CIRCUMCISION OF CHRIST
ST. BASIL THE GREAT
New Year's Day
VARIATION IN TODAY’S DIVINE LITURGY
1. THE THIRD ANTIPHON - I will sing of Thy mercies, O Lord, forever. With my mouth will I tell of Thy truth. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity.
2. APOLYTIKION OF THE CIRCUMCISION - TONE 1: Our human form hast Thou taken on Thyself without change, O greatly-compassionate Master, though being God by nature, fulfilling the Law, Thou willingly receivest circumcision in the flesh, that Thou mightest end the shadow and roll away the veil of our sinful passions. Glory be to Thy goodness unto us. Glory be to Thy compassion. Glory, O Word, to Thine inexpressible condescension.
3. THE ENTRANCE HYMN: Come, let us worship and fall down befoe Christ, Save us, O Son of God, Who art risen from the dead; who sing to Thee. Alleluia.
4. APOLYTIKION OF THE RESURRECTION - TONE 3; Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad, for the Lord hath done a mighty act with His own arm. He hath trampled down death by death, and become the first-born from the dead. He hath delivered us from the depths of Hades, granting the world the Great Mercy.
5. Repeat No. 2 above.
6. APOLYTIKION OF ST. BASIL THE GREAT – TONE 1: In all the earth that received thy sayings, thy melody did resound, O righteous father, through which thou didst go about and proclaim, as worthy of God, the nature of creatures, cultivating the character of mankind, O thou of kingly Priesthood, Basil. Wherefore, plead thou with Christ God to save our souls.
7. APOLYTIKION OF ST. GEORGE – TONE 4: As deliverer of captives and defender of the poor, healer of the infirm, champion of kings, victorious, Great Martyr George, intercede with Christ our God for our soul’s salvation.
8. KONTAKION OF THE CIRCUMCISION OF CHRIST - Tone 3: Now the Lord of all that is doth undergo circumcision, in His goodness cutting off the sins and failings of mortals. He this day doth give salvation unto the whole world; and the hierarch and bright daystar of the Creator now rejoiceth in the highest, Basil the wise and divine initiate of Christ.
Prokeimenon: My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding. Hear this, all ye people.
The reading from the Epistle of St. Paul Epistle to the Colossians. (2:8-12)
BRETHREN, see to it that no one makes a prey of you by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ. For in Him the whole fullness of the Godhead dwells bodily, and you have come to fullness of life in Him, Who is the head of all rule and authority. In Him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of flesh in the circumcision of Christ; and you were buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised with Him through faith in the working of God, Who raised Him from the dead.
The reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (2:20-21, 40-52)
And it came to pass that the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. And at the end of eight days, when He was circumcised, He was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb. And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon Him. Now His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover. And when He was twelve years old, they went up according to custom; and when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, but supposing Him to be in the company they went a day’s journey, and they sought Him among their kinsfolk and acquaintances; and when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. After three days they found Him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions; and all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers. And when they saw Him they were astonished; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why hast Thou treated us so? Behold, Thy father and I have been looking for Thee anxiously.” And Jesus said to them, “How is it that you sought Me? Did you not know that I must be in My Father’s house?” And they did not understand the saying which He spoke to them. And He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and His mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man.
THE LORD’S PRAYER (In Arabic phonetics)
ABANA LLATHI FI SSAMAWAT / LI-YATAQADAS ISMUK / LI-YATI MALAKOOTUK/ LI-TAKUN MA-SHEEATUK / KAMA FI SSAMA-EE KATHALIKA ALA L-ARD/ KHUBZANA L-JAWHARI AHTINA L-YOWM / WATRUK LANA MA ALYNA, KAMA NATRUKU NAHNU LIMAN LANA ALYH / WA LA TUDKHILNA FI TAJRIBAH / LAKIN NAJJINA MINASHIRR-EER.
While only Orthodox Christians may approach the chalice for Holy Communion, everyone is welcome to venerate the Cross and receive the blessed bread at the end of the Divine Liturgy.
Special note: Except for those who are elderly and/or disabled, please remain standing during Holy Communion
THE ORDER OF ST. IGNATIUS DINNER will be held on Sunday January 29th at 5:00pm. At Byblos's restaurant in Norwood Ma. Metropolitan JOSEPH and Bishop JOHN will be joining us this year. More information will be mailed. Any questions or for reservations, contact Debbie Laham at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-326-1648.