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Menaion - February 6

Memory of St. Bukolos, Bishop of Smyrna

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LITURGY

Unless otherwise indicated, the texts of the prayers and hymns of the Divine Liturgy are from: The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (© 2016), used with permission from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. This text was produced by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and approved by the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Antiphon I. Mode 2. Psalm 44.

Verse 1: My heart overflowed with a good word; I tell my works to the King. [SAAS]

Through the intercessions of the Theotokos, Savior, save us. [GOA]

Verse 2: My tongue is the pen of a swift-writing scribe. [SAAS]

Through the intercessions of the Theotokos, Savior, save us.

Verse 3: Grace was poured out on Your lips. [SAAS]

Through the intercessions of the Theotokos, Savior, save us.

Verse 4: Therefore God blessed You forever. [SAAS]

Through the intercessions of the Theotokos, Savior, save us.

Glory. Both now.

Through the intercessions of the Theotokos, Savior, save us.

   

Antiphon II. Mode 2. Psalm 44.

Verse 1: Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O Mighty One. [SAAS]

Save us, O Son of God, who were held in the arms of righteous Symeon. We sing to You, Alleluia. [GOA]

Verse 2: Stretch Your bow, and grant prosperity, and reign. [SAAS]

Save us, O Son of God, who were held in the arms of righteous Symeon. We sing to You, Alleluia.

Verse 3: Your arrows are sharp, O Mighty One. The peoples shall fall under You. [SAAS]

Save us, O Son of God, who were held in the arms of righteous Symeon. We sing to You, Alleluia.

Verse 4: Your royal scepter is a scepter of uprightness. [SAAS]

Save us, O Son of God, who were held in the arms of righteous Symeon. We sing to You, Alleluia.

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. [HC]

Both now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen. [HC]

Only begotten Son and Logos of God, being immortal, You condescended for our salvation to take flesh from the holy Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary and, without change, became man. Christ, our God, You were crucified and conquered death by death. Being one of the Holy Trinity, glorified with the Father and the Holy Spirit: Save us. [GOA]

   

Antiphon III. Mode 1. Psalm 44.

Verse 1: Listen, O daughter, behold and incline your ear. [SAAS]

Verse 2: The rich among the people shall entreat your favor. [SAAS]

Verse 3: I will remember your name from generation to generation. [SAAS]

Apolytikion of the Feast. Mode 1.

Lady full of grace, rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, for Christ our God, the Sun of righteousness has risen from you and He illumined those in darkness. And you, righteous Elder, be glad in heart, receiving in your embraces the One who liberates our souls and bestows on us the Resurrection. [SD]

   

An optional alternative to the Antiphons are the Typika (Psalms 102 and 145), and the Beatitudes with the appointed troparia, which are provided here.

Psalm 102.

Psalm 145.

   

The Beatitudes.

Mode 3.

In Your kingdom. Remember us, O Lord, when You come in Your kingdom. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven [RSV]

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. [RSV]

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. [RSV]

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. [RSV]

Canon of the Feast.

Ode iii. Mode 3. Heirmos (not metered).

From Menaion - - -

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. [RSV]

O Lord, the firm foundation of those trust in you, confirm the Church, which you purchased with your precious blood. [EL]

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. [RSV]

The First-born of the Father before the ages has appeared from an undefiled Maiden as a first-born babe, and he stretches out his hands to Adam. [EL]

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. [RSV]

To set right again the first formed man, who through deception had become childish in mind, God the Word has appeared as a child. [EL]

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. [RSV]

The Creator, having become a child without change, has reshaped according to the form of his godhead our nature born of earth and destined to return to earth again. [EL]

Canon of the Feast.

From Menaion - - -

Ode vi. Mode 3. Heirmos (not metered).

Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely [for my sake]. [RSV]

The Elder having seen with his eyes, the salvation that had come to the people, cried aloud to you, 'O Christ, who come from God, You are my God!' [EL]

Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven. [RSV]

You have been set up in Sion as a stumbling stone and rock of offence for the disobedient, unbreakable salvation of believers. [EL]

Glory.

Truly bearing the imprint of him who begot you before the ages, through compassion for mortals you have now put on their weakness. [EL]

Both now.

I have worshipped you, Son of the Most High, Son of a Virgin, God become a little child. Now release me in peace.' [EL]

   

Entrance Hymn. Mode 2.

The Lord made known His salvation in the sight of all the Gentiles. Save us, O Son of God, who were held in the arms of righteous Symeon. We sing to You, Alleluia. [GOA]

   

Hymns After the Small Entrance.

Apolytikion of the Feast.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 1.

Lady full of grace, rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, for Christ our God, the Sun of righteousness has risen from you and He illumined those in darkness. And you, righteous Elder, be glad in heart, receiving in your embraces the One who liberates our souls and bestows on us the Resurrection. [SD]

For the Saint.

Mode 4.

A rule of faith are you, and an icon of gentleness, and a teacher of self-control. And to your flock this was evident, by the truth of your life and deeds. You were humble and therefore you acquired exalted gifts, treasure in heaven for being poor. Father holy hierarch Bukolus, intercede with Christ our God, and entreat Him to save our souls. [SD]

Apolytikion of the Parish Church

(The text of the Apolytikion of the local church goes here.)

From Menaion - - -

Kontakion.

Mode 1.

You sanctified the virginal womb by Your birth, O Lord, and blessed the hands of Symeon fittingly, O Christ God; and even now You came and saved us. Now, give peace to our Nation in time of war, and empower our Leaders, so loved by You, the only one who loves humanity. [SD]

   

THE TRISAGION HYMN

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us. (3) [GOA]

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Both now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

   

The Epistle

Thursday of the Thirty-Third Week

Prokeimenon. Mode pl. 4. Psalm 18.

Their proclamation went forth into all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world. [SAAS]

Verse: The heavens declare the glory of God; the firmament shows the creation of His hands. [SAAS]

1 Pet. 4:12-19, 5:1-5

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which comes upon you to prove you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice in so far as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or a wrongdoer, or a mischief-maker; yet if one suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but under that name let him glorify God. For the time has come for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? And "if the righteous man is scarcely saved, where will the impious and sinner appear?" Therefore let those who suffer according to God's will do right and entrust their souls to a faithful Creator. So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ as well as a partaker in the glory that is to be revealed. Tend the flock of God that is your charge, not by constraint but willingly, not for shameful gain but eagerly, not as domineering over those in your charge but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd is manifested you will obtain the unfading crown of glory. Likewise you that are younger be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble." [RSV]

   

CHOIR

Alleluia. Mode 1. Psalm 88.

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

Verse 1: The heavens shall confess Your wonders, O Lord. [SAAS]

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

Verse 2: God is glorified in the counsel of saints. [SAAS]

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

The Gospel

Thursday of the Sixteenth Week

Mk. 12:38-44

The Lord said, "Beware of the scribes, who like to go about in long robes, and to have salutations in the market places and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, who devour widows' houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation." And he sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the multitude putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came, and put in two copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him, and said to them, "Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For they all contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, her whole living." [RSV]

   

Hymn to the Theotokos.

It is truly right to bless you, Theotokos, ever blessed, most pure, and Mother of our God. More honorable than the Cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim, without corruption you gave birth to God the Logos. We magnify you, the true Theotokos. [GOA]

   

Communion Hymn. Psalm 18.

Their proclamation went forth into all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world. Alleluia. [SAAS]

   

Hymn after Holy Communion.

Mode 2.

We have seen the true light; we have received the heavenly Spirit; we have found the true faith, worshiping the undivided Trinity, for the Trinity has saved us. [GOA]

   

THE DISMISSAL

May He who condescended to be held in the arms of righteous Symeon, for our salvation, Christ our true God, through the intercessions of His all-pure and all-immaculate holy Mother, the power of the precious and life-giving Cross, the protection of the honorable, bodiless powers of heaven, the supplications of the honorable, glorious prophet and forerunner John the Baptist, of the holy, glorious, and praiseworthy apostles, of the holy, glorious, and triumphant martyrs, of our righteous and God-bearing fathers, (local patron saint); of the holy and righteous ancestors of God Joachim and Anna, and of all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, for He is good and loves mankind.

   

Fasting Rule

Fast Free: All foods allowed.