May 25

PolyeleosThe third finding of the head of the holy prophet, forerunner, and Baptist, John, during the episcopate of Ignatius, Patriarch of Constantinople and the reign of the emperor Michael III.

The holy priest-martyr Nicholas Cehelskyj. Ordained by Metropolitan Andrew Sheptytsky, he was a zealous priest who took care of the spirituality, education, and welfare of his parishioners in Soroka, where he also built the church. He exercised this ministry along with his wife and his four children. In 1946, the Soviets arrested him and deported him to the labor camp of Mordovia, Russia, where he suffered unimaginable hardships and died for the Faith. (1951)

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the May Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 4.  Like a heavenly treasure hidden in a field, * Christ has revealed your head for us, O prophet. * Having gathered together at its discovery, * we sing hymns to the Savior * who delivers us by your prayers.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 6.  O heavenly light and divine pillar of the world, * O lamp-stand of the sun, * the light-bearing and divine head of the Forerunner * was discovered and revealed to the whole world. * It sanctified those who in faith venerate it and who cry out: * O most wise Baptizer of Christ, save all of us.

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Ps. 63:11,2). The just man will rejoice in the Lord * and will put his trust in him.
V. Hear my voice, O God, when I pray to you.

Epistle:  2 Corinthians 4:6-15

Alleluia, Tone 4 (Ps. 91:13,14). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. The just man will flourish like the psalm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon.
V. Planted in the house of the Lord, he will flourish in the courts of our God.

Gospel: Matthew 11:2-15

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