March 28

Our venerable father Hilary the Younger and the holy Stephen the Wonderworker, both of whom died in the persecution of the emperor Leo the Armenian. Hilary was hegumen of Pelekete near the Hellespont, and was a wonderworker. He was exiled with forty of his monks to a deserted place near Ephesus, where they died there in prison. (754)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

At "O Lord, I have cried", there are three stichera for the venerable father and three for the holy wonder-worker.

Tone 4, special melody Dal jesi znamenie.  Having lived your life without reproach, * in patience, gentleness, compunction, * unfeigned charity, self-control, night-long vigils, * faith, hope, and compassion, * you dwelt on earth as an angel in the body, * O blessed father Hilary: * you now intercede for our souls before God.

You were a heavenly man, * an earthly angel, O blessed father, * a source of compunction, a river of compassion, * an ocean of miracles, a corrector of sinners, * a fertile olive tree for our God, * making the face of the faithful * gleam with the oil of your deeds * as they acclaim you, O venerable father Hilary.

Your spirit, radiant with the knowledge of God, * was raised above bodily passions, * without mixing in the mire here below, * but bearing the image of God, and reproducing the divine beauty in it, * you did all things in order to resemble him completely, * through the work of the Holy Spirit, * O splendor of monks, O venerable father Hilary.

Tone 4, special melody Jako doblja.  As a monk most true, a most radiant star and a fountain of compunction, you were shown to be full of love, meek and serene, compassionate and humble, guileless and blameless, O father Stephen. Therefore, Christ appointed you as a shepherd for the venerable, honored with miracles.

You were possessed of all-night vigilance, O father, ineffable abstinence, undisturbed prayer, godly life, faith, hope and love, orthodox wisdom, wondrous endurance, and the greatest compassion; and you reposed, shining forth before your end in all-glorious signs. Therefore, we honor you, O venerable Stephen.

We praise you, O Stephen, as a star of great brilliance, as a never-setting sun, as an animate heaven adorned with divine miracles as with stars, as a fragrant meadow and garden of sweetness, as a fountain of holiness, as a great healer of the sick, and as our good pastor and intercessor.

Glory, now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

Troparion,  Tone 4. God of our fathers, you always deal with us in your kindness. * Take not your mercy away from us; * but through their prayers guide our life in peace.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the March Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 4. God of our fathers, you always deal with us in your kindness. * Take not your mercy away from us; * but through their prayers guide our life in peace.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 5.  Having glowed like the sun, your memory gives joy to the faithful. * It disperses the darkness and casts out passion. * Shelter and guard us from all the trials of life. * We honor your precious memory, O honorable Hilary and blessed Stephen.

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Ps. 115:6,3). Precious in the eyes of the Lord * is the death of his faithful.
V. What can I return to the Lord for all he has given me?

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. 111:6,7). The just man will be remembered forever; evil news he will not fear. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!