Menaion

April 7

Our venerable father George, bishop of Mitylene on the island of Lesbos, who suffered many things for the cult of holy icons under emperor Leo the Armenian. (816)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 1, special melody Vsechvalnyj mučenicy.  You willingly venerated the holy icon of Christ, O father George, * without fearing the enemies of God, * for you were strengthened by his power. * Entreat him now to grant our souls peace and great mercy.

You endured the rage of haughty fools. * You saw them first exalted with the arrogance of impiety, * then cast down when the providence of God began to act * to openly punish the senseless ones.

Working with God as a priest, O holy George, * you offered also to the Master * the souls of the faithful saved by your preaching, * the harvest bearing fruit a hundredfold. * Now entreat him to strengthen the Church * by the teaching of the true faith.

Glory, now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

Troparion,  Tone 8. In you, O father, the divine image was strictly preserved; * taking up your cross, you followed Christ. * You taught us by example how to spurn the flesh, for it passes away, * and how to care for the soul, which is immortal. * Therefore, O venerable George, your souls rejoices with the angels.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the April Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 8. In you, O father, the divine image was strictly preserved; * taking up your cross, you followed Christ. * You taught us by example how to spurn the flesh, for it passes away, * and how to care for the soul, which is immortal. * Therefore, O venerable George, your souls rejoices with the angels.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 4.  By the force of your meekness you were a source of light. * You thoroughly beat down the revolt of devils, * showing a spiritual bravery, O venerable father. * In your great love you gave alms to the poor and fed the hungry. * Upon your death you inherited and ageless reward, * rejoicing until the end of time, O blessed bishop George. * Beg Christ to forgive our sins, * for we celebrate your holy memory with love.

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!