Menaion

February 27

Our venerable father and confessor Procopius the Decapolite, who, at the time of emperor Leo III Isaurus [c.680-740] vigorously contended for the cult of holy Images. (741)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 4, special melody Jako doblja.  By virtue of creation, * you were made in the image and likeness of God, * O blessed father Procopius. * You made every effort to preserve the dignity of the image * by your piety, the purity of your soul, * chastity, temperance in restraining the passions, * perseverance in the true Faith, * and the manner in which you observed the precepts of Christ.

You joined the confession of the faith * to the asceticism which you had first set out to practice, O Procopius. * In both, you were well-pleasing to the Creator, * who seeks nobility of soul and purity in all of us. * You glorified the coming of our God in the flesh * by bowing down before his sacred icon, * which represents him in his human condition.

O venerable father Procopius, * by opposing the impious who rendered the incarnation vain, * you had to endure the torture of scourging, * all types of vile mistreatment, sufferings in chains and imprisonment. * Nevertheless, you affirmed the truth * and thus inherited the Kingdom of Christ in ineffable joy and eternal light.

Glory, now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos.

Troparion, Tone 8. Your abundant tears made the wilderness bloom, * and your sufferiings made your labor fruitful a hundredfold; * you became a shining torch over the world. * O venerable father Procopius, * pray to Christ our God that he may save our souls.

At the Divine Liturgy

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Troparion, Tone 8. Your abundant tears made the wilderness bloom, * and your sufferiings made your labor fruitful a hundredfold; * you became a shining torch over the world. * O venerable father Procopius, * pray to Christ our God that he may save our souls.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 4.  Today the Church acknowledges you as a star before dawn, * dispelling the darkness of error. * Therefore she honors you, O glorious Procopius, as one who contemplates heaven.

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!