Menaion

February 13

Our venerable father Martinian of Athens in Greece, who earlier had led an eremetical life near Caesarea in Palestine. (c.398)


At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

At "O Lord, I have cried", there are three stichera for the venerable father.

Tone 2, special melody Jehda ot dreva. Come, and with hymns let us crown the athlete of Christ, the Lamb of the true faith, as with lilies of the field and the full-grown blossoms of the paradise of God; for he has been clearly revealed to the world as the beauty of purity, the sacrifice of faith, the glory of abstinence. Therefore, he received the immutable crown of the kingdom.

Having the fire of the divine Spirit within your heart, O Martinian blessed of God, you were found to have burned up the image of the impure woman and wounded the adversary with his own sword, without sustaining injury yourself, truly putting the most vile one to shame and making him an object of derision.

You kindled a material fire against the attacks of the enemy, O all-blessed one, having acquired the constant remembrance of the everlasting fire; and you caused the burning of the pleasures to wither utterly away. Setting your feet upon a rock, O venerable one, you built a hut for yourself, and wandering about many lands, you received a crown for your endurance.

Glory – Tone 2.   Rejoice, O glory and honor of Palestine! You are worthy of praise, for you dawn upon us like a radiant sun. You delivered your body to the fire in order to consume the power of the Enemy. He tempted you in many ways in the mountains, in the wilderness and on the islands of the sea. Finally, he sent a temptress to your desert. But, on an island in the sea, the temptress converted from tempting. O blessed father Martinian, never cease to intercede for us who celebrate your sacred memory with faith!

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

At the aposticha:

Glory – Tone 6 samohlasen.   Adorned with the beauty of purity, radiant through prayer to God, and bearing Christ, the Son of the Virgin, as through you were his dwelling, you were never taken captive by the beauty of a woman, nor did you ever surrender to the pleasures of the flesh. You entered resolutely into the fire, your fellow minister in the service of God, O you whose heart burned with love for God. in the material and passing fire, you consumed the fire of the passions in order to extinguish Gehenna and its fires. O blessed Martinian, continue to intercede that we also may be delivered from the eternal Fire.

Troparion,  Tone 8. O blessed Martinian, you appeased the flames of passion with streams of tears; * you calmed the waves of the sea and stopped the assaults of the wild beasts. * You cried out: Glorified are you, O almighty God. * You saved me from fire and storm.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the February Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 8. O blessed Martinian, you appeased the flames of passion with streams of tears; * you calmed the waves of the sea and stopped the assaults of the wild beasts. * You cried out: Glorified are you, O almighty God. * You saved me from fire and storm.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 2.   Let us praise with hymns the ever-blessed Martinian who trod on the serpent, * the pious and experienced ascetic, the earnest defender of truth, * and the courageous dweller in the desert.

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Ps. 115:6,3). Precious in the eyes of the Lord * is the death of his faithful.
V. What can I return to the Lord for all he has given me?

Epistle:  (of the day)

Alleluia, Tone 6 (Ps. 111:1,2). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Happy the man who fears the Lord and greatly delights in his command.
V. His posterity will be mighty upon the earth.

Gospel: (of the day)

Communion Hymn (Ps. 111:6,7). The just man will be remembered forever; evil news he will not fear. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!