Menaion

October 30

The holy martyr Zenobius and his sister Zenobia at Sidon in Phoenicia, priest, who, in the severity of the persecution of Diocletian the emperor, urged others to martyrdom and himself was crowned with martyrdom. His sister voluntarily joined him in his martyrdom. (285)

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 colored your vestment * with the blood of martyrdom, O illustrious Zenobius, * you made it even more sacred in grace. * You entered the Holy of Holies as a hierarch, * to offer yourself as a pure victim, * a perfect oblation, * to him who was immolated for you.

When your body was torn, * the inner beauty of your soul shone forth even more clearly, * O divinely minded Zenobius, * hieromartyr who stirs up our admiration. * You are the splendor of hierarchs, the glory of conquering athletes, * the never-exhausted fountain pouring forth healing, * O you who drive away impure spirits and protect our souls.

Sharing your wise convictions, * your own sister, Zenobia, chose to struggle with you. * She valiantly endured the burning cauldrons, * the threatening fire and violent death. * Thus, O Bishop Zenobius, with you, * she has found the crown of victory in the Kingdom on high.

Glory –  Tone 6.  Today, O friends of the martyrs, * let us form a choir and sing to the memory of the victorious athletes, * Zenobius and Zenobia; * for they were champions of the Trinity. * In the arena, they valiantly drowned the invisible enemy in their blood. * Then they received the glorious crown as conquerors. * Thus we sing to them: * O holy pair, blest by the Lord, * O radiant martyrs, intercede, both of you, * for our souls before the Lord.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos.

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.

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.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 8.   Let us honor Zenobius and Zenobia with inspired hymns, * the two martyrs for truth and preachers of the true faith, * brother and sister who lived and suffered together. * The received the incorruptible crown of the martyrs.

Prokeimenon, Tone 4 (Ps. 15:3,8). To all the saints in his land, * the Lord has shown all the wonders of his 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!