Menaion

February 22

The Finding of the venerable relics of the Martyrs at Eugenia near Constantinople. During the reign of the emperor Arcadius, a divine revelation showed the burial place of these martyrs of whom it was said, “God alone knows their names, and he has written them in the Book of Life in heaven.”

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

At "O Lord, I have cried", there are three stichera for the holy martyrs.

Tone 4, special melody Zvannyj svyše byv.  Having stripped off the garments of death * by means of all types of torments, O illustrious martyrs, * you were clothed in robes of immortality. * Now you ceaselessly shine in the heavens * before the throne of our God. * Thus, with faith, we celebrate your light-bearing memory, * and we venerate the chest of your sacred relics.

Providing for the weakness of mankind, * the power of God grants healings to all who approach. * What a wonder! * Through grace, the few ashes remaining of the bodies of thge martyrs * pour forth streams of wondrous miracles! * Come, let us gain health of soul and body. * With thanksgiving, let us sing to God: * O Savior of the world, they fought the good fight for your sake; * by their prayers, deliver us from all evil!

Hidden under the ground for a long time, * the victorious martyrs are now brought to light * as a precious treasure * which enriches the Queen of Cities. * A wise hierarch bears them in his hands, * carrying them into the holy temple. * Those entreating them receive enlightenment, * benefits, health, and protection * for those who receive them as servants of God.

Glory, now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos.

Troparion,  Tone 4.  Your holy martyrs, O Lord our God, * in their struggles, received an incorruptible crown from you. * With your strength, they brought down the tyrants * and broke the cowardly valor of demons. * Through their prayers, O Christ our God, save our souls.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the February Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 4.  Your holy martyrs, O Lord our God, * in their struggles, received an incorruptible crown from you. * With your strength, they brought down the tyrants * and broke the cowardly valor of demons. * Through their prayers, O Christ our God, save our souls.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 8.  O mighty pillars of faith * and martyrs fighting for the truth, * you endured a host of pain for the sake of Christ, * and you lay hidden for so long. * Now you have been uncovered like a hidden treasure, * and are carried into the church by the bishop. * You are generous with those who honor you. * Therefore, pray for the salvation of our souls.

Prokeimenon, Tone 4 (Ps. 15:3,8). To all the saints in his land, * the Lord has shown all the wonders of his will.
V. I set the Lord ever before me; with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.

Epistle:  (of the day)

Alleluia, Tone 4 (Ps. 33:18,20). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. The just cried out and the Lord heard them, and rescued them from all their distress.
V. Many are the trials of the just, but from them all the Lord will rescue them.

Gospel: (of the day)

Communion Hymn (Ps. 32:1). Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous ones; praise from the upright is fitting. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!