December 17

Six sticheraThe holy prophet Daniel and the Three Holy Children: Hannaniah, Azariah, and Mishael. The story of the Three Young Men is related in the book of the Prophet Daniel. All four of these young men were members of the tribe of Judah, deported to Babylon after the fall of Jerusalem. Daniel is (with Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel) counted as one of the four major prophets.

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

At "O Lord, I have cried": three stichera for the holy propeht, and three for the holy childrenr.

Tone 4, special melody Jako doblja. 6. The wondrous Daniel, * whose heart was the pure abode of the Spirit, * was enlightened by his rays * and clearly revealed the coming of Christ; * splendidly endowed with the gift of prophecy, * he was able to interpret * the mysterious dreams * of impious kings * who governed the country.

Having fortified your body by fasting, * you were sent into the den to face the mouths of lions. * Standing in their midst, O inspired prophet, * and turning your attention to the God of all goodness, * you were not harmed at all, * thanks to the ineffable power of him * who made all things in wisdom, * the Redeemer of our souls.

O wondrous prophet, * you contemplated the just judge who surpasses all understanding, * seated on his throne, * surrounded by the angels and saints; * overcome by awe at this formidable vision, * you revealed it for posterity, * describing the second coming of the Lord God, * robed in the garment of our flesh.

Tone 4, special melody Dal jesi znamenie.  O young men, * who kept the laws given by God, * you never touched impure foods, * but rather preserved the beauty of your souls untouched, * maintaining yourselves intact * and the wondrous bloom of your youth * and the health of your bodies unwithered, * for the Master was glorified in you, his servants.

Inflamed with divine fire, * the young men scorned the fiery furnace. * Covered with dew in its midst, * they formed a radiant choir, * chanting a hymn in many voices, in their wisdom celebrating with love * the eternal and unchanging kingdom of heaven.

Amazed by your wise speech, * O praiseworthy Daniel, * and by your keen intellects, O young men, * the Chaldaean tyrants * promoted you as chiefs and satraps over their people, * for even the enemy knows how to respect virtue and outstanding qualities. * Dominating your passions, * you became their governors.

Glory – Tone 2.  O faithful, today the prophet Daniel calls us together in spirit; * he has prepared an abundant table of the virtues * for the rich, the poor, citizens and strangers. * The spiritual cup overflowing with faith * brings joy to the hearts of the faithful * and bears the grace of the Holy Spirit. * Behold the Prophet, enlightening the world like a brilliant chandelier, * he who destroyed the Assyrian idols * and closed the mouths of fierce lions. * With him, we also celebrate the three young men. * Although not made of gold or silver, * they were tried more than gold in the furnace; * but the flames did not consume them, * but kept them from damage while penetrating the pitch, brimstone and tow. * The Lord who leads us through the cycle of the seasons * also allows us to look forward to the festive day of the birth of Christ, * who grants us forgiveness of sins and great mercy, through their prayers.

Now and ever – Theotokion, in the same tone. Come, O faithful, let us celebrate the forefeast of the birth of Christ; * offering a spiritual canticle by way of a star. * Let us join the Magi and shepherds in their hymns of praise by chanting: * Behold, the Savior of mankind has come forth from a virginal womb * to call back to himself the whole human race!

The aposticha are from the Octoechos. Then, for the holy prophet Daniel:

Glory, now and ever – Tone 6.  Seeing you, O Lord, as a stone which was not quarried by human hand, * Daniel, the man of great spiritual desires, announced you as a new-born infant, * the Word incarnate of a Virgin without seed, * the God inaccessible to change, the Savior of our souls.

Troparion, Tone 2. Great are the accomplishments of faith: * the three holy youths rejoiced in the streams of fire as if in refreshing waters; * and Daniel the prophet shepherds lions like sheep. * Through their prayers, O Christ our God, save our souls.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the December Menaion

Troparion, Tone 2. Great are the accomplishments of faith: * the three holy youths rejoiced in the streams of fire as if in refreshing waters; * and Daniel the prophet shepherds lions like sheep. * Through their prayers, O Christ our God, save our souls.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 3.   Your pure heart was enlightened by the Holy Spirit * so that it could become an instrument of prophecy; * you perceived distant events as if they were present. * When you were thrown into the pit, you stopped the mouths of lions. * Therefore, we honor you, O blessed and glorious Prophet Daniel.

Prokeimenon, Tone 4 (Ps. 67:36,27). God is wondrous in his saints, the God of Israel.
V. In the churches bless God; from Israel's wellsprings bless the Lord.

Epistle:  Hebrews 11:33-40

Alleluia, Tone 4 (Ps. 33:18,20). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. The just cried out and the Lord heard them, and rescued them from all their distress.
V. Many are the trials of the just, but from them all the Lord will rescue them.

Gospel: Luke 11:47 – 12:1

Communion Hymn (Ps. 32:1). Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous ones; praise from the upright is fitting. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!