Menaion

July 17

Six sticheraThe holy great martyr Marina (also known as Margaret), at Antioch in Pisidia. It is said that she dedicated her body to Christ by her virginity and her martyrdom.

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

There are six stichera at "O Lord, I have cried". (At weekday Vespers, each is sung twice.)

Tone 8, special melody O preslavnaho čudese. O wondrous marvel! The foolish pride of the one who boasted that he could do away with the earth and the sea, was brought down by the young virgin, Marina. She confounded his schemes by the power and grace of the Cross, which gives strength to our weakness in a wondrous manner!

O martyr worthy of all admiration: neither the fire of torments, the seductions of the world, the allurement of power, nor the joys of youth were able to separate you from the love of Christ. You longed for the surpassing beauty of the Lord, your Bridegroom; and you have entered into supreme happiness.

O far-famed martyr Marina, you dwell in the halls of heaven with the choirs of both virgins and martyrs, as you well deserve. By your prayers, save the faithful who celebrate your sacred memory, taking refuge under your protection. Ask the Lord for remission of their sins, deliverance and great mercy.

Glory – Tone 2.  Let us listen to the praise of the holy virgin who, having kept her lamp ever burning, has made her abode in the city of our God, in his holy mountain. O the virginity of the Church of God! O virginity, glory of martyrs! O virginity, shared by the angels!

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos, concluding with:

Glory – Tone 2.  Let us sing joyful hymns to the martyr Marina, sounding forth our exultation! On earth, she cast down the error of idolatry, bravely trampling our enemy beneath her feet. She was carried up to heaven, wearing her crown and crying aloud: “I long for you, my Bridegroom! I have drunk deeply of your love; I have handed my body over to the flames for your sake! Thus, I shall live forever in your house, where all the just dwell in joy!”

Troparion, Tone 4. Your lamb Marina, O Jesus, cries out in a loud voice: * I love you, my Bridegroom; I seek you with painful longing. * I am crucified with you; in your baptism, I am buried with you; *I suffer for you that I may reign with you; * and I die for you that I may live with you. * Receive me as a spotless sacrifice immolated with love for you. * By her prayers, O merciful One, save our souls.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the July Menaion

Troparion, Tone 4. Your lamb Marina, O Jesus, cries out in a loud voice: * I love you, my Bridegroom; I seek you with painful longing. * I am crucified with you; in your baptism, I am buried with you; *I suffer for you that I may reign with you; * and I die for you that I may live with you. * Receive me as a spotless sacrifice immolated with love for you. * By her prayers, O merciful One, save our souls.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 3.  Anointed with the balm of virginity, O virgin Marina, * you were crowned with unwilting laurels. * You were stained scarlet with a martyr’s blood, * and now you are brilliant with miracles of healing. * You have received the honors of a martyrs triumph.

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 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!


Also on this day:

PolyeleosOur venerable father and confessor, Paul Gojdič, bishop of Prešov. Born in 1888 in Ruske Perklany in Prjashevschina to a priestly family. Though his family wanted him to go into medicine or law, he felt called to the priesthood and entered the Preshov seminary in 1907. He chose the celibate priesthood and was ordained in 1911. In 1922, he entered the Basilian monastery of St. Nicholas at Chernecha Hora. He was renowned for his long hours of prayer and for his work with the youth of the Church. In 1926, he was appointed as Apostolic Administrator of the Eparchy of Preshov, and was ordained bishop in 1927. Through independence, war, and near famine conditions, he was a good shepherd to his people. In 1949, the Communist government of Czechoslovakia began its liquidation of the Byzantine Catholic Church, and Bishop Gojdich worked through every means at his disposal to keep his priests and people loyal to their Byzantine Catholic Church and to Rome. He was arrested in 1950, tried in a mock trial in 1951. The secret police made every effort to break Bp. Gojdich and have him recant the Union of Uzhorod, but he remained faithful. However, his health was completely broken by the maltreatment he received, and he died in the penitentiary of Leopoldov, Slovakia. (1960)

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the July Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 4.  From your youth you loved Christ, the eternal Word. * You desired to serve him quietly and in simplicity of heart, * but the right hand of the Most High chose you for the bishop’s throne, * and made you a steadfast shepherd of his people. * For the sake of faith and the unity of the Church, * you offered yourself to God as a perfect sacrifice. * O father and priest-martyr Paul, pray to Christ our God for the salvation of our souls.

Glory. now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 4.   Enkindled with divine love, you have shone upon us like a star of surpassing brilliance, for we have come to know you as a zealous hierarch of our Church. Therefore praising your most honored memory, we offer gratitude to God for you; O holy hierarch Paul, our father, you teach us by your word: God is love! Let us love him.

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Ps. 149:5,1). Let the faithful rejoice in glory, * shout for joy, and take their rest.
V. Sing to the Lord a new song of praise in the assembly of the faithful.

Epistle:  Hebrews 13:7-16

Alleluia, Tone 2 (Ps. 131:9,13). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Your priests will be clothed with righteousness and your saints will rejoice.
V. The Lord has chosen Zion; he prefers her for his dwelling.

Gospel: Luke 12:32-40

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