May 18

The holy martyr Theodotus of Ancyra and Thecusa his paternal aunt, of Alexandra, Claudia, Phaina, Euphrasia, Matrona, and Julitta, at Ancyra in Galatia, virgins, who were first publicly exposed by the governor and then (with stones tied to their necks) were drowned in a pond. (303)

The holy martyrs Peter, Denis, and their companions all met their deaths in as they courageously confessed Christ as Lord and underwent torture and death for his name. (250)

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the May Menaion

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.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 2.  You fought well by your martyrdom, O Theodotus, * as did those who were martyred with you. * You were crowned along with those martyred virgins. * Implore Christ our God unceasingly for all of us.

Prokeimenon, Tone 4 (Ps. 15:3,8). To all the saints in his land, * the Lord has shown all the wonders of his will.
V. I set the Lord ever before me; with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.

Epistle:  (for the day)

Alleluia, Tone 4 (Ps. 33:18,20). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. The just cried out and the Lord heard them, and rescued them from all their distress.
V. Many are the trials of the just, but from them all the Lord will rescue them.

Gospel: (for the day)

Communion Hymn (Ps. 32:1). Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous ones; praise from the upright is fitting. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!