THE GENERAL VIGIL SERVICE TO TWO OR MANY MARTYRS.

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

Spec. Mel.: As a virtuous.

   Enlightened by the Holy Spirit, * O most praiseworthy ones, * ye have taken up arms against the prince of this world * and with God's help obtained victory over his snares; * wherefore celebrating today your most illustrious memory, * we with praises dutifully honor your sufferings.

   Given over to wounds and tortures, O holy ones, * ye remained staunch in your wise confession. * O fires of supreme spiritual warmth, * ye ignite the hearts of the faithful with grace; * wherefore people of every rank and age make festival of your holy memorial, * glorifying the Lord in hymns.

   With the brightness of your miracles O Martyrs, * ye enlighten the whole of creation. * O valiant sufferers of the Savior * ye drive away the fog of passions and afflictions * from those who have recourse unto you * and in faith seek your protection; * wherefore in faith we keep your holy and radiant commemoration.

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

   O Sovereign-Lady, * have compassion on me * and establish me upon the rock of virtues, * for I am brought low by the assaults of demons * and have reached the depths of ruin. * Subdue the attacks of the enemy, * and make me worthy to fulfill the commandments of thy Son and our God, * that I may obtain forgiveness in the day of judgment.

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.

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

   Behold O Christ God! * how good and beautiful is the brotherly love * that the Martyrs have for each another. * For although not brethren by blood * the faith of brotherhood hath taught them to be like brothers * even unto the spilling of blood; * through their intercessions, O Christ God, save our souls.

Now & Ever ..., In Tone III:

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

   How can we, O all-honored one, * not marvel at thy Offspring? * who is both God and man. * For without knowing man, thou O all-blameless One, * hast given birth in the flesh without a father to a Son, * who without mother was begotten before all ages from the Father, * yet in no way undergoing change, fusion or separation, * but preserving the characteristics of both natures. * Therefore, O Sovereign Lady, and Virgin Mother, * implore Him that the souls of those who with right belief * acknowledge thee as the true Mother of God may be saved.  .  

Otherwise, Theotokion: Invoking thee O Theotokos, * the protection of all Orthodox Christians, * we are emboldened, * for in thee we hope, and of thee do we boast, * entreat Him Whom thou didst bear, * on behalf of us thine unprofitable servants.

The Stavrotheotokion:

Spec. Mel.: Great of Thy cross.

   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.

From 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.

With the Vespers Aposticha, the Stichera, In Tone IV:

Spec. Mel.: As a virtuous.

   O most famous Martyrs * as resplendent stars you illumine with divine brightness the ends of the earth, * delivering all from the gloom of the demons, * and from pernicious passions and dangers; * wherefore gathered together today * we praise your bright, illuminating, and holy commemoration.

Stichos: The righteous cried, and the Lord heard them.

   Let the wondrous, divine and most wise Martyrs * be honored with sacred odes; * for with the spilling of their blood * they have rightly confessed the Uncreated Trinity before their enemies, * thereby extinguishing the allure of paganism * and thus received the never-fading Glory ...,

Stichos: Many are the tribulations of the righteous, and the Lord shall deliver them out of them all.

   The lawless ruler, unlawfully commanded you, * O blessed and greatly renowned Martyrs, * to bow down before and worship the dumb and soulless Idols, * but with your wisdom, you put him to shame * and having patiently suffered, * you lawfully plaited for yourselves crowns of victory, * and now you ever intercede for the world.

Glory ..., In Tone VI:

   O come, all ye who adore the Martyrs, * let us now celebrate in spirit * the most sacred memory of the Godly-crowned company of Martyrs, * For they are an unblemished fervent offering presented unto Christ, * the divinely selected army, * let us cry out unto them: * By your intercessions subdue the fury of the godless Hagarenes * and deliver the devout * from every affliction of the enemy.

Now & Ever ..., Theotokion, In Tone VI:

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

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

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

The Stavrotheotokion: Upon seeing the One born of her condemned and nailed to the cross, * The all-pure one and Bride of God, * cried aloud saying: * ‘Glory to Thy long suffering, * and to Thy great compassion, O my Son’.

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

Troparion, In Tone I:

   We implore Thee O Lord for the sake of the sufferings of Thy saints * which they endured on Thy behalf, * show compassion unto us, * and heal all or infirmities, O Lover of mankind.

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 IV:

Spec. Mel.: Thou hast appeared.

   O divine Martyrs, * warriors of Christ, * greatest of spiritual stars, * ever illumine the venerable firmament of the Church * and enlighten the faithful. [Twice]

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

   O most pure Virgin, * accept the supplication of us who for shelter flee unto thee; * ever intercede before the Lover of mankind * that we thy servants be saved.

After the second Kathisma, the Sedalion: In Tone IV:

Spec. Mel.: He that was lifted up.

   O wondrous Martyrs * ye passed through fire and water, * manfully enduring your Martyrdom, * and thus passed over unto salvation * inheriting the Kingdom of heaven; * wherefore O wise great-Martyrs * we beseech you to make supplications * unto the Divinity on our behalf. [Twice]

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

   O Virgin Mother of God, * Sovereign Lady * we thy servants gratefully and wholeheartedly hymn thee, * and ever entreat thee for thy mercies, * crying unto thee: * ‘O most holy Virgin, * deliver us from enemies visible and invisible * and from every threat of the enemy, * for thou art our protection’.

After the Polyeleos, the Megalynarion: We magnify you, O holy Martyrs, 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 VIII:

   O holy ones, ye were bound by enemies, * who for long periods imprisoned you in dungeons, * you endured the cutting asunder of your bodies by sword, * yet bound by divine desire you were preserved by faith, * and didst remain unharmed. * Wherefore O blessed Martyrs you shine forth in the world, * illumining all by the grace of the Holy Spirit; * we therefore pray unto you, that you entreat Christ God * that those who with love celebrate your holy memory * may be granted the remission of their sins. [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.’

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 33:17, 19]

The Prokeimenon: The righteous cried, * and the Lord heard them.

Stichos: Many are the tribulations of the righteous, and the Lord shall deliver them out of them all.

If it be the Forty Martyrs, this Prokeimenon should be sung:

Prokeimenon, In Tone II: [Psalm 65: 12,10]

The Prokeimenon: We went through fire and through water, and Thou didst bring us out into refreshment.

Stichos: Thou hast proved us, O God, even as silver is tried by fire.

Let every breath.

The Holy Gospel according to St. Mathew [MT. 10. 16-22]

   The Lord said unto his Disciples: 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 Martyrs…

Both now: Through the intercessions of the Theotokos…

Have mercy upon us:

Then the Sedalion: In Tone II:

   O come, all ye who adore the Martyrs, * let us now celebrate in spirit * the most sacred memory of the Godly-crowned company of Martyrs, * For they are an unblemished fervent offering presented unto Christ, * the divinely selected army, * let us cry out unto them: * By your intercessions subdue the fury of the godless Hagarenes * and deliver the devout * from every affliction of the enemy.

The Canon, In Tone V,

ODE I

Irmos: Unto God the Savior Who made His people pass dryshod through the sea, * but drowned Pharaoh with all his host, * unto Him let us sing: * For He alone is glorified.

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

   Let us, O ye faithful, in a Divinely-wise manner hymn the Martyrs, warriors of Christ and illustrious vanquishers of delusion, singing unto God the song of victory: For He alone is glorified.

   O sufferers, you cheerfully struggled on earth, enduring torments and thus obtained crowns in heaven, where you with one voice sing unto God the song of victory: For He alone is glorified.

   United together in a bonding of souls, you turned away from delusion and now appear unto all as crown-bearing vanquishers of illusions, with one voice singing unto God the song of victory: For He alone is glorified.

Theotokion: O most pure Mother of God! unceasingly supplicate God who wast incarnate of thee, while having never left the bosom of the Father, to save from every attack of the enemy those whom He hath created.

ODE III

Irmos: By the power of Thy Cross, O Christ, * strengthen my mind * that I may hymn and glorify Thee * and Thy salvific ascension.

   O ye warriors, adorned with the knowledge of Christ, you have drowned the wicked enemy in the streams of your blood.

   O praiseworthy Martyrs, having given your bodies over unto bitter and cruel tortures, you have through faith received the divine inheritance.

   O great sufferers, at the command of the tyrant you were crushed with a shower of stones, while unflinchingly preserving your Orthodoxy.

Theotokion: We beseech thee O pure one! unceasingly pray, together with the Martyrs, unto Him Who proceeded from thy loins, that those who hymn thee O all-spotless one, be delivered from the prelest of the evil one.

The Sedalion, In Tone IV:

Spec. Mel.: Thou that wast lifted up.

   The valiant warriors of Christ, * having fought the good fight, * utterly drowned the cunning enemy * in the streams of their blood; * for being broken with stones and cut assunder with swords, * burnt in the fire or thrown into water, * they have shown themselves to be glorious crown-bearers; * wherefore we in faith honor and glorify them.

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

   O Virgin Mother of God, * Sovereign Lady * we thy servants gratefully and wholeheartedly hymn thee, * and ever entreat thee for thy mercies, * crying unto thee: * ‘O most holy Virgin, * deliver us from enemies visible and invisible * and from every threat of the enemy, * for thou art our protection’.

The Stavrotheotokion: The Virgin and ewe-lamb beholding Thee the Lamb, * Whom she didst bear without seed, * hanging upon the cross and pierced through with a lance, * was smitten with arrows of grief and cried aloud in pain: * ‘What is this new mystery? * How canst Thou, the sole Lord of life, die?’ * But do Thou O Lord arise * and raise our fallen ancestor.

ODE IV

Irmos: I heard the rumor of the power of the Cross * that paradise is opened thereby * and I cried out aloud saying: * Glory to Thy power, * O Lord.

   Sustained by their God-pleasing customs and strengthened by the grace of the Savior, the choir of sufferers vanquished the God-hating enemy.

   The Godly-called company of Martyrs of Christ vanquished multitudes of impious enemies of God, hymning; Glory to Thy power, O Lord.

   Whilst in prison the Martyrs, perceiving the Light unapproachable, and being strengthened by the power of God, destroyed the polytheistic darkness and deceit of the idols.

Theotokion: The power of the Highest overshadowed thee, O Virgin, and made thee a paradise, in the midst of which was found the Tree of life, the Mediator and the Lord.

ODE V

Irmos: Rising early we cry unto Thee: * Save us O Lord, * for Thou art our God, * beside Thee we know none other.

   With words taught by the Holy Spirit, the Martyrs abolished the foolishness of idols.

   The Martyrs are liken to radiant stars and flowers of the faith, emitting sweet fragrances.

   O holy and all-praised Ones, you appear unto us as fields of corn, harvested with the sickles of your tortures.

Theotokion: Cease not, O Theotokos, to make supplication unto Him Whom thou didst bear, that the souls of those who fervently hymn thee be saved.

ODE VI

Irmos: An Abyss hath consumed me, and a whale hath become my grave, * but I called out unto Thee, * O Lover of mankind, * and Thy right hand hath saved me.

   Rejoicing the Martyrs cried out: O Master, Lover of mankind, Into Thy hands, take up our spirits and grant them rest, for we love Thee, who alone art plenteous in mercy.

   The choirs of Thy Martyrs, O Lover of mankind, have become the companions of the Angels, for now, having finished their course, they pray that our souls may be saved.

   O company of sufferers, chosen of God, the glory and beauty of the Martyrs! Assiduously entreat the Lord that all those who flee unto you may be saved.

Theotokion: What words can express the marvel of thy seedless conception, O most spotless one? For thou didst conceive God in the flesh, who mercifully came unto us.

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

Kontakion, In Tone VIII:

Spec. Mel.: Seeking the highest.

   O divine Martyrs, you appeared as bright lamps, * enlightening the whole of creation with the brilliance of your miracles, * unceasingly supplicating Christ God on behalf of us all, * thereby releasing us from maladies, * and ever driving away the most profound darkness of ignorance.

The Ikos: O beautiful choir of Martys, brightly shining and divine lamps, ever standing before the Great Light on high, illumined and deified by the rays proceeding from the Never-setting Divinity! enlighten us that in faith celebrate your divine memory, O divinely blessed Martyrs, and pray unceasingly for us all, that we may be delivered from the darkness of the passions, and from all dangers and malice that can be.

ODE VII

Irmos: Unto Him Who saved * the chanting youths * in the burning furnace, we sing: * 'Blessed art Thou * O God of our Fathers'.

   In the furnace Thy Martyrs, O Christ, called out: 'Blessed art Thou O God of our Fathers'.

   Enlightened with the Triune Light, the Martyrs joyfully gave up their souls, singing: 'Blessed art Thou O God of our Fathers'.

   Standing before God and rejoicing, O ye crown-bearing Martyrs, we beseech you to make supplication unto Him for us.

Theotokion: As thou art our salvation we implore thee, O Theotokos , to pray for us unto Him Who was incarnate of thee.

ODE VIII

Irmos: The Son of God who before all ages * wast born of the Father * hath in these last times * become incarnate of the Virgin-Mother, * O ye priests hymn, * and ye peoples exalt Him unto all ages.

   O ye faithful, let our prayer unite with the Martyrs, and we shall be participators in their heritage, hymning Christ and exalting Him unto the ages.

   In a Godly manner and with heartfelt joy the choir of the patient sufferers received their crowns from Christ and joyfully hymn and exalt Him unto the ages.

   O ye praiseworthy Martyrs, dyed red with the streams of your blood, you reign with Christ in the heavens unto the ages, reverently singing and exalting Him unto the ages.

Theotokion: O pure Theotokos, thou hast appeared higher than the Cherubim, having carried in thy womb Him who is seated upon them; Him we below together with the bodiless Ones on high magnify and exalt unto the ages.

ODE IX

Irmos: Thee the true Mother of God, * who above all understanding * and beyond all description, * ineffably brought forth in time * the Eternal One, * with one mind do we the faithful magnify.

   Standing before Christ O most glorious Martyrs, for Whose sake you even endured tortures, pray for the salvation of us all.

   O invincible ones, with your powerful arm, you have put down the strongholds of deception, and are now accounted worthy to live together with Angels in the celestial habitations.

   O Martyrs you lawfully obtained victory over the proud tyrant and thus received the crowns of the righteous, O all-honored ones.

Theotokion: Rejoice! O Theotokos, and Mother of Christ our God, whom thou didst bear. We beseech thee to supplicate Him that those who in faith hymn thee be granted the remission of their sins.

Expostilarion [Svetilen]:

   O passion-bearers you have been taken up * into the radiant habitations of paradise, * and vested in bright garments * woven by your multifarious tortures, * you now stand before the throne of the Creator of all, * unceasingly making supplication for us all.

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

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

At the Aposticha, the Stichera, In Tone VIII:

Spec. Mel.: O most glorious.

   O most praiseworthy Martyrs of Christ! * Having counted the impetuous brashness of the persecutors * and violent death as of no account, * you boldly prepared yourselves for the wise and manful struggle, * wherefore you have been found worthy of the glory of victors * and numbered among the righteous; * along with them we ever praise and bless you. [Twice]

   O most blessed Martyrs of Christ! * You have given yourselves up to voluntary slaying, * and thus sanctified the earth with your blood * and clarified the air with your repose; * and now that you dwell in the heavens, * in the never-setting light, * ever pray for us, O seers of God.

   O invincible Martyrs of Christ! * you endured the red heat of tortures, * but by the bedewing of divine grace * you remained unharmed * and having received the crowns of victory, * you were accounted worthy to dwell * beside the still waters; * wherefore today we joyfully celebrate your holy memory, * glorifying Christ.

Glory ..., In Tone VIII:

   Engaging in war for Christ, * Whom you followed and for Whose sake ye didst forsake the delights of earthly life, * you took the Cross upon your shoulders, * and endured many and various tortures, * never denying Him before the multitude of tyranical kings; * Wherefore the Angels adorned your heads with crowns of victory * and you boldly and joyfully entered with your souls into the heavenly palace. * Since ye possess such great boldness, * we beseech you to make supplication unto the Savior of all * for our souls.

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

   With one voice let us with the archangel Gabriel, say: * Rejoice, O Mother of God, * for that hast brought forth into the world * the Creator Christ our God.

The Stavrotheotokion: O Lord, when the sun beheld Thee, * who art Sun of righteousness, hung upon the tree of the cross, * it hid its rays changing light into darkness * as did the moon likewise, * while Thy Mother the all-immaculate one, * was sorely wounded in the depths of her soul.

   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:

   We implore Thee O Lord for the sake of the sufferings of Thy saints * which they endured on Thy behalf, * show compassion unto us, * and heal all or infirmities, O Lover of mankind.

   The Dismissal:

    

AT THE LITURGY

Typika and Beatitudes.

   1. O ye warriors, adorned with the knowledge of Christ, you have drowned the wicked enemy in the streams of your blood.

   2. O praiseworthy Martyrs, having given your bodies over unto bitter and cruel tortures, you have through faith received the divine inheritance.

   3. O great sufferers, at the command of the tyrant you were crushed with a shower of stones, whilst unflinchingly preserving your Orthodoxy.

   4. Rejoicing the Martyrs cried out: O Master, Lover of mankind, Into Thy hands, take up our spirits and grant them rest, for we love Thee, who alone art plenteous in mercy.

   5. The choirs of Thy Martyrs, O Lover of mankind, have become the companions of the Angels, for now, having finished their course, they pray that our souls may be saved.

   6. O company of sufferers, chosen of God, the glory and beauty of the Martyrs! Assiduously make supplication unto the Lord that all those who flee unto you may be saved.

   7. Standing before Christ O most glorious Martyrs, for Whose sake you even endured tortures, pray for the salvation of all.

   8. O invincible ones, with your powerful arm, you have put down the strongholds of deception, and are now accounted worthy to live together with Angels in the celestial habitations.

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

Troparion, In Tone I:

   We implore Thee O Lord for the sake of the sufferings of Thy saints * which they endured on Thy behalf, * show compassion unto us, * and heal all or infirmities, O Lover of mankind.

Kontakion, In Tone VIII:

Spec. Mel.: Seeking the highest.

   O divine Martyrs, you appeared as bright lamps, * enlightening the whole of creation with the brilliance of your miracles, * unceasingly supplicating Christ God on behalf of us all, * thereby releasing us from maladies, * and ever driving away the most profound darkness of ignorance.

Prokeimenon In Tone IV: [Psalm 15:3,8]

In the saints who 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 to the Romans [Rom. 8:28-39]

   Brethren: 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 IV, [Psalm 33:17,19] The righteous cried, and the Lord heard them, and He delivered them out of all their tribulations.

Stichos: Many are the tribulations of the righteous, and the Lord shall deliver them out of them all.

The Holy Gospel according to St. Mathew [MT. 10:16-22]

   Jesus spake unto his Disciples saying: 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.

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