Menaion

September 3

The holy martyr Anthimus, bishop of Nicomedia, in Bithynia, and his companions, martyrs in the persecution of Diocletian the emperor. In fact, a whole crowd followed him as he received the glory of martyrdom by beheading for the sake of his confession of Christ. Some of his companions a judge ordered beheaded by the sword, some burned up by the fire, and finally some were put in boats and drowned at sea. (303)

Our venerable father Theoctist, companion of St. Euthymius the Great, was hegumen of the monastery six miles from Jerusalem on the road to Jericho. He was in all things a disciple of Euthymius, governing the monastery until his ninetieth year. (431)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 1, special melody Prechvalnyj mučenicy.  O blessed hierarch, you joyfully dyed your sacred priestly vestments * with the purple of your own blood. * You reverently grew in strength and glory; * and now you pray that our souls be offered peace and great mercy.

As a priest, you offered the unbloody Sacrifice to God. * Then, O venerable preacher, you offered yourself in your own blood as a holocaust, * a victim acceptable to Jesus Christ. * As a true martyr, entreat him for those who honor you.

O venerable father Anthimus, * by your teachings and wise exhortations * you have brought a whole troop of martyrs to Christ. * You instructed them not only by your words, * but also by the example of your life. * O venerable hierarch, pray with them * that our souls be granted peace and great mercy.

Tone 1, special melody Prechvalnyj mučenicy. O holy father Theoctist, * your light-bearing memorial brings joy to all monks * because of the wondrous beauty of your life, * the grace of your splendid miracles * and your radiant chrisms. * Intercede before Christ God * that our souls be granted peace and great mercy.

O holy father Theoctist, * your constant asceticism was a terror to the enemy, * who was brought down by your continual prayer. * O illustrious father, you had Christ to assist you in the struggle. * Now pray to him that our souls be granted peace and great mercy.

O holy father Theoctist, * in preserving the image of God within you * by the life you led and the holy habit you assumed, * you became even more worthy of your name, * which means "creature of God." * Pray to Christ that our souls be granted peace and great mercy.

Glory (for the martyr) –  Tone 6.   Blessed Anthimus, you persevered as a holy priest to the end, * for as you celebrated the ineffable and divine Mysteries, * you shed your blood for Christ our God * and offered yourself to the Lord as an acceptable sacrifice. * By the boldness you have before him, * pray for those who celebrate your holy memory in faith and love, * that they may be delivered from all affliction, danger and need.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos. Then, for the venerable father:

Glory – Tone 6.  O venerable father, * the whole world is filled with the fame of your holy deeds; * through them, you have received the recompense of your labors in heaven. * You destroyed hordes of demons * and have been united to the choirs of angels, * whose pure lives you imitated. * By your boldness with Christ our God, ask peace for our souls.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The troparia:

Troparion of Anthimus,  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 Anthimus, * pray to Christ our God to save our souls.

Glory – Troparion of Theoctist, Tone 8.  Your abundant tears made the wilderness bloom, * and your sufferings made your labors fruitful a hundredfold; * you became a shining torch over the world. * O venerable father Theoctist, * pray to Christ our God that he may 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 Anthimus,  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 Anthimus, * pray to Christ our God to save our souls.

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

Glory – Kontakion of Anthimus, Tone 4.   You stood out among the bishops * and travelled the road to martyrdom. * You became the opponent of pagan idol worship * and the protector of your flock. * We now honor you, * crying out in spirit: * Deliver us from dangers through your intercession. * O Anthimus, you are worthy of all praise.

Now and ever – Kontakion of Theoctist, Tone 4.   You joined the great Euthymius in the desert, * and you became an angel on earth with your good works. * O father, you cleanse the hearts of the faithful by the power of wonderful signs. * We venerate you with love for this, O Theoctist.

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:  (for the martyr) Hebrews 13:7-16

Alleluia, Tone 2 (Ps. 131:9, 111:1). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Your priests will be clothed in righteousness and your saints will rejoice.
V. Happy the man who fears the Lord and greatly delights in his commands.

Gospel:  (for the martyr) John 10:9-16

Communion Hymn (Ps. 111:6,7). The just man will be remembered forever; evil news he will not fear. Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!