Menaion

June 8

Six sticheraThe translation of the relics of the holy great martyr Theodore the Recruit (“Sykeot”) in the year 613 during the reign of the emperor Heraclius.

The translation of the relics of the holy great martyr Theodore Stratelates, who suffered for Christ in Herakleia on 8 February 319. At the time of his sufferings he ordered his servant Uaros to bury his body on the estate of his parents in Eukhaitos. The transfer of his relics took place on 8 June 319.

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

At "O Lord, I have cried" , there are six stichera for the holy great martyr.

Tone 2, special melody Jehda ot dreva. You brought yourself *p wholly to him who have you perfect life, * O most blessed one, * as a living and animate whole-burnt offering, * a sacrifice * most pure and well-pleasing!* Wherefore you have become * a most acceptable intercessor, * thus rescuing * from the tempest all that hymn you with faith * and call upon you, O martyr Theodore.

In a diligent way, * you cultivated the seed of the Word which was sown in your soul, * and you increased it through the pangs of your suffering; * and, wisely stored up in the granaries of heaven, * you found * incorruptible delights. * Now revelling in them, O blessed one, * by your meditations before Christ, * save those who now hymn you with faith.

O martyr * and Christ's own passion-bearer, * by your entreaties, save those who are in many needs, * repelling every evil circumstance, * driving away * soul-destroying grief, * and beseeching mercy and grace for us, * that, saved by your supplications, * we may hymn your honored struggles, rejoicing, O Theodore!

Tone 4, special melody Jako doblja. In the Spirit, you showed yourself * to be a generous athlete, an invincible solder. * You overthrew the enemy * by the wisdom of your words * and the endurance you showed in your struggle. * Thus you received the crown of victory * and joined the festive assembly in heaven, * O Theodore, the glory of martyrs.

O holy martyr Theodore, you were most generous, you rejected false gods, and were a pillar of goodness. You offered yourself as a pure sacrifice, a perfect victim and a pleasing offering. You gave yourself as a treasure of miracles to those who glorify your holy memory.

You were lifted upon the cross, your flesh was torn, you were wounded by arrows, and stretched out upon the wood, you were cut by the sword, and surrounded by all sorts of evils, yet you remained unbowed and unconquered, O glory of martyrs Theodore, as in strength you were nailed to the Cross.

Glory – Tone 5. Today the honored memory of Christ's passion-bearer * shines forth more brightly than the morning star, * invisibily illumining the hearts of the faithful * and dispelling the clouds from their souls through the grace of the Holy Spirit. * To him let us cry out, O lovers of the martyrs: * O divinely-bestowed grace revealed to the faithful, * which spreads forth multitudes of miracles on those who flee to you, blessed Theodore! * Unceasingly entreat Christ, * fail not to obtain eternal bkessings * for them that honor your memory with faith.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos.

Troparion,  Tone 4. You became a brilliant general * in the real armies of the King of heaven, * O Theodore the Triumphant. * You fought courageously with the weapons of faith * and put the legions of demons to flight. * Therefore we praise you with fervor at all times.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the June Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 4. You became a brilliant general * in the real armies of the King of heaven, * O Theodore the Triumphant. * You fought courageously with the weapons of faith * and put the legions of demons to flight. * Therefore we praise you with fervor at all times.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 2.  O Theodore, pride of martyrs, you put on the armor of faith * and took the Word of God as a spear to vanquish the enemy. * In the company of the martyrs, * do not cease to intercede with Christ our God in behalf of all of us.

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Ps. 63:11,2). The just man will rejoice in the Lord, * and will put his trust in him.
V. Hear my voice, O God, when I pray to you.

Epistle:  (of the day)

Alleluia, Tone 4 (Ps. 91:13,14). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. The just man will flourish like the palm tree * and grow like a cedar of Lebanon.
V. Planted in the house of the Lord, he will flourish in the courts of our God.

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!