Menaion

September 25

Our venerable mother Euphrosyna was born to parents long childless, who brought her up in the Christian faith. She presented herself, in man’s clothing, to the abbot of a local monastery, who admitted her and placed her in the spiritual care of the monk Agapetus. After thirty-eight years of living the monastic life, her father visited the monastery. Just before her death, she identified herself to him. She fell asleep in the Lord and was buried in the monastery. (479)

At Vespers

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At "O Lord, I have cried": three stichera from the Octoechos, and three for the venerable mother.

Tone 5.  O mother Euphrosyna, venerable and worthy of all admiration, * for love of him who is our joy, * you set out on the road leading to him. * You exchanged your wealth for the greatest poverty, * your earthly betrothed for the One who lives throughout all the ages; * and by temperance, you exchanged the passing delights of life for those that last forever. * The difficulties of asceticism became your repose, * and a transcendent life replace that of this world. * You hastened toward it, * in company with the wise virgins who had their lamps ready, * meriting as a virgin and bride of Christ * to enter with him into the bridal chamber.

You watered your soul with your tears, * and by asceticism brought forth the fruits of the virtues. * You bore beautiful clusters of grapes, like a fruitful vine; * fill us with their divine wine; sharpen our spiritual senses to imitate you, * so that, exulting with divine joy, we may overcome the drunkenness of sin and cry to you: * O venerable one, ceaselessly pray to Christ * to grant the world harmony, peace, and great mercy.

O strange sight that nature cannot comprehend! * How could you forget the deadly machinations * which Eve used to submit to the ancient Tempter, * in order to dwell among men in the perfection of your spirit? * How could you pass through the midst of the flames without being burned? * How could you hide your womanly frailty? * Surely it was by taking strength from the power of God, * who assumed our frailty amd was born of a Virgin, without the aid of man. * You exult now with the angels in heaven; interced with him to grant the world harmony, peace, and great mercy.

Glory –  Tone 2.   Faultlessly keeping the pure treasure of your virginity * while living in a community of men, O Euphrosyna, * you became a bride of Christ, * dimming your passing bodily attractiveness * through the labors of asceticism; * but grace adorned your soul with a most wondrous beauty. * Hiding your womanhood under the guise of a man, * you forgot the snares of Belial and lived like an angel on earth. * Pray for peace for all those who wholeheartedly acclaim you, * who were named for joy.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

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

Glory – Tone 6.  Come, all you who love virginity * and are zealots of purity! * Come, ranks of monks and choirs of venerable women. * Let us together all chant to the blessed Euphrosyna with faith: * Rejoice, for your struggled with a man's strength in a woman's body! * Rejoice, for you put the enemy to shame by chastity and loved Christ! * Rejoice, precious stone, namesake of gladness! * Venerable mother, never cease to pray for those who honor your memory.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

Troparion,  Tone 8.  In you, O mother, the divine image was strictly preserved; * taking up your cross, you followed Christ. * You taught us by example how to spurn the flesh, for it passes away, * and how to care for the soul which is immortal. * Therefore, O venerable Euphrosyna, your soul rejoices with the angels.

At the Divine Liturgy

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Troparion,  Tone 8.  In you, O mother, the divine image was strictly preserved; * taking up your cross, you followed Christ. * You taught us by example how to spurn the flesh, for it passes away, * and how to care for the soul which is immortal. * Therefore, O venerable Euphrosyna, your soul rejoices with the angels.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 2.   When you longed for the life of the Spirit, * you turned away from the delights of the world. * You put on the clothing of a man * and abandoned your earthly betrothed for Christ your Bridegroom. * O venerable mother Euphrosyna, you are worthy of all praise.

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:  (of the day)

Alleluia, 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: (of the day)

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