Menaion

July 11

Six sticheraThe holy martyr Euphemia the Illustrious at Chalcedon in Bithynia. It is related that she was handed over to the beasts after various tortures under Diocletian the emperor and Priscus the proconsul. Her passing is kept on Sept. 16; today is the day that her holy relics confirmed the orthodox faith at the Fourth Ecumenical Council in Chalcedonl (451)

The passing of Olga, princess of Kiev, baptized Helen, at Kiev in Rus’. She was the grandmother of St. Vladimir, the first of the Rurikids to receive baptism. She prepared the way to Christ for all the peoples of Rus’. (969)

In Benedictine communities: the translation of the relics of our holy father Benedict.

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

There are six stichera at "O Lord, I have cried," three for the holy martyr and three for Olga.

Tone 8, special melody O preslavnaho čudese. O wondrous marvel! * Euphemia, the lamb of the Lord, * imitated him in the pains of her martyrdom * by voluntarily submitting to death. * Now, although she lies in the tomb, * by the power of the Spirit, she makes blood flow from her body. * We have recourse to this fountain for the healing of our souls, * singing each day the praises of God.

O most glorious wonder! * How, though mortal by nature, the all-praised athlete stood on this day, * holding the divine scroll, * which she gave not to the adversaries, but entrusted to the fathers. * O glorious martyr, boast of the whole world, * by your supplications save the Church of Christ unshaken.

O wondrous Euphemia, * the assembly of the holy fathers placed upon your breast in your coffin the Symbol of the Faith; * you took the document into your hand, having faultlessly kept the faith, * thus overthrowing all false doctrine and confounding the defenders of heresy. * Thus, we glorify you and call you blessed.

Tone 4, special melody Jako doblja. Your most glorious commemoration * has dawned upon us like the sun, * O divinely wise Olga, * mother of the princes of Russia, youngest daughter of Christ. * You were nurtured on the teaching of the apostles, * and prevailed over the graven images and over the devil, being enlightened by the power of the Holy Spirit; * and from the darkness of ignorance you lead to God * the whole land and all the people. Entreat him in behalf of those who keep your memory.

In the spiritual understanding * by which you put to shame the enemy who beguiled Eve * and break asunder his weaponry, * you built up the divinely planted paradise of the Church, * where you planted the Cross, the tree of life, * having as food the table of God, the inexhaustible fountain of the Blood of Christ. * And, drinking of it, you remain incorrupt, * ever praying in behalf of us all.

Be spiritually filled with gladness, * you ends of the land of Rus, * honoring the memory of the divinely wise Olga; * for she prays always to Christ with the wonderworkers and the martyrs, * having as a helper the holy Theotokos, * that we who hymn her with faith * and bow down before the reliquary of her incorrupt body * be delivered from misfortune and grief.

Glory – Tone 6.  The virgin martyr * stands at the right hand of the Savior, victorious in her combat, * clothed in embroidered garments of her virtues, * adorned with virginal purity, * bedecked with the blood of her struggles. * Having filled her lamp with the oil of gladness, she cries out to him; * “I am drawn to you in the fragrance of your ointment, O Christ my God; * Your love has wounded me; * be not far from me, O heavenly Bridegroom!" * By her prayers, grant us your great mercy, * O all-powerful Savior!

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos, concluding with an additional verse:

v. God is wondrous in his saints, the God of Israel.

Tone 8. Let the martyr of Christ be honored with hymns; for a recounting of praises truly becomes her, as one who has woven a wreath for her head. For, truly unshaken and steadfast, she cast down the arrogance of many tormentors. Therefore, suffering, she cried out with joy: Be my aid, O Lord, and forsake me not! Your pure Virgin Mother was wounded inwardly, as Simeon foretold, beholding the most iniquitous of people nailing You unjustly to the Tree.

Glory – Tone 6.  You who blossomed in virtues and were radiant in your thoughts, * now bring a sweet fragrance to the hearts of believers. * You rose in the East like a resplendent star * and brought together the holy Fathers under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. * O illustrious Euphemia, * ceaselessly intercede with the Lord that he may save our souls!

Troparion of Euphemia, Tone 4. Lighting your lamp, you loved your Spouse. * You were radiant from your virtues, O praiseworthy one, * and because of this you pledged yourself to Christ. * You received a crown of suffering from him. * From troubles deliver us who venerate your memory in faith, O Euphemia.

Glory – Troparion of Olga, Tone 1. Raising your mind on the wings of theology, * you soared far above visible creation. * Seeking the God and Creator of all things * and being rewarded by finding him, * you were born again to Christ in baptism. * Receiving delight from the tree of life, * you remain incorrupt * for all ages, O glorious Olga.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the July Menaion

Troparion of Euphemia, Tone 4. Lighting your lamp, you loved your Spouse. * You were radiant from your virtues, O praiseworthy one, * and because of this you pledged yourself to Christ. * You received a crown of suffering from him. * From troubles deliver us who venerate your memory in faith, O Euphemia.

Troparion of Olga, Tone 1. Raising your mind on the wings of theology, * you soared far above visible creation. * Seeking the God and Creator of all things * and being rewarded by finding him, * you were born again to Christ in baptism. * Receiving delight from the tree of life, * you remain incorrupt * for all ages, O glorious Olga.

Glory – Kontakion of Euphemia, Tone 6.  You took part in the struggle with great valor, * defending faith in Christ your beloved Savior. * Through the powerful intercession of the Theotokos, * intercede with Christ that he may wipe out all false teachings *and humiliate the pride of the enemy. * From the six hundred and thirty Fathers of the Council, * you have received the definition of the faith and preserved it faithfully, * O Euphemia worthy of all praise.

Now and ever – Kontakion of Olga, Tone 4.  Let us sing hymns to the Benefactor of the world * who exalted the God-wise Olga in the land of Rus. * May he forgive our sins * by her intercession.

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 Corinthians 6:1-10

Alleluia, Tone 1 (Ps. 39:2,3). Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. I have waited, waited for the Lord, and he stooped toward me and heard my cry.

Gospel: Luke 7:36-50

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