Menaion

September 30

Six sticheraThe holy martyr Gregory, bishop of Armenia, who after many labors withdrew to a cave near the confluence of tributaries of the Euphrates and there rested in peace. He is called “the Illuminator” and is considered the apostle of the Armenians. (332)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

There are six stichera at "O Lord, I have cried". (At weekday Vespers, each is sung twice.)

Tone 6, special melody Vsju otloživše.  Dying your vestments * in the purple blood of martyrdom, * you entered into the Holy of Holies, * where the ineffable Light shines in the radiant glory of God * and where there is always the sound of festive rejoicing. * There, O admirable martyr, * you received the imperishable crown * as a reward for your labors, * with eternal renown and a dwelling in Paradise. * O holy Gregory, standing before the Lord, * intercede with boldness for our souls.

Your soul was not broken * by the storms of torments, * nor by your long imprisonment * in the dark pit into which you had been thrown; * you shown as a light upon all of those * who were threatened by the shadows of vain idols. * You converted them into the sons of the day through illumination, * that bath of rebirth which brings about salvation, * and through the divine life in truth, O Gregory, illustrious martyr and inspired hierarch.

Master of the universe, * cherishing you as her immortal Bridegroom, * Rhipsime endured the flaying of her skin from her body * after having already stripped herself * of the dark tunic of the passions through her temperance. * With her also suffered the illustrious Gayana, * followed by a whole company of virgins * who fought the good fight valiantly, * overcoming the ancient seducer of Eve. the mother of all the living. * O Christ, we glorify you * as we celebrate their merits.

Glory – Tone 6.  Who could worthily describe the victory of your virtues? * What mouth could speak of the patience * with which you endured martyrdom? * You excelled in all things, O Gregory! * Never cease to intercede by your prayers, * so acceptable to Christ. * And with the boldness you have before him, * pray for the salvation of our souls, * O holy hieromartyr.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos, concluding with:

Glory – Tone 6.  The martyr and holy hierarch, * having spiritually entered into the inaccessible cloud of Light, * was initiated into the inexpressible secrets * of the divine mysteries, * after having been first enlightened as a martyr, * and then initiated as a pastor. * Thus he also received a double crown of glory from on high, * and ceaselessly prays to Christ * for the salvation of our souls.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

Troparion,  Tone 4.  Today we faithful people are invited to sing a hymn * to exalt with love in our assembly the daystar of the Unsetting Light, * the long-suffering shepherd, the truly heroic pastor, * the model of ascetics and martyrs, * the radiant glory of the Church of Armenia. * Let us bless with hymns of praise the divinely-inspired Gregory * who is adorned with the martyr's crown.

At the Divine Liturgy

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Troparion,  Tone 4.  Today we faithful people are invited to sing a hymn * to exalt with love in our assembly the daystar of the Unsetting Light, * the long-suffering shepherd, the truly heroic pastor, * the model of ascetics and martyrs, * the radiant glory of the Church of Armenia. * Let us bless with hymns of praise the divinely-inspired Gregory * who is adorned with the martyr's crown.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 2.   O faithful, let us extol today with hymns and spiritual songs * the glorious priest-martyr Gregory, * the shepherd of souls and powerful teacher, * the bright star and fighter for truth. * He intercedes with Christ our God for the salvation of our souls.

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Ps. 18:5,2). 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:  1 Corinthians 16:13-24

Alleluia, Tone 2 (Ps. 131:9,13). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Your priests will be clothed with righteousness and your saints will rejoice.
V. The Lord has chosen Zion; he prefers her for his dwelling.

Gospel:  Matthew 24:42-47

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