October 26

VigilThe holy and great martyr Demetrius. Born in Salonica of devout parents, he was a much-longed-for only child. Because of his he received an excellent education. Like his father, Demetrius became a soldier in the Roman army. The emperor Maximian appointed him to persecute the Christians in Salonica, but Demetrius confessed his faith and preached Christ. He was cruelly martyred for his witness to the Lord. Since earliest times, he has been regarded as a wonderworker and powerful intercessor. (305)

Commemoration of the great and fearful earthquake in Constantinople, 740. In the time of the emperor Leo the Armenian, there was a terrifying and long-lasting earthquake in Constantinople. The people felt that it was punishment for their sins, and entreated the most holy Mother of God and St. Demetrius to intercede for them.

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

We sing “Blessed is the man.” There are eight stichera at "O Lord, I have cried."

Tone 2, special melody Jehda ot dreva.  O glorious * martyr Demetrius, * like a bright star you glisten forever for your fatherland * because you always protect it from destruction * at the hands of enemies, * and you deliver it from every strife and menace. * Therefore, O blessed one, your people annually observe your memory * and celebrate with joy, * and with faith and love they extol the Lord who glorified you. (twice)

O Demetrius, * martyr and sufferer of the Passion of Christ, * your miracles shine upon the world like the sun. * Therefore, all of us are filled with joy as we remember them, " and in faith we fittingly celebrate. * Since you have favor with the Lord, * pray that He may save your servants from corruption.

Your side was pierced by a spear & for the sake of the Savior * whose side had been pierced on the cross. * By your wounds you lovingly resembled Him, O Martyr. * You showed to all * that you were an unconquerable witness. * Thereby, your torturer was also wounded and made helpless * when he was the instrument of the test of your faith, * O Demetrius, great sufferer for Christ.

Tone 8, special melody O preslavnaho čudese.  O, what a great marvel! * There is joy in heaven and on earth, * for this day glistens in the remembrance of the martyr Demetrius. * He is crowned by the praises of angels and by the hymns of all. * O, how he suffered and how well he struggled! * Through him the Evil One fell and was conquered for Christ. (twice)

O, what a great marvel! * It is the most radiant of wonders. * It is more brilliant than the sun. * Demetrius shines upon the ends of the earth at all times. * He is filled with the radiance of the Light that never grows dim * and beautified by the Light which never sets. * By his rays, the clouds of foreign foes have been dispersed, * illnesses have been cast out, and demons conquered.

O, what a great marvel! * Having been slain for the sake of Christ, O thrice-blessed Demetrius, * you have always manifested yourself to be a two-edged sword, * humbling the exaltations of the enemies * and bringing to naught the intrigues of the demons. * Let us cry out to him: * O Demetrius, protect us at all times, * for in faith and love we venerate you.

Glory – Tone 6.  Today the universal feast of the martyr summons us. * Come, therefore, O lovers of feasts, * let us celebrate his memory in splendor and say: * Rejoice, for you
overcame the snares of the enemy * by the might given to you by the one God. * Rejoice, for you suffered wounds by the thrusts of a sword, * and thus spiritually depicted for us the blessed passion of Christ. * O Demetrius, O inspiration of martyrs, * implore Him that we be delivered from visible and invisible enemies, * and that our souls may be saved.

Now and ever – the dogmatikon of Saturday evening, in the same tone, or (on Friday night or Saturday night) in the Tone of the week

Entrance with censer, and prokeimenon of the day.  Then three readings:

A reading from the Prophecy of Isaiah (Isaiah 43:9-14).

A reading from the Wisdom of Solomon (Wisdom 3:1-9). May be Jeremiah

A reading from the Wisdom of Solomon (Wisdom 4:7-15).

Stichera at the litija:

Tone 1 Bolhar. Rejoice in the Lord, O city of Thessalonica! * Adorn yourself with faith and leap and dance with joy! * Like a treasure, hold onto Demetrius, * the glorious Martyr and
witness to the truth. * Be full of delight at the sight of his miraculous healings; * look as he repels the foreign invaders; * and thankfully cry out to the Savior: * O Lord, glory to you!

O city of Thessalonica, together with everyone, * let us brighten this day with beautiful hymns, * and let us glorify the martyr's deeds * because the great martyr Demetrius is deserving of praise. * He courageously repelled the onsets of demons. * He fervently came into the arena and gloriously won a victory. * He is praying to the Savior that our souls may be saved.

Tone 2 Bolhar. O wise martyr Demetrius, * Christ our God has placed your spotless spirit in the abode on high, * for you were a defender of the Trinity. * And unbreakable as a diamond, * you courageously suffered martyrdom in the arena. * Your holy side was pierced, O all-precious one, * just like Him who was pierced on the cross * for the salvation of the whole world. * You received the power of healing, * and you freely grant healings to all. * We, therefore, fittingly celebrate your dormition today, * and we glorify you as you glorified the Lord.

Glory –  Tone 5, special melody Vostrubim. Let us hasten with faith and love; * let us shout with festive joy; * let all of us clap our hands on this feast of our leader. * May the heavenly hosts be happy * because he was pierced in behalf of Christ the Lord * who was pierced by a spear, * and because he destroyed the boldness of the arrogant Leo. * May the heavens and the sea be astounded * by the glorious witness given by the great luminary. * May they praise him who restrains the young and leads those in danger. * He enriches the lowly and brings good fortune; * he wins in battle and sails with those at sea. * He is a staff in old age and our own steadfast defender. * So let us pray to him and say: * O glorious Demetrius, be our leader, rescue us from every anguish, * and save your servants by your prayers.

Now and ever – Let us sound the trumpets of praise, * for the Queen of all, the Virgin Mother, * looks down from on high to crown with blessings those who honor her. * Let kings and leaders come together * to praise the Queen who gave birth to the King. * Because of his love for all, * He released those who had been condemned to death. * O shepherds
and teachers, * come together and praise the most pure Mother of the Good Shepherd. * She is the lampstand that gleams like gold, * the light-bearing cloud more spacious than
the heavens, * the livng tabernacle and golden urn containing the manna, * the sealed door of the Word and refuge of all Christians. * Let us praise her with God-inspired songs, saying: * O palace of the Word, * make us lowly ones worthy of the kingdom of heaven, * for nothing is impossible through your intercession.

The aposticha are for the earthquake:

Tone 2.  The ground is quaking in fear of your anger. * The hills and mountains are trembling, O Lord. * But look upon us with compassion. * Do not shower your wrath upon us, * but show mercy to the work of your hands. * Free us from the terrifying menace of the earthquake, * since you are gracious and the Lover of us all.

Having created the earth, you look upon it and it quakes.

Tone 6.  You are awesome, O Lord, and who can bear your just anger? * Or who will implore You? * Who will restrain You, O Gracious One, * in behalf of the sinful people who are without hope? * The heavenly ranks, the Angels, and Principalities, * Powers, Thrones, Dominions, and Seraphim * are crying out to You in our behalf: * Holy, holy, holy, are You, O Lord! * Because of your merciful compassion, * do not reject the work of your hands, O Gracious One, * but save the city which is in danger.

You shook the ground and made it quake.

The Ninevites heard the threat about their destruction by an earthquake because of their sins. * The rising up of Jonah from the whale was a sign of intercession. * He pleaded for
them to repent. * Just as you accepted in generosity * the lamentation of your people with their children and animals, * for the sake of your rising on the third day, * also be merciful
and spare us who have been chastised.

Glory – Tone 8.  Your sublime and spotless soul, * O ever-commemorated Demetrius, * has the heavenly Jerusalem as an abode. * Its walls were painted by the most pure hands
of the invisible God. * This beautiful church on earth * also contains your very precious body which had suffered so much. * It is a treasure of miracles that cannot be stolen away, * and it is a medicine for illnesses * whenever we hasten to draw upon its healing. * O all-praiseworthy one, * protect from threatening destruction the city which extols you, * for you have found favor before Christ who glorified you.

Now and ever – the aposticha theotokion of Saturday evening, in the same tone.

Troparion,  Tone 3.  O martyr, the world has seen you as a defender * of those imperiled and a conqueror of the nations. * In cutting down the arrogance of Leo, * you bolstered Nestor by your courage. * O holy Demetrius, pray to Christ our God to save our souls. (twice)

Glory, now and ever – Theotokion, Tone 4. Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos! * Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you! * Blessed are you among women, * and blessed is the fruit of your womb. * For you gave birth to Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of our souls.

At the Divine Liturgy


Troparion,  Tone 3.  O martyr, the world has seen you as a defender * of those imperiled and a conqueror of the nations. * In cutting down the arrogance of Leo, * you bolstered Nestor by your courage. * O holy Demetrius, pray to Christ our God to save our souls.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 2.   God endowed you with an invincible power * and tinged the Church with your blood, O Demetrius. * He also covers your city with love, * for you are its foundation.

Prokeimenon of a martyr, Tone 7 (Ps. 63:11,2). The just man will rejoice in the Lord, * and will put his trust in him.
V. Hear my voice, O God, when I pray to you.

Epistle:  2 Timothy 2:1-10

Alleluia, Tone 4 (Ps. 91:13,14). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. The just man will flourish like the palm tree * and grow like a cedar of Lebanon.
V. Planted in the house of the Lord, he will flourish in the courts of our God.

Gospel:  John 15:17 - 16:2

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