November 8

VigilTHE SYNAXIS OF THE HOLY ARCHANGEL MICHAEL AND ALL THE ANGELIC POWERS. In the time of Pope Sylvester of Rome and Patriarch Alexander of Alexandria, this feast was established to honor Michael and Gabriel the Archangels, and all the holy bodiless powers of heaven in their nine choirs: Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones, Dominions, Virtues, Powers, Principalities, Archangels, and Angels.

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 4, special melody Jako dobl'a. O Archangel Michael, you showed yourself * to be the greatest defender of the thrice-holy Source of Light. * Together with the Powers on high, you joyfully call out: * Holy are You, O Father. * Holy are You, O co-eternal Word. * Holy are You, O Holy Spirit. * You are the one glory, the one kingdom, and one nature; * You are the one Divinity and Power. (two times)

O Archangel Michael, you are like a fire, * and awesome is your godliness. * By your bodiless nature, you cross the ends of the earth, * fulfilling the commands of the Creator of
all. * You also make your Church a fountain of healings. * You are venerated because of your holy calling.

You made the winds your messenger * and flaming fire your servant, just as it is written. * Among the ranks of your archangels, O Lord, * you have shown Michael the Archangel to be the leader. * He is obedient to your commands, O Word. * With fear he sings the thrice-holy hymn to your glory.

Tone 4, special melody Dal jesi znamenie. By divine grace, O Gabriel, * the eternal Intelligence created you to be a second light. * You were to illumine the whole world * that you might reveal a divine and truly great mystery * which had been hidden from eternity: * that God who is bodiless was made flesh in a virgin womb * and became man to save the human race. (2 times)

O Gabriel, you stand before the throne of the thrice-holy Source of Light, * glistening with celestial splendor. * We on earth joyfully dance and sing your praises. * O leader of the
heavenly hosts, * O intercessor for our souls, * deliver us from the darkness of our passion * by illuminating us with your light.

O Gabriel, leader of the heavenly hosts * and intercessor for our souls, * crush the boldness of those who attack your flock. * Put an end to schisms within the Church. * Calm the
storm of numberless temptations. * Deliver from trial and tribulation * all those who lovingly venerate you * and hasten to protect us with the shadow of your wings.

Glory –  Tone 6.  Rejoice with us, all you leaders of the angels; * for the great Archangel, your captain and our guardian, * appears today in his holy church. * He wondrously watches over us and truly sanctifies this place. * Therefore, singing his praises daily, * let us cry aloud to him: * Keep us safe by the protection of your wings, * O great Archangel

Now and ever – theotokion, in the same tone. Rejoice with us, all you choirs of virgins, * for our mediatrix and advocate, * our protection and refuge, * is today comforting the sorrowful with her divine and venerable providence. * Therefore, let us extol her, saying: * Protect us by your glorious intercession, O Theotokos.

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

A reading from the Book of Joshua, the son of Nun (Joshua 5:13-15).

A reading from the Book of the Judges of Israel (Judges 6:7, 6:11-24).

A reading from the Prophecy of Isaiah (Isaiah 14:6-20).

Stichera at the litija:

Tone 1 Bolhar. The leaders of the heavenly hosts * stand unceasingly before the throne of the Master. * They pray to the Lord to grant great tpeace to the world * and great mercy to our souls.

As the leader of the Powers on high, * Michael has summoned us today for the feast. * He is always by our side * and preserves us from every attack of the devil. * Come, therefore, O lovers of the feasts and lovers of Christ, * let us carry the flowers of virtue; * and with a pure mind and a clear conscience, * let us venerate the feast of the Archangel. * For he
stands unceasingly before God, singing the thrice-holy hymn, * interceding for our souls to be saved.

Tone 2 Bolhar. O bodiless Powers, you intercede for us. * O Leaders of the heavenly hosts, * by the brightness of your thrice-radiant glory * you give light to the whole world; * with unceasing voices you sing the thrice-holy hymn. * Pray, therefore, that our souls may be saved.

O intelligent, celestial, and bodiless Powers, * you surround the heavenly throne * and with flaming lips sing the thrice-holy hymn to God the ruler: * O holy God, O eternal Father; * O
holy, mighty, and co-eternal Son; * O holy and immortal Spirit having the same nature, * and glorified together with the Father and the Son.

With immaterial lips and spiritual mouths, * the angelic ranks offer hymns to your unapproachable divinity, O Lord. * Both the pure spirits and the ministers of your glory, * together
with the incorporeal Michael and Gabriel, praise You, O Lord. * The leaders of the heavenly powers, * and the chiefs of the angels welcome us today. * They invite us to sing to your
unapproachable glory. O 0 Lover of Mankind, * they pray unceasingly for our souls.

Glory –  Tone 4 Bolhar. With flaming lips, the Cherubim extol You, O Christ God; * and with immaterial mouths, the choirs of Archangels * loudly extols your glory. * Michael, the captain of the heavenly powers, * offers a song of victory to your glory unceasingly. * He has prepared us today for this feast, * so that even with lips of clay, * we may worthily sing aloud the thrice-holy hymn * as it is in the psalms. * All creation is filled with the praise of You, O Christ. * For this reason You give great mercy to the world.

Now and ever – The Son, glorified on high with the Father and the Spirit by the Cherubim, * desired to restore Adam. * He completely and ineffably emptied himself in your womb, 0 ever-praised Theotokos; * and having shone forth from you, * He has enlightened the world with his divinity. * Christ the Lord and Savior of our souls, * having divinized the human race, * led us back to heaven.

The aposticha are for the feast:

Tone 1, special melody Nebesnych činov.  While solemnly celebrating on earth, * let us sing as the angels do, * to God who is seated on the throne of glory: * Holy are You, O heavenly Father; * holy are You, O co-eternal Word; * holy are You, O all-holy Spirit.

V. You make your angels spirits and your ministers a flaming fire.

O eyewitness of ineffable things, * because of your great courage * you are the leader of the heavenly beings. * You gloriously stand before the awesome throne, O Michael. * By
your prayers, save those who are suffering * because of trials and tribulations.

V. Praise the Lord, all his angels; praise him, all his hosts.

You are the chief of the bodiless angels * and a minister of the Divine Splendor. * You are an eyewitness and a mystic, O Michael. * Save us who devoutly honor you each year * and
who faithfully extol the Trinity.

Glory – Tone 8.  O Archangel, since you are a soldier * and leader of the heavenly hosts * and the captain of the angels, O glorious one, * deliver from every care and worry, * from illnesses and bitter sins, * those who faithfully extol and beseech you. * You see the Lord who is Spirit; * you are illumined by the unapproachable light of the Master's glory. * For He, out of love for all people, * became incarnate of the Virgin for our sake. * By this, He wished to save the human race.

Now and ever – the aposticha theotokion of Saturday evening, in the same tone.

Troparion, Tone 4.  Leaders of the heavenly armies, * although we are unworthy, we always beseech you * to fortify us by your prayers * and to shelter us beneath the wingsof your sublime glory. * Watch over us who bow to you and cry out fervently: * Deliver us from danger, * for you are the commanders of the powers on high. (twice)

Glory, now and ever – Theotokion, Tone 4. Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos! * Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you! * Blessed are you among women, * and blessed is the fruit of your womb. * For you gave birth to Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of our souls.

At the Divine Liturgy


Troparion, Tone 4.  Leaders of the heavenly armies, * although we are unworthy, we always beseech you * to fortify us by your prayers * and to shelter us beneath the wingsof your sublime glory. * Watch over us who bow to you and cry out fervently: * Deliver us from danger, * for you are the commanders of the powers on high.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 2.   Leaders of God's armies and ministers of divine glory, * commanders of angels and guides of mortals, * plead on our behalf for what we need and for great mercy, * since you are the leaders of the heavenly hosts.

Prokeimenon, Tone 4 (Ps. 103:4,1). You make your angels spirits, * and your ministers a flaming fire.
V. Bless the Lord, O my soul. Lord my God, how great you are.

Epistle:  Hebrews 2:2-10

Alleluia, Tone 5 (Ps. 148:1,5). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Praise the Lord, all his angels; praise him all his hosts.
V. He spoke and they were made; he commanded and they were created.

Gospel:  Luke 10:16-21

Communion Hymn (Ps. 103:4). You make your angels spirits, * and your ministers a flaming fire. Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!