Menaion

July 30

The holy apostles Silas and Silvanus and their companions. Silas was sent by the apostles to the Churches of the gentiles together with Saints Paul and Barnabas. He earnestly fulfilled the office of preaching, full of the grace of God. (Acts 15:22) Silvanus helped both Peter and Paul (I Peter 5:12; II Corinthians 1:19), and became the first bishop of Salonica. Crescens was a fellow-worker with St. Paul (II Tim. 4:10) and then bishop in Galatia and missionary in Gaul. Epaenetus is mentioned by Paul (Rom. 16:7) and became bishop of Carthage.

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 4, special melody Dal jesi znamenie.  Shining with divine splendor, * the apostles pass over the world like eagles, * driving away the darkness of the worship of many gods, * and making all sons and heirs of the day. * Wherefore we honor you * and honor your holy and most eminent feast, * venerating your holy relics.

In a sacred manner, * let us bless Silas and Andronicus, * Silvanus and Crescens, * and with praises let us honor the wondrous Epenetus today with joyful heart, * for they are disciples and preachers of the Lord * by whom we have been delivered from the vanity of idolatry, * and have been piously taught the radiance of the Trinity.

Christ sent you * into all the world to cleanse away the mire of wickedness, * and to restore, O apostles, * souls wounded by poison, bringing them to perfect health. * Wherefore, we honor you as all-praised benefactors * and all-wise instruments of the Spirit.

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.

Or:

Troparion,  Tone 3.   Let us praise the apostles Silas, Silvanus, and their companions. * They overcame the deceits of idolatry * and caught the pagans for the faith. * They pray unceasingly for those who keep their memory.

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 4.   O Silas and Silvanus, you were two disciples of the Lord, * two vines in the Lord's vineyard producing clusters of virtue like grapes. * You poured out for us the wine of salvation * that fills the hearts of the faithful with joy * and makes them celebrate your honorable memory. * Obtain for us the remission of our sins and transgressions

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.