Menaion

October 28

The holy martyrs Terence and Neonila, husband and wife from Syria, who were martyred with their seven children for their witness to Christ.

Our holy father Stephen the Sabbaite, hymnographer. The author of many beautiful Canons, he lived in the community of St. Sabbas the Sanctified, near Jerusalem. He later became a bishop, and died peacefully. (807)At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 4, special melody Jako dobl'a. Having courageously withstood all types of punishments, O blessed ones, you overthrew the boldness of the enemy. In the presence of the tyrants, you confessed him who willed to appear wearing our flesh to save us, and to undergo his holy passion, that pardon and great mercy might be poured forth upon the world.

Together with Terence, there shone forth the glorious Neonila, Sharbel and Nita, the wondrous Hierax and Phocas, who fought the good fight according to the rules. With the dew of the divine Spirit, they extinguished the furnace of torments. They have become bastions of the Faith, acceptable victims and pure oblations.

Like a very bright sun united to the moon, O Terence, you and Neonila gave birth to a choir of stars, numbering seven. Crimsoned with the blood of martyrdom, they radiate a splendid light, dwelling in never-ending happiness with the multitude of victorious athletes.

Tone 8, special melody O preslavnaho čudese. O Stephen, blessed and God-bearing father, you brilliantly provided your spirit with divine intelligence. You completely transformed your feelings into courage, your desire into chastity, and your strength of soul into justice. Wisely directing the chariot of the virtues, you joyfully ascended into heaven.

O Stephen, blessed and God-bearing father, you made your spirit shine with the light of divine teachings, brandishing your heart as a lance against the blasphemy of the heretics, in your desire to taste the delights on high. Make us worthy also to share them, O you who stand before the throne of the all-powerful King.

O Stephen, blessed and God-bearing father, filling your spirit by fasting, you made it rise ceaselessly toward the First Cause. Calming the turmoil of the passions and shaking off the confusion of this world, by the purity of your spirit, you attained the true Object of all desires, O venerable and godly-minded father.

Glory, now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos.

The troparia:

Troparion,  Tone 4.  Your holy martyrs, O Lord our God, * in their struggles, received an incorruptible crown from you. * With your strength, they brought down the tyrants * and broke the cowardly valor of demons. * Through their prayers, O Christ our God, save our souls.

Glory – Troparion, Tone 8. Guide to Orthodoxy, teacher of piety and holiness, * luminary for the world, * inspired adornments of monks [or bishops], * O wise Stephen, Harp of the Spirit, * you enlightened all by your teachings; * intercede with Christ our God to save our souls.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the October Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 4.  Your holy martyrs, O Lord our God, * in their struggles, received an incorruptible crown from you. * With your strength, they brought down the tyrants * and broke the cowardly valor of demons. * Through their prayers, O Christ our God, save our souls.

Troparion, Tone 8. Guide to Orthodoxy, teacher of piety and holiness, * luminary for the world, * inspired adornments of monks [or bishops], * O wise Stephen, Harp of the Spirit, * you enlightened all by your teachings; * intercede with Christ our God to save our souls.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 4   The dear memory of the martyrdom of Terence and his wife comes again today. * It fills us with such great joy * that we gather in delight to receive a blessing. * These two have received grace from the Holy Spirit to cure ill and to heal our wounds.

Now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 4.   You planted a garden of virtues and watered it with your tears of repentence. Since you have found the Tree of Life, by your intercession save your flock from perdition and deliver from affliction those who honor you. * O wise Stephen, we have obtained you in faith and love as our great intercessor.

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:  (of the day)

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: (of the day)

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


On the same day:

The holy martyr Paraskevia of Iconium. In the time of the persecution of Diocletian, Paraskevia continued her good works for the poor and needy in the name of Christ. She was arrested and taken before the governor. He had her flogged and then beheaded. (4th century)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

There are six stichera at "O Lord, I have cried". (At weekday Vespers, each is sung twice.)

Tone 4, special melody Dal jesi znamenie.  O holy * long-suffering Paraskeva of Rome, * you are like a garden of flowers * scenting the understanding of the faithful * with the sweet fragrance of virtue, * and driving away the stench of passions. * By grace you are the glory of martyrs, the boast of virgins, * and a fountain of miracles.

You were given * to the Church as a precious glory from Christ our God. * You suffered in Rome, O glorious martyr, and by your struggles you conquered * the diabolical wickeness of humanity. * Therefore, we all bless you * and we praise your holy passion today, * O long-suffering Paraskevia.

O glorious Paraskevia, * filled with the strength of Christ, * you endured bodily pain * and you undertook the struggle with courage, * setting aside all weakness. * You were strengthened by hope * and were received among the first of the enlightened, * O praiseworthy martyr.

Tone 6. Let all the faithful * gather to praise you lovingly, * O martyr Paraskevia. * Let us bless your struggle and suffering. * Beg Christ your spouse to deliver us * from danger and need by your prayers.

(two more stichera in Tone 6)

Glory – Tone 6.   The queen stood the the right hand of the Savior, * as David said, * and you, O praiseworthy martyr Paraskevia, * with your soul as a bright golden robe, * offered yourself to your Lord, * and as a fragrant censer, you shed your blood. * Pray for us to Christ our Lord and God to save our souls.

Now and ever – the dogmatikon of Saturday evening, in the same tone, or (on Friday night or Saturday night) in the Tone of the week

The aposticha are from the Octoechos. Then:

Glory – Tone 8.  Paraskevia said these things to the tyrant's face: * O ungodly and perverse governor, * what has caused your rage against the Christian folk? * I have neither deprived you of a kingdom, * nor have I destroyed your city, * yet you think to persuade me with foolish words. * I shall pay no heed to you or to your mindless words; * and I shall not spare my flesh for Christ, * for he loves me and shall bestow a kingdom on me. * To him I will go and be his bride, * and he will save me from the hands of my enemies, * and grant me life eternal.

Now and ever – the aposticha theotokion of Saturday evening, in the same tone.

The troparia:

Troparion,  Tone 4.  O all-wise and praiseworthy Paraskevia, martyr of Christ, * you laid aside weakness and received might, * thus vanquishing the devil and putting the tyrant to shame, * while crying out and saying: * Come, cut my body apart with your swords and burn me with fire; * for I shall go rejoicing to Christ my Bridegroom! * Through her supplications, O Christ God, save our souls.

Glory, now and ever – the festal theotokion of Saturday evening, in the same tone.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the October Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 4.  O all-wise and praiseworthy Paraskevia, martyr of Christ, * you laid aside weakness and received might, * thus vanquishing the devil and putting the tyrant to shame, * while crying out and saying: * Come, cut my body apart with your swords and burn me with fire; * for I shall go rejoicing to Christ my Bridegroom! * Through her supplications, O Christ God, save our souls.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 3.   Your poured out your blood like the finest wine for Christ, your Bridegroom. * You made glad the choirs of angels and foiled the wiles of the demons. * We therefore cherish you with honor and faith, O much-suffering Paraskevia.

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: 1 Corinthians 6:1-10 or Galations 3:23-29

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:  Luke 7:36-50

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