Menaion

August 26

The holy martyrs Adrian and Natalie [or: Natalia] were both of noble families in Nicomedia, and had been married only thirteen months before their martyrdom. They were tortured during the persecution of the emperor Maximian.

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

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

Tone 4, special melody Jako doblja. Beholding the all-honored suffering * and the valiant deeds of the martyrs, * O glorious one, of your own free will * you gave yourself over to struggles with a strong mind, * taking no pity on your flesh for the sake of divine love. * You therefore passed through valorous struggles, * laying low the pride of the adversary, * O patient-hearted Adrian.

Imprisoned in dungeons, * beaten with thongs of ox-hide, * weighted down with irons and crushed with stones, * together with a multitude of martyrs, O glorious one, * with them you have received the blessings of heaven, * having as compaion your spouse Natalia, who trusted in God, O valiant Adrian.

The spouse of Adam * caused his exile from Eden * through the counsel of the serpent, * but Natalia led Adrian to paradise * with her sacred conversation, * spurring him on with her teachings * so that he could endure painful sufferings, * becoming a mediator of heavenly rewards * and everlasting glory.

Glory – Tone 6.  O holy couple, elect of the Lord! * O eminent union, blessed by our God! * O longed-for couple, beloved by Christ! * Who does not marvel, hearing of their wondrous deeds? * How did Natalia stand in valiant manner * against the arrogance of the tyrant, * and strengthen her husband Adrian, * that he not give in to the wicked one, * but choose rather to die for the Faith? * O! the divinely woven words of the all-wise Natalia! * O the divine teachings which transcend the heavens * and which set Adrian before the throne of the Great King he acknowledged! * O holy couple, pray to God for us, * who keep with love your holy memory, * that we be delivered from temptations * and from every trial of body and soul.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos, concluding with:

Glory – Tone 1.  The zeal of the pious man * was carried along by the brilliant exhortation of the woman chosen by God; * for the noble Adrian, influenced by Natalia, * followed the way of martyrdom until the end. * For that wife, beloved of God, was not another Eve, causing the fall of Adam; * rather, she offered her husband eternal life. * Praising them both, let us sing to Christ: * Help us through the prayers of your saints!

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

Troparion,  Tone 4.  Your holy martyrs, O Lord our God, * in their struggles, received an incorruptible crown from you. * With your strength, they brought down the tyrants * and broke the cowardly valor of demons. * Through their prayers, O Christ our God, save our souls.

Or:

Troparion,  Tone 3.  You saved a treasure of great wealth, the divine and true faith. * Turning away from the foolish actions of your ancestors, * you followed in the steps of the Master. * You were enriched with divine gifts, O glorious Adrian, * and now we ask you to be generous to us.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the August Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 3.  You saved a treasure of great wealth, the divine and true faith. * Turning away from the foolish actions of your ancestors, * you followed in the steps of the Master. * You were enriched with divine gifts, O glorious Adrian, * and now we ask you to be generous to us

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 4.  O Adrian, martyr of Christ, * you preserved in your heart the exhortations of your pious and devoted wife. * Together with her, you accepted every kind of suffering * and obtained the crown of victory.

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. 32:1). Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous ones; praise from the upright is fitting. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!