Menaion

July 26

The holy priest-martyr Hermolaus and his companions. He was a priest in Nicomedia in the time of the Emperor Maximian, and was with the 20,000 martyrs condemed to be burned inside their church (cf Dec 28). These three priests escaped. They were all caught, tortured and martyred. (304)

The holy venerable martyr Paraskevia. Born in Rome to Christian parents, she preached Christ even as a small child. When her parents died, she gave away all her goods to the poor and received the monastic habit. She was denounced to the emperor Anoninus Pius, and beheaded. (2nd century)

Our venerable father Moses the Carpathian of the Monastery of the Caves. He was at the court of Prince Boris of Russia. When Svyatopolk murdered Boris and Gleb, Moses escaped and fled to Kiev. He was enslaved and sold to King Boleslav of Poland, where he suffered much on account of his monastic commitment. He eventually returned to the Monastery of the Caves and lived for ten years in silence. (1043)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 8, special melody O preslavnaho čudese.  Once hiding for fear of the impious, * O martyred athlete Hermolaus, * you joyfully revealed * the hidden mystery of faith and knowledge * to the holy martyr Panteleimon. * Once revealed, you willingly died for Christ * who had chosen to suffer for you in his goodness.

Having become a priest of the all-powerful Lord, * O martyed athlete Hermolaus, * you led a holy life as a presbyter. * With the grace of your holy words, * you saved people from the darkness of impiety. * Then, bathed in your own blood as a martyr, O blessed one, * you departed for the heavenly mansions.

Hermippus, Hermocratus and Hermolaus, * those witnesses of the Lord who fought the good fight wondrously * and put to death the cunning serpent * received a bloody bath lest they be soiled by defilement. * Glorifying them, let us acclaim their holiness * and celebrate with feasting their sacred memory.

Tone 8, special melody O preslavnaho čudese.  O wondrous marvel! * As your fought the good fight, O holy Parasceva, * your courageously overcame * the arrogance of Antoninus. * You merited the crown and prize of your heavenly calling; * remember your servants who venerate you with faith,* as your stand before the Lord, * that he take pity on us.

Loving the Lord with your whole soul, * O illustrious martyr of Christ, * you patiently endured the punishing blows. * Torn by the scourge, undergoing all torments for the sake of your Beloved, * you received the merited crown. * Thus we acclaim you as blessed before God.

Venerable and famed martyr, * who could speak of your sufferings * and your courageous miracles in your struggles, * the patience and meekness you manifested, * as though you were one of the bodiless powers? * Thus, you became a companion of the angels in heaven, * O Parasceva, bride of the King and holy vessel of the Spirit.

Glory – Tone 6 samohlasen. By your prayers before God, O illustrious Parasceva, * virgin and martyr victorious in combat, * ask that those who worthily celebrate your passion may be delivered * from trials, affliction, and the judgment to come.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos, concluding with:

Glory – Tone 6.  All you ends of the earth, come, let us forth a choir in spirit * to acclaim the virgin martyr of Christ, as we say: * Hail, venerable Parasceva, beloved of God! * Hail, O woman who bore perfect witness! * Hail, companion of holy nuns, * who stand in the ranks of the martyrs!

Troparion of Hermolaus,  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.

Glory – Troparion of Parasceva, Tone 3. Your personal pledge is like a marriage, * for you promised your fidelity to the one faith, * and you inherited life, O Parasceva, the martyr named for Christ. * From your heritage you bestow health, * and you pray for the salvation of our souls.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the July Menaion

Troparion of Hermolaus,  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.

Troparion of Parasceva, Tone 3. Your personal pledge is like a marriage, * for you promised your fidelity to the one faith, * and you inherited life, O Parasceva, the martyr named for Christ. * From your heritage you bestow health, * and you pray for the salvation of our souls.

Glory – Kontakion of Hermolaus, Tone 4.  Living like a good pastor, you received a martyr's crown. * You scattered the sacrifices before the idols * and proved yourself a good shepherd of your flock. * You were an honest teacher for Panteleimon, O wise saint. * We venerate you on this account, O father Hermolaus, and cry out: * Deliver us from misfortunes by your prayers

Now and ever – Kontakion of Parasceva, Tone 8.  Come, you faithful, let us praise Paraskeva the martyr. * She shines with miracles in the world, dispelling the mist of lies, * and she gives bountiful grace to those who sing: * Rejoice, O long-suffering martyr.

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!