May 11

The foundation of Constantinople in 330.

The holy priest-martyr Mocius at Byzantium. A Roman by birth and a priest in Amphipolis in Macedonia, he suffered at the time of Diocletian. He destroyed a statue of the god Dionysius by his prayers, which roused some of the pagans to fury against him, but led others to faith. (250)

VigilOur holy fathers Cyril and Methodius, Apostles to the Slavs, were brothers, born in Thessalonica in the first half of the ninth century. Since Methodius had been a soldier among the Slavs in Macedonia, he was considered an excellent candidate for carrying the Gospel to the Khazars. After the invention of the first Slavonic alphabet by Cyril, they began tranlating the Gospel and the liturgical books into Church Slavonic. At the invitation of Prince Rastislav, they went to Moravia to spread and confirm the Faith. They went to Rome at the invitation of the Pope, and Cyril fell ill and died there on Feb. 14, 869. Then Methodius returned to Moravia and continued his apostolic work until his death on April 6, 885.

Our holy father and confessor Basil Hopko (1976).

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the May Menaion

Troparion, Tone 4.  As equals of the apostles and teachers of the Slavs, * beg the Master of all to confirm us in the faith * and in unity of heart, O Cyril and Methodius. * Beg him for peace in the world * and mercy on our souls.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 3.   We honor those priests who gave us the Light, * who opened the fountain of theology for us by translating the Holy Scriptures, * thus starting a river from them that still runs today. * We glorify you, O Cyril and Methodius, * who stand in heaven before the throne of the Lord on high, * and who pray so fervently for all of us.

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 13:17-21

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: John 10:9-16

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

The Slavonic Chasoslov also has a troparion and kontakion for Mocius.