April 18

Our venerable father John, disciple of the holy Gregory the Decapolite. In the time of the Iconoclast heresy, the emperor Leo the Armenian tortured John with Gregory and Joseph the Hymnographer. When Gregory died, John became the hegumen of the Decapolite monastery in Constantinople. (820)

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 John, your soul rejoices with the angels.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 4.  Adorning your life with chastity, O father, * you disciplined your body. * You overcame the attacks of the foe, O blessed saint, * and you presented yourself before God * to enjoy the life of unending bliss you so richly deserve, O John. * Pray to the Lord for our salvation.

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!