May 27

The holy bishop martyr Therapont of Sardis died for the faith in the reign of emperor Valerian. He brought many to the faith, and was attacked cruelly by the pagan townspeople of Sardis. (259)

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the May Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 4. You shared in the apostles’ way of life * and succeeded to their throne, * divinely inspired bishop. * You found access to contemplation in the active life. * Therefore, you rightly taught the word of truth * and struggled for the faith to the shedding of your blood. * O priest-martyr Therapont, * pray to Christ our God to save our souls.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 1.  Having suffered under the law, O Therapont, * you became a true pastor and martyr. * You were a champion for God and sowe come to you for favors. * Ease our souls of uncontrollable passion * and beseech Christ who loves us in his mercy.

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:  (of the day)

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: (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!