Menaion

November 18

The holy martyrs Plato and Roman. The holy martyrs Plato and Roman. Born in the town of Ancyra in Galatia, Plato showed early and great perfection in virtue. Because he did not hide his faith, he was called before the governor for trial. After having been cruelly tortured, he was beheaded and died in 266. Roman was a deacon of the Church in Caesarea. Boldly accusing the governor of idolatry, he was tortured and killed. (303).

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

At "O Lord, I have cried": three stichera for Plato, and three for Roman.

Tone 8, special melody O preslavnoho čudese.  Filled with noble sentiments, O Plato, * you courageously suffered the dislocation of your limbs, * cruel mutilations, the unbearable fire, hunger and death, * seeking that glory which will not pass away. * It had been prepared for you from before all ages, * and you contemplated that eterna bliss in advance.

Transcending senses * and lifting up your spirit * to the life on high * with a generous heart and godly thoughts, * you renounced the baseness and little value of visible things. * Thus you endured cutting and the searing flame * with courage for the sake of Christ.

Having blocked by grace * every uprising of the enemy * and the persecutors surrounding you, * O Plato, you were crowned as a victor, * gaining unending happiness * and the ineffable splendor of God: * entreat him to grant remission of sins to those who sing to you.

Tone 4, special melody Jako dobl'a.  Tempered by asceticism, * sharpened by struggles, * polished by many sufferings, * you were a double-edged sword which tore into the hordes of demons, * O divine glory of the holy Church, * illustrious Roman, * wondrous adornment of the athletes who poured out their blood.

Bound and lacerated by blows, * thrown into prison, * your tongue cut out and your jaw broken, * O victorious martyr, you attained your blessed end * by violent strangulation, O Roman. * But you remained firm with the aid of the Holy Spirit: * thus we acclaim you in faith.

One young man began to speak * and filled the foolish with amazement. * Resplendent for his sacred perseverance and radiant in his death, * he acquired the glory of the holy martyrs, * since he was filled with zeal for God. * In company with him, entreat the remission of sins for us, * O holy Roman, wondrous and stoic martyr.

Glory –  Tone 6. O Lord, wondrous and glorious * is the victory of your martyr. * Imitating the boldness of the Galilean fisherman, * and weaving nets by his theology, * by his words and deeds * he has burst asunder the myths of Plato * and the babbling of the stoics. * Flayed alive and beheaded, * he drowned the enemy in the streams of his blood. * O glory of martyrs * who courageously preached the sublime name of Christ, * wonder-working and blessed Plato, * entreat him to grant great mercy to our souls.

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 November 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 – Kontakion, Tone 4.  Your holy memory delights the universe * and brings us together in your holy temple. * Since we are now gathered together in our joy, * we praise your great deeds with hymns, O Plato and Roman, * as we cry out to you with faith: * O holy ones, save your city from its enemies.

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:  (for 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: (for the day)

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