THE GENERAL VIGIL SERVICE TO ONE HIERARCH.

On "Lord, I have cried ...", the Stichera,

In Tone VI:

Spec. Mel.: Having put off all.

   Thou wast revealed as wholly consecrated and God-bearing, * vested with the Holy Spirit * and anointed with the holy chrism of God; * always serenely approaching the holy of holies, * illumined with the splendor proceeding from God, * and initiated into the holy mysteries by grace, * as a true and most glorious Hierarch, * with boldness dost thou make supplication * for our souls.

   Thy life became resplendent with the radiance of the virtues, * and hath both illumined the faithful, * and dispersed the foggy mist of error, * for thou O most blessed Hierarch [name] / didst truly appear as a radiant sun; * and now having become, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, * a son of the day, * thou hast made thine abode wherein the Never-setting Light doth shine; * wherefore, honorably celebrating thy divine and radiant memory, * we lovingly venerate thee, O ever-memorable one.

   Thy mind, O Divinely-wise one, inclined unto God * and nourished by faith, * hath become radiantly divine * O all-glorious one, * in a mortal and corrupt body contemplating incorruption; * O all-wise one, * thou hast acquired the splendor of the bodiless ones, * and remaining passionless thou hast adorned thyself with dispassion, * O Father [name], most wise Hierarch, * radiant light and intercessor for those who with faith honor thy memory.

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   Rejoice, fulfillment of the law; * Rejoice, temple of the Holy Trinity, * Rejoice, O all-immaculate Bride; * Rejoice, divine bearer of the King of all; * Rejoice, O immaterial fire, * like unto tongs carrying in thine arms the most bright coal, * the new paradise, the enclosed garden, * the divine table, the incorrupt dove; * O thou throne of the Most High, * divine spiritual garden, * overshadowed O Maiden, by the Holy Spirit.

The Stavrotheotokion: The immaculate Sovereign-Lady * and undefiled ewe-lamb * saw her Lamb lifted upon the cross, * and in motherly astonishment cried aloud: * ‘What is this new and most glorious sight, * O my sweet Child? * how dost the shameless people give Thee over unto Pilate's judgment * and condemn unto death the Life of all?’ * But I hymn, O Word, * Thine ineffable condescension.

If an Idiomelon be appointed, Glory ..., In Tone VIII:

   The fruits of thy virtues, * O venerable Father, * hath enlightened the hearts of the faithful; * for upon hearing of thine immeasurable humility * who could not but wonder at thy patience, * at thy gentleness towards the poor and needy, * at thy consolation of the sorrowing? * For thou hast in a Godly manner instructed all, * O Hierarch [name], / and now adorned with a never-fading crown; * do thou intercede for our souls.

Now & Ever ..., In Tone VIII:

   If the Celebration be with a Polyeleos, and not a Resurrection Service, sing the following Dogmatic of In Tone VIII [If the service is a Resurrection service sing the Dogmatic of the In Tone for that service ]:

   The King of heaven through his love for mankind * hath appeared on earth and dwelt among mankind. * Taking flesh from a pure Virgin * and coming forth from her, * he is one Son, dual in nature, * but not in persons; * therefore proclaiming him as truly perfect God * and yet perfect man, * we confess Christ to be our God; * therefore implore him, O Mother without bridegroom, * to have mercy on our souls.

Otherwise, Theotokion: Thy shelter, O Theotokos and Virgin, * is a spiritual cure, * fleeing unto which we are delivered * from the infirmities of the soul.

The Stavrotheotokion:

Spec. Mel.: O most glorious wonder.

   The Virgin whom we magnify * spake in tears saying: * 'I cannot endure, O my Child, * the sight of Thee, the bestower of life, dying on the tree. * Do Thou vouchsafe Thy divine and life-saving grace * unto those who, by the fruit of the ancient transgression, * have fallen into the sleep of perdition'. 

The Entrance. The Prokeimenon of the day. The 3 Readings

The Book of Proverbs

   The memory of the just is praised, and the blessing of the Lord is upon his head. Blessed is the man who hath found wisdom, and the mortal who knoweth prudence. For it is better to traffic for her, than for treasures of gold and silver. And she is more valuable than precious stones: no precious thing is equal to her in value. For length of existence and years of life are in her right hand; and in her left hand are wealth and glory: out of her mouth righteousness proceedeth, and she carrieth law and mercy upon her tongue. Hearken to me, O children, for I will speak solemn truths. Blessed is the man who shall keep my ways; for my outgoings are the outgoings of life, and in them is prepared favor from the Lord. Ye, O men, do I exhort; and utter my voice to the sons of men. I, wisdom, have built up; upon counsel, knowledge and understanding have I called. Counsel and safety are mine; prudence is mine, and strength is mine. I love those that love me; they that seek me shall find grace. O ye simple, understand subtlety, and ye that are untaught, imbibe knowledge. Hearken unto me again; for I will speak solemn truths. For my throat shall meditate truth; and false lips are an abomination before me. All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing in them wrong or perverse. They are all evident to those that understand, and right to those that find knowledge. For I will instruct you in truth, that your hope may be in the Lord, and ye may be filled with the Spirit

The Book of Proverbs

   The mouth of the righteous droppeth wisdom: but the tongue of the unjust shall perish. The lips of just men drop grace: but the mouth of the ungodly is perverse. False balances are an abomination before the Lord: but a just weight is acceptable unto Him. Wherever pride entereth, there will also disgrace: but the mouth of the humble doth meditate wisdom. The integrity of the upright shall guide them, but the overthrow of the rebellious shall spoil them. Possessions shall not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness will deliver from death. When a just man dieth, he leaveth regret: but the destruction of the ungodly is speedy and causeth joy. Righteousness traceth out blameless paths: but ungodliness encountereth unjust dealing. The righteousness of upright men delivereth them: but transgressors are caught in their own destruction. At the death of a just man his hope doth not perish: but the boast of the ungodly perisheth. A righteous man escapeth from a snare, and the ungodly man is delivered up in his place. In the mouth of ungodly men is a snare for citizens: but the understanding of righteous men is prosperous. In the prosperity of righteous men a city prospereth, but at the destruction of the wicked there is exultation. At the blessing of the upright a city shall be exalted, but by the mouths of ungodly men it is overthrown. A man void of understanding sneereth at his fellow citizens: but a sensible man is quiet. 

The Wisdom of Solomon.

   When the righteous is praised, the people will rejoice; for his memory is immortality, because it is known with God, and with men; for his soul pleased the Lord. Love wisdom, therefore, O men, and live; desire her, and ye shall be instructed. For the beginning of her is love and the observation of the law. Honor wisdom, that ye may reign for evermore. I will tell you, and will not hide from you the mysteries of God, for he it is who is the instructor of wisdom, the director of the wise, the master of all understanding and activity. And wisdom teacheth all understanding; for in her is a spirit understanding and holy, the brightness of the everlasting light, and the image of the goodness of God. She maketh friends of God, and prophets; she is more beautiful than the sun, and above all the constellations of the stars; compared with the light, she is found pre-eminent. She hath delivered from pain them that please her, and guided them in right paths, given them knowledge of holy things, defended them from their enemies, and given them a mighty struggle, that they might all know that godliness is stronger than all; vice shall never prevail against wisdom, neither shall judgment pass away without convicting the evil. For they said to themselves, reasoning unrighteously: Let us oppress the righteous man, let us not spare his holiness, neither need we be ashamed of the ancient gray hairs of the aged, for our strength shall be a law unto us; let us lie in wait for the righteous, for he is displeasing to us, opposeth our doings, upbraideth us with our offending the law, and denounceth to our infamy the transgressions of our training. He professeth to have the knowledge of God, and calleth himself the child of the Lord. He is become a reproof to our thoughts, and is grievous even for us to behold; for his life is not like other men's, his ways are of another fashion. We are accounted by him as a mockery, and he avoideth our ways as filth, and pronounceth the end of the just to be blessed. Let us see if his words be true; let us test what things happen to him. Let us examine him with mockery and torture, that we may know his meekness and prove his forbearance. Let us condemn him with a shameful death, for by his own words shall he be visited. Such things did they imagine, and were deceived; for their own wickedness blinded them. As for the mysteries of God, they knew them not; neither bethought they that Thou alone art God, who hast the power of life and death, savest in time of tribulation, and deliverest from all evil; who art compassionate and merciful, givest grace to Thy saints and opposest the prideful with Thine own arm.

At the Aposticha, these stichera: In Tone VIII:

   O Hierarch [name], * radiance of the spiritual light, * lamp of the Church, and adornment of Hierarchs, * true rule of the monks' life of fasting, * thou hast appeared unto us as a defender of the faith * delivering our souls from the destructive wiles of the enemy.

Stichos: Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.

   O Hierarch [name], * having received from God great power, * by thy prayer thou dost expel the attacks of multitudes of evil spirits, * from all those who in faith have recourse unto thee.

Stichos: What shall I render unto the Lord for all that he hath rendered unto me?

   How can we worthily hymn the great Hierarch [name], * the venerable mind, * the God-illumined light that enlighteneth and granteth us divine understanding, * the confessor of profound mysteries. * Let us with one voice say: * Rejoice O holy Hierarch [name], the Father of our Fathers.

Glory ..., In Tone VIII:

   Thou art a good shepherd and a fervent teacher, * O Hierarch [name], * and ever praising thee we cry aloud: * God made thee an adornment of His Church * and unto His people revealed thy incorrupt body * which for many years remained hidden in the earth. * Wherefore cease not to make supplication unto Him on behalf of those * who praise thee and honor thy memory, * that by thy supplications we may obtain the remission of our sins and the salvation of our souls.

Now & Ever ..., In Tone VIII:

   If the celebration be with a Polyeleos, sing the Theotokion of the Resurrection:

   O unwedded Virgin! * thou who ineffably conceived God in the flesh, * Mother of God Most High: * accept the supplications of thy servants, O all-immaculate one, * granting unto all cleansing of transgressions; * and, accepting now our supplications, * pray thou that we all be saved.

Otherwise, Theotokion: O Sovereign-Lady, * accept the prayers of us thy servants * and deliver us * from every need and suffering.

The Stavrotheotokion: Seeing Thee O Lord Jesus, * nailed to the cross * and voluntarily accepting the passion, * the Virgin Thy Mother cried aloud: * Woe unto me, O my sweet Child! * how dost Thou wrongfully endure such wounds? * O compassionate Physician and healer of the infirmities of mankind * and deliverer of all from corruption.

   The Troparion from the Typicon; but if there be no Typicon, sing the following:

Troparion, In Tone IV:

   The truth of things revealed thee to thy flock as a rule of faith, * icon of meekness, and teacher of temperance; * therewithal thou hast achieved greatness by humility * and riches by poverty; * O Father and Hierarch [name], * intercede before Christ God * that our souls be saved.

Theotokion In Tone IV:

   The mystery hidden from all ages * and unknown to the ranks of Angels, * hath been revealed to those on earth through thee, O Theotokos: * God being made flesh in a union without confusion, * and willingly accepting the Cross for us * hath through it raised the first-formed man, * and thus saved our souls from death.

   The Dismissal:

AT MATINS

   At "God is the Lord ...", the same Troparion [twice]. Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., The Theotokion.

After the 1st Kathisma the Sedalion: In Tone I:

Spec. Mel.: Whilst thy sepulchre.

   As a servant of Christ the Lord of all, * thou didst teach the peoples, * instructing them O Hierarch, to understand the truth, * and illumining them with divine baptism; * wherefore we all call thee a teacher of truth, * Hierarch and favorite of Christ. [Twice]

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   O most pure Virgin Theotokos, * intercessor and protector of the faithful, * deliver from afflictions and suffering, * and from all violent attacks of the enemy, * those, O Maiden, who put their trust in thee, * and by thy divine intercessions save our souls.

After the 2nd Kathisma, the Sedalion: In Tone IV:

   From thy youth thou didst take up thy Cross, * and devoutly follow Christ, * subduing the subtlety of the flesh by abstinence; * wherefore sitting on the Hierarchical throne, * thou didst magnify, O Hierarch, * the Lord and His most pure Mother, * Who have adorned thee with a multitude of spiritual gifts, O God-blessed [name]. [Twice]

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   O all-immaculate Virgin, * who hath given birth to the pre-eternal God, * do thou, together with the Hierarch [name], * unceasingly entreat Him to grant us remission of sins * and reformation of our life before our end, * for we dutifully hymn thee in faith and with love, * O only all-hymned one.

After the Polyeleos, the Megalynarion: We magnify thee, O Hierarch, Father [name], and honor thy holy memory, for thou dost pray for us unto Christ our God.

Stichos: Hearken unto this all ye nations, praise him, all ye peoples.

After the Polyeleos the Sedalion: In Tone VIII:

Spec. Mel.: Of the wisdom.

   Having ruled over the passions of the flesh, * fervently tending thy flock * thou, O holy one, wast revealed as a glorious and God-like Hierarch; * for thou didst enlighten multitudes with holy baptism * enjoining them to glorify One God in three Hypostases; * wherefore even after thy repose thou dost pour forth healings * unto those that make pilgrimage to the holy temple of God * and approach the shrine of thy relics, * O Hierarch [name]; * supplicate Christ our God that He grant remission of sins * unto those who lovingly honor thy holy memory. [Twice]

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   Let us hymn the heavenly portal and ark, * the all-holy mountain, and the cloud of light, * the heavenly ladder, * the spiritual paradise, * the recall of Eve, and of all the universe, * the great treasure, * for in her was wrought the salvation of the world * and forgiveness of the ancient transgression. * Wherefore let us cry unto her: ‘Entreat thy Son to grant remission of sins * unto those who devoutly worship thine all-holy birth-giving.

If not a Resurrection Service, Sing the following for the Graduals.

The 1st Antiphon of the 4th Tone:

   From my youth * do many passions war against me; * but do Thou Thyself defend * and save me, O my Savior.

   Ye haters of Zion * shall be shamed by the Lord; * for like grass, by the fire * shall ye be withered.

   Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, * both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

   In the Holy Spirit, * every soul is quickened, * and, through cleansing, is exalted * and made radiant by the Triple Unity in a hidden sacred manner.

The Prokeimenon, In Tone I: [Psalm 48:3, 36:31]

The Prokeimenon: My mouth shall speak of wisdom, * and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.

Stichos: The mouth of the righteous shall meditate wisdom, and his tongue shall speak of judgement.

   Let every breath.

The Holy Gospel according to St. John [JN. 10, 9-16].

   I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my [sheep], and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, [and] one shepherd.

   After the 50th Psalm:

Glory: Through the intercessions of the Holy Hierarch [name]…

Both now: Through the intercessions of the Theotokos…

Have mercy upon us:

Then the Sedalion:

In Tone VI:

   O inheritor of God's mysteries, * associate of Christ, * servant of the Lord, * holy Hierarch [name], * in perfect accord with thine calling was thy life, * for together with the multitude of thy gray hairs there shone forth wisdom, * the serenity of thy countenance testified to the gentleness of thy soul * and the calm beauty of thy speech revealed thy compassionate nature. * Thy life upon the earth was glorious * and thy repose is with the saints; * do thou intercede for our souls.

The Canon, In Tone VI:

ODE I

Irmos: When Israel walked on foot in the sea as on dry land, * on seeing their pursuer Pharaoh drowned, * they cried: * Let us sing to God * a song of victory.

   Refrain: Holy Hierarch [name] pray to God for us

   O Holy Hierarch, numbered with the Angelic hosts, servant of God, Thou wast found worthy to stand before Him, do thou ever entreat Him on our behalf, that we may obtain eternal blessings through thine intercessions.

   Elected by the Lord to serve the precious gospel, thou O blessed Father [name], nourished thy people with wisdom by thy wise instructions.

   Enriched with God's understanding, O most wise Hierarch of God, thou didst take the living-word that flowed from thy heart and feed it unto souls deadened by passions, O God-blessed [name].

Theotokion: The sacred choir of Prophets foretold of thee O pure one, as one that was to become a true Parent of God, higher than the Cherubim and all created things.

ODE III

Irmos: There is none holy as Thou, * O Lord my God, * who hast exalted the horn of The faithful O good One, * and strengthened us upon the rock * of Thy confession.

   By Shedding forth from thy lips divine sweetness, O Father, thou hast banished the bitter drink of godlessness, giving to the thirsting devout the nectar of the knowledge of God, O blessed one.

   Predestined by God's judgment, thou didst appear O Hierarch offering the bloodless sacrifice unto God who offered up Himself for our sake, O Father Hierarch [name].

   The sepulchre, wherein lieth thy precious body, likened unto a Godly paradise, sheds forth fragrant aromas filling the faithful with a sweet fragrance, O most glorious and all-honored Hierarch [name].

Theotokion: O pure one, the mind of man is incapable of comprehending the unspeakable depths of thy birth-giving, for God humbled Himself for the sake of compassion, and entirely renewed me in thy womb.

The Sedalion, In Tone IV:

Spec. Mel.: Thou hast appeared today.

   In an Orthodox manner * hast thou, O holy one, * tended the Church of Christ * driving off the bitter taxing of heresy, * wherefore, O blessed one, thou dost now make thine abode on high.

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   We have come to know, O Theotokos Virgin, * the Word of the Father, Christ God, * who became incarnate from thee, * the only pure, the only blessed one; * wherefore, unceasingly hymning thee, * we magnify thee.

The Stavrotheotokion: Upon seeing thy Son hung upon the cross and lacerated * thou, O most pure one, * didst cry out from the depths of thy motherly bosom: * ‘Woe unto me! To where hast Thou descended, O my Ever-shining Light?’

ODE IV

Irmos: Christ is my power, * my God and my Lord, * the holy Church divinely sings, * crying with a pure mind, * keeping festival in the Lord.

   Filled with the Holy Spirit, O sacred Father [name], thou hast driven away evil spirits from men and made them faithful with thy spiritual instructions.

   Thou didst teach that God is a Unity undivided and yet known in three Hypostases, not separated nor mingled, thus enlightening the devout with thy sacred theology.

   Having first mortified the subtleties of the flesh by abstinence and spiritual labors, thou hast been revealed as a divine Hierarch and all-sacred intercessor before the Trinity.

Theotokion: The foremothers curse hath been done away with by thee, O Mother of God; for thou, O most pure one, hast brought forth unto us the Source of holiness, the Ever-lasting Life.

ODE V

Irmos: Illumine with Thy divine light, I pray, O Good One, * the souls of those who with love rise early to pray to Thee, * that they may know Thee, O Word of God, * as the true God, * Who recalls us from the darkness of sin.

   Performing the divine mysteries in a godlike manner, and with a most pure mind approaching the holy things, thou hast blamelessly served God as a most sacred Hierarch.

   By thy precious instructions those who were enslaved to idolatrous things have become favorites of God, and recalling them from their unworthy ways thou hast become a worthy servant of God Almighty.

   Called by grace O holy one, to abolish the lawlessness of idolatry by the sacred waters of thy instructions, thou hast, by the grace of God, made barren and frozen hearts fertile with the fruits of the spirit.

Theotokion: O Mary, thou who knew not wedlock didst remain a Virgin even after thy strange birth-giving, for it was God Who was born of thee and Who commands everything as He wills, O Bride of God.

ODE VI

Irmos: Beholding the sea of life surging the flood of temptations, * I run to calm haven, and cry to Thee: * Raise up my life from corruption, * O Most Merciful One.

   At the bidding of God, thy tongue, sharpened by the Spirit in spiritual acuity, inscribed in the hearts of the devout as with a scribe's plume, the words of grace, O all-sacred Father.

   O sacred Father, as one who enters the spiritual holy of holies and there, by the light Trinitarion, learns things divine, thou dost therewith perfect in spirit the faithful, thyself being most perfect, O Holy Hierarch [name].

   Flushing away the foul commands of the wicked by the streams of thine commandments, thou appearest as a placid river watering with piety the communities of the faithful, O all-honored Hierarch.

Theotokion: O all-spotless Maiden favored of God, the Word hath, without seed, made His abode in thy womb and appeared a perfect man, renewing In a Godly manner human nature as He Himself alone knoweth.

The Kontakion from the Typicon; but if there be no Typicon, sing the following:

Kontakion. In Tone II:

Spec. Mel.: Of the highest.

   O Hierarch [name], * divine thunder, spiritual trumpet, * planter of faith and pruner of heresies, * great favorite Trinitarion, * standing with the Angels before God * do thou unceasingly pray for us all.

The Ikos: O Father, through laziness I the wretched one have fallen into the sleep of death, but do thou, a good shepherd, raise me up, and pacify the passions which wickedly torment me, that on arising I may hymn thy bright festival with a pure spirit. O Father, whom the Master of the universe hath worthily glorified as a most faithful servant and most wise teacher, a friend of God and skilled minister of His traditions, which thou hast well preserved; Undefiled unction, most wise [name], do thou unceasingly pray for us all.

ODE VII

Irmos: An Angel made the furnace throw dew on the holy Children. * But the command of God consumed the Chaldeans * and prevailed upon the tyrant to cry: * 'Blessed art Thou, O God of our Fathers'.

   Thou wast Illumined by the grace of the Spirit to comprehend the Divine will, and thus appeared as a radiant star enlightening those who wisely sing: 'Blessed art Thou, O God of our Fathers'.

   O sacred one, most holy Hierarch of the Church, shining with virtuous deeds, the Uncreated Trinity made its abode in thee, wherefore thou didst sing: 'Blessed art Thou, O God of our Fathers'.

   Repelling sleep from thine eyes, with divine vigor thou didst receive the Divine Light from the Source of Light, Who hath made thee a pillar and support of the faithful, a true Hierarch.

Theotokion: He who beyond all accessibility is seated in the bosom of the Begetter, is now seated in thy womb, O most pure one, as one accessible and imbued with thine image, having become accessible for the sake of saving fallen Adam.

ODE VIII

Irmos: Thou didst make flame sprinkle the Saints with dew, * and didst burn the sacrifice of a righteous man with water. * For Thou alone, O Christ, dost do all as Thou willest. * Thee we exalt throughout all ages.

   O blessed one, as one elevated unto God by thy pure thoughts thou hast humiliated the proud serpent with thy humility; wherefore we honor thee, exalting Christ unto the ages.

   O Hierarch, Father [name], thou hast saved thy people from slavery to error by preaching the Incarnate Word and thus driving away the wickedness of idolatry, O most wise and God-bearing one.

   Leading a life like unto that of thy Master, in both word and deed fulfilling thy days in spiritual works, thou, O Father, didst repose and pass over into the heavenly heights.

Theotokion: Freed from the first curse by thy birth-giving, O most blessed God-greeted Maiden, we send up unto thee the greeting of Gabriel: Rejoice thou, the cause of the salvation of all.

ODE IX

Irmos: It is impossible for mankind to see God * upon Whom the orders of Angels dare not gaze; * but through thee, O pure one, * did the Word Incarnate become man * and with Heavenly Hosts * Him we magnify and thee we call blessed.

   Adorned with the virtues as with resplendent ornaments and radiant with their light, compassionate and meek, thou hast found thine abode in the land of the compassionate keeping company with the Heavenly Hosts.

   Beholding the brightness of God and of the Angels, the radiance of the Patriarchs, the Martyrs and the Apostles, do thou with them make supplication unto the Lover of mankind that we who praise thee, O holy one, be granted the remission of our sins and restoration of life.

   Adorning the city of thy See with thy episcopacy, thou hast arrayed with thy radiance all the cities of thy diocese, having lived therein as an Angel, thou hast hallowed them with thine unction and perfected the Divinely-wise people living therein.

Theotokion: The gentle heavenly rain O Virgin, descended into thy womb, and thereby dried up the streams of error, showering incorruption upon all mankind by the redemption that hath been made possible by thee, O God-greeted one.

Expostilarion [Svetilen]:

Spec. Mel.: Thou hast visited us.

   Today a glorious radiant festival * is revealed unto the faithful, * for standing in the light of the glory * of the countenance of God, * the Holy Hierarch [name], remembers us * who praise his honorable memory.

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   O most pure one, we put our trust in God, * and in the crucified Christ who came forth from thee. * By thy supplications unto Him * do thou preserve us unharmed even unto the end.

At the Aposticha, In Tone VIII:

Spec. Mel.: O most glorious wonder.

   O holy Father [name]! * Having reached the pinnacle of the ladder of divine understanding * and approaching God as one who hath obtained the gift of adoption, * thou healest incurable diseases and drivest away unclean spirits; * therefore with joyful hearts we celebrate thy memory, * magnifying Christ Who hath exalted His favorite. [Twice]

   O marvelous Father [name] ! * Brightly illumined with thy divinely lucid mind, * thou hast pacified the boisterous sea of the passions, * and flying upon the wings of the purity of thy dispassion, * thou reached the heights of ineffable and incomprehensible blessedness, * ever interceding for us who praise thee.

   O Father of Fathers [name] ! * Rule of the priesthood, * model of charity, * stronghold of monks, * strengthening of the Church, * lamp of love, throne of compassion, * Source of miracles, * tongue of fire, * font of sweet-spoken words, * vessel of the Divine Spirit * and spiritual paradise, * O God-blessed one.

Glory ..., In Tone VI:

   O holy one, * thrice blessed holiest Father, * good shepherd and disciple of Christ the chief shepherd, * as one who hast laid down thy life for thy flock! * Do thou now also, O most praised Hierarch [name], * entreat Him with thine supplications * to grant us great mercy.

Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   We have come to know God * who was incarnate of thee, * O Virgin Theotokos; * entreat Him that our souls be saved.

The Stavrotheotokion: Standing before the Cross * and seeing her Son voluntarily suffering, * the Virgin-Mother magnified Him.

   The Doxology:

   If the service be with the Great Doxology, but not a Resurrection service, the Troparion is sung after the Doxology:

Troparion, In Tone IV:

   The truth of things revealed thee to thy flock as a rule of faith, * icon of meekness, and teacher of temperance; * therewithal thou hast achieved greatness by humility * and riches by poverty; * O Father and Hierarch [name], * intercede before Christ God * that our souls be saved.

   The Dismissal: 

AT THE LITURGY

Typika and Beatitudes.

   1. By Shedding forth from thy lips divine sweetness, O Father, thou hast banished the bitter drink of godlessness, giving to the thirsting devout the nectar of the knowledge of God, O blessed one.

   2. Predestined by God's judgment, thou didst appear O Hierarch offering the bloodless sacrifice unto God who offered up Himself for our sake, O Father Hierarch [name].

   3. The sepulchre, wherein lieth thy precious body, likened unto a Godly paradise, sheds forth fragrant aromas filling the faithful with a sweet fragrance, O most glorious and all-honored Hierarch [name].

   4. At the bidding of God, thy tongue, sharpened by the Spirit in spiritual acuity, inscribed in the hearts of the devout as with a scribe's plume, the words of grace, O all-sacred Father.

   5. O sacred Father, as one who enters the spiritual holy of holies and there, by the light Trinitarion, learns things divine, thou dost therewith perfect in spirit the faithful, thyself being most perfect, O Holy Hierarch [name].

   6. Flushing away the foul commands of the wicked by the streams of thine commandments, thou appearest as a placid river watering with piety the communities of the faithful, O all-honored Hierarch.

   7. Adorned with the virtues as with resplendent ornaments and radiant with their light, compassionate and meek, thou hast found thine abode in the land of the compassionate keeping company with the Heavenly Hosts.

   8. Beholding the brightness of God and of the Angels, the radiance of the Patriarchs, the Martyrs and the Apostles, do thou with them make supplication unto the Lover of mankind that we who praise thee, O holy one, be granted the remission of our sins and restoration of life.

   The Troparion and Kontakion from the Typicon; but if there be no Typicon, sing the following:

Troparion, In Tone IV:

   The truth of things revealed thee to thy flock as a rule of faith, * icon of meekness, and teacher of temperance; * therewithal thou hast achieved greatness by humility * and riches by poverty; * O Father and Hierarch [name], * intercede before Christ God * that our souls be saved.

Kontakion. In Tone II:

Spec. Mel.: Of the highest.

   O Hierarch [name], * divine thunder, spiritual trumpet, * planter of faith and pruner of heresies, * great favorite Trinitarion, * standing with the Angels before God * do thou unceasingly pray for us all.

Prokeimenon, In Tone I, [Psalm 48:3, 1] My mouth shall speak wisdom, * and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.

Stichos: Hear this, all ye nations, give heed, all ye that inhabit the world.

The Epistle to the Hebrews [Heb. 7:26-8:2]

   Brethren: For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself. For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, [maketh] the Son, who is consecrated for evermore. 26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself. For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.

Alleluia, In Tone I, [Psalm 36:30,31] The mouth of the righteous shall meditate wisdom, and his tongue shall speak of judgment.

Stichos: The law of his God is in his heart, and his footsteps shall not be tripped.

The Holy Gospel according to St. John the Divine

[Jn. 10:9-16]

   Jesus said unto His Disciples: I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

Communion Verse [Psalm 111:6,7] In everlasting remembrance shall the righteous be, he shall not be afraid of evil tidings.