Small Menaion – July

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1 JULY

+ Saints Cosmas and Damian of Rome

Troparion, Tone 8.
O Holy and unmercenary wonderworkers, visit our infirmities. Freely you have received, freely give to us.

Kontakion, Tone 2.
You have received the grace of healing, O holy and wonderworking Physicians; you give health to those in need. Come and visit us, repulse the assaults of all enemies, and heal the world by your wonderworking.


2 JULY

+ Deposition of the Robe of the Mother of God in Blachernae

Troparion, Tone 8.
O Ever-Virgin Mother of God, shelter of mankind, thou hast given a powerful legacy to thy people, thine immaculate body’s tunic and sash which remain incorrupt through thy pure childbirth. For in thee time and nature are renewed, and we implore thee to obtain peace for the world and great mercy for our souls.

Kontakion, Tone 4.
Thou hast given the covering of thy pure body as an incorrupt garment for all the faithful, and as shelter for all mankind, O pure Lady, Mother of God. We celebrate its placing in Blachernae and cry to thee with fear and love: O Virgin, boast of Christians, rejoice.


3 JULY

+ Holy Martyr Hyacinth
+ Saint Anatolius, Patriarch of Constantinople

Troparion of St Hyacinth, Tone 4.
With rays of grace thou dost shine to the ends of the world, like a hyacinth in Christ’s Church, O blessed Hyacinth; for thy confession of the Faith was radiant; and in thy contest thou didst follow Christ the Word. Thou dost ever illumine those who honour thee.

Troparion of St Anatolius, Tone 3.
By thy works thou didst seal thy life with immortality, O righteous Hierarch Anatolius,and didst enlighten the world with the rays of the Sun of Righteousness; for thou didst preach Christ to be of two natures which are free of intermingling but one in hypostasis for the salvation of our souls.

Kontakion of St Hyacinth, Tone 4.
Come O you faithful, plait a crown of unfading hyacinths today for the Martyr Hyacinth, and let us cry to him: Rejoice, O Hyacinth, glory of the martyrs.

Kontakion of St Anatolius, Tone 6.
Thou didst bear within thee the Dayspring of illumination, and wast a lamp of Orthodoxy, O initiate of Christ. Thou didst dispel heretical darkness and lead us to the dawn of Faith. Thou dost illuminate us, O Anatolius.


4 JULY

+ Saint Andrew of Crete

Troparion, Tone 5.
Like the Prophet David thou didst sing a new song in the assembly of the righteous. Thou initiate of the Holy Spirit, thou didst thunder forth thine hymns of grace and the word of righteousness for our salvation, O Andrew glory of the Fathers.

Kontakion, Tone 2.
Thou didst sound forth the divine melodies like a trumpet and wast a bright lamp for the world. Thou didst shine with the light of the Trinity, O righteous Andrew. Wherefore we cry to thee: Ever intercede for us all.


5 JULY

+ Saint Athanasius of Athos
+ Uncovering of the Relics of Saint Sergius of Radonezh

Troparion of St Athanasius, Tone 3.
The ranks of Angels were greatly astonished at thy life in the flesh, O glorious Saint. Thou didst rout the ranks of demons, wherefore Christ rewarded thee richly, O our father Athanasius. Intercede with Him that our souls may be saved.

Troparion of St Sergius, Tone 8.
From thy youth thou didst love Christ, O Saint, and desire to leave behind thee the tumult of the world. Thou didst bravely settle in the wilderness and thine humility bore thee children of obedience. As a dwelling of the Trinity thou didst enlighten with miracles all who came to thee with faith and thou didst heal them all. Holy Father Sergius, pray to Christ our God that He will save our souls.

Kontakion of St Athanasius, Tone 2.
Thou didst take Christ’s yoke and bear thy cross on thy shoulders, O holy Father Athanasius. Thou didst participate in His sufferings and share His glory, and dost rejoice in unending gladness.

Kontakion of St Sergius, Tone 8.
Thou didst rise from the earth and shine like the sun; thine incorrupt relics healed many souls and gladdened thy flock. As thou dost now stand before the Trinity pray for them and for all Orthodox Christians, that they may triumph over their enemies and cry to thee: Rejoice, holy Sergius


6 JULY

+ Saint Sisoes the Great

Troparion, Tone 5.
From thy childhood thou didst follow the angelic life and wast therefore filled with many godly gifts. O Sisoes, emulator of Angels, thou didst shine resplendently like a sun in the hour of thy going forth, and so didst reveal thy glory and illuminate our souls.

Kontakion, Tone 4.
Thou wast an earthly angel in asceticism and didst divinely illumine the thoughts of the faithful. Wherefore we acclaim thee with faith, O righteous Father Sisoes.


7 JULY

+ Saint Thomas of Mount Maleon, and Acacius

Troparion of Ss Thomas and Acacius, Tone 4.
O God of our Fathers, always act with kindness towards us. Take not Thy mercy from us, but guide our lives in peace through the prayers of Saints Thomas and Acacius.

Kontakion of St Thomas, Tone 4.
Inflamed with divine love, thou hast courageously showed us a great victory: thou didst spurn the mortal king and all earthly beauty. Thou didst complete thy worldly sojourn on Mount Maleon, whence thou didst go up to Heaven to the King of kings. Unceasingly pray for us all, O Thomas.

Kontakion of St Acacius, Tone 2.
Forsaking the world, thou didst follow Christ from childhood. Emulating His voluntary humility, thou didst cast down the prideful tyrant. All-wise and venerable Acacius, unceasingly pray for us all!


8 JULY

+ Synaxis of the Icon of the Mother of God of Kazan
+ Great Martyr Procopius

Troparion of the Icon, Tone 4.
O fervent intercessor, Mother of the Lord Most High, thou dost pray to thy Son Christ our God and savest all who seek thy protection. O Sovereign Lady and Queen, help and defend all of us who in trouble and trials, in pain and burdened with sins, stand in thy presence before thine icon, and who pray with compunction, contrition and tears and with unflagging hope in thee. Grant what is good for us, deliverance from evil, and save us all, O Virgin Mother of God, for thou art a divine protection to thy servants.

Troparion of St Procopius, Tone 5.
Heaven caught thee and drew thee to piety, and like Paul thou didst gladly follow Christ, O Procopius adornment of martyrs. Through the might of the Cross thou didst excel in contest and put Belial to shame, from whose malice preserve those who lovingly praise thee.

Kontakion of the Icon, Tone 8.
O peoples, let us run to that quiet good haven, to the speedy helper, the warm salvation, to the Virgin’s protection. Let us speed to prayer and hasten to repentance. For the Mother of God pours out her mercy, anticipates needs and averts disasters for her patient and God-fearing servants.

Kontakion of St Procopius, Tone 2.
Zealous for Christ and armed with the might of the Cross thou didst humble the proud and bold enemy. O Procopius, thou didst exalt the Church and dost now enlighten us in the Faith.


9 JULY

+ Holy Hieromartyr Pancratius, Bishop of Taormina in Sicily

Troparion, Tone 3.
O follower of the chief Apostle, thou wast clothed with divine power from on high. Thy sacred vestments were dyed with the streams of thy blood. O Father Pancratius pray to Christ our God that He will save our souls.

Kontakion, Tone 4.
Thou wast a martyr for Christ, O Pancratius, and a bright star for the people of Tauromena. Intercede for those who venerate thee, for thou ever standest in His Presence.


10 JULY

+ The Forty-five Holy Martyrs of Nicopolis

Troparion, Tone 4.
You were chosen from on high as an army of sacred ranks, O Forty Five Martyrs of Christ. You contested for the glory of Christ and by your struggle defeated polytheism. We glorify Him Who has glorified you.

Kontakion, Tone 8.
You endured many torments for the sake of Christ, O Martyrs. You destroyed idolatrous polytheism and godless error by Christ’s power. Teach us all to cry with faith: Alleluia.


11 JULY

+ Great Martyr Euphemia the All-praised
+ Saint Olga

Troparion of St Euphemia, Tone 3.
O Euphemia, thou didst gladden the Orthodox, and put the heretics to shame. Thou didst confirm the Fathers’ teaching at the Fourth Council. O glorious Martyr, entreat Christ our God to grant us His great mercy.

Troparion of St Olga, Tone 1.
Thou didst give wings to thy mind with the knowledge of God, and soar beyond creatures to God the Creator of all. And when thou hadst found Him thou wast baptized and reborn. Thou dost enjoy the Tree of Life, remaining eternally incorrupt, O ever glorious Olga.

Kontakion of St Euphemia, Tone 6.
Thou didst struggle in faith and suffering for Christ thy Bridegroom. Now, through the Mother of God, pray that the Orthodox may overthrow heresies, O all-famed Euthemia who didst receive and guard the definition of the six hundred and thirty Godbearing Fathers.

Kontakion of St Olga, Tone 4.
Today let us praise God the Benefactor of all Who has glorified the divinely-wise Olga. And through her prayers may He grant to our souls the forgiveness of our sins.


12 JULY

+ Holy Martyrs Saints Proclus and Hilary

Troparion, Tone 1.
O Hilary and Proclus, arrayed in the armour of the Cross, you contested and were communicants of Christ. You were partakers of heavenly glory and shine with gifts of grace on those who cry: Glory to Him Who has strengthened you; glory to Him Who has crowned you; glory to Him Who through you works healings for all.

Kontakion, Tone 2.
Of like spirit in your life and of one accord in all things, O renowned martyrs and kinsmen Proclus and Hilary, you became images of the Passion of Christ and were found worthy of His glory. Pray that all may receive Christ’s mercy.


13 JULY

+ Synaxis of the Holy Archangel Gabriel
+ Saint Stephen the Sabaite

Troparion of the Archangel Gabriel, Tone 4.
Supreme Leader of the Heavenly Host, we implore thee that by thy prayers thou wilt encircle us, unworthy as we are, with the protection of the wings of thy immaterial glory, and guard us who fall down before thee and fervently cry: Deliver us from dangers, for thou art the commander of the Powers above.

Troparion of St Stephen, Tone 3.
O righteous Father Stephen, thou didst receive a glorious crown and became a crown of the Church, for thou wast crowned with divine graces and wast resplendent in godliness. Entreat Christ our God to grant us His great mercy.

Kontakion of the Archangel Gabriel, Tone 2.
Thou dost behold the glory of God in heaven, and bring grace from on high to earth, O wise Gabriel, Leader of Angels, minister of God’s glory and champion of the world. Save and preserve those who cry to thee: Be our helper, and no one will be against us.

Kontakion of St Stephen, Tone 4.
Thou didst plant a paradise of virtues and water it with thy tears, and receive the Tree of Life. By thy prayers save thy flock from corruption and deliver from temptations those who venerate thee. O glorious Stephen, through faith and love we have acquired thee as a great intercessor.


SUNDAY WITHIN 13 – 19 JULY

+ Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council

Troparion, Tone 8.
Glorious art Thou, O Christ our God Who hast established our holy fathers as stars on earth. Through them Thou dost guide us to the True Faith. O Most Merciful One, glory to Thee.

Kontakion, Tone 8.
The preaching of the Apostles and the doctrine of the Fathers confirmed the one faith in the Church. In the garment of truth woven from theology on high she rightly divides and glorifies true piety.


14 JULY

+ Holy Apostle Aquila

Troparion, Tone 1.
As a disciple and companion of Paul thou didst receive in thy soul the grace of preaching. Thou didst shine in the night of error and contest for the Lord’s glory. O Aquila, sacred minister of the Savior, we all acclaim thee.

Kontakion, Tone 4.
The Church has thee as a great sun, O Aquila, and illumines with the rays of thy teaching those who faithfully venerate thee, the Lord’s glorious Apostle.


15 JULY

+ Saint Vladimir the Great, Prince and Equal-to-the-Apostles

Troparion, Tone 4.
Sitting on the throne of God-protected Kiev, thou wast like a merchant seeking goodly pearls, O Vladimir. Thou didst search and send to the Imperial City to know the Orthodox Faith. Thou didst find Christ the Pearl of great price, Who chose thee like Paul and enlightened thy blindness at the Font. Thy people celebrate thy repose: wherefore pray for Russia and all peoples, that the Orthodox may be granted peace and great mercy.

Kontakion, Tone 8.
Like the Apostle Paul, O Vladimir, thou didst abandon childish ways and in manhood wast royally adorned with Baptism. Now thou art joyfully standing in the presence of Christ our Savior: pray that Orthodox Hierarchs and people, and all creation, may be saved.


16 JULY

+ Holy Hieromartyr Athenogenes of Heracleopolis

Troparion, Tone 3.
Thou wast an anointed priest and a martyr of God the Word, O Athenogenes; thou wast steadfast in contest and didst offer thy ten disciples to Him. With them pray to Christ our God that we may be granted His great mercy and forgiveness.

Kontakion, Tone 4.
Thou didst follow the Lord’s teaching, O Athenogenes,and as a shepherd lay down thy life for thy flock. We praise thee and thy ten disciples, who under thy guidance and in fear of God suffered with thee. The Lord has crowned you as Saints with His life-giving hand. Pray to Him for us all, O holy Hieromartyr.


17 JULY

+ Holy and Great Martyr Marina

Troparion, Tone 5.
O glorious Marina betrothed to God the Word, thou didst abandon all things earthly and contest victoriously as a virgin. For thou didst trample on the invisible foe when he appeared, O holy trophy-bearer, and thou dost now bestow gifts of healing on the world.

Kontakion, Tone 3.
Adorned with the beauty of virginity, thou hast been crowned with unfading wreaths, O Marina. Having shed thy blood in holy martyrdom and radiant with miracles of healing, thou hast received the prize of victory from the hand of thy Creator.


18 JULY

+ Saint Emilian the Martyr
+ Saint Pambo

Troparion of St Emilian, Tone 4.
By fire thou wast a burnt offering to thy Master and dost bring us joy by showering on us graces. Thou didst bear within thee the heavenly fire and accept the material flame as dew. Ever preserve those who honour thee, O Martyr Emilian.

Troparion of St Pambo, Tone 1.
Thou wast a desert citizen, an angel in the body and a wonderworker, O Pambo our Godbearing Father. For by fasting, vigil and prayer thou didst obtain gifts from heaven and heal the sick and all who flocked to thee in faith. Glory to Him Who has strengthened thee; glory to Him Who has crowned thee; glory to Him Who through thee works healings for all.

Kontakion of St Emilian, Tone 3.
Thou didst not fear thy fellow-creature fire, for thou wast ablaze with holy zeal. Thou didst willingly enter the flames and wast unconsumed by their fury, and didst offer thyself in sacrifice to the Lord. O Emilian, pray to Christ our God to grant us His great mercy.


19 JULY

+ Saint Macrina, Sister of Saint Basil the Great
+ Saint Dius

Troparion of St Macrina, Tone 3.
Thou didst lend wings to thy mind by thy love of wisdom and wisely abandon the world’s comforts. Thou wast an abode of true philosophy and by thine ascetic life, thou didst become a glorious bride of the Savior. Intercede with Him for those who cry: Rejoice, O Godbearing Macrina.

Troparion of St Dius, Tone 4.
O righteous Father Dius, thou didst live a holy and angelic life and wast a vessel of the Spirit’s glory; for by working signs and wonders thou wast resplendent among the righteous. We therefore praise thee, O blessed one.

Kontakion of St Macrina, Tone 4.
Thou wast filled with the light of righteousness and reflected the divine life as an initiator of virtues for those who cry to thee with faith: Rejoice, O Macrina, glory of virgins.

Kontakion of St Dius, Tone 2.
O wonderworking Dius, purity of soul was thine armour,and unceasing prayer was thy spear. Thou didst mightily fell the ranks of demons, and thou art interceding unceasingly for us all.


20 JULY

+ Holy Prophet Elias

Troparion, Tone 4.
Incarnate Angel and summit of the Prophets, second forerunner of the coming of Christ, glorious Elias sent down grace from on high to the Prophet Elisha. He heals diseases and cleanses the leprous. He pours healings on all who honour him.

Kontakion, Tone 2.
O great Prophet Elias, seer of God’s mighty works, who didst halt the torrential rain by thy word, pray for us to the Lover of Mankind.


21 JULY

+ Saints John and Simeon, Fools for Christ
+ Holy Prophet Ezekiel

Troparion of Ss John and Simeon, Tone 4.
Righteous John and divine Simeon, united to God and united in soul to one another: one of you lived an inspired life in the desert, and the other by his foolishness made a fool of Belial. Now you are rejoicing in heavenly glory: ever watch over us.

Troparion of the Prophet Ezekiel, Tone 3.
Inspired by the Holy Spirit, O Prophet of God, thou didst proclaim the fulfillment of mysteries: God the Word’s ineffable abasement and the resurrection of the dead from all past ages. O glorious Ezekiel, entreat Christ our God to grant us His great mercy.

Kontakion of Ss John and Simeon, Tone 2.
Let us praise angelic and Godbearing Simeon who in the flesh appeared fleshless and shone with virtues; and with him let us praise glorious John, for they ever intercede with Christ our God for us all.

Kontakion of the Prophet Ezekiel, Tone 4.
Thou didst appear as a Prophet of God and foretell the Lord’s incarnation to all, even of the Lamb and Creator Who became manifest as God’s eternal Son.


22 JULY

+ Holy Myrrhbearer and Equal-to-the-Apostles Mary Magdalene

Troparion, Tone 1.
O holy Mary Magdalene, thou didst keep Christ’s commandments and follow Him Who for our sakes was born of a Virgin. Today we celebrate thy memory and receive forgiveness through thy prayers.

Kontakion, Tone 4.
When the transcendent God was incarnate He received thee as a true disciple in thy great love, O Myrrhbearer. Then thou thyself didst work many healings and art now translated to heaven where thou ever intercedest for the world.

Another Kontakion, Tone 3.
With others standing before the Savior’s Cross, weeping and suffering with the Mother of God, glorious Mary Magdalene offered praises saying: What is this strange wonder? He chooses to suffer Who upholds the whole creation! Glory to Thy Power.


23 JULY

+ Holy Martyrs Trophimus and Theophilus and Companions

Troparion, Tone 4.
Thine holy martyr Trophimus and his companions, O Lord, through their sufferings have received incorruptible crowns from Thee, our God. For having Thy strength, they laid low their adversaries, and shattered the powerless boldness of demons. Through their intercessions, save our souls!


24 JULY

+ Great Virgin Martyr Christina
+ Passion-bearers Boris and Gleb

Troparion of St Christina, Tone 5.
Thou didst abandon thy father’s error and receive divine illumination as a glorious virgin betrothed to Christ. Thou didst bravely struggle and destroy the enemy, O great Martyr Christina, and dost ever pray that we may receive great mercy.

Troparion of Ss Boris and Gleb, Tone 2.
O Passion-bearers and fulfillers of the Gospel of Christ, chaste Boris and guileless Gleb: you did not oppose the attacks of the enemy, your brother, when he killed your bodies but could not touch your souls. Let him therefore mourn while you rejoice with the Angels standing before the Holy Trinity. Pray that those who honour your memory may find grace with God and that all Orthodox people may be saved.

Kontakion of St Christina, Tone 4.
As a shining dove with golden wings thou didst fly to the heights of heaven, O Christina. We faithfully celebrate thy feast and venerate thy relics from which divine healing for souls and bodies flows abundantly to all.

Kontakion of Ss Boris and Gleb, Tone 3.
Today your memory shines forth, noble sufferers, and summons us to glorify Christ our God. Those who come to the shrine of your relics receive healing through your prayers, for you are holy physicians.


25 JULY

+ Dormition of Saint Anna, Mother of the Mother of God

Troparion, Tone 4.
O godly, ever-blessed Anna, thou didst bear the pure Mother of God who conceived Him Who is our life. Thou hast now passed to heaven and art rejoicing in glory, asking forgiveness for those who faithfully honour thee.

Kontakion, Tone 2.
We celebrate the memory of the ancestors of Christ and faithfully ask their help; that all may be delivered from every affliction who cry: Be with us, O God, for it pleased Thee to glorify them.


26 JULY

+ Hieromartyrs Hermolaus and Companions

Troparion, Tone 3.
You faithfully served the Lord as true priests, O Saints, and joyfully followed the path of martyrdom. O Hermolaus, Hermippos and Hermocrates, three-pillared foundation of the Church, pray unceasingly that we may be preserved from harm.

Kontakion, Tone 4.
As a godly priest thou didst receive the crown of martyrdom: for as a good shepherd of Christ’s flock thou didst prevent the sacrifice of idols. Thou wast a wise teacher of Panteleimon and we praise and venerate thee, crying: Deliver us from harm by thy prayers, O Father Hermolaus.


27 JULY

+ Great Martyr Panteleimon

Troparion, Tone 3.
O holy prize-winner and healer Panteleimon, intercede with our merciful God that He may grant to our souls the forgiveness of our sins.

Kontakion, Tone 5.
Thou didst faithfully follow the Merciful One and wast granted the grace of healing. O prize-winner and Martyr of Christ our God by thine intercessions heal the diseases of our souls and banish the snares of the enemy from those who cry with faith: Save us, O Lord.


28 JULY

+ Holy Apostles Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, and Parmenas.

Troparion, Tone 4.
Holy companions of the Apostles of Christ, God chose you as ministers of His flock, O Prochoros preacher of things divine, holy Nicanor, Timon and Parmenas. Intercede with Christ our God that we may be granted the forgiveness of our sins.

Kontakion, Tone 1.
You were holy deacons and eye-witnesses of the Word; and you were chosen vessels of faith, O glorious Nicanor, Prochoros, Parmenas and Timon. Wherefore today we celebrate your holy memory and bless you with great rejoicing.


29 JULY

+ Holy Martyr Callinicus
+ Nativity of Saint Nicholas

Troparion of St Callinicus, Tone 3.
O Callinicus, thou didst receive a worthy crown and prize for thy victory over tyrants, for thou didst finish thy course and wast glorified as a noble athlete. O glorious Martyr, entreat Christ our God to grant us His great mercy.

Kontakion of St Callinicus, Tone 2.
Thou hast rightly inherited the joyful dwellings on high, for thou wast aflame with love for Christ, O Callinicus. Therefore thou didst bravely endure the fire. As thou dost stand in God’s presence intercede for us all.


30 JULY

+ Holy Apostles Silas and Silvanus of the Seventy

Troparion, Tone 4.
Let us praise the divine Apostles, Crescens, Silvan, Silas, Andronicos and Epenetos. Like rational heavens they shone with the glory of Him Who humbled Himself for our sake. They entreat Christ that all may be saved.

Kontakion, Tone 4.
You appeared as branches of the vine of Christ, bearing virtues as clusters of wisdom, pouring on us the wine of salvation. Receiving it we are filled with joy and celebrate your venerable memory. Pray that our sins may be forgiven, O Apostles of the Lord.


31 JULY

+ Forefeast of the Cross of the Lord
+ Holy Righteous Eudocimus

Troparion of the Forefeast, Tone 1.
O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance. Grant Thou unto Orthodox Christians victories over adversaries, and by Thy Cross preserve Thy people.

Troparion of St Eudocimus, Tone 4.
He who did call thee from earth unto heaven keepeth thy body unharmed after death, holy Eudocimus; for thou didst live a sober and holy life and didst not defile thy flesh; so with boldness intercede with Christ that we may be saved.

Kontakion of the Forefeast, Tone 4.
O Thou Who was raised up on the Cross of Thine own will, do Thou bestow Thy bounties now upon Thy people which is named after Thee, O Christ our God. Gladden Orthodox Christians with Thy power, granting them victories over their adversaries; for they have for their aid Thy weapon, the invincible trophy of peace.

Kontakion of St Eudocimus, Tone 3.
Today thine honoured memory hath assembled us at the holy shrine of thy sacred relics. All then who approach and venerate them are rescued from the evil malice of demons and are swiftly delivered from various diseases, blessed Eudocimus.