The Royal Martyrs

Beatitude Verses: Martyrs 4 from Ode 3; 4 from Ode 6.


1 & 2.  At God’s behest, the guardian angel was taken away from the land of Russia, her enemies assumed the rule over it, and they that despise her prosper, because of the multitudes of the impieties of what before was a pious land; and her princes languish among alien peoples.  Spurn not utterly thy suffering people, O Lord, but turn Thou and establish them on the rock of Thy commandments.


3.  How long, O Lord, will the way of the wicked prosper?  How long will the land weep because of the evil of those who dwell therein?  Hierarchs, priests, princes and faithful people have been cast down and slain.  How long, O Lord, O true and holy Master, wilt Thou refrain from condemning Thine enemies for their blood?  Have mercy and deliver us all from Thine enemies, and save our souls.


4. Bereft of deliverance, the land which before was called Christian hath been filled with tribulation and groaning, saying amid its suffering: We have sinned and transgressed, falling away from Thee, O Lord, and have not obeyed Thy commandments, nor kept them.  Turn us to repentance, O God, and establish us upon the immovable rock of Thy commandments.


5. The Lord hath granted consolation, for the mercy of the Lord hath not forsaken us and His compassion hath not ended; for they are renewed with each passing day.  Wherefore, let us trust in God; the Lord is our portion, let us hope in Him Who is able to deliver us from all misfortunes, as He did Jonah from the sea monster.


6. It is a good thing to seek God, for the Lord is good to those who trust in Him, and good it is for the soul which awaiteth in patience the salvation of God, who giveth his face to the smiter and accepteth abuse, that the Lord not utterly reject it, but deliver from destruction the souls of the humble who trust in Him.


7. The Lord hath sent woe upon a sinful people, but He hath mercy according to His great goodness and love in His care, for He hath smitten and rendered bitter the lot of the children of men not out of the volition of His heart, but when they trampled upon His commandments; for from the Most High come punishment and prosperity alike.  Let not every mortal complain concerning his chastisement, but let his face be downcast because of his sins and let him lament until he sinketh down in death and beholdeth the Lord from heaven.


8. Now do I flee unto thee, O all-pure one.  Save me by thy supplications, and preserve me; for what thou wishest, thou canst do, as thou art the Mother of the Almighty.


Troparia & Kontakia


Tone 5: Meekly didst thou endure bonds and diverse sufferings, /

and the loss of an earthly kingdom, /

and didst bear witness for Christ even unto death /

at the hands of those that fight against God, /

O great passion-bearer, divinely-crowned Tsar Nicholas; /

therefore, Christ God hath crowned thee in the heavens with a martyr’s crown, /

together with thy queen, thy children, and thy servants. /

Him do thou entreat //

to have mercy on the Russian land and save our souls.


Tone 4: Causing meekness, humility and love to dwell in thy soul, /

thou didst earnestly serve the suffering, O holy passion-bearer Princess Elizabeth; /

wherefore, with faith thou didst endure sufferings and death for Christ, /

with the martyr Barbara.  //

With her pray for all who honor thee with love.


Tone 6:  Hope made strong the Tsar-martyr /

with his queen and children and servants, /

and incited them ardently toward Thy love, /

thereby foreshadowing for them the future rest; /

through their intercessions, //

O Lord, have mercy on us.


Glory… Tone 4: Taking up the Cross of Christ, /

thou didst pass from royal glory to the glory of heaven, /

praying for thine enemies, O holy martyred Princess Elizabeth; /

and with the martyr Barbara thou didst find everlasting joy.  //

Therefore, pray ye in behalf of our souls.


Both now… Tone 6:

O protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, /

O mediation unto the Creator unfailing, /

disdain not the suppliant voices of sinners, /

but be thou quick, O good one, to help us who in faith cry unto thee; /

hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, //

thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.


The Epistle


Reader: The Prokimenon in the 7th Tone:  For Thy sake, O Lord, we are slain all the day long.

Choir:  For Thy sake, O Lord, we are slain all the day long.

Reader:  We are counted as sheep for the slaughter.

Choir:  For Thy sake, O Lord, we are slain all the day long.

Reader: For Thy sake, O Lord.

Choir:  We are slain all the day long.


Reader: The Reading is from the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Romans:

[Romans 8:28-39 (§99)]


Reader: Alleluia in the 1st Tone.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  Our God is refuge and strength, a helper in afflictions which mightily befall us.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:   O Lord, save the king, and hearken unto us in the day when we call upon Thee.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [John 15:17-16:2 (§52)]


Communion Verse:  Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous; praise is meet for the upright. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!