Menaion

November 28

Six sticheraThe holy venerable martyr Stephen the Younger at Constantinople, monk and martyr, who, under Constantine Copronymus, was tortured by various punishments for the cult of sacred Images and confirmed the Catholic truth by his shed blood. (767)

The holy martyr Irenarchus at Sebaste in Armenia. He was a torturer. It is related that he was converted to Christ by the steadfastness of Christian women martyrs. Under Diocletian the emperor and Maximus the governor, he was struck down with an axe. (4th century)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

There are six stichera at "O Lord, I have cried". (At weekday Vespers, each is sung twice.)

Tone 6, special melody Vsju otloživše.  Consecrated * to the Lord from your youth, * you were a stranger to the flesh * and the customs of the world, O holy father, * for you were an outstanding monk, a vessel of the Holy Spirit. * From the narrow cell where your body lay ill, * your spirit ascended to heaven * to contemplate the ineffable splendor of Christ, our King and our God. * For him you waged your resolute combat, O blessed Stephen, * as you prostrated yourself before the icon resembling Him.

Fasting for forty days, * like the Master, * in the prison where you lay ill, * you prepared yourself for combat, O holy Stephen, * pillar of monks and jewel of the martyrs. * Then, like wolves, your pitiless aggressors * dragged you out like a gentle lamb and slaughtered you unjustly. * They buried you among the criminals, * O you who waged a resolute struggle * and forever have the power to intercede for our souls.

A band of criminals * made themselves accomplices * of the plots of the unjust emperor * and cruelly stoned you, O venerable father, like the first martyr. * They crushed your head, O venerable Stephen. * Then they dragged your body through the streets, * and scattered your remains without pity or mercy for the dead. * What courage, what patience you had in your heart, * that won you an unfading crown.

Glory – Tone 6.   Consecrated to the Lord from infancy, * like the great prophet Samuel, * O venerable Stephen, * you were pleasing in his sight as a monk on the mountain. * You courageously went down for your struggle; * and for His icon, you patiently endured * exile, affliction, chains and prison. * Dragged about, beaten by whips, stoned, your head crushed, * you received a crown from Christ, our God. * Interced before Him that our souls be saved, * and that the faithful who wholeheartedly celebrate yoiur sacred memory * be delivered from trials, passions, and all disasters in the age to come.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos. Then:

Glory – Tone 8.  Having kept the image of God unsullied within you, * you struggled valiantly for the icon of Christ, * without fearing the threats of Copronymos, * the emperor with the stained name. * But you fought him with the sword of the Spirit. * With the boldness you have before God, * save your flock from all heresy, * O blessed Stephen of countless struggles.

Troparion, Tone 4. O blessed Stephen, your ascetical life on the mountain and the power of the cross * made you capable of routing your spiritual enemies. * By your courage in battle and your strong faith, you defeated Copronymos. * For both these reasons, God has crowned you with immortal life. * O martyr among the saints, * you are worthy of all praise.

Or:

Troparion, Tone 3. O Stephen, you shone brightly in an ascetical life * and flashed forth by the flow of suffering. * You dispersed the dark deceit of heretics, revealing the true glory of orthodoxy. * Therefore you are glorified as a divine witness of the truth of Christ.

At the Divine Liturgy

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Troparion, Tone 4. O blessed Stephen, your ascetical life on the mountain and the power of the cross * made you capable of routing your spiritual enemies. * By your courage in battle and your strong faith, you defeated Copronymos. * For both these reasons, God has crowned you with immortal life. * O martyr among the saints, * you are worthy of all praise.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 8.   Come, O you faithful who love to celebrate; * let us praise by song the holy Stephen, * the faithful servant of the Holy Trinity, * for he has honored the icon of the Lord and his blessed Mother. * Let us all sing together: * Joy to you, O father worthy of all praise.

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Ps. 149:5,1). Let the faithful rejoice in glory, * shout for joy, and take their rest.
V. Sing to the Lord a new song of praise in the assembly of the faithful.

Epistle:  (of the day)

Alleluia, Tone 6 (Ps. 111:1,2). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Happy the man who fears the Lord and greatly delights in his command.
V. His posterity will be mighty upon the earth.

Gospel: (of the day)

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