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The 26th Day Of The Month Of September

Commemoration Of The Repose Of The Holy Apostle & Evangelist John The Theologian

At Little Vespers

On “Lord, I have cried…”, 4 stichera, in Tone II, Special Melody: “When from the Tree…”

Come, ye faithful, and with divine hymns let us crown today the glorious John the beloved, the abyss of wisdom and recorder of Orthodox dogmas; for he hath thundered forth: In the beginning was the Word. Hence, the ever-memorable one hath been shown forth as having a voice of thunder, shining forth glad tidings for the world with great wisdom. Twice

Truly thou hast been shown to be a true friend and great intimate of Christ the Teacher; for, reclining against His breast, thou didst draw forth from thence the dogmas of wisdom, wherewith as a divine herald of God thou dost enrich all the world round about. Wherefore, the comely Church of Christ, cherishing these things, rejoiceth in gladness.

Rejoice truly, O theologian! Rejoice, beloved son of the Mother of the Lord! For, standing before the Cross of Christ, thou didst hear the voice of the Master, Who cried out to thee: “Behold now thy Mother!” Hence, as is meet, we all bless thee as the great and beloved apostle of Christ.

Glory…, idiomelon, in Tone II

Come, O ye faithful, and let us bless the ever-memorable John, the foremost of the apostles, the clarion of theology, the spiritual general who hath subdued all the world under God, and who hath now passed from the earth, yet doth continue to remain with the earth, who liveth and awaiteth the awesome second coming of the Master. O beloved intimate of Christ and initiate of His mysteries, beg thou that we who celebrate thy memory with love may greet it uncondemned.

Now and ever…: Theotokion.

At the Aposticha, these stichera, in Tone I, Special Melody: “O most lauded martyrs…”

O glorious theologian, with thy divine teachings and the manifestations of thy miracles thou hast driven away all the darkness of falsehood and hast enlightened the people, that they might know the true Faith. Pray thou now, that peace and great mercy be granted to our souls.

Stichos: Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.

O most wise John, faithful beloved friend of Christ, delivering me from love for the flesh, by thy divine entreaties and works of piety cause me to cleave unto the Master of all. And pray thou, that He grant me remission of transgressions and great mercy.

Stichos: The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaimeth the work of His hands.

O most sacred beholder of God, from sufferings and tribulations, from afflictions and sorrows deliver those who praise thee, who honor thee with love, who ever hasten to thee and have recourse to thy divine protection; and make thou supplication, that peace and great mercy be granted to our souls.

Glory…, in Tone II

O virgin theologian, beloved disciple of the Savior, by thy supplications save us from all harm, we pray, for we are thy flock.

Now and ever…: Theotokion

All my hope do I place in thee, O Mother of God. Keep me beneath the shelter of thy wings.

Troparion, in Tone II

O beloved apostle of Christ God, haste thou to deliver a defenseless people. He Who permitted thee to recline against His breast receiveth thee, prostrate in supplication. Him do thou beseech, O theologian, that He dispel the gloom of the nations which doth beset us, asking for us peace and great mercy.

Glory…, Now and ever…: The resurrectional Theotokion

All of thy most glorious mysteries are beyond comprehension, O Theotokos; for, thy purity sealed and thy virginity intact, thou art known to be a true Mother, having given birth unto God. Him do thou entreat, that our souls be saved.

At Great Vespers

After the Introductory Psalm, we chant “Blessed is the man…”, the first antiphon.

On “Lord, I have cried…”, 8 stichera, in Tone I, Special Melody: “Joy of the ranks of heaven…”

The beholder of ineffable revelations and recounter of the highest mysteries of God, the son of Zebedee, who set down in writing the Gospel of Christ, hath taught us to theologize concerning the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Thrice

The harp of heavenly songs played by God, the recorder of mysteries, the divinely eloquent mouth, doth beautifully chant the hymn of hymns; for, moving his lips as though they were strings, and using his tongue as a plectrum, he prayeth that we be saved. Thrice

Proclaiming with thy thunderous tongue the hidden word of divine wisdom, O beloved of God, thou ever criest out, continually moving thy lips: In the beginning was the Word! And thou instructest every man in the knowledge of God.

Glory…, idiomelon, in Tone II

O ye of the race of man, let us offer goodly praise as is meet to the beloved and virginal John, the sun of thunder, the foundation of the words of God, the author of theology, the first preacher of the truth of the dogmas of the wisdom of God; for having the divine continually within him, he said: In the beginning was the Word, Who is inseparable from the Father and of the same essence with the Father, revealing to us through himself the Orthodoxy of the Holy Trinity. And he hath likewise shown us that He createth with the Father and beareth life and the light of truth. O awesome wonder! O uttermost wisdom! For, full of love, he was also filled with theology through glory, honor and faith, as a founder of our pure Faith. Wherefore, we shall receive everlasting blessings on the day of judgment.

Now and ever…: Dogmatic Theotokion, in the same tone

The shadow of the law passed away when grace arrived; for, as the bush wrapped in flame did not burn, so the Virgin gave birth and yet remained a Virgin. In place of the pillar of fire, the Sun of righteousness hath shone forth. Instead of Moses, Christ is come, the Salvation of our souls.

Entrance. Prokimenon of the day. 3 Readings:

A Reading from the General Epistle of John [I Jn. 3: 21-4: 6]

Beloved: if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us. Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us.

A Reading from the General Epistle of John [I Jn. 4: 11-16]

Beloved: if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

A Reading from the General Epistle of John [I Jn. 4: 20-5: 5]

Beloved: If a man saith: “I love God,” and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God Whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from Him, That he who loveth God love his brother also. Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him who begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

At Litya, the sticheron of the temple, and these stichera of the apostle, in Tone I

The composition of Germanus: Rivers of theology poured forth from thine honored mouth, O apostle, and the Church of God, watered thereby, doth worship the consubstantial Trinity in Orthodoxy. Pray now to the Trinity, O theologian John, that our souls be made steadfast and saved.

The composition of Andrew Pyrrhus: The garden of purity hath emitted for us the myrrh of sweet fragrance on this present feast, that we may cry out to him: O Apostle John, who reclined against the Master’s breast, who hast rained down discourse upon the world and preserved the Virgin as the apple of thine eye, beseech Christ, that He grant us great mercy.

O disciple of the Savior, virgin and theologian, when Christ God was crucified He committed the Virgin Theotokos to thy care, in that thou art virginal; and thou didst preserve her as the apple of thine eye. Wherefore, pray thou, that our souls be saved.

As an eyewitness to ineffable mysteries, thou didst cry out, exclaiming: “In the beginning the preëternal Word was with God, and He was God!”, O Apostle John, intimate and faithful friend of Christ, sweetness of the Trinity, unshakable confirmation of Ephesus and Patmos, our help. Pray thou, O most blessed theologian, that the people who ever celebrate thy memory with faith be delivered from wicked enemies, material and spiritual.

Glory…, in Tone IV

Reclining against the breast of Christ the Teacher at the Lord’s supper, O beloved disciple, thou didst thereby come to know ineffable things, and hast thundered forth thy heavenly voice unto all, saying: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God: Christ God, the Savior of our souls, the Light of truth Who enlighteneth every man who cometh into the world.”

Now and ever…: Theotokion

The Son Who with the Father and the Spirit is glorified by the cherubim in the highest. Desiring to restore the first-created man, He ineffably emptied Himself into thy womb, O most hymned Theotokos; and, shining forth from thee, He hath illumined the whole world with His divinity, delivering it from the madness of idolatry. And, deifying mankind in Himself, Christ God, the Savior of our souls, hath led it up to the heavens.

At the Aposticha, these stichera, in Tone IV, Special Melody: “Called from on high…”

Theologizing concerning the Son of the Most High, Who with the Father is equally everlasting and of the same essence, immutable Light from Light, the impress of the Hypostasis of the Father, Who shone forth timelessly and dispassionately from Him, the Creator and Lord of all the ages, Christ our God, thou didst preach to the world, O beloved, as the One Who brought light forth out of darkness. Him do thou entreat, that He save and enlighten our souls.

Stichos: Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.

Receiving the light of the Comforter, and, illumined therewith, thou didst theologize and didst proclaim unto all, O beloved, that He proceedeth from the Father and through the Son is revealed to mankind, equal in honor, equally enthroned and of the same essence with the unoriginate Father and God the Word. Wherefore, we honor thee in hymns as the foundation of the divine Faith, which do thou preserve unshaken through thy supplications to the Lord.

Stichos: The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaimeth the work of His hands.

Having ascended to the summit of theology, thou didst learn the ineffable mysteries of God: the single essence of the Godhead, His single glory, kingdom and dominion, ever distinct in three Hypostases, yet essentially indivisible and united in unconfused divine unity. And, rendering glory, O theologian, thou didst preach the indivisible Trinity. Him do thou entreat, that He save and enlighten our souls.

Glory…, the composition of John the monk, in Tone VI

O apostle of Christ, evangelist and theologian, as an initiate of ineffable mysteries thou hast thundered forth upon us the ineffable doctrines of wisdom, explaining to the faithful that He was in the beginning, and discounting that there was a time when He did not exist, thus rejecting the words of the heretics. And as thou wast shown to be the beloved intimate and friend of Christ, like the eloquent Isaiah and Moses the God-seer, pray thou earnestly for our souls, in that thou hast boldness before God.

Now and ever…: Theotokion

Christ the Lord, my Creator and Deliverer, Who came forth from thy womb, O all-pure one, and robed Himself in me, hath freed Adam from the curse. Wherefore, like the angel do we unceasingly cry out to thee, O most pure one, who art truly the Mother of God and Virgin: Rejoice! Rejoice, O Mistress, thou intercession, protection and salvation for our souls!

After the Blessing of the Loaves, the Troparion of the apostle, in Tone II

O beloved apostle of Christ God, haste thou to deliver a defenseless people. He Who permitted thee to recline against His breast receiveth thee, prostrate in supplication. Him do thou beseech, O theologian, that He dispel the gloom of the nations which doth beset us, asking for us peace and great mercy. Twice

And “Virgin Theotokos, rejoice!…”, once.

At Matins

At “God is the Lord…”, the Troparion of the apostle, twice; Glory…, Now and ever…: Theotokion

All of thy most glorious mysteries are beyond comprehension, O Theotokos; for, thy purity sealed and thy virginity intact, thou art known to be a true Mother, having given birth unto God. Him do thou entreat, that our souls be saved.

After the first chanting of the Psalter, this Sessional hymn, in Tone VIII, Special Melody: “Of the ­Wisdom…”

Thou wast called the son of the thunder of God, to deafen the ears of the ungodly, O most wise one, while most sweetly trumpeting forth the incarnation of the Word into upright hearts; and as a true friend thou didst recline against the breast of Christ, from whence thou didst draw forth the revelation of understanding; and thou didst preach unto all Him Who is equally unoriginate with the Father. O Apostle John, entreat Christ God, that He grant remission of transgressions unto those who celebrate thy holy memory with love. Twice

Glory…, Now and ever…: Theotokion

Having conceived the Wisdom and Word in thy womb without being consumed, O Mother of God, thou gavest birth for the world unto Him Who sustaineth the world, and didst hold in thine embrace Him Who upholdeth all things, the Nurturer of all, the Fashioner of creation. Wherefore, I entreat thee, O most holy Virgin, and glorify thee with faith, that I be delivered from transgressions; and on the day of judgment, when I shall stand before the face of my Creator, grant me thine aid, O pure Virgin Mistress, for all things soever thou desirest thou canst do, O most hymned one.

After the second chanting of the Psalter, this Sessional hymn, in Tone VIII, Special Melody: “Of the ­Wisdom…”

Abandoning thy fishing of the deep, with the rod of the Cross thou didst manifestly draw all the nations to the Faith like fish, for as Christ said to thee, thou wast shown to be a fisher of men, bringing them to piety; wherefore, thou didst sow the understanding of the Word throughout Patmos, and didst win Ephesus over with thy discourses, O theologian and apostle. Entreat Christ God, that He grant remission of transgressions unto those who with love celebrate thy holy memory. Twice

Glory…, Now and ever…: Theotokion

O all-pure Virgin Mother of God, heal thou the cruel sufferings of my soul, I pray, and grant me the forgiveness of the transgressions which I have mindlessly committed, defiling my soul and body, wretch that I am. Woe is me! What shall I do at that hour when the angels shall separate my soul from my passion-ridden body? Be thou then my helper and most fervent intercessor, for thee do I, thy servant, have as my hope.

Polyeleos, and this magnification

We magnify thee, O holy apostle and evangelist John the theologian, and we honor the pangs and labors whereby thou didst struggle in the proclamation of the Gospel of Christ.

Selected Psalm verses

A The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaimeth the work of His hands. [Ps. 18: 2]

B The heavens shall confess Thy wonders, O Lord. [Ps. 88: 6]

A In the stead of thy fathers, sons are born to thee. [Ps. 44: 17]

B The God of gods, the Lord, hath spoken, and He hath called the earth. [Ps. 49: 1]

A From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same, the name of the Lord is to be praised. [Ps. 112: 3]

B Thy lightnings have shone forth throughout the world. [Ps. 96: 4]

A The heavens declared His righteousness. [Ps. 96: 6]

B And all the peoples saw His glory. [Ps. 96: 6]

A The princes of Judah are their rulers. [Ps. 67: 28]

B God is King over the nations. [Ps. 46: 9]

A God is glorified in the council of the saints. [Ps. 88: 8]

B Great and terrible is He toward all who are round about Him. [Ps. 88: 8]

A Say among the nations that the Lord is King. [Ps. 95: 10]

B Declare among the heathen His glory, and among all peoples His wonders. [Ps. 95: 3]

A Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth. [Ps. 18: 5]

B Their words unto the ends of the world. [Ps. 18: 5]

A He hath subdued peoples under us, and nations under our feet. [Ps. 46: 4]

B Great is our God, and great is His strength, and of His understanding there is no measure. [Ps. 146: 5]

A He will give power and strength unto His people. Blessed be God. [Ps. 67: 36]

Glory…, Now and ever…

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Glory to Thee, O God! Thrice

After the Polyeleos, this Sessional hymn, in Tone VIII, Special Melody: “Of the Wisdom…”

Reclining against the breast of Jesus, thou received boldness, asking, as a disciple: “Who is Thy betrayer, Lord?” And since thou wast exceedingly beloved, O most praised one, He manifestly indicated the traitor to thee with a sop of bread. Wherefore, as an initiate of ineffable mysteries, thou teachest the incarnation of the Word to the ends of the earth. O apostle and theologian, entreat Christ God, that He grant remission of offenses unto those who celebrate thy holy memory with love. Twice

Glory…, Now and ever…: Theotokion

Let us hymn the portal of heaven, the ark, the most holy mountain, the radiant cloud, the bush unburnt, the noetic garden of paradise, the restoration of Eve, the great treasure of the whole world, for in her hath salvation and the remission of the ancient offenses been wrought for the world. Wherefore, we cry out to her: Pray thou to thy Son, that He grant remission of offenses unto those who piously worship thy most holy birthgiving.

Hymn of Ascents, the first antiphon of Tone IV

Prokimenon, in Tone IV

Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.

Stichos: The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaimeth the work of His hands.

Let every breath praise the Lord.

Reading from the Gospel According to St. John §67 [21:15-25]

At that time, Jesus showed Himself to His disciples, after He had risen from the dead, and saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jona, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jona, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jona, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdest thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me. Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee? Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me. Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true. And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

After Psalm 50, this sticheron, in Tone II

O virgin theologian, beloved disciple of the Savior, by thy supplications save us from all harm, we pray, for we are thy flock.

Canon of the Theotokos, with 6 Troparia, including the irmos; and two canons of the evangelist, with 8 Troparia.

Ode I

Canon of the Theotokos

Irmos: Overwhelming power once laid low the whole army of Pharaoh in the deep, and the incarnate Word hath destroyed pernicious sin. All-glorious is the Lord, for gloriously hath He been glorified.

Choosing thee as one beautiful, all-comely and immaculate among women, God made His abode within thine immaculate womb. Him do thou beseech, O most immaculate one, that He deliver all who hymn thee from the reproach of sins.

As saith the psalm, thou didst stand as Queen at the right hand of the King Who shone forth from thy womb. Him do thou beseech, O most immaculate Bride of God, that He show me as standing on His right side on the day of retribution.

O thou who gavest birth to the Rain of heaven, thou hast renewed all of human nature which hath withered utterly away through all manner of unseemly deeds; but pray thou, O Bride of God, and show forth as fertile the dry furrow of my soul.

Slain by the tree of knowledge, O pure one, we have been restored to everlasting life by the Tree of life, Christ God, Who, through thee, O Theotokos, blossomed forth in manner past understanding. Him do thou entreat with boldness, that our souls be saved.

Canon I of the apostle, the acrostic whereof is: “With Christian beauty I hymn the son of thunder”, the composition of Theophanes, in Tone II

Irmos: Same as that of the preceding canon.

Having received the kingdom of heaven which thou didst preach, O blessed one, and as a converser with the Word of heaven, by thy supplications preserve those who believe in thine honored preaching and theology.

Exhibiting a mighty mind, thou didst spurn all things on earth and the bonds of nature, O most wise one, and abiding noetically and spiritually with the Word thou hast freed from irrationality those who live senselessly.

Receiving most theologically an understanding of heavenly things, thou didst preach God the Word; and, proclaiming the glad tidings, thou didst teach: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with His Father, and the Word was God!

Theotokion: The choir of divine maidens hymn thee most divinely, O Mistress Theotokos, who art comely among women and art adorned with the beauties of divinity; for in manner past recounting thou gavest birth to the Word and Benefactor.

Canon II of the apostle, the acrostic whereof is: “I bear entreaties to the divine initiate of the mysteries”, the composition of Joseph, in Tone VI

Irmos: Traversing the deep on foot, as though it were dry land, and seeing the tyrant Pharaoh drowned, Israel cried aloud: Let us chant unto God a hymn of victory!

Illumined in mind, thou didst penetrate the depths of the Spirit, O theologian, and hast manifestly told us of the awesome begetting, crying out: In the beginning was the Word of God!

Crushed beneath a multitude of temptations and sufferings, tribulations and grievous assaults, we flee with faith to thee. O theologian, be thou a helper to thy servants!

Healing the cruel sufferings of our souls as an excellent physician, O wise one, deliver us from everlasting condemnation and fire through thy mediation.

Theotokion: O pure one who didst conceive God Who became man for our sake, entreat Him, that on the day of judgment He take pity upon us who have committed many sins against Him.

Katavasia: I will open my mouth…

Ode III

Canon of the Theotokos

Irmos: The desert, the barren Church of the nations, blossomed like a lily at Thine advent, O Lord; and therein hath my heart been established.

Issuing forth from thy womb, O most immaculate one, the Creator clothed Himself in me, a man, granting the vesture of incorruption unto one stripped naked by many unseemly deeds.

O Mistress, thou gavest birth to God, the all-honored Word. Him do thou earnestly beseech, that He have pity on my lowly soul, which is downcast because of the indignities of pleasures.

O all-pure one, heal thou the wounds of my soul; and my lowly heart, which hath been poisoned by the venom of the serpent, cure thou with the medicine of thine activity.

As thou hast boldness before thy Son, in that thou art His Mother, O Mistress, ask thou help for the oppressed people, and cast down the arrogance of the iniquitous.

Canon I of the Apostle

Irmos: Same as that of the preceding canon.

With the tongue of thy theology thou didst reveal the mystery of the Trinity which passeth understanding, O divinely blessed John; and therein hath my heart been established.

Thy tongue became the scribe’s pen of the most Holy Spirit, recording thy precious and divine Gospel with godly script.

Reclining against the Well-spring of wisdom with divinely wise boldness, O most wise one, thou didst draw forth an abyss of wisdom; and thou becamest His godly herald.

Theotokion: We honor thee as the only Virgin Mother who hast been for us the mediatress of salvation, delivering the world by thy supplications.

Canon II of the Apostle

Irmos: There is none as holy as Thee, O Lord my God, Who hast uplifted the horn of Thy faithful and established us on the rock of the confession of Thee, O Good One.

Conversing with the Word with radiant and pure mind, O thrice-blessed theologian, thou wast taught mysteries by Him which manifestly transcend human speech; and thou hast enlightened all creation.

Deliver me from the cruel bonds of sin, O thrice-blessed one, binding me with love to God the Master, Whom thou didst fervently love, for thou hast been called His theologian.

Thou hast been given to us as a defender, a mediator and deliverer, an intercessor before the Lord, a worker of miracles and a source of healings, O theologian. Wherefore, we honor thee.

Theotokion: When the Word Who was ineffably incarnate of thee was lifted up upon the tree of the Cross, O Theotokos, He entrusted thee, as a Virgin Maiden, to the virginal disciple.

Sessional hymn, in Tone VIII, Special Melody: “Of the Wisdom…”

Having reclined against the breast of Wisdom and learned an understanding of things, thou didst thunder forth divinely: “In the beginning was the Word!”, being the first to record the begetting which hath no beginning; and thou hast proclaimed to all the incarnation of the Word. Wherefore, fishing for the nations, using thy tongue as a net, thou teachest the ends of the earth by the grace of the Spirit, and dost enlighten them with miracles. O theologian and apostle, entreat Christ God, that He grant remission of sins unto those who with love celebrate thy holy memory. Twice

Glory…, Now and ever…: Theotokion

Having fallen into perils of great complexity through enemies visible and invisible, beset by the tempest of my countless offenses, I flee to the haven of thy goodness as to my fervent help and protection, O pure one. Wherefore, pray thou earnestly to Him Who became incarnate of thee without seed, in behalf of thy servants, O all-pure one, ever beseeching Him to grant remission of offenses unto those who hymn thy glory as is meet.

Ode IV

Canon of the Theotokos

Irmos: Thou didst come forth from the Virgin, neither a mediator nor an angel, but Thyself incarnate, O Lord, and hast saved me, the whole man; wherefore, I cry to thee: Glory to Thy power, O Lord!

Rain down drops of compunction upon me, O Mistress, removing the burning heat from my heart, and driving away my grief and the assaults of vexation.

Disdain me not, O all-pure one, who have been pierced with the sword of pleasure and lie in my wounds, but heal me with the spear and blood of thy crucified Son, our God.

O thou who hast been enriched by dominion over every created thing, count me worthy of divine grace who have been reduced to grievous beggary, that I may magnify thee as my good intercessor, O most immaculate one.

Christ, the effulgence of the Father, shone forth from thy womb, O Maiden who tasted not of wedlock, and, crucified, hath illumined the world and destroyed the darkness of the demons.

Canon I of the Apostle

Irmos: Same as that of the preceding canon.

Having taught thee most excellently the mysteries of His divinity and instructed thee in His ineffable dispensation for man, as is meet the Word showed thee forth as His theologian.

Thou didst acquire a godly mind and a virginal body, O glorious one, and becamest the living and animate temple and most sacred dwelling-place of the most hymned Trinity.

O blessed virgin apostle, thou wast honored in being appointed the son of the all-pure Virgin, and wast shown to be the brother of Him Who chose thee and made of thee His disciple and theologian.

Theotokion: Healing the ancient crime of Eve, the All-divine One made His abode in thee, the most immaculate and all-pure one, to restore me, a fallen man.

Canon II of the Apostle

Irmos: Christ is my power, my God and my Lord, the honored Church doth sing, crying out in godly manner with a pure mind, keeping festival in the Lord.

With the Word, as with drops of rain, thou didst water the whole earth, O glorious one, and didst piously dry up the turbid waters of impiety; wherefore, we honor thee.

With strength and might, O most wise one, gird thou my soul, which hath been paralyzed by many assaults by unclean enemies, and hath recourse to thy protection, I pray.

As thou art the temple of the divine Spirit, O theologian, by thy mediation show forth as temples of God those who present themselves with faith in thy divine temple.

Theotokion: Let us hymn the divine temple of God, and, deified and delivered from evils, let us all manifestly bless the holy Virgin.

Ode V

Canon of the Theotokos

Irmos: Thou art a Mediator between God and man, O Christ God; for by Thee, O Master, are we led up out of the night of ignorance to Thy Father, the Source of light.

O all-pure one who gavest birth to the Path of light, guide me now to the straight path, who have irrationally fallen among trackless wastes and defiles.

Mindlessly estranging myself from the understanding of God, I have prodigally squandered my substance in a far land, straying through the passions; but return and save me through thy consolations, O pure Virgin.

With thy life-giving waters drench me, thy servant, who am burning with the flame of sins and am set afire by the assaults of the demons, O all-pure Virgin Mother.

Behold! in manner past recounting, O all-pure Theotokos, thou didst contain Christ God in thy womb, as Isaiah proclaimed beforehand, and thou gavest birth to Him supernaturally, O Theotokos.

Canon I of the Apostle

Irmos: Same as that of the preceding canon.

Through grace thou wast shown to be a heavenly mind, O theologian, becoming wholly light through drawing nigh unto the Origin of light, deified by the pure sight of Him.

Thou didst preach thy Gospel with pure mind, holy lips and an all-pure mouth, O divinely inspired one, and thou hast set forth universal salvation before all the faithful.

Living with Christ from thy childhood, instructed in theology and having learned the glory of the Trinity which transcendeth nature, thou becamest an instrument of grace set forth by Him.

Theotokion: Mindful of thy words, we now call thee blessed; for through thee, O most immaculate one, we have truly received ineffable blessedness and life which groweth not old.

Canon II of the Apostle

Irmos: With Thy divine light illumine the souls of those who with love rise at dawn unto Thee, O Good One, that they may know Thee, O Word of God, to be the true God Who calleth all forth from the darkness of sin.

Thou didst shine forth like the dawn upon those on earth, manifestly proclaiming to the world the noetic Orient Who hath come in the flesh and destroyed the darkness of polytheism.

With thy sacred theology thou hast given drink to every soul, O sacred herald and apostle; wherefore, I cry to thee: Water my whole heart, which hath been withered by sins.

I have been wounded by the darts of the enemy. By thine intercession, O wise one, heal me wholly, I pray, and guide to the path of God me who have ever gone astray in iniquities.

Theotokion: When thou didst stand with the beloved disciple at the Cross of thy Son, O most immaculate one, thou didst sigh, weeping, and didst marvel at His surpassing sympathy for men.

Ode VI

Canon of the Theotokos

Irmos: Whirled about in the abyss of sin, I call upon the unfathomable abyss of Thy loving-kindness: Lead me up from corruption, O God!

O Mistress, show me not to be a joy to the demons at the coming judgment, but lifting thy gaze kindly upon me, entreat the Judge, thy Son.

By my wicked and iniquitous thoughts and acts I have angered Thee, O Lord. Yet do I bring Thy Mother before Thee to intercede. Taking pity, save me!

In that thou gavest birth to the Judge, the God of all, O most hymned Mistress, from condemnation deliver me, who have condemned myself through my transgressions.

Entreat Jesus the Savior, to Whom thou didst supernaturally give birth in the flesh, O all-pure Virgin Mother, that thy servants be delivered from tribulations.

Canon I of the Apostle

Irmos: Same as that of the preceding canon.

Jesus, my God and Lord, accepting thy purity and most perfect holiness, received thee as His brother, O theologian.

Having crowned thy life with holiness, and trusting therein, O glorious one, thou didst recline against the breast of Wisdom, and didst draw forth grace therefrom.

The great and divine radiance of thy theology hath enlightened the whole world, O glorious one, and hath illumined it with the light of the threefold Sun.

Theotokion: He Who stretched forth heaven, O pure Mother of God, hath stretched thee forth as another, earthly heaven, and, shining forth from thee, hath revealed Himself.

Canon II of the Apostle

Irmos: Beholding the sea of life surging with the tempest of temptations, fleeing to Thy calm haven I cry unto Thee: Lead up my life from corruption, O greatly Merciful One!

Thy tongue of theology was truly like a writer’s pen, inscribing on the tablets of our hearts true understanding and the law which is truly new, O theologian.

O glorious one who, like a most excellent husbandman, hast caused the offshoots of impiety to wither at the root, plant thou the fear of God in my soul, the blossoming fruitfulness of the virtues.

He Who had most manifestly issued forth from the Virgin called thee her son. With her make thou entreaty, that those who do that which is well-pleasing unto Him become children of God by adoption, O ever all-memorable one.

Theotokion: Through thee, O most immaculate one, God appeared to men in the likeness of the flesh. Him do thou ever entreat, that He slay the pernicious wisdom of our flesh, O most pure one.

Kontakion, in Tone II

Who can recount thy mighty works, O virgin apostle? For thou pourest out miracles and dost cause healings to flow forth; and thou prayest for our souls, in that thou art a theologian and the friend of Christ.

Ikos: It is a bold and unattainable thing to study the heights of heaven and to plumb the depths of the sea; for as it is impossible to calculate the number of the stars and the sands of the shore, so is it impossible to speak sufficiently of the theologian, whom Christ loved and hath crowned with so many crowns. For, reclining against His breast, he ate with Him at the mystical supper, in that he is a theologian and friend of Christ.

Ode VII

Canon of the Theotokos

Irmos: The command of the iniquitous tyrant, opposed to God, raised up a lofty flame; but Christ, Who is blessed and all-glorious, spread a spiritual dew upon the pious youths.

As thou art my strength and song, my salvation and steadfast aid, and an invincible rampart, O Mistress, do battle with the demons who make war upon me and ever seek to slay me.

Having given flesh to God, O Virgin, thou hast deified mankind by thy virginal blood. Wherefore, I beseech thee: By thy supplications deliver me, who have been defiled by the passions and ruined by the wiles of the enemy.

The furnace prefigured thy birthgiving, O most immaculate one; for it did not consume the youths, just as the unbearable Fire did not consume thy womb. Wherefore, we beseech thee: Deliver thy servants from everlasting fire.

Thou alone didst show forth thy conceiving as all-pure and thy birthgiving as incorrupt, remaining a virgin; for thou didst conceive God Who is over all and Who became man, O pure one, thou salvation and deliverance of the faithful.

Canon I of the Apostle

Irmos: Same as that of the preceding canon.

Shining with divine effulgence, thou didst manifestly theologize concerning the Holy Spirit Who proceedeth from the unoriginate Father and resteth inseparably in the Son, in that He is consubstantial with them.

In thee, O blessed one, Christ, the all-glorious Sun of righteousness appointed His dwelling, Who hath made thee an ever-moving heaven, and is proclaimed by the tongue of thy theology.

The power of thy words hath sent forth a divine sound, O most blessed and right wondrous one, and thy universal Gospel hath embraced the whole earth with the magnificence of thy dogmas.

Theotokion: Thou alone didst show forth thy conceiving as all-pure and thy birthgiving as incorrupt, remaining a virgin; for thou didst conceive God Who is over all and Who became man, O pure one, thou salvation and deliverance of the faithful.

Canon II of the Apostle

Irmos: The Angel caused the furnace to pour forth dew upon the pious youths, and the command of God, which consumed the Chaldæans, prevailed upon the tyrant to cry out: Blessed art Thou, O God of our fathers!

Let us hymn the theologian, the thunder which hath resounded to all the ends of the earth, whereby every ear is truly caught up from the earth, and Christ, the Creator of all, is magnified.

The manifest splendor of thy house illumineth every mind; and, ever assembling therein, we hymn the Creator of all in godly manner, and praise thee with faith, who art our intercessor.

We know thee to be a star of radiant light, O disciple of Christ, and we pray that we will be enlightened by thy luminous radiance, and delivered from the darkness of the passions and all manner of perils by thy mediation.

Theotokion: O most immaculate one, we bless thee who gavest birth to the blessed Lord, Who with divine blessings hath annulled the curse on human nature, and hath renewed us, who have grown old through corruption.

Ode VIII

Canon of the Theotokos

Irmos: Once, in Babylon, the fiery furnace divided its activity at the command of God, consuming the Chaldæans, but bedewing the faithful, who chant: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

Be zealous for the good, avoiding what is evil, by care for godly works, O my soul, having the Mother of God praying for thee, the unashamed intercessor for all, who is merciful and loveth mankind.

Thou hast released mankind from the bonds of the ancient condemnation, O Theotokos. Wherefore, I pray to thee: Loose every evil bond of my heart, O all-pure one, binding me with the divine love of the Creator.

Having given birth to the Effulgence of the Father’s glory, O Theotokos, illumine my heart, which is weighed down by the disgrace of transgressions; and show me forth as a partaker of everlasting glory, that I may glorify thee with love.

The Most High, the true Sun of righteousness, hath appeared to us incarnate of thee, O Theotokos, illumining all things with the rays of His divinity. To Him do we chant hymns.

Canon I of the Apostle

Irmos: Same as that of the preceding canon.

Issuing forth like dazzling lightning, thou wast revealed to the whole world in the radiance of purity and the brilliance of virginity, O beloved of Christ God, illumining the world with the dogmas of piety.

Having purified body, soul and mind, thou didst proclaim the glad tidings of the heavenly Gospel of Christ; and, dwelling with the angels in the heavens, thou now criest out: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

Thou wast a pillar of light, a divine oblation of the heavenly temple, a throne of perception, a receptacle of wisdom and an instrument of theology, chanting: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

Theotokion: That Thou mightest annul the primal curse and the ancient condemnation of our first mother to death, O Word of God, thou wast born of the Virgin Mother of God, granting indestructible immortality unto all.

Canon II of the Apostle

Irmos: From the flame didst Thou pour forth dew upon the venerable ones, and didst consume the sacrifice of the righteous one with water; for Thou, O Christ, dost do all things soever Thou desirest. Thee do we exalt supremely for all ages!

Thou didst bring forth goodly abundance through the speech of thy tongue, O blessed one, and thou didst bring to life those dead through evil, who accepted thy sacred preaching. Wherefore, we honor thee as an initiate of ineffable mysteries.

Thy house, O apostle, hath been shown to be another divine garden of paradise, gladdening the souls of all with miracles, as with flowers, and dispelling the fœtor of the passions.

O God, my God, hearken unto me and deliver me from the enemies who assail me every day and crush my lowly heart, for I have Thy divine disciple praying to Thee.

Theotokion: O divinely joyous one, beseech Jesus the Savior, Who was incarnate of thy pure blood, that He take pity on us, thy servants, and rescue us from everlasting torment.

Ode IX

Canon of the Theotokos

Irmos: God the Lord, the Son of the unoriginate Father, hath revealed Himself to us incarnate of the Virgin, to enlighten those in darkness and to gather the dispersed. Wherefore, we magnify the all-hymned Theotokos.

Tasting of the forbidden fruit of the tree, Adam bitterly found death through the tree; but thy Son, Who was nailed to the Tree, O all-pure one, hath poured forth the sweetness of immortality. Wherefore, we honor thee.

Thou art a Queen, having in manner past recounting given birth to Christ the King and Lord Who hath destroyed the kingdom of hell. Him do thou earnestly entreat, O Maiden, that He count those who honor thee worthy of the heavenly on high.

O Mistress, in that thou gavest birth to the Good One, and art thyself good, make my lowly heart good, which hath been vexed by inundations of pleasures, and open unto me the doors of goodness, that I may repent.

He Who was lifted up, dead, upon the Cross hath slain the serpent thereby; wherefore, I cry out to Thee: Have mercy on my soul, which hath been slain by wicked deeds, O Word, and bring it to life through the supplications of her who gave Thee birth.

Canon I of the Apostle

Irmos: Same as that of the preceding canon.

Thou hast now been counted worthy to behold the Torrent of sweetness, the River of peace and the Well-spring of immortality, not in indistinct images, but face to face; and, watered thereby, thou dost now enjoy deification.

Thou didst ask Christ for a throne on earth, but He gave thee His breast instead; and, reclining against it, thou wast enriched with a steadfast, abiding and goodly seat, O theologian, thou adornment of the apostles.

Thou didst burn up the ungodliness of pagan wisdom, O wise one, proclaiming: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was truly God, through Whom all things came into being, visible and invisible!”

Theotokion: Amid the night of life thou wast found to be like the break of dawn, O most pure Mother of God, shining forth with rays of virginity and revealing to us the Orient of the noetic Sun of righteousness.

Canon II of the Apostle

Irmos: It is not possible for men to behold God, upon Whom the ranks of angels dare not gaze; but through thee, O most pure one, hath the Word appeared incarnate unto men; and magnifying Him with the armies of heaven, we call thee blessed.

As the Lord of times and seasons, the Deliverer hung upon the Cross at noontime, and entrusted the Ever-virgin to thee, O blessed one, in that thou art virginal, granting immutable glory to those who magnify thee.

Dwelling with the hosts of God on high, and giving utterance with them to divine hymnody, O apostle of Christ, by thine honored mediations save those who chant and hymn the All-good One in thy holy house.

From all misfortunes save us who entreat thee with faith, O blessed theologian, directing our steps to the Lord through the Spirit, and guiding us to the path of peace by the commandments of the Almighty.

Theotokion: With splendor we offer a cry of thanksgiving to thee, the Mother of God, and we cry aloud: Rejoice, O most exalted throne of God! Rejoice, cloud of the Light! Rejoice garden of paradise, whereby we have been vouchsafed the sweetness of paradise!

Exapostilarion: Spec. mel.: “By the Spirit…”

O blessed virgin theologian, the Word chose thee as one virginal in soul and body, and showed thee to be a wondrous recorder and servant of His divinity; and when thou didst pass away from the earth, thou didst not die, but livest in God, remaining immortal.

Glory…: Another exapostilarion, Special Melody: “Hearken, ye women…”

As a son of thunder thou didst proclaim theology to men, saying: “In the beginning was the Word!”, O Apostle John; for, reclining against the breast of thy Master with faith and drawing forth therefrom streams of theology, thou waterest all creation.

Now and ever…: Theotokion

Standing before the Cross of thy Son and God with the virginal disciple, the most pure one heard the Creator say: “Behold thy son!” And He said to the disciple: “Behold thy Mother!” With him we all hymn thee, O Virgin Theotokos.

On the Praises, 4 stichera, in Tone VIII, Special Melody: “O all-glorious wonder…”

Illumined with the beauties of purity and virginity, O blessed John most wise, of all the disciples thou wast the one most loved with the abundant ardor of the love of Christ by the Word Who seeth all things and judgeth the whole world with the scales of justice, O divinely blessed one.

With spiritual songs let us now praise the most honored John as the servant of Christ, the flowering of virginity, the pleasing habitation of precious virtues, the instrument of wisdom, the temple of the Spirit, the light-bearing mouth of grace, the most radiant eye of the Church.

Reclining against the breast of Christ, thou didst draw forth wisdom, O most excellent John, and hast irrigated the world with the waters of theology, and dried up the sea of ungodliness with knowledge of the Trinity, guiding us to our heavenly inheritance like an animate pillar and cloud.

O blessed evangelist, son of thunder, proclaiming the glad tidings, thou hast revealed to the world the wellspring of blessings, the unshakable kingdom, life everlasting and indescribable joy, the delight of divine vision, the plentiful gifts of Christ, and understanding which transcendeth the mind of man.

Glory…, idiomelon, in Tone VIII

O evangelist John, peer of the angels, virgin theologian instructed by God, in Orthodox manner thou didst preach to the world the all-pure side which poured forth blood and water, whereby we obtain life everlasting for our souls.

Now and ever…: Theotokion, in the same tone

O Mistress, accept the supplications of thy servants, and deliver us from all want and grief.

Great Doxology. After the Trisagion prayers, the Troparion of the apostle; Glory…, Now and ever…: Theotokion. Litanies. Dismissal.

And we chant whichever idiomelon sticheron of the saint the ecclesiarch desireth. And the priest goeth forth with the censer, preceded by a candle-bearer, and censeth the icon of the saint on the analogion; and when he hath set aside the censer, he standeth to the right of the analogion. Then the superior approacheth the analogion and maketh two prostrations, and kisseth the icon; and after he has venerated it, he maketh another prostration and, taking the wand reserved for such use, he anointeth himself with holy oil from the lamp, making the sign of the Cross therewith on his forehead. And the faithful likewise venerate the icon of the saint. The superior anointeth the priest and the faithful with the oil. After the anointing with holy oil, the First Hour is chanted. At the First Hour, the Troparion and Kontakion of the saint are read. Then cometh the final dismissal.

Such an anointing taketh place whenever there are feasts of major saints whose services merit the holding of vigil.

At Divine Liturgy

On the Beatitudes, 8 Troparia: 4 from Ode III of the first canon of the apostle, and 4 from Ode VI of the second canon of the apostle.

After the entrance, the Troparion of the temple, if such be dedicated to either the Lord or the Theotokos, then that of the apostle. (The Troparion and Kontakion of the temple, if it be dedicated to a saint, are not chanted.) Then, Glory…, the Kontakion of the apostle; Now and ever…, the Kontakion of the temple, if dedicated to the Theotokos. But if the temple be not dedicated to the Theotokos, then Now and ever…: the Kontakion of the temple, if it be dedicated to Christ. But if the temple is dedicated neither to Christ nor to the Theotokos, the hymns are chanted as follows: Troparion of the apostle; Glory…, Kontakion of the apostle; Now and ever…: O intercession for Christians unashamed…

Prokimenon, in Tone VIII

Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.

Stichos: The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaimeth the work of His hands.

A Reading from the General Epistle of John, §73, from the midpoint [I Jn. 4: 12-19]

Beloved: No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us.

Alleluia, in Tone I

Stichos: The heavens shall confess Thy wonders, O Lord, and Thy truth in the congregation of saints.

Stichos: God is glorified in the council of the saints.

Gospel according to John, §61 [Jn. 19: 25-27, 21: 24-25]

At that time, there stood by the Cross of Jesus His Mother, and His Mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw His Mother, and the disciple standing by, whom He loved, He saith to His Mother: “Woman, behold thy son!” Then saith He to the disciple: “Behold thy Mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. This is the disciple who testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true. And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen

Communion Verse

Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.

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