\Menaion

August 1

Six sticheraThe translation of the relics of the holy protomartyr and archdeacon Stephen. Tradition says that the body of St. Stephen was taken by the Rabbi Gamaliel, a secret disciple of Christ’s, and buried in a cave in the town of Capargamala. In AD 415, Gamaliel appeared in a dream to the priest Lucian in that town, and revealed the burial place of the Protomartyr. They were later translated from Palestine to Constantinople.

Our venerable father Basil, fool for Christ, in Moscow. At the age of sixteen, he gave himself as a fool for Christ, and preserved in asceticism for seventy-two years. He set sinners on the right way, reprimanded the nobles, and had insight into distant events. The great cathedral in Red Square in Moscow is dedicated to him. (1552)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

There are six stichera at "O Lord, I have cried": three for the protomartyr, and three for the venerable father.

Tone 8, special melody O preslavnaho čudese. O Stephen, first to suffer martyrdom, you are the foundation of the order of servants, the chosen one of the apostles, today we gloriously keep your brilliant feast. O Martyr, you shine with a never-setting light, destroying the darkness of sin, you give grace and mercy to your servants, and lead them to eternal life by your prayers.

As befits your name, O Stephen, Martyr of Christ, you have received upon your head a crown of grace, and around your waist a belt like the gold of virtues. By your wisdom you were the abode of wisdom by which you have transformed those who love you. Therefore you are honored with glory and grace.

You received a crown of honor from the King and God, O Apostle. You were killed by stones, but you were crowned with glory and grace, in wisdom and honor greater than gold and precious stones. O most glorious Stephen, first to suffer martyrdom, beautiful in deeds and in name, remember us all.

Tone 2, samohlasen. You were the first of the deacons and also the first of the martyrs, O blessed Stephen. You are the path which the saints have followed, and you have led a multitude of martyrs to the Lord. The heavens opened up before you and God himself appeared to you. Pray to him that our souls be saved.

You dwell with the saints, O blessed Stephen, first martyr and deacon, and have joined the ranks of angels: intercede and pray for us to the sinless Savior God.

Let us worthily honor the first martyr and good friend of Christ, the first deacon Stephen: for standing before the lawless judges, he saw the Son at the right hand of the Father.

[Slightly different translation in MCI, and final two stichera not present.]

Glory – Tone 6. O blessed Stephen, you were the first of the witnesses and of deacons, the most beautiful of the martyrs, the glory of the Just, the boast of believers. Now before the throne of Christ, the King of all, ask for the forgiveness of sins and the kingdom of heaven for the faithful who celebrate your holy memory.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos, concluding with:

Glory – Tone 8.  Rejoice in the Lord, O Stephen, crowned in martyrdom, champion of the Lord: for you were the first of the witnesses of Christ our King. By your martyrdom you have triumphed over the errors of the impious, pray for us to the Lord.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The troparia:

Troparion,  Tone 4.  O martyr Stephen, your head was crowned with a kingly crown * on account of all the struggles you endured for Christ our God. * You beheld the vision of your Savior seated at the right hand of God. * Do not cease to intercede with him for the salvation

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the August Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 4.  O martyr Stephen, your head was crowned with a kingly crown * on account of all the struggles you endured for Christ our God. * You beheld the vision of your Savior seated at the right hand of God. * Do not cease to intercede with him for the salvation

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 6.   O blessed Stephen worthy of all praise, * you are the very first to have been planted in the earth by the Divine Gardener, * the very first to have shed your blood for Christ, * the very first to have been crowned with the crown of victory by Christ in heaven. * You are the first to have suffered for Christ and to have received a martyr’s reward.

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:  Acts 6:8 - 7:5a, 7:47-60

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: Matthew 21:33-42

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