Menaion

April 8

The holy apostles Herodian, Agabus, Rufus, Asyncritus, Phlegon and Hermes. These were all among the Seventy, and are mentioned by St. Paul in his epistles. Herodion was a kinsman of Paul: “Salute Herodion my kinsman,” he writes to the Romans (16:11). Herodion helped the Apostle Peter in Rome, and was beheaded along with many other Christians the day that St. Peter was crucified. Agabus had a spirit of prophecy; two of his prophecies are recorded in the Acts of the Apostles (11:28 and 21:11). Rufus was bishop of Thebes in Greece; he also is mentioned by Paul: “Salute Rufus, chosen in the Lord.” (Rom. 16:13). St. Asyncritus (Rom. 16:14) was bishop of Hyrcania in Asia. Phlegon, who is mentioned in the same place as Rufus, was bishop in the Thracian city of Marathon. Hermas, mentioned with the others, was bishop in Dalmatia.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the April Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 3.  O holy Apostles, intercede with the merciful God * that he may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 2.  You have become disciples and true apostles of Christ, * O glorious Herodian and fellow apostles. * Pray to the Lord to forgive the sins of those who honor you.

Prokeimenon, Tone 8 (Ps. 18:5,2). Through all the earth their voice resounds; * their message reaches to the end of the world.
V. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.

Epistle:  (of the day)

Alleluia, Tone 1 (Ps. 88:6,8). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. The heavens declare your wonders, O Lord, and your truth in the assembly of the holy.
V. God is glorified in the council of the holy, great and awesome above all who surround him.

Gospel: (of the day)

Communion Hymn (Ps. 18:5). Through all the earth their voice resounds; * their message reaches to the end of the world.