Menaion

March 27

Our venerable mother Matrona of Thessalonica in Macedonia, martyr. She was a handmaid of a certain Jewish woman. When she secretly worshipped Christ, she was caught by her mistress and struck with many blows. She was finally beaten to the point of death with cudgels. While confessing Christ, she returned her spirit incorrupt to God. (c.350)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 4, special melody Jako doblja.  You opposed the courage * of your noble convictions * to the grumblings of the people and their cruel boldness, * for you contemplated in advance the coming goods, * when joy would remain forever without change. * You found endless happiness when you passed * from earth to the heavenly banquet, O glorious martyr.

You were allowed to contemplate * the royal splendor, the delightful beauty of your Bridegroom, * adorned with the jewels of the wounds of your struggles. * You were worthy to approach the Source of all good, * receiving immortal renown * as the fruit of divine happiness in the future life.

Neither the yoke which you carried as a slave, * nor your feminine nature, * nor hunger nor scourging * could keep you from imitating the steadfastness of the martyrs, * O glorious Matrona. * Rather you generously endured your torments. * Therefore, you have found the heavenly dwelling of the Bridegroom * and the crown of graces which adorns you in the presence of the Creator.

Glory, now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

Troparion, Tone 4. Your lamb Matrona, O Jesus, cries out in a loud voice: * I love you, my Bridegroom; I seek you with painful longing. * I am crucified with you; in your baptism, I am buried with you; *I suffer for you that I may reign with you; * and I die for you that I may live with you. * Receive me as a spotless sacrifice immolated with love for you. * By her prayers, O merciful One, save our souls.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the March Menaion

Troparion, Tone 4. Your lamb Matrona, O Jesus, cries out in a loud voice: * I love you, my Bridegroom; I seek you with painful longing. * I am crucified with you; in your baptism, I am buried with you; *I suffer for you that I may reign with you; * and I die for you that I may live with you. * Receive me as a spotless sacrifice immolated with love for you. * By her prayers, O merciful One, save our souls.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 5.  You worked with honor for the Master * and steadfastly refused to dishonor him. * You endured imprisonment and wounds * and even gave your life for him. * O martyr Matrona, so wise in God, * now pray for those who honor your memory.

Prokeimenon, Tone 4 (Ps. 67:36,27). God is wondrous in his saints, the God of Israel
V. In the churches bless God; from Israel's wellsprings bless the Lord.

Epistle:  (of the day)

Alleluia, Tone 1 (Ps. 39:2,3). Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. I have waited, waited for the Lord, and he stooped toward me and heard my cry.
V. He drew me out of the pit of destruction, out of the filthy clay.

Gospel: (of the day)

Communion Hymn (Ps. 111:6,7). The just woman will be remembered forever; evil news she will not fear. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!