May 3

The holy martyr Timothy and his wife Maura at Antinoe in the Thebaid. They were husband and wife for only twenty days before they were taken before the governor of the Thebaid and accused of being Christians. They suffered with honor for Christ. (286)

PolyeleosThe passing of our venerable father Theodosius of the Monastery of the Caves, at Kiev in Rus’, abbot, who established the monastery called the Monastery of the Caves. He became the founder in that place of the coenobitic life. (1074)

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the May Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 8.  Loving the monastic life from your youth, * you climbed the summit of virtue. * Achieving your goal, you took up life in a cave. * Perfecting your life by fasting, you became like an angel. * You have enlightened all the Slav lands like a star. * O father Theodosius, intercede with Christ our God to save our souls.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 3.  We venerate the star of all the Slav lands today, * rising in the East and travelling to the West. * The blessed Theodosius radiated miracles and holiness * by his goodness and monastic piety.

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:  Hebrews 13:7-16

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: Luke 6:17-23

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

For Timothy and Maura:

Troparion,  Tone 4.  Your holy martyrs, O Lord our God, * in their struggles, received an incorruptible crown from you. * With your strength, they brought down the tyrants * and broke the cowardly valor of demons. * Through their prayers, O Christ our God, save our souls.

Kontakion, Tone 4. Having endured many wounds * and received crowns from God, * O great Timothy and glorious Maura, * pray to God for us who celebrate your memory, * that he may grant peace to his flock and people, * for he is the strength of his faithful.