radiant and all the people are rejoicing. * Behold, the Mother of God, * together with the angelic hosts, the Forerunner, and the Theologian, * with the prophets and the apostles has invisibly entered. * She prays to Christ in behalf of all Christians * that he may have mercy on our city and all people * who glorify the feast of her Protection.

O Theotokos, you are the beauty of Jacob; * you are the heavenly ladder * by which Christ came down to earth. * Indeed, those images signify your honor and glory. * The angels in heaven and all people on earth praise you, * for you have given birth to the God of all. * We honor you as you pray for the whole world * and cover with your mantle * all those who
observe your holy feast.

Glory, now and ever –  Tone 8.  All the leaders of the heavenly armies * form a spiritual choir and rejoice with all of us * when they see the Lady and Queen of all praised by the faithful. * The spirits of the just also rejoice * as they witness the vision of the Queen praying with outstretched arms. * She asks for peace in the world, * power and strength for our Church, * and salvation for our souls.

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 - 44:3).

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

Stichera at the litija:

Tone 3. The glorious feast of your Holy Protection has come, O most pure Virgin. * Illuminate more brightly than the sun all your people * who with faith and with a pure heart * proclaim you to be truly the Mother of God. * They likewise sing out to your Son: * O Christ our God, through the prayers of the ever-Virgin, * who immaculately gave You birth in the
flesh, * let not your inheritance be vanquished by the enemy; * but because You are the merciful One, * save our souls in peace.

Tone 4 Bolhar. The people desire to sing to you, most pure Lady, * but they cannot sing praises worthy of your Son. * For you always intercede for all the faithful * and embrace them with your holy protection. * You pray that all will be saved, * all who honor you with faith, * O most pure Theotokos.

Tone 2 Bolhar. Let us assemble today, O faithful, * and praise the immaculate Queen of all, * the most pure Virgin, the Mother of Christ our God; * for she always rnerclfully extends her hands to her Son. * In amazement, Andrew saw her in a cloud, * protecting the faithful with her mantle. * Let us fervently sing to her: * Rejoice, O protection, defense, and salvation of our souls.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 2 Bolhar.  Having purified our minds and souls, * we also rejoice with the angels, * joyously singing the hymn of David * to the virgin bride of Christ our
God, the King of all: * Arise, O Lord, in the place of your dwelling, * You and the ark of your majesty. * Because You have adorned her as a beautiful palace, * receive her into your city *
that through her prayers, O Lord, and with your almighty power, * she will order our lives and protect our Church from its enemies.

The aposticha are for feast:

Tone 2.  Higher than all beings in heaven or on earth, * more glorious than the Cherubim, * and more honorable than all creation, * Christ has given you as the powerful protection of the Christian people * to protect and save all sinners who hasten to you. * Therefore, O Lady, we sing hymns to you * because you are the refuge of all people, * and we gloriously celebrate the honorable feast of your Protection. * We ask Christ to grant us great mercy through you.

Listen, O daughter, and see and incline your ear.

Tone 5.  O people, let us gloriously sing David's song to the young bride, * to the mother of Christ our God and the King of all. * O Master, the Queen stood at your right hand, * clothed in golden robes and adorned with celestial beauty. * You have affirmed her, chosen from among women, * and deigned to be born of her because of your great mercy. * You have given her as a help to your people * to build up and protect your servants * from all misfortunes, O only-blessed One.

The rich among the people will seek your favor.

Tone 7.   O Theotokos, you are a mountain greater and more glorious than Mount Sinai. * It could not bear God's glory coming down in images and tents. * It caught fire and shook with thunder and lightning. * You likewise had the Divine Fire in you. * Through the will of him who holds all in the palm of his hand, * you bore the Word of God in your womb without being
burned. * Since you have a mother's confidence before Him, O Lady, * help those who faithfully celebrate your precious feast. * Do not forget in your mercy to visit us, * for you have
received a gift from God * to build up and protect the Christian flock of your servants.

 Glory, now and ever – Tone 2.  O all-pure Theotokos, * the Church is clothed with your honorable protection * as with a most glorious wreath. * It radiantly rejoices today. * It mystically dances with joy and sings to you, O Lady: * Rejoice, honorable raiment and crown of God's glory. * Rejoice, unique perfection of glory and eternal joy; * rejoice, refuge of all who hasten to you; * rejoice, our salvation and deliverance.

Troparion,  Tone 4.  Protected by your appearance, O Mother of God, * today, we devout people solemnly celebrate. * Gazing upon your most pure icon, we fervently say: * Protect us with your holy veil, * and deliver us from all evil, * imploring your Son, Christ our God, to save our souls.

At the Divine Liturgy


Troparion,  Tone 4.  Protected by your appearance, O Mother of God, * today, we devout people solemnly celebrate. * Gazing upon your most pure icon, we fervently say: * Protect us with your holy veil, * and deliver us from all evil, * imploring your Son, Christ our God, to save our souls.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 3.   Today the Virgin is present in the Church, * and with the choirs of saints, invisibly prays to God for us. * The angels worship with the hierarchs, * the apostles rejoice with the prophets; * because the Theotokos prays for us to the eternal God.

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. 44:11,13). Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Listen, O daughter, and see and incline your ear.
V. The rich among the people will seek your favor.

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!