Menaion

October 22

The holy bishop Abercius, equal to the apostles and wonderworker, at Hieropolis in Phrygia,a disciple of Christ the good Shepherd, of whom it is said that he made a journey through different areas and nourished the faith with a mystical food. He preached throughout Syria and Mesopotamia, and went to the Lord in great old age at the end of the second century. (2nd century)

The holy seven children of Ephesus. During the persecution of the emperor Decius, seven young soldiers refused to sacrifice to idols. Tradition says that their names were: Maximilian, Iamblichus, Martinian, John, Dionysius, Exacustodianus, and Antoninus. They concealed themselves in a cave outside of Ephesus, and the emperor had them sealed into the cave to kill them. In the reign of the Christian emperor Theodosius the Younger (408-450), there arose a dispute about the veracity of the Christian teaching on the resurrection of the dead. The youths awoke, testified to the true teaching, and one week later died. (250 and 454) (Also remembered on August 4.)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

There are six stichera at "O Lord, I have cried": three for the bishop, and three for the martyrs.

Tone 2, special melody Jehda ot dreva.  With the light * of your divine teachings, O father Abercius, * you brought an end to the night of the many false gods. * You rose like the dawn * making children of the day * of those who once lay in darkness, * as your worked great miracles among them. * Thus, in faith, we celebrate your sacred memory as a feast, * and we all sing together a hymn in your honor.

In the same vessel, * O Abercius, you miraculously joined oil, wine, and another substance, * so that they could all be served from it, * although by divine grace they were kept separate without being mixed. * By your prayer, * you caused a stream of warm water to flow * that heals the sicknesses of those who draw near to you in faith, * calling you blessed, O holy Abercius.

Completely * consecrated to God, O holy Abercius, * you were seen to be a keeper of his divine commandments. * Having received grace from on high, * you turned away * various sicknesses from men, expelled demons and cast down their altars. * O blessed one, you implanted the knowledge of God * in those whom, to their shame, ignorance had once placed in danger.

Tone 4, special melody Jako dobl'a. The blessed young men, obedient * to the commandments of God * refused the impious commandment of the tyrant. * In chains, they loosened the chains of error. * Renouncing the honors of this world, * they obtained the honor which made them famous * and won for them the joys of the Kingdom on high.

You courageously girded yourselves * for the struggles of martyrdom. * You were buried in a cave * as you ceaselessly prayed to the Lord to grant you the strength to persevere. * But for reasons known only to himself, * the Lover of us all divinely commanded you to sleep in peace.

Come all, and let us earnestly hymn * the witnesses of piety, * the divinely assembled regiment and the blessed choir, * the invincible company of martyrs and the beautiful triumph of the Church of God, * the invisible assembly and the unvanquished army, * the unshakeable foundation of piety.

Glory –  Tone 3.   Venerable hierarch and blessed father, * servant of Christ and wonderworker, * Abercius, you shone with a prophetic life * and were adorned with the charisms of the Apostles. * Now you ceaselessly celebrate the Savior in heaven; * entreat him, together with the angels, * that our souls be saved from all the dangers that threaten them.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos.

The troparia:

Troparion,  Tone 4.  You became a preacher of truth and a worker of miracles, * a father of orphans and a support of the poor, * a brave shepherd of the flock and a terror to devils. * Defend those who cry to you, O father Abercius, * and beg Christ our God to save our souls.

Glory – Troparion, Tone 8. Let us praise these blessed children in song. * They are symbols of the resurrection of the dead and preachers of holiness. * They are seven pillars of the Church, * found without decay after so many years. * They are truly symbols of the Resurrection, * for they have come out as if from sleep.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the October Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 4.  You became a preacher of truth and a worker of miracles, * a father of orphans and a support of the poor, * a brave shepherd of the flock and a terror to devils. * Defend those who cry to you, O father Abercius, * and beg Christ our God to save our souls.

Troparion, Tone 8. Let us praise these blessed children in song. * They are symbols of the resurrection of the dead and preachers of holiness. * They are seven pillars of the Church, * found without decay after so many years. * They are truly symbols of the Resurrection, * for they have come out as if from sleep.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 8.   The whole Church venerates you, O Abercius, * as a comrade of the apostles and a truly great priest. * Since you are always in our memory, O blessed saint, * preserve the purity of the Church * that is remains undisturbed, unconquered, * and free from all heresy.

Now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 4.   You glorified your saints on earth, O Christ, * before your second and awesome coming. * By raising the dead children so gloriously, * you proved the Resurrection to those who were ignorant of it. * Revealing flesh and clothing uncorrupted, you moved the king to cry out: * You are truly the Resurrection of the dead.

Prokeimenon, Tone 1 (Ps. 48:4,2). My lips will speak * words of wisdom; * understanding will be the theme of my heart.
V. Hear this, all you nations; give heed, all who dwell in the world.

Epistle:  (of the day)

Alleluia, Tone 2 (Ps. 36:30,31). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. The mouth of the just will utter wisdom, and his tongue will pronounce judgment.
V. The law of the Lord is in his heart; his steps shall be saved from stumbling.

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!