Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the other Bodiless Hosts

Beatitudes on 8: From the canon of the Archangels: 4 from Ode 3; and 4 from Ode 6.


1. With strength, O Immortal One, hast Thou appointed the mighty ones who fulfill Thine all-holy will, ever standing before Thee in the highest.


2.  O Christ, accept Thou those who pray in our behalf, the commanders of the angels, initiates of the mystery of Thine incarnation and Thine honored resurrection.


3.  O Michael, chief captain, foremost among the angels, as a secondary luminary of the Trinity hast thou revealed thyself to those who faithfully praise thee.


4. Having proclaimed the coming of God in the flesh, Gabriel faithfully filled the whole world with the effulgence of divine grace.


5. By Thy Word, O Lord, Thou didst in godly manner bring the heavenly beings, the immortal hosts, out of non-existence, making them luminous.


6. Honored initiates of the mysteries of the praise of God have ye been, O incorporeal ones, citizens of heaven, truly divine tabernacles, who serve the Creator as is meet.


7. Taking flight in mind away from material corruption, let us with fear honor the immaterial ones who are bodiless like fire, flame and light, chanting hymns unto them with lips of clay.


8. O Christ, being incorporeal in that Thou art God, Thou didst manifest Thyself incarnate from the womb of her who knew not man; and, as man, Thou wast a bearer of the flesh. Thy likeness do we honor, O ye faithful.


Troparia & Kontakia


Tone 4: Supreme Commanders of the heavenly hosts, /

we unworthy ones implore you /

that by your supplications ye will encircle us /

with the shelter of the wings of your immaterial glory, /

and guard us who fall down before you and fervently cry: /

Deliver us from dangers //

since ye are the Marshals of the Hosts on high. 


Tone 2:  Supreme Commanders of God and ministers of the Divine Glory, /

guides of men and leaders of the Bodiless Hosts, /

ask for what is to our profit and for great mercy, //

since ye are the Supreme Commanders of the Bodiless Hosts.


Glory… Both now… Tone 6:

O protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, /

O mediation unto the Creator unfailing, /

disdain not the suppliant voices of sinners, /

but be thou quick, O good one, to help us who in faith cry unto thee; /

hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, //

thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.


The Epistle


Reader: The Prokimenon in the 4th Tone:  He maketh His angels spirits, and His ministers a flame of fire.

Choir:  He maketh His angels spirits, and His ministers a flame of fire.

Reader:  Bless the Lord, O my soul; O Lord my God, Thou hast been magnified exceedingly.

Choir:  He maketh His angels spirits, and His ministers a flame of fire.

Reader: He maketh His angels spirits.

Choir:  And His ministers a flame of fire.


Reader: The Reading is from the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Hebrews:

[Hebrews 2:2-10 (§305)]


Reader: Alleluia in the 2nd Tone.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  Praise Him, all ye His angels; praise Him all ye His hosts.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  For He spake, and they came to be; He commanded, and they were created.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [Luke 10:16-21 (§51)]


Communion Verse:  He maketh His angels spirits, and His ministers a flame of fire. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


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