Menaion

October 4

The holy martyr Hierotheus, bishop of Athens. He was a friend of Denis the Areopagite, and was converted by the Apostle Paul a little after his friend. Paul later made him the bishop of Athens. Tradition tells us that Hierotheus assembled in Jerusalem with the Apostles for the Dormition of the Theotokos. He was martyred in Athens.

In Franciscan and Poor Clare communities: Our venerable father Francis of Assisi, deacon and founder of the Three Orders. He was converted after an unfettered youth in Assisi in Umbria. He chose an evangelical life, serving Jesus Christ found among the poorest and most neglected. Having made himself a poor man, he gathered to himself little brothers (i.e., the Friars Minor) in a community. He preached the love of God to everyone, in a journey that reached as far as the Holy Land. Seeking to be a perfect follower of Christ in words and deeds, he wished to travel the needy earth carrying the good news. (1226)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 4, special melody Dal jesi znamenie.  Receiving the grace of the all-holy Spirit, * O glorious Hierotheus, * you have now passed through all the earth, * teaching the faithful to worship the one God in three persons: * the Father without beginning, the Source of the Godhead, * amd with him the Son, equally enthroned, and consubstantial with the Father, * born of the Father and become a man bearing flesh.

As one pleasing to God * you offered up your soul as a sacred and divine gift. * You committed your sacred body as something divine, * which sanctifies the souls of those who believe in God Almighty, * and pours forth salvation upon the faithful. * Therefore, we bless your memory and burial, * we love your miracles, and proclaim your words.

You beheld the twelve apostles at the dormition * of the all-glorious Ever-Virgin, * the all-pure Theotokos, the Mother of the Lord, * and with you was Dionysius, * who described the hierarchies. * With them we, the faithful, bless your most festive and all-holy solemnity, * O glorious Hierotheus.

Glory –  Tone 2.   When you were present at the divine dormition of the Mother of God, * O blessed herald of God, * you gladdened the hearts of the faithful with divine proclamations, * delighting the sacred company of the apostles, the preachers of God, * and glorifying the mysteries of God with divine ecstasy. * Therefore, having received boldness before Christ, O bishop Hierotheus, * pray in behalf of our souls.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos.

Troparion,  Tone 4. You learned goodness and practiced temperance. * You robed yourself in the priesthood * and girded yourself with a good conscience. * Therefore, you came to draw ineffable things from the chosen vessel, Paul. * You have completed the race; you have kept the faith. * O priest-martyr Hierotheus, beg Christ our God to save our souls.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the October Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 4. You learned goodness and practiced temperance. * You robed yourself in the priesthood * and girded yourself with a good conscience. * Therefore, you came to draw ineffable things from the chosen vessel, Paul. * You have completed the race; you have kept the faith. * O priest-martyr Hierotheus, beg Christ our God to save our souls.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 8.   We honor you, O bishop of Athens, * for we have learned marvelous and ineffable mysteries from you. * You are an inspired author of divine hymns. * Intercede that we may be delivered from our sins; * O most venerable Hierotheus, we cry out: * Joy to you, O holy and most wise father.

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Ps. 149:5,1). Let the faithful rejoice in glory, * shout for joy, and take their rest.
V. Sing to the Lord a new song of praise in the assembly of the faithful.

Epistle:  (of the day)

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:  (of the day)

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