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The 17th Day of the Month of July

Commemoration of the Holy Greatmartyr Marina

At Vespers

On “Lord, I have cried…”, 6 stichera, in Tone VIII, Special Melody: “O all-glorious wonder…”

O all-glorious wonder! He who exalted himself in his pride and said that he would destroy the earth and the sea hast thou, a young and most immaculate maiden, humbled to the ground, vanquishing his wiles. O, the power of the Cross and grace which hath manifestly made firm all weakness for us! Twice

O all-praised martyr Marina, neither the fire of torment, nor the enjoyment of food, nor the joys of this world, nor the beauty of youth were able to separate from thy love for Christ thee who desired to obtain the beauty of thine honored Bridegroom which passeth all understanding. And thou wast counted worthy of it, O divinely blessed one. Twice

O most glorious martyr Marina, who hast rightly made thine abode in the mansions of heaven with the ranks of virgins and the armies of the martyrs: by thy prayers save those who with faith keep thy memory and faithfully have recourse to thy protection; and ask of God remission of sins, deliverance and great mercy. Twice

Glory…, in Tone II

Let us listen to the praise of the holy virgin who, having kept her lamp ever burning, hath made her abode in the city of our God, in His holy mountain. O the virginity of the Church of God! O virginity, glory of martyrs! O virginity, shared by the angels!

Now and ever…: Theotokion, or this Stavrotheotokion, Special Melody: “When from the Tree…”

Beholding Thee nailed to the tree of the Cross, O Jesus, she who knew not wedlock said, weeping: “O my sweet Child, Thou unapproachable Light of the all-unoriginate Father, wherefore hast Thou forsaken me who alone gave Thee birth? But haste Thou and glorify Thyself, that those who glorify Thy divine sufferings may receive divine glory!”

At the Aposticha, the stichera from the Octoechos; and Glory…, in Tone II

With a voice of joy and an exclamation of psalmody let us hymn the martyr Marina; for she cast down to the earth the falsehood of idolatry and manfully trampled the adverse foe beneath her feet. Wherefore, in dying she hath taken wing to the heavens, bearing a crown upon her head and crying aloud: “Thee do I desire, O my Bridegroom, and having the love of desire, I have committed my flesh to the fire for Thee, that I may dwell in Thine everlasting mansions, where is the abode of those who rejoice!”

Now and ever…: Theotokion, or this Stavrotheotokion, Special Melody: “When from the Tree…”

When the unblemished ewe-lamb beheld her Lamb led, of His own will, as a man to the slaughter, she said, weeping: “Dost Thou hasten now to leave me childless who gave Thee birth, O Christ? What is this Thou hast done, O Deliverer of all? Yet will I hymn and glorify Thine utter goodness which passeth understanding and recounting, O Thou Who lovest mankind!”

Troparion, in Tone IV

Thy ewe-lamb Marina cried out to Thee with a loud voice, O Jesus: “I love Thee, O my Bridegroom, and, seeking Thee, I pass through many struggles: I am crucified and buried with Thee in Thy baptism, and suffer for Thy sake, that I might reign with Thee; I die for Thee, that I might live with Thee. As an unblemished sacrifice accept me, who sacrifice myself with love for Thee.” By her supplications save Thou our souls, in that Thou art merciful.

At Matins

Both canons from the Octoechos, without the martyrica; and that of the greatmartyr, with 6 Troparia, the acrostic whereof is: “With hymns do I hymn the virgin martyr, the bride of Christ”, in Tone VIII

Ode I

Irmos: Having traversed the water as though it were dry land, and escaped the evil of Egypt, the Israelite cried aloud: Let us chant unto our Deliverer and God!

Dancing for God and filled with rays of light by Him, O good virgin martyr, by thy supplications grant me brilliant radiance.

Provided with a wise mind, O martyr of Christ, thou didst wisely disdain the fleeting and corrupt nature of transitory things; and thou hast been vouchsafed the heavenly radiance of the righteous.

As a servant do I come before thee, O honored martyr and passion-bearer. Save me from the tribulations of life by thine entreaties, and still the turmoil of my passions.

Thy mind, illumined with wisdom and grace, O Marina, martyr of the Savior, was not afraid of the tyrant’s threatening, being strengthened by divine power.

Theotokion: Having conceived Life and given birth to Him in the flesh, O Mother of God, thou hast shown us the path to life and hast broken asunder the bonds of death.


Irmos: None is as holy as the Lord, and none is as righteous as our God, Whom all creation doth hymn, singing: None is righteous save Thee, O Lord!

Neither fire, nor wounds, nor beheading by the sword, neither the cruelty of the torturers, nor death, nor the savagery of wild beasts, was able to separate thee from the love of God, O all-praised one.

Thou wast an unshaken and unshakable pillar during thy trials, O most glorious one, and wast a foundation of piety established firmly upon the rock of faith, O all-blessed one.

Thou wast a virgin among the martyrs and an invincible martyr among virgins, O most immaculate one, who betrothed thyself to Christ Who giveth thee a twofold crown.

The streams of thy holy blood, poured forth, have quenched all the falsehood of idolatry; and thou hast led a company of martyrs to thy Bridegroom.

Theotokion: Strengthened by grace, in oneness of mind we glorify thee, the Theotokos, who gavest birth to Him Who became the flesh which He giveth unto all; and thou hast restored the world.

Sessional hymn, in Tone IV, Special Melody: “Go thou quickly before…”

O ye who love the feasts of the Church, a splendid solemnity hath dawned, the commemoration of the glorious passion-bearer of Christ, bringing gladness unto all, shining forth rays of miracles in the world, and bearing constant grace for men. Through her supplications, O Christ, save Thou our souls. Twice

Glory…, Now and ever…: Theotokion

O most immaculate Virgin who gavest birth to the transcendent God: With the incorporeal ones unceasingly entreat Him, that, before the end, He grant remission of transgressions and correction of life unto us who hymn thee with faith and love as is meet, O only most hymned one.


When she beheld Thee uplifted upon the Cross, O Word of God, Thine all-pure Mother exclaimed, lamenting maternally: “What is this new and strange mystery, O my Son? How is it that Thou, the Life of all, dost taste death, desiring to bring life to the dead, in that Thou art compassionate?”

Ode IV

Irmos: Thou art my strength, O Lord, Thou art my power; Thou art my God, Thou art my joy, Who, without leaving the bosom of the Father, hast visited our lowliness. Wherefore, with the Prophet Habbakuk I cry unto Thee: Glory to Thy power, O Thou Who lovest mankind!

Thy life was truly godly, and thou wast shown to be beloved of the angels and untouched by the cruelty of their minions; for thou didst cry out to Christ: Glory to Thy power, O Thou Who lovest mankind!

Having struggled on the earth and endured transitory pain, O invincible martyr who art most rich, and having now received rewards in the heavens from thy Master, thou criest out with the angels: Glory to Thy power, O Thou Who lovest mankind!

The choir of virgins now rejoiceth in thee, the assembly of martyrs is now filled with gladness, and the multitude of the pious, gathering together, now joineth chorus, rejoicing and crying out to the Master with unceasing voices: Glory to Thy power, O Thou Who lovest mankind!

Thou wast all comely, O undefiled virgin, and wast shown to be a most immaculate bride, beloved of men’s soul for thy beauties, O most blessed one, and through the tyrants’ burnings thou wast shown to be most splendid, chanting unto Christ: Glory to Thy power, O Thou Who lovest mankind!

Theotokion: Thou alone didst remain pure even after giving birth, for thou alone gavest birth to the hypostatic Word, the Son Who is equally enthroned with the Father, O Bride of God; and thou bearest in thine arms Him Whom all things cannot confine and Who upholdeth all the ends of the earth.

Ode V

Irmos: Wherefore hast Thou turned Thy face from me, O Light never-waning? And why hath a strange darkness covered me, wretch that I am? But turn me, and guide my steps to the light of Thy commandments, I pray.

Mightily didst thou pass through the course of athletes at the tribunal, O maiden; for divine desire strengthened thy womanly weakness, manifestly revealing thee to be an independent martyr through the sufferings thou didst resolve to undertake.

Shedding drops of thy blood, O martyr, thou didst weave for thyself a purple robe of great price and a garment of gladness untouched by corruption; and clad therewith now in the heavens, O divinely wise one, thou standest noetically before thy Bridegroom.

Having bound the over-weening serpent with the bonds of thy prayers, O maiden, thou didst humble to the ground his pride which of old was over-weening; for the Omniscient One, in that He is good, hath known how to fill those who fear His will.

Truly the Word, thy Bridegroom, hath adorned thee with divine crowns of supremely exalted glory, deifying thee who suffered for His sake and patiently endured the stripes of beating, O glorious one.

Theotokion: Beholding the nature of mortals cleansed of the ancient curse through the birthgiving of thy virginity, O most immaculate one, we glorify Him Who was born of thee as thine only-begotten, in His loving-kindness. Him do thou beseech, O Virgin, that He save us.

Ode VI

Irmos: Cleanse me, O Savior, for many are my transgressions; and lead me up from the abyss of evils, I pray, for to Thee have I cried, and Thou hast hearkened to me, O God of my salvation.

Thou wast shown to be committed to Christ, beautiful and undefiled, and like unto a pure wellspring and a greatly fertile orchard, O most glorious Marina, thou beloved bride and garden of paradise which cannot be stolen.

A most magnificent maiden followed after Thee, hastening to the sweet fragrance of Thy myrrh, O Master, and emulating with her patience Thine all-pure and most honored sufferings.

Manfully thou didst endure struggles, O much-suffering martyr Marina of lordly renown, and with the power of the Cross thou didst destroy him who of old greatly boasted aloud to bring harm to men’s souls.

Theotokion: O Mary, thou pure and all-pure vessel of the Creator of all, grant me tears to cleanse my soul, and hearken unto my entreaty, O most immaculate one.

Kontakion, in Tone III, Special Melody: “Today the Virgin…”

Arrayed in the beauties of virginity, O virgin Marina, thou wast crowned with imperishable crowns; and stained with the blood of thy martyrdom, O martyr, thou hast received the trophy of victory for thy suffering, piously shining forth miracles of healing.

Ikos: Afire from childhood with love in thy heart, thou didst hasten to Christ thy Bridegroom like a deer thirsting for ever-flowing springs of water, O honored virgin and martyr; and having preserved thyself incorrupt through thy suffering, O right glorious bride, thou didst arrive, adorned and arrayed, in the bridal chamber of thy Creator, wearing thy crown of victory and bearing thy lamp, receiving the incorrupt Bridegroom and accepting like gold the trophy of victory for thy suffering.


Irmos: In the furnace the Hebrew children boldly trod the flame underfoot and transformed the fire into dew, crying out: Blessed art Thou, O Lord God, forever!

The unapproachable Light enlightened thy soul as is meet, O Marina, and hath illumined with radiant lights those who chant: Blessed art Thou, O Lord God, forever!

Thou wast truly taken up to the divine heights, for thou didst acquire an elevated understanding and hast made thine abode in a splendid mansion, crying out: Blessed art Thou, O Lord God, forever!

A bride beloved of the Master wast thou shown to be, O God-bearing Marina, and as an invincible martyr thou criest out to Him: Blessed art Thou, O Lord God, forever!

Theotokion: Judæa no longer lacketh a Prince, for the Master, the expectation of the nations, shone forth ineffably from thee, O all-pure one. Blessed is the Fruit of thy womb!


Irmos: When the musical instruments sounded and innumerable were those who worshipped the image in Dura, the three youths, refusing to obey the tyrant’s command, hymned and glorified the Lord for all ages.

Having acquired steadfast integrity and steadfastly endured sufferings, thou wast crowned with crowns of victory, chanting: Hymn the Lord and exalt Him supremely forever!

God the Word, thy Bridegroom, prepared for thee a mystic bridal chamber in the heavens, and, beholding it, thou criest out: Hymn the Lord and exalt Him supremely forever!

Adorned with divers virtues, thou hast been vouchsafed many more gifts, beholding thine uttermost desire and crying out: Hymn the Lord and exalt Him supremely forever!

O passion-bearer, thou wast shown to be the cause of salvation for man, and thou didst lead crowds of martyrs to Christ, crying out with them: Hymn the Lord and exalt Him supremely forever!

Theotokion: Through thee, O Theotokos, hath cleansing been given to us; for thou alone hast repaid our debt, O Virgin, having conceived the Lord of all, Whom we exalt supremely forever.

Ode IX

Irmos: Every ear trembleth to hear of the ineffable condescension of God, for the Most High willingly came down even to the flesh, becoming man through the Virgin’s womb. Wherefore we, the faithful, magnify the all-pure Theotokos.

O Marina, martyr of Christ, truly thou hast earnestly embraced everlasting and imperishable life in the comfort of paradise; for, shining from afar in the blood of thy martyrdom, O goodly virgin, thou didst pass unharmed by the whirling sword.

Divine desire consumed thine every material and worldly thought, O virgin, and showed thee to be a most steadfast martyr who had shone forth first with the splendors of virginity, O most wise Marina. Wherefore, all of us, the faithful, call thee blessed.

By thy supplications, O chosen bride, loose thou the bonds of mine offenses and rend asunder the record of my sins, O martyr, standing in splendor before Christ, thy most compassionate Bridegroom; and dispel the gloom of my passions.

The cruel arrogance of the false one hath been brought to an end; for, lo! a maiden suffered, unmindful of her womanly nature, and, splendidly winning the victory over him, she hath now manifestly set aright the fall of our first mother.

Theotokion: Unharmed by the tree of knowledge, I reap the grain of life; for thou, O all-holy one, didst bring forth Christ, the Tree of life, Who hath shown to all the way to life. Wherefore, we piously proclaim thee the Theotokos, O most pure one.

Exapostilarion, Special Melody: “Hearken, ye women…”

Strengthened by the Cross of thy Lord, O goodly virgin, thou didst destroy the pride of thy torturers, suffering manfully, O martyr; and thou didst receive from Christ the trophies of victory, O most wise Marina of lordly renown, who prayest for us who honor thee with love.


The divinely wise virgins who stand round about thee, O all-pure Mary Theotokos, have been brought to thy Son, the King of all, as brides. Him do thou entreat in our behalf, O Virgin Maiden and Mother.

At the Aposticha, the stichera from the Octoechos; and Glory…, in Tone I

Having established thyself upon the firm rock of the confession of God, O most lauded Marina, thou didst drown the murderous foe in the abyss and hast fittingly received the crown of victory.

Now and ever…: Theotokion, or this Stavrotheotokion, Special Melody: “O most praised martyrs…”

When she beheld her Lamb upon the Cross, bereft of comeliness and devoid of beauty, the Mistress, the unblemished ewe-lamb, said, lamenting: “Woe is me! Whither hath thy beauty gone, O Thou Who art most sweet? Where is Thy magnificence? Where the shining grace of Thine image, O my Son most beloved?”

At Divine Liturgy

On the Beatitudes, 8 Troparia: 4 from the Octoechos; and 4 from Ode III of the martyr’s canon.

Prokimenon, in Tone IV

Wondrous is God in His saints, the God of Israel.

Stichos: In congregations bless ye God, the Lord from the wellsprings of Israel.

Epistle to the Corinthians, §181 [II Cor. 6: 1-10]

Brethren: As workers together with Christ, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. (For He saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succored thee: Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) Giving no offense in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed: but in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in watchings, in fastings; by pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by love unfeigned, by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

Alleluia, in Tone I

Stichos: With patience I waited patiently for the Lord, and He was attentive unto me, and He hearkened unto my supplication.

Stichos: And He brought me out of the pit of misery, and from the mire of clay.

Gospel according to Luke, §33 [Lk 7:36-50]

At that time, one of the Pharisees desired Jesus that He would eat with him. And He went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat. And, behold, a woman in the city, who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping, and began to wash His feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed His feet, and anointed them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee who had bidden Him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, “This man, if He were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is who toucheth Him: for she is a sinner.” And Jesus answering said unto him, “Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee.” And he saith, “Master, say on.” “There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?” Simon answered and said, “I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most.” And He said unto him, “Thou hast rightly judged.” And He turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, “Seest thou this woman? I entered into thy house, thou gavest Me no water for My feet: but she hath washed My feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest Me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss My feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed My feet with ointment. Wherefore I say unto thee: her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.” And He said unto her, “Thy sins are forgiven.” And they who sat at meat with Him began to say within themselves, “Who is this who forgiveth sins also?” And He said to the woman, “Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.”

Communion Verse

In everlasting remembrance shall the righteous be; he shall not be afraid of evil tidings.

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