Menaion

October 25

The holy martyrs and notaries Marcian and Martyrius. Martyrius was a subdeacon, and Marcianus was a cantor, in Constantinople. They were killed by the Arians under Constantius the emperor. (355)

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 Jako dobl'a.  Having run the race to the end * and having kept the Faith, * Marcian and Martyrius received the crown of martyrdom. * They are unshakeable ramparts, * breasts of the Church flowing with an unsophisticated milk, * shining pearls, lamps who enlighten creation * with the radiance of their purity.

These two united martyrs, * confessing the unity in Christ, * refuted the division proposed by Arius, * as they taught the veneration of the Son * as One who shared eternity and lack of beginning * with the Father and the Holy Spirit: * Unity in Trinity, Trinity in Unity, * one single undivided Essence in Three Persons.

O Marcian and Martyrius, * you imitated the life of the holy Archbishop Paul and his zeal for God. * You made the enemy disappear * under the streams of your blood, * refreshing the Church of Christ.

Glory –  Tone 1.   You are disciples and companions * of the confessor who preached the Consubstantial Trinity, and you were persecuted for it along with him. * O blessed ones, you preferred death by a sword * rather than submit to the babbling of the heretics. * Thus, having received from God the crown of martyrdom * and the power to speak before him, * intercede that he save from danger * all those who venerate your sacred memory.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

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

Glory – Tone 3.  Marcian and Martyrius, those mystic lamps of the Church and champions of the holy Trinity, having driven back heresies with the buckler of faith, have shone the light of the true faith all over the world. Obedient to their pastor, the holy Paul, equal to the apostles, that master of true teaching, the rejected the division proposed by Arius and Nestorius, and avoided the confusion put forth by Severus and Sabellius. They acknowledged the Unity at the heart of the Trinity, and they invite us all to sing with faith of the God who took flesh from the Virgin, in two natures, as one Son. They received from heaven the crown of victory, and they ask great mercy for us all.

Troparion,  Tone 1.  O Marcian and Martyrs, a pair of martyrs worthy of each other, * you have crushed the infamy of Arius. * Obeying Paul, the teacher of accurate statements, * they taught that the Son is consubstantial with the Father and the Spirit. * They died under the sword and have joined Christ. * They intercede with him to save our souls.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the October Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 1.  Marcian and Martyrs, a pair of martyrs worthy of each other, * have crushed the infamy of Arius. * Obeying Paul, the teacher of accurate statements, * they taught that the Son is consubstantial with the Father and the Spirit. * They died under the sword and have joined Christ. * They intercede with him to save our souls.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 4. You lived piously since your childhood, O Marcian and Martyrius, * and you came to crush Arius. * You preserved the teachings of the faith intact * by following the wise teacher Paul. * You have found life in his company * as defenders of the Trinity.

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:  CHECK - Ephesians?

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:  CHECK - Matthew?

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


Today we also remember:

The holy and just Tabitha the Merciful. She was a disciple of the apostles and lived in Joppa (now Jaffa). She was “full of good works and almsgiving” (Acts 9:36). She suddenly weakened and died at the time that St. Peter was in the city of Lydda. The grieving disciples sent to him and asked him to come and comfort the people. On his arrival, he told everyone to leave the room where the corpse was. He knelt in prayer, and called to the body, “Tabitha, arise!” She opened her eyes and arose, and many came to faith because of it.

Troparion,  Tone 4.  You were a holy disciple of Christ at Joppa, serving him by your works of mercy. Thus, when Peter raised you from the dead, * you revealed to all the divine splendor concealed in your life.