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St Photios the Great of Constantinople


St Photios the Great was born into one of the great families of Constantinople in 810. His father, the Spatharios [Imperial Roman Bodyguard], Sergios, was the brother of Patriarch Tarasios and his maternal uncle was married to the sister of Empress Theodora. His parents Loved the Monks and were Martyred during the Iconoclast Persecution, bequeathing their son a more precious legacy than wealth and high rank, - Love of the True Faith unto death. He received the best possible education in every branch of both sacred and secular learning and he often spent whole nights in study. Possessing exceptional intellectual ability, there was no field of contemporary knowledge in which he did not become proficient. In breadth and depth of learning, he was the greatest scholar of his time and a central figure in the intellectual renaissance of Byzantium after the turmoil of iconoclasm. St Photios occupied a professorial chair at the Imperial School established in the Megnaura Palace, where he taught the philosophy of Aristotle, and Theology. While he was Ambassador to the Caliph of Baghdad, St Photios composed from memory, for the benefit of his brother, a critical summary of around 280 books of all kinds - his Myriobiblos (Library) is proof of the extent of his knowledge. On his return from Baghdad with his mission accomplished, he was appointed Chief Secretary to the Imperial Chancellery (Protasecretis), but he still had time for his academic duties and for his beloved studies. In 857 Bardas, the uncle of Emperor Michael III, assumed power with the title of Caesar, and he soon forced the resignation of Patriarch Ignatios for denouncing his immoral behaviour. He then prevailed on the Clergy to elect the wise and pious St Photios as his successor, but St Photios resisted his election as strongly as he could, since he regarded death itself as preferable to that perilous office in those troubled times. However, he was confronted by injunctions and threats so he finally agreed to give up the peace of his study and philosophical discussions with like-minded friends, and was consecrated Patriarch of Constantinople on 25 December 858, having been raised through all the degrees of the Holy Priesthood in the previous six days. In a letter to Caesar Bardas, he wrote: "Our promotion has not been willed by us and we are Enthroned as a prisoner...." Meanwhile, the more extreme supporters of St Ignatios used every means possible to oppose and discredit the newly Enthroned Hierarch, alleging the irregularity of his sudden elevation from layman to Patriarch. St Photios sought to avoid confrontation and did everything in his power to re-establish Unity and Peace in the Church by strengthening Her in Love - the "Bond of Perfection. He took firm action against the remaining Manichean and Iconoclast heretics, and undertook the restoration of innumerable Churches, Monasteries and Charitable Foundations that had been damaged by the Iconoclasts. In particular, St Photios had a special concern for spreading the Holy Gospel of Christ among barbarians, but all his attempts to appease the supporters of St Ignatios failed - and, while expressing disapproval of the violent measures taken against them by the Government, he was obliged to summon a Council in 859, which confirmed the deposition of St Ignatios and exiled him to Mytilene and then to Terebinthos. Agitation against St Photios continued however and, in 861, another Council, known as the "First-Second Council," assembled in the Church of the Holy Apostles with the official purpose of approving the restoration of Orthodoxy and of pronouncing the definitive condemnation of iconoclasm. In addition, the Council recognized the validity of the nomination of St Photios, with the full agreement of the Roman Papal Legates who were present, and who - although acting contrary to the Pope of Romes instructions, thought that they had thus achieved the triumph of Papal Authority. Nevertheless, the arrogant and ambitious Pope Nicholas I (858-68), who supported St Ignatios, took the opportunity of the controversy to assert openly for the first time the pretension of the Popes of Rome to jurisdiction "...over the whole earth and over the Universal Church." 2. ST PHOTIOS THE GREAT OF CONSTANTINOPLE 6 FEBRUARY

Festal Stichera - Psalm 150 St Photios -

TONE (5) PLAGA L 1

Opou

epiklithi Sou to onoma feronime, ekithen tou diavolou diokete i dinamis. Ou feri gar to foti Sou prsvlepin O peson Eosforos. Dio etoumen Se, ta pyrfora aftou veli, ta kath imon kinoumena aosbeson, ti mesitia Sou litroumenos imas, ek ton skandalon aftou, axiimnite Ierarha Fotie.

Wherever

Ke

Amin O en

nin ke Ai ke is tous eonas ton eonon. hersi presvitikes, tin simeron imeran, os ef armatos Herouvim, anaklithine evdokisas Hriste O Theos, ke imas tous imnountas Se, tis ton pathon tyrannidos, anakaloumenos Rise, ke Soson tas psihas imon.
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Thy name is invoked, O Namesake of Light, the power of the devil is driven away. For he cannot bear to stand in Thy Light, the fallen Lucifer that he is. We therefore beg Thee to extinguish the fiery arrows that he shoots against us, and by Thy Mediation to Deliver us from the scandals he sets, O Praiseworthy Hierarch Photios.

Amen O Christ God, Who on this day was well


pleased to recline in the Elders hands as on a Chariot of Cherubim, call us back who extol Thee, and Deliver us from the tyranny of the passions, and Save our soul.
TONE 4

and ever, and to the Ages of Ages.

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Festal Apolytikion St Photios

OXOLOGY

Os

ton Apostolon omotropos, ke tis Ikoumenis Didaskalos, to Despoti ton olon iketeve Fotie, Irinin ti Ikoumeni dorisasthe, ke tes psihes imon to Mega Eleos.
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Resembling the

Apostles int he Way of Life, O Photios, the Teacher of the Universe, Intercede with the Master of all, to grant Pece to the whole world, and Great Mercy to our soul.
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Enite

Afton, pantes i Angelli Aftou. Enite Afton, pase e Dinamis Aftou. Si prepi imnos to Theo.

Praise Him, all His Angels; praise Him,


all His Powers. To Thee praise is due, O God.
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Festal Stichera - Psalm 150 St Photios - TONE

Enite Tis

Afton epi tes Dinasties Afton. Enite Afton kata to plithos tis Megalosinis Aftou. Eklisias ton Thion, anevfimisomen, Arhiarhin ontos, ke Didaskalon megan, ton Kirika tou Logou ton Thavmaton, Isapostolon Fotion. Ke gar epesti i toutou panevkleis, mnimi apantas evfrenousa.

Praise Him for His Mighty Acts;

With Hymns of Praise let us honour the

praise Him according to the greatness of His Majesty.

Enite

Afton en iho salpingos. Enite Afton en psaltirio ke kithara .

Praise

Churchs Truly Holy Great Hierarch and Shepherd and magnificent Teacher, admirable Preacher of God the Word, Peer of Apostles, Photios. Indeed today is his glorious Sacred Feast and Memorial, which gladdens all. Him with the sound of the trumpet; praise Him with lute and harp.

Ton Areton Se Doxion, kaloumen Fotie,


os tis Irinis Filon, tis Agapis ergatin, ke Stylin sofrosinis ke prosevhis, endietima asilon, ke iamaton tamion ke presvevtin, ton timonton Se Makarie.

Thou were a Vessel of Virtues, being a

Enite Afton en timpano ke horo. Tis


Afton en hordes ke organo.

Enite

Praise

Friend of Peace, a Worker of Divine Love, and Safe House of Prayer, O Blessed One, a Pillar of Self-restraint, and of healings a Treasure Chest, an Intercessor to God on behalf of those who now honour Thee, O Photios. Him with timbrel and dance; praise Him with strings and flute. the Apostles Peer. For Bulgaria truly and for all Slavic Nations Thou were the Holy Preacher of the Word; and Thou brought them to Christ our God, through Holy Baptism Regenerating them. Keep them Orthodox forevermore.

Apostolis sinifthis, os Isapostolos. Ke gar Si Voulgarias, Slavikis te apasis, filis O Thios kirix anadihthis, to Hristo taftin igages, anagennisas Vaptismati to septo, in ke Filatte Orthodoxon.

Thou hast now joined the Apostles, as

Enite

Afton en kimvalis evihis. Enite Afton en kimvalis alalagmou. Pasa pnoi inesato ton Kyrion.

Praise

Tou epi gis Eosforou, fisiothentos dinos, The


ke Thronon aftou thentos, iperano ton astrn, protos Si Zilosas os Mihail, anevoisas endoxe. Stomen kalos stomen pantes en tes septes, ton Pateron paradosesi.

Him with tuneful cymbals; praise Him with loud cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Luciferian Pontiff became severely puffed up and set his throne unjustly above the stars in Heaven. Thou, O Holy Photios, were the first who like Michael, cried out with zeal: Let us all stand in the Divine Traditions of the Holy Fathers!

> Doxa Patri, ke Io, ke Agio Pnevmati

> Glory to the Father, and to the Son,


and to the Holy Spirit

To the primacy of honour of the Roman Church and her authority as arbiter in matters of Dogma, which had always been acknowledged by the other Churches - especially when the Arian, Monothelite and Iconoclast heresies were being promoted by Emperors in Constantinople - the Papacy now ascribed to itself the hegemonic claims which the Frankish Empire - after the death of Charlemagne and the Treaty of Verdun (843) - could no longer sustain. On the initiative of authoritarian Popes, the Papacy sought to exercise a supremacy over the whole Church that was supposed to have been granted by Christ Himself and to have given the Popes the right to intervene in the domestic affairs of other Churches, and to impose on them all the usages of the Roman Church, such as Clerical Celibacy, Saturday Fasting and unleavened bread for the Eucharist. The opposition of Pope Nicholas I and his interference in the internal affairs of the Byzantine Church - when he had only been requested to pronounce decisively on Iconoclasm drove St Photios to condemn the novel usages of the Roman Church. "Abolition of small things which have been received through Tradition..." he wrote, "...will lead to complete contempt for the Dogmas." Incensed by this response, the Pope wrote to all the Bishops of the East accusing St Photios of adultery - being in illicit possession of another's See, and he decreed on his own initiative the deposition of the Patriarch of Constantinople - a thing never before heard of. Moreover, asserting the right of Popes to judge Councils, he declared that the decisions of the "First-Second Council " were invalid. Nor did he stop there, but summoned to Rome a Council of Western Bishops, which declared St Photios deposed, and which excommunicated all the Clergy ordained by him. When Emperor Michael III objected to these proceedings, the Pope informed him (in 865) that he derived his supremacy over the Universal Church from Christ Himself. Then, in successive letters, he subjected St Photios to a litany of insults, to which that True Disciple of our Saviour made no reply. The Holy Patriarch, St Photios, did not allow these conflicts and cares to hamper his Apostolic Activity, and with the support of the Emperor, he promoted the Evangelization of the Slav peoples, engaging his learned friend and colleague Constantine (whom we venerate as St Cyril) and his brother, St Methodios, an Ascetic from Mount Olympus, to undertake a preliminary Mission to the Khazars of Southern Russia in 860. Three years later, at the request of the Prince of Moravia, he sent the two brothers on that great Missionary endeavour, which marked the beginning of the Conversion of the Slav peoples of the Balkans. At about the same time, Boris (Michael) the Khan of Bulgaria, who had recently been Baptized by St Photios, with Emperor Michael as his Godfather, and, having brought the whole Bulgarian Nation into the Christian Fold as well, turned away from Constantinople, which had refused to grant him a Patriarch, and looked to Rome for support (866). Seizing his opportunity, the Pope immediately sent Latin Missionaries to Bulgaria with instructions to spread their innovations - especially the addition of the Filioque to the Creed - in the young Bulgarian Church, which the Byzantines had Evangelized. Seeing the peril of an innovation that touched on the Sacred Doctrine of the Holy Trinity, St Photios estimated that it was time "...for the meek to become a warrior..." and that he would have to break his silence and issue a rejoinder. (JOEL 4:9 LXX) He addressed an Encyclical Letter to all the Bishops of the East in which he vigorously condemned the errors of the Latins, especially the Filoque, after which he summoned a great Council to Constantinople in 867, which proclaimed the Victory of Orthodox Doctrine over all the heresies, and anathematized Pope Nicholas and his Missionaries in Bulgaria. The two Churches were thus separated by a formal Schism, which was a precursor of the final break in 1054. Emperor Michael III was assassinated at the end of 867 and Basil I, the Founder of the Macedonian Dynasty, became Emperor. He immediately deposed St Photios, whom he imprisoned in the Monastery of the Protection, and recalled St Ignatios. In spite of the irenic (reconciliatory) efforts of St Ignatios, the enemies of St Photios began a general persecution of all the Clergy ordained by him. ST PHOTIOS THE GREAT OF CONSTANTINOPLE 6 FEBRUARY 3.

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In view of the continuing disturbance, the Emperor decided to refer the case of the two claimants to the Patriarchal Throne to Rome for judgement, which was a great opportunity for the Roman Papacy. Emperor Hadrian II, Nicholas' successor, assembled a Council in 869, which once again condemned St Photios, declared the Council of 867 invalid, publicly burnt its Acts and ordered that a new Council should meet in Constantinople. The few Bishops who attended the false "Eighth Ecumenical Council" (870) of the Latins were overwhelmed by the Emperor and, in their cowardice, they condemned the True Beacon of the Church and exiled his supporters to the boundaries of the Empire. More than 200 Bishops were unjustly deposed and many Priests were deprived of their Holy Orders. Hauled like a common criminal before the Synod and ordered to answer the accusations made against him, after a long silence, St Photios replied: "God hears the voice of him who keeps silent. For our Lord Jesus Himself - by keeping silent - did not escape condemnation." As they insisted that he answer the accusations, he replied: "My Justification is not of this world." St Photios proved to be a worthy Imitator of the Passion of our Meek and Long-suffering Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, for - despite suffering severe illness - he bore for three years the pain of harsh imprisonment, deprivation of books and company, without a word of complaint. Imputing no responsibility to the blameless St Ignatios for these cruelties, he encouraged his suffering friends by letter and prayed for the Emperor and his persecutors. Meanwhile, the Bishops took cognizance of the fact that their cowardly opportunism had led them to submit their Church to the dictates of Rome - so they persuaded the Emperor to declare the decrees of the Council of 870 invalid and to release St Photios, who was then received at court with great honour, and was appointed by Emperor Basil as Tutor to his children. St Photios lost no time in making his peace with St Ignatios and the two Saints - being victims of the rivalry of contrary parties which had made use of their names - embraced each othervwarmly. St Photios gave his heartfelt support to the aged and infirm Patriarch, whom he visited daily, and at the Repose of St Ignatios on 23 October 877, the Church unanimously elected St Photios once again to the Patriarchal Throne. Veneration of the memory of St Ignatios was soon introduced by St Photios himself, and the Church thus befittingly Eulogizes them together in the Synodikon which is read on Sunday of Orthodoxy: "Eternal Memory to the Very Blessed, Very Orthodox and Very Illustrious Patriarchs Ignatios and Photios!" A Council was convoked at Constantinople in 879-880 which was attended by 383 Holy Church Fathers under the leadership of St Photios and in the presence of legates from the Roman Pope. The Council confirmed the rehabilitation of St Photios, annulled the Council of 870, and restored Communion between the two Churches, anathematizing all innovation and especially the heretical innovation of the Filoque to the Symbol/Creed of Faith. With the restoration of Peace and Unity in the Church, the greatest desire of the Holy Hierarch was fulfilled and he immediately set about the task of Peacemaking, by seeking reconciliation with his enemies and showing a Fatherly Care devoid of bitterness for the former partisans of St Ignatios. When Emperor Leo VI (886-912) succeeded his father, Basil I, he summarily deposed the Holy Patriarch, holding him indirectly responsible for making known to his father a plot that he, Leo, had hatched against his father, Emperor Basil I. St Photios was once again unjustly imprisoned as an evildoer in the Monastery of the Armenians and was confined there for five years, lacking all human consolation but shining like gold tried in the furnace of manifold temptations. (1 PETER 6-7) This was the period which, without books of his own, he wrote the Mystagogy of the Holy Spirit, which is a systematic refutation of the Filioque heresy and in which he clearly shows that the Holy Spirit Proceeds Eternally from the Person of God the Father Who is the "Source of ST PHOTIOS THE GREAT OF CONSTANTINOPLE 6 FEBRUARY

ODI 8

>Enoumen, Astekto

Evlogoumen Proskinoumen ton Kyrion

ke

ODE 8

Thee do we praise as with piety we sing: O God of our Fathers, Blessed art Thou!

>We praise, we Bless and we worship Standing together in the unbearable fire
yet not harmed by the flame, the Children, Champions of Godliness, sang a Divine Hymn: O All you Works of the Lord: Bless the Lord and exalt Him above all forever! the Lord!

piri enothentes, i theosevias proestotes Neanei. Ti flogi de mi lovithentes, Thion Imnon emelpon. Evlogiete panta ta Erga ton Kyrion, ke iperipsoute is pantas tous eonas!
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MAGNI

Katavasia of the 9th Ode of the Presentation

Theotoke, En

i Elpis panton ton Hristianon, Skepe, Frouri, Filatte tous Elpizontas is Se

Nomo Skia ke grammati, tipon katidomen i Pisti. Pan arsen, to tin mitran dianigon, Agion Theo. Dio Prototokon Logon Patros Anarhou Iion, Prototokoumenon Mitri, epirandro, Megalinomen

In the Shadow and the letter of the Law,


let us, the Faithful, discern a figure: every male child who opens the womb shall be Sanctified to God. Therefore, we Magnify the First Born Word and Son of the Father Without Beginning, the First Born Child of a Mother who had not known man.
TO
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Virgin Theotokos, Thou Hope of all Christians, Protect, Watch over and Guard all those who put their Hope in Thee.

SMA LL LITANY & PRAISES TO GOD

Festal Exapostilarion St Photios -

Prostatin

Se Thermotaton, i Ekklisia kektite, lampron idaskalon Pater. Dio fedros tin Sin mnimin, panigirizi krazousa. Ai skep tin pimnin Sou, ke filatte apimona, ereseos te ke vlavis, Arhierarha Kyriou.

The Church obtained Thee as Her strong Protector and Most Ardent Help, Illustrious Teacher, O Father, and therefore She is festively observing Thy Memorial. And crying out, She says to Thee: Since Thou art the Lords Hierarch, preserve Thy Flock uninjured from heresy and affliction.
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Festal Exaposteilarion Presentation of Christ -TONE

En

Pnevmati to Iero, parastas O Presitis, agkales ipedexato, ton tou Nomou Despotin, kravgazon. In tou desmou me, tis sarkos apolison, os irikas en Irini. Idon gar tis ofthalmis, apokalipsin ethnon, ke Israil Sotirian.

The

Holy Spirit brought the Elder into the Temple, and taking into his arms the Master of the Law, he cried: Now let me depart in Peace from the bonds of the flesh according to Thy Word, for my eyes have seen the Revelation that brings Light to the Gentiles, and the Salvation of Israel. (2)

Lauds: The Praises to God

- Psalm 148

Pasa

AL L C R EA TIO N P RA IS ES TH E LO RD O U R G O D

pnoi enesato ton Kyrion. Enite ton Kyrion ek ton Ouranon. Enite Afton en tis ipsistis. Si prepi imnos to Theo.

Let

everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord from the Heavens; praise Him in the Highest. To Thee praise is due, O God. 6 FEBRUARY 13.

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Patriarhou Konstantinoupoleos, tou Omologitou.

Tes afton Agiis presvies, O Theos eleison By Amin.


ODI 1

Photios, Patriarch of Constantinople, the Peer of the Apostles and Confessor. their Holy Intercessions, O God, have Mercy on us and Save us.
TO
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ke Soson imas.

Amen
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UNTIL THE

Katavasia of the Meeting/Presentation APO


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KING

Herson

ODE 1

avissotokon, pedon ilios, epepolefse pote. Osi tihos gar epagi, ekaterothen idor, lao pezopontoporounti, ke thearestos melponti. Asomen to Kyrou. Endoxos gar Dedoxaste.

The

ODI 3

To

ODE 3

sun once shone with its rays upon dry land in the midst of the deep. For the water on both sides became firm as a wall while the people crossed the sea on foot, offering this song acceptable to God: Let us sing to the Lord, for He has been greatly Glorified!

the Divinity", and Who was sent to us BY God the Son in order to make us "Partakers of the Divine Nature." (2 PETER 1:4) Leaving this Treatise as his Testament to the Holy Church in view of conflicts to come, St Photios departed this life to join the Choir of Holy Fathers and Doctors on 6 February 893. Abundant Miracles soon began to occur at his tomb, which converted even his inverterate enemies to the Divine Truth. Humble, serene and long-suffering in tribulations, St Photios the True Confessor of the Faith, who had been unjustly called a fanatic by his enemies, remains one of the great Luminaries of Orthodox Christianity and he is a wholly trustworthy Witness to the Spirit of the Holy Gospel of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. The unjustified calumnies against St Photios by the extreme partisans of St Ignatios, were accepted for centuries by historians and Western apologists alike. Without serious examination, they erroneously accused him for being responsible for all the discord and division that paved the way for the Great Schism of 1054. Fortunately, the researchers of modern Roman Catholic historians (notably F. Dvornik, The Photian Schism, Cambridge 1970) have reestablished the facts of the matter, which in all respects corroborate the Holy Tradition of the Orthodox Christian Faith.
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stereoma, ton epi si pepithoton, stereoson Kyrie tin Ekklisian, in ektiso, to Timio Sou Emati.

ODI 4

ODE 4

Lord, the firm foundation of those who put their trust in Thee, do Thou confirm the Church, which Thou hast purchased with Thy Precious Blood. Virtue, O Christ, has covered the Heavens, for proceeding forth from the Ark of Thy Sanctification, from Thine Undefiled Mother, Thou hast appeared in the Temple of Thy Glory as an Infant in arms, and the whole world has been filled with Thy praise.

Ekalipsen

Ouranous, i Areti Sou Hriste. Tis kivotou gar Proelthon, tou Agiasmatos Sou, tis Afthorou Mitros, en to Nao tis Doxis Sou, ofthis os vrefos agkaloforoumenos, ke eplirothi ta panta, tis Sis Eneseos.

Thy

ODI 5

ODE 5

Os

iden Iseas simvolikos, en Throno epirmeno Theon, ip Angelon Doxis Doriforoumenon, O talas! Evoa, ego! Pro gar idon Somatoumenon Theon. Fotos anesperou, ke Irinis Desponzonta

In

a figure Isaiah saw God upon a Throne, lifted up on high and borne in triumph by Angels of Glory; and he cried: Woe is me! For I have seen beforehand God made Flesh, Lord of the Light that knows no evening and King of Peace.

ODI 6

Evoise Si, idon O Presvis, tis ofthalmis to The Elder, having seen with his eyes the
Sotirion, O lais epesti. Hriste:, Si Theos mou.
ODI 7

ODE 6

Ek Theou

Se

ODE 7

Salvation that has come to the people, cried aloud to Thee: O Christ Who comes from God: Thou art my God.

ton en piri drosisanta, Pedas Theologisants, ke parthenon akirato enikisanta, Theon Logon imnoumen, efsevos melodountes. Evlogitos O Theos, O ton Pateron imon.

O Word of God Who in the midst of the


Fire hast dropped Dew upon the Children as they discoursed on things Divine, and who hast taken up Thy dwelling in the Pure Virgin: 6 FEBRUARY ST PHOTIOS THE GREAT OF CONSTANTINOPLE 6 FEBRUARY 5.

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Psalm 117 /118

Theos
STIHOS

PRAISE TO GOD FOR HIS EVERLASTI NG MERCY

Ke

1 : Exomologisthe to Kyrio, oti agathos, oti is ton eona to eleos aftou!

Kyrios ke Evlogimenos O Onomati Kyriou!

Epefanen imin. erhomenos en

The Lord is God, and has Appeared to


VERSE 1:

nin ke Ai ke is tous eonas ton eonon. tis Theotokou Presvies, Eleimon, exalipson ta plithi ton emon egklimaton.

Now

and ever, and to the Ages of Ages.

Theos

STIHOS 2:

Panta ta ethni ekiklosan me, ke to Onomati Kyriou inamin aftous.


Kyrios ke Evlogimenos O Onomati Kyriou! Epefanen imin. erhomenos en

Kyrios ke Evlogimenos O Onomati Kyriou!

Epefanen imin. erhomenos en

The Lord is God, and has Appeared to


us. Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord!
VERSE 2:

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is Good; His Mercy endures forever!

us. Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord!

Amin >Tes

Amen >Through

the Intercessions of the Theotokos, O Merciful One, blot out the multitude of our transgressions. Mercy on me, O God, according to Thy Great Mercy; and according to the abundance of Thy Compassion blot out my transgressions. was poured upon Thy lips, O Devout Father, and Thou became a Shepherd of the Church of Christ, teaching the Reason-endowed Sheep to believe in the Trinity, Co-Essential, in One Divinity.
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Festal Idiomelon St Photios Tone (6) Plagal 2

Eleimon,

Theos

The Lord is God, and has Appeared to


us. Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord!
VERSE 3:

All the nations surrounded me, but in the Name of the Lord I drove them back.

Eleison me, O Theos, kata to Mega Eleos Sou, ke kata to plithos ton iktirmon Sou exalipson to anomima mou.

Have

Exehithi i Haris en hilesi Sou, Osie Pater, Grace


ke gegonas Piimin tis tou Hristou Ekklisias, didaskon ta Logika Provata, Pistevin is Triada Omoousion, en mia Theotiti.
PRAYER
OF

STIHOS 3:

Theos

Para Kyriou egeneto afti, ke esti thavmasti en ofthalmis imon.


Kyrios ke Evlogimenos O Onomati Kyriou! Epefanen imin. erhomenos en

The Lord is God, and has Appeared to


us. Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord!

This is the Lords doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes.

SA

LVATION

Festal Kontakion St Photios -TONE

Tis Ekklisias O Fostir O tilavgestatos, ke


Orthdoxon Odigos O entheotatos, stefanoustho nin tis anthesi ton asmaton, i Theofthongos kithara i tou Pnevmatos, O sterrotatos ereseon antipalos, O ke krazomen. Here pantime Fotie

The

Festal Apolytikion St Photios

Os

> Doxa Patri, ke Io, ke Agio Pnevmati Os

ton Apostolon omotropos, ke tis Ikoumenis didaskalos, to Despoti ton olon iketeve Fotie, irinin ti Ikoumeni dorisasthe, ke tes psihes imon to Mega Eleos.

Resembling

> Glory to the Father, and to the Son,


and to the Holy Spirit

the Apostles in Way of Life, O Photios, the Teacher of the Universe, Intercede with the Mster of all, to grant Peace to the whole world, and Great Mercy to our soul.

Luminary of the Church that is Most Radiant, the God-Inspired Guide and Teacher of the Orthodox, now be honoured with our songs as if with a garland. To the Holy Spirits Instrument who speaks from God, and the vehement opponent of all heresy let cry aloud: Rejoice, All Honoured Photios.

Festal Oikos St Photios

Ke

ton Apostolon omotropos, ke tis Ikoumenis didaskalos, to Despoti ton olon iketeve Fotie, irinin ti Ikoumeni dorisasthe, ke tes psihes imon to Mega Eleos. nin ke Ai ke is tous eonas ton eonon.

Resembling the Apostles in Way of Life,


O Photios, the Teacher of the Universe, Intercede with the Mster of all, to grant Peace to the whole world, and Great Mercy to our soul l. and ever, and to the Ages of ages.

Angelos

Now

ex anthropon, anedehthis O Pater, ek gis pros ta Ourania fthasasdio sin asomatis horis, amillomenon Se theoron, Osie, existame ke potho Si kravgazo evlavos tiafta.

Attaining to Heaven from earth, O Holy


Father, Thou were shown to be an Angel of human origin. Therefore, as I see Thee strive to join the Bodiless Hosts, O Righteous Man, I am amazed, and with longing I reverently shout these salutations.

Amin. Here,

Amen Hail,

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Festal Apolytikion Meeting/Presentation Tone 1


Keharitomeni Theotoke Parthene. Ek Sou gar anetilen O Ilios tis Dikeosinis, Hristos O Theos imon, Fotizon tous en skoti. Evfrenou ke Si, Presvita Dikee, dexamenos en agkales ton eleftherotin ton psihon imon Harizomenon imin ke tin Anastasin. .
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Ti

tou aftou minos, mnimi tou Osiou


Patros imon Smyrnis. Voukolou, Episkopou

On

SMAL

LITANY

O Lady Full of Grace, O Virgin Theotokos, for Christ our God, the Sun of Righteousness has risen from Thee and He Illumined those in darkness. And Thou, O Righteous Elder, be glad in heart, receiving in Thine Embrace the One Who Liberates our soul and bestows on us Resurrection. 6 FEBRUARY

Ti afti imera, mnimi tou Agiou Martyros On Ti afti imera, mnmi ton Agion Martyron On
Faustis, Eviilasiou, ke Maximon. Ioulianou tou en Emesi.

this 6th day of this month, we Commemorate our devout Holy Father, St Boukolos, Bishop of Smyrna. this day we Commemorate the Holy Martyr, St Julian of Emesa. this day we Commemorate the Holy Martyrs, St Fausta, St Evilasios, and St Maximos. this day we Commemorate our Father among the Saints, St 6 FEBRUARY 11.

Ti afti imera,
imon

mnmi tou en Agiis Patros ke Isapostolou Fotiou,

On

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ST PHOTIOS THE GREAT OF CONSTANTINOPLE

Ipen

O Kyrios: Ego Imi i Thira: di Emou ean tis iselthi Sothisete ke iselefsete ke exelefsete ke nomin evrisi.

At that time, our Lord Jesus Christ said:


I Am the Door: by Me if anyone enters in, he shall be Saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

First Festal Kathismata St Photios -

TO

NE

Epelampsen idou, tis psihis mou to ear,


epefanen idou, tou Sofou Ierarhou, Fotiou tou pammakaros, i fedra mnimi simeron. Othen apantes, anevfimisomen touton, os stirixanta, ton Orthodoxon tin Pistin, Dinami tou Pnevmatos.

Behold:

Ego ilthon ina perisson ehosin.

O kleptis ouk erhete i mi ina klepsi ke thisi ke apolesi. Zoin ehosin ke

Ego Imi O Pimin O Kalos: O Pimin O Kalos tin Psihin Aftou tithisin iper ton Provaton.

I Am come so that they might have Life, and so that they might have it more abundantly. I Am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd gives His Life for the Sheep.

The thief comes to steal and to kill, and to destroy.

> Doxa Patri, ke Io, ke Agio Pnevmati Epelampsen idou, tis psihis mou to ear,
epefanen idou, tou Sofou Ierarhou, Fotiou tou pammakaros, i fedra mnimi simeron. Othen apantes, anevfimisomen touton, os stirixanta, ton Orthodoxon tin Pistin, Dinami tou Pnevmatos.

> Glory to the Father, and to the Son, Behold:


and to the Holy Spirit

the Vernal Joy of my soul has arisen; for on this day the bright memory of the Blessed and Knowldegable Hierarch, and St Photios is here observed. Therefore let us all for him sing Hymns and extol him; by the Spirits Might he reinforced and supported the Faith of the Orthodox.

O misthotos ke ouk on imin, ou ouk estin ta Provata idia, theori ton likon erhomenon ke afiisin ta Provata ke fevgi. Ke O likos arpazi afta ke skorpizi.

But he that is a hireling, and not the Shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the Sheep, and flees. And the wolf catches scatters the sheep. them, and

Oti misthotos estin ke ou meli afto peri ton provaton. Ego Imi O Pimin O Kalos, ke ginosko ta Ema ke ginoskousi me ta Ema. Kathos ginoski me O Patir kago ginosko ton Patera. Ke tin psihin mou tithmi iper ton provaton.

I Am the Good Shepherd, and know My Sheep, and Am known by My own. As the Father knows Me even so know I the Father; and I lay down My Life for the Sheep.

For the hireling flees, because he is a hireling, and does not care for the Sheep.

Ke

Amin

nin ke Ai ke is tous eonas ton eonon.

Now

the Vernal Joy of my soul has arisen; for on this day the bright memory of the Blessed and Knowldegable Hierarch, and St Photios is here observed. Therefore let us all for him sing Hymns and extol him; by the Spirits Might he reinforced and supported the Faith of the Orthodox.

Amen

and ever, and to the Ages of ages.


TO
NE

Festal Kathisma Presentation of Christ -

Horos

Ke alla Provata Ego a ouk estin ek tis ailis taftis. Kakina di me agagin, ke tis Fonis Mou akousousin, ke genisonte Mia Pimi, is Pimin.

> Doxa Si, Kyrie, Doxa Si!


PSAL
M

And other Sheep I have that are not of this Fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My Voice; and there will be one Flock and one Shepherd.
PEOPLE

Angelikos ekplittestho to Thavma, vroti de tes fones anakraxomen imnon, orontes tin afaton tou Theou sigkatavasin. On gar tremousi ton Ouranon e dinamis, giralee nin enagkalizonte hires ton Monon Filanthropon.

Let the

Choir of Angels be amazed at this Wonder, and let us mortals raise our voices in Hymns, beholding the Ineffable Condescension of God. Aged arms now embrace Him before Whom the Powers of Heaven tremble He Who alone Loves mankind.
TONE (5) Plagal 1

Second Festal Kathisma St Photios-

>Glory to Thee, O Lord:

Glory to

Thian

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Thee!

Hymns of

Divine Mercy

TONE

>Tes

tou IERAHOU, Presvies, Eleimon, exalipson ta plithi ton emon egklimaton.

>Through

> Doxa Patri ke Io ke Agio Pnevmati >Tes


tis Theotokou Presvies, Eleimon, exalipson ta plithi ton emon egklimaton.

> Glory to the Father, and to the Son, >Through


and to the Holy Spirit

the Intercessions of THY HOLY HIERARCH , O Merciful One, blot out the multitude of our transgressions.

ellampsin kekliromenos, vion entheon exiskimenos, omonimo ieratia dieprepsas. Iperfios gar tranosas ta dogmata, orthodoxia tin Pistin estirixas, Pater Oseie, Hriston ton Theon iketeve, dorisasthe imin to Mega Eleos.

In

> Doxa Patri, ke Io, ke Agio Pnevmati Thian


ellampsin kekliromenos, vion entheon exiskimenos, omonimo ieratia dieprepsas. Iperfios gar tranosas ta dogmata, orthodoxia tin

> Glory to the Father, and to the Son, In


and to the Holy Spirit possession of Divine Thou adorned Thyself Living, like Thy name, Priesthood Thou shone

possession of Divine Effulgence, Thou adorned Thyself with Godly Living, like Thy name, so in Thy Priesthood Thou shone with Light. For, by explaining the Dogmas so wonderfully, Thou reinforced the Divine Faith with Orthodoxy. O Father Photios, beseech Christ our God fervently, entreating that He grant us His Great Mercy.

the Intercessions of the Theotokos, O Merciful One, blot out the multitude of our transgressions.

Effulgence, with Godly so in Thy with Light. 7.

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Pistin estirixas, Pater Oseie, Hriston ton Theon iketeve, dorisasthe imin to Mega Eleos.

Ke

Amin O

nin ke Ai ke is tous eonas ton eonon.

Now

For, by explaining the Dogmas so wonderfully, Thou reinforced the Divine Faith with Orthodoxy. O Father Photios, beseech Christ our God fervently, entreating that He grant us His Great Mercy.

Amin Nipliazi

ke nin ke ai ke is tous Eonas ton eonon. di eme O Paleos ton imeron Katharsion kinoni O Katharotatos Theos, ina tin Sarka Pistosi mou tin ek Parthen. Ke tafta Symeon Mystagogoumenos, epegno ton afton Theon Fanenta Sarki. Ke os Zoin ispazeto, ke heron presvitikos anekravgazen: Apolison me. Se ga katidon tin zoin ton apanton.
LL

Amen The Ancient

and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever, and to the Ages of ages. of Days for my sake became a Child God the Most Pure receives Purification so that He may confirm the reality of the human Flesh that He took from the Virgin. Symeon, intiated into the Mystery, acknowledged Him as God Made Manifest in the Flesh. He greeted Him as Life and with rejoicing, he cried in his old age: Let me depart, for I have seen Thee, the Life of all!
TO
NE

Amen He

and ever, and to the Ages of ages.

Second Festal Kathisma Meeting/Presentation of Christ - TONE 1


on Sin to Patri epi Thronou Agiou, elthon epi tis gis ek Parthenou etehthi, ke vrefos egeneto, hronis on aperigraptos. On dexamenos O Symeon en agkales, heron elege. Nin apoliis, iktirmon evfranas ton doulon Sou. Who is with the Father upon the Holy Throne, coming to erth, is Born of a Virgin; and He Who is Uncircumscribed by time becomes a Babe. Symeon received Him in his arms and said, rejoicing: Now, O Merciful Lord, let me depart in Peace, for Thou has made glad Thy servant.

SMA

LITA

NY

Ek neotitos mou, pola polemi me pathi From


al aftos andilavou, ke soson, Sotir mou. [2]

Festal Antiphons

Third Festal Kathisma St Photios Tone 4

misoundes Sion, eshinthite apo tou Kyriou; os hortos gar, piri esesthe apexirameni. [2]

Those

my youth up many passions have warred against me. But do Thou succour and save me, O Saviour. [2]

Ierarhis ke septos thigoros, tis Ekklisias O lampros ipofitis, tas dianias hariti ardevis piston ton eretizonton de, kataklizis tas frenas, harin anavlizon te ton thavmaton ekplinis. Pathon pantion ripon alithos, Osie Pater panendoxe Fotie.

> Doxa Patri ke Io ke Agio Pnevmati,


ke nin ke ai ke is tous Eonas ton eonon.

> Glory Amen The

Holy Hierarch and Divine Theologian, the Churchs Luminous Expounder and Teacher, Thou irrigate the minds of the Faithful with Grace, but Thou inundate the minds of heretical thinkers. With the Grace of Miracles that Thou pour out Thou truyl expunge the stain of passions of all kind, O Holy Father, All Glorious Photios.

> Doxa Patri ke Io ke Agio Pnevmati. Agio Ke


Pnevmati, pasa psihi zooute, katharsi, ipsoute, lambrinete, Triadiki Monadi, Ierokrifios ke ti

> Glory to the Father, and to the Son, Through Now


and to the Holy Spirit

who hate Zion shall be put to confusion by the Lord; like grass in the fire shall they be withered up. [2]

the Holy Spirit is every soul quickened and exalted in purity, and Illumined by the Triune Unity in Mystic Holiness. and ever, and to the Ages of Ages. the Holy Spirit do the streams of Grace well forth; they irrigate everything created, so that Life can be produced.

Amin Nipliazi
di eme O Paleos ton imeron Katharsion kinoni O Katharotatos Theos, ina tin Sarka Pistosi mou tin ek Parthen. Ke tafta Symeon Mystagogoumenos, epegno ton afton Theon Fanenta Sarki. Ke os Zoin ispazeto, ke heron presvitikos anekravgazen: Apolison me. Se ga katidon tin zoin ton apanton.

to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever, and to the Ages of ages.
TO
NE

Amin >Agio

nin ke Ai ke is tous eonas ton eonon.

Pnevmati, anavlizi ta tis Haritos reithra, arthevonda, apasan tin ktisin pros Zoogonion.

Amen >From

Third Festal Kathisma Meeting/Presentation -

Festal Prokeimenon

> Doxa
8.

Patri ke Io ke Agio Pnevmati,

> Glory to the Father, and to the Son,


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Ancient of Days for my sake became a Child God the Most Pure receives Purification so that He may confirm the reality of the human Flesh that He took from the Virgin. Symeon, intiated into the Mystery, acknowledged Him as God Made Manifest in the Flesh. He greeted Him as Life and with rejoicing, he cried in his old age: Let me depart, for I have seen Thee, the Life of all!

To stoma mou laisi sofian, ke i meleti tis My mouth shall speak Wisdom, and the
kardias mou sinesin. (2)

Akousate tafta panta ta ethni.


kardias mou sinesin.

Hear this, all you Nations:


meditation of Understanding

meditation of Understanding. (2)

my

heart,

To stoma mou lalisi sofian, ke i maleti tis My mouth shall speak Wisdom, and the
my

Give ear, all you inhabitants of the world. heart,

Holy Gospel According to St John 10: 1 9


OUR LORD JESU S CHRIST IS OUR ONL Y PROTECTOR , GUID E & TEA CH ER. ONLY THROUGH HIM CAN W E ENTER ETERNAL LIF E

ST PHOTIOS THE GREAT OF CONSTANTINOPLE

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