Menaion

July 14

Six sticheraThe holy apostle Aquila and his wife, Prisca or Priscilla, a married couple, who, helpers of Saint Paul the Apostle, received the Church into their home with hospitality and endangered themselves on his behalf. They are mentioned in I Cor. 16:19, in Romans 16:3-5, and in II Tim.4:19.

The holy martyrs Cyricus and Julitta, at Caesarea in Cappadocia. When they had firmly refused the order of the judge to offer incense to idols, they were cast into the fire. (304) Cyricus and Julitta are observed today because of the feast of Vladimir in July 15.

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 1, special melody Nebesnych činov. Like a great sun, holy Paul sent you forth as a bright ray, O blessed Aquila, to shed the light of your holy preaching upon the whole creation, which had formerly been placed in danger by the dark night of ignorance.

Aquila, your pure heart was abundantly illumined by the radiant light poured out upon it by the Holy Spirit. You were made resplendent; and by divine grace, you scattered the dark shadows of idolatry.

The faithful who have recourse to your divine temple, entreating your aid, O blessed one, are delivered from all types of sickness, danger and affliction through your prayers and intercessions before God, O Aquila.

Tone 4, special melody Jako doblja.  Although only three years old, with the body of a child, you possessed great maturity of spirit, O martyr Cyricus. You valiantly confounded the tyrant who treated you as an infant. He cruelly threw you down the steps of the tribunal, thus winning eternal life for you through your death. You rose up to that life, adorned with the crimson of your own blood.

Like a vine bearing fruit from the gentle showers of the Spirit, you brought forth Cyricus, the fruit of your womb, O glorious Julitta. He was sacrificed, crushed in the winepress of martyrdom. In union with him, you poured forth the wine of compunction which brings joy to the hearts of believers who celebrate your sacred memory.

O wondrous Julitta, you bravely endured all types of punishments and countless torments. Seeing your son die before your very eyes, you underwent a double martyrdom; thus, you were granted a double crown through the power of the Judge of all combats, who grants victory to his martyrs.

Glory – Tone 6.  Come, let us all behold this new and strange wonder; a tyrant is overcome by a three-year old infant! Wondrously he says to the mother who nourished him: “Fear not the torments which the prince of this world can inflict in his rage; for Christ is the strength of those who hope in him!"

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos, concluding with:

Glory, now and ever – Tone 8.  When the three year old infant confessed the Trinity, he strengthened the mother who had nursed him: “Do not weep, O my mother, for the Creator watches over us from on high, and He will save our souls!"

Troparion of Aquila, Tone 3.  O holy apostle Aquila, intercede with the merciful God * that he may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.

Glory – Troparion of Cyricus and Julitta, 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 of Cyricus and Julitta, Tone 8.  As a very fertile vine, venerable Julitta, * you offered a mature fruit to God, the King of all, * your glorious son Cyricus, * who was adorned richly by martyrdom, and filled by your blood. * Therefore, the highest reward was given to you in the highest. * Remember us who sing here, O valiant martyrs.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the July Menaion

Troparion of Aquila, Tone 3.  O holy apostle Aquila, intercede with the merciful God * that he may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.

Troparion of Cyricus and Julitta, Tone 8.  As a very fertile vine, venerable Julitta, * you offered a mature fruit to God, the King of all, * your glorious son Cyricus, * who was adorned richly by martyrdom, and filled by your blood. * Therefore, the highest reward was given to you in the highest. * Remember us who sing here, O valiant martyrs.

Glory – Kontakion of Aquila, Tone 4.  The Church has acquired you as a brilliant sun, O glorious Aquila. By the brilliance of your teaching, O apostle of the Lord, you enlighten those who faithfully honor you.

Now and ever – Kontakion of Cyricus and Julitta, Tone 4.  Carrying Cyricus in her arms, Julitta, the martyr for Christ, bravely cried aloud with joy in the midst of the arena: “It is you, O Lord, who give strength to your martyrs!”

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:  1 Corinthians 13:11 - 14:5

Alleluia, Tone 7 (Ps. 8:3a). Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. From the mouths of infants and children you have fashioned perfect praise

Gospel: Luke 10:19-21

Communion Hymn (Ps. 32:1). Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous ones; praise from the upright is fitting. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!