Menaion

November 19

The holy prophet Obadiah, who after the exile of the people of Israel announced the wrath of the Lord against the enemy nations.

The holy martyr Barlaam at Antioch in Syria. He was rustic and unpolished but strong in the wisdom of Christ. He withstood the fire with incense placed on his hand by the unconquered constancy of his faith. Because of the ferocity of the tyrant, he came to his palm of martyrdom. (304)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

At "O Lord, I have cried": three stichera for the holy prophet, and three for the holy martyr.

Tone 1, special melody Prechval'niji mučenicy.  Having become the radiant vessel of the Spirit, * illumined by him, O Obadiah, * you led the life of a divine prophet, * acquiring the foreknowledge of the future * and an awareness of the truth. * Intercede continually * that our souls be given peace and great mercy.

By grace and intimate communion, * the illustrious and sacred prophets * have acquired a knowledge of the second order of the principal traits, * the essential characteristic marks of the one God, * because of their position; * for the Lord enlightens his own servants with his light.

Filled with inaccessible light * and contemplating the glory of God * who surpasses all intelligence and understanding, * O blessed Obadiah, * you stand as a divine prophet * in the presence of the Master of All. * Entreat him to give our souls peace and great mercy.

Tone 4, special melody Jako dobl'a.  You were more unyielding than a statue, * more rigid than bronze and stronger than iron. * Under the heat of the fire, * any of these melts, burns, is quickly overcome and turned to liquid. * But your extended and tireless right hand * wondrously withstood the burning coals, * O holy martyr Barlaam.

Serving as a priest before God * and drawing near to him, * O blessed Barlaam, * you did not carry in the blood of another, but your own. * As a martyr, with your right hand * you offered an acceptable incense, * not to the false gods of the demons, * but to the King of the Ages, * Christ, our Master and Savior.

O wondrous martyr, * we joyfully render you double honor: * sacrificing as a priest, and sacrificed as a lamb. * You were both, and you were offered as a holocaust in the fire of torments * to our God as a pure victim. * Entreat him to save the faithful * who venerate your illustious memory.

Glory, now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos.

Troparion,  Tone 2.  As we celebrate the memory of your prophet Name, O Lord, * we implore you to save our souls through his prayers.

Glory – Troparion,  Tone 4.  Your holy martyr Barlaam, O Lord our God, * in his struggle, received an incorruptible crown from you. * With your strength, he brought down the tyrants * and broke the cowardly valor of demons. * Through his prayers, O Christ our God, save our souls.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the November Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 2.  As we celebrate the memory of your prophet Name, O Lord, * we implore you to save our souls through his prayers.

Troparion,  Tone 4.  Your holy martyr Barlaam, O Lord our God, * in his struggle, received an incorruptible crown from you. * With your strength, he brought down the tyrants * and broke the cowardly valor of demons. * Through his prayers, O Christ our God, save our souls.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 1.  Receiving clarity of mind from divine illumination, * the great Obadiah sees the future through the Holy Spirit. * We piously and wisely keep his memory today, * and venerate him to find light for our hearts.

Now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 4.  You became a renowned person because of your might, * and you offered yourself like incense as a sacrifice in the fire to Christ. * You received a crown of honor, O martyr Barlaam; * now pray for us at all times.

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Ps. 63:11,2). The just man will rejoice in the Lord, * and will put his trust in him.
V. Hear my voice, O God, when I pray to you.

Epistle:  Colossians 1:12-18

Alleluia, Tone 5 (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: John 15:17 - 16:2

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