Menaion

December 10

The holy martyrs Menas, Hermogenes and Eugraphus. Menas and Hermogenes were born in Athens and moved to Constantinople. Both were pagans. Menas was sent by the Emperor Maximian to calm the strife between pagans and Christians in Alexandria. While there, he became a Christian. The emperor sent Hermogenes to Alexandria to punish Menas. After a miracle that happened during Menas’ trial, Hermogenes became a Christian. Then the emperor himself came to Egypt and put both men to harsh torture. Upon seeing their valor, Eugraphus, who was Menas’ secretary, denounced himself to the emperor. He had all three beheaded. (4th century)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 1, special melody Prechvalnii mučenicy.  O Menas, illustrious martyr, * you were cruelly beaten on the soles of your feet, * your eyes were blinded and your tongue cut out, * that tongue which had confessed the true God. * You suffered with courage and perseverance, * your sight fixed on the reward promised by him. * Pray now that our souls be given peace and great mercy.

O glorious Hermogenes, * you endured the loss of your hands and feet. * Thrown into the fire, * you burned more intensely * with fervent love for the Lord than from the flames. * Now intercede with him * that our souls be given peace and great mercy.

Your bodies broken, you were cast into the depths of the sea, * O holy martyrs. * But with your God as a pilot, * you were guided into the peaceful harbor of the delights of heaven, * thus shipwrecking the perverse plans of the serpent. * Now intercede with Christ * that our souls be given peace and great mercy.

Glory , now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos.

Troparion,  Tone 8.  Through mortification and penance, * the holy martyrs of Christ have overcome the disorder of their burning passions. * During their lifetime they received the grace of healing the sick. * After their death they have the power of performing miracles. * It is indeed a great marvel that healing should come forth from mere bones. * Glory to the Creator, to God alone.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the December Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 8.  Through mortification and penance, * the holy martyrs of Christ have overcome the disorder of their burning passions. * During their lifetime they received the grace of healing the sick. * After their death they have the power of performing miracles. * It is indeed a great marvel that healing should come forth from mere bones. * Glory to the Creator, to God alone.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 1. Let us sing holy hymns of praise in honor of the glorious martyrs; * for they have honored the Lord and fought for his glory, * thus deserving to be counted among the angels in heaven. * Now they shower us with their miracles.

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!