Menaion

November 3

The holy martyrs Acepsimas the bishop, Joseph the priest, and Aeithalas the deacon. Acepsimas was eighty years old when the Persian king Sapor began the persecution of Christians in which Acepsimas was seized. He was interrogated, thrown into prison with Joseph and Aeithalas, and then killed. They suffered in the fourth century. (4th century)

Foundation of the church of the holy great martyr George in Lydda, where his relics are kept. This is the anniversary of the translation of the relics of the Great Martyr from Nicomedia to Lydda in Palestine. In the time of the emperor Constantine the Great, a beautiful church was built to house the relics. It remains a place of great pilgrimage.

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

At "O Lord, I have cried": three stichera for the holy martyrs, and three for Saint George.

Tone 8, special melody O preslavnoho čudese. O most glorious wonder! * The comely Acepsimus, the minister to the martyrs, * is crowned today with a wreath of hymns. * He presents to us the suffering * to which he was subjected for his worship of God; * by this he wounded the bodiless foe. * O what gifts of grace he has freely received! * Through his prayers, O Christ, save our souls, * for you are full of loving-kindness.

O most glorious wonder! * From Persia, Joseph has shown forth like a star. * Destroying the wickedness of sorcery by the Spirit, * he extinguished the ungodly worship of fire * by the streams of his own blood. * O! The strength with which he cast down the demons! * Through his prayers, O Christ, save our souls, * for you are full of loving-kindness.

O most glorious wonder! * The steadfast Aeithalas, * the namesake of a champion of suffering, * is shown to be an ever-blossoming garden, * which, cut down, still is blooming with wounds, * and, when slain, begins to live. * O! The strength of the nature he endured! * Through his prayers, O Christ, save our souls, * for you are full of loving-kindness.

Tone 4, special melody Jako dobl'a.  O passion-bearer George, * converser with the angels, * and dweller with the martyrs: * you are ever the refuge of the sorrowful. * Be a haven of tranquility for me in my sailing through this life, * and direct my life, I implore you, * that with unwavering faith * I may bless your supernatural struggles.

Preserve me as I sail upon the sea, * as I set out upon the way, * and as I sleep at night, * and when awake, illumine my mind, O George, * and teach me to do the will of the Lord, * that on the Day of Judgment I will find * remission of the sins committed by me in this life, * fleeing to your protection, O glorious one.

Vested with the breastplate of faith, * armed with the shield of grace * and the spear of the holy Cross, * you were invincible to the devil, O George. * And, having conquered legions of demons as a divine warrior, * you are now in conversation with the angels, * and, entreated by all the faithful, * you preserve them in holiness and safety.

Glory – Tone 6.   You lived according to the meaning of your name, * as is fitting, O warrior George; * for, taking the Cross of Christ upon your shoulders, * you tilled well the ground made barren by the devil's deceit; * and having uprooted the thorns * of idolatrous worship, * you planted the vine of the orthodox faith. * Therefore, your pour forth healing on the faithful throughout the world, * and are shown to be a righteous laborer for the Trinity. * Pray, we entreat you, for the peace of the world, * and the salvation of our souls.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

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

Glory – Tone 6.  The three children in Persia, unconsumed by the fire, * were were a foreshadowing of your thrice-radiant oneness in mind * and your martyrdom in Christ the Lord, * O athletes of the ineffable Trinity and supernatural Unity. * For as they braved the flame and did not turn from the Lord, * so you also did not refuse to die, * for the sake of Christ not sparing your lives. * But as in the furnace there appeared a Fourth, * who cooled them with heavenly dew, * so also has Christ, One of the Trinity, * received you into a place of repose. * O Acepsimus, Joseph, and Aeithalas, elect of God, * now pray to the Lord for our souls.

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 4.  O victorious great-martyr George, * protector of the poor, liberator of prisoners, * physician of the sick, and champion of kings, * 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 4.  O victorious great-martyr George, * protector of the poor, liberator of prisoners, * physician of the sick, and champion of kings, * intercede with Christ our God to save our souls.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 2.   O holy Acepsimas, you served the Holy Mysteries faithfully * and became an acceptable oblation while partaking of the cup of Christ. * Together with your companions, pray unceasingly for all of us.

Now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 8.   We hurry to the shelter of your sure and swift protection, * and we make this petition to you, O martyr: * Save from every assault of the enemy * and from dangers and evil those who sing to you. * Therefore, we will sing to you: Rejoice, O great-martyr George!

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:  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:  Luke 21:12-19

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