THE VIGIL SERVICE COMMON TO TWO OR MORE FEMALE MARTYRS.

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

Spec. Mel.: Thou hast given a sign.

   United by love and sustained by devotion to their Creator * the virgin-maidens, by faith, were freed from attachment to the flesh; * valiantly trampling the impotent enemy under their feet, * and became resplendently adorned with the honors of victors * and now rejoice, having made their abode * in the spiritual bridal chambers.

   The all-honored and fairest maidens * endured fire and a multitude of tortures, even death. * Possessing the fairest beauty and faith in the Bridegroom, * adorned with a multitude of wounds, * they were numbered with His elect; * wherefore Jesus, the Lover of mankind and Savior of our souls, * hath crowned them with spiritual gifts.

   O virtuous maidens, * you have brought unto Christ your most praiseworthy virginity, * and with manly understanding, by the power of the Cross, * overcome the deceptive allure of idolatry; * wherefore all the Churches of Christ celebrate your holy memory, * O most bright and all-glorious Martyrs.

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 VIII:

   Let every tongue be moved to praise * the most praiseworthy and gentle Martyrs; * let every generation, old and young, * youths and maidens, * adore the great Martyrs of Christ; * for having exerted themselves lawfully and put aside the weakness of their flesh, * they crushed the tormenting enemy, * and now adorned with heavenly and divine crowns * in reward for their labors of Martyrdom, * they entreat their Bridegroom and God to grant us great mercy.

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: O Sovereign-Lady, * accept the prayers of us thy servants * and deliver us * from every need and suffering.

The Stavrotheotokion: Seeing Him Who was born of thee, * hung upon the tree, * the all-immaculate one exclaimed bewailing: * ‘O my most beloved Child? * To where hast Thou descended O illuminating grace * and benefactor of mankind?’

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.

   The choirs of Angels stood in amazement at your wholehearted zeal, * divine love and your unity in sufferings, O blessed ones, * for having manfully conquered the invisible enemy by your united struggles, * you worthily and readily received crowns of victory * from the life-giving Hand of the Savior.

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

   By the machinations of a furious delusion * you were put to death for the sake of Christ, * but by extinguishing the flame of vanity, * and keeping the lamp's flame of your souls lit, * ye have entered together into the heavenly palace of Christ; * wherefore, we all, enlightened by your grace, * reverently hymn your holy memory, O great sufferers.

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

   Enduring much suffering and a multitude of tortures, * and resolutely withstanding them O all-praised ones, * you were translated and admitted into the glory of the never-setting illumination, * to participate in the serene joy of the eternal divine light; * wherefore we bless you and commemorate your holy memory, * most blessed and Godly Martyrs.

Glory ..., In Tone IV:

   Setting aside as transient * O most praiseworthy ones, * the pleasures of temporal life, * the delight of food and the glory of prosperity, * you were moved to devote yourselves to Christ in Martyrdom * by the fairness of His beauty, * wherefore He received you as sweetest and most fragrant roses * and adorned you with crowns in His eternal Kingdom, * O Godly acclaimed ones.

Now & Ever ..., In Tone IV:

   If the Celebration be with a Polyeleos, sing the Theotokon 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: Deliver us from all our needs, * O Mother of Christ our God * for thou hast given birth to the Creator of all, * that we may cry unto thee: * ‘Rejoice, O only intercessor for our souls’.

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

Troparion, In Tone I:

   As rational sheep of Christ, the Lamb and the Shepherd, * you undertook the struggle of Martyrdom, * and finishing your course you preserved the faith, * wherefore, O wonderworthy Martyrs, * with gladsome hearts we celebrate today * your holy memory, magnifying Christ.

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., Theotokion, In Tone I:

   When Gabriel announced to thee, "Rejoice!", O Virgin, * the Master of all became incarnate within thee, the holy tabernacle, * at his cry, as the righteous David said. Thou wast shown to be more spacious than the heavens, * having borne thy Creator. * 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.

   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.: Thy sepulchre.

   Burning with the fire of divine desire, * O blessed ones, * you remained unburned by immersion in material fire, * rather, by those flames, you scorched the beguilement of idolatry, * and having suffered numerous merciless tortures, O ever-memorable Martyrs, * you attained the desire of your hearts * and inherited eternal Glory ..., [Twice]

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

   O most blessed Mary, * thou who knew not wedlock, * God's dwelling place, and the refuge of despairing mankind, * set upon the path of repentance, * we who constantly turn to the path of self-will, * and thereby anger the Most kind Lord.

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

Spec. Mel.: Wonder-struck was Joseph.

   The choirs of the bodiless powers of heaven * stood awestruck by your celebrated endurance; * For it seemed as if you were witnessing the sufferings of others, * even though your own legs and joints were broken * and you suffered a most bitter death, * you destroyed the apostate serpent with your fragile bodies, * O ye virgins and brides of the Giver of Life, * champions of the faith. [Twice]

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

   As he contemplated what was beyond nature, O Theotokos, * Joseph was struck with wonder at thy conception without seed. * He contemplated the mysterious dew on the fleece, * the bush unburned by fire, * Aaron's rod which blossomed, * hence thy Betrothed and guardian bore witness and cried unto the priests saying: * ‘A Virgin beareth a child, * and after child-birth remaineth a virgin’.

After the Polyeleos, the Megalynarion: We magnify you, O holy Martyrs, and honor your precious sufferings which you endured for the sake of Christ.

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

After the Polyeleos, the Sedalion: In Tone VIII:

Spec. Mel.: Of the wisdom.

   Betrothed unto the Lord * In a most Godly manner, * ye passion-bearing maidens brought unto Him your blood and your self-sacrifice * as a most precious dowry, * with which you inherited a place in the divine palace on high * unceasingly partaking of the most ineffable illumination; * wherefore, worthily celebrating your most holy and honorable memory, * we glorify our Savior and in faith call out: * 'Pray Christ God that He grant the remission of sins to those who lovingly honor your holy memory'. [Twice]

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

   O most pure Theotokos, * the Prophets have announced, the Apostles have taught, * the martyrs have clearly and in a Divinely-wise manner * confessed thy Son, as the God of all, * Who through thee hath delivered us from the ancient condemnation; * together with them we magnify 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 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 Martyrs…

Both now: Through the intercessions of the Theotokos…

Have mercy upon us:

Then the Sedalion: In Tone IV:

   Setting aside as transient * O most praiseworthy ones, * the pleasures of temporal life, * the delight of food and the glory of prosperity, * you were moved to devote yourselves to Christ in Martyrdom * by the fairness of His beauty, * wherefore He received you as sweetest and most fragrant roses * and adorned you with crowns in His eternal Kingdom, * O Godly acclaimed ones.

The Canon, In Tone IV:

ODE I

Irmos: I shall open my mouth * and the Spirit will inspire it, * and I shall utter the words of my song unto the Queen and Mother: * I shall be seen radiantly keeping feast * and joyfully praising her wonders.

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

   Valiantly have you battled the enemy, O maiden Martyrs, first by fasting and thereupon by the cruel shedding of your blood; wherefore we in faith honor your memory.

   Moved by love for Him Who for our sake suffered both the Cross and death, the holy maiden Martyrs followed in His footsteps, disregarding the inherent weakness of their bodies.

   O most honorable maiden Martyrs, with the weapon of Martyrdom you overthrew the sacrificial temples of the Hagarenes with their armies of demons, and as whole burnt offerings have you been brought into the heavenly Church.

Theotokion: Strengthened with the grace of Him Who hath shone forth from thy loins, O most spotless one, the virgin-maidens underwent the pains of Martyrdom, with rejoicing were led into the kingdom of heaven following thee.

ODE III

Irmos: The bow of the mighty * hath been made impotent * and the infirm are now girded * with great strength; * wherefore my heart doth swell * with strength in the Lord.

   Strengthened by God with mighty power, you overthrew the might of the adversary, and have become famed as invincible trophy-bearers.

   Through Christ's divine power the jaws of the beast gaped in vain, for you, O Divinely-wise ones, were delivered from them unharmed, glorifying God.

   With minds enlightened with wisdom and grace, O maiden Martyrs of the Savior, and sustained by God's strength, you remained unfrightened by the threats of your tormentors.

Theotokion: With right worship we proclaim thee to be the true immaculate Mother of God, for through thee the Creator of all was pleased to unite with us.

The Sedalion, In Tone I:

   Acquiring in you a source of miracles * O most praiseworthy maiden Martyrs, * we receive an abundance of healing, * wherefore we praise your sufferings and divine zeal, * your wounds and valiant feats, * and to the glory of our God celebrate your wondrous memory.

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.

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: He Who sitteth in glory * upon the throne of the Divinity, * Jesus the true God is come in a swift cloud. * And with His sinless hands He hath saved those who cry: * Glory to Thy power, O Christ.

   Suffering tortures and grievous bodily wounds, such as the breaking of limbs and being thrown into fire, you inherited a place in the heavenly mansions, where you unceasingly delight in the Tree of life, O wonder-worthy ones.

   The heavenly powers were astonished at the struggles of the blessed maiden Martyrs, for in their feminine nature they vanquished the enemy, strengthened by the power of Him Who hath shone forth from the Virgin.

   Rejecting the vanity of this world, you have with the whole of your souls devoted yourselves to God alone; wherefore you endured the anguish of fasting and of a multitude of tortures, O ye long-suffering brides of Christ.

Theotokion: Into thy womb, O immaculate one, the Lord descended like the dew upon the fleece of Gideon, as the Prophet of old described; Him hast thou brought forth in two natures and unto Him we cry; 'Glory to Thy might, O Christ!'

ODE V

Irmos: The wicked will not see Thy glory, O Christ, * but we who rise early to hymn Thee shall behold, * Thee the O Only-Begotten brightness of Thy Father's divine glory, * O only Lover of mankind.

   As unblemished lambs and as perfect and pleasing whole-burnt offerings you were brought unto Christ the True Shepherd.

   O maiden Martyrs, like He Who slew the might of death enduring the Cross, death and His voluntary passion, you have died in the body, but quickened in your souls.

   The Divinely-wise ones, being of one mind while in separate bodies, were cut asunder in many ways, burned with fire, and all the while confessed the only Jesus Christ, Lord of all.

Theotokion: Raise me up who am fallen into the pit of passions and set me straight, O most pure one, for thou hast brought forth God, the Governor, Who by grace joined together that which in the beginning had been separated.

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.

   The first mother Eve divinely rejoices, seeing the serpent who had first driven her from Eden through flattery, now overthrown and trodden under the feet of the maiden Martyrs.

   Joining fasting with lawful suffering, you are now most purely united with the spiritual Bridegroom and with gladsome souls you have taken up your abodes in the heavenly palaces.

   The waves raised by the tormentors were unable to submerge the Martyr-ships, for the lofty arm of God protected and guided them to the divine haven.

Theotokion: Beholding now the fulfillment of thy prophetic words, we yet the more magnify thee, O Mother of God, and Him Who hath exalted thee; for truly all generations now call the blessed.

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

Kontakion, In Tone IV:

Spec. Mel.: Thou hast appeared.

   We who now celebrate the feast of Christ's Martyred maidens * in faith now pray for help, * that we who call out; 'God, Who willed to glorify His maiden Martyrs, is With us, * who then can prevail against us', * may be delivered from every besetting affliction.

The Ikos: Acquiring in you a source of miracles O most praiseworthy maiden Martyrs, we receive an abundance of healing, wherefore we praise your sufferings and divine zeal, your wounds and valiant feats, and to the glory of our God celebrate your wondrous memory crying out: 'God, Who willed to glorify His maiden Martyrs, is With us, who then can prevail against us'.

ODE VII

Irmos: The youths of Abraham * having once trodden down the flame of the furnace in Babylon, * cried aloud in hymns: * 'O God of our fathers, * blessed art Thou'.

   With the eyes of their hearts turned toward God the Savior and King, the ewe-lambs of Christ went boldly to face a multitude of evil lures and manfully vanquishing then, exclaimed: 'Blessed art Thou, O God of our Fathers'.

   Focusing all your desires solely on the Master, O maiden Martyrs, you counted the attractions of temporal life as but a mere dream, exclaiming: 'Blessed art Thou, O God of our Fathers'.

   While standing before the judgment seat the valiant maiden Martyrs cried aloud; 'Behold, the gates to the palace are open let us not be faint-hearted, for Christ bears our crowns, rather let us manfully confess our faith, not sparing our bodies'.

Theotokion: Blessed is the Fruit of thy blessed womb, O pure one; bless Him, O blessed one, and you heavenly powers and you assemblies of men, bless Him also as One Who hath delivered us from the first curse.

ODE VIII

Irmos: The offspring of the Theotokos * saved the Holy Children in the furnace. * He who was then prefigured hath since been born on earth, * and He gathers together all the creation to sing: * 'O all ye works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord and exalt Him above all for ever'.

   Through the blood of Martyrdom you have clothed yourselves in bright garments, in truth putting off the old-man corrupted by sins, while singing: 'O all ye works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord and exalt Him above all for ever'.

   By the bright effulgence of the divine light of the spiritual Sun, you have, O all-praised maiden Martyrs, passaged the dark night of godlessness, singing as if with one spirit: 'O all ye works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord and exalt Him above all for ever'.

   Like ewe-lambs and pure bullocks, and like Godly doves you offered yourselves as voluntary sacrifices, O maiden Martyrs, unto your Creator, singing with one voice: 'O all ye works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord and exalt Him above all for ever'.

Theotokion: The maiden-Martyrs followed in thy succession, O most pure Bride of God, yearning for the sweet-smelling Myrrh that shone forth from thy womb, even thy Son, thy only Child, and in truth they reign with thee, hymning Christ unto the ages.

ODE IX

Irmos: Eve by her disobedience brought about the curse, * but thou O Virgin Theotokos, * through the sprouting of the fruit of thy womb, * flowered forth blessing unto all the world, * wherefore we all magnify Thee.

   Like waters from a spring the most famed maiden Martyrs bestow healing upon those who seek it from them, allaying the sufferings of the diseased, driving away the armies of demons, and watering with fruitful divine activity the hearts of those who love God.

   Having obtained power over your enemies, O brides of God, you have become angel-like and now freely partake of the delights of the source of all goodness from the tree of life in paradise, praying for the whole world.

   The celebration of your memory, O maiden Martyrs, shining with divine illuminating grace, illumines the thoughts of those who praise you.

Theotokion: Thou hast been revealed as an abode of Wisdom, far above understanding, and as a spiritual throne and door, O undefiled Virgin, wherefore the pure virgins, the holy maiden Martyrs who loved thee as their Queen, were ushered into heaven in thy mystical entourage.

Expostilarion [Svetilen]:

   By all means desirous to behold the fairness of the Bridegroom, * and by heeding His call, * you have assumed immortality in your mortal bodies, O God-bearing ones; * wherefore you are worthily blessed.

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

   When Thou comest in Thy glory to judge the world * O Christ, spare me, * and through the intercessions of her who bare Thee, and of Thy honorable maiden Martyrs, * dispel the fog of my passions, as Thou art Good and Greatly Merciful. 

At the Aposticha, the Stichera, In Tone IV:

Spec. Mel.: As a virtuous.

   Adorning yourselves with the shedding of your blood * O virgin-maidens, * you united yourselves in the purest way unto the Fair One, * Christ our God, * Who preserves your virginity undefiled * in the eternal bridal-chambers of the heavenly tabernacle, * in the palaces not made with hands, * O most praiseworthy maiden Martyrs. [Twice]

   In imperfect bodies, * but with perfected minds O glorious ones, * you have vanquished the ancient serpent, * the origin of all evil, * and have revealed the weakness of his strength by the power of your spirit, * wherefore, O most praiseworthy maiden Martyrs, * champions Trinitarion, * you have received crowns of victory.

   Neither the breaking of your limbs, * nor the burning of your bodies, * neither being torn with iron teeth, * nor being hung upon crosses and cut asunder with swords * could make you reject Christ, O most praiseworthy maiden Martyrs; * wherefore ye have received crowns of victory, * as richly adorned champions of the Holy Trinity.

Glory ..., In Tone II:

   Having lived a pure life and vanquished the godless judges, * you have revealed yourselves as staunchly victorious, * O honorable ones; * adorned with the brightness of God like radiant flowers, * and vested with God's strength, * you spurned the commands of the tyrants * and mocked the empty speeches of the pagan orators, * O Divinely-wise maiden Martyrs.

Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   All my trust I place in thee, * O Mother of God, * do thou preserve me * under thy shelter.

The Stavrotheotokion: When the undefiled lamb saw her offspring * as a man willingly dragged to the slaughter, * with weeping she spake saying; * 'Dost Thou now, O Christ my God, strive to make childless * the one who gave birth unto Thee? * Wherefore hast Thou done this to me, * O Deliverer of all? * Nevertheless, I hymn and glorify Thine extreme goodness * O Lover of mankind * which is above both mind and speech’.

    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 I:

   As rational sheep of Christ, the Lamb and the Shepherd, * you undertook the struggle of Martyrdom, * and finishing your course you preserved the faith, * wherefore, O wonderworthy Martyrs, * with gladsome hearts we celebrate today * your holy memory, magnifying Christ.

   The Dismissal:

 

AT THE LITURGY

Typika and Beatitudes.

   1. Strengthened by God with mighty power, you overthrew the might of the adversary, and have become famed as invincible trophy-bearers.

   2. Through Christ's divine power the jaws of the beast gaped in vain, for you, O Divinely-wise ones, were delivered from them unharmed, glorifying God.

   3. With minds enlightened with wisdom and grace, O maiden Martyrs of the Savior, and sustained by God's strength, you remained unfrightened by the threats of your tormentors.

   4. The first mother Eve divinely rejoices, seeing the serpent who had first driven her from Eden through flattery, now overthrown and trodden under the feet of the maiden Martyrs.

   5. Joining fasting with lawful suffering, you are now most purely united with the spiritual Bridegroom and with gladsome souls you have taken up your abodes in the heavenly palaces.

   6. The waves raised by the tormentors were unable to submerge the Martyr-ships, for the lofty arm of God protected and guided them to the divine haven.

   7. Like waters from a spring the most famed maiden Martyrs bestow healing upon those who seek it from them, allaying the sufferings of the diseased, driving away the armies of demons, and watering with fruitful divine activity the hearts of those who love God.

   8. Having obtained power over your enemies, O brides of God, you have become angel-like and now freely partake of the delights of the source of all goodness from the tree of life in paradise, praying for the whole world.

   The Troparion and Kontakion from the Typicon. If there be no Typicon, sing the following:

Troparion, In Tone I:

   As rational sheep of Christ, the Lamb and the Shepherd, * you undertook the struggle of Martyrdom, * and finishing your course you preserved the faith, * wherefore, O wonderworthy Martyrs, * with gladsome hearts we celebrate today * your holy memory, magnifying Christ.

Kontakion, In Tone IV:

Spec. Mel.: Thou hast appeared.

   We who now celebrate the feast of Christ's Martyred maidens * in faith now pray for help, * that we who call out; 'God, Who willed to glorify His maiden Martyrs, is With us, * who then can prevail against us', * may be delivered from every besetting affliction.

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.