Menaion

November 2

The holy martyrs Akindynos, Pegasius, Aphthonius, Elpidiphor, and Anempodistus, and very many companions in Persia, martyrs, who, under Licinius the emperor, suffered under the King Shapur II. (335)

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.  Let us sing of the assembly * of the five martyrs, those valiant athletes, * those fervent defenders, * who each obtains gifts for the faithful in keeping with his name: * Anempodistus brings freedom from the passions; * Elpidiphor, hope for future goods; * Aphthonius, an abundance of heavenly treasures; * Pegasius, a fountain which never runs dry; * and Akindynos, the removal of all danger.

Neither danger nor hunger, life nor death, * neither fire nor the boiling water of the cauldrons, * neither the jaws of beasts nor yawning pits, * could separate your generous constancy from the love of Christ. * Ceaselessly lifting up your eyes to Him, * and desiring nothing else but Him, * you put the Enemy to flight.

In the delights which you enjoy * and the light with which you are filled as heirs of eternal life, * grant help to the faithful * who take refuge in you. * Deliver them from bondage, from captivity, * from all evils and from all danger, * through the boldness which you have before God; * show the compassion which you have * in true imitation of Christ.

Glory – Tone 6.   Today the radiant choir of five martyrs comes together * as resplendent stars to enlighten believers * and invites them to rejoice. * They are servants of the mystic Sun, * by which the erroneous beliefs of the Persians were abolished; * for they guided to the Faith those who had venerated the visible sun * and had bowed down before fire. * As athletes and martyrs, they filled their cup to the very brim * and made an oblation of their blood, poured out for Christ. * They exhort us who love the Faith. * They say, "Come to the celebration of our triumph! * Behold the crowns with which we are honored; * for Christ, the Truth, has declared * the he who perseveres to the end will be saved! * Thus, wear a crown with us, * and we shall intercede for you before the Lord!"

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

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

V. God is wondrous in his saints, the God of Israel.

Tone 1. The martyrs of fivefold radiance, equal in number to the wise virgin, have shone forth in beams of light; and, gazing upon their icon, we commune in their memory. Therefore, through their supplications, O Christ, save our souls from the enemy, and by their entreaties preserve our life abundantly, for you pour forth your rich mercies unceasingly upon those who glorify you without hesitation. Through their prayers grant great mercy to our souls, which trust in you.

Glory – Tone 2.  Come, let us rejoice in the Lord, O feast-lovers, * on this day on which we celebrate the memorial of the martyrs! * Come, let us sing their praises, acclaiming them as we say: * "Hail, Akindynos and Pegasius, * Anempodistus, Elpidiphor, and Aphthnius, * who eclipsed into the abyss the error of idolatry * and clearly proclaimed Christ as Lord in the arena. * O blessed athletes and martyrs of multiple sufferings, * ceaselessly intercede before him on behalf of our souls!

Troparion,  Tone 2.  O victorious witnesses of the Lord, * blessed is the earth which as drunk your blood. * Holy are the tombs which have received your bodies. * In the furnace you conquered the foe and preached Christ. * Intercede with the gracious Lord to save our souls.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the November Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 2.  O victorious witnesses of the Lord, * blessed is the earth which as drunk your blood. * Holy are the tombs which have received your bodies. * In the furnace you conquered the foe and preached Christ. * Intercede with the gracious Lord to save our souls.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 2. Christ's soldiers were on earth like stars revolving around the Sun of Glory. * They dispelled the darkness of the passions * and generously poured out on all people and abundance of grace, * granting an assurance of salvation to those who call upon them with faith.

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:  Ephesians 6:10-17

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:  Matthew 10:16-22

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