April 24

The holy martyr Sabbas the Goth in Cappadocia. When Athanaricus the king of the Goths was pursuing the Christians, on the third day after the celebration of the Pasch, the general Sabbas spit out food sacrificed to idols and, after fierce tortures, was thrown into a river. (272)

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the April Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 5.  Casting off the robes of dignity and honor, O martyr, * you confessed Christ before the torturer, the evil king. * For this you were subjected to great suffering, O glorious one, * and you obtained a crown of victory from the King of all. * You have been placed among heaven's legions. * Therefore, pray for the salvation of our souls, O Sabbas.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 4.  Showing yourself an invincible Goth, * you slew the barbarians. * Enduring a martyrdom of extreme cruelty, * you crushed legions of unseen devils. * You assumed a crown of victory, O blessed Sabbas, * and we ask you to intercede with Christ our God.

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Ps. 63:11,2). The just man will rejoice in the Lord, * and will put his trust in him.
V. Hear my voice, O God, when I pray to you.

Epistle:  (of the day)

Alleluia, Tone 4 (Ps. 91:13,14). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. The just man will flourish like the palm tree * and grow like a cedar of Lebanon.
V. Planted in the house of the Lord, he will flourish in the courts of our God.

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!