April 21

The holy bishop martyr Januarius and his companions Proculus, Sonius and Faustus (deacons), Desiderius (lector), Eutyches and Akutionus were martyred in the reigns of Maximian and Gallerius the emperors, by the persecutor Timothy. Januarius was bishop of Benevento in Italy. To this present day, many wonders are worked at the tomb of this saint. (305)

The holy martyr Theodore of Perga of Pamphylia, martyred under emperor Antonius Pius.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the April Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 3. Anointed with the grace of the priesthood, you became good shepherds for God's people. * You were snatched and eaten like sheep, but you were offered like a sacrifice to God * in imitation of your Master who was slaughtered like a lamb. * Pray for us who hold fast to your cherished memory.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 3.  You were anointed with the chrism of the priesthood, * and washed in the blood of martyrdom. * You are radiant as you sing praises in heaven's halls. * Guard those who come to your temple and sing: * Preserve us who supplicate Christ our God.

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. 32:1). Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous ones; praise from the upright is fitting. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!