Menaion

March 20

Our venerable fathers of the St. Sabbas Monastery, killed by Saracens in 796. The monks refused to flee from the Muslim invasion, saying “We have fled from the world into this wilderness for the love of Christ; it would be shame to us now to flee from the wilderness for fear of men. If we are killed here, we shall be killed through love of Christ, for whose sake we have come here to live.”

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

At "O Lord, I have cried", there are three stichera for the venerable fathers.

Tone 4, special melody Jako doblja.  O venerable fathers, * since you cherished the object of your desires with your whole heart, * you considered the pleasures of this life to be ashes and dust. * You were enamored only of the goods that endure forever. * In the midst of vigils and prayers, in spite of the cold and burning heat, * in the caverns which served as your dwellings, * you became fellow-citizens with the angels * through the grace of God.

Struck by clods of dirt, stones, and fists, * O holy martyrs, you all maintained the same sentiments together, * united by fraternal love and affection. * Sent together to death, your limbs cut off, * you victorious athletes were offered * as acceptable victims at the table of God!

Suffocated and burned alive in the fire, * O illustrious martyrs, you commended your souls * into the hands of the Almighty as spotless victims, * in order to be united to the choirs of bodiless Powers * and receive the inheritance of eternal bliss; * pray unceasingly that those who sing to you may share your lot.

Glory, now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

Troparion,  Tone 4. Rich in poverty and clean of heart by virtue, * you adorned your life by partaking in the Passion. * With a clean conscience you took up fasting * and persevered in prayer like an angel. * You glowed like the sun on the world, * O most blessed Alexis.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the March Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 4. Rich in poverty and clean of heart by virtue, * you adorned your life by partaking in the Passion. * With a clean conscience you took up fasting * and persevered in prayer like an angel. * You glowed like the sun on the world, * O most blessed Alexis.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 4.  Having truly spurned worldly and passing pleasures, * you preferred the desert life, O blessed saints. * By turning aside from beauty and comfort, * you fashioned heavenly crowns for yourselves. * You rejoice in the company of martyrs and ascetics, * and we also keep your memory as we sing: * Deliver us, O fathers, from all afflictions.

Prokeimenon, Tone 8 (Ps. 149:5,1). Let the faithful rejoice in glory, * shout for joy, and take their rest. Roman Apostol has Tone 7.
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. 32:1). Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous ones; praise from the upright is fitting. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!