Menaion

November 27

The holy martyr James the Persian. A noble at the Persian court, James offered sacrifice to idols despite his baptism. His mother and wife reproached him, begging him to repent. Moved by this, he repented bitterly and returned to Christ. The king sentenced him to death by being cut to death, bit by bit, until the end. He praised God and forgave his persecutors till they cut off his head. His holy head was taken to Rome, and a part of his relics are venerated in Portugal, where his feast is kept on May 22. (400)

Our venerable father Palladius. (6th-7th century)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 2, special melody Jehda ot dreva.  Renouncing earthly delights, * your noble birth, your wealth and well-being, * renouncing even your body, which was cut to pieces, * you followed Christ with joy, O holy James. * Since you took part in his sufferings in truth, * you share his glory and his kingdom forever.

Enduring the intolerable pain * of the torturers cutting off the members of your body, * O admirable witness of Christ, * you courageously trampled on the cruelty of the tyrants. * As a conqueror, * you received the precious crown which you now wear, O blessed James, * with the other martyrs * before the throne of your Master and Lord.

Through the boldness * which you possess before Christ, O illustrious martyr, * be the fervent protector of the faithful celebrating your venerable feast. * Save them from all danger; drive away their passions; * by your divine intercession, grant mercy to their souls, * that we may glorify your splendid struggles.

Glory – Tone 5.  You worked wonders, O holy James, * as you patiently endured all your torments: * they cut off your fingers, hands and arms, as well as your legs. * Then, as you prayed, they beheaded you. * O martyr who suffered so greatly, * do not cease to intercede * that Christ may take pity on our souls!

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos, concluding with:

Glory – Tone 8.  O lovers of wondrous sights, * let us gather today in faith, and contemplate * the marvelous and unusual struggle of James, the martyr * who has shone forth from Persia to us * like the star which once appeared to the Magi, * leading them to the true Savior. * In his defeat, this hero brought down his enemies, * by his mutilations he wore out the tyrants, * for providence strengthened him until heaven, * and allowed him to cry out: * Even if you tear apart my members here on earth, * I will save my whole being, which is Christ. * Therefore, seeing the future life, * he passed through death, the lot of all, * and hastened to come to the future life, * and having found this life, he asked our God, the giver of crowns, * for forgiveness, light and the grace of salvation * for us who keep his memory sacred.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

Troparion, Tone 4. You suffered awful torments at the hands of foreigners, * but you astonished everyone by the heroism of your endurance. * Each time one of your limbs was severed from your body, * you uttered a prayer of thanks to God. * For this you were crowned after your ordeal, * and you have been admitted to the court of heaven. * O long-suffering James, beg him to save our souls. (free translation, should be re-done at some point)

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the November Menaion

Troparion, Tone 4. You suffered awful torments at the hands of foreigners, * but you astonished everyone by the heroism of your endurance. * Each time one of your limbs was severed from your body, * you uttered a prayer of thanks to God. * For this you were crowned after your ordeal, * and you have been admitted to the court of heaven. * O long-suffering James, beg him to save our souls.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 2.   You listened to your good wife * and meditated upon the judgment of God, O holy James. * You despised the threats and commands of the Persians * and accepted to be cut to pieces like vine. * Therefore, you became a martyr worthy of admiration.

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: John 15:1-7

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