Menaion

June 1

The holy martyr Justin and his companions. Justin was a philosopher who followed purely the true wisdom he had recognized in the truth of Christ. He instructed by his character, taught the truth of the faith and fought by his writings. He fulfilled his death at Rome under Marcus Aurelius Antoninus the emperor. When he presented his Apology for the Christian religion to the emperor, he was handed over to the prefect Rusticus. There he professed that he was a Christian, and was condemned. (167)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

At "O Lord, I have cried": three stichera from the Octoechos, and three for the holy martyr.

Tone 2, special melody Jehda ot dreva.  When, through the plots of the enemy, * the deepest darkness mastered all creation, * so that it worshiped a multitude of idols, * then you put an end to this darkness, * and with fervent love and faith * you poured out your blood for him * who shed his blood upon the Cross.

When, by a divine call, * you were chosen for the struggle * above human nature to cast away the body, * then you were given strength by the All-powerful, * and neither the fire nor the sword * were able to frighten you, * and you knelt in worship to God, O blessed one, * and welcomed the end with joy.

O brave athlete Peon, * O Valerian and Chariton * and with them, Charita, * and also the holy Justin and Evelpistos, * and the glorious Hierax, * your clothes were stained with your blood, * and together you stand before the Lord in heaven, * together with the angels before Christ the Ruler of all.

Glory, now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos.

Troparion,  Tone 4.  Your holy martyrs, O Lord our God, * in their struggles, received an incorruptible crown from you. * With your strength, they brought down the tyrants * and broke the cowardly valor of demons. * Through their prayers, O Christ our God, save our souls.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the June Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 4.  Your holy martyrs, O Lord our God, * in their struggles, received an incorruptible crown from you. * With your strength, they brought down the tyrants * and broke the cowardly valor of demons. * Through their prayers, O Christ our God, save our souls.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 2.   Embellished by the wisdom of your heavenly words, * all of God's Church tells the world of your holy life. * Receiving a crown in return for your blood, * you stand before Christ in the company of angels * and pray unceasingly for all of us.

Prokeimenon, Tone 4 (Ps. 15:3,8). To all the saints in his land, * the Lord has shown all the wonders of his will.
V. I set the Lord ever before me; with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.

Epistle:  (of the day)

Alleluia, Tone 4 (Ps. 33:18,20). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. The just cried out and the Lord heard them, and rescued them from all their distress.
V. Many are the trials of the just, but from them all the Lord will rescue them.

Gospel:  (of the day)

Communion Hymn (Ps. 32:1). Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous ones; praise from the upright is fitting. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!