Monday November 20, 2017 / November 7, 2017

25th Week after Pentecost. Tone seven.

Holy 33 Martyrs of Melitene: Hieron, Hesychius, Nicander, Athanasius, Manias, Barachius, Callinicus, Theogenes, Nicon, Longinus, Theodore, Valerius, Xanthius, Theodulus, Callimachus, Eugene, Theodochus, Ostrychius, Epiphanius, Maximian, Ducitius, Claudian, Theophilus, Gigantius, Dorotheus, Theodotus, Castrychius, Anicletus, Theomelius, Eutychius, Hilarion, Diodotus, and Amonitus (290).
Venerable Lazarus the Wonderworker of Mt. Galesion near Ephesus (1054).
New Hieromartyrs Cyril (Smirnov) metropolitan of Kazan, Michael, Alexander, Aleksander, Michael, Aleksander, Nicholas, Alexis, Paul, Basil, Paulinus priests, John and Benjamin deacons, Martyr Nicholas, Virgin-martyr Elisabeth (1937).
New Hieromartyrs Sergius archbishop of Eletsk, Nicholas priest and Martyr Gregory (1937).
Finding of the relics of priest Constantine Golubev (1995).
New Hieromartyr Joseph (Petrovykh), metropolitan of Petrograd (1938).
Venerable Zosimas, abbot of Vorbozoma (1550).
Translation of the relics of St. Cyril, abbot of New Lake (Vologda) (1649).
Martyr Theodotus of Ancyra (303).
Martyrs Melasippus, Cassina, their son Antoninus, and forty children converted by their martyrdom, at Ancyra (363).
Martyrs Auctus, Taurion, and Thessalonica at Amphipolis in Macedonia.
"Leaping with Joy" (1795) Icon of the Mother of God.
St. Willibrord, archbishop of Utrecht, apostle of Frisia (739) (Neth.).
Martyr Athenodorus (Greek).
Martyr Alexander of Thessalonica (305) (Greek).
St. Gregory, brother of St. Gregory the Wonderworker (3rd c.) (Greek).

The Scripture Readings

2 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Luke 12:13-15, 22-31
Tuesday Reading
2 Thessalonians 1:10-2:2
Luke 12:42-48

Troparion

33 Martyrs in Melitene, Troparion, Tone IV —
In their sufferings, O Lord,/ Thy martyrs received imperishable crowns from Thee our God;/ for, possessed of Thy might,/ they set at nought the tormentors and crushed the feeble audacity of the demons.// By their supplications save Thou our souls.

Venerable Lazarus the Wonderworker of Mt. Galesius, Troparion, Tone VIII —
With prayerful vigils and outpourings of tears didst thou water thy pillar,/ and with sighs from the depths of thy soul thou didst render thy labors fruitful an hun­dredfold./ Thou wast a shepherd granting the petitions of all.// O our father Lazarus, entreat Christ God that our souls be saved.

Kontakion of the Venerable One, Tone IV "Thou hast appeared" —
With gladness the Church of Christ doth glorify thee in psalms as a luminary most great./ Wherefore, cease thou never to beseech Christ,// that He grant forgiveness of transgressions unto all.

Kontakion of the Martyrs, Tone VIII "As firstfruits" —
The radiant choir of martyrs, the luminous company,/ descending to us noetically, hath illumined the Church today with wondrous rays./ Wherefore, celebrating their honored memory, we ask of Thee, O our Savior:/ through their supplications deliv­er us from misfortunes,// that we may chant unto Thee: Alleluia!