Menaion

March 29

Our venerable father Mark, bishop of Arethusa in Syria and of the Deacon Cyril, and the others who suffered martyrdom under Julian the Apostate. Mark departed not at all from the orthodox faith at the time of the Arian controversy. He was violently abused under the emperor Julian the Apostate, and was hailed by St. Gregory of Nazianzus as an exceptional man. (364)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 8, special melody O preslavnoho čudese.  O venerable and holy martyred bishop, * shining in holiness with the light of the priesthood, * you shone forth the unfading radiance of martyrdom. * Now you have passed over to the never-waning brightness, * where the choirs of the martyrs rejoice, * and where the ranks of angels join chorus. * With them be always mindful of us, * O blessed and God-pleasing one.

O Cyril, martyr and athlete, * as a servant of God you clearly ministered to Christ; * and, sacrificed as a pure immolation, * you were offered upon the altar of God, * O divinely blessed one, * and have received a precious inheritance, * ever living amid the splendors of the saints, * holy of calling and deed.

O all-praised martyrs of Christ, * you passed without harm through the furnace of torments * with the dew of divine grace, * and have been granted to dwell by still waters, having received the prize of victory. * Therefore, we rejoice today, * and celebrate with faith your sacred memory, * O holy ones, as we glorify Christ.

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 4.  Having become a splendor of truth, * you have illumined the very ends of the earth. * For this reason we bless you, * O blessed priests and martyrs.

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 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!