May 7

Six sticheraThe appearance of the Sign of the Cross in the heavens at the third hour of the day in Jerusalem, before the Emperor Constantius. (357)

The holy martyr Acacius at the mountain of Skete in Egypt, who, it is said, was a deacon of the Church at Rome. At the time of the emperor Theodosius, he withdrew into solitude. There, perfected in all the virtues, he returned his spirit to God. (303) The holy martyr Acacius is remembered at Compline.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the May Menaion

Troparion, Tone 8.  The sign of your cross appeared in a dazzling glow * more radiant than the sun. * O Savior, you stretched it from the holy mountain * to the place of Calvary, * manifesting in this way the power you have given to it. * Preserve our civil authorities in strength * and establish our country in peace * through the prayers of the Theotokos.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 4.   The pure and life-giving cross which opened paradise * appeared in splendor over the earth * and extended its dazzling rays to the heavens. * Today, we faithful accept its radiance as our guide to the Eternal Light. * We bear it in our struggles * as an assurance of victory and triumph.

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Ps. 98:5,1). Exalt the Lord our God and worship at his foot-stool, for he is holy.
V.The Lord is King; let the peoples rage.

Epistle: (of the day)

Alleluia, Tone 1 (Ps. 73:2,12). Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Remember your flock which you acquired long ago.
V. God is our king from all ages. He has accomplished salvation in the middle of the earth.

Gospel:  (of the day)

Communion Hymn (Ps. 4:7). We have been signed, O Lord, with the light of your face. Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!