Menaion

July 16

The holy martyrs Athenogenes, bishop of Sebaste, and his ten disciples in Armenia. He was an archpriest who left to his disciples a hymn declaring the divinity of the Holy Spirit and was handed over to the flames for the sake of Christ. (311)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

At "O Lord, I have cried": three stichera from the Octoechos, and three for the holy martyrs.

Tone 8, special melody O preslavnaho čudese. Robed in his priestly vestments, the illustrious Athenogenes made them more sacred yet by the streams of his own blood. Thus adorned, he entered the temple of heaven, coming into the presence of the Lord who sees all things. There he serves with the bodiless choirs and shines with the light of God. Let us call him blessed.

The wise Athenogenes led a choir of victorious athletes to Christ. They fought the good fight for the faith and ran their race to the end. Together with them, he triumphed over the evil one and was received into the choirs of martyrs, divinized before God, where they ceaselessly intercede for us who celebrate their sacred memory.

The ten disciples, chosen by God, had fought in the ascetic life, mastering the impulses of their passions. By the power of God, they put to death the serpent, under the direction of holy Athenogenes. Through their prayers, save us in your love, for we place our hope in your supreme goodness.

Glory, now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos.

Troparion, Tone 8. The holy Athenogenes offered his ten disciples like a sacrifice to the Lord. * The shepherd and his sheep entered the heavenly fold. * By their work they vanquished the lies of the pagans, * O Christ our God, save your flock from the wolves by the prayer of your martyrs.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the July Menaion

Troparion, Tone 8. The holy Athenogenes offered his ten disciples like a sacrifice to the Lord. * The shepherd and his sheep entered the heavenly fold. * By their work they vanquished the lies of the pagans, * O Christ our God, save your flock from the wolves by the prayer of your martyrs.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 4.  You heeded the word of the Master * and laid clown your life for your sheep like a good shepherd. * Therefore we bless you, O priest-martyr Athenogenes, and we praise your ten disciples who were guided by fear of God * and by your teachings. * The Master has crowned you as a friend * and set you at his right side in glory. * Now pray to him 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!