THE VIGIL SERVICE TO A FEMALE MARTYR.

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

Spec. Mel.: As a virtuous.

   Having adorned thy soul with the beauty of virginity * and the blood of Martyrdom, * thou, O glorious Martyr [name], hast handed thyself over unto thy Creator * Who indeed for ever preserveth thee incorrupt; * wherefore, O all-praised one, thou hast been deemed worthy * to dwell together with the hosts of Angels and Archangels, * and with the choirs of Apostles, Prophets and Martyrs.

   Tied to wheels of torture, * torn by ferocious beasts, * tortured both by fire and water, * thou didst sharpen thy mind with the Divine Spirit, * and by the gushing forth of thy blood manfully overcome the prince of darkness, * wherefore thou hast passed and dwelleth now in the spiritual palaces, * bringing thy Martyrdom as a precious dowry unto thy Bridegroom, O Martyr [name].

   Sanctified with the blood of Christ thy Bridegroom, * thou, O most praiseworthy one, * hast adorned the garment of thy flesh with thine own blood; * purifying both the inner and the outer man, * wherefore O most praiseworthy [name], * thou wast found worthy to dwell in Christ's effulgent palaces; * beseech Him that those who in faith celebrate thine all-honored memory * may be delivered from corruption and dangers.

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

   Thy supplications unto the Lord, O most pure one, * are inexhaustible * and thine intercessions ceaseless, * wherefore I pray thee, overcome the attacks of the adversary * and subdue the passions of my wretched soul; * I implore thee O Maiden, * grant consolation unto my sorrowing heart * and grace to my soul * that I may worthily glorify thee.

The Stavrotheotokion: Beholding thee, the Lamb and the Shepherd, * hung upon the tree, * the ewe that gave birth to Thee wept inconsolably * and as Thy mother spake unto Thee: * 'O Son most desired! How is it that Thou, O Long-suffering one, art hung on the tree? * How is it, O Word, that Thy hands and feet are nailed to the cross by a lawless people, * and how is it that Thou, O Master, hast shed Thy blood?'

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

   At the right hand of the Savior stands a virgin, * a great sufferer and Martyr [name], * arrayed in unconquerable virtues, * adorned with purity and the blood of Martyrdom, * joyfully holding her lamp and exclaiming unto Him: * 'I have directed my steps according to Thy will, O Christ God, * since I was smitten with love for Thee; * do not send me away, O Heavenly Bridegroom!' * Through her intercessions O All-powerful Savior * send down upon us Thy great mercies.

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: None who fleeth unto thee for refuge, ever leaveth thee ashamed, * O most pure Virgin Theotokos, * but imploring thee for grace, * they obtain granting of their profitable petitions.

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 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 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.

   Having manfully and wisely withstood the rage of the tormentor * and his brazen cruelty, * thou, O Divinely-wise one, * didst foresee the ever-abiding delights of the life to come; * which thou, O glorious one, hast worthily achieved, * having passed from earth to the heavenly mansions * and into the eternal heavenly choirs.

Stichos: Wondrous is God in His saints, the God of Israel.

   Thou hast been deemed worthy to behold the magnificence of the Kingdom * and the handsome comeliness of thy Bridegroom Christ, * for adorned with the wounds of thine uncompromising Martyrdom, * thou hast worthily approached the Source of all blessedness; * from Whom thou, O blessed one, * hast been richly rewarded * with the fruits of divine joy and immortal Glory ...,

Stichos: In the Congregations bless ye God, the Lord, from the wellsprings of Israel.

   Neither the yoke of hard labor, * nor feminine weakness, * neither starvation nor painful wounds * could withhold thee, O all-praised one, * from exhibiting thy firm resolve in Martyrdom, * and having joyfully suffered torments * with thy fervent soul, * thou art now adorned with a crown of grace * and abideth forever in the heavenly habitations * standing before thy Creator.

Glory ..., In Tone V:

   From thy youth thou hast loved Christ the King of glory, * wherefore He hath betrothed thee as a virgin bride unto Himself * in a pure unblemished union; * for of His own will He granted unto thee strength against adversaries and the passions, * and hath revealed thee as invincible * in thine endurance of the most painful wounds and grievous torments, * adorning thee with a twofold crown * and placing thee on His right hand like unto a resplendent queen. * Pray Him, O honorable and long-suffering Martyr [name], * that those who hymn thee may be granted salvation, * eternal life and great mercy.

Now & Ever ..., In Tone V:

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

   Thou art the temple and portal, the palace and throne of the King, * O most honored Virgin, * through whom Christ the Lord, my Deliverer, * Who is the Sun of righteousness, * hath revealed Himself unto those who sleep in darkness, * deigning to enlighten those whom He hath fashioned in His image by His own hand. * Wherefore, O all-hymned one, * as thou hast acquired a mother’s boldness before Him, * entreat Him without ceasing, that our souls be saved.

Otherwise, Theotokion: We the faithful ever bless thee, O Virgin Theotokos, * and dutifully glorify thee, * the impregnable city, * the unshakable wall, * the firm intercession and refuge of our souls.

The Stavrotheotokion: Beholding her Lamb lifted upon the Cross, * the Virgin and Maiden blessed by all, * cried aloud with tears: * ‘Woe unto me, O my Son * How canst Thou die, being God, * and immortal by nature?’

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

Troparion, In Tone IV:

   O Jesus, Thy Lamb [name] crieth unto Thee exclaiming: * 'Thee, O my Bridegroom, do I love, * and seeking Thee I endure Martyrdom, * by baptism I have become crucified and buried with Thee, * and now I suffer for Thy sake, so that I may reign with Thee. * I die for Thee so that I may live with Thee. * As an unblemished sacrifice do Thou receive me * who in love sacrifice myself to Thee'. * By her intercessions, O most Merciful One, 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 V:

Spec. Mel.: The Co-unoriginate.

   Piously giving thyself to the Almighty, * thou, O all-honored one, did not yield thyself to the will of the impious tyrant, * but firmly endured dark confinement and wounds from fire, * wherefore thou hast ascended unto God, O Divinely-wise Martyr [name]. * Pray for us who celebrate thy holy memory. [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 second Kathisma, the Sedalion: In Tone I:

Spec. Mel.: Thy sepulchre.

   Thou, O all-honored one, * hast extinguished the fire of torments with the dew of thy spirit, * and now departed unto the divine and immaterial light * thou, O [name], dost sprinkle the faithful with drops of healing, * extinguishing the flame of the passions * by the power of the Spirit. [Twice]

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

   Do thou accept, O Theotokos, * the entreaties of thy servants, * and deliver us from every difficulty, * since thou hast given birth unto the Savior-Christ, * the Deliverer of our souls.

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:

Spec. Mel.: Thou that wast lifted up on the cross.

   Let us the multitude of the faithful gracefully hymn [name], * who came unto Christ of her own free will * and adorning her heart with virtues, * put to shame the insolence of her tormentors, * shining forth like a sun in the midst of the lawless ones, * and after her repose appearing unto those on earth, * confirming her sanctity and the power of God. [Twice]

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

   Hearing from the Angel the good-tidings * and receiving in thy womb the Word * thou didst give birth to Emmanuel, * God Incarnate, * do thou, O Theotokos, ever pray for our

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 67:34, 25]

The Prokeimenon: Wondrous is God in His saints, * the God of Israel.

Stichos: In the Congregations bless ye God, the Lord, from the wellsprings of Israel.

Let every breath.

The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark [MK. 5, 24-34]

   At that time Jesus went forth: and much people followed him, and thronged him. And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

   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:

   At the right hand of the Savior stands a virgin, * a great sufferer and Martyr [name], * arrayed in unconquerable virtues, * adorned with purity and the blood of Martyrdom, * joyfully holding her lamp and exclaiming unto Him: * 'I have directed my steps according to Thy will, O Christ God, * since I was smitten with love for Thee; * do not send me away, O Heavenly Bridegroom!' * Through her intercessions O All-powerful Savior * send down upon us Thy great mercies.

The Canon, In Tone III:

ODE I

Irmos: He who of old assembled the waters * into one gathering by His divine decree, * divided the sea for the people of Israel. * For He is our God and He is glorified * and to Him alone let us sing, for He hath been glorified.

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

   By her wondrous actions the all-praised maiden [name] inspires the choirs of heavenly hosts above and those of us here on Earth below to hymn her holy exploits.

   The Master of all beloved the beauty of thy most fair heart, O all-praised one, wherefore He hath made thee worthy to dwell in the heavenly palaces.

   Thou, O Martyr, without fear underwent suffering, manifold wounds, and execution, taking with thee the sustaining grace of the Savior which helped thee to endure.

Theotokion: We ever hymn thee, O most pure Theotokos, who above nature hast given birth unto the pre-eternal Incarnate and Most Divine Word.

ODE III

Irmos: Almighty and Most High, * who out of nothing establisheth all things, * created by the Word, * perfected by the Spirit, * establish me in Thy love.

   Thou O all-praised [name], didst appear before thy judges with a courageous soul, and vanquished the cowardly enemy.

   Sporting neither blemish in thy beauty, nor any failing in thy soul, Christ received thee as a fair bride in His incorruptible palaces.

   O all-praised Martyr of Christ [name], heal the scars of my soul and by thine intercessions still the stormy seas of my life.

Theotokion: All the races of Orthodox Christians have acquired in thee a refuge and an unshakable wall, wherefore we unceasingly magnify thee, O thou who knewest not wedlock.

The Sedalion, In Tone VIII:

Spec. Mel.: Of the wisdom.

   With the streams of thy blood * thou hast deluged the wicked, O all-praised Martyr of Christ, * and from joyous clouds of grace thou dost ever water the spiritual meadows, * rearing up therein the fruits of faith; * wherefore after thy repose thou appearest lustrously as a bright cloud, * shedding forth the testimony of thy life. * O all-praised great sufferer [name], * pray to Christ God that those whom lovingly honor thy holy memory * be granted the remission of their sins.

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

   As a Virgin and as a women * who brought forth God in the flesh without seed, * does the race of mankind call thee blessed, * for the fire of the Divinity dwelt in thee. * Thou didst suckle the Creator as the infant Lord, * wherefore, both the orders of Angels and the race of mankind, * worthily glorify thine all-holy birth-giving, * and with one voice cry unto thee; * ‘Intercede with Christ God to grant remission of sins * unto those who lovingly venerate thy holy birth-giving.’

The Stavrotheotokion: Seeing, O pure one, * Him who took flesh from thy pure blood * and who past all understanding was born from thee, * hanging upon the tree in the midst of malefactors, * thy heart sickened and with motherly lamentations thou didst cry: * 'Woe unto me, O my child!' * Yet I hymn Thy compassion, * for how ineffable is Thy divine condescension * whereby Thou hast granted rebirth and life unto Thy creation!.

ODE IV

Irmos: I have hearkened, O Lord, unto the mystery * of Thy dispensation, * comprehended Thy works * and glorified Thy Divinity.

   Bearing manly wisdom of mind while in thy feminine body, thou, O glorious one, didst not fear beasts of land and sea.

   Vanquishing the pride of thy tormentors, thy soul remained unharmed, O invincible Martyr, and thou hast obtained the crown of victory.

   As righteous and beautiful, as honorable and resplendent with the radiance of virginity, the Bridegroom, even the Lord, hath brought thee to Himself, O all-praised one.

Theotokion: As the only Sinless One, grant deliverance from ignorance unto us, and peace to Thy world, O God, through the intercession of her who gave birth to Thee.

ODE V

Irmos: Rising in watchfulness at dawn * we cry unto Thee, O Lord: * Save us, * for Thou art our God, * and we know no other besides Thee.

   Having learned the difference between the spiritual day and the darkness of the world, thou didst rebuke the contentious spirit.

   Imagining he would be able to weaken thy divine strength, O Martyr [name], the most cunning enemy hath only made of himself a subject of derision.

   Grant unto me, O all-praised one, enlightenment and peace, and by thine intercessions disperse the great agitation and confusion that afflicts my soul.

Theotokion: We ever hymn thee as a Virgin, O Theotokos, even after child-birth, for thou hast brought forth into the world God the Word in the flesh.

ODE VI

Irmos: O Thou that puttest on light as a garment * grant unto me also a tunic of light, * O most compassionate Christ, our God.

   Presenting thyself as an unstained mirror of divine understanding, thou, O Martyr, doth shine forth in the midst of women sufferers like a golden lamp of priceless beauty.

   Thou didst not offer sacrifice unto the dumb demons, O invincible Martyr [name], but rather lovingly desired to receive a life-granting death for thy piety.

   With the other passion-bearers, O unblemished [name], thou didst bear upon thy body countless wounds, and yet remained without pain through the working of divine love.

Theotokion: As the only one who hath given birth in the flesh unto the Word, we implore thee O most pure one, do thou deliver our souls from the snares of the enemy.

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

Kontakion, In Tone II:

Spec. Mel.: Seeking the highest.

   Finding thine all-revered temple * to be a source of healing for our souls, * we the faithful with a loud voice cry unto thee, * O greatly renowned maiden-Martyr [name], / entreat Christ God unceasingly on behalf of us all.

The Ikos: Coming together today let us worthily honor the Martyr of Christ [name], so that, by her intercessions, we may be delivered from the ruin of our souls, from pestilence, earthquake and plague, and that we may pass our lives in humility, and thus be granted to sing together with all the saints that pleased God in ages past, and to walk in the light that knows no end. For Thou, O Savior, hast bedewed with Thy mercies all those who in faith praise her. Wherefore we cry unto her, unceasingly pray for us all.

ODE VII

Irmos: The youths of Judea by their faith in the Trinity * trod down the flame of the furnace in Babylon, * and cried aloud in hymns: * 'O God of our fathers, * blessed art Thou'.

   The courage of the divine Martyrs appears above understanding, for the Creator of all subdues His creation unto those who in the midst of their suffering cry out: 'O God of our Fathers, blessed art Thou'.

   The glorious maiden hath silenced the wicked mouths of her tormentors and subdued the pride of the lawless, whilst in the Holy Spirit she divinely sang: 'O God of our Fathers, blessed art Thou'.

   Of old, the trio of devout youths burned those who superheated the fiery furnace; and now, as then, the Divinely-wise maiden, hymning the Trinity, inspires us to sing: 'O God of our Fathers, blessed art Thou'.

Theotokion: O Savior, when thou didst deign to accomplish our salvation; Thou didst enter the womb of the Virgin and reveal her as a sure intercessor for all the world: O God of our Fathers, blessed art Thou.

ODE VIII

Irmos: The King of the heavens, * Whom the hosts of Angels sing, * praise ye and exalt Him unto all the ages.

   The most blessed among women [name], having been rewarded with grace from the Most High, now sings praising Christ unto all the ages.

   Strengthened by the thought of the Bridegroom and caring for things spiritual, thou didst give up thy body, even unto death, and inherited eternal life.

   The Bridegroom, mysteriously descending unto the most pure maiden in the furnace, hath, by the dew of the Holy Spirit, and in accordance with the good pleasure of the Father, saved her who hymneth Christ unto all the ages.

Theotokion: Do not despise, O pure Virgin; those that seek thine aid, and who sing and extol thee unto the ages.

ODE IX

Irmos: Thee, the Mother of the Most High God, * who knew not wedlock, * hath above all understanding * given birth unto the True God, * wherefore we in unceasing hymns magnify thee * who art higher than the most pure powers of Heaven.

   From on high thou wast granted to know that the flow of thy blood was a sign of thy future incorruptible life, O all-praised Martyr, wherefore thou hast appeared as an inexhaustible treasury of healings unto those that draw nigh to thee.

   In accordance with the law of nature, O Divinely-wise one, thou didst suffer death, which thou didst willingly endure; and upon death thy all-precious body was laid to rest, and remained incorrupt, as was witnessed to even by the flow of thine own blood.

   As the fairest bride of Christ and as an illumining sun, as a truly chosen turtle-dove and as a fertile olive tree more comely than the cedars of Lebanon we all praise thee, O divinely exalted [name].

Theotokion: O bride who knew not wedlock, receptacle of the most sweet fragrance, the true and immaculate Virgin and Mother who received in thy womb the heavenly rain descending from the cloud of divine light, thee do we magnify.

Expostilarion [Svetilen]:

   As a bride betrothed unto the Bridegroom * thou wast adorned with the virtuous desires of thy heart, * and as one chosen thou hast entered into the resplendent palaces on high, * as a maiden carrying the lamp of her virtues, O [name] * thou dost reign ever rejoicing with Him Who exists eternally.

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

   All we sinners possess in thee, O most pure Virgin, a sure intercessor; * do thou pray thy Son that we may be reconciled with Him.

At the Aposticha, the Stichera, In Tone III:

   Beholding the God-pleasing celebration * of the Martyr [name], * let us the faithful sing a hymn of thanksgiving unto our God * Who is wondrous in His saints. * For He hath vanquished the invisible might of the enemy * with the weaker vessel, * and hath shown forth His divine power in the frailty of a virtuous woman, * for by her intercessions He saves our souls. [Twice]

   Having mingled the cup of truth with her martyric blood, * the all-praised Martyr of Christ [name], / ever offers words of wisdom unto those wisely gathered by her, saying: * 'Draw from the nectar of martyrdom, * given to you as a pledge of the Resurrection', * for it drives away unbelievers and purifies the passions, * and preserves the souls of the devout who call upon the Savior saying: * 'Thou Who hast filled us with the sweet streams of the grace of the Spirit, save our souls'.

   Let us, whose souls have been sealed by the blood of Christ's redemption, * with joy draw spiritual inspiration from the holy well-spring of Martyrdom, * which prefigures both the life-bringing passion of our Savior * and eternal glory; * let us cry out unto Him; * 'O Lord, who art glorified in thy saints, * through the intercessions of Thy most glorious Martyr [name] save our souls.

Glory ..., In Tone VI:

   Proceeding along the path of Martyrdom, * thou, O all-honored [name], * escaped the counsels of the tyrant; * for, as a maiden most wise, thou hast entered into the courts of thy Lord * carrying the lamp of thy virtues, * and as thou art a valiant Martyr * thou hast been granted the grace to cure the passions of the flesh. * Do thou, by thine intercessions before God, * also cure from spiritual maladies us who hymn thee.

Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

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

The Stavrotheotokion: When the most pure one beheld Thee * hanging upon the Cross in the flesh, * with a broken heart she cried aloud in tears: * 'O Word, to where hast Thou gone, * my most beloved Jesus, my Son, and my Lord? * O Christ, leave me not alone, who hath given birth to Thee!'

   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 Jesus, Thy Lamb [name] crieth unto Thee exclaiming: * 'Thee, O my Bridegroom, do I love, * and seeking Thee I endure Martyrdom, * by baptism I have become crucified and buried with Thee, * and now I suffer for Thy sake, so that I may reign with Thee. * I die for Thee so that I may live with Thee. * As an unblemished sacrifice do Thou receive me * who in love sacrifice myself to Thee'. * By her intercessions, O most Merciful One, save our souls.

   The Dismissal:

    

AT THE LITURGY

Typika and Beatitudes.

   1. Thou O all-praised [name], didst appear before thy judges with a courageous soul, and vanquished the cowardly enemy.

   2. Sporting neither blemish in thy beauty, nor any failing in thy soul, Christ received thee as a fair bride in His incorruptible palaces.

   3. O all-praised Martyr of Christ [name], heal the scars of my soul and by thine intercessions still the stormy seas of my life.

   4. Presenting thyself as an unstained mirror of divine understanding, thou, O Martyr, shinest forth in the midst of the women sufferers like a golden lamp of priceless beauty.

   5. Thou didst not offer sacrifice unto the dumb demons, O invincible Martyr [name], but rather lovingly desired to receive a life-granting death for thy piety.

   6. With the other passion-bearers, O unblemished [name], thou didst bear upon thy body countless wounds, and yet remained without pain through the working of divine love.

   7. From on high thou wast granted to know that the flow of thy blood was a sign of thy future incorruptible life, O all-praised Martyr, wherefore thou hast appeared as an inexhaustible treasury of healings unto those that draw nigh to thee.

   8. In accordance with the law of nature, O Divinely-wise one, thou didst suffer death, which thou didst willingly endure; and upon death thy all-precious body was laid to rest, and remained incorrupt, as was witnessed to even by the flow of thine own blood.

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

Troparion, In Tone IV:

   O Jesus, Thy Lamb [name] crieth unto Thee exclaiming: * 'Thee, O my Bridegroom, do I love, * and seeking Thee I endure Martyrdom, * by baptism I have become crucified and buried with Thee, * and now I suffer for Thy sake, so that I may reign with Thee. * I die for Thee so that I may live with Thee. * As an unblemished sacrifice do Thou receive me * who in love sacrifice myself to Thee'. * By her intercessions, O most Merciful One, save our souls.

Kontakion, In Tone II:

Spec. Mel.: Seeking the highest.

   Finding thine all-revered temple * to be a source of healing for our souls, * we the faithful with a loud voice cry unto thee, * O greatly renowned virgin-Martyr [name], / entreat Christ God unceasingly on behalf of us all.

Prokeimenon, In Tone IV, [Psalm 67:34, 25]

The Prokeimenon: Wondrous is God in His saints, * the God of Israel.

Stichos: In the Congregations bless ye God, the Lord, from the wellsprings of Israel.

The 2nd Epistle to the Corinthians [2 Cor. 6:1-10]

   Brethren: We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. [For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.] Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed: But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings; By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true; As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

Alleluia, In Tone I, [Psalm 39:1, 2] I waited patiently for the Lord, and He was attentive unto me, * and hearkened unto my supplication.

Stichos: And he brought me out of the pit of misery, out of the mire of clay.

The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark: [MK. 5:24-34]

   At that time, Jesus went: and much people followed him, and thronged him. And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in [her] body that she was healed of that plague. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

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