Menaion

July 28

The holy apostles and deacons Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, and Parmenas, who were of the seven chosen to be deacons in Acts 6:1ff. and there described as “full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom.” The congregation of the disciples chose them, and the Apostles laid their hands on them, that they might minister in service to the needy.

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 1, special melody O preslavnoho čudese.  By divine election, * you were chosen to minister to the needs of the saints, * as men filled with wisdom, * light, and the grace of God. * Now, you dwell forever in heaven, * sharing the holy joy of the angels.

By the grace of the Spirit, * you were revealed to the world as radiant lamps, * abundantly shining with the grace of God. * Thus, O holy apostles, * you put an end to the darkness of evil. * Now, you have passed over * to the never-setting light.

Let us praise [not: proclaim] Nicanor, Parmenas and Timon, * together with the divine Prochorus, * for they fulfilled the precept of the Lord, * filling the poor and needy with good things, * and they have become * fervent intercessors for us before God.

Glory, now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos.

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

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the July Menaion

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

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 1 [not Tone 22].   You were deacons and eye-witnesses of the Word, * chosen vessels of the faith and glorious saints. * Today we take up the celebration of your memory * and glorify you with a light and joyful heart.

Prokeimenon, Tone 8 (Ps. 18:5,2). Through all the earth their voice resounds; * their message reaches to the end of the world.
V. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.

Epistle:  (of the day)

Alleluia, Tone 1 (Ps. 88:6,8). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. The heavens declare your wonders, O Lord, and your truth in the assembly of the holy.
V. God is glorified in the council of the holy, great and awesome above all who surround him.

Gospel: (of the day)

Communion Hymn (Ps. 18:5). Through all the earth their voice resounds; * their message reaches to the end of the world.