May 23

Our venerable father and confessor Michael, bishop of Synnada. As a peacemaker he fostered peace and concord between the Greeks and the Latins. He was sent into exile because of the cult of holy icons and died far from his home. (818)

The venerable Euphrosyne, hegumena of the Monastery of our Holy Savior in Polotsk was the daughter of Prince Vseslav of Polotsk. When her parents wished her to marry, she ran away to a monastery and became a nun. Euphrosyne professed many women in the monastic life, which she led prayerfully and powerfully. She died on pilgrimage to Jerusalem (1173)

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the May Menaion

Troparion, Tone 4.  Your life has shown you to your flock as a rule of faith, * an image of gentleness, and a teacher of moderation. * You acquired greatness through humility * and wealth through poverty. * O father and bishop Michael, * intercede with Christ our God to save our souls.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 8.  As a dear prelate and a holy martyred priest, * you did not fear the threats of the evil one. * You fought heretical forces by proclaiming: * I reverence the icon of Christ * and that of his most pure Mother. * For this we honor you, O Michael.

Prokeimenon, Tone 1 (Ps. 48:4,2). My lips will speak * words of wisdom; * understanding will be the theme of my heart.
V. Hear this, all you nations; give heed, all who dwell in the world.

Epistle:  (of the day)

Alleluia, Tone 2 (Ps. 36:30,31). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. The mouth of the just will utter wisdom, and his tongue will pronounce judgment.
V. The law of the Lord is in his heart; his steps shall be saved from stumbling.

Gospel:  (of the day)

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