Menaion

November 15

The holy martyrs and confessors Gurias, Samonas, and Habib. Gurias, ascetic, and Samonas suffered at Edessa in Osrhoene. They were condemned to death under Diocletian the emperor by the prefect Mysian after lengthy and savage torture and then were beheaded by the sword. Habib was a deacon who suffered for the faith later. (322)

Here begins the forty day fast before the feast of the Nativity of Christ.

Day of Alleluia.

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 Dal jesi znamenie.  The holy martyr Habib, the wondrous Samonas * and the illustrious Gurias * now form a choir with all believers * and exult with us who share their common joy. * For the souls of his witnesses, * God grants the power to see what occurs here below.

Having suffered the pains of intolerable punishments, * and having fought valiantly, * O three martyrs, equal in number to the divine Trinity: * Samonas, Gurias, and Habib, you now enjoy the fruit of your labors: * the joy and eternal blessedness which Christ has given you: * entreat him to save our souls.

O victorious martyrs, * having found the harbor not battered by waves, * the tranquil life, the harbor of peace, * you have acquired the impassible dwelling, * its eternal changelessness, * as you received from our God the reward merited by your pains, * O blessed Athletes, * and the prize for your exploits.

Followed by stichera for the Theotokos, in the same tone. If Alleluia is not sung:

Glory –  Tone 2. Edessa rejoices in possessing as a treasure * the relics of the martyrs Gurias, Samonas and Habib. * Calling together the people who love Christ, it says: * Come, O friends of the martyrs: shine with joy on their memorial! * Come, O feast lovers, shine: * come and see these heavenly lights beaming on earth! * Come, hear what death these noble jewels of martyrdom * have suffered for that life which has no end. * These sincere holy ones saved a young girl who was cast alive into a grave, * and handed over to perdition as a pitiless murderer * the sordid man who violated his promises to them. * They ceaselessly implore the All-Holy Trinity * that the faithful who celebrate their sacred memory * be delivered from mortal trials and all danger.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos. The Slavonic menaion provides a doxastikon.

Troparion,  Tone 5.  You granted us the miracles of your holy martyrs as a stronghold and a protection. * Through their prayers, strengthen our country in every good deed. * O Christ our God, you alone are merciful and you love all people.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the November Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 5.  You granted us the miracles of your holy martyrs as a stronghold and a protection. * Through their prayers, strengthen our country in every good deed. * O Christ our God, you alone are merciful and you love all people.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 2. O wise martyrs, after receiving a special grace from on high, * you became the protectors of those threatened by danger. * You saved a maiden from cruel death, O holy ones; * you are indeed the glory of Edessa and the joy of the world.

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: Luke 12:8-12

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