November 17

Our holy father Gregory the Wonder-worker, bishop of Neocaesarea in Pontus, who embraced the Christian faith as a youth, progressed in both human and divine knowledge, was ordained a bishop and was famous for his teaching, virtue and apostolic labors. Because of very many marvels he performed, he is called Wonder-worker/Thaumaturgus. (270)

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

At "O Lord, I have cried": three stichera from the Octoechos, and three for the holy bishop. (The menaion provides an extra sticheron.)

Tone 8, special melody Čto vy naračem.  What shall we call you, O Gregory? * Master, for you subjected the passions to your mind? * Husbandman, for you reaped the fruit of wisdom? * One who had been granted divine vision, and been catechized with heavenly theology; * a most sacred performer of the mysteries and most wondrous worker of miracles. * Pray that our souls may be saved.

What shall I call you now, O Gregory? * Mighty destroyer of godless impiety, * one who establishes the law of piety, * wise teacher and bestower of invincible peace, * unvanquished overthower of armies, * who ever abides in the mountains and looks down upon those in the cities. * Pray that our souls may be saved.

What shall I proclaim you now, O venerable one? * Emulator of the apostles, as a worker of miracles, * who restrained the river by the invocation of Christ * and dried up the lake which caused contention between brethren, * who dispersed the synagogue opposed to God, and increased and enlightened Christian assemblies, * pray that our souls may be saved.

What shall I proclaim you now, O venerable one? * Guide of those who are astray, and physician of the ailing, * bestower of an abundance of necessities upon those who ask, * most mighty persecutor of demons, * one who urged the struggle of martyrdom, * and was prophetically illumined with graces, O most glorious one. * Pray that our souls may be saved.

Glory – Tone 6.   Wisely plunged into the depths of contemplation, * O Gregory, holy hierarch of Christ, * you were initiated into the divine manifestation of the Trinity. * Gazing steadfastly in spirit upon Christ our God, you poured out a sea of miracles over us; * you changed the liquid nature of water to stone; * you turned the temple guardian away from the darkness of error; * you persuaded persecutors to believe in the truth * and appeared to them as a pillar of virtues. * Correctly were you called "wonder-worker." * Thus we entreat you to ceaselessly intercede on our behalf before the Savior * for the salvation of our souls.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos. Then, for the holy bishop:

Glory – Tone 6.  The wakefulness of God was given to you, O wise one, * as it had been given to Daniel; * for, as a dream was revealed to him, * so was the mystery of the Faith disclosed to you. * Therefore, O venerable father, pray that our souls may be saved.

Troparion,  Tone 2.  O victorious witnesses of the Lord, * blessed is the earth which as drunk your blood. * Holy are the tombs which have received your bodies. * In the furnace you conquered the foe and preached Christ. * Intercede with the gracious Lord to save our souls.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the November Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 8.  You became worthy of your name through your way of live, * through assiduous prayers and constant works of mercy. * Therefore, O holy father Gregory, * intercede with Christ our God * that he may enlighten our minds, * lest we go to sleep in sin which leads to death.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 2.  You received the power of performing miracles * and frightened the devils through your wonder-working and your healing of the sick. * Therefore, O most wise Gregory, * your deeds entitled you to be called the Wonder-worker.

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Ps. 115:6,3). Precious in the eyes of the Lord * is the death of his faithful.
V. What can I return to the Lord for all he has given me?

Epistle:  1 Corinthians 12:7-11

Alleluia, Tone 2 (Ps. 131:9,13). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Your priests will be clothed with righteousness and your saints will rejoice.
V. The Lord has chosen Zion; he prefers her for his dwelling.

Gospel: Matthew 10:1,5-8

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