July 5

PolyeleosOur venerable father Athanasius of Mt. Athos, hegumen, humble and peaceful, who founded a coenobitic way of living in the Great Laura. Despite many trials, he was father to many monks who followed his ascetic model. (1003)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

We sing “Blessed is the man.” There are eight stichera at "O Lord, I have cried."

Tone 2, special melody Kijmi pochval'nimy.  What praises are worthy of you, O Athanasius? * Your virtues are your true adornment, * and you were filled with grace by the light flowing from God. * You are a sword cutting down the rebellious passions, * a radiant pillar of divine contemplation, * a flame of abstinence enkindling on the lampstand of your soul * the divine precepts of the One who gives life to all mankind! (three times)

What praises can worthily crown you, O Athanasius? * You are an eagle soaring on the wind, * carried like a heavenly being on the wings of divine contemplation. * You are a stronghold of humility, an unshakable rampart of discernment, * truly majestic in your nobility of soul, * an intercessor before Christ our God * that he protect your spiritual children in his compassion. (three times)

By the radiance of your gifts, you are like a morning star, * guiding those who are blinded by the passions toward the never-setting Light, * O father Athanasius, wise in God. * Since you increased the talent entrusted to you, * Christ made you a physician of souls: * able to lance festering wounds with the scalpel of your words, * you restore health to the faithful who have recourse to you. (twice)

Glory –  Tone 6.   Your life was filled with the grace of God, O father Athanasius, * and your passing was truly holy. * Today, the whole community of the Holy Mountain assembles. * Seeing you lifeless upon your bed, it cries aloud in tears: * “Grant one last word to your servants. * Tell us: how can you leave your sons, whom you have loved as a compassionate father? * Although the tomb will cover you on earth, * we who wholeheartedly venerate you will have you in heaven as a protector * and intercessor before Christ our God!”

Now and ever – the dogmatikon of Saturday evening, in the same tone, or (on Friday night or Saturday night) in the Tone of the week

Entrance with censer, and prokeimenon of the day.  Then three readings:

A reading from Proverbs (Composite I).

A reading from Proverbs (Proverbs 10:31-32; 11:1-2, 4, 3, 5-12, Composite VI).

A reading from the Wisdom of Solomon (Wisdom 3:1-9).

Stichera at the Litija:

Tone 1 Bolhar. Venerable Athanasius is a never-setting star giving light to the whole world; let us sing to him. He has shone more brilliantly than the sun in the firmament of the faith in order to lead the faithful to virtue by his light and to move them to zeal, not only by his explanation of the words of salvation and the divinely-inspired teachings which flow from his lips as from an abundant fountain, but also by his angelic life and the wondrous virtue he manifested. As an excellent teacher, both his words and his life shed light. O Christ our God, by his prayers, save this flock and strengthen it in the true faith in your love for us all.

Tone 2 Bolhar. Forming a choir together, O faithful, let us sing of the friend of Christ, named for immortality, the true disciple of the Savior, the pride and glory of monks, their guide, who was consecrated to the Lord from his very childhood. His soul filled with love of God, he renounced the world and its allurements and took up the yoke of Christ. Courageously he withstood the hordes of demons, and by his life, he shows the way for those who love God. Having followed it himself, he was eager to attain the vision of the Holy Trinity. O wondrous marvel, O divine wonder! Earthly by nature, he became angelic. Receiving great glory and honor from God, he intercedes for us, that we may find eternal goods on the day of judgment.

Tone 4 Bolhar. The admirable deeds you accomplished in the life you lived in asceticism astonished the Angels and amazed humankind. Indeed, you were an Angel in a human body as you struggled with the bodiless enemy. Thus believers sing of you from age to age; and your venerable flock celebrates your efforts in a special way; for you established a wondrous city in the wilderness in founding a majestic dwelling for so many monks; and it is robed as with wondrous vestments, in the light of your miracles and generous deeds. It depends on your protection, O Athanasius, by your prayers of intercession before Christ our God, that he grant it great mercy.

Glory –  Tone 5 Bolhar.   Let our hymns resound, for the grace of the Spirit, clearer than any trumpet blast, calls us all together to sing of this God-bearing father. Let kings and princes honor this venerable servant of the Great King, who cast down the prince of this world, his powers and principalities, as he put on the armor of the Holy Spirit. Bishops and teachers, celebrate the rule and model for true good shepherds, the purity of his teachings, the nobility of his faith, his stature which reaches the very clouds in his contemplation and the practice of the virtues, the torrent of delights of his teachings. He is a guide for the wandering, a support for the faithful when they are shaken, and a treasury of compassion for all who suffer. Praising the great glory of Athos, let us all say; “O Athanasius, crown of the fathers, by your prayers never cease to protect your servants and to save your flock!"

Now and ever – in the same tone and melody. Let our hymns resound, for the Virgin Mother, the Queen of all, places crowns of blessings from heaven upon those who sing to her name. Kings and princes, hasten to acclaim with canticles the Mother of the King who lovingly willed to save the captives from death. Bishops and teachers, celebrate together the all-pure Mother who brought into the world the Good Shepherd. She is the golden lampstand, the cloud bearing light, who has become more spacious than the heavens, the living ark, the fiery throne of the Lord, the golden vessel containing the manna, the sealed Gate through which only the Word may pass. Let us then sing the praises of the Mother of God, calling upon her as the refuge of Christians; “Palace of the Word, grant the kingdom of heaven to your servants, for nothing is impossible to your divine intercession!"

The aposticha are for the venerable father:

Tone 5, special melody Radujsja.  Rejoice, O venerable father Athanasius, who exult with the angels in their choirs, for you lived their life on earth as you practiced the virtues, showing the purity of an unblemished mirror which receives the radiant lights of the Holy Spirit. Thus you had the gift of prophecy, foreseeing all in the divine light of Christ; entreat him to grant our souls great mercy.

V. Precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of his faithful.

Rejoice, O leader of ascetics, their invincible protector! Cutting down the passions at their roots: and valiantly withstanding the attacks of the demons, O Athanasius, you triumphed over their deadly conduct. You clearly showed the might and invincible power of the Cross of the Savior. With this as your armor, you conquered all the adversaries opposing the divine manifestation of Christ in the flesh; entreat him to grant our souls great mercy.

V. Happy the man who fears the Lord, and greatly delights in his commands.

Pillar of fire supported by the virtues, cloud overshadowing those in the desert, you led the monks of Athos from earth to heaven. You split the sea of the passions with the staff of the Cross. You put the devil to flight, like another Amalek, O blessed father. Without hindrance, you found the heavenly mount and a never-failing inheritance, where you rejoice with the angels before the throne of Christ; entreat him to grant our souls great mercy.

Glory –  Tone 6.  He is the jewel of the holy fathers, the glory of Christian ascetics, the fountain of divine miracles, our fervent intercessor before God. Come, O feast-lovers, let us sing him our praises and say: Rejoice, emblem and rule of monastic life, and its most precise model! Rejoice, O flaming torch, illumining the earth with your virtues! Rejoice, consolation of the afflicted and fervent protector of the wretched! You never cease to intercede before Christ our God, O Athanasius, on behalf of your fold and for all the faithful who venerate your sacred dormition.

Now and ever – the aposticha theotokion of Saturday evening, in the same tone.

Troparion,  Tone 3.  The angels in heaven marveled at your life on earth, * for you occupied your flesh as a spirit from on high. * You disarmed legions of demons, O glorious saint * and Christ rewarded you with bountiful gifts, * Because of this O Father, we ask you now to pray for the salvation of all.

Glory, now and ever – the festal theotokion of Saturday evening, in the same tone.

At the Divine Liturgy

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Troparion,  Tone 3.  The angels in heaven marveled at your life on earth, * for you occupied your flesh as a spirit from on high. * You disarmed legions of demons, O glorious saint * and Christ rewarded you with bountiful gifts, * Because of this O Father, we ask you now to pray for the salvation of all.

Glory. now and ever– Kontakion, Tone 8.   Your flock invokes you as a man of special sight * and a zealous preacher of God, O inspired saint. * Do not cease praying for your servants * that they may be delivered from attacks and assaults. * We cry to you: * Rejoice, O father Athanasius.

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Ps. 115:6,3). Precious in the eyes of the Lord * is the death of his faithful.
V. What can I return to the Lord for all he has given me?

Epistle:  Galatians 5:22 - 6:2

Alleluia, Tone 6 (Ps. 111:1,2). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Happy the man who fears the Lord and greatly delights in his command.
V. His posterity will be mighty upon the earth.

Gospel: Luke 6:17-23

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