Menaion

October 8

Our venerable mother Pelagia at Antioch in Syria, whom St. John Chrysostom extolled with great praises. (457)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 8, special melody O preslavnoho čudese.  A glorious wonder! * Displaying great courage, a woman has trampled the enemy underfoot * by quenching the passions of the body through fasting. * With zeal, Pelagia took the Cross of the Lord upon her shoulders. * She cast aside the burden of the possessions of life * and followed Christ through the teachings of the wise Nonnus.

You have been revealed as a new Thecla! * Having found your teacher Nonnus to be another Paul, * you accepted his teachings. * O glorious mother, you embraced repentance with fervor, * and by fasting joined yourself to Christ. * O blessed and honored Pelagia, * never cease praying to Christ for our salvation.

Rejoice, O honored Pelagia! * You have been enkindled by godly zeal * to cast aside the pleasures of fornication. * You hurried to Nonnus, all-blessed mother, * and cried out, O glorious father, you will have to give an answer for my deeds * if you will not seal me with the sign of Christ, * clothing me in a pure garment through baptism.

Glory –  Tone 4.   As Paul teaches, where sin has abounded, * there the grace of God has superabounded. * Indeed, by your prayers and tears, O Pelagia, * you washed away a sea of countless sins. * By your repentance, you offered the Lord a life acceptable in his sight. * You intercede forever for our souls before him.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos.

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 Pelagia, your soul rejoices with the angels.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the October Menaion

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 Pelagia, your soul rejoices with the angels.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 2.   In your love for the Lord, you disdained your desire for rest, O venerable woman. * You enlighted your soul by fasting and with power you conquered beasts; * but by your prayers destroy the pride of our enemies.

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!