The Synaxis of the Holy Archangel Michael

The Synaxis of the Holy Archangel Michael

8 November

Troparion, Tone 4.
Supreme Commanders of the heavenly hosts, we who are unworthy now beseech you that by your prayers ye protect us under the shelter of the wings of your immaterial glory, guarding us who fervently pray and cry out: Deliver us from adversities, as the leaders of the ranks of the powers on high.


Kontakion, Tone 2.
O supreme Commanders of God, and servants of divine glory, ye leaders of the angels and guides of men: Ask for what is to our profit and for great mercy, since ye are the marshals of the bodiless hosts.

Now and ever.

Theotokion, Tone 2.
The grave and death could not hold the Mother of God, who is unsleeping in her intercessions and an unfailing hope in her mediation; for as the Mother of Life she was translated to life by Him Who dwelt within her ever-virgin womb.

Prokeimenon, Tone 4.
Psalm 103:4,1.
Thou makest Thine angels spirits: and Thy ministers a burning fire.
Verse: Bless the Lord, O my soul: O Lord my God, Thou art exceedingly great.

The Lesson of the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Hebrews.
Hebrews §305 (2:2-10).
Brethren: If the word, spoken by angels, became steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward: how shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation? Which having begun to be declared by the Lord, was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him. God also bearing them witness by signs, and wonders, and divers miracles, and distributions of the Holy Ghost, according to His own will. For God hath not subjected unto angels the world to come, whereof we speak. But one in a certain place hath testified, saying: What is man, that Thou art mindful of him: or the son of man, that Thou visitest him? Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels: Thou hast crowned him with glory and honour, and hast set him over the works of Thy hands: Thou hast subjected all things under his feet. For in that He hath subjected all things to him, He left nothing not subject to him. But now we see not as yet all things subject to him. But we see Jesus, Who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour: that, through the grace of God, He might taste death for all. For it became Him, for Whom are all things, and by Whom are all things, Who had brought many children into glory, to perfect the Author of their salvation, by His passion.

Alleluia, Tone 5.
Psalm 148:1,5.
Verse 1: Praise the Lord, all His angels: praise ye Him, all His hosts.
Verse 2: He spoke, and they were made: He commanded, and they were created.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke.
Saint Luke §51a (10:16-21).
The Lord said to His disciples: He that heareth you, heareth Me; and he that despiseth you, despiseth Me; and he that despiseth Me, despiseth Him that sent Me. And the seventy-two returned with joy, saying: Lord, the devils also are subject to us in Thy name. And He said to them: I saw Satan like lightning falling from heaven. Behold, I have given you power to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and upon all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall hurt you. But yet rejoice not in this, that spirits are subject unto you; but rejoice in this, that your names are written in heaven. In that same hour, He rejoiced in the Holy Ghost, and said: I confess to Thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because Thou hast hidden these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them to little ones. Yea, Father, for so it hath seemed good in Thy sight.

Psalm 104:4.
Thou makest Thine angels spirits: and Thy ministers a burning fire. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.