April 26

The holy martyr Basil, bishop of Amasea in Pontus. Under the emperor Licinius, he was cast into the sea and martyred. (322)

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the April Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 4. You shared in the apostles’ way of life * and succeeded to their throne, * divinely inspired bishop. * You found access to contemplation in the active life. * Therefore, you rightly taught the word of truth * and struggled for the faith to the shedding of your blood. * O priest-martyr Basil, * pray to Christ our God to save our souls.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 4.  By disobeying the edict of the king, you gained heaven. * As you now raise your song there, * remember us who commemorate you, * O priest-martyr Basil.

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Ps. 149:5,1). Let the faithful rejoice in glory, * shout for joy, and take their rest.
V. Sing to the Lord a new song of praise in the assembly of the faithful.

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. 111:6,7). The just man will be remembered forever; evil news he will not fear. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!