THE GENERAL VIGIL SERVICE TO TWO OR MANY HIEROMARTYRS.

On "Lord, I have cried ...", the Stichera, In Tone I:

Spec. Mel.: The all-lauded Martyrs.

   In truth brightly adorning your Hierarchical vestments * with the blood of Martyrdom, * you presented yourselves unto the Creator * together with the Angels, * radiantly illumined in both soul and body, * Entreat Him O ye glorious saints, * to grant peace and great mercy unto our souls.

   You have been revealed to us as truly God-inspired vessels; * proclaiming the unspeakable mysteries of God * hidden in the divine scriptures, * thereby confirming the foolishness of idol-worship, * whereby you brought all unto Christ; * entreat Him to grant peace and great mercy unto our souls.

   With the word of God's understanding, * O most wise ones, * you delivered thy flock from ignorance, * and having saved them, * you brought them unto Christ the Word * Who hath shone forth, begotten of the Father our God; * Entreat Him to grant peace and great mercy unto our souls.

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   O all-hymned Virgin! * The mystery that took place in thee, * was seen by Moses with his prophetic eyes * when he beheld the bush which burnt, yet remained unconsumed, * for the divine fire hath not consumed thy womb, O pure one, * wherefore we implore thee as the Mother of our God * to grant peace to the world and great mercy.

The Stavrotheotokion: O pure Mother, * while standing by the cross of thy Son and God * and contemplating His long-suffering, * thou didst speak in tears: * ‘Woe unto me, O my sweetest Child! * Why dost Thou unjustly suffer this, * O Word of God, * who savest mankind?’

If an Idiomelon be appointed, Glory ..., In Tone VIII:

   You passed from this temporal world, * O God-called Hierarchs, * after enduring the most severe beatings, * being cut asunder and even crucified * for the sake of Christ, * but neither fire, nor wounds, nor instruments of torture, * could weaken the strength of your souls, * wherefore you trampled under foot the strength of demons, * O glorious Hieromartyrs; * we beseech you to pray Christ God that He save our souls.

Now & Ever ..., In Tone VIII:

   If the Celebration be with a Polyeleos, and not a Resurrection Service, sing the following Dogmatic of In Tone VIII [If the service is a Resurrection service sing the Dogmatic of the In Tone for that service ]:

   The King of heaven through his love for mankind * hath appeared on earth and dwelt among mankind. * Taking flesh from a pure Virgin * and coming forth from her, * he is one Son, dual in nature, * but not in persons; * therefore proclaiming him as truly perfect God * and yet perfect man, * we confess Christ to be our God; * therefore implore him, O Mother without bridegroom, * to have mercy on our souls.

Otherwise, Theotokion: Unto thy shelter I flee, * O holy Virgin Theotokos * assured that I shall find salvation through thee, * for thou art my helper, O pure one.

The Stavro-theotokion.

Spec. Mel.: O most glorious wonder.

   Seeing Thee O Lord Jesus, * nailed to the cross * and voluntarily accepting the passion, * the Virgin Thy Mother cried aloud: * Woe unto me, O my sweet Child! * how dost Thou wrongfully endure such wounds? * O compassionate Physician and healer of the infirmities of mankind * and deliverer of all from corruption.

The Entrance. The Prokeimenon of the day. The 3 Readings

The Reading is from Isaiah [43, 9-14; ]

   Thus saith the Lord: Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth. Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no savior. I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God. Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it? Thus saith the LORD, your Deliverer, the Holy One of Israel; For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and have brought down all their nobles, and the Chaldeans, whose cry is in the ships. Thus saith the Lord. The Holy One of Israel

The Wisdom of Solomon [3, 1-9].

   The souls of the righteous are in the hands of God, and there shall no torment touch them. In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die, and their departure is taken for misery, and their going from us to be utter destruction, but they are in peace. For though they be punished in the sight of men, yet is their hope full of immortality. And having been a little chastised, they shall be greatly rewarded, for God proved them and found them worthy for Himself. As gold in the furnace hath He tried them, and received them as a burnt offering. And in the time of their visitation they shall shine, and run to and fro like sparks among the stubble. They shall judge the nations and have dominion over the people, and their Lord shall reign for ever. They that put their trust in Him shall understand the truth; and such as be faithful in love shall abide with Him; for grace and mercy is to His saints and visitation for His elect.

The Wisdom of Solomon [5, 15-23; 6, 1-3].

   The righteous live unto the ages; their reward is also with the Lord, and the care of them is with the most High. Therefore shall they receive a glorious kingdom and a beautiful crown from the Lord's hand, for with His right hand shall He cover them, and with His arm shall He protect them. He shall take to Him His jealousy for complete armor, and make the creature His weapon for the revenge of His enemies. He shall put on righteousness as a breastplate and true judgment instead of an helmet. He shall take holiness for an invincible shield. His severe wrath shall He sharpen for a sword, and the world shall fight with Him against the unwise. Then shall the right-arming thunderbolts go abroad, and from the clouds, as from a welldrawn bow, shall they fly to the mark. And from the hailstones full of wrath and cast as out of a sIn Tone bow the cities shall fall down, and the water of the sea shall rage against them, and the floods shall cruelly drown them. Yea, a mighty wind shall stand up against them, and like a storm shall blow them away; thus iniquity shall lay waste the whole earth, and ill dealing shall overthrow the Thrones of the mighty. Hear therefore, O ye kings, and understand; learn ye that be judges of the ends of the earth. Give ear, ye that rule the people and glory in the multitude of nations, for power is given you of the Lord and sovereignty from the Highest.

At the Aposticha, these Stichera: In Tone IV:

Spec. Mel.: As a virtuous.

   Like unto most luminous stars * that spiritually shine forth upon the firmament of the Church, * you illumine all of creation, * driving away the power of darkness * by the glowing illumination of your miracles, * wherefore we rejoice today * celebrating your radiant and holy memory, * O glorious Hieromartyrs.

Stichos: Thy priests be clothed with righteousness and Thy righteous shall rejoice.

   You appear unto all as equal in honor with the Apostles * O holy Hierarchs, * and with equally zealous minds, you were unafraid of the godlessness of the inhuman tyrants, * but manfully and earnestly preaching the word of the Savior, * you endured a multitude of sufferings; * on account of which you now enjoy the blessings of future rewards, * O all-wise ones.

Stichos: Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, in His commandments shall he greatly delight.

   Completing thy honorable service unto Christ the Master, * you offered yourselves as a blameless sacrifice, * like a whole burnt and perfect offering in your Martyrdom * O powerful and blessed Hierarchs; * pray Him to deliver from corruption and dangers * those who with faith and love celebrate your honored memory.

Glory ..., In Tone IV:

   Ye were invincible Martyrs and lights of the universe, * unshakable pillars of the divine Church, * O most praiseworthy Hierarchs * standards of learning, instructors of the faithful, * vanquishers of heresies, * O Divinely-wise Fathers, * radiant guides of our souls, * co-conversers with the Angels * and champions of the Holy Trinity.

Now & Ever ..., In Tone IV:

   If the Celebration be with a Polyeleos, sing the Theotokion of the Resurrection:

   Mercifully regard the supplications of thy servants, * O all-immaculate one, * quelling the cruel uprisings of the demons against us, * delivering us from every sorrow; * for thee alone do we have as a steadfast and sure confirmation, * and having acquired thine intercession; * let not us who call upon thee be put to shame, * O Sovereign Lady. * Hasten thou to answer the entreaties of those who cry out to thee with faith: * Rejoice, thou help, joy and protection of all, * and the salvation of our souls!

Otherwise, Theotokion: O all-hymned Theotokos! * purify my passionate heart from pollution, * and cleanse, O pure one, the festering wounds of sin from my soul, * make steadfast my mind, * so that I, thy sinful and unprofitable servant, * may magnify thy might and thy great intercession.

The Stavrotheotokion:

Spec. Mel.: As a virtuous.

   Seeing Christ, the Lover of mankind, * crucified and with a lance pierced in His side, * thou O all-pure One lamented, crying out: * 'What is this, O my Son ? * What did the ungrateful people render unto Thee * in return for all the good things Thou hast rendered unto them ?' * And yet so lovingly dost Thou show thy care for me * that I may endure my childlessness. * I stand in awe, O Compassionate One, at Thy voluntary crucifixion.

   The Troparion from the Typicon; but, if there be no Typicon, sing the following:

Troparion, In Tone IV:

   O God of our Fathers * who ever dealest with us according to Thy loving-kindness, * do not deprive us of Thy mercy, * but by the intercessions of our Holy Fathers * direct our life in peace.

Theotokion, In Tone IV:

   The mystery hidden from all ages * and unknown to the ranks of Angels, * hath been revealed to those on earth through thee, O Theotokos: * God being made flesh in a union without confusion, * and willingly accepting the Cross for us * hath through it raised the first-formed man, * and thus saved our souls from death.

   The Dismissal:

AT MATINS

   At "God is the Lord ...", the same Troparion [twice]. Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., The Theotokion.

After the 1st Kathisma, the Sedalion: In Tone VIII:

Spec. Mel.: Of the wisdom.

   Imparting wisdom from the depths of your spiritual knowledge, * O holy ones, * you preached the One Divinity in Trinity * and clarified the bright mysteries of the orders of Angels, * You also brought order to the priesthood, O Divinely-wise ones, * wherefore, O Hieromartyrs, you entered into the most intimate communion with Christ God. * Pray Him to grant the remission of sins * unto those who with faith and love venerate your holy memory. [Twice]

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   O cloud of the Rational Sun, * lamp wrought in the gold of Divine Light, * unblemished, untainted, immaculate Theotokos! * Enlighten my soul, darkened by the blindness of passions, * with the brightness of dispassion, * and cleanse my defiled heart with streams of compunction * and tears of contrition, * driving away from me the fog of my evil deeds * that I may lovingly cry unto thee; * 'O Ever-virgin Theotokos, pray Christ God to grant unto me the remission of sins, * for I am thy servant and possess in thee great hope.'

After the 2nd Kathisma, the Sedalion: In Tone V:

Spec. Mel.: The Co-unoriginate Word.

   Instructing your minds with apostolic discourses * and carefully tending the flocks of the faithful, * you, O holy ones, offered yourselves as a pure sacrifice * unto your King and Creator * Who for our sake became incarnate of the Virgin Theotokos * and rose again in glory, * He Whom you confessed before the tyrants, * O Hieromartyrs. [Twice]

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   O most pure Ever-Virgin, * fervent and invincible intercessor, * most certain and unfailing hope, * wall, shelter and refuge of those who flee unto thee! * With the Angels do thou entreat thy Son and God * to grant peace to the world, salvation and great mercy.

After the Polyeleos, the Megalynarion: We magnify you, O Hieromartyrs of Christ, and honor your holy memory, for you pray for us to Christ our God.

Stichos: Hear this, all ye people.

After the Polyeleon, the Sedalion: In Tone I:

Spec. Mel.: While the stone was sealed.

   By your labors you cultivated the fruit of the knowledge of God, * uprooting godlessness by the teaching of divine doctrines. * Anointed with the oil of grace you tended well the flocks given unto you, * finally lawfully enduring Martyrdom, * wherefore ye were deemed worthy of double honors by Christ, * O Hieromartyrs. * Glory be to Him Who hath granted you such strength; * glory be to Him Who hath crowned you; * glory be to Him Who through you granteth healing unto all. [Twice]

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   O most holy Virgin, * stretching forth thy divine hands upon which thou hast borne thy Creator * Who became flesh for the sake of mercy, * entreat Him that those who lovingly praise thee * may be delivered from temptations, passions and dangers and cry aloud: * Glory to Him Who made His abode within thee! * Glory to Him Who came forth from thee! * Glory to Him Who hath set us free by thy birthgiving

If not a Resurrection Service, Sing the following for the Graduals.

The 1st Antiphon of the 4th Tone:

   From my youth * do many passions war against me; * but do Thou Thyself defend * and save me, O my Savior.

   Ye haters of Zion * shall be shamed by the Lord; * for like grass, by the fire * shall ye be withered.

   Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, * both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

   In the Holy Spirit, * every soul is quickened, * and, through cleansing, is exalted * and made radiant by the Triple Unity in a hidden sacred manner.

Prokeimenon, In Tone VII, [Psalm 115:6,3] Precious in the sight of the Lord * is the death of His saints.

Stichos: What shall I render unto the Lord for all that He hath rendered unto me?

   Let every breath.

The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke [LK 12. 32-40].

   Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, our come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.

   After the 50th Psalm:

Glory: Through the intercessions of the Hieromartyrs…

Both now: Through the intercessions of the Theotokos…

Have mercy upon us:

Then the Sedalion: In Tone IV:

   Unshakable pillars of the Church of Christ, * you destroyed the strongholds of unbelief; * wherefore O Martyrs coming together from separate dioceses before your death, * you vanquished the storm of heresy, * we beseech you to pray for our souls.

The Canon, In Tone IV:

ODE I

Irmos: Through the deep of the Red Sea, * marched dry shod Israel of old, * and by Moses’ outstretched hands, * raised in the form of a cross, * the power of Amalek was routed in the wilderness.

   Refrain: Holy Hieromartyrs [names] pray to God for us

   Resplendent with the shedding of God's light, O glorious ones, deliver those who reverently glorify your radiant and bright festival from the fog of the passions.

   The wicked one was put to shame by Thy Martyrs and ministers, O Christ our King; for even though he attacked them relentlessly quivering with rebelliousness, he was unable to overcome their strength.

   Filled with life-creating spiritual waters, you gave refreshment to those who were exhausted by the sweltering wickedness of godlessness, guiding them toward the holy and salvific water.

Theotokion: Through thy birth-giving, O most pure one, the sin of our forefathers hath been pardoned, and a way into paradise hath been opened for those who praise thee in song.

ODE III

Irmos: Thy Church, O Christ, * rejoices in Thee crying aloud: * Thou, O Lord, art my strength, * my refuge and my firmament.

   Mentally enkindled with the fire of the Comforter and rejoicing therein, O Hieromartyrs, you have extinguished the deluding flames of the wicked one.

   By the light of the Holy Spirit, O glorious ones, you have attracted those who were in profound darkness to approach the light of holy baptism.

   You appear unto all as gold refined by the fire of Martyrdom, O holy ones, carrying the seal of your sufferings as Martyrs.

Theotokion: Thou hast given birth, O most pure and all-spotless Virgin, to the mighty God who delivers mankind from the violence of the enemy.

The Sedalion, In Tone VIII:

Spec. Mel.: Of the divine faith.

   Sanctified by the holy oil of unction, * you have been revealed to your rational flock as wise pastors * and like the purest of lambs you sacrificed yourselves, * and were thus presented unto the Word and Chief Pastor, * Who Himself was also slaughtered like a lamb, * O all-praised Martyrs, and lamps of all the universe, * wherefore we with faith and love celebrate your divine memory.

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   O Theotokos, our refuge and strength, * the mighty succor of all the world! * By thine intercessions shelter thy servants from their every need, * O only blessed one.

The Stavrotheotokion: Thou didst acquire as a staff of strength the cross of thy Son, * O Virgin Theotokos, * with which we subdue the rage of enemies * and unceasingly and lovingly magnify thee.

ODE IV

Irmos: Seeing Thee, the Sun of righteousness * lifted upon the cross, * the church stands arrayed * and worthily cries out: * 'Glory to Thy power, O Lord'.

   Let the sacred choir of Hieromartyrs be hymned, since they are adorned with both the grace of the episcopacy and with Martyrdom, and sing joyously: 'Glory to Thy power, O Lord'.

   Having been taught the divine mysteries, O God-bearing Fathers, you have well and truly tended your flocks in righteousness and truth, and in Martyrdom ended your divine lives.

   Adorned with the divine gifts of the Apostles and Prophets, the sacred choir of Hieromartyrs joyfully cries aloud: 'Glory to Thy power, O Lord'.

Theotokion: Taught by the word of God and beholding the fulfillment of what was spoken of thee, O Mother of God, as ones delivered by thy birth-giving we praise thee crying: 'Rejoice, O most spotless Virgin.'

ODE V

Irmos: Thou, O Lord, who camest into the world, * art my light, * a holy light turning from the darkness of ignorance * those who sing Thy praises in faith.

   With the divine illumination of most wise instruction, you have shone the light of grace upon those sitting in the darkness of ignorance.

   Beholding Christ face to face, immersed now in the enjoyment of the ineffable divine light, entreat Him on our behalf.

   Filled with the divine rivers of Christ's teaching, you have stopped the streams of ignorance and filled the minds of the faithful with a most blessed refreshment.

Theotokion: Having selected thee alone out of all generations, the Lord became incarnate from thee, O Theotokos, and thereby deified mankind.

ODE VI

Irmos: The church crieth out unto Thee * 'I will sacrifice unto Thee, O Lord, * with the voice of praise' * having been cleansed of the filth of the demons' * with the blood that mercifully flowed from Thy side

   Having passed through life In manliness and wisdom, the choir of Thy saints, O Lord, now rejoices in Thee in truth, in prayer and in chastity.

   Sustained by the hope of eternal life, you cheerfully endured the rending of your bodies, O valiant and holy ones, emulating the sufferings of the divine Prophets.

   Having been educated in spiritual law, O most wise ones, you offered unto the lawless salutary laws and thus guided them into the light of Orthodoxy.

Theotokion: In paradise of old Adam was dragged from life to death, but with thy life-creating birth-giving, O Virgin, he was made immortal, O most pure Bride of God.

   The Kontakion from the Typicon; if there be no Typicon, sing the following,

Kontakion In Tone III:

Spec. Mel.: The Virgin today.

   We that are assembled today, * praise you in song as never-setting lights of the rational Sun; * for you shone forth unto those in the darkness of ignorance, * and now call all to the heights of piety, * O holy Hieromartyrs. * Therefore we cry unto you: * Rejoice, O ye foundations of those that fast.

The Ikos: Pour forth unto me thy uncreated grace, O Jesus the giver of life, that I may worthily hymn Thy Hierarchs who strove to emulate Thee even unto death, mightily overcoming the forces of the enemy, and by power of Thy Cross, exposing the wickedness of the impious; wherefore they have been deemed worthy to be glorified by Thee, O Christ, and we cry unto them: Rejoice, O ye foundations of all those that fast.

ODE VII

Irmos: In the Persian furnace the youths and descendants of Abraham, * burning with a love of piety * rather than by the flame of a fire, * cried out aloud saying: * 'Blessed art Thou in the temple of Thy glory, O Lord'.

   Made illustrious through the chrism of the episcopacy and through the divine blood of Martyrdom, O Divinely-wise ones, you have been divinely glorified on account of both, crying out: 'Blessed art Thou in the temple of Thy glory, O Lord'.

   Seemingly instantly, O most praised ones, you completely subdued the entrapment of earthly things, when you were gloriously elevated with martyrdom while in your most pure bodies, calling out: 'Blessed art Thou in the temple of Thy glory, O Lord'.

   Aware of the crafty deceit of the adversary, O glorious Hieromartyrs, you repelled every rebellious illusion of the tyrants, singing: 'Blessed art Thou in the temple of Thy glory, O Lord'.

Theotokion: The Lord Who clothes the earth with mist and the heaven with clouds, hath Himself put on mortal flesh from thy pure blood, O Virgin, clothing mankind with the raiment of immortal Glory ...,

ODE VIII

Irmos: Having spread his hands, Daniel closed the lions jaws * in their den; * while the zealously devout youths, * girded with virtue, * quenched the power of the fire and cried out: * 'Bless ye the Lord, all ye works of the Lord'.

   Scourged with lashes and afflicted with bodily pain, O Hieromartyrs, you bestowed eternal life by your intercessions unto those who previously served inanimate gods and who, having been saved, ever cry out with you: 'Bless ye the Lord, all ye works of the Lord'.

   Like clusters of spiritual grapes, O Hieromartyrs, you pour forth the wine of healing and gladden the hearts of all those who in faith praise you and cry aloud: 'Bless ye the Lord, all ye works of the Lord'.

   From the tombs of the Hieromartyrs a multitude of miracles have poured forth unto the Church of the faithful, dissipating the deceptive illusions of the malicious demons, and vouchsafing an abundance of wondrous healings to those who cry aloud: 'Bless ye the Lord, all ye works of the Lord'.

Theotokion: The pre-eternal One Who was born of thee, O most pure Virgin, voluntarily assumed the likeness and appearance of a man, dual in nature, deeds and desires; Unto Him do we sing in faith: 'Bless ye the Lord, all ye works of the Lord'.

ODE IX

Irmos: A cornersIn Tone not cut by hand O Virgin, * was cut from thee the unhewn mountain: * even Christ, Who hath joined together the separated natures; * therefore rejoicing we magnify thee, * O Theotokos.

   Come O ye faithful, let us celebrate the sacred memory of the holy Hieromartyrs, and with solemn and sacred odes let us honor them who pray for us to our All-compassionate God.

   Consoled by the Word of God, you cleansed your souls of every defilement and by Martyrdom you stripped yourselves of your fleshly raiment, and put on the beautiful garment of salvation.

   O ye people, we are gathered together in memory of the Martyrs so that we may partake of the grace of the saints, and hymn the valiant Hieromartyrs who suffered manfully, and crushed the originator of evil.

Theotokion: As thou didst carry in thy, hands O most pure one, Christ who by His will sustaineth all things, do thou pray Him as thy Son, to deliver me from all assaults of the enemy, to encompass me with His mercy and to save me.

Expostilarion [Svetilen]:

Spec. Mel.: Hearken, O ye women.

   This day hath been revealed as a special day set aside for us, * for it is a day in which we celebrate the solemn memory of the sacred successors of the holy Apostles * who are both God-bearing teachers of the faith * and invincible Martyrs. [Twice]

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   Thou, O most hymned Maiden, hast given birth from the Father unto Christ * the Angel of great council, the King of glory, * Whose Cross the Hieromartyrs preached unto all * enlightening the nations and instructing them * to glorify thee as the Mother of God * and to adore thy birth-giving.

With Lauds, the Stichera,

In Tone IV:

Spec. Mel.: As a virtuous.

   With sacred unction and martyric blood * you drew near to God, * O all-glorious Hieromartyrs, * like blossoms of nature, ornaments of reason, and summits of wisdom, * your theology was purely Orthodox, and as true rules of faith, * you were examples of discipline to your flocks, * and the glory of the Orthodox Church. [Twice]

   Directing all, O Divinely-wise ones, to offer adulation to the holy sufferers * and to glorify the holy Martyrs, * you prepared yourselves well to valiantly undertake diverse tortures, * bonds and imprisonment, * to be stripped naked, and bound in chains, * to be fearfully frozen, * to suffer cruel wounds and finally death, * O holy Hieromartyrs.

   By a multitude of tortures * and by discarding the garment of the flesh through death, * O glorious Martyrs you have been clothed in incorruptibility, * and now dwell in the heavens, * ever standing before the throne of God; * wherefore in faith we celebrate your radiant memory, * embracing the shrine of your holy relics.

Glory ..., In Tone VIII:

   Having passed your lives as Hierarchs * and died as Martyrs, * you were revealed as faithful pastors who drank of the cup of Christ; * wherefore, you were found acceptable to Christ * as both Hierarchs and as Martyrs, * now that you dwell eternally in the never-setting light * we beseech you that, together with the highest servants, * you intercede for us in prayer before Him.

Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   With one voice let us with the archangel Gabriel, say: * Rejoice, O Mother of God, * for that hast brought forth into the world * the Creator Christ our God:

The Stavrotheotokion: The undefiled ewe-lamb * beholding her lamb voluntarily nailed upon the tree, * lamented with great tenderness, exclaiming: * ‘Woe unto me, O my most beloved child! * What hath the ungrateful Jews rendered unto Thee, * wishing to deprive me of Thee, O most beloved one’.

    The Doxology:

   If the service be with the Great Doxology, but not a Resurrection service, the Troparion is sung after the Doxology:

Troparion, In Tone IV:

   O God of our Fathers * who ever dealest with us according to Thy loving-kindness, * do not deprive us of Thy mercy, * but by the intercessions of our Holy Fathers * direct our life in peace.

   The Dismissal:

    

AT THE LITURGY

Typika and Beatitudes.

   1. Mentally enkindled with the fire of the Comforter, O Hieromartyrs, you have extinguished the deluding flames of the wicked one, rejoicing therein.

   2. By the light of the Holy Spirit, O glorious ones, you have attracted those who were in profound darkness to approach the light of holy baptism.

   3. You appear unto all as gold refined by the fire of Martyrdom, O holy ones, carrying the seal of your sufferings as Martyrs.

   4. Having passed through life In manliness and wisdom, the choir of Thy saints, O Lord, now rejoices in Thee in truth, in prayer and in chastity.

   5. Sustained by the hope of eternal life, you cheerfully endured the rending of your bodies, O valiant and holy ones, emulating the sufferings of the divine Prophets.

   6. Having been educated in spiritual law, O most wise ones, you offered unto the lawless salutary laws and thus guided them into the light of Orthodoxy.

   7. Come O ye faithful, let us celebrate the sacred memory of the holy Hieromartyrs, and with solemn and sacred odes let us honor them who pray for us to our All-compassionate God

   8. Consoled by the Word of God, you cleansed your souls of every defilement and by Martyrdom you stripped yourselves of your fleshly raiment, and put on the beautiful garment of salvation.

   The Troparion and Kontakion from the Typicon; if there be no Typicon, sing the following:

Troparion, In Tone IV:

   O God of our Fathers * who ever dealest with us according to Thy loving-kindness, * do not deprive us of Thy mercy, * but by the intercessions of our Holy Fathers * direct our life in peace.

Kontakion In Tone III:

Spec. Mel.: The Virgin today.

   We that are assembled today, * praise you in song as never-setting lights of the rational Sun; * for you shone forth unto those in the darkness of ignorance, * and now call all to the heights of piety, * O holy Hieromartyrs. * Therefore we cry unto you: * Rejoice, O ye foundations of those that fast.

Prokeimenon, In Tone VII, [Psalm 115:6,3] Precious in the sight of the Lord * is the death of His saints.

Stichos: What shall I render unto the Lord for all that He hath rendered unto me?

The Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews

[Heb. 5: 4-10]

   Brethren: No man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron. So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee. As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.

Alleluia, In Tone II, [Psalm 131:9, 13] Thy priests shall be clothed with righteousness, and thy righteous shall rejoice.

Stichos: For the Lord hath elected Zion; He hath chosen Her to be a habitation for Himself.

The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke [LK 12:2-12]

   The Lord said: There is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops. And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him. Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows. Also I say unto you, Whosoever Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God. And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven. And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and [unto] magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: For the

Communion, [Psalm 32:1] Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous; praise is meet for the upright.