Menaion

December 13

PolyeleosThe holy martyrs Eustratius, Auxentius, Eugene, Mardarius, and Orestes, who gave their lives for Christ in Armenia.

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

We sing “Blessed is the man.” There are six stichera at "O Lord, I have cried."

Tone 4, special melody Dal jesi znamenie.  The memory of your holy martyr Eustratius, O Lord, * shines like the sun; * by the brilliance of his invincible words, * he eclipsed the multitude of false gods. * As a house without foundations is brought down, * so did he overcome them by his faith * and was joined by four other martyrs as his companions. * Through their prayers, O Lover of us all, grant us the forgiveness of our sins.

Eustratius compelled even the stones * to acknowledge the spiritual mastery of him * who in the flesh prevailed upon them * to experience his power * which suddenly caused the wounds of the dreadful tortures to disappear. * He destroyed falsehood, that with his mouth he might declare * his faith in you, O Almighty Jesus, Savior of our souls.

By their words, the sufferings of their lives and their privations, * the holy martyrs showed you their unshakable dedication * even to the end: * Orestes and Mardarius joined the wise Eustratius, Auxentius and Eugene *in their glorious struggle. * Through their prayers, O Lord, save our souls.

Tone 4, special melody Jako doblja.  Eustratius, fighting the good fight * for the King of Heaven’s host, * you handed yourself over willingly * to the torments and agony of death, * leading with you a blessed escort of holy martyrs. * In company with them, * you struggled and all received the crowns as victors. * O wondrous martyr, intercede for us.

Eustratius, wise in God, * Auxentius, with a noble heart, * Eugene and Mardarius, *the illustrious martyrs, victorious together with Orestes, * have all put the enemy to flight. * Shining like stars with the light of countless fires, * they enlighten the souls of believers * and scatter the darkness of shadowy error * by the radiance of the Holy Spirit.

Beaten without mercy and consumed by fire, * your feet pierced with the nails of iron sandals, O most wise martyr Eustratius, * in which you were forced to walk the roads, * imprisoned in a dungeon * and baked in an oven like a pure sacrifice, * you offered yourself to him who was sacrificed for your sake, * as an immolation of sweet flavor for the banquet on high.

Glory –  Tone 6.   Come, all you who love the martyrs, * with hymns let us venerate the holy athletes of Christ: * Eustratius, the invincible witness, * Auxentius and Eugene, with Orestes and Mardarius, * that choir of martyrs with five-fold brilliance. * They fought the good fight against the invisible enemy * and received their reward as conquerors. * Now they intercede with Christ * for the faithful who celebrate their holy memory with love.

Now and ever – the dogmatikon of Saturday evening, in the same tone, or (on Friday night or Saturday night) in the Tone of the week

Entrance with censer, and prokeimenon of the day.  Then three readings:

A reading from the Prophecy of Isaiah (Isaiah 43:9-14).

A reading from the Wisdom of Solomon (Wisdom 3:1-9).

A reading from the Wisdom of Solomon (Wisdom 5:15 – 6:3).

The aposticha are for the feast:

Tone 5, special melody Radujsja.  A radiant pillar of light, emitting the splendor of wisdom, O wise and glorious athlete, you were raised up to the heights of endurance, and were guided to the light of understanding, illumining with your divine glory and wise discourse us who are given wings by your love, O blessed Eustratius. Therefore, we honor your memory with praise, and lovingly beseech, that through your supplications we may receive God’s love for all of us, and that he may grant the world great mercy.

The just cried out and the Lord heard them, and rescued them from all their distress.

The cup of your wisdom filled to overflowing with goodness and true sweetness, you poured forth the wine of piety in sweet and abundant discourses, O wise one. They delight us, and we are truly carried up mystically to the calm and sweet divine knowledge of your Master, O Eustratius. Therefore, we honor your sufferings in praise with faith and love. We ask that through your prayers we may receive God’s love for all of us, and that he may grant the world great mercy.

Many are the trials of the just, but from them all the Lord will rescue them.

Let us honor with praise the victorious, radiant and splendid five-numbered company of martyrs, which truly had Eustratius as its brilliant commander. He zealously denounced the sacrifices of the heathen, and made the God-proclaiming Christians steadfast by his teachings. Therefore, let us praise him who has filled the cup of wisdom and brought us spiritual gladness, for he entreats Christ to grant the world great mercy.

Glory – Tone 5.  Without fear in the face of the bold tyrants, you confessed your faith in Christ and endured the torments and punishments. O Eustratius and Auxentius, Mardaius, Eugene and Orestes, glorious martyrs, intercede with the King, our God, for the faithful who celebrate your holy memory.

Now and ever – the aposticha theotokion of Saturday evening, in the same tone.

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, now and ever – the festal theotokion of Saturday evening, in the same tone.

At the Divine Liturgy

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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 2.  O victorious one, you have been like a bright star, * enlightening those who stand in the darkness of ignorance. * Your faith, as a lance in your hand, armed you with courage * against the haughtiness of your enemies. * O Eustratius, you were the most eloquent of orators.

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!