Menaion

October 29

The holy venerable martyr Anastasia. Born in Rome to wealthy and upper- class parents, she was left an orphan at age three. She was taken to a women’s monastery to live, under the guidance of the Hegumena Sophia. When she was seventeen, the pagan governor summoned her to defend herself, which she did with great eloquence. She was stripped, tortured, and finally mutilated by the guards. This was during the persecution of the emperor Decius (249-251).

Our venerable father Abraham the hermit. Under pressure from his parents, Abraham married, but then fled into the desert to live as a hermit. For fifty years he did so, faithfully keeping to the ascetic life which had called him. He died at the age of seventy at Edessa in Osrhoene in Mesopotamia. St. Ephraem the deacon recorded the deeds of this remarkable man. (360)

The passing of our venerable father Abraham of Rostov, archimandrite and wonderworker, in the world Avercius, in his youth left his parents' home and entered upon the path of Christian asceticism. Having assumed the monastic form, Abraham settled at Rostov on the shore of Lake Nero. In the Rostov lands there were not many pagans, and the Venerable worked intensely at spreading the true faith. Many of the pagans were persuaded and baptized by Saint Abraham. Particularly great was his influence with the children whom he taught the ability to read and write, instructing them in the law of God, and tonsured monastics from among them. Everyone who came to the monastery of the saint was accepted with love. His life was a constant work of prayer and toil for the benefit of the brethren: he chopped firewood for the oven, he laundered the monks' clothing and carried water for the kitchen. The Venerable Abraham reposed in old age and was buried in the church of the Theophany (11th century)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 8, special melody Cto vy naračem.  (three stichera)

Tone 8, special melody O preslavnaho čudese.  (three stichera)

Glory (for the martyr) –  Tone 2.   At the table of God you were set * like a newly-planted olive tree, * the child of those who walk the path of the Lord. * For the sake of your martyrdom, the Lord has blessed you, * and you look upon the good things of the heavenly Zion, * ever delighting with your parents in divine joy. * O highly praised Mammas, by your entreaties, * make us partakers of that heavenly joy.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos.

The troparia:

Troparion, Tone 4. Your lamb Anastias, O Jesus, cries out in a loud voice: * I love you, my Bridegroom; I seek you with painful longing. * I am crucified with you; in your baptism, I am buried with you; *I suffer for you that I may reign with you; * and I die for you that I may live with you. * Receive me as a spotless sacrifice immolated with love for you. * By her prayers, O merciful One, save our souls.

Glory – Troparion,  Tone 8. In you, O father, 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 Abraham, your soul rejoices with the angels.

Now and ever – Theotokion in the same tone, from the day of the week

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the October Menaion

Troparion, Tone 4. Your lamb Anastias, O Jesus, cries out in a loud voice: * I love you, my Bridegroom; I seek you with painful longing. * I am crucified with you; in your baptism, I am buried with you; *I suffer for you that I may reign with you; * and I die for you that I may live with you. * Receive me as a spotless sacrifice immolated with love for you. * By her prayers, O merciful One, save our souls.

Troparion,  Tone 8. In you, O father, 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 Abraham, your soul rejoices with the angels.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 3.   O venerable Anastasia, you were purified by the waters of virginity* and washed by the blood of your martyrdom. * Therefore, you gramt healing to those who suffer from sickness * and salvation to those who come to you with love. * It is Christ who bestows this power on you, * because he is ever-generous with his grace.

Now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 3.   In the body you were like an angel on earth, * and by your asceticism, you were like a tree well-rooted. * You grew in beauty, being watered by self-renouncement. * O father Abraham, you exorcised the devil by your tears; * therefore, you resembled a vessel of the Holy Spirit.

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Ps. 115:6,3). Precious in the eyes of the Lord * is the death of his faithful.
V. What can I return to the Lord for all he has given me?

Epistle:  ??

Alleluia, Tone 6 (Ps. 111:1,2). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Happy the man who fears the Lord and greatly delights in his command.
V. His posterity will be mighty upon the earth.

Gospel:  ??

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