Menaion

September 20

Post-festive day of the Exaltation of the Cross.

The holy martyr Eustace and his companions. Eustace was a Roman military leader in the time of the emperors Titus and Trajan. He was a righteous and merciful pagan. One day while hunting, he found a stag. In the stag’s antlers, a cross appeared, and Eustace heard a voice telling him to find a Christian priest and be baptized. He and his whole family were baptized, and then left Rome for Egypt. Eustace was called back into service by Trajan during the barbarian invasions. After defeating the enemy, Eustace was arrested by the new emperor Hadrian for being a Christian. He was killed with his entire family. (118)

The holy martyrs and confessors, the Great Prince Michael, and his counselor Theodore, Wonderworkers of Chernigov. Prince Michael went to the Tartar horde with his counselor Theodore at the invitation of the Tartar ruler. When they refused to worship the idols upon their arrival, they were beheaded. Their relics are preserved in the Church of the Archangel in Moscow. (1244)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

There are six stichera at "O Lord, I have cried": three for the the feast, and three for the martyrs.

Tone 4, special melody Dal jesi znamenie.  O Christ, your precious Cross shining as brightly as the sun * is made secure on the glorious place of the skulls. * It is raised up on your most holy mountain, O Savior. * Since You are the Lover of us all, * You have raised up our nature into heaven * through your Cross, O all-powerful One.

O incomprehensible One, * today the heavens have proclaimed your glory to all. * Having brightly illumined the image of the Cross * by your unapproachable splendor, * You exposed the insanity and cruel standards of the enemies of God. * For this reason, we glorlfy You, * O all-powerful Jesus, Savior of our souls.

By the spreading out of his hands, Moses conquered Amalek. * In this he prefigured the Cross. * We, who now bow down to the Cross, * crush the attacks and craftiness of the enemy. * We are strengthened by Christ the Conqueror * who is raised upon it in the flesh. * He has put the serpent to death and has saved all people.

Tone 4, special melody Dal jesi znamenie. O Eustace, your call from on high was not from a human source. * Christ, the Lover of us all, appeared to you * and drew you into the nets of faith, O blessed one. * He cleansed you of sin by baptism and by the tests of life. * As the Master, He spread out sufferings for you * and showed you to be a glorious conqueror.

Rejoicing in youth, you were trained in the virtues. * Deprived of your wife and children, * you courageously endured captivity and suffered disgraceful slavery. * You recovered magnificently, O memorable one, * and your courage in battle made you honorable.

O worthy Eustace, * you were like an aromatic heavenly incense in the fire, * a pleasing burnt-offering, and acceptable sacrifice, * a living and most excellent gift. * For this reason, you have been accepted as a resident of heaven, * together with your family and hosts of saints.

Glory – Tone 2.  By his life Eustace was likened to a diamond. * Through his sufferings and struggles, * he became an image of virtues * and a pillar of patience for us. * having lost his wife and children, he truly was another Job. * He was faithful in life and unshakable in temptations. * He carried the trophy of victory in his sufferings. * We pray that Christ grant enlightenment * and purification to our souls through him.

Now and ever – Tone 2.  By crossing his hands in the blessing of his children, * the Patriarch Jacob foreshadowed the powerful sign of the Cross. * We now have it as our safeguard that cannot be overthrown, * and with its strength we drive out the hosts of demons. * Casting down the arrogance of Belial with it, * we put to flight the destroying power of Amalek. * And now that it is lifted on high, * we the faithful offer it in devotion * for the cleansing of our sins before the goodness of God. * We cry aloud with the fullness of our voices: * Have mercy on us, O Lord made flesh of a Virgin; * take pity on us, O Gracious One, * for we are the works which You fashioned in your wisdom.

The aposticha are for post-feast:

Tone 2, special melody Dome Jefratov. With the deified water and your blood, O Word, * your Church is splendidly adorned as a bride, * praising the glory of your Cross.

Exalt the Lord, our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.

Let us bow down and venerate the spear and the Cross, * the nails and the other instruments * by which the life-bearing body of Christ was crucified.

God is our king from all ages. He has accomplished salvation in the middle of the earth.

When Moses was defeating Amalek * and holding his hands in the air in the form of a cross, * he prefigured the pure passion of Christ.

Glory – Tone 6.  How are we to worthily praise you * whose life was more precious than diamonds? * You went beyond nature, leaving your wife, children, and possessions
behind. * You cried out in the words of Job: * Blessed is He. The Lord gave; the Lord takes away; * and as the Lord wills, so shall it be, * You loved God and ardently yearned for Him. * He granted your wishes in addition to your sufferings. * Because of the various tortures, * you and your family had blessed deaths. * O patient Eustace, you and your devout ones received these rewards. * Entreat Christ that we be delivered from our transgressions.

Now and ever – Tone 6. O Cross of Christ, hope of Christians, * guide of all those who have gone astray, * haven of the storm-tossed and victory in warfare, * firm foundation of the inhabited earth, * healer of the sick and resurrection of the dead, * have mercy on us.

The troparia:

Troparion of the martyrs,  Tone 4.  Your holy martyrs, O Lord our God, * in their struggles, received an incorruptible crown from you. * With your strength, they brought down the tyrants * and broke the cowardly valor of demons. * Through their prayers, O Christ our God, save our souls.

Glory, now and ever – Troparion of the Cross, Tone 1.  Save your people, O Lord, and bless your inheritance. * Grant victory to your Church over evil, * and protect your people by your cross.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the September Menaion

First Antiphon (Ps. 21:2-4):
My God, my God, hear me; why have you forsaken me? Far from my salvation are the words of my transgression.
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, save us.

O my God, I call by day and you give no reply; I call by night and I find no peace.
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, save us.

O God, you are enthroned in the Holy Place, the Glory of Israel.
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, save us.

Glory... now and ever...
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, save us.

Second Antiphon (Ps. 73:1-2):
Why, O God, have you cast us off forever? Why does your anger smolder against the sheep of your pasture?
Refrain: O Son of God, crucified in the flesh, save us who sing to you: Alleluia!

Remember your flock which you acquired long ago, whom you redeemed as your inheritance.
Refrain: O Son of God, crucified in the flesh, save us who sing to you: Alleluia!

Remember Mount Zion where you made your dwelling.
Refrain: O Son of God, crucified in the flesh, save us who sing to you: Alleluia!

Glory... now and ever...
O Only-begotten Son and Word of God...

Third Antiphon (Ps. 94:1):
Come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord; let us acclaim God our savior.
Refrain: O Son of God, crucified in the flesh, save us who sing to you: Alleluia!

Entrance Hymn (Ps. 94:6):
Come, let us worship and bow before Christ.
Refrain: O Son of God, crucified in the flesh, save us who sing to you: Alleluia!

Troparion of the Cross, Tone 1.  Save your people, O Lord, and bless your inheritance. * Grant victory to your Church over evil, * and protect your people by your cross.

Troparion of the martyrs,  Tone 4.  Your holy martyrs, O Lord our God, * in their struggles, received an incorruptible crown from you. * With your strength, they brought down the tyrants * and broke the cowardly valor of demons. * Through their prayers, O Christ our God, save our souls.

Glory – Kontakion of Eustace, Tone 4.  O holy Eustace, you were an imitator of Christ in his passion. * You drank of his cup with courage * and thereby became a sharer of his glory. * Therefore the God of All granted you * divine power to work wonders.

Now and ever – Kontakion of the Cross, Tone 4.   Christ our God, who were willingly raised upon the cross, * grant your mercies to the new people who bear your name. * By your power grant joy to the Church. * Give her victory over evil * with your invincible trophy, the weapon of peace, * as an ally.

Prokeimenon of the Cross, Tone 7 (Ps. 98:5,1). Exalt the Lord our God and worship at his foot-stool, for he is holy.
V.The Lord is King; let the peoples rage.

Prokeimenon of several martyrs, Tone 4 (Ps. 15:3,8). To all the saints in his land, the Lord has shown all the wonders of his will.
V. I set the Lord ever before me; with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.

Epistle:  Ephesians 6:10-17

Alleluia of several martyrs, Tone 4 (Ps. 33:18). Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. The just cried out and the Lord heard them, and rescued them from all their distress.

Gospel: Luke 21:12-19

Magnification. Extol, O my soul, the most precious cross of the Lord.

Irmos, Tone 8. You are a mystical paradise, O Theotokos; * Christ has blossomed forth from you without tilling. * He planted the life-bearing tree of the cross on the earth. * As we now exalt the cross * and bow before it, we proclaim your greatness.

Communion Hymn of the Cross (Ps. 4:7). We have been signed, O Lord, with the light of your face. Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

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