May 2

Six sticheraOur holy father Athanasius the Great, archbishop of Alexandria, most outstanding in his holiness and teaching, who vigorously fought for the orthodox faith in Alexandria in Egypt from the time of Constantine to that of the emperor Valens. He suffered patiently very many intrigues from the Arians and was frequently been forced into exile. When he had finally returned to the Church entrusted to him, after many trials and crowns of patience, he rested in the peace of Christ in the forty-sixth year of his priesthood. (373)

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the May Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 3.  You were a pillar of Orthodoxy, supporting the Church. * You preached that the Son was of one nature with the Father; * O venerable Athanasius, you made Arius blush with shame. * Beg Christ our God to have mercy on us.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 2.  Blaring trumpet of the Lord and flute of the Spirit, * O great Athanasius, O fiery mind, * it is fitting to sing your praises with hymns; * for you taught us to honor the Trinity of one essence.

Prokeimenon, Tone 1 (Ps. 48:4,2). My lips will speak * words of wisdom; * understanding will be the theme of my heart.
V. Hear this, all you nations; give heed, all who dwell in the world.

Epistle:  Hebrews 7:26 - 8:2

Alleluia, Tone 2 (Ps. 36:30,31). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. The mouth of the just will utter wisdom, and his tongue will pronounce judgment.
V. The law of the Lord is in his heart; his steps shall be saved from stumbling.

Gospel: Matthew 5:14-19

Communion Hymn (Ps. 111:6,7). The just man will be remembered forever; evil news he will not fear. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!