Menaion

August 18

Postfestive day of the Dormition.

The holy martyrs Florus and Laurus. Brothers in the flesh as well as in the spirit, they were zealous Christians and stonemasons by craft and were martyred for the Faith. (2nd century)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

There are six stichera at "O Lord, I have cried": three for the the feast, and three for the holy martyrs.

Tone 2, special melody Kijmi pochval'nimy. With unworthy lips we praise the Theotokos * who is more venerable than all creation * and more holy than the Cherubim and all the angels in heaven. * She is the unshakable throne of the King. * She is the house in which the Eternal One made his abode. * She is the salvation of the world and the sanctuary of God. * In her holy memory he richly gives great mercy to the faithful.

O Virgin, what awesome hymns did the apostles of the Word, * standing around your bier, offer up at that time to you? * They cried out in amazement: * The palace of the King is departing. * The holy tabernacle is being exalted. * Lift up, O you gates, for the Portal of God will enter in joy, * and, without ceasing, she beseeches great mercy for all the world.

What spiritual hymns shall we offer to you today, O all-holy One? * The whole world has been sanctified by your Dormition. * You have departed into heaven to contemplate the beauty of the Almighty. * As Mother you rejoice together with him. * The angelic ranks solemnly accompanied you, O pure One. * Together with them, ask for peace and great mercy * for us and for the souls of the just.

Tone 4, special melody Dal jesi znamenie. O holy ones, you were revealed as unyielding pillars of strength * through bodily tortures and beheading. * You edified the Church of the Lord * when you razed to the ground the idols and temples. * Therefore, we honor you as inhabitants of Paradise * since you were sacrificial offerings of the heavenly temple.

Grace pours forth, and we receive enlightenment, joy, and mercy * by coming close to the relics of the holy martyrs, Florus and Laurus. * The divine grace of healing flows abundantly from them. * We honor them as mediators of the Lord, * and we fittingly cry out: * O our God, glory to you!

Although you were buried alive in the earth * at the command of the torturer, * through the divine will and the revelation of the Holy Spirit, * you appeared to us as stars * that radiate signs, miracles, and healing gifts. * O holy martyrs, you now dwell with the angels in heaven.

Glory – Tone 2.  O holy zealots and brothers of Christ, * you are venerated with worthy praises, O Florus and Laurus, * for you struggled mightily in confessing the Lord. * You suffered severely and gained the crown of victory. * Therefore, you sing with the angels on high, * praying to the Holy Trinity for peace on earth * and for the salvation of our souls.

Now and ever – Tone 4.  All you peoples of the earth * sing together a hymn of glory * to the pure and most holy Virgin * from whom the Word of God came to us, * receiving flesh from her in a manner beyond understanding. * Let us cry out: Blessed are you among women, * and blessed is your womb that contained Christ, * into whose hands you committed your soul. * O pure Virgin, intercede with Christ God that He may save our souls!

The aposticha are for the post-feast:

Tone 2, special melody Dome Jefratov.  Sing a hymn, O heavenly choirs! * Praise the virgin Mother * who has passed over from earth to heaven.

Go up, Lord, to your rest, you and your holy ark.

O Maiden, the choir of disciples * has gloriously assembled from the ends of the earth * to bury your most pure body.

The Lord swore a true oath to David; he will not go back on his word.

O doors of heaven, lift up your gates! * Behold, the Mother of the Most High, the all-pure Virgin, * is now entering into heaven.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 4.  O pure and most holy Virgin, * the choirs of angels in heaven and the assembly of people on earth * sing the praise of your glorious Dormition; * for you have become the Mother of the Creator of all, Christ our God. * We beg you to intercede constantly for us; * for, next to God, we have placed our hope in you, * O most glorious and ever-virgin Mother of God.

Troparion of the saints,  Tone 4. O faithful, let us praise the blessed Florus and Laurus, * for they preached the Trinity without hesitation. * Spilling their blood as a sign of their conviction, * they have received laurels as God's seal of approval. * Pray to Christ our God to save our souls.

Glory, now and ever – Troparion of the feast,  Tone 1.  O Theotokos, in giving birth you preserved virginity; * and in your falling asleep you did not forsake the world. * You are the Mother of Life and have been transferred to life, * and through your prayers * you deliver our souls from death.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the August Menaion

Troparion of the feast,  Tone 1.  O Theotokos, in giving birth you preserved virginity; * and in your falling asleep you did not forsake the world. * You are the Mother of Life and have been transferred to life, * and through your prayers * you deliver our souls from death.

Troparion of the saints,  Tone 4. O faithful, let us praise the blessed Florus and Laurus, * for they preached the Trinity without hesitation. * Spilling their blood as a sign of their conviction, * they have received laurels as God's seal of approval. * Pray to Christ our God to save our souls.

Glory – Kontakion of the saints, Tone 8.   Today the world glorifies Florus and Laurus * as holy and long-suffering martyrs for God. * We hope to find grace and mercy from their prayers. * We ask to be free from temptations, afflictions, anger, and pain on Judgment Day.

Now and ever – Kontakion of the feast, Tone 2.   The grave and death did not detain the Theotokos. * She intercedes without rest and is our unfailing hope of protection; * for he who dwelt in the womb of the Ever-Virgin, * transferred to life the Mother of Life.

Prokeimenon of the feast, Tone 3 (Luke 1:46-48). My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
V. For he has looked with favor upon the humility of his servant; from this day forward, all generations will call me blessed.

Prokeimenon of the saints, 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 of the feast, Tone 8 (Ps. 44:11,13). Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Go up, Lord, to your rest, you and your holy ark.
V. The Lord swore a true oath to David; he will not go back on his word.

Alleluia of the saints,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)

Magnification. The angels were struck with amazement, * beholding the dormition of the Most Pure, * seeing how the Virgin was taken up from earth to heaven.

Irmos, Tone 1. The limits of nature * are overcome in you, O pure Virgin, * for birth-giving remains virginal, * and death is the prelude to life: * a virgin after childbearing and alive after death! * You ever save your inheritance, O Theotokos.

Communion Hymn of the feast (Ps. 115:4). I shall take the chalice of salvation and call upon the name of the Lord. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Communion Hymn of the saints (Ps. 32:1). Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous ones; praise from the upright is fitting. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!