Menaion

July 7

Our venerable fathers Thomas of Maleum and Acacius, mentioned in “The Ladder.” Thomas was a general famed for courage and wealth. He was a huge man, a source of fear to his enemies. He came to know Christ, and left all behind to go into the desert. When people heard of this, they came to him, and Thomas cured their diseases. (10th century)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

At "O Lord, I have cried": three stichera for Thomas, and three for Acacius.

Tone 1, special melody Nebesnych činov. O Thomas, we acknowledge you to be a radiant star, * enlightening the whole world with its mystical light, * scattering the murky turbulence of the dark demons; * thus, in faith, we celebrate your light-bearing memory.

You had once led an opulent life, enjoying wealth and power; * but you reverently took the monastic habit * in order to imitate the poverty of the One who became incarnate for our sake; * and he enriched you with countless charisms.

In a pillar of fire, God visibly led you to salvation, * to the calm harbor, to the safe shore of dispassion. * Water flowed at your prayer, O holy father Thomas, * the blind were given sight, * and the lame began to walk.

Tone 4, special melody Jako doblja. Through abstinence you mortified carnal knowledge * and enlivened your soul with fasting * and the exercise of the virtues. * Therefore, you have been shown to be truly alive even after your repose; * for death has been as a dream to you * who have passed over to God * and placed your soul in his hands, O glorious Acacius.

O Acacius, you put to sleep * the desires of the passions, * having acquired all-night vigilance, obedience and humility, * the knowledge of the divine Scriptures, a pure heart, and an intellect untroubled. * Therefore, you became a receptacle of the Holy Spirit, * shining rays of miracles upon all the ends of the earth.

Having utterly disdained * worldly attachments, * you became a vessel of dispassion; * and in love of wisdom, O glorious one, * you were exalted to the ultimate desire by active ascent, * and with mystic vision you behold * the inconceivable and divine beauties of things unseen, * O Acacius most wise and blessed.

Glory, now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos.

Troparion,  Tone 4.  God of our fathers, you always deal with us in your kindness. * Take not your mercy away from us; * but through their prayers guide our life in peace.

Or:

Troparion,  Tone 1.  Thomas is radiant in his miracles, * and Acacius has become famous for his obedience. * They shine as lights for the world and guiding stars for monks. * We have recourse to you as favorites of God * to defend us in battle by your prayers * so that we might ask Christ to forgive our sins since we honor your memory.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the July Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 1.  Thomas is radiant in his miracles, * and Acacius has become famous for his obedience. * They shine as lights for the world and guiding stars for monks. * We have recourse to you as favorites of God * to defend us in battle by your prayers * so that we might ask Christ to forgive our sins since we honor your memory.

Glory – Kontakion of Thomas, Tone 4.  With courage you pushed on to victory, * having been inflamed with divine love. * You offended the mortal king and spurned the beauties of this earth. * Ending your days on the mountain of Maleum, * you stepped up from it into heaven itself. * O Thomas, pray unceasingly for all of us.

Now and ever – Kontakion of Acacius, Tone 2.  From childhood, most wise and venerable Acacius, * you followed after Christ, forsaking the world. * Imitating his willing meekness, you overcame the proud torturer. * Now pray unceasingly for all of us.

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!