GENERAL VIGIL SERVICE TO THE UNMERCENARIES AND WONDER-WORKERS.

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

Spec. Mel.: Thou hast given a sign.

   Like rivers filled to overflowing with spiritual waters, * you water creation with the knowledge of God * and with the preeminent gift of healing, * you dry up the soul-destroying passions, * healing maladies and driving away evil spirits, * O God-bearing unmercenaries [names], * fervent intercessors for our souls.

   Having subdued the irrational passions * by the strength of your souls, O holy ones, * you were enriched by Christ with the gift of healing, * and you now grant healing to both men and beasts, * wherefore celebrating your sacred and radiant memory, * we entreat you to heal our souls.

   Your holy temple appeareth like a resplendent and salvific heaven, * shining forth like the sun with divine healings, * the multitude of salvific miracles worked therein shining like stars in the heavens, * O most blessed [names], * ministers of the Lord and fervent intercessors for our souls.

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

   Who cannot wonder at, * and who cannot glorify and faithfully hymn the miracles * of the wise and most glorious unmercenaries? * For after their holy repose they grant abundant healing * for all who in faith have recourse unto them, * and unto their honored and holy relics, * from which the grace of abundant cures pours forth. * O most honored Physicians! * O the wisdom and glory of the grace granted you by God! * Wherefore we cry unto the Benefactor in spiritual songs, * to God Who hath revealed unto us the holy unmercinaries * for the healing of our souls and bodies.

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: Rejoice, O praise of the universe; * Rejoice, O temple of the Lord; * Rejoice, O overshadowed mount; * Rejoice, O refuge of all; * Rejoice, O golden lamp; * Rejoice, O honored glory of the Orthodox; * Rejoice, O Mary the Mother of Christ God; * Rejoice, O paradise; * Rejoice, O divine table; * Rejoice, O tabernacle; * Rejoice, O golden pot; * Rejoice, O hope of all.

The Stavro-theotokion.

Podoben: O Lord, although before the judgment seat.

   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 [3, 13-16; 8, 6 ].

   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 [10, 31-32 ; 11, 1-10].

   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 [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.

At the Aposticha, the Stichera, In Tone I:

Spec. Mel.: Of the heavenly orders.

   With the rays of your miracles * O holy unmercenaries, * like most brilliant lamps rendering the whole universe resplendent, * you were made worthy of heaven through grace, * set forth like radiant stars * on account of the virtuousness of your holy lives.

Stichos: In the saints that are in His earth, hath the Lord been wondrous, He hath wrought all His desires in them.

   Abounding in richly-flowing miracles of grace, * O Martyrs of the Lord, * you appear as clouds rendering gentle rains, * with which you spiritually refresh all the earth * encouraging the faithful * to bring unto God praises of Orthodoxy.

Stichos: Behold now, what is so good or so joyous as for brethren to dwell together in unity.

   Having truly received from God the art of healing suffering * of both soul and body, * O Martyrs of the Lord, * you heal all not by the treatments of worldly medicine, * but by supra-natural divine inspiration.

Glory ..., In Tone IV:

   Possessing [within yourselves] the Source of healings, * O holy unmercenaries [name], * you grant cures unto all who seek them, * since you were made worthy of the greatest of gifts from Christ the Savior, * the ever-flowing Source [of spiritual gifts], * for the Lord hath said unto you, as emulators of the Apostles: * 'Behold I give you power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, * and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease'. * Wherefore having lived according to His commandments, * freely ye have received, freely have ye given * by curing the maladies of our souls and bodies.

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

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

Otherwise, Theotokion: O Sovereign lady Theotokos, * the glory of all the Orthodox, * put an end to the machinations of the heretics * and put their countenances to shame, * since they neither adore, nor honor * thy honorable image, O all-pure one.

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

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

Troparion, In Tone VIII:

   O Holy and unmercenary wonderworkers, visit our infirmities. * Freely you have received, freely give to us.

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

   O Good One, Who for our sake wast born of the Virgin * and, having endured crucifixion, * cast down death by death, and as God revealed the resurrection: * disdain not that which Thou hast fashioned with Thine own hand. * Show forth Thy love for mankind, O Merciful One; * Accept the supplications of the Theotokos who bore Thee, * and save Thy despairing people, O our Savior!

   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 II:

   Made worthy of great gifts, O glorious ones, * you lived a humble life on earth, * wandering far and wide unselfishly curing the sick * of their illnesses and their sufferings. * Now that you have been revealed as friends of the Angels, * O faithful [names], / by your intercessions * heal our sufferings as well. [Twice]

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

   O fountain of heartfelt tenderness, * grant us thy compassion, O Theotokos, * look upon us thy people who have greatly sinned, * and reveal thy great power; * for hoping in thee, we cry aloud: * Rejoice! as did Gabriel, * the supreme commander of the bodiless powers.

After the 2nd Kathisma, The Sedalion: In Tone I:

   Martyrs of Christ [names], * intercede on behalf of us who come to you in faith, * for as protectors of our lives * and through your intercessions, * the grace of healing is granted * and many an infirmity are driven away. [Twice]

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

   O most pure Mother of God! * Thou art blessed in heaven * and praised here on earth; * Rejoice, thou Bride unwedded!

After the Polyeleos, the Megalynarion: We magnify you, O glorious wonder-workers [name], and honor your precious sufferings which ye have endured for Christ.

Stichos: Our God is our refuge and strength, a helper in afflictions which mightily befall us.

After the Polyeleos, the Sedalion: In Tone V:

Spec. Mel.: The Co-unoriginate Word.

   The feast of the Martyrs [names], * doth brightly shine forth today, * for they dwell in the heavenly and divine light; * the choir of Angels triumphs * and the race of mankind festively rejoices; * wherefore the holy ones intercede on behalf of our souls. [Twice]

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

   The mystery of the wondrous Virgin * hath been revealed to the world as one of salvation, * for from her was born jubilation; * O Lord, glory be to 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 15:3, 8]

The Prokeimenon: In the saints that are in His earth, hath the Lord been wondrous, * He hath wrought all His desires in them.

Stichos: I beheld the Lord ever before me, for He is at my right hand that I might not be shaken.

Let every breath.

The Holy Gospel according to St. Mathew

[Math. 9, 36-38 ; 10, 1. 5-8]

   At that time, when Jesus: saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest. And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. Now the names of the twelve Apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him. These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

   After the 50th Psalm:

Glory: Through the intercessions of the Holy Unmercinaries …

Both now: Through the intercessions of the Theotokos…

Have mercy upon us:

Then the Sedalion: In Tone I:

   The resplendent, holy, and beautiful, * all-festive celebration of the Martyrs [names], * illumines all the earth and drives away the darkness of sin, * shedding the grace of healing upon all.

The Canon, In Tone VIII,

ODE I

Irmos: Unto Him Who overthrew the tyranny of Pharaoh in the sea * and led Israel over dry land, * let us sing a song unto Christ our God, * for unto the ages is He glorified.

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

   Let us hymn Christ the Savior who, through the grace of healing hath revealed the unmercenaries and physicians [name], as healers throughout all the world, curing the maladies of all, for unto the ages is He glorified.

   From the holy ones, as from wellsprings of spiritual grace, rivers of miracles flow and heal all manner of maladies; let us, O faithful, praise Him Who hath granted them this power, for unto the ages is He glorified.

   Unmercenary physicians, bring unto God your prayers that He may deliver us from temptations and our many afflictions and from the terrible and frightful inescapable torments.

Theotokion: Ceaseless protection of the afflicted, salvation and hope of the despairing, all-praised Theotokos, ever entreat Christ that we may be delivered from all dangers.

ODE III

Irmos: My heart is established in the Lord, * my horn is exalted in my God, * my mouth is open wide against mine enemies, * and I rejoice in Thy salvation.

   Unto those born on earth hast Thou, O Lord, revealed Thy holy [names], as mystic rays illumining the whole world; do Thou also reveal Thy mercies unto us.

   Since ye have freely received the gift of healing from God, you unselfishly grant healing, driving away demons, in concordance with the words of our Lord and God.

   The world ever hymns your great charity and the multitude of your miracles, O holy physicians and wonder-workers, companions of all the Angels.

Theotokion: We ever praise thee , O most pure one, as the divine tabernacle, the throne, and the door, that hath sprung forth from David, and who hath given birth to God incarnate.

The Sedalion, In Tone IV:

Spec. Mel.: Thou that wast of Thy free will…

   Treading under your feet the sweet things of this life, * and by grace cheerfully giving yourselves up to the divine light of Martyrdom, * O sufferers and beacons of the universe [names]; * you now intercede for us before God, Who is above all, * wherefore we entreat you * to deliver us from the darkness of sin and our maladies.

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

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

The Stavro-theotokion: O all-immaculate Virgin, * Mother of Christ God, * when thou didst behold thy Son and God voluntarily crucified * a sword pierced thy most holy soul; * cease not to entreat Him, O most blessed one, * that we may be granted remission of sins.

ODE IV

Irmos: O Word, the prophet clairvoyantly perceived Thee, * desiring to become incarnate * of the overshadowed mount, * the only Virgin Theotokos, * and hath with awe therefore, glorified Thy might.

   Wondrous is the Savior, our God, for the bare bones of His holy ones lie in their tombs, but work wondrous and awesome miracles in the world; glory to Thy might, O Lord.

   Having forsaken earthly things as corruptible, O holy ones, you have become inheritors of Zion and worthy citizens of the Kingdom of Christ.

   Worthily are you praised on earth, O healers of the sick and unmercenaries [names], for after your repose you deliver all from their maladies.

Theotokion: Rejoice, tabernacle of the glory of God; Rejoice, weapon and fiery throne; Rejoice, overshadowed mount, from which was cut the cornerstone, even Christ.

ODE V

Irmos: Rising early we cry to Thee, O Lord; * save us, for Thou art our God, * and we know none other than Thee.

   Having received from God the power to heal, O unmercenaries [names], you heal the diseases of all the infirm.

   Deemed worthy of great gifts from the Lord, O holy ministers, you selflessly cure all.

   Grant unto the whole world Thy mercies, O our Savior, for the sake of the intercessions of thy holy ministers [names], as Thou alone art Compassionate.

Theotokion: As a Virgin after birth we praise thee, O Mother of God, for thou hast born into the world the Word of God in the flesh.

ODE VI

Irmos: As Thou didst deliver the Prophet from the depths of the abyss, * do Thou also I implore Thee, O Christ God, * Lover of mankind, * deliver me from my sins, and guide my life.

   Travelling the sea of life and peacefully traversing the abyss, you devoutly reached the calm haven, the highest kingdom, O holy unmercenaries.

   O holy unmercenaries, as springs overflowing with grace you emit wondrous healings, driving away maladies; ever intercede on behalf of our souls.

   Dwelling now joyfully in the heavens, O Martyrs, hasten to visit your venerable temple and cure our bodily infirmities and the passions of our souls.

Theotokion: Let us praise her who, higher the Cherubim is the highest of all creation, and who alone hath given birth unto the Creator and Lord opening unto us the gates of paradise.

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

Kontakion, In Tone II:

   You have received the grace of healing, * O holy and wonderworking Physicians; * you give health to those in need. * Come and visit us, repulse the assaults of all enemies, * and heal the world by your wonderworking.

The Ikos: The utterances of the wise physicians pass all understanding and wisdom, and yet grant understanding unto all, for having received grace from the Most High, they mysteriously bestow healing; wherefore I also am granted the grace to hymn them as God-bearing favorites of Christ and ministers who, granting a multitude of healings, deliver the world from all maladies, miraculously healing all.

ODE VII

Irmos: Unto Thee, who in the beginning established the earth * and by Thy word made the heavens firm, * do we sing; blessed art Thou unto the ages, * O Lord God of our Fathers.

   Unto Thee, Who hath gloriously magnified the memory of the most wise unmercenaries on earth, do we sing: 'Blessed art Thou, O Lord, God of our Fathers'

   Unto Thee, Who hath revealed the holy wonder-workers as honorable examples, do we sing: 'Blessed art Thou, O Lord, God of our Fathers'.

   Celebrating the venerable memory of the unmercenaries, we joyfully cry unto Thee, O most compassionate One: 'Blessed art Thou, O Lord, God of our Fathers'.

Theotokion: Unto Thee, who hath dwelt in the womb of the Virgin and therein renewed Adam, do we sing: 'Blessed art Thou, O Lord, God of our Fathers'.

ODE VIII

Irmos: He who was glorified on the holy mountain * and revealed in the bush through fire unto Moses * hath shown unto us the mystery of the Ever-Virgin, * wherefore we hymn the Lord and exalt Him unto all the ages.

   Unto Him, who from on high, hath bestowed upon His unmercenaries the gifts of healing and to liberally cure diseases, do we sing: 'Hymn the Lord and exalt Him unto all the ages'.

   Unto Him, who hath bestowed upon His saints the grace to cure the infirmities of those diseased and to deliver our souls from the passions, do we sing: 'Hymn the Lord and exalt Him unto all the ages'.

   Who will not praise the unmercenaries for their virtuous lives above that of all men? For they ceaselessly work great wonders, wherefore we sing: 'Hymn the Lord and exalt Him unto all the ages'.

Theotokion: Unto Him, who above all explanation and admiration, made His abode in the womb of the Virgin and therein renewed fallen man, do we sing: 'Hymn the Lord and exalt Him unto all the ages'.

ODE IX

Irmos: In unceasing hymns we magnify the birth-giving of the Ever-Virgin * unto the salvation of us the faithful, * which was revealed unto the lawgiver upon the mountain * in the fire and the bush that remained unconsumed.

   O holy unmercenaries [names], your shrines appear as fonts of healing, fleeing unto them as is meet, the faithful obtain healing.

   All ye who suffer from ailments, come and be cured of your various diseases; come also ye beasts, for from the shrine of the holy ones issues forth the stream of miracles.

   Finding your abode in the highest habitations, O holy ones, you are also with us in the midst of your holy temple, invisibly bestowing your compassion upon us who send up songs unto the Almighty and devotedly bless you, O all-praised ones.

Theotokion: Thou, O Theotokos, art our wall and refuge, the protectress of all those who flee unto thee; we entreat thee to deliver us from our enemies.

Expostilarion [Svetilen]:

Spec. Mel.: The heaven with stars.

   O ye wonder-working lamps [names]! * having received from God the grace of healing, * heal our diseases of both soul and body.

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

   O Theotokos, thou art the cause of all good * granted by God unto the world; * entreat Him now that He grant salvation to the world * transforming His wrath into mercy.

At the Aposticha, the Stichera, In Tone II:

   Physicians of the infirm, * treasuries of healing, and saviors of the faithful, * all-glorious unmercenaries! * Help those that call upon you in their time of need * and heal them of their sicknesses, * ever entreating the good Lord that we may be delivered * from the snares of our enemies. [Twice]

   The fountain of healing at Bethesda * healed but one sick person per year, * but the temple of the unmercenaries * doth heal a multitude of sufferers; * for the wealth of the holy ones is inexhaustible; * by their intercessions have mercy upon us, O Christ.

   The choir of the holy ones doth forever rejoice, * for they have inherited the Kingdom of heaven, * and the earth, having received their relics, doth emit sweet fragrances, * for they were servants of Christ * and have entered into life eternal.

Glory ..., In Tone VI:

   Endless is the grace which the holy ones have received from Christ, * for with divine grace their relics ceaselessly work miracles, * and invoking their names with faith, they heal incurable diseases, * O Lord, as Thou art the lover of mankind * by their prayers deliver us from bodily and spiritual suffering.

Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   O all-hymned Theotokos, * the joy of all who sorrow, * the health of the diseased, * the peace of the persecuted, * the tranquility of the distressed, * intercession of the faithful, * save thy city and thy people.

The Stavro-theotokion: 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 Doxology:

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

Troparion, In Tone VIII:

    O Holy and unmercenary wonderworkers, visit our infirmities. * Freely you have received, freely give to us.

   The Dismissal:

AT THE LITURGY

Typika and Beatitudes.

   1. Unto those born on earth hast Thou, O Lord, revealed Thy holy [names], as mystic rays illumining the whole world; do Thou also reveal Thy mercies unto us.

   2. Since ye have freely received the gift of healing from God, you unselfishly grant healing, driving away demons, in concordance with the words of our Lord and God.

   3. The world ever hymns your great charity and the multitude of your miracles, O holy physicians and wonder-workers, companions of all the Angels.

   4. Travelling the sea of life and peacefully traversing the abyss, you devoutly reached the calm haven, the highest kingdom, O holy unmercenaries.

   5. O holy unmercenaries, as springs overflowing with grace you emit wondrous healings, driving away maladies; ever intercede on behalf of our souls.

   6. Dwelling now joyfully in the heavens, O Martyrs, hasten to visit your venerable temple and cure our bodily infirmities and the passions of our souls.

   7. O holy unmercenaries [names], your shrines appear as fonts of healing, fleeing unto them as is meet, the faithful obtain healing.

   8. All ye who suffer from ailments, come and be cured of your various diseases; come also ye beasts, for from the shrine of the holy ones issues forth the stream of miracles.

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

Troparion, In Tone VIII:

   O Holy and unmercenary wonderworkers, visit our infirmities. * Freely you have received, freely give to us.

Kontakion, In Tone II:

    You have received the grace of healing, * O holy and wonderworking Physicians; * you give health to those in need. * Come and visit us, repulse the assaults of all enemies, * and heal the world by your wonderworking.

Prokeimenon, In Tone IV, [Psalm 15:3, 8] In the saints that are in His earth, hath the Lord been wondrous, * He hath wrought all His desires in them.

Stichos: I beheld the Lord ever before me, for He is at my right hand that I might not be shaken.

The epistle of St. Paul to the Romans.

[Rom. 12:4-5, 15-21]

   Brethren: as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Alleluia, In Tone II, [Psalm 132:1, 3] Behold now, what is so good or so joyous as for brethren to dwell together in unity.

Stichos: For there the Lord hath commanded blessing and life for evermore.

The Holy Gospel according to St Matthew.

[Math. 12:9-13]

   At that time: when Jesus was departed thence, he went into their synagogue: And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him. And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days. Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.

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