Menaion

November 29

The holy martyr Paramon was martyred in Bithynia in Asia Minor along with 370 other Christians during the persecution of the governor Aquilinus. (250)

The holy martyr Philemon at Ancyra in Galatia. It is said that he, in the persecution of Aurelian the emperor and under Felix the governor, was taken to the fire. Then his hands and feet and head were pierced with nails and he consummated his martyrdom.

Our venerable father Acacius, mentioned in “The Ladder” was a novice living under an evil Elder. Through all of the abuse the Elder gave, Acacius was patiently trusting that the Lord would bring good out of evil. He died an early death and testified from the grave against the elder, who repented.

Day of Alleluia

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 4, special melody Zvannyj svyše byv.  Clearly enlightened by the Holy Spirit, O blessed Paramon, * you completely renounced the profound darkness of the many false gods. * Knowing the occasion to be favorable, * you nobly presented yourself to undergo torments. * Victoriously you overthrew the imposter, the enemy of mankind, * as you glorified the Lord. * Entreat him to save and enlighten our souls.

Seeing a whole people slaughtered for the sake of God, the King of All, * you were enkindled with divine zeal, * O Paramon, and you proclaimed, * "Know this, O tyrants who violate the Law. * I am forever a faithful servant of Jesus Christ! * I come freely to the sacrifice, like a lamb. * Do not delay, for I am eager * to become an acceptable sacrifice for him * who willed to be immolated in the flesh for me."

By faith, the venerable choir of martyrs * overthrew the worship of false gods by the impious. * You were crowned along with them, O Paramon, * because of the courage of your struggle. * Then you were united to the choirs of angels in joy. * Intercede, along with them, * that we who acclaim you * and call you blessed * may be delivered from all pain and temptation.

Glory, 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.  You washed your soul clean of all impurity * by following the divine mandates. * This is how you endured your martyrdom. * You refused to offer sacrifice to any idols; therefore they pierced you with a spear. * This is how you followed Christ. * O blessed Paramon, pray for all of us.

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 21:12-19

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