Menaion

October 2

Six sticheraThe holy bishop martyr Cyprian. He was originally a pagan magician, in league with evil spirits. He was converted by the words and example of St. Justina and became a bishop of the church. He was beheaded with Justina in Nicomedia. (258)

The holy martyr Justina, who was brought to faith in Christ and then brought that same faith to her whole family. She was martyred with bishop Cyprian in Nicomedia. (258)

The holy Andrew, fool for Christ. By birth a Slav, he was bought as a slave and brought to Constantinople during the reign of emperor Leo the Wise. He was a man beautiful in body and in soul, and was moved to adopt the ascesis of folly for Christ’s sake. Feigning madness in the daytime and praying all night, he became a wonderworker in Constantinople. In the year 911, he entered into the rest of the Lord. (911)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 4, special melody Jako dobl'a.  By your priestly anointing * and your blood shed as a martyr, * you drew near to God in perfection, O Cyprian, * truly worthy of our hymns; * you incarnated the splendor of eloquence * and were the flower of nature, * the harmonious order of canons * and the magnificence of the Churches of God.

Pointing out the crown reserved for martyrs * and the glory of those who struggle, * you granted to the faithful courage to nobly endure * multiple punishments, chains, prison, stripping, * tortures, piercing cold, * the blows of scourging, and finally death, * O venerable martyr Cyprian.

Having opposed the seductions * of the devil with the canticles of the Spirit and the victorious sign of the Cross, O Justina, * you preserved your virginal purity, * offering yourself as a sacred victim * to Christ, O invincible martyr. * Thus you obtained the crown of conquerers * in the splendor of the virgins and martyrs.

Glory – Tone 2.  Blessed Cyprian, your truly renounced * the teachings of error and the knowledge of false gods * in order to take up the cross of Christ, that armor of salvation. * You rejected the books of magic, stripped yourself of the old man, * and became a dwelling place for the consubstantial Trinity by your knowledge of God. * Together with the angels, * entreat him for our salvation, O holy hierarch.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos, concluding with:

Glory – Tone 2.  Let us acclaim Cyprian, that divinely enkindled torch, * who became a second Paul by his deeds and words; * he exults in joy with the angels, * having received the crown of immortality from the one true God; * now he intercedes before him forever for the salvation of our souls.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

Troparion,  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 Cyprian, * pray to Christ our God to save our souls.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the October Menaion

Troparion,  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 Cyprian, * pray to Christ our God to save our souls.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 1.  You renounced the magic arts in order to learn of God, * and you became one of the wisest men on earth, * healing those who venerate you and Justina. * Join her in seeking salvation for us from Christ our God.

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 Timothy 1:12-17

Alleluia, Tone 2 (Ps. 111:1,2). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Happy the man who fears the Lord and greatly delights in his command.
V. His posterity will be mighty upon the earth.

Gospel:  John 10:9-16

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