May 29

The holy venerable martyr and virgin Theodosia. She was a monastic, who defended the ancient icons of Christ on the bronze gates of the imperial home when the emperor’s men came to cast them down. Because of this, emperor Leo the Isaurian commanded her to be slain. (730)

Commemoration of the First Ecumenical Council of Nicaea, 325. This council was summoned by the emperor Constantine the Great and held during the week before Pentecost. Its purpose was to deal with the false teachings of Arius, the priest of Alexandria who said that Christ was created from God in time, and that he is not truly “God of God.” At this council, many of the words which we confess in the Creed were assembled to proclaim the Orthodox faith.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the May Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 8.  You were a friend of Christ and a dwelling of the Spirit, * and you embraced the blessing of martyrdom joyfully. * You shamed the enemy who wars against the human race. * You slew Copronymus by your patient endurance. * You entered heaven by the sword of faith. * Seek mercy and peace for those who venerate you.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 2.   By your labors you obtained a life of rest and peace. * By shedding your blood you vanquished the enemy of Christ's Church. * WIth the heavenly hosts you now rejoice in heaven, O Theodosia, * and shelter those who honor your memory.

Prokeimenon, Tone 4 (Ps. 67:36,27). God is wondrous in his saints, the God of Israel
V. In the churches bless God; from Israel's wellsprings bless the Lord.

Epistle:  (of the day)

Alleluia, Tone 1 (Ps. 39:2,3). Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. I have waited, waited for the Lord, and he stooped toward me and heard my cry.
V. He drew me out of the pit of destruction, out of the filthy clay.

Gospel:  (of the day)

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