Menaion

September 2

The holy martyr Mammas was born in Paphlagonia to Christian parents who were imprisoned for the name of Christ. His father died first, and then his mother; the baby was left next to the body of his parents, and rescued by a pious widow. He was dumb until the age of five, and his first word was ‘mama,’ and it is from this word that his name derives. At the age of fifteen, he was brought before the emperor Aurelian. The emperor commanded him to blaspheme Christ, and Mammas replied, “I shall not deny my God and King Jesus Christ, either in my heart or with my lips.” After many forms of torture, Mammas was martyred by a pagan priest. (274)

Our venerable father John the Faster, patriarch of Constantinople. Originally a goldsmith, John was called to the priesthood as a young man. He was eventually chosen to be the Patriarch of Constantinople. He practiced fasting assiduously; he was both a man of prayer and a wonderworker right up to his death. (595)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

There are six stichera at "O Lord, I have cried": three for the the martyr, and three for the venerable father.

Tone 8, special melody O preslavnaho čudese.  Shedding your blood, O blessed one, * you presented yourself to Christ, the Bestower of life, * who shed his blood for your sake, * and who made you to participate in his glory * and to share in his kingdom, * for you prevailed over the Deceiver, * and utterly reduced his cruel snares to ashes.

You were a pillar of piety * firmly set upon the rock of faith, * unshaken by temptation of misfortune, O blessed one; * for the great tempest and tumult * and the waves which buffeted you * did not cast down your unbreakable strength; * for you desired to be adorned with the crown of martyrdom.

Following the life-bearing steps of our incarnate God * who, by his suffering on the cross, * cut down the tyrant, * you entered the arena of martyrdom with joy, O athlete, * and, full of wounds in your flesh, O martyr, * you wounded him who boasted he would destroy the sea, * and you cast him down to the ground!

Tone 8, special melody O preslavnaho čudese.  O most honored father John, * withdrawing from the tumultuous confusion of the world, * you hastened to the serenity of Christ, * O most venerable one, * and you were manifestly enriched with truth * in the most rich effulgence of vision and divine activity, * and, made splendid by a godly life, * you imparted these to the faithful.

O most honored father John, * honorably adorned with vestments like another Aaron, * you now behold the Holy of Holies beyond the second veil. * Oh! the ineffable brilliance of your mind, passing all understanding, * O divine adornment of hierarchs, * with whom you are now joined in fellowship!

O most wise father John, * becoming godly in the simplicity of your character, * you now stand before the Most High God, * united with him through a higher unity, * deified at his continual behest * and filled with his light, * O divine and most sacred adornment of hierarchs.

Glory (for the martyr) –  Tone 2.   At the table of God you were set * like a newly-planted olive tree, * the child of those who walk the path of the Lord. * For the sake of your martyrdom, the Lord has blessed you, * and you look upon the good things of the heavenly Zion, * ever delighting with your parents in divine joy. * O highly praised Mammas, by your entreaties, * make us partakers of that heavenly joy.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

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

Glory – Tone 4.  Come together, all you faithful, * and let us celebrate the memory of the martyr Mammas, * who is shown to be a new Abel! * For as Abel, being a shepherd of sheep, * brought a lamb as a sacrifice * and was the first to receive the crown of martyrdom, * so did the glorious athlete, * who presided over his grazing flocks, * brought himself to Christ as an acceptable sacrifice through martyrdom. * As he has boldness before the Lord, * he asks for peace for the world and mercy for our souls.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The troparia:

Troparion of the martyr,  Tone 4.  Your martyr Mammas, O Lord our God, * in his struggle, received an incorruptible crown from you. * With your strength, he brought down the tyrants * and broke the cowardly valor of demons. * Through his prayers, O Christ our God, save our souls.

Glory – Troparion of the venerable, Tone 4.  Your life has shown you to your flock as a rule of faith, * an image of gentleness, and a teacher of moderation. * You acquired greatness through humility * and wealth through poverty. * O father and bishop John, * intercede with Christ our God to save our souls.

Now and ever – Theotokion in the same tone, from the day of the week

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the September Menaion

Troparion of the martyr,  Tone 4.  Your martyr Mammas, O Lord our God, * in his struggle, received an incorruptible crown from you. * With your strength, he brought down the tyrants * and broke the cowardly valor of demons. * Through his prayers, O Christ our God, save our souls.

Troparion of the venerable, Tone 4.  Your life has shown you to your flock as a rule of faith, * an image of gentleness, and a teacher of moderation. * You acquired greatness through humility * and wealth through poverty. * O father and bishop John, * intercede with Christ our God to save our souls.

Glory – Kontakion of the martyr, Tone 3.   O holy Mammas, with the staff God gave to you, * lead your people as a flock to life-giving pastures; * crush the fierce and invisible enemies * beneath the feet of those who honor you; * for all those in danger have received you as their fervent intercessor.

Now and ever – Kontakion of the venerable, Tone 3.   You proved yourself a heavenly vessel of abstinence, O blessed John, * and a lasting treasure of piety. * Your life was radiant with perfect self-control, * and you enriched the poor with alms, O father John. * Beg Christ to have mercy on all of us.

Prokeimenon of a martyr, 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:  (for the martyr) Romans 8:28-39

Alleluia of a martyr, 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:  (for the martyr) John 15:1-7

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