Menaion

February 23

The holy martyr Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna who is honored as a disciple of blessed John and the final witness of the apostolic age. Under the emperors Marcus Antoninus and Lucius Aurelius Commodus, about the age of 90, he was given over to the flames in the amphitheater at Smyrna in Asia. Before the proconsul and the whole people, he gave thanks to God the Father because he had been deemed worthy to be numbered among the martyrs and to receive a portion from the cup of Christ. (c.155)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 1, special melody Nebesnych činov. O God-blessed father, * while still living on earth, you were joined with the bodiless angels, * and with them you ministered to the Trinity. * Therefore, since you dwell always in the highest as a heavenly man, * you initiate those on earth into the mysteries of God.

O God-blessed father, * you were revealed to be a branch * of the action of Christ planted by God. * You put forth grapes of the divine Word, from which we draw forth precious sweetness in faith, * and with our whole heart, we offer your teaching to the whole world.

Illumined with divine splendor, * your body consumed by material fire, * you passed over to immaterial radiance, O father. * Grant us forgiveness by your prayers, * bringing light to the gloomy night * of the passions of our souls, * O wise father.

Glory, now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos.

Troparion,  Tone 4. You shared in the apostles’ way of life * and succeeded to their throne, * divinely inspired bishop. * You found access to contemplation in the active life. * Therefore, you rightly taught the word of truth * and struggled for the faith to the shedding of your blood. * O priest-martyr Polycarp, * pray to Christ our God to save our souls.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the February Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 4. You shared in the apostles’ way of life * and succeeded to their throne, * divinely inspired bishop. * You found access to contemplation in the active life. * Therefore, you rightly taught the word of truth * and struggled for the faith to the shedding of your blood. * O priest-martyr Polycarp, * pray to Christ our God to save our souls.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 1.  O wise priest-martyr Polycarp, * you offered spiritual fruits to God * and became worthy of Him because of your virtues. * Therefore, we who have been enlightened by your teachings * honor your memory and glorify the Lord.

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Ps. 149:5,1). Let the faithful rejoice in glory, * shout for joy, and take their rest.
V. Sing to the Lord a new song of praise in the assembly of the faithful.

Epistle:  (of the day)

Alleluia, Tone 2 (Ps. 131:9,13). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Your priests will be clothed with righteousness and your saints will rejoice.
V. The Lord has chosen Zion; he prefers her for his dwelling.

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!