May 9

The holy prophet Isaiah, who, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, was sent to reveal the faithful and saving Lord to an unfaithful and sinful people, thus fulfilling the oath sworn by God to David. Among the Jews it is said that the martyr died under King Manasseh [Specifically in the “Assumption of Isaiah,” sawn in two inside a hollow log; cf. Heb. 11:37].

The holy martyr Christopher in Lycia. One of the great wonder-workers, his help is particularly invoked for travelers, against infectious illness and great pestilence. (249)

PolyeleosTranslation of the relics of our holy Father Nicholas to Bari in the reign of Alexis Commenus, emperor of New Rome in the year 1087. The body of the saint was taken to Italy because of a Muslim attack on Lycia. (cf Dec. 6)

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the May Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 4. A day of festal joy has come. * The city of Bari rejoices, * and the world sings with it. * Today we celebrate the transfer of the relics * of the wonder-working and holy Nicholas. * Just as the perfect Light has gleamed in glory, * so does Nicholas disperse the darkness of temptation * for those who sing out: * Save us as patron, O Nicholas.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 3.  Like a star rising in the East, your relics have arisen and come to the West. * The waters of the sea have been hallowed by your passage, * and the city of Bari has received grace from you. * You are truly a most wonderful miracle-worker and a merciful prelate; * therefore, we praise you.

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:  Hebrews 13:17-21

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: 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 the holy prophet Isaiah:

Troparion,  Tone 2.  As we celebrate the memory of your prophet Isaiah, O Lord, * we implore you to save our souls through his prayers.

Kontakion, Tone 2.  O prophet-martyr Isaiah, herald of God, * through your gift of prophecy, * you made clear to all the incarnation of God * and proclaimed: Behold, a virgin shall conceive in her womb!

For the holy martyr Christopher:

Troparion,  Tone 4. In garments most lovely, woven from your blood, * you stand before the King of heaven. * For you chant the Thrice-Holy Hymn with angels and martyrs. * Through your prayers, ask the Savior to save our souls.

Kontakion, Tone 4. You were terrifying both in might and countenance; * you willingly suffered temptation from those who hated you, * those who sought to arise in you the fire of lust, * but they followed you instead of martyrdom! * Because of this, you are our strong protector, * O great-martyr Christopher!