May 30

Our venerable father Isaac, hegumen of the Dalmatian Monastery, who suffered greatly for the Orthodox faith during the reign of the Arian emperor Valens, and was confirmed in his position by the emperor Theodosius the Great. (383)

Our venerable mother Macrina, the grandmother of St. Basil the Great, was outstanding for her intellect and piety. In the reign of Diocletian, she abandoned her home and hid in the desert places with her husband Basil. Stripped of everything but their love for God, they settled in an ancient forest and spent seven years there. They both died peacefully, after great sufferings for the Faith. (4th century)

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the May Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 8. In you, O father, the divine image was strictly preserved; * taking up your cross, you followed Christ. * You taught us by example how to spurn the flesh, for it passes away, * and how to care for the soul, which is immortal. * Therefore, O venerable Isaac, your souls rejoices with the angels.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 8.  As a champion of God, * you were inflamed with zeal for the Church of Christ. * Grasping the bridle of Valentian, * you warned him of a horrible death. * You foretold terrible events if the Churches remained closed * to those of the true faith. * Therefore, we venerate you, O Isaac, * and ask you to pray for us in turn.

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Ps. 115:6,3). Precious in the eyes of the Lord * is the death of his faithful.
V. What can I return to the Lord for all he has given me?

Epistle:  (of the day)

Alleluia, Tone 6 (Ps. 111:1,2). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Happy the man who fears the Lord and greatly delights in his command.
V. His posterity will be mighty upon the earth.

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!