May 28

Our venerable father Nicetas, bishop of Chalcedon. As a bishop, he was particularly compassionate to the poor, and cared for many widows, orphans, and beggars. When emperor Leo the Armenian began his campaign against the holy icons, Nicetas came courageously to their defense. He was finally driven into exile for the faith. (836)

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 Nicetas, * intercede with Christ our God to save our souls.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 8.  You were resplendent from your good works, O Nicetas, * and you inherited the apostolic seat, O venerable father. * You beamed like the sun over your flock, * radiating all of the divine dogmas. * That is why we sing to you: * Rejoice, O inspiration of Chalcedon.

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!