THE GENERAL VIGIL SERVICE TO A MONK.

On "Lord, I have cried ...", the Stichera, In Tone VIII:

Spec. Mel.: The Martyrs of the Lord.

   A holy, precious, divine and radiant lamp * is not left hidden under the bushel of life, * rather, the Lover of mankind elevates him unto a high summit * through the gift of miracles; * by his intercessions O Christ grant unto Thy people great mercy.

   O all-honored one, * taking in thy hands the divine plough * thou didst undertake a multitude of God-pleasing labors, * never turning back, thou didst press ever forward into the Kingdom of Christ our God, * Who became Incarnate for the salvation of our souls.

   In thy body likened unto a buoyant boat * thou wast carried freely across the sea of life * by the gentle breezes of thy peaceful spirit. * Thou, O wise one, having found the pearl of great price, * went and sold all that thou didst have, and bought it. * Fervently protecting it, thou didst find blessedness in its divine virtues.

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

   My thoughts are unclean, * my lips beguiled and my deeds all defiled. * What shall I do? How shall I, a prodigal, * dare to look at the Judge? * O Sovereign-Lady and Virgin, only Compassionate One, * entreat thy Son and Lord that He receive my contrite spirit.

The Stavrotheotokion: 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'.

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

   Preserving within thee the original image untainted, * and through fasting setting thy mind as master over the pernicious passions, * thou didst ascend as far as man is able unto heights of the divine likeness; * manfully restraining thy human nature, * and taking care to subdue the weaker unto the higher, * thou didst make the flesh subject to the spirit, * wherefore thou, O hermit, wast revealed as an instructor of monks, * a teacher of the blessed life, * and a most certain rule of virtue. * And now, in the heavens, no longer 'seeing through a glass, darkly' * thou, O Father [name], * clearly beholdeth the Holy Trinity, * do thou ever entreat God, on behalf of those who in faith and love honor thee.

Now & Ever ..., In Tone VI:

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

   Who will not call thee blessed, * O all-holy Virgin? * Who will not hymn thy child-birth without labor? * For the only-begotten Son, who shone forth from the Father before time, * came forth ineffably incarnate from thee, O pure Maiden. * By nature he is God, by nature for our sakes, he hath become man * not divided in a duality of persons, * but known without confusion in a duality of natures. * O all-honored and all-blessed one, implore him to have mercy on our souls.

Otherwise, Theotokion: O Theotokos, * thou art the true vine that hath budded forth for us the Fruit of life. * To thee we pray: * Intercede O Lady, * together with the Holy Fathers, * that our souls find great mercy.

The Stavrotheotokion: Beholding Thee crucified, O Christ, * she that bare Thee cried aloud: * What strange mystery is that that I see, O my Son! * How can Thou, who art the Giver of life, * die while in the flesh, * and hung upon the tree.

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

The Reading from 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 Reading from 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 Reading from the Wisdom of Solomon

   The souls of the righteous are in the hands of God, and there shall no torment touch them. In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die, and their departure is taken for misery, and their going from us to be utter destruction, but they are in peace. For though they be punished in the sight of men, yet is their hope full of immortality. And having been a little chastised, they shall be greatly rewarded, for God proved them and found them worthy for Himself. As gold in the furnace hath He tried them, and received them as a burnt offering. And in the time of their visitation they shall shine, and run to and fro like sparks among the stubble. They shall judge the nations and have dominion over the people, and their Lord shall reign for ever. They that put their trust in Him shall understand the truth; and such as be faithful in love shall abide with Him; for grace and mercy is to His saints and visitation for His elect.

At the Aposticha, these stichera: In Tone I:

Spec. Mel.: Of the heavenly orders.

   Thy festival, O God-bearer, * hath arrived brighter than the sun; * illuminating those who in faith have recourse unto thee, * filling them with the sweet fragrance of immortality * and radiating healing unto their souls, O holy Father, * fervent intercessor for our souls.

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

   Through the struggles of abstinence * thou didst obtain victory over the sensual passions of the body, * and here on earth exhibiting a zeal like that of the bodiless ones in heaven, * thou didst subdue the desires of the flesh * making them serve the needs of the spirit, * O wonder-worker, [name]; * wherefore now, as a dweller in the heavenly habitations, * do thou ever intercede on behalf of our souls.

Stichos: Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, in His commandments shall he greatly delight.

   O blessed [name]! * laying within thyself the foundation of the virtues, * thou didst put off the old man with his hosts, * and truly put on Christ; * wherefore, O holy one, having put to shame the many armies of the enemy * thou hast been revealed a wise instructor of monks, * ever intercede that our souls may be saved.

Glory ..., In Tone VIII:

   We honor thee as a teacher of monastics, * O [name] our Father, * for from thee we have truly learned to walk upon the straight and narrow path. * Blessed art thou who labored for Christ and laid to waste the might of the enemy; * O friend of the Angels and companion of the holy and just ones, * do thou, with them, ever intercede before the Lord that our souls may be saved.

   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 pure Virgin, * portal of the Word, and Mother of our God * ever intercede that our souls may be saved.

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

Troparion, In Tone VIII:

   In thee, O Father, the image of God was preserved unspoiled, * for taking up thy Cross, and following Christ, * thou didst teach by thine own example to despise the flesh as transient, * that we should rather bestow upon the immortal soul particular care; * wherefore, together with the Angels, thy most pure spirit rejoiceth, O venerable [name].  

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., Theotokion, In Tone VIII:

   O Good One, Who for our sake wast born of the Virgin * and, having endured crucifixion, * cast down death by death, and as God revealed the resurrection: * disdain not that which Thou hast fashioned with Thine own hand. * Show forth Thy love for mankind, O Merciful One; * Accept the supplications of the Theotokos who bore Thee, * and save Thy despairing people, O our Savior!

   The Dismissal:

AT MATINS

   At the Matins, for God is the Lord, the same Troparion [Twice] Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., Theotokion.

After the 1st Kathisma, the Sedalion: In Tone IV:

Spec. Mel.: Speedily prevent.

   Heeding the call of thy Lord * thou, O all-blessed [name], didst follow Him, * forsaking the world and everything that is beautiful therein. * Thou didst with fervor endure the hardships of the eremitic life * and manfully expulsed the armies of the demons; * wherefore in faith we also ever laud thee in hymns praising thy sacred memory. [Twice].

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

   With thy divine birth O pure one, * thou hast renewed the nature of those born on earth, * mortal and corrupted by passions, * and raised all from death unto the life of incorruption; * wherefore we all dutifully bless thee, * O most glorious Virgin, * as thou didst foretell.

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

Spec. Mel.: The Co-unoriginate.

   Let us honor with hymns the ascetic of the Lord * as one that, by true abstinence and ever-enduring patience, * exterminated the assaults of the passions, * and put to shame the adversary with all his pride, * and now intercedes before the Lord that our souls may be saved. [Twice]

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

   Dreadful is the wonder of Thy conception * and ineffable is the manner of the childbirth that hath been shown in thee, * O most pure Ever-virgin Mary, * they astonish my mind and astound my thoughts. * Thy glory, O Theotokos, hath spread throughout all the world * to the salvation of our souls.

After the Polyeleos, the Megalynarion: We bless thee, O Venerable Father [Name], and we honor thy holy memory, Instructor of monks, and converser with the angels.

Stichos: I waited patiently for the Lord, and he was attentive unto me.

After the Polyeleos, the Sedalion: In Tone I:

Spec. Mel.: Thy sepulchre, O Savior.

   Thou, O sacred Father by mortifying thy flesh, * subdued the uprisings of the passions, * and after thy decease obtained eternal life; * wherefore today the Church of Christ celebrates thy wonder-worthy memory, * O adornment of the ascetics. [Twice]

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

   O most blessed Mary, * thou who knew not wedlock, * God's dwelling place, and the refuge of despairing mankind, * set upon the path of repentance, * we who constantly turn to the path of self-will, * and thereby anger the Most kind Lord.

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.

Prokeimenon, In Tone VII: [Psalm 115:6,3]

The Prokeimenon: Precious in the sight of the Lord * is the death of His saints.

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

Let every breath.

The Holy Gospel according to St. Mathew [MT 11, 27-30]

   All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and [he] to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

After the 50th Psalm:

Glory: Through the intercessions of the Holy Father [Name]...

Both now: Through the intercessions of the Theotokos…

Have mercy upon us:

Then the Sedalion: In Tone VI:

   Throughout all the earth * the fame of thine ascetic labors hath gone forth O holy Father [Name], * wherefore reposing in heaven thou hast realized the reward of thy labors; * for having destroyed the armies of demons * thou wast found worthy to dwell with the orders of Angels, * whom thou didst irreproachably emulate in thy life. * Wherefore, possessing great boldness before Christ God, * we beseech thee to intercede that our souls find great peace and mercy.

The Canon. In Tone VIII:

ODE I

Irmos: Having passed through the water as upon dry land, * and having escaped the malice of the Egyptians, * the Israelites cried aloud: * Unto our God and Deliverer let us now sing.

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

   From thy youth thou wast adorned with goodly moral qualities, cleaving unto Christ, and mortifying the passions of the flesh with abstinence and fasting, thou hast passed over unto Life, O venerable one.

   O most wise Father, being a doer of the divine sayings and laws, thou hast been blessed with divine gifts and miracles, wherefore all are richly illumined with thy splendor.

   Strengthened by Christ, thou, O Father, subdued the might and power of the enemy, wherefore in honor of thy victory thou hast been rewarded with the gift of miracles, O most venerable one.

   Possessing a clear conscience, and directing the eye of thy heart towards God O most wise one, God, in answer to thy prayer, numbered thee among the just.

Theotokion: I implore thee, O most pure Virgin, pacify the passions of my flesh and quieten the beguiling thoughts of my mind, and do thou thyself set me upon the right path.

ODE III

Irmos: Thou art the strengthening of all who come to Thee, * O Lord, Thou art the Light of those in darkness, * and my spirit sings of Thee.

   Altogether devoted to the Almighty thou, O most wise holy Father, escaped all the wiles of the demons, and adorned with the loftiest humility, thou didst, by thy most excellent works, overcome the proud boaster.

   While still in the flesh thou, O most wise Father, shamed the stiff-neckedness of the wicked one by thy humble instructions.

   Having as thy effectual helper the power of God, thou, O most wise and wonderful one, grantest miracles and drivest away diseases.

Theotokion: In becoming incarnate, the Creator found an abode in thy womb, O all-spotless one, unto the profit of those who in faith hymn thee.

The Sedalion, In Tone IV:

Spec. Mel.: Speedily prevent.

   Vanquishing the fleshly subtlety of the passions through fasting, * thou didst make the weaker subject unto the better, * O most glorious Father [name], / and thereby destroyed the wily scheming of the demons. * In the brilliant radiance of thy virtues thou didst shine forth in the world * as a beacon of divine light; * Wherefore we ever hymn thee.

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

   Thou, O Theotokos Virgin, * art an impregnable wall to Orthodox Christians, * for fleeing unto thee for shelter we remain unharmed, * and should we sin afresh, we possess in thee a fervent supplicant; * wherefore, in giving thanks, we cry unto thee: * ‘Rejoice, O full of grace, the Lord is with thee’.

The Stavrotheotokion: O all-immaculate Virgin, * Mother of Christ God, * when thou didst behold thy Son and God voluntarily crucified * a sword pierced thy most holy soul; * cease not to entreat Him, O most blessed one, * that we may be granted remission of sins.

ODE IV

Irmos: I have heard, O Lord, the mystery of Thy plan, * and I contemplate Thy works * and glorify Thy divine nature.

   Making thy soul a temple of the Holy Spirit, thou didst become an heir of the Heavenly Kingdom, together with the hosts on high.

   Thou dost ever relieve the suffering of those who, afflicted with manifold diseases, have recourse unto thee; for thou, O holy one, hast obtained from the Lord the grace to work wonders and miracles.

   Thou, O Father, sprouted forth like a preeminent blossom in the temple of God, adorned with virtues and filled with the sweet fragrance of a most grace-filled fruit.

Theotokion: Thou, O Ever-Virgin art a truly spiritual field, for from thy furrow thou didst bring forth the fruit that feedeth the whole of creation, the God of all.

ODE V

Irmos: Rising early we cry to Thee, O Lord; * save us, for Thou art our God, * and we know none other than Thee.

   With thy mind purified, O all-glorious one, thou didst behold the ineffable goodness of Christ, the God of all.

   Like unto Elijah, thou, O Father, helped by the Holy Spirit, ascended into heaven on the chariot of thy virtues.

   Having withered thy body with abstinence and attaining bodily purity, thou, O Father, didst ascend unto the fullness of the highest abodes.

Theotokion: Heal the blindness of my polluted mind, O all-spotless Sovereign-Lady for thou didst give birth unto Christ the great Physician.

ODE VI

Irmos: I will pour out my prayer unto the Lord, * and to Him will I proclaim my grief; * for with evils my soul is filled, * and my life unto Hades hath drawn nigh, * and like Jonah I pray unto Thee: * Raise me up from corruption, O my God.

   By thy sacred prayers, O God-blessed one, the cunning serpent is slain and the malice of those who demanded of thee a sign is destroyed, for thou art God's favorite, radiating with light, and in thy faithfulness, unshakable.

   Assiduously ploughing the fields of thy soul, and most wisely sowing the multi-fruitful seeds of virtues, thou, O sacred Father, hast harvested the rich bounty of abundant healings.

   Helped, O holy Father, by the strength of the Spirit, thou hast subdued the might and the power of the enemy, and in honor of thy victory thou hast been rewarded, O holy one, with the bright gift of miracles.

Theotokion: The Lord is with thee, O most pure one! As it was well pleasing to Him, to be with thee O Maiden, so by thine intercessions He hath delivered us all from the reign of the deceitful one; wherefore from generation to generation we dutifully call thee blessed.

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

Kontakion, In Tone II:

Spec. Mel.: Seeking the highest.

   Divinely arming thyself with purity of soul * and unceasing prayer, * which in a manly manner thou didst take up like a spear, * and with which thou, O our Father [name], didst slay the legions of the demons; * do thou ever make supplications on behalf of us who honor thee.

The Ikos: Having conceived within thyself a loving attachment to the divine commandments of Christ, and a hatred for the delights of this world, thou didst with diligence achieve thy God-pleasing goals and like a divine lamp enlightened the ends of the world with spiritual radiance. Wherefore falling down before thee I implore thee: Enlighten my spiritual eyes that I may worthily hymn thine exploits of fasting, thy watchfulness, the shedding of thy tears, thy labors and the emaciation of thy body, all for the sake of a blessed future life, which thou dost now enjoy; do thou ever make supplications on behalf of us who celebrate thy holy memory!

ODE VII

Irmos: Having gone down to Babylon from Judea, * the Children of old by their faith in the Trinity * trod down the flame of the furnace * while chanting: * 'O God of the Fathers, blessed art Thou'.

   Having with great resolve completed thine exploits of fasting, thou, O Father, hast humbled the proudest of minds by thy divine humility, singing: 'Blessed art Thou, O God of our Fathers'.

   Thou, O Father, sprouted forth like a preeminent blossom in the temple of God, adorned and filled with the sweet fragrance of the grace-filled fruits of virtue.

   Having enlightened thy heart, O Father, thou wast made the superior of thy sacred assembly, giving them spiritual direction, teaching them and rousing them all to fulfill the will of God, singing: 'Blessed art Thou, O God of our Fathers'.

Theotokion: Giving birth to a new-sprung Child, the Unoriginate Word, thou, O Virgin, hast renewed us who have grown old through sin, and granted us strength to sing: 'Blessed art Thou, O God of our Fathers'.

ODE VIII

Irmos: Treading down the fiery flame in the furnace, * the divinely speaking youths sung: * 'Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord'.

   As an heir of the divine habitations, thou, O Father, didst live as an angel; wherefore with the Angels thy spirit rejoices.

   O most wise and marvelous Father, undeviatingly proceeding forth along the divine paths leading to heaven, thou hast, unto the end, avoided those that lead to perdition.

   Through the grace which found an abode in thy soul, O Father, the unclean spirits that cunningly find their abode in men are driven away.

Theotokion: Thou, O Virgin, art an inexhaustible Source of spiritual water, drinking of which we all are filled with the grace, cleansed both in soul and body.

ODE IX

Irmos: All are awestruck at hearing of God's ineffable condescension, * for the Most High voluntarily descended and assumed flesh, * becoming man in the Virgin's womb; * wherefore we the faithful magnify the most pure Theotokos .

   By the action of the Holy Spirit thy honored shrine abundantly sheds forth healings, curing the long standing diseases of those who have recourse unto thee, O Father; driving away the cunning, ferocious spirits and raising the faithful to praise thine illustrious deeds.

   Like a great sun that shines forth with the majesty of thy deeds, O most wise one, thou hast enlightened the ends of the earth, and in thy death thou hast been exalted from light unto a most brilliant light; wherefore we cry unto thee: Enlighten our thoughts, O holy Father [name].

   By touching thine enduring body resplendent with ascetic endeavors, O blessed one, incurable diseases are healed, for our God and Savior hath greatly glorified thee O most wise and wonder-worthy Father [name]; wherefore, for thy good works, thou art showered with fame, O holy one.

   In the hollows of fasting hast thou, O most praised Father, blossomed like a sweet-smelling rose, and as a lily hast thou filled the consciences of the faithful with the fragrances of thy virtues and miracles; wherefore, O holy one, drive away from us putrid passions.

Theotokion: Enlighten, O pure Virgin, my heart ever grieving from my transgressions and the multiplicity of worldly distractions, and never leave me to mine enemies, that I may glorify and lovingly hymn thee, O all-hymned one.

Expostilarion [Svetilen].

Spec. Mel.: Hearken, O ye women.

   Like the palm of David, O Father, * Thou hast flourished and been revealed as an abode of the Holy Spirit, * by Whose action thou hast been shown illustrious in the universe, * do thou O holy [name], unceasingly pray for us * who faithfully honor thy most sacred memory,

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

   We ever bless thee in song, O Virgin, * for thou O Theotokos hast, * given birth to One Trinitarion, * and didst bear in thy divine arms the most plenteous Word, * unchangeable and immutable.

At the Aposticha, the Stichera, In Tone VI:

   O most blessed God-bearer [name]! * subjugating unto thy spirit all the subtleties of the flesh, * and having strengthened thyself with the pains of fasting, * like gold purified in the forge, * thou dost appear as a most radiant receptacle of the Holy Spirit. * Gathering together a multitude of monastics, * and with thine instructions, as with a ladder ascending into heaven, * thou hast elevated them unto the pinnacle of virtues. * Remember us also, who honor thy sacred memory, * and unceasingly intercede that our souls may be saved. [Twice].

   Today shines forth thy most illustrious and all-festive memory, * O most glorious [name], * which calleth together a multitude of the assemblies of fasters * and the choirs of monastics, * both truly Angels and men, * unto the praise of Christ, our God adored in the Trinity. * Wherefore, approaching the sacred shrine of thy relics, * we abundantly receive the gifts of healing * and glorify Christ, the Savior of our souls, * Who hath crowned thee.

   O most blessed God-bearer, Father [name]! * As did the Prophet of old, * so hast thou covered the earth with thy tears * never giving sleep unto thine eyes * nor even allowing thine eyelids to close in slumber * thus manifesting the yearning of thy heart after Christ, * Whom thou didst exceedingly love; * wherefore, thou art an example to all monastics * elevating them to the comprehension of every virtue; * wherefore, we also bless thee, * magnifying Him Who hath glorified thee.

Glory ..., In Tone II:

   O holy Father! * Having from thy childhood fervently studied virtue, * thou wast revealed as an organ of the Holy Spirit, * and having obtained from Him the gift of working miracles, * thou didst admonish thy people to shun the sweet things of life. * Being now most clearly illumined with the divine light, * enlighten also our thoughts, O our Father [name].

Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   All my trust I place in thee, * O Mother of God, * do thou preserve me * under thy shelter.

The Stavrotheotokion:

Spec. Mel.: When from the tree.

   Seeing the Creator of all things lifted upon the cross * thou, O most pure one, didst endure many humiliations, * and bewailing exclaimed: * ‘O Most Holy Lord, my Son and my God! * How is it, O Master, that Thou Who didst deign to honor Thy creation, * dost suffer such dishonor in the flesh?’ * Glory be to Thy great mercy and condescension, * O Lover of mankind.

   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 VIII:

   In thee, O Father, the image of God was preserved unspoiled, * for taking up thy Cross, and following Christ, * thou didst teach by thine own example to despise the flesh as transient, * that we should rather bestow upon the immortal soul particular care; * wherefore, together with the Angels, thy most pure spirit rejoiceth, O venerable [name].  

   The Dismissal:

AT THE LITURGY

Typika and Beatitudes.

   1. Altogether devoted to the Almighty thou, O most wise holy Father, escaped all the wiles of the demons, and adorned with the loftiest humility, thou didst, by thy most excellent works, overcome the proud boaster.

   2. While still in the flesh thou, O most wise Father, shamed the stiff-neckedness of the wicked one by thy humble instructions.

   3. Having as thy effectual helper the power of God, thou, O most wise and wonderful one, grantest miracles and drivest away diseases.

   4. By thy sacred prayers, O God-blessed one, the cunning serpent is slain and the malice of those who demanded of thee a sign is destroyed, for thou art God's favorite, radiating with light, and in thy faithfulness unshakable.

   5. Assiduously ploughing the fields of thy soul, and most wisely sowing the multi-fruitful seeds of virtues, thou, O sacred Father, hast harvested the rich bounty of abundant healings.

   6. Helped, O holy Father, by the strength of the Spirit, thou hast subdued the might and the power of the enemy, and in honor of thy victory thou hast been rewarded, O holy one, with the bright gift of miracles.

   7. By the action of the Holy Spirit thy honored shrine abundantly sheds forth healings, curing the long standing diseases of those who have recourse unto thee, O Father; driving away the cunning, ferocious spirits and raising the faithful to praise thine illustrious deeds.

   8. Like a great sun that shines forth with the majesty of thy deeds, O most wise one, thou hast enlightened the ends of the earth, and in thy death thou hast been exalted from light unto a most brilliant light; wherefore we cry unto thee: Enlighten our thoughts, O holy Father [name].

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

Troparion, In Tone VIII:

   In thee, O Father, the image of God was preserved unspoiled, * for taking up thy Cross, and following Christ, * thou didst teach by thine own example to despise the flesh as transient, * that we should rather bestow upon the immortal soul particular care; * wherefore, together with the Angels, thy most pure spirit rejoiceth, O venerable [name].  

Kontakion, In Tone II:

Spec. Mel.: Seeking the highest.

   Divinely arming thyself with purity of soul * and unceasing prayer, * which in a manly manner thou didst take up like a spear, * and with which thou, O our Father [name], didst slay the legions of the demons; * do thou ever make supplications on behalf of us who honor thee.

Prokeimenon, In Tone VII, [Psalm 115:6,3] Precious in the sight of the Lord * is the death of His saints.

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

The Epistle to the Galations [Gal. 5: 22, 6:1-2] 

   Brethren: the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vainglory, provoking one another, envying one another. Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

    

Alleluia, In Tone VI, [Psalm 111: 1, 2] Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, in His commandments shall he greatly delight.

Stichos: His seed shall be mighty upon the earth; the generation of the upright shall be blessed.  

 The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke [Luke. 6:17-23]

   At that time, Jesus: came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases; And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed. And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all. And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their Fathers unto the Prophets.

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