Menaion

July 8

Six sticheraThe holy great martyr Procopius at Caesarea in Palestine. Under the emperor Diocletian, he was taken from the city of Scythopolis to Caesarea and there in return for the excellent confidence of his answers he was beheaded by the judge Fabianus. (303)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

There are six stichera at "O Lord, I have cried".

Tone 4, special melody Jako doblja. Your name was given to you from heaven * as to a preacher of the nations, O most glorious Procopius; * and, illumined in mind, you forsook the darkness of idolatry * and became a lamp for the faithful, * illuminating the ends of the earth * with the divine radiance of your honored struggles, * O glory and boast of the f martyrs.

Having first subdued the uprisings * of your flesh with abstinence, * you later set yourself apart for the contest with manly mind, * through the power of the Spirit, * O most blessed Procopius, * not sparing your flesh. * Wherefore you endured all manner of tortures * and, crowned, have ascended to the choirs on high.

As an invincible commander, * armed with the holy cross of Christ, * you struck down all the power of the enemy * in the streams of your blood, * and having richly poured forth showers of healing * from the wellsprings of salvation, O wondrous one, * and you water all the souls who are stuck in passion's flames, * O you, truly inspired by the Lord.

Alternate translation of the first three stichera:

Your name was given to you from heaven, just as it was to the preacher to the Gentiles, O illustrious Procopius. Illumined in spirit, you renounced the darkness of idolatry and became a light for believers, enlightening the world with the divine radiance of your sacred struggles, O glory and pride of martyrs.

Having first put a bridle upon the appetites of the flesh, you then marched bravely into combat with the power of the Spirit, O blessed Procopius, having no concern for your body. Then, since you endured all types of torments, you were taken up into the heavenly choirs as a crowned martyr.

Arming yourself with the Cross, as an invincible captain of the armies, you drowned all the enemy forces in the rivers of your own blood, and rained down an abundance of healing. Drawing from the fountain of the Savior, you refresh all those who are parched by the fire of the passions

Tone 4, special melody Dal jesi znamenie. Like Paul of old, you were called from heaven * by Jesus the Truth, O all-glorious Procopius, * and, believing in him, with all your soul, O blessed one, * you forsook the falsehood and ungodly lies * bequeathed to you by your ancestors, * and, rejoicing, set yourself apart for painful labors, * enlightened by the thought of perfect suffering.

Lacerated with a trident, burned with fire, * and imprisoned in a dungeon, * you remained steadfast, looking forward with enlightened mind * to the divine rewards which lay before you, * O much suffering martyr. * Therefore, Christ, the Bestower of crowns, has crowned you, O Procopius, * who completed your struggles and preserved the Faith.

Truly desiring the beauties * of your divine soul, O Procopius, * Jesus pursued you with the image of the suffering which he endured in the flesh; * and your enemies marveled at your patience and splendor. * Therefore, O glorious one, we call blessed * you with those who suffered with you. * With them, ask for forgiveness of sins for those who praise you.

Glory – Tone 6.  Your memorial has shown forth today, * O much-suffering Procopius, * calling us, who love the feasts of the Church, * to the goodly praise and glory of Christ our God. * Wherefore, hastening to the shrine of your relics, * we receive gifts of healings, * and hymn Christ the Savior forever, * who has crowned you, * giving glory to him unceasingly.

Alternate translation:

Your wondrous feast shines upon us today, O long-suffering Procopius, inviting us feast-lovers to celebrate the glory of Christ our God. Thus we hasten to your sacred reliquary to receive the gift of healing; and we sing throughout the ages, ceaselessly glorifying Christ the Savior, who crowned you.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos, concluding with:

Glory – Tone 8.  Illumined with the mystic glow * of the all-radiant Trinity, * O martyr Procopius of valiant mind, * you became god-like by adoption, * deified through communion. * Wherefore, by your supplications, * save from dangers and perils * those who with faith celebrate your festival.

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.

Or:

Troparion,  Tone 8. Receiving heaven's invitation, O holy one, * you turned from the errors of your ancestors and their ancient ways * to being zealous for Christ like Paul. * You endured many tortures and wounds, * and you have been repaid with a crown of glory. * Therefore, pray to Christ to save us, O great martyr Procopius.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the July Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 8. Receiving heaven's invitation, O holy one, * you turned from the errors of your ancestors and their ancient ways * to being zealous for Christ like Paul. * You endured many tortures and wounds, * and you have been repaid with a crown of glory. * Therefore, pray to Christ to save us, O great martyr Procopius.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 2.  Inflamed with a heavenly zeal for Christ * and protected by the might of the Cross, * you leveled the rages and bitterness of the foe. * You raised up the Church, O Procopius, by the strength of your faith. * You enlighten us by your example.

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:  2 Timothy 2:1-10

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:  Matthew 10:37 - 11:1

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