40 Martyrs of Sebaste

 

Sunday Evening Vespers: Blessed is the man.

Lord I have Cried, Tone 4, on 10: Triodion 4 (Grant me contrition); 40 Martyrs 6 (Valiantly enduring present torments); G: 40 Martyrs (Valiantly enduring real torments); N: Dogmatic Theotokion, Tone 2 (The shadow of the law).

Entry; O Gladsome Light; Great Prokimenon, Tone 8: Thou hast given an inheritance to them that fear Thy Name. Three readings of the 40 Martyrs.

Vouchsafe, O Lord.

Then the Litany, Let us complete our evening prayer unto the Lord.

Aposticha: Triodion (Stichera and verses, beginning with Come, let us cleanse ourselves); G: 40 Martyrs (In hymnody let us praise the forty passion-bearing martyrs) N: Theotokion, Tone 6 (O Theotokos, thou art the true vine).

Now lettest Thou Thy servant. Trisagion to Our Father. Troparion: 40 Martyrs (By the pangs which Thy saints suffered); G/N: Theotokion (When Gabriel announced to thee, Rejoice!).

Litany: Have mercy on us, O God; Prayer of St. Ephraim, with 3 prostrations. Deacon: Wisdom! Priest: He that is is blessed. Choir: Establish, O God. Priest: O most holy Theotokos, save us. Choir: More honorable. Priest: Glory to Thee, O Christ our God and our Hope, glory to Thee. Choir: G/N: Lord, have mercy x3. Father (Master) bless! Dismissal.

 

Small Compline: After the Trisagion, Kontakion of the Martyrs (Having left all the army of the world). After More honorable, the prayer of St. Ephrem with three bows.

 

Matins: The usual beginning of daily matins.

God is the Lord, Tone 1; Troparion of the 40 Martyrs (By the pangs of Thy saints) x2; G/N: Resurrectional Theotokion, Tone 1 (When Gabriel announced).

Kathismas: 4, 5, and 6. After the first two Kathisma, no Small Litany, but immediately: Lord, have mercy. x3, and the Sessional Hymns of the Triodion. After the last Kathisma, Small Litany; Sessional Hymns of the 40 Martyrs (O ye forty godly martyrs); G: 40 Martyrs (O wondrous athletes); N: Theotokion (O Theotokos and Mistress).

Polyeleos and Magnification of the Martyrs: We magnify you, O holy passion-bearing martyrs of Sebaste, and we honor your venerable sufferings, which ye did endure for Christ. Psalm verse: Our God is refuge and strength; a helper in afflictions which mightily befall us.

Sessional Hymn of the 40 Martyrs (Adornment of the holy martyrs); G/N: Theotokion (I weep now).

Hymns of Ascents, First Antiphon, Tone 4: From my youth. Prokimenon of the 40 Martyrs, Tone 4: We went through fire and water, and Thou didst bring us out into refreshment. Matins Gospel: Luke 21:12-19 (106).

Psalm 50; G: Through the prayers of the Martyrs of Sebaste; N: Through the prayers of the Theotokos; Have mercy on me, O God; Sticheron of the 40 Martyrs (Prophetically David cried aloud). Save, O God, Thy people.

 

Canon (Odes 1, 8 and 9):

40 Martyrs 6 Holy Forty Martyrs, pray to God for us.

Triodion 8* Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

Irmos of the Martyrs (twice).

Katavasia: Irmos of the second three-canticled canon (He is for me unto salvation).

 

Canon (Odes 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7):

40 Martyrs 8 Holy Forty Martyrs, pray to God for us.

Irmos of the Martyrs (twice).

Katavasia: I shall open my mouth.

 

 

After Ode 3: Sessional hymn of the 40 Martyrs (Having served Christ); G/N: Theotokion (Having fallen into subtle snares).

After Ode 6: Kontakion (Having left the army of the world) and Ikos of the 40 Martyrs.

At Ode 9: More honorable.

Exapostilarion of the 40 Martyrs (Let us hymn as is meet); G: 40 Martyrs (Let the forty member choir); N: Theotokion (O Virgin-Mother, who, though a maiden).

Praises (all the verses are read, down to Praise Him for His mighty acts), 40 Martyrs 4 (Come ye, O brethren); G: 40 Martyrs (O athletes of Christ); N: Theotokion (We, the faithful, bless Thee). Priest: Glory to Thee, who hast shown us the light. Small Doxology is read; Litany: Let us complete our morning prayer.

Aposticha, Tone 5: Triodion (Prayer and fasting) x2; Martyricon of the Triodion (Blessed is the army of the heavenly King); with the usual refrains from the Horologion; G: 40 Martyrs (Chanting a hymn); N: Theotokion (O impassible portal). It is good to give praise x1; Trisagion prayers; Troparion of the 40 Martyrs; G/N: Theotokion (When Gabriel). Litany: Have mercy on us, O God. Immediately after the exclamation of the Litany: Prayer of St Ephraim with 3 prostrations and immediately the First Hour.

 

* Each ode of the second three-canticled canon contains an additional troparion, following the theotokion, and not counted with the 8. This troparion is read in addition to the 8 troparia with the refrain Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

 

First Hour: No Kathisma. Troparion and Kontakion of the Menaion. After O God, be gracious unto us, the Prayer of St Ephraim with 3 prostrations, and immediately O Christ, the True Light. Full Dismissal.

 

Third, Sixth and Ninth Hours: Kathismas 7, 8, and 9. Troparion and Kontakion of the Menaion. Prayer of St Ephraim with 3 prostrations only. At the Sixth Hour, after the Theotokion of the Hour: Troparion of the Prophecy, Prokimenon, Reading (Isa. 4:2-5:7) and second Prokimenon of the Triodion.

 

Typika: The Beatitudes are read, not sung. Kontakia: In a temple of the Lord: Kontakion of the Temple; G: 40 Martyrs; N: O protection of Christians.

In a temple of the Theotokos: Kontakion of the 40 Martyrs; G/N: Kontakion of the Temple.

In a temple of a saint: Kontakion of the Temple; G: Kontakion of the 40 Martyrs; N: O protection of Christians.

Then, Lord, have mercy x40; G/N: More honorable; In the name of the Lord. Priest: God be gracious unto us. Prayer of St Ephraim with 3 prostrations. Reader: O all-holy Trinity. Priest: Wisdom! Choir: It is truly meet. Priest: O most-holy Theotokos, save us! Choir: More honorable. Priest: Glory to Thee. Choir: G/N; Lord, have mercy x3, Father, bless! Priest: Lesser dismissal.

Vespers with the Divine Liturgy of the Pre-sanctified Gifts: Kathisma 18.

Lord, I have cried, Tone 3, on 10: Idiomelon of the Triodion aposticha x2 (Let us keep a spiritual fast); Martyricon of the Triodion (The prophets, the apostles of Christ see LTS, p 81f); Prosomia of the Triodion 3 (To what shalt thou be likened LTS, p. 80f); 40 Martyrs 4 (The choir of forty-fold splendor); G: 40 Martyrs (Prophetically David cried aloud); N: Theotokion in the Menaion (All my hope do I set on thee).

Entrance with the Gospel; O Gladsome Light; Prokimenon of the Triodion, Tone 1: The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in war. Reading: Genesis 3:21-4:7; Prokimenon of the Triodion, Tone 6: Look upon me, and have mercy on me; Reading Proverbs 3:34-4:26. Let my prayer arise and Prayer of St Ephraim.

There is no Small Litany, but immediately after the prayer, the usual exclamations for the reading of the Epistle. Prokimenon of the Menaion, Tone 5, Thou, O Lord, shalt keep us and shalt preserve us. Epistle: Hebrews 12:1-10 (331). Alleluia, Tone 4. Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16 (80).

Communion verse: O taste and see. & Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.

At the Dismissal, the Priest commemorates the Holy Forty Martyrs and St Quadratus.