Menaion

July 27

PolyeleosThe holy great martyr Panteleimon (or Pantaleon) at Nicomedia in Bithynia, martyr, who is venerated in the East as a physician who exercised his craft without a fee. (304)

Memory of our holy father Clement the Wonder-worker, archbishop of Ohrid in Illyricum (modern Bulgaria). He was notable for his learning and his knowledge of the sacred scriptures, and carried the light of faith to the Bulgarian people. With him are commemorated the holy bishops Gorazd, Nahum, Sabas, and Angelarius, who continued the work of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Bulgaria. (916)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

We sing “Blessed is the man.” There are six stichera at "O Lord, I have cried."

Tone 4, special melody Zvannyj svyše byv.  O Panteleimon, * you were well-named: * since you show such great mercy to all * as you watch over souls and care for bodies, * you received your fitting name as a prize for your virtue, * a recompense for your piety. * You are seen to be an invincible warrior crowned by our God; * entreat him to enlighten and save our souls.

You ceaselessly draw the grace of healing * from the immaterial fountains of the Savior; * then you generously pour them forth, * bestowing them generously upon those who draw near to you with faith. * By the grace of God, enlighten all the faithful * who celebrate your glorious, holy and radiant feast. * Blessed one, your name and goodness * both reflect the image of the compassionate God: * entreat him to take pity on those who sing to you.

Cruelly assaulted by sea and fire, * your love for Christ was tested * with many torments. * Therefore, you cast down the author of evil, * clearly receiving the richly bestowed and life-bearing activity of the Comforter. * With it you most gloriously showed forth the dead man as alive, * O divinely blessed one, * and effected many healings, O all-blessed one.

Tone 2 samohlasen.  You freely grant grace to all, * illustrious martyr Panteleimon. * By calling upon Christ, you drove away spirits. * As his faithful servant, you restored sight to the blind, * O blessed Physician. * Intercede that we be given great mercy.

Cherishing the holy Faith of your pious mother, you corrected the impiety of your father. Strengthened by the teachings of Hermolaus, you received baptism from him, O Panteleimon, illustrious martyr of the compassionate God, who heal illnesses and drive away pain. Intercede that the faithful who celebrate your sacred memory may be delivered from all disaster.

You renounced the errors of your father, illustrious martyr; and you wisely treasured your mother’s words like gold, making them fruitful, as the Lord had taught. You were seen to be a wondrous physician, illustrious martyr Panteleimon: growing in grace, you found on your path a child bitten by a serpent. Praying instantly to the Lord, you restored life to the infant and crushed the reptile. Remember all of us who keep your memory with faith, that we may find grace on the day of judgment.

Glory –  Tone 6.   Today the venerable memorial * of the unmercenary wonderworker has dawned, * calling all the faithful to a mystic banquet * and leading all feast-lovers to festive celebration; * behold, the wondrous physician * who heals all diseases, * the valiant martyr Panteleimon, * who ceaselessly entreats the Lord * for the salvation of our souls.

Now and ever – the dogmatikon of Saturday evening, in the same tone, or (on Friday night or Saturday night) in the Tone of the week

Entrance with censer, and prokeimenon of the day.  Then three readings:

A reading from the Prophecy of Isaiah (Isaiah 43:9-13).

A reading from the Wisdom of Solomon (Wisdom 3:1-9).

A reading from the Wisdom of Solomon (Wisdom 5:15 – 6:3).

Stichera at the Litija:

Tone 1 Bolhar. You fought the good fight and ran the race of martyrdom to the end, O Panteleimon, as a witness to the Lord; thus you exult with the Angels in heaven, having received the Kingdom on high as a prize for your sufferings. O blessed Physician, intercede that we be given great mercy.

Tone 2 Bolhar.With what beauty of hymnody shall we honor you, O Panteleimon, who shone forth radiantly in comeliness of body and spiritual beauty? You were enlightened with love of the mind and adorned with its quickness. You were young of stature, yet skilled of intellect, mature through divine, teachings and attained Christ with heartfelt love?

With what hymns shall we exalt you, O Panteleimon, glorified by the Lord with words and deeds transcending nature raised on high by a multitude of miracles. He illumined you with the splendor of many gifts and adorned you with the glory of divine crowns. Christ our God, great in mercy, gave you as an intercessor amid misfortunes to them that are in need.

With what hymns of praise shall we exalt you, O Panteleimon? You were imbued with Christlike goodness and granted great mercy to all through the works of the All-merciful One, like an ever-flowing river of living water, pouring forth healing upon those who have recourse to you with faith.

Tone 5 Bolhar. The memorial of the martyr shines as brightly as the sun upon the very limits of the earth, ceaselessly shedding the light of healing upon the faithful, dispelling diseases and soothing pains; for at all times, Panteleimon intercedes before Christ our God that he grant great mercy to our souls.

Glory –  Tone 5 Bolhar.   Come, friends of the martyrs; with one heart, let us acclaim together the victorious athlete of Christ, who has fought for the faith and received the recompense of conquerors. He is a light for the world, a star forever illumining the Church. Let us sing to him: O glorious martyr Panteleimon, be a sure refuge for us, the salvation of our souls and bodies, ceaselessly entreating the Lord on our behalf.

Now and ever – in the same tone and melody. All we the faithful call you blessed, O Virgin Mother of God, and we glorify you as is right, O unshakable city, indestructible rampart, fearless protectress and refuge of our souls!

The aposticha are for the feast:

Tone 1.  Come, O people, let us praise the valiant athlete Panteleimon, who struggled for piety, and let us say: Rejoice, steadfast champion of the Faith, as were the prophets and apostles! Rejoice, you who have Christ within yourself, imitating Paul in your deeds! Rejoice, calm haven for those who are at sea! Rejoice, O our boast, joy of the Church of the faithful!

V. The just man will flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon.

Having found the good path in childhood and anointed your heart with the mercy of Christ, you heal the infirmities of those who earnestly entreat you. Thus, you raised up a dead man by your prayers and have received the kingdom of heaven, O most blessed Panteleimon.

V. Planted in the house of the Lord, he will flourish in the courts of our God.

Let us praise the athlete of Christ, the wise Panteleimon, who slew the serpent with the power of the Cross, and by the prayers of Hermolaus raised up a young man from the dead, and put to shame words of unholy wisdom, and who unceasingly prays that all be granted the forgiveness of offenses.

Glory –  Tone 8.  Following the holy Faith of your mother, you corrected the impiety of your father. In order to serve the physician of our souls, you studied the healing arts of medicine. Successful in all your undertakings by the grace of God, you made pains disappear, and you became the healer of souls. Constant in your struggles and diligent in prayer, O witness of Christ, you intercede before him that he save our souls.

Now and ever – the aposticha theotokion of Saturday evening, in the same tone.

Troparion,  Tone 3.  O holy passion-bearer and healer Panteleimon, intercede with the merciful God that he may grant our souls forgiveness of sins. (twice)

Or:

Troparion,  Tone 8.  You received an invitation * through the lips of Hermolaus * which came from heaven itself. * You embraced the faith of your mother, * and you rejoiced when you were killed for it. * In return you received the grace to heal sickness, * so heal our infirmities that we may honor you, O great-martyr Panteleimon. (twice)

Glory, now and ever – Theotokion, Tone 4. Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos! * Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you! * Blessed are you among women, * and blessed is the fruit of your womb. * For you gave birth to Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of our souls.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the July Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 8.  You received an invitation * through the lips of Hermolaus * which came from heaven itself. * You embraced the faith of your mother, * and you rejoiced when you were killed for it. * In return you received the grace to heal sickness, * so heal our infirmities that we may honor you, O great-martyr Panteleimon.

Glory. now and ever– Kontakion, Tone 5.   You imitated the merciful Lord. * By the grace to heal which he gave to you, * heal our souls through your effective prayers, O martyr of Christ our God. * Drive away the demons from those who honor you * and who sing in their faith: Save us, O Lord.

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:  2 Timothy 2:1-10

Alleluia, Tone 4 (Ps. 91:13,14). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. The just man will flourish like the palm tree * and grow like a cedar of Lebanon.
V. Planted in the house of the Lord, he will flourish in the courts of our God.

Gospel: John 15:17 - 16:2

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