Menaion

September 24

Six sticheraThe holy martyr, first among women, and equal to the apostles, Thecla, who was converted to the faith by the preaching of the Apostle Paul, when he came to Iconium with Barnabas. Thecla became a follower of the apostle Paul, and went with him to Antioch. She settled in a solitary place near Seleucia, and was martyred by local physicians who were jealous over her gifts of healing. (51)

At Vespers

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There are six stichera at "O Lord, I have cried".

Tone 8.  Thecla, O Lord, was united to you in love here below, * only seeing you as through a cloudy window. * Now she stands before your throne on high, * and marvels at your incomprehensible splendor, O Lover of us all, * who were incarnate to save our souls. (twice)

Thecla, O Lord, was separated from her master against her will, * but rejoiced in your presence at the hour of her passion. * When stripped bare, your glory covered her. * As now she is crowned by your hand, * may she protect our souls. (twice)

Thecla, O Lord, followed in the footsteps of the Apostle in chains, * casting off the chains of her earthly passions; * thus made captive by the power of your love, * she was firmly bound to you, O Savior of our souls.

O Lord, your spotless protomartyr was delivered over to the fire * but not burned, as she possessed you as a refreshing dew. * In the midst of wild beasts, she remained safe, * protected as she was by your hand, * O Savior of our souls.

Glory – Tone 6.   As a athlete in your struggles, * you overcame the enemy, O blessed Thecla, * in martyrdom, you destroyed his schemes. * You fled far from Thamyris, * in order to be espoused to Christ, your true Love. * You were the companion of Paul * and imitated Stephen in his trial. * As the first woman to bear witness to Christ, * you have boldness before him; * save our souls from all danger, * as in faith we festively celebrate your sacred memory.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos. Then:

Glory – Tone 8.  O apostle and protomartyr, you curbed the attacks of the wild beasts * and put off Thamyris in order o follow Christ, your Bridegroom. * And you cried out to him: * I am drawn to the fragrance of your perfume! * In like manner, with holy Paul as your companion, * you received grace from heaven * and the crown of the divine inheritance * from the judge of all struggles. * You never cease to intercede * that remission of sins be granted * to the faithful celebrating your sacred memory.

Troparion,  Tone 4.  O bride of God, Thecla, you were instructed by the words of Paul; * you were made firm in the faith by Peter. * You have become a protomartyr among women * and one of the first to suffer. * You walked into the flames as into a cool garden; * the beasts and the brutes shunned the cross of your armor. * O praiseworthy Thecla, beg Christ to save our souls.

At the Divine Liturgy

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Troparion,  Tone 4.  O bride of God, Thecla, you were instructed by the words of Paul; * you were made firm in the faith by Peter. * You have become a protomartyr among women * and one of the first to suffer. * You walked into the flames as into a cool garden; * the beasts and the brutes shunned the cross of your armor. * O praiseworthy Thecla, beg Christ to save our souls.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 8.   O glorious Thecla, virginity was your splendor, * the crown of martyrdom your adornment, and faith your trust. * You turned a burning bush into a refreshing dew, * and with your prayers you appeased the pagan fury, O first woman-martyr.

Prokeimenon, Tone 4 (Ps. 67:36,27). God is wondrous in his saints, the God of Israel
V. In the churches bless God; from Israel's wellsprings bless the Lord.

Epistle:  2 Timothy 3:10-15

Alleluia of a woman martyr, Tone 1 (Ps. 39:2,3). Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. I have waited, waited for the Lord, and he stooped toward me and heard my cry.

Gospel: Matthew 25:1-13

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