Menaion

February 17

Six sticheraThe holy great martyr Theodore the Recruit (Tyro) of Amasea in Hellespont, who, in the time of the emperor Maximianus, for his confession of the Christian faith was forcefully beaten and cast into prison, then handed over to be consumed by fire. St. Gregory of Nyssa celebrated his praises in a famous eulogy. (306)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

There are six stichera at "O Lord, I have cried".

Tone 2, special melody Jehda ot dreva. O Theodore, you were given to the world as a rich gift by Christ, the divine Benefactor. He accepted the precious gift of your blood poured out for him, which you offered in your zeal for the faith. O Theodore, holy martyr, you stand in his presence forever: save all those who have recourse to you.

You are the unbreachable fortress repelling the assaults of the Enemy, the invincible defender of the faithful who acclaim you, their supreme refuge, their fervent protector, their common aid and their prompt deliverer. As a powerful advocate, O blessed Theodore, you are the champion of those who entreat you with faith.

You have found the compassionate Christ, the torrent of delights, the stream of pardon. You were his true witness, O blessed Theodore. Deliver me from the river of my evil deeds; calm their impetuous flow; bring peace to the storm of my temptations. Lead me, safe and sound, to the heavenly harbor of peace.

Tone 4, special melody Jako doblja.  Moved by divine zeal, your soul aflame with the love of Christ the Savior, O glorious one, you reduced to ashes the false goddess and her temple, proclaiming the name of the true God and Master, and you put to shame the arrogance of the tormentors, and have been granted everlasting joy, O passion-bearer Theodore.

Having ascended, O Theodore, to the summit of the knowledge of Christ, you passed beyond visible things, and sought only him; and having found him, you loved him, and for his sake you suffered with valiant soul. Entreat him, that they who celebrate your most glorious memory be delivered from corruption and misfortune.

Covered with God-given power and the wounds of your struggle, O passion-bearer Theodore, you stood before Christ God, the King of all creation, receiving crowns of honor from him; beseech him, that they who celebrate faithfully your most glorious memory be delivered from corruption and misfortune.

Glory –  Tone 6 samohlasen.  The gift of sanctification and the richness of divine life you revealed to the world, O Theodore. For Christ glorified your memory, O wise one, whereupon we, the faithful, rejoicing together, hymn the struggle of your sufferings.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos. Then, for the holy martyr:

Glory – Tone 8 samohlasen.  Armed with good courage through your sufferings, O victorious martyr of Christ, * by his power you have invisibly defended the true faith and worship. * The impious idols and the cruel tyrant have been made powerless by you, * scorning torments and the fire that burns * but for a moment. * Alike in name and reality, * you are a gift from God: * by your intercessions, save those who celebrate your memory!

Troparion,  Tone 2.  What marvels of faith! The holy martyr Theodore rejoiced amid the licking flames, * just as if he were splashing in cool water. * Made a holocaust in the fire, he was offered like sweet bread to the Trinity. * Save our souls through his prayers, O Christ our God.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the February Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 2.  What marvels of faith! The holy martyr Theodore rejoiced amid the licking flames, * just as if he were splashing in cool water. * Made a holocaust in the fire, he was offered like sweet bread to the Trinity. * Save our souls through his prayers, O Christ our God.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 8.   Believing in Christ with all your might, * you struck a mighty blow to the enemy. * You received an eternal crown of glory, * O long-suffering and victorious Theodore.

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Ps. 63:11,2). The just man will rejoice in the Lord, * and will put his trust in him.
V. Hear my voice, O God, when I pray to you.

Epistle:  2 Timothy 2:1-10

Alleluia, Tone 4 (Ps. 91:13,14). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. The just man will flourish like the palm tree * and grow like a cedar of Lebanon.
V. Planted in the house of the Lord, he will flourish in the courts of our God.

Gospel: John 15:17 - 16:2

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