Menaion

July 12

The holy martyrs Proclus and Hilary at Ancyra in Galatia, under the emperor Trajan and governor Maximus. Proclus was the uncle of Hilary. They were arrested for being Christians. Proclus said to the torturers, “When you are afraid to transgress the Emperor’s commands and risk falling into temporal punishment, how much more do we Christians fear to transgress against God’s commands and fall into eternal torment!”

Our venerable father Michael of Malein, a wealthy man of noble birth who gave away all his goods and became a hermit on Mt. Kyminas in Bithynia. He had many disciples, of whom the best-known is St. Athanasius the Athonite. (3rd century)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

At "O Lord, I have cried" , there are six stichera, three for the holy martyrs and three for the venerable father.

Tone 1, special melody Nebesnych činov. Since you endured countless torments, * you have both received shining crowns, * O Proclus and Hilarion. * Thus we celebrate your festive memorial with faith, * entreating you to intercede ceaselessly on our behalf.

Proclus, you were able to endure * the laceration of your flesh, * for you had your gaze fixed * on the eternal joys of Paradise * and the never-setting Light, O blessed one. * As you now rejoice in it, intercede that those who honor you * may one day also be enlightened therein.

Hilanon and Proclus, * victorious athletes of the Lord, * like two stars you give light to the whole creation * by the radiance of your miracles, * scattering the darkness of the passions. * Thus we sing to you, as we keep your memory with joy.

Tone 5, special melody Prepodobne otce. O venerable father, * from your youth you embraced the angelic life, * regarding the beauties of the world as but trash [or: dung]; * Ever mindful of divine glory, * you avoided passing glory as a mere shadow. * Now your share in true glory, having cast down the bonds of the flesh; * and, standing before the light of the threefold Sun, * you delight in the radiance of Christ. * Beseech him without ceasing * that he grant to the Church oneness of mind, peace and great mercy.

O venerable father, * splendor of compunction, * beacon for those in the darkness of despair, * never-setting morning-star, all-honorable ember of repentance, * divine pearl of the virtues, great lamp of almsgiving and prayer, * intercessor for orphans and widows, * lawful standard of the Church * and active light of abstinence: * Entreat Christ without ceasing * that he grant to the Church oneness of mind, peace and great mercy.

O venerable father, * you were sanctified even before your birth, * as was the most sacred Jeremiah; * for to her who gave you birth * the Mother of the Lord foretold that she would be given fruit in you, * and she clearly proclaimed that you should be given to her from your earliest infancy. * And immediately, with upright intent, she received you, O wise in God, * who fled the tumult of life and loved the life of stillness, through which you passed. * And you planted communities of those like you * as sand by the well-springs of the waters of the Spirit of God.

Glory – Tone 6.  O venerable father Michael, * the whole world is filled with the fame of your holy deeds; * through them, you have received the recompense of your labors in heaven. * You destroyed the hordes of demons * and have been united to the choirs of angels, * whose pure lives you imitated. * By your boldness with Christ our God, ask peace for our souls.

Elsewhere, this same sticheron is usually in Tone 8.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos, concluding with:

Glory – Tone 8.  All the monks honor you, O Michael, holy father, as a spiritual guide. * Through you, we have set out on the narrow path; * blessed are you, for having served Christ * and for having broken the power of the Enemy, * O Companion of angels, the just and the saints. * With them, ask the Lord to have mercy on our souls.

Troparion of Proclus and Hilary, Tone 2. The angels looked down and were amazed by your sufferings. * By your flesh you vanquished the spirit foe, O holy ones, * and speared him by the power of the cross. * Pray for us ln our need, O Proclus and Hilarion, * that we too may conquer the enemy and save our souls.

Glory – Troparion of Michael, Tone 8. Having soared on mental wings to a vision of God, * you left behind all the noises ol the world, O blessed saint. * You despised all the explanations according to the flesh * but sought the wisdom from on high. * You present yourself as a model for all of us, saying: * lt is a good thing to live with God.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the July Menaion

Troparion of Proclus and Hilary, Tone 2. The angels looked down and were amazed by your sufferings. * By your flesh you vanquished the spirit foe, O holy ones, * and speared him by the power of the cross. * Pray for us ln our need, O Proclus and Hilarion, * that we too may conquer the enemy and save our souls.

Troparion of Michael, Tone 8. Having soared on mental wings to a vision of God, * you left behind all the noises ol the world, O blessed saint. * You despised all the explanations according to the flesh * but sought the wisdom from on high. * You present yourself as a model for all of us, saying: * lt is a good thing to live with God.

Glory – Kontakion of Proclus and Hilary, Tone 4.  The sufferings of these martyrs * shine with the brilllance of miracles like morning stars. * Therefore, we celebrate their memory * and beg Christ to save our souls.

Now and ever – Kontakion of Michael, Tone 2.  O Michael, you purified your flesh with good works, * and you plumbed the spirit of meditation. * You are clearly revealed to us as a home of the Trinity. * O Michael, 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!