ceb1ceb3ceb3ceb5cebbcebfceb9-5Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and All Bodiless Powers

November 8

The Holy Angels are celebrated on the ninth month of the year (the Roman calendar began in March) as there are nine ranks of angels, namely the Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones, Dominions, Powers, Authorities, Principalities, Archangels and Angels. The eighth day was chosen as this is known as the day that the Lord will return in glory and judge the living and the dead. In particular, we celebrate the archangels Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Selaphiel, Jehudiel, Barachiel and Jeremiel, and the chief commander among them, the Holy Archangel Michael. The holy Angels are seen constantly throughout the Old Testament and continue to perform countless miracles even today.

Ἀπολυτίκιον
Ἦχος δ’.
Τῶν οὐρανίωv στρατιῶν Ἀρχιστράτηγοι, δυσωποῦμεv ὑμᾶς ἡμεῖς οἱ ἀνάξιοι, ἵvα ταῖς ὑμῶv δεήσεσι, τειχίσητε ἡμᾶς, σκέπῃ τῶν πτερύγωv, τῆς ἀΰλου ὑμῶν δόξης, φρουροῦvτες ἡμᾶς προσπίπτοντας, ἐκτεvῶς καὶ βοῶντας· Ἐκ τῶν κινδύνων λυτρώσασθε ἡμᾶς, ὡς Ταξιάρχαι τῶν ἄνω Δυνάμεων.

Ἀπολυτίκιον
Ἦχος α’. Τῆς ἐρήμου πολίτης.
Τῆς ἀνάρχου Τριάδος λειτουργοὶ οἱ ἀσώματοι, τῶν ἀκαταλύπτων οἱ πρῶτοι, μυστηρίων ἐκφάντορες, σὺν Θρόνοις Χερουβεὶμ καὶ Σεραφείμ, Δυνάμεις Ἐξουσίαι καὶ Ἀρχαί, Κυριότητες Ἀρχάγγελοι οἱ λαμπροί, καὶ Ἄγγελοι ὑμνείσθωσαν. Δόξα τῷ ὑποστήσαντι ὑμᾶς, δόξα τῷ καταλάμποντι, δόξα τῷ ὑμνουμένῳ δι’ ὑμῶν, τρισαγίοις ᾄσμασι.

Κοντάκιον
Ἦχος β’.
Ἀρχιστράτηγοι Θεοῦ, λειτουργοῖ θείας δόξῃς, τῶν ἀνθρώπων ὁδηγοί, καὶ ἀρχηγοὶ Ἀσωμάτωv, τὸ συμφέροv ἡμῖv αἰτήσασθε, καὶ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος, ὡς τῶν Ἀσωμάτων Ἀρχιστράτηγοι.

Μεγαλυνάριον
Πρόκριτοι Δυνάμεων νοερῶν, Μιχαὴλ πρωτάρχα, καὶ λαμπρόμορφε Γαβριήλ, σὺν ταῖς οὐρανίαις, αἰτεῖτε στρατηγίαις, ἡμῖν καταπεμφθῆναι τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.