Menaion

August 4

The holy seven children of Ephesus. During the persecution of the emperor Decius, seven young soldiers refused to sacrifice to idols. Tradition says that their names were: Maximilian, Iamblichus, Martinian, John, Dionysius, Exacustodianus, and Antoninus. They concealed themselves in a cave outside of Ephesus, and the emperor had them sealed into the cave to kill them. In the reign of the Christian emperor Theodosius the Younger (408-450), there arose a dispute about the veracity of the Christian teaching on the resurrection of the dead. The youths awoke, testified to the true teaching, and one week later died. (250 and 454)

The venerable martyr Eudoxia. A native of Heliopolis in Phoenicia, Saint Eudoxia lived in the times of Emperor Trajan (98-117). At first she led a licentious life, enticed a large number of men to evil by her rare beauty, and amassed riches of great value. Having heard a certain Germanus, a monk, speak on religion and repentance, she was converted to Christ and baptized by Bishop Theodotos, After having distributed her goods to the poor, the Saint retired to a monastery and there practiced all the ascetical exercises. She was brought before Emperor Adrian (117- 138), accused by the very ones whom she had formerly corrupted. Working miracles and curing the Emperor's son, she converted the latter to the Christian faith. She was martyred by being beheaded. (2nd century)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 1, special melody Nebesnych činov. The seven-branched lampstand of the seven holy children burns brightly; come, O faithful, let us ever celebrate their memory, let us glorify Christ who crowned them, and by their prayers of Lord our Redeemer, grant us life.

The seven holy children died according to nature, but beyond nature they arose again as if from sleep, a fearful wonder, for they slept in a cave as if dead for three-hundred and seventy-two years.

Let us now praise the holy Jamblichus, together with Maximilian, Martinian and John, and with Anthony and Dionysius, for they pray for us. Let us praise with them the wise and pious Exacustodianus.

MCI Vespers used different stichera from the Greek menaion. Also, re-check spelling of names.

Glory, now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos.

Troparion,  Tone 4.  What a marvel of faith! * The seven holy youths lived in a cave as in a palace, * and they passed on without corruption. * After time had marched on, they came out as if from sleep * and are fitting signs of the resurrection of all. *Have mercy on us, O Christ, through their prayers.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the August Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 4.  What a marvel of faith! * The seven holy youths lived in a cave as in a palace, * and they passed on without corruption. * After time had marched on, they came out as if from sleep * and are fitting signs of the resurrection of all. *Have mercy on us, O Christ, through their prayers.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 4.  Despising the corruptible things of this world, * they received gifts which were incorruptible. * They died but did not decay. * Coming out after many years, they bury unbelief. * O faithful people, come to praise them today, * and let us raise a hymn to Christ.

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