Menaion

March 22

The holy martyr Basilides, priest of Ancyra in Galatia, priest and martyr. When Constantius held the office of emperor, Basilides most courageously opposed the Arians. Soon after, under the emperor Julian, he implored God that none of the Christians leave the faith. For this reason he was captured and handed over to the governor of the province. Having suffered many tortures, he consummated his martyrdom. (363)


At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

At "O Lord, I have cried", there are three stichera for the holy martyr.

Tone 4, special melody Zvannyj svyše byv.  O Basilides, of the royal name, * arrayed in your priestly vestments, * you served God like an angel, * offering the sacrifice to him who for our sake was made visible in a body. * Then like a spotless lamb, * you were slaughtered as a perfect sacrifice, * to be offered on the altar on high. * Thus with joyful voice, we call you blessed and sing to you: * Intercede constantly that our souls may be saved.

Stripped of your skin by an unjust judgment, * you suffered torments as you contemplated the painless life to come * and the reward for those who struggle. * Tempered like iron in the fire, * you became a sword forged by God * to cut in pieces the enemy host. * Thus today, all the faithful honor you with joyful voices, O blessed martyr, * and ask you to pray to God for your flock.

Adorned with wounds for the sake of God, * you were dragged from town to town as a captive, * in order to put the Tyrant into chains. * Directing your footsteps toward Caesarea, * you were given a blessed end. * Then, bearing your crown, you arrived at the heavenly city of our God. * Forever in the presence of the King, * beg him to save and enlighten our souls.

Glory, now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

Troparion,  Tone 4. You shared in the apostles’ way of life * and succeeded to their throne, * divinely inspired bishop. * You found access to contemplation in the active life. * Therefore, you rightly taught the word of truth * and struggled for the faith to the shedding of your blood. * O priest-martyr Basilides, * pray to Christ our God to save our souls.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the March Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 4. You shared in the apostles’ way of life * and succeeded to their throne, * divinely inspired bishop. * You found access to contemplation in the active life. * Therefore, you rightly taught the word of truth * and struggled for the faith to the shedding of your blood. * O priest-martyr Basilides, * pray to Christ our God to save our souls.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 8.  You ran the course and kept the faith, O Basilides. * Because of this, you were crowned with glory in martyrdom * and hailed as an immovable pillar of the Church. * You confessed the Son to be co-eternalin the Trinity with the Father and the Spirit. * Now beg the Holy Trinity * to save all of us who honor you.

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 2 (Ps. 131:9,13). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Your priests will be clothed with righteousness and your saints will rejoice.
V. The Lord has chosen Zion; he prefers her for his dwelling.

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!