Menaion

October 24

The holy martyr Arethas and his companions. He was governor of the city of Nagran in Arabia. He and 340 of his companions, at the time of Justinian the emperor, gave their lives for Christ under Dhu Nuwas or Dun'an, king of the Himayarites. (523)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 4, special melody Prechvalnyj mučenicy.  O Arethas, illustrious martyr, * to the cruelty of the people you opposed your constancy; * and by divine grace, you carried off the victory. * You led a whole troop of martyrs to Christ, * formed of all ages and races.

Illustrious Arethas, * having formed a melodious choir with your companions * in holy martyrdom, * you fought the good fight along with them. * You struggled with courage to the very end: * entreat Christ to grant our souls peace and great mercy.

Young maidens, enflamed with love for Jesus Christ, * forgot the weakness of their bodies. * Strengthened by the power of God, * they crushed underfoot the error of the enemy * without fearing the pain of the torments; * and the fire of the furnace did not terrify them.

Glory –  Tone 4.   O faithful, with one heart, * let us venerate today in hymns * the chief shepherd, the illustrious Arethas, * and all his companions with him. * For he checkmated the evil tyrant * and poured forth his blood in witness to Christ. * Then a cloud of fire arose on the face of the earth, * denouncing the workers of iniquity and their impiety. * Thus, O Christ our God, who give your martyrs the strength to glorify you, * save us from trials and affliction through the prayers of your saints.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos. Then, for the martyrs:

Glory – Tone 8.  Knowing the lack of faith, the perversity, and the malevolence of the people, * you fought the good fight and witnessed to Christ with a bold spirit. * Having struggled with one heart, the courage and constancy, * you showed yourselves to be wondrous martyrs. * By the boldness which you have before God, * ask him to wipe away the multitude of our sins.

Troparion,  Tone 1.  Opposing the vile king and reproaching his disbelief in Christ, * this martyr acted bravely and suffered torture and death. * For this the angels praise you, O Arethas, and those who suffered with you, * and generations of the faithful will always bless you * as a sure intercessor for our souls.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the October Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 1.  Opposing the vile king and reproaching his disbelief in Christ, * this martyr acted bravely and suffered torture and death. * For this the angels praise you, O Arethas, and those who suffered with you, * and generations of the faithful will always bless you * as a sure intercessor for our souls.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 4.  Today is the truly splendid feast of the martyrs. * An intercession of happiness is ours today. * Let us celebrate this feast * and bless the Lord in heaven.

Prokeimenon, Tone 4 (Ps. 15:3,8). To all the saints in his land, * the Lord has shown all the wonders of is will.
V. I set the Lord ever before me; with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.

Epistle:  Hebrews 11:33-40

Alleluia, Tone 4 (Ps. 33:18,20). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. The just cried out and the Lord heard them, and rescued them from all their distress.
V. Many are the trials of the just, but from them all the Lord will rescue them.

Gospel:  Matthew 10:32-33, 37-38, 19:27-30

Communion Hymn (Ps. 32:1). Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous ones; praise from the upright is fitting. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

The readings at the Divine Liturgy are the same as those for the Sunday of All Saints.