Menaion

February 26

Our holy father Porphyry, bishop of Gaza in Palestine. Born in Thessalonica, he spent five years as a hermit in Skete and as many across the Jordan, where he was notable for his kindness toward the poor. Afterwards ordained a bishop, he overturned many temples of idols and was afflicted with troubles by their attendants for a long time, until, worthy of respect, he rested in peace with the saints. (421)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 8, special melody O preslavnoho čudese.  O venerable father Porphyry, * taking the Cross of Christ upon your shoulder * you abandoned all and went into the desert. * You did battle with the ruler of this world, * armed with fasting and prayers. * Therefore, as a temple of the Spirit of God, * you cast him down together with carnal mindedness.

As of old God saved the three youths * from the fire by his Angel, * so now by you he saved three youths * who had been dragged down into a pit; * for when they were carried as in a basket * he overshadowed them with the light of a cloud * which formed three crosses on their bodies * for the reproof of those who opposed you, O Porphyry.

Who can worthily hymn your temptations and pains, * your misfortunes and tribulations, * your struggles for the faith, O Porphyry? * For you showed the boldness which you had before God to be great. * Therefore, we entreat you, for you had such boldness: * Pray in our behalf to the Lord, that we be saved!

Glory, now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos.

Troparion, Tone 4. Who can recount all your works and sufferings of piety? * You never stopped working day or night * until you washed Gaza clean of impurity * and replaced its evil ways with sound holiness. * You are a constant guardian over your flock. * Now beg Christ to save our souls, O Porphyry.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the February Menaion

Troparion, Tone 4. Who can recount all your works and sufferings of piety? * You never stopped working day or night * until you washed Gaza clean of impurity * and replaced its evil ways with sound holiness. * You are a constant guardian over your flock. * Now beg Christ to save our souls, O Porphyry.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 2.  You were splendid in the robes of the priesthood, * adorned with your priestly virtue, O blessed saint. * You dispense treasures of cures, O wise-in-God, * praying unceasingly on our behalf, O Porphyry.

Prokeimenon, Tone 1 (Ps. 48:4,2). My lips will speak * words of wisdom; * understanding will be the theme of my heart.
V. Hear this, all you nations; give heed, all who dwell in the world.

Epistle:  (of the day)

Alleluia, Tone 2 (Ps. 36:30,31). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. The mouth of the just will utter wisdom, and his tongue will pronounce judgment.
V. The law of the Lord is in his heart; his steps shall be saved from stumbling.

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!