THE GENERAL VIGIL SERVICE TO ONE MARTYR.

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

Spec. Mel.: O all-praised Martyrs.

   O all-blessed one, * comprehending with an upright and honorable heart * the Boundless God, * and unequivocally believing in Him; * thou hast faithfully followed His ineffable and saving commandments, * O most wise one, * and patiently enduring sufferings, * attained the eternal Kingdom.

   With thy honored blood * consecrating the earth * and abolishing the defiled blood-sacrifice * offered lawlessly unto demons, * O all-honored one, * thou didst receive an incorruptible crown upon thy brow. * We beseech thee to intercede for us * that our souls may be granted peace * and great mercy.

   O all-honored Martyr [name], * Glorifying thy sacred struggles and exploits * we are also consecrated, * for by them thou hast become an associate of Angels * and a companion of all the Martyrs; * wherefore we beseech thee to pray, together with them, * that our souls may be granted peace and great mercy.

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

   Woe unto me the sinful one! * What shall become of me whose mind, soul, and body * are defiled by transgressions? * What must I do to escape the insufferable flames, * the unbreakable and eternal chains? * O all-immaculate one, * entreat thy Son before my end * to grant unto me the remission of sins and life everlasting.

The Stavrotheotokion: Beholding her Lamb * without majesty or comeliness * hanging upon the cross, * the Maiden ewe-lamb and immaculate Sovereign-Lady * cried aloud bewailing: * ‘Woe unto me! To where hath Thy splendor gone, O my sweetest Child? * Whither thy majesty? * Whither the sparkling grace of Thine eye? * O my most beloved Son’.

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

   Today the universe is illumined * with the bright rays of the passion-bearer, * and the Church of God, decorated with flowers, * cries aloud unto thee, O Martyr [name]; * O favorite of Christ * and most fervent intercessor, * cease not to pray for thy servants.

Now & Ever ..., In Tone VI:

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

   Who will not call thee blessed, * O all-holy Virgin? * Who will not hymn thy child-birth without labor? * For the only-begotten Son, who shone forth from the Father before time, * came forth ineffably incarnate from thee, O pure Maiden. * By nature he is God, by nature for our sakes, he hath become man * not divided in a duality of persons, * but known without confusion in a duality of natures. * O all-honored and all-blessed one, implore him to have mercy on our souls.

Otherwise, Theotokion: We have come to know God * who was incarnate of thee, * O Virgin Theotokos; * entreat Him that our souls be saved.

The Stavrotheotokion:

Spec. Mel.: Having laid all aside.

   The immaculate Sovereign-Lady * and undefiled ewe-lamb * saw her Lamb lifted upon the cross, * and in motherly astonishment cried aloud: * ‘What is this new and most glorious sight, * O my sweet Child? * how dost the shameless people give Thee over unto Pilate's judgment * and condemn unto death the Life of all?’ * But I hymn, O Word, * Thine ineffable condescension.

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: our 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 well-drawn 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.

   Even though callous tyrants gave thee over * to be subjected to the most cruel and painful tortures, * and thy much-suffering and steadfastly enduring body * did undergo a multitude of various torments, * thou, O Godly-minded [name], * didst not renounce Christ, * neither didst thou offer sacrifice unto idols, * but endured all as if it were somebody else who suffered, * awaiting future reward and the undying love of the Word of God.

Stichos: The righteous man shall flourish like a palm-tree; like a cedar in Lebanon shall he be multiplied.

   Raised up and cut asunder, * assaulted with stones, * wounded with iron instruments of torture * and executed with a sword; * thou didst remain steadfast, * fixing the gaze of thy soul upon the judicious Rock, * and wast thereby numbered among the choirs of the Angels, * and accounted worthy of the never-setting Light.

Stichos: They that are planted in the house of the Lord, in the courts of our God shall they blossom forth.

   Thy relics, O glorious [name], * give forth unto those who desire it, * healing of their senses, drowning of their passions, * curing of their diseases. * They disperse whole armies of evil spirits, * and unto the hearts of the faithful * they provide nourishing waters cultivating the divine fruits of virtues * and the understanding of piety.

Glory ..., In Tone VI:

   O come all ye lovers of the Martyrs, * let us reverently glorify the famous Martyr of Christ [name], /who bravely finished his course here upon the earth, * bruising the head of the serpent, * and with his blood consecrating the earth, * passed over from here unto the everlasting habitations of the righteous; * obtaining there great honors for his exploits from the hand of the Almighty, * unto Whom he prays that our souls may be cleansed * from all iniquity and be granted great mercy.

Now & Ever ..., In Tone VI:

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

   Christ the Lord, my Creator and Deliverer, * Who came forth from thy womb, O all-pure one, * and clothed Himself in my nature, * hath freed Adam from the former curse. * Wherefore, like the angel we unceasingly cry out to thee, O all-pure one, * who art truly the Mother of God and Virgin: * Rejoice!, O Sovereign Lady, * the intercession, protection and salvation for our souls!

Otherwise, Theotokion: O Theotokos, * thou art the true vine that hath budded forth for us the Fruit of life. * To thee we pray: * Intercede O Lady, * together with the Holy Martyrs, * that our souls find great mercy.

The Stavrotheotokion: The all-pure one seeing Thee hung on the cross * with motherly tears cried out unto Thee: * ‘O my Son and my God, * O my sweetest Child, * how is it that Thou sufferest * such a shameful death?’

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

Troparion, In Tone IV:

   Thy Martyr, O Lord [name], * hast through his sufferings obtained from Thee O our God an incorruptible crown; * for rejoicing in Thy strength, * he overcame his tormentors and subdued the impotent offenses of the demons; * by his intercessions O Lord save our souls.

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., 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 I:

Spec. Mel.: The choir of Angels.

   Counting as naught * military force upon the earth, * thou, O great Martyr [name], * desired the glory of heaven, * enduring great pains and ultimately death; * wherefore we celebrate today thine all-holy memory, * offering praise unto Christ, O most blessed [name].

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

   O most pure Virgin Theotokos, * intercessor and protector of the faithful, * deliver from afflictions and suffering, * and from all violent attacks of the enemy, * those, O Maiden, who put their trust in thee, * and by thy divine intercessions save our souls.

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

Spec. Mel.: Thou hast appeared today.

   Faithfully finishing thine earthly course, * thou hast vanquished all the might of thy tormentors, * and obtained an eternal crown from the hand of the Almighty, * O all-honored [name], * appearing unto all * as a companion of the Angels. [Twice]

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

   We have come to know, O Theotokos Virgin, * the Word of the Father, Christ God, * who became incarnate from thee, * the only pure, the only blessed one; * wherefore, unceasingly hymning thee, * we magnify thee.

After the Polyeleos, the Megalynarion: We magnify thee, O holy Martyr [name], and honor thy precious sufferings which thou didst endure for the sake of Christ.

Stichos: God is our refuge and strength unto generation and generation.

After the Polyeleos, the Sedalion,

In Tone IV:

   As Christ's invincible warrior, * and a great vanquisher of the enemy, * thou didst shine forth with great miracles, * wherefore let us all in faith magnify the Martyr [name], * for he pours forth healings upon all those who come to him in faith, * a consoler of great pain * and unceasing intercessor for the afflicted. [Twice]

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

   O Virgin Theotokos, * thou art an invincible wall for all Orthodox Christians. * For having recourse unto thee we remain unharmed * and in thee we have a sure intercessor for the forgiveness of our sins; * wherefore rendering thanks unto thee, we cry aloud! * Rejoice, O full of grace, the Lord is with thee.

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 IV: [Psalm 91:12, 13]

The Prokeimenon: The righteous man shall flourish like a palm-tree; like a cedar in Lebanon shall he be multiplied.

They that are planted in the house of the Lord, in the courts of our God shall they blossom forth.

Let every breath.

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

   For 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 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 Spirit 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 Holy Spirit shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.

   After the 50th Psalm:

Glory: Through the intercessions of the Holy Martyr [name]…

Both now: Through the intercessions of the Theotokos…

Have mercy upon us:

Then the Sedalion: In Tone VI:

   Today the universe is illumined * with the bright rays of the passion-bearer, * and the Church of God, decorated with flowers, * cries aloud unto thee, O Martyr [name] ; * O favorite of Christ * and most fervent intercessor, * cease not to pray for thy servants.

The Canon, In Tone V,

ODE I

Irmos: Christ, who with a lofty arm * bringeth wars to naught, * hath shaken horse and rider in the Red Sea; * but Israel he saved * as they sang a song, * a hymn of victory.

   Refrain: Holy Martyr [name] pray to God for us

   As an invincible Martyr standing with boldness before the throne of God, do thou, O God-blessed one, preserve by thine intercessions those who lovingly celebrate thy holy passion.

   Having in thy soul an abiding supply of the living water, thou O holy and all-glorious one, dried up the turbid streams of evil, being strengthened by the grace of the Savior, O God-blessed one.

   O God-blessed one, strengthened with the power of God, and empowered to overcome the pride of the enemy, thou hast become a great champion and citizen of the city on high.

Theotokion: O most pure Lady, reveal to me, the wretched one, thy compassion, diligently entreating thy Son, O most holy one, that by thine intercessions I may escape the eternal fire.

ODE III

Irmos: Thou didst establish the earth from nothing by thy command, * and hath raised it, even though it hath been ungovernably dragged down; * establish thy Church on the unshakeable rock of thy commandments, O Christ, * who alone art good and the lover of mankind.

   Withdrawing from the dung of the passions and approaching God with divine purity, thou, O worthy of glory, hast obtained illumination from God, who showed thee to be a son of light, as one who fulfills the work of light.

   Counting military calling and earthly glory as naught; thou didst enlist thyself as a soldier of Christ and now, numbered among the companies of Martyrs, thou dost rejoice therein O blessed Martyr [name], God-bearer.

   O wondrous one, directing the paths of thy progress in the way of peace, thou didst, O glorious one, enter the Kingdom of God, into the midst of paradise and eternal rest.

Theotokion: O pure Sovereign-Lady, having given birth unto the Master and Creator of the whole of creation, thou hast appeared more honorable than the Cherubim and Seraphim, wherefore all generations, dutifully bless thee.

The Sedalion, In Tone V:

Spec. Mel.: The Co-unoriginate Word.

   Illumined with the radiance of virtues * and adorned with the crown of Martyrdom, * thou, O most wise one, * doth radiate more than the sun, * truly enlightening those who faithfully keep thy radiant memory: * O all-glorious Martyr [name], * save those that worship before thy holy relics.

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

   An awe-inspiring miracle of conception * and an ineffable child-birth were revealed in thee, O pure Ever-virgin, * and thy glory, O Theotokos, * reaches all to the salvation of their souls. * Contemplating these mysteries my mind is terrified * and my reason bewildered.

The Stavrotheotokion: O thou vessel of God's grace, * by the cross of thy Son, * the beguilement of idols hath been done away with * and the might of demons vanquished. * Wherefore we, the faithful, dutifully hymn and bless thee, * confessing thee in truth as the Mother of God, * we magnify thee.

ODE IV

Irmos: Abakum, prophetically apprehending * thy divine self-emptying, O Christ, * cried out to thee in awe: * thou hast come for the salvation * of thy people; * to save thine anointed Ones

   O most wise one, adorned with love and trust in God, thou hast shone forth as a Martyr, O most blessed one, and hast become a cohabitant with the Angels, O most glorious one.

   Unshakable and unyielding didst thou remain, living in exile for the sake of the Lord God of all, deprived of thine own, O God-blessed and most wise one.

   Having labored well and adorned now with the virtues of a Martyr, thou didst pass over to unseen good things, reaping the rewards of thy labors.

Theotokion: The only Good One, who is known to be on high with the Father, for our sake became incarnate below of thee, O all-spotless Sovereign Lady, through the abundance of His compassion and Love for mankind.

ODE V

Irmos: Unto Thee that arrayest Thyself with light as with a garment, do I watch and to Thee I call: Enlighten, O Christ, my darkened soul, as the only Compassionate One.

   Strengthened by the laws of the Almighty, thou didst reject the advice of the lawless, and suffering lawfully O Martyr [name], thou hast obtained the crown of incorruption.

   O most wise one, in the streams of thy blood thou hast extinguished the coals of seduction, and now, pouring forth healing waters, thou, by God's grace, drivest away the flames of disease.

   O Martyr thou wast empowered in the infirmity of thy flesh to bring to naught the snares of the clever serpent, and by grace hast thou, O wise one, rejected his numerous enticements.

Theotokion: I implore thee O most spotless Virgin, Mortify the soul corrupting passions of my body, for thou hast given birth in the flesh unto Christ God, the Source of dispassion.

ODE VI

Irmos: O Master Christ, subdue the raging tempest * of the sea of passions stirred up within me * and raise me up from corruption, * O Compassionate One.

   Thou didst stand before the judgment seat of the law breakers, O Martyr of Christ [name], uprooting their deceit and manfully rebutting their accusations with thy wisdom, wherefore thou wast judged for the sake of Christ.

   Thou wast adorned in thy passion with divine virtues, O most wise Martyr of Christ; wherefore thou wast enlightened by Christ and remained incorrupt.

   With thy blood hast thou consecrated the earth and with thy consecrated soul hast thou, O most blessed one, illumined heaven and filled with joy the choirs of Martyrs.

Theotokion: Taught of the Spirit, the Prophet foresaw in thee a door through which God passed, becoming incarnate, and leaving it sealed, O most spotless one.

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

Kontakion, In Tone II:

Spec. Mel.: Seeking the highest.

   Thou hast appeared as a bright star announcing Christ with thy radiance, * repulsive to the temporal world, O Martyr [name]; * extinguishing the temporal allure of false gods, * thou hast granted unto the faithful true light, * ever interceding for us all.

The Ikos: Grant me to sing, O my God, to recite and honor the exploits of Thy passion-bearer and Martyr, that I may worthily praise the great sufferer [name], the vanquisher of passions, great in piety, who now shines forth in the midst of the choir of the Martyrs, and with the multitude of Angels unceasingly hymns Christ, receiving from above divine illumination and praying unceasingly for us all.

ODE VII

Irmos: The highly exalted Lord of our Fathers * quenched the flame, * and rained dew upon the Youths * as they sang in harmony: * 'O God, blessed art thou!'

   Translating thy Martyred body, the people who love to honor thee, O great sufferer and wise one, gratefully cry out: 'Blessed is the God of our Fathers'.

   By the grace of God thou hast destroyed the offerings of the Pagans, and by Martyrdom thou hast released thyself from fleshly ties. Suffering lawfully, O blessed one, thou didst end thy mortal life for Christ's sake.

   Seated upon thy blood as if in a chariot thou didst with joy ascend beyond this world to the abodes of rest, O Martyr worthy of all praise.

Theotokion: The glory of all art thou, O pure one, and the strengthening of those who confess thee, O all spotless one, to be the Mother of our God, Who above nature passed through thy womb.

ODE VIII

Irmos: The Youths in the fiery furnace, * dancing and calling unto all creation, * sang unto thee the Creator of all: * 'All ye works of the Lord praise ye the Lord, * and highly exalt him unto all the ages'.

   Thou wast an heir of Jerusalem on high and dying in exile, O most wise one, thou dost unceasingly sing: 'All ye works of the Lord praise ye the Lord, and highly exalt him unto all the ages'.

   Partaking of many sufferings, O blessed one, thou didst attain the life that knows no sorrow, from whence thou dost now cry out: 'All ye works of the Lord praise ye the Lord, and highly exalt him unto all the ages'.

   Empowered by the all-embracing might of God thou didst destroy the beguiling allurements of the Pagans and their crafty delusions and received from the Master of all the crown of incorruption, O Martyr.

Theotokion: The All-compassionate Word hath taken flesh from thee, O pure one, uniting Himself unto mankind. Pray Him, O all-holy one, to subdue the urgings of my flesh and to save my soul.

ODE IX

Irmos: O Isaiah, dance now and be glad! * The Virgin hath conceived, and she hath borne a Son, Emmanuel, * who is both God and man; * and Orient is his name; him we magnify, * and thee O Virgin we call blessed. 

   O come all ye faithful gathered together today, let us celebrate the sacred observance of the most blessed and holy Martyr of Christ [name]; for in his Martyrdom he, by divine power, hath vanquished the multitudes of the adversaries.

   Adorned, O glorious one, with the divine qualities of Martyrdom, riding upon thy blood as in a chariot of fire, thou hast joyfully ascended unto the heavens to behold the ineffable goodness of our Savior, and dwelling now in the Kingdom on high, gloriously adorned with the crown of a victor, O all-praised Martyr, thou hast been revealed as a choice warrior and passion-bearer of Christ God.

Theotokion: O all-holy one, having given birth unto Christ, the enlightenment of those in darkness, do thou enlighten my blinded soul and grant that I may proceed along the paths that lead unto life, O instructress of all who hymn thee.

Expostilarion [Svetilen]:

   Illumining all creation like a brightly radiant sun beaming with wondrous rays, * O most glorious Martyr [name], * thou hast become a Saint most worthy of celebration, * wherefore honoring thy memory we pray thee to entreat Him Who rose from the grave * to deliver us all from dangers.

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

   Under thy sovereign shelter * do thou O pure one, * always preserve us thy servants unharmed from the calumny of the enemy; * for in thee alone do we find refuge in time of attacks.

At the Aposticha, the Stichera, In Tone IV:

Spec. Mel.: Called from above.

   In psalms as well as in odes we praise thy glorious memory, O [name], * for thou hast brightly shone forth with eminent valiance, * adorned with glory and grace. * Wherefore today O Martyr, the orders of Angels exult, * and the Martyrs together with Apostles praise thy valiant sufferings, * and hymn the Savior Christ our God, * who hath glorified thee; * Pray Him that He may save and enlighten our souls. [Twice]

   Thou wast found, O [name], * to be armed with the armor of Christ by those who did not expect thee to resist; * for being burned with fire for Christ's sake and scorning the godless fury of the vain gods, * thou didst cry out to the lawless ones saying: * 'I wage war for my King, Christ; * neither beast, nor wheels, nor any other torment * can ever separate me from the love of Christ'. * Him do thou pray that He may save and enlighten our souls.

   Having contended with various means of tortures * together with a multitude of fearful instruments, * thou, O crown-bearer [name], didst end thy devout life in Martyrdom; * wherefore we crown thy most illustrious memory with the flowers of hymns * and in faith kiss thy precious relics; * but since thou standest before the throne of the Master, Christ our God, * cease not to pray Him that He may save and enlighten our souls.

Glory ..., In Tone I:

   O glory of the Martyrs [name]! * thine illustrious victories have destroyed the deceit of thine enemies, * and the glory of thy bodily sufferings hast thou borne compassionately as a victor, * do thou now raise up from the fall into sin * those who in faith honor thy memory.

Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   Rejoice! O Virgin Mother of God, * for thou hast given birth to the King of heaven, * the Savior and Illumination of our souls.

The Stavrotheotokion:

Spec. Mel.: O all-famous Martyrs.

   Beholding her Lamb * without majesty or comeliness * hanging upon the cross, * the Maiden ewe-lamb and immaculate Sovereign-Lady * cried aloud bewailing: * ‘Woe unto me! To where hath Thy splendor gone, O my sweetest Child? * Whither thy majesty? * Whither the sparkling grace of Thine eye? * O my most beloved Son’.

   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 III:

   Thy Martyr, O Lord [name], * hast through his sufferings obtained from Thee O our God an incorruptible crown; * for rejoicing in Thy strength, * he overcame his tormentors and subdued the impotent offenses of the demons; * by his intercessions O Lord save our souls.

   The Dismissal:

AT THE LITURGY

Typika and Beatitudes.

   1. Withdrawing from the dung of the passions and approaching God with divine purity, thou, O worthy of glory, hast obtained illumination from God, who showed thee to be a son of light, as one who fulfills the work of light.

   2. Accounting military calling and earthly glory as nothing; thou didst enlist thyself as a soldier of Christ and now, numbered among the companies of Martyrs, thou dost rejoice therein O blessed Martyr [name], God-bearer.

   3. O wondrous one, directing the paths of thy progress in the way of peace, thou didst, O glorious one, enter the Kingdom of God, into the midst of paradise and eternal rest.

   4. Thou didst stand before the judgment seat of the law breakers, O Martyr of Christ [name], uprooting their deceit and manfully rebutting their accusations with thy wisdom, wherefore thou wast judged for the sake of Christ.

   5. Thou wast adorned in thy passion with divine virtues, O most wise Martyr of Christ; wherefore thou wast enlightened by Christ and remained incorrupt.

   6. With thy blood hast thou consecrated the earth and with thy consecrated soul hast thou, O most blessed one, illumined heaven and filled with joy the choirs of Martyrs.

   7. O come all ye faithful gathered together today, let us celebrate the sacred observance of the most blessed and holy Martyr of Christ [name]; for in his Martyrdom he, by divine power, hath vanquished the multitudes of the adversaries.

   8. Adorned, O glorious one, with the divine qualities of Martyrdom, riding upon thy blood as in a chariot of fire, thou hast joyfully ascended unto the heavens to behold the ineffable goodness of our Savior, and dwelling now in the Kingdom on high, gloriously adorned with the crown of a victor, O all-praised Martyr, thou hast been revealed as a choice warrior and passion-bearer of Christ God.

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

Troparion, In Tone IV:

   Thy Martyr, O Lord [name], * hast through his sufferings obtained from Thee O our God an incorruptible crown; * for rejoicing in Thy strength, * he overcame his tormentors and subdued the impotent offenses of the demons; * by his intercessions O Lord save our souls.

Kontakion, In Tone II:

Spec. Mel.: Seeking the highest.

   Thou hast appeared as a bright star announcing Christ with thy radiance, * repulsive to the temporal world, O Martyr [name]; / extinguishing the temporal allure of false gods, * thou hast granted unto the faithful true light, * ever interceding for us all.

Prokeimenon, In Tone VII, [Psalm 63: 10, 1] The righteous man shall be glad in the Lord, * and shall hope in Him.

Stichos: Hearken, O God, unto my prayer, when I make supplication unto thee.

The Second Epistle to Timothy [2 Tim. 2:1-10]

   Brethren: Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully. The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits. Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things. Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel: Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound. Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal Glory ...,

Alleluia, In Tone IV, [Psalm 91:12, 13] The righteous man shall flourish like a palm-tree; like a cedar in Lebanon shall he be multiplied.

Stichos: They that are planted in the house of the Lord, in the courts of our God shall they blossom forth.

The Holy Gospel according to St. John [JN. 15:16-17]

   The Lord said: Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. These things I command you, that ye love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. But [this cometh to pass], that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause. But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning. These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.

Communion, [Psalm 111:6, 7] In everlasting remembrance shall the righteous be; He shall not be afraid of evil tidings.