Menaion

October 31

PolyeleosThe holy priest-martyr Theodore Romzha. Born in Veliky Bychkiv in Carpatho-Russia in 1911, he came from a poor family and exhibited a vocation to the priesthood. Sent to Rome for studies, he was ordained in 1937 and sent to the country parish of Berzovo. In 1939, he was called to the seminary at Uzhhorod and taught there until 1944. In 1944, despite his youth, he was ordained bishop for the Mukachevo Eparchy. During the Soviet Army’s occupation of Carpatho-Russia, he was tireless in his care for his flock and in his defense of the rights of the Byzantine Catholic Church. On October 27, 1947, he was severely wounded in a staged accident. He was taken to the hospital in Mukachevo, where he was subsequently poisoned, and died. (1947)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

We sing “Blessed is the man.” There are eight stichera at "O Lord, I have cried."

Tone 4, special melody Jako dobl'a.  I love you, O Lord, you are my strength! * You are my stronghold, my refuge! * Theodore took this verse to his heart, * lived and died in the light of this word. * Lord, feed us as you fed him, * who fed his people on the Bread for which angels yearn * and who now with the Seraphim in glory cries out: * Holy and thrice-holy is our God, the Lover of us all. (twice)

The cords of death compassed him about * but his cried to God reached God's ears. * Hell bent its sword to claim a shepherd– * smite the shepherd and scatter the sheep–* but laying down his own life * the shepherd Theodore defeated Hell's dark design. * Together with the martyrs he sings the victory song: * Holy and thrice-holy is our God, the Lover of us all. (twice)

From the depths I cried out to the Lord, * from the temple he heard my voice! * Theodore makes David's words his own, * calling out from the temple on high: * I once served the Mysteries. * Now I see clearly the Lord, whose face I dimly glimpsed. * I lost my life for the Lord's sake and so I found it! * Holy and thrice-holy is our God, the Lover of us all. (twice)

My God reached from on high, he took me , * drew me out of many waters. * Those who hated truth and unity * all seemed too mighty for Theodore. * They ambushed him in their hate * but the Lord led him into a broad and open place * and he rewarded him for the cleanness of his hands. * Holy and thrice-holy is our God, the Lover of us all. (twice)

Glory –  Tone 6.  They forced his cart from the road, * but Theodore did not waver from the path of righteousness. * They injected him with poison, * but it could not touch the heart that overflowed with love for Truth. * They shrouded their evil deeds in secrecy, * but Theodore's light could not be dimmed. * Your martyr, O Lord, is out Church's boast! * Through his holy prayers, 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

Entrance with censer, and prokeimenon of the day.  Then three readings:

A reading from the Second Book of Kings (II Kings 2:9-14).

A reading from the Prophecy of Isaiah (Isaiah 26:7-13).

A reading from the Wisdom of Jesus, the son of Sirach (Sirach 2:1-6).

Stichera at the litija:

Tone 4 Bolhar. You offered up the sacrifice of praise, * O Theodore, father and bishop, * then you, yourself, were offered up as a rational sacrifice,* O martyr, patterned after the Lord, * who was for us both priest and victim.

Glory – Tone 7.   Ahab's little  flock of goats  conquered Syria's army, * for God dwells both in the hills and on the plain. * Now from Carpathian heights, * blessed Theodore has vanquished a host of demons and men. * How the mighty have fallen * upon the stumbling block of the Cross!

Now and ever – All of us hasten to take refuge in you, O Lady; * and we cry out to you: * O Theotokos, you are our only hope; * deliver us from our countless sins, and save our souls.

The aposticha are for the feast:

Tone 8. Come, O feast-lovers, and gather in the church * to hear Theodore who still cries to us: * "Peace be with all!" * He now serves before the Throne and the Lamb * who like a lamb was dumb before his shearers.

Precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of his faithful.

The godless ones ground you like wheat * in the jaws of their iron hatred, * O Theodore, champion of the Church, * whose holy life and steadfastness in trials * has leavened the dough of our faith.

How can I repay the Lord for his goodness to me?

Come, O feast-lovers, let us go in haste * to the martyr's tomb in Užhorod. * Sing to him who would rather be lowly in the temple of the Lord, * lowly even unto death, * rather than dwell among the tents of the wicked.

Glory – Doxastikon, Tone 5.   If you suffer for your faith, Theodore, * then be grateful to God! * For he is offering to you the crown of martyrdom. * We sing to the twice-crowned pastor, * crowned as bishop and wreathed as martyr, * asking him to beseech the Lord for us: * for the Lord is good, and he loves us all.

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

Troparion,  Tone 4.  O my father, my father! * The chariots of Israel and its horsemen! * Upon a cart as upon his bishop's throne, * Theodore has been carried beyond the sanctuary veil. * Let fall, O father, your mantle of prayer, * and beseech Christ to save our souls.

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

At the Divine Liturgy

music

Troparion,  Tone 4.  O my father, my father! * The chariots of Israel and its horsemen! * Upon a cart as upon his bishop's throne, * Theodore has been carried beyond the sanctuary veil. * Let fall, O father, your mantle of prayer, * and beseech Christ to save our souls.

Glory. now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 8.   Though the godless poured poison into your veins, * your heart still beats with love for Christ, * O bishop Theodore, martyred father, * who now raise your prayers before the Throne of God.

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Ps. 149:5,1). Let the faithful rejoice in glory, * shout for joy, and take their rest.
V. Sing to the Lord a new song of praise in the assembly of the faithful.

Epistle:  Philippians 3:7-11

Alleluia, Tone 2 (Ps. 131:9,13). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Your priests will be clothed with righteousness and your saints will rejoice.
V. The Lord has chosen Zion; he prefers her for his dwelling.

Gospel: Luke 22:24-30

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