THE GENERAL VIGIL SERVICE TO TWO OR MANY MONK MARTYRS.

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

Spec. Mel.: What shall we call you.

   Having valiantly fought [the good fight], * O Monastic Fathers, * manfully enduring the assaults of tyrants, * you gave up your souls to the sword * and put on crowns of Martyrdom * and now with love worthily exult together with the Angels. * Great was Your endurance and still greater your spiritual gifts, * ever intercede that our souls may be saved.

   You lived God-pleasing lives, O holy ones, * valiantly emulating the deeds of the Martyrs, * for having sanctified your bodies by fasting * you manfully scorned torments, * and shed your blood with love, * that together you might put on the crowns of your sufferings; * ever intercede that our souls may be saved.

   O ascetic Martyrs of Christ! * You have struggled valiantly, * utterly disregarding temporal life * and manfully overcoming fleshly wisdom, * you willingly finished your course in Martyrdom for Christ, * wherefore you have been found worthy to make your abodes with the Angels; * we who lovingly honoring your memory * implore you to entreat the Lord * that He may have mercy upon our souls.

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

   Arise! O my wretched soul, * for rising not to repent and fearing not the flames awaiting the wicked, * to whom then art thou likened? * Call upon thy only swift protection exclaiming: * 'O Virgin Mother! entreat thy Son and our God * to deliver me from the snares of the evil one'.

The Stavrotheotokion: Beholding the Lamb voluntarily stretched upon the tree of the Cross, * the ewe-lamb, suffering the pangs of motherly love cried aloud: * 'O my Son! What is this strange sight? * How dost Thou the Lord who grantest life and Resurrection unto those born on earth, * suffer such a shameful death, O Long-suffering One?', * I glorify Thy great condescension, O my God.

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

   Having lived Angelic lives laboring in fasting, * and by abstinence subjecting your bodies to the spirit, * you were revealed to be true laborers in the vineyards of the Lord, * fulfilling His commandments * and preserving the beauty of the original image within yourselves * accomplishing great feats of fasting * and suffering the pains of Martyrdom, * wherefore you were adorned with double crowns, * fervently entreat the Savior that our souls may be saved.

Now & Ever ..., In Tone VIII:

   If the Celebration be with a Polyeleos, sing the In Tone VIII Dogmatic of the Resurrection, If a Resurrection service, sing the Dogmatic of the In Tone of the Week:

   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: Thy shelter, O Theotokos and Virgin, * is a spiritual cure, * fleeing unto which we are delivered * from the infirmities of the soul.

The Stavrotheotokion: Standing close by Thee O Lord, * and beholding Thee hung upon the Cross, * she who gave birth to Thee, cried unto Thee lamenting: * 'O my Child! why dost Thou suffer thus in the flesh, * making me childless? * Seek to glorify Thyself that I may be glorified through Thy passion!'

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

The Reading from the Book of Proverbs

   The memory of the just is praised, and the blessing of the Lord is upon his head. Blessed is the man who hath found wisdom, and the mortal who knoweth prudence. For it is better to traffic for her, than for treasures of gold and silver. And she is more valuable than precious stones: no precious thing is equal to her in value. For length of existence and years of life are in her right hand; and in her left hand are wealth and glory: out of her mouth righteousness proceedeth, and she carrieth law and mercy upon her tongue. Hearken to me, O children, for I will speak solemn truths. Blessed is the man who shall keep my ways; for my outgoings are the outgoings of life, and in them is prepared favor from the Lord. Ye, O men, do I exhort; and utter my voice to the sons of men. I, wisdom, have built up; upon counsel, knowledge and understanding have I called. Counsel and safety are mine; prudence is mine, and strength is mine. I love those that love me; they that seek me shall find grace. O ye simple, understand subtlety, and ye that are untaught, imbibe knowledge. Hearken unto me again; for I will speak solemn truths. For my throat shall meditate truth; and false lips are an abomination before me. All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing in them wrong or perverse. They are all evident to those that understand, and right to those that find knowledge. For I will instruct you in truth, that your hope may be in the Lord, and ye may be filled with the Spirit.

The Reading from the Book of Proverbs

   The mouth of the righteous droppeth wisdom: but the tongue of the unjust shall perish. The lips of just men drop grace: but the mouth of the ungodly is perverse. False balances are an abomination before the Lord: but a just weight is acceptable unto Him. Wherever pride entereth, there will also disgrace: but the mouth of the humble doth meditate wisdom. The integrity of the upright shall guide them, but the overthrow of the rebellious shall spoil them. Possessions shall not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness will deliver from death. When a just man dieth, he leaveth regret: but the destruction of the ungodly is speedy and causeth joy. Righteousness traceth out blameless paths: but ungodliness encountereth unjust dealing. The righteousness of upright men delivereth them: but transgressors are caught in their own destruction. At the death of a just man his hope doth not perish: but the boast of the ungodly perisheth. A righteous man escapeth from a snare, and the ungodly man is delivered up in his place. In the mouth of ungodly men is a snare for citizens: but the understanding of righteous men is prosperous. In the prosperity of righteous men a city prospereth, but at the destruction of the wicked there is exultation. At the blessing of the upright a city shall be exalted, but by the mouths of ungodly men it is overthrown. A man void of understanding sneereth at his fellow citizens: but a sensible man is quiet.

The Reading from the Wisdom of Solomon

   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.

With the Vespers Aposticha the Stichera, In Tone VIII:

Spec. Mel.: Thy Martyrs, O Lord.

   O Lord, Thy ascetic Martyrs, * by their prayers emulating the bodiless ones * and by their abstinence mastering the passions of the flesh, * shining forth with miraculous deeds, * they have enlightened the hearts of all the faithful; * by their intercessions, grant unto Thy people, great mercy.

Stichos: Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.

   O ascetic Martyrs! * Animated with virtuous zeal, * you shattered the heresies of Arius and Nestorius, * and as champions of Orthodoxy, * you became renown among all peoples; * by their intercessions, O Christ, * grant unto Thy people great mercy.

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

   O ascetic Martyrs, * like stars shining in the firmament of abstinence, * you have illumined the souls of ascetics, * driving away myriads of demons; * wherefore after your repose we ever bless you, * for you intercede on behalf of us who celebrate your holy memory * that our souls may be saved.

Glory ..., In Tone VI:

   Blessed are ye, O ascetic-Martyrs of Christ our God; * for as ascetics, you have loved the truth and received divine grace, * and as Martyrs, the sword could not separate you from the love of Christ, * wherefore you now rejoice, for great is your reward in the heavens.

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 ]:

   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: 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: Beholding Thee crucified, O Christ, * she that bare Thee cried aloud: * What strange mystery is that that I see, O my Son! * How can Thou, who art the Giver of life, * die while in the flesh, * and hung upon the tree.

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

Troparion, In Tone IV:

   O God of our Fathers * who ever dealest with us according to Thy tender compassion, * withdraw not Thy mercy from us, * but by the intercessions of our Fathers * direct our lives in peace.

Theotokion In Tone IV:

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

   The Dismissal:

AT MATINS

   At the Matins, for God is the Lord, the same Troparion [Twice] Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., Theotokion.

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

Spec. Mel.: Thou that wast of Thine own will lifted.

   Disregarding the delights of earthly and corruptible things, * you were moved with loving devotion for the desert-life * and an aversion for the temporal delights of the world, * wherefore you were counted worthy to be numbered among the choirs of Martyrs and Monastic Fathers; * together with them entreat Christ that your servants may be saved. [Twice]

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

   The Lord, who seated on the cherubic throne * and abiding in the bosom of the Father, * rested in thy womb, O Sovereign Lady, * and having become incarnate, * ruleth over all the nations. * Wherefore we chant unto Him, * and implore Thee to entreat Him * that thy servants may be saved.

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

Spec. Mel.: Of the wisdom.

   In your abstinence, imitating John the Baptist, * and in your virtues, Elijah the Tishbite, * you lived like the bodiless Angels * glorifying the Holy and Divine Trinity * manfully suffering the trials of your warfare * defeating the attacks of demons by your valiance, * adoring Christ's divine incarnation and Divinity, * O blessed [names]; * entreat Him to grant remission of sins * to those who lovingly celebrate your holy memory. [Twice]

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.’

After the Polyeleos, the Megalynarion: We bless you, O Venerable Father-Martyrs, and we honor your holy memory, Instructors of monks and conversers with the Angels.

Stichos: I waited patiently for the Lord, and he was attentive unto me.

After the Polyeleos, the Sedalion: In Tone VIII:

Spec. Mel.: Of the wisdom.

   Brightly illumined with the light Trinitarion, * O lightbearing Fathers, * you forsook the darkness of temporal delights, * and appeared as lamps * illumining the hearts of the faithful with your divine works, * blessed for both your asceticism and your sufferings; * wherefore today we venerate your radiant and honorable memory, * and with one voice cry out: * O ye, divinely speaking ones, abounding in spiritual riches! * entreat Christ God to grant remission of sins * unto those who lovingly honor your holy memory. [Twice]

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

   As the all-immaculate Bride of the Creator, * and vessel of the Comforter, * and as the Mother of the Deliverer * who knew not wedlock, * hasten, O all-hymned one, * unto me and deliver me from the villainy of demons, * for although endowed with understanding I have become a defiled habitation of wickedness * and plaything of devils, * do thou however make me a bright habitation of the virtues; * O thou who grantest incorruptible light, * disperse the fog of my passions, * and by thine intercessions make me worthy of communion in the Highest * and the never-fading light.

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

The 1st Antiphon of the 4th Tone:

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

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

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

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

Prokeimenon, In Tone VII: [Psalm 115:6,3]

The Prokeimenon: Precious in the sight of the Lord * is the death of His saints.

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

Let every breath.

The Holy Gospel according to St. Mathew

[Matt. 10, 16-22]

   The Lord said: Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

   After the 50th Psalm:

Glory: Through the intercessions of the Holy Fathers ...

Both now: Through the intercessions of the Theotokos…

Have mercy upon us:

Then the Sedalion: In Tone IV:

   With your souls brightly illumined * with the most brilliant light of the Holy Trinity, * O ascetic Fathers, * you have adorned the earth with your virtues; * bearing Christ in your hearts, * like a never-setting sun you enlightened heathen peoples, * and adorned us with your Martyrdom, * O holy ascetic Martyrs.

The Canon, In Tone IV:

ODE I

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

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

   Radiant with your ascetic feats, and the shedding of your blood, O most blessed ones, you appear as divinely luminous lights, wherefore you now rejoice together with all the Ascetic Fathers and Martyrs of Christ.

   Having first drowned the spiritual Pharaoh in the sea of your tears, O wise ones, you then vanquished him in the streams of your blood, giving him over to ruin.

   Let us praise the ascetic Fathers who were slain for Christ, the Martyrs who lived as ascetics, singing unto our God their Deliverer, for He is glorified.

Theotokion: He that is by nature God, Whom nothing can contain, hath confined Himself in thee, O Virgin Theotokos, for the sake of His great compassion, He took on earthiness that He may save the earth-born by His ineffable mercy.

ODE III

Irmos: We glory not in wisdom, nor in power, * nor in riches, O Christ, * but in Thee, the Personal Wisdom of the Father, * for there is none holier than Thou, * O Lover of mankind.

   Having pleased God with the contrition of your hearts, O most blessed ones you shattered the proud boasting of your adversaries, while being cut asunder with the sword and slain.

   Meditating on the everlasting nature of the future life, O wise ones, you rejected the fleeting and corruptible things of this life, wherefore we bless you, O ascetic Martyrs.

   Glorifying in Thy power, the God-bearing ones mightily vanquished the armies of the destroyer, and having been slain for Thee, O Savior, were revealed doubly great in their exploits, wherefore they received double crowns.

Theotokion: O most pure one, who hast given birth unto the Most Holy Word of God, sanctify the souls and bodies of those who bless thee, O all-immaculate one.

The Sedalion, In Tone IV:

Spec. Mel.: Speedily prevent.

   You appeared on earth as strangers and exiles, * O ascetic Fathers; * making your abodes in the wilderness * and valiantly fighting the invisible enemies, * you adorned your nakedness with the vestment of virtue * and emulated the sufferings of Christ; * for Whom ye endured the sacrifice of Martyrdom.

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

   Let us sinful and humbled, * now flee To the Theotokos, * and fall down before her in penitence, * crying from the depths of our souls: * 'O Sovereign Lady, help us, take pity on us, and hasten to our aid, * for we are perishing from the multitude of our transgressions, * turn not thy servants empty away, * for thou art our only hope and in thee do we trust.

The Stavrotheotokion: The Virgin and ewe-lamb, * beholding He who was born from her without seed, * hanging upon the Cross and pierced with a lance, * was wounded with the arrows of affliction in the depths of her soul, * painfully cried in lamentation: * 'What is this strange new mystery? * How dost Thou, the Sole Lord of life, die? * Arise now, and raise up the fallen forefathers.

ODE IV

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

   Having refused to obey the passions of the flesh, O most blessed ones, you conquered the enemy, and having been slain with the sword, you were translated into life eternal rejoicing together.

   O Monastic Fathers, before dying a Martyr's death you voluntarily slew yourselves with abstinence, after which you were involuntarily and cruelly murdered with the sword by the wicked ones, dying with the hope of eternal life.

   O holy Fathers, although you departed this life slain by the sword of the wicked ones, you willingly endured the sufferings of eremitic life before your repose, being dead to the world.

Theotokion: The Son of the Eternal God hath renewed the nature of mankind, having appeared from the Virgin and taking the form of a man; let us sing unto Him: 'Glory to Thy power, O Lord'.

ODE V

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

   The pools of your sacred blood have been revealed as ponds in a beautiful paradise, for like the tree of life, the Lord was in your midst, Who accepted you as pure whole-burnt offerings.

   Mingling the drops of your blood with the streams of your tears, O God-bearers, you drowned therein the multiform serpent.

   Vouchsafed to behold the divine beauty, you obtained eternal joy in place of labor and pain, O blessed ones.

Theotokion: Beyond all expression and understanding, thou hast given birth unto God, remaining a Virgin after giving birth, just as thou wast before giving birth, O pure Bride of God.

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

   Casting aside the fetters of the passions with abstinence, and freeing yourselves from the bonds of the body by a savage death, you have been called unto the immutable blessedness of the Master.

   Appearing like mountains by your exalted lives, you have trampled under feet by the might of Christ him who strives to destroy the spiritual mountains and the whole of creation.

   Through abstinence and labors, O holy Fathers, ye have subdued your bodies and nobly offered your blood unto Christ wherefore you were befittingly crowned.

Theotokion: Lull to sleep the unappeasable storm of my passions with thine unceasing supplication, O Virgin,-I implore thee,-and do not permit me to sleep the heavy sleep of sin.

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

Kontakion, In Tone II:

Spec. Mel.: Seeking the highest.

   Passing unharmed through a multitude of storms, * and receiving the gift of miracles, * you drowned your bodiless enemies in the streams of your tears, * O Divinely-wise ascetic Martyrs, * having now received the gift of miracles, * unceasingly pray for us all.

The Ikos: O ascetic Martyrs! in your ascetic endeavors, and yet again in your sufferings, you have mortified your flesh on earth with a life-bearing death, emulating the passion of Christ God; wherefore Christ hath crowned you with double crowns and prepared eternal abodes for you in heaven. Having joyfully entered therein, rewarded as both Martyrs and Monastic Fathers, unceasingly intercede on behalf of us all.

ODE VII

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

   Adorned with the brilliant light of virtues and illumined by sacred sufferings, you have passed unto the never-fading Light, appearing like suns of the spiritual day.

   Voluntarily eschewing the temporal delights of this world, O holy ones, you gave yourselves over entirely unto Him Who hath strangely appeared in the flesh amongst mankind, attaining the future and incorruptible blessedness.

   Blessed art Thou, O God, Who hath this day completed the course of the God-bearing Father-sufferers, revealing them to be participants in Thy heavenly Kingdom.

Theotokion: The ancient vessel of manna hath truly and clearly represented thee who carried the Manna of life in thy womb. Blessed art Thou amongst women, O most immaculate Sovereign-Lady.

ODE VIII

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

   The great choir of the ascetic Martyrs, adorned with the valor of asceticism, is revealed today together with all the members of the divine choirs praising and hymning Christ: 'Bless ye the Lord, all ye the works of the Lord'.

   Standing like lambs while you were slaughtered by the swords of your tormentors', you were set before the sacrificed Word as a perfect oblation; wherefore you also appear in the heavenly abodes, singing: 'Bless ye the Lord, all ye the works of the Lord'.

   Driven by abstinence you have dedicated to the Lord both body and soul, O Monastic Fathers, and with the streams of your blood you dried up the wicked sea of the tyrants, singing: 'Bless ye the Lord, all ye the works of the Lord'.

Theotokion: Through thee, O pure Divinely-rejoicing Lady, the first paradise is once more opened, and man who was first condemned is led therein again, truly renewed and deified, singing: 'Bless ye the Lord, all ye the works of the Lord'.

ODE IX

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

   O come, let us praise in sacred odes the holy ascetic Fathers who have lived divine lives in deserts and caves and devoutly suffered Martyrdom.

   How exceedingly praiseworthy are your labors in asceticism, O Father-Martyrs; and how magnificent the exploits with which you have trampled under foot the deceiving flatterer; and how wonderful are the sufferings which you have lawfully endured and for which you have obtained crowns in heaven.

   Your Divinely enlightening celebration is illumined by the brilliant light of the labors which you endured for the sake of Christ, and by the grace of the All-powerful Holy Spirit, illumining the consciences of all.

Theotokion: The Cherubim fear beholding the Child carried in thy motherly arms, O most pure Sovereign-Lady, even the Word Who in a manner unspeakable sitteth upon them, above all creation.

Expostilarion [Svetilen],

Spec. Mel.: By the Spirit in the sanctuary.

   With the struggles of asceticism * you utterly destroyed the serpent and origin of evil, * upon your repose obtaining the crowns of Martyrdom, * O adornment of the Fathers, and glory of the Martyrs, * gathering of ascetic Martyrs, and most wondrous Fathers.

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

   The most glorious wonder of thy birth-giving, * above all understanding astoundeth every mind both of Angels and men: * For thou wast a Virgin before bearing child, * a Virgin in child-bearing * and after bearing a child remainest a Virgin. * What a strange mystery! * How wonderful and most glorious is thy birth-giving!

At the Aposticha, the Stichera, In Tone IV:

Spec. Mel.: As a virtuous.

   Come, let us joyfully hymn the wise Martyrs and ascetic Fathers, * for in obedience to Christ's commandments, * the holy ones vanquished every unclean ritual, * honorably and faithfully serving the One Lord and God, * Whom they valiantly confessed in the presence of the tyrants, * and for which they received crowns from on high. [Twice]

   O most praiseworthy Fathers, * you forsook as fleeting the fallen ways of earthly life, * with its delights and worldly glory, * and attaching yourselves unto Christ, * set afire by His exceeding splendor, * you wholly devoted yourselves to Him, * wherefore you were deemed worthy * to receive the incorruptible crowns of the heavenly Kingdom.

   You who scorned this world, * have been revealed above the world, * joined unto the Church of the first-born, * ceaselessly singing the Angelic odes, * standing together before God; * as Martyrs you also rebuked the defiled illusions of the idols, * putting to shame the foolish arrogance of the tyrants.

Glory ..., In Tone IV:

   Adorned with the raiment of purity * and illumined by divine prayer, * bearing within you Christ who was born of the Virgin, * you were not enamored with love for this world * nor did you partake in fleshly delights, * but fervently acquiring the fire of divine grace * you consumed the fire of the passions; * wherefore we beseech you, O blessed ascetic Martyrs, * to ever intercede that we may also be delivered * from the all-destructive and eternal fire.

Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

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

The Stavrotheotokion: As foretold by Simeon, * the heart of the Virgin and Thy pure Mother * was pierced when she behold the most lawless people * unjustly nailing Thee to the tree.

   The Doxology:

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

Troparion, In Tone IV:

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

   The Dismissal:

AT THE LITURGY

Typika and Beatitudes.

   1. Having pleased God with the contrition of your hearts, O most blessed ones you shattered the proud boasting of your adversaries, while being cut asunder with the sword and slain.

   2. Meditating on the everlasting nature of the future life, O wise ones, you rejected the fleeting and corruptible things of this life, wherefore we bless you, O ascetic Martyrs.

   3. Glorifying in Thy power, the God-bearing ones mightily vanquished the armies of the destroyer, and having been slain for Thee, O Savior, were revealed doubly great in their exploits, wherefore they received double crowns.

   4. Casting aside the fetters of the passions with abstinence, and freeing yourselves from the bonds of the body by a savage death, you have been called unto the immutable blessedness of the Master.

   5. Appearing like mountains by your exalted lives, you have trampled under feet by the might of Christ him who strives to destroy the spiritual mountains and the whole of creation.

   6. Through abstinence and labors, O holy Fathers, ye have subdued your bodies and nobly offered your blood unto Christ wherefore you were befittingly crowned.

   7. O come, let us praise in sacred odes the holy ascetic Fathers who have lived divine lives in deserts and caves and devoutly suffered Martyrdom.

   8. How exceedingly praiseworthy are your labors in asceticism, O Father-Martyrs; and how magnificent the exploits with which you have trampled under foot the deceiving flatterer; and how wonderful are the sufferings which you have lawfully endured and for which you have obtained crowns in heaven.

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

Troparion, In Tone IV:

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

Kontakion, In Tone II:

Spec. Mel.: Seeking the highest.

   Passing unharmed through a multitude of storms, * and receiving the gift of miracles, * you drowned your bodiless enemies in the streams of your tears, * O Divinely-wise ascetic Martyrs, * having now received the gift of miracles, * unceasingly pray for us all. 

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

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

The Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans

[Heb. 5: 4-10]

   Brethren: And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord..

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

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

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

   The Lord spake unto His Disciples saying: Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first

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