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The 2nd Day of the Month of May

Commemoration of the Holy & Right-believing King Boris, Equal of the Apostles, Enlightener of the Bulgarians, Who Was Given the Name Michael in Holy Baptism

At Great Vespers

After the Introductory Psalm, we chant “Blessed is the man…”, the first antiphon.

On “Lord, I have cried…”, 8 stichera: 3 from the Pentecostarion, and 5 of the saint, in Tone IV, Special Melody: “Thou hast given a sign…”

With the threat of the Dread Judgment, O Lord, Thou didst frighten Boris, great among kings; therefore, he spurned the idols and ceased worshipping them, and cast himself and his people at Thy feet. Wherefore, we glorify Thy loving dispensation, O almighty Jesus, Thou Savior of our souls. Twice

Having instructed Boris through his sister and the mother of Constantine, O Lord, in that Thou art good and the Abyss of wisdom, Thou gavest him spiritual food of which to partake instead of the darkness of the idols and bitter sweetness of sin. Wherefore, we glorify Thy loving dispensation, O almighty Jesus, Thou Savior of our souls. Twice

After his baptism, O Lord, Thou didst send to King Boris, like seeds upon the ploughed earth, Slavic teachers of the Faith, who enlightened the people and established them in Orthodox piety. Wherefore, we glorify Thy loving dispensation, O almighty Jesus, Thou Savior of our souls.

Glory…, in Tone VI

O right-believing King Boris, having searched for the righteousness of God, bestowed alms upon the poor and shone forth in deeds equal to those of the apostles, thou didst obtain the grace to eat of the tree of life; and having tasted thereof, thou wast filled with the Spirit, and hast received life everlasting and heavenly glory. Wherefore, pray thou to Christ our God, that He confirm thy people in Orthodoxy and save our souls.

Now and ever…, from the Pentecostarion.

Entrance. Prokimenon of the day. Three Readings:

A Reading from the Third Book of Kings

Solomon stood up in front of the altar before all the congregation of Israel; and he spread out his hands toward heaven: and he said: “O Lord God of Israel, there is no God like Thee in heaven above and on the earth beneath. If the heaven and the heaven of heavens will not suffice Thee, how much less even this house which I have built to Thy name? Yet, O Lord God of Israel, Thou shalt look upon my petition, to hear the prayer which Thy servant doth pray to Thee in Thy presence this day, that Thine eyes may be open to this house day and night, even toward the place of which Thou didst say: ‘My name shall be there, to hear the prayer which My servant prayeth at this place day and night.’ And Thou shalt hearken unto the prayer of Thy servant, and of Thy people Israel, which they shall pray toward this place; and Thou shalt hear in Thy dwelling-place in heaven, and Thou shalt do and be gracious.”

A Reading from the Prophecy of Isaiah [Is. 61: 10-62: 5]

Let my soul rejoice in the Lord; for He hath clothed me with the robe of salvation, and the garment of joy: He hath put a crown on me as on a bridegroom, and adorned me with ornaments as a bride. And as the earth putting forth her flowers, and as a garden its seed, so shall the Lord, even the Lord, cause righteousness to spring forth, and exultation before all nations. For Sion’s sake I will not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her righteousness go forth as light, and My salvation burn as a torch. And the gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and kings thy glory: and one shall call thee by a new name, which the Lord shall name. And thou shalt be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God. And thou shalt no more be called Forsaken; and thy land shall no more be called Desert: for thou shalt be called My Pleasure, and the land Inhabited: for the Lord hath taken pleasure in thee, and thy land shall be inhabited. And as a young man liveth with a virgin, so shall thy sons dwell in thee: and it shall come to pass that as a bridegroom will rejoice over a bride, so will the Lord rejoice over thee.

A Reading from the Prophecy of Isaiah [Is. 60: 1-14]

Be enlightened, be enlightened, O Jerusalem, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. Behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and there shall be gross darkness on the nations: but the Lord shall appear upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee. And kings shall walk in thy light, and nations in thy brightness. Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold thy children gathered: all thy sons have come from afar, and thy daughters shall be borne on men’s shoulders. Then shalt thou see, and fear, and be amazed in thine heart; for the wealth of the sea shall come round to thee, and of nations and peoples; and herds of camels shall come to thee, and the camels of Madiam and Gæpha shall cover thee: all from Saba shall come bearing gold, and shall bring frankincense, and they shall publish the salvation of the Lord. And all the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered, and the rams of Nabæoth shall come; and acceptable sacrifices shall be offered on My altar, and My house of prayer shall be glorified. Who are these that fly as clouds, and as doves with young ones to Me? The isles have waited for Me, and the ships of Tharsis among the first, to bring thy children from afar, and their silver and their gold with them, and that for the sake of the holy name of the Lord, and because the Holy One of Israel is glorified. And strangers shall build thy walls, and their kings shall wait upon thee: for by reason of My wrath I smote thee, and by reason of mercy I loved thee. And thy gates shall be opened continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; to bring in to thee the power of the gentiles, and their kings as captives. For the nations and the kings which will not serve thee shall perish; and those nations shall be made utterly desolate. And the glory of Lebanon shall come to thee, with the cypress, and pine, and cedar together, to glorify my holy place. And the sons of those who afflicted thee, and of those who provoked thee, shall come to thee in fear; and thou shalt be called Sion, the city of the Holy One of Israel. Because thou hast become desolate and hated, and there was no helper, therefore I will make thee a perpetual gladness, a joy of many generations. And thou shalt suck the milk of the gentiles, and shalt eat the wealth of kings: and shalt know that I am the Lord Who saveth and delivereth thee, the Holy One of Israel.

At Litya, these stichera

In Tone II: Abraham, the friend of God, raised his hand against his only-begotten son, to slay him as a wholeburnt offering to God; and for the sake of the Faith of God the right-believing Boris did not spare his first-born son, who in his foolishness blasphemed against Christ. Wherefore, he offered as a sacrifice the Orthodox piety of his whole nation and the repentance of his heart with contrition; and the Lord accepted them as a right-acceptable sweet savor, and exalted him as one chosen from among His people.

In Tone IV: Constantine, great among emperors, vanquished the tyrant by the power of the Cross, and therefore came to love the Christian Faith. And thou, O right-believing King Boris, having made thy heart steadfast in the love of Christ, didst by the power of the Cross crush the audacious revolt of the pagan nobles against the all-pure Faith of God. Wherefore, calling thee blessed, we earnestly pray: By thy supplications preserve thy native land and thy people from the assaults of the enemy.

Glory…, in Tone V

Having united thyself to the King of kings through baptism, O right-believing King Boris, and led thy people to Him, thou didst grow into a perfect man through piety, and in the measure of thy growth becamest an equal of the apostles; for, receiving the Slavic teachers of the word of God into thy land, thou didst establish Orthodoxy unshakably in the land of Bulgaria; and when thy soul still thirsted for the living God, thou didst set aside the scepter of thy kingship, didst make thine abode in the wilderness, and didst live in holiness and righteousness. And when thou didst reach the end of thine earthly life, having passed over into everlasting bliss thou dost never forget thy people, praying unceasingly to the Lord for the salvation of our souls.

Now and ever…, from the Pentecostarion.

At the Aposticha, these stichera, in Tone II, Special Melody: “When from the Tree…”

When God desired to lead the Slavic people up out of the darkness of the madness of idolatry into the light of salvation, He chose thee as His crowned apostle, and set thy heart alight with the fire of His love, that, like a deer running to a spring of living water, thou mightest hasten and, having drunk of the water of baptism, become the saving cause of enlightenment for all thy people.

Stichos: I have raised up one chosen out of My people; I have found David my servant

When the grace of Christ was poured out upon thee, and the Faith of the kingdom grew exceedingly within thee like leaven, and the love of God had made thy whole soul captive, then, though by day thou didst conduct the affairs of the kingdom arrayed in a purple robe, in the hours of the night thou didst patiently endure thirst, and prostrate before the Lord, clad in a hairshirt, in repentance thou didst send up supplications for thyself and thy people.

Stichos: Wherefore God, Thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness more than thy fellows.

When God desired to transform thee from a crowned apostle into a monk through a change of ministry, He brought upon thee a grievous illness, and by the fear of death instructed thee to set aside thy kingship and take the monastic tonsure; and, delighting in fasting and prayer, and assisting the seven disciples of the holy Cyril and Methodius in the copying of books, thou didst pass over to heaven, and hast poured forth miracles from thy relics.

Glory…, in Tone II

Receiving the name of the Archangel Michael at baptism, O right-believing King Boris, like thy namesake thou didst join battle against the ancient serpent, and, having vanquished him by the power of the Cross, thou didst free thy people from his tyranny; and having made thine abode in the wilderness, thou didst live like an angel; and when thou didst reach the end of thy life, thou didst dwell with the angels. Wherefore, as thou hast boldness before the Lord, we beseech thee: By thy supplications protect thy people and the Church from incursions of aliens!

Now and ever…, from the Pentecostarion.

At the Blessing of the Loaves, the Troparion of the saint, twice, in Tone VI

Full of the fear of God, and enlightened by holy baptism, thou becamest a habitation of the Holy Spirit, O right-believing King Boris; and having established the Orthodox Faith in the land of Bulgaria, and set aside the scepter of kingship, thou madest thine abode in the wilderness, didst flourish in ascetic struggles, and didst find grace before the Lord. And now, standing before the throne of the Most High, pray thou, that He grant unto us who entreat thee salvation for our souls.

And the Troparion from the Pentecostarion, once.

At Matins

On “God is the Lord…”, the Troparion of the saint, twice; Glory…, Now and ever…, the Troparion from the Pentecostarion.

After the first chanting of the Psalter, this Sessional hymn, In Tone III, Special Melody: “Of the divine Faith…”

Having received the confession of the divine Faith from the most illustrious Photius and been instructed in knowledge and action, thou dost raise us up to piety by thy bold supplications. O right-believing King Boris, entreat Christ God, that we be granted great mercy.

Glory…, Now and ever…, from the Pentecostarion.

After the second chanting of the Psalter, this Sessional hymn, in Tone VI

Having received the name of an angel, thou didst live angelically in thy kingship and in the wilderness; wherefore, God raised thee up to be His excellent favorite, a peer of the apostles and fellow laborer with the venerable and the righteous; and for thy sake He moveth us to cry unto Him: Glory be to thee, O our God!

Glory…, Now and ever…, from the Pentecostarion.

Polyeleos, and this magnification

We magnify thee, O holy King Boris, equal of the apostles, and we honor the holy memory of thee who trampled the idols underfoot and hast enlightened the whole land of Bulgaria with holy baptism.

Selected Psalm verses

A The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaimeth the work of His hands. [Ps. 18: 2]

B The heavens shall confess Thy wonders, O Lord. [Ps. 88: 6]

A In the stead of thy fathers, sons are born to thee. [Ps. 44: 17]

B The God of gods, the Lord, hath spoken, and He hath called the earth. [Ps. 49: 1]

A From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same, the name of the Lord is to be praised. [Ps. 112: 3]

B Thy lightnings have shone forth throughout the world. [Ps. 96: 4]

A The heavens declared His righteousness. [Ps. 96: 6]

B And all the peoples saw His glory. [Ps. 96: 6]

A The princes of Judah are their rulers. [Ps. 67: 28]

B God is King over the nations. [Ps. 46: 9]

A God is glorified in the council of the saints. [Ps. 88: 8]

B Great and terrible is He toward all who are round about Him. [Ps. 88: 8]

A Say among the nations that the Lord is King. [Ps. 95: 10]

B Declare among the heathen His glory, and among all peoples His wonders. [Ps. 95: 3]

A Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth. [Ps. 18: 5]

B Their words unto the ends of the world. [Ps. 18: 5]

A He hath subdued peoples under us, and nations under our feet. [Ps. 46: 4]

B Great is our God, and great is His strength, and of His understanding there is no measure. [Ps. 146: 5]

A He will give power and strength unto His people. Blessed be God. [Ps. 67: 36]

Glory…, Now and ever…

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Glory to Thee, O God! Thrice

After the Polyeleos, this Sessional hymn, in Tone VIII, Special Melody: “Of the Wisdom…”

Having earnestly sought divine wisdom, thou didst find it within the gates of the Orthodox Church of Christ; wherefore, thou didst turn away from Rome, and didst receive the persecuted teachers of the pious tongue of Slavonic learning, and thou didst water the thirsty earth of thy people with the waters of everlasting life. O right-believing King Boris, entreat Christ God, that He establish us upon this unshakable foundation and grant remission of transgressions unto those who with love honor thy precious memory.

Glory…, Now and ever…, from the Pentecostarion.

Song of Ascents, the first antiphon of Tone IV

Prokimenon, in Tone IV

I have raised up one chosen out of My people; I have found David my servant.

Stichos: Wherefore God, Thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness more than thy fellows.

Let every breath praise the Lord.

Gospel according to John, §35 [Jn. 10: 1-9]

The Lord said to the Jews that came to Him: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.” This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which He spake unto them. Then said Jesus unto them again: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before Me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

After Psalm 50, we chant this sticheron, in Tone VI

By thee was fulfilled the prophecy of thy kinsman, the martyred Prince Boyan of Enravota, that the Christian Faith would increase in the land of Bulgaria, that the sign of the Cross would be planted, and temples raised up to the true God, wherein honorable priests would offer up the sacrifice of praise and confession unto the life-creating Trinity. Wherefore, bearing witness to these things and giving thanks unto God, we now bless thee, O right-believing King Boris, as the chosen vessel of the judgments of God.

Canon from the Pentecostarion, with 6 Troparia, including the irmos; and that of the saint, with 8 Troparia, the acrostic whereof is: “Forsaking his kingship, Boris received the kingdom”, 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!

Travelling the royal path with thy people, straight from the Egypt of idolatry to the Red Sea of baptism, in thanksgiving thou didst chant with faith to our Deliverer and God.

Even though the pharaonic opposition of the pagan nobles sought to hinder thy path and turn it back to bondage to the demons instead of freedom in Christ, yet thou, going on to victory, didst chant unto our Deliverer and God.

With steadfast understanding thou didst hasten to the new law of piety given by God, O holy king, like Abraham slaying all the ungodly, and chanting with compunction unto our Deliverer and God.

Theotokion: In the unburnt bush the great Moses foresaw our liberation through thy birthgiving, O pure one. Instruct us, who have been delivered, that we chant with joy unceasingly to our Deliverer and God.

Katavasia from the Pentecostarion.

Ode III

Irmos: O Lord, Fashioner of the vault of heaven and Creator of the Church: establish me in Thy love, O Summit of desire, confirmation of the faithful, Who alone lovest mankind.

Thou didst take the firm rock of the Faith as thy foundation; wherefore, by their uprising the gates of hell could not shake thy heart, which was made steadfast in the Lord, and thy horn was uplifted against thine enemies.

Those who raised their voices against God have fallen, but thou, having achieved the victory with God-pleasing humility and by the power of the Cross, wast exalted as the father of thy whole nation and a child of the heavenly Father.

Desiring the good things promised to those who love God, thou didst consider all things as but dung; and thou didst undertake the great struggle of a peer of the apostles, contending against all the passions until, having finally won the victory, thou didst please God.

Theotokion: The abundance of the grace of God was poured forth upon the human race through thy strange birthgiving, O all-pure one; for He Who was born of thee dragged the prince of this world down into hell and freed us from his authority.

Kontakion & Ikos from the Pentecostarion.

Sessional hymn of the saint, in Tone II, Special Melody: “The portals of loving-kindness…”

The loving-kindness of the compassion of God was poured forth upon the land of Bulgaria through baptism, like rain upon the fleece, and it will not depart until it hath watered all. Wherefore, the seeds of the kingdom have put forth shoots and produced a harvest for the granaries of the Most High when, like a father leading his children, the right-believing King Boris had himself and his people baptized.

Glory…, Now and ever…, from the Pentecostarion

Ode IV

Irmos: I have heard, O Lord, the mystery of Thy dispensation; I have understood Thy works, and have glorified Thy divinity.

Having heard report of the Lord Who calleth all to salvation, thou didst take up the yoke of Christ, accepting baptism with sincere conviction; and while during the day thou didst with piety conduct the affairs of the kingdom arrayed in a purple robe, at night thou didst pray to God clad in a hairshirt.

Thy virtue went forth into all the land of Bulgaria and raised thee up as a model for all thy people; wherefore, they lovingly submitted to thine authority, not only out of fear, but in full conscience.

Where the sin of ungodliness is rife, there doth grace abound, according to the words of the apostle; and after baptism thy God-fearing soul shone forth with the light of the Christ our God, the Sun of righteousness Who hath come from Thæman.

Theotokion: When the time of God’s good will arrived, O all-pure one, thou didst receive from the archangel the joyous announcement that through thee God desired to be born: a Light unto the nations and the Glory of Israel.

Ode V

Irmos: Waking at dawn, we cry to Thee: Save us, O Lord! For Thou art our God, and we know none other than Thee.

Fulfilling all things needful, that the light of God’s commandments might shine forth upon thy newly baptized people, thou didst receive into thy land the Slavic teachers and didst show them thy favor, aiding them in their apostolic task.

Sending Clement and Nahum to Ochrid, having John the exarch in Preslav with Constantine, and Theodore Dukas, and Khrabr, thou didst flourish in discourse like a palm-tree, and like a cedar of Lebanon didst thou increase.

When thou didst richly adorn the souls of thy people with Slavic books, giving the grace of the Word as drink unto those who thirsted, they who dwelt in the land of Bulgaria learned righteousness, and the ungodliness of the idols finally ceased.

Theotokion: Through thee did fire devour the adversaries, O all-pure one, for thou gavest birth to Christ Who alone is our Savior, Who hath freed us from slavery and by His death granted us life.

Ode VI

Irmos: I pour forth my prayer unto the Lord, and to Him do I declare my grief; for my soul is full of evil and my life hath drawn nigh unto hell, and like Jonah I pray: Lead me up from corruption, O God!

Having forsaken benighted Rome, thou didst turn toward the East of most radiant Orthodoxy; and accepting the instruction of the holy Patriarch Photius, thou didst learn how it behooveth man to dwell in the house of God.

Desiring to establish the legitimacy of the Church of Bulgaria, thou didst turn to the Council of Constantinople; and having received an archbishop from them, thou didst lay a firm foundation of autocephaly forever.

The Lord hath truly made this day whereon thou didst most beautifully finish all thy works, O right-believing King Boris; wherefore, it is meet that we rejoice in the Lord, celebrating thy memory.

Theotokion: O Queen of heaven, all-holy Virgin, as thou hast great boldness before thy Son, by thine intercession free us from the beasts of the nethermost parts, and save us, as God saved the Prophet Jonah.

Kontakion of the saint, in Tone VIII, Special Melody: “To thee, the champion leader…”

O chosen leader of God Most High, Who by the power of the Cross triumphed over the uprising of darkness and planted piety in thy land, as thou hast boldness before the Lord, by thy supplications preserve thy posterity, that we may cry to thee: Rejoice, O King Boris, equal of the apostles, baptizer of the land of Bulgaria!

Ikos: While the Sun of righteousness shone forth in Bethlehem and the most radiant dawn broke upon the earth, the people of Bulgaria, like the laborers of Christ’s parable, sat in the darkness of the shadow of death, bereft of the works of salvation; yet in the mercy of His providence the Lord found them at the ninth hour, and chose King Boris to be His overseer. By him He brought them to the vineyard of His Church through the gate of baptism, and He granted them recompense equal with those who had labored before them. Wherefore, thanking God, we cry aloud unto His favored one: Rejoice, O King Boris, equal of the apostles, baptizer of the land of Bulgaria!

Ode VII

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!

Planting the Faith like an apostle, thou didst erect temples to the true God in thy land, where honored priests could preach and celebrate the mysteries for those who cry: Blessed art Thou, O Lord God, forever!

Great joy did God give thee when the relics of fifty holy martyrs were unearthed in Tiberiopolis, and miracles were worked; and they were borne unto Bregalnitsa, unto all the people who cry: Blessed art Thou, O Lord God, forever!

Seeing the fulfillment of thy desires, in that piety was planted by thy labors, the Church was adorned with the assembly of an independent hierarchy, and the Slavonic language was sanctified by the divine services, thou didst most fervently give thanks unto God, crying: Blessed art Thou, O Lord God, forever!

Theotokion: Deprive us not of thy mercy, O Theotokos, for the sake of King Boris who was beloved of thee, and who glorified thy Son and thee among the Bulgarians, who cry: Blessed art Thou, O Lord God, forever!

Ode VIII

Irmos: Madly did the Chaldæan tyrant heat the furnace sevenfold for the pious ones; but, beholding them saved by a higher Power, he cried out to the Creator and Deliverer: Ye children, bless; ye priests, hymn; ye people, exalt Him supremely for all ages!

When thou didst fall into a grievous illness, thy heart burned to please God the better, and thou didst abdicate thy kingship; and, having been clad in the monastic habit, with unceasing prayer thou didst exalt Christ supremely forever.

Having raised up a monastery to the greatmartyr Panteleimon, thou madest thine abode therein, and aiding the seven disciples of the holy Cyril and Methodius, with the others thou didst tirelessly labor in copying books, exalting Christ forever.

The all-glorious Lord granted thee progress of spirit, and thou becamest a model of the Christian struggle, instructing thy people by thine action rather than by word alone, and exalting Christ forever.

Theotokion: O all-radiant cloud who bedewest the fire and coolest the flame, bedew me with grace and cool me who am burning with sin, that with thanksgiving I may exalt thy Son forever.

Ode IX

Irmos: Heaven was stricken with awe, and the ends of the earth were amazed, that God hath appeared in the flesh, and that thy womb became more spacious than the heavens. Wherefore, the ranks of men and angels magnify thee as the Theotokos.

Having guided thy people along the path of salvation and finished thy work, thou didst receive a blessed end for thine earthly life; and having passed over to the kingdom of heaven, thou prayest unceasingly for us all.

We bless thee, the equal of the apostles for the land of Bulgaria, who by holy baptism and the Slavonic language led thy people to the light of the Christian Faith, and prayest unceasingly for us all.

We have glorified thee with human discourse, though thou art worthy of angelic praises; yet, condescending, accept the love of our hearts, and be for us a mediator before the Lord, praying unceasingly for us all.

Theotokion: O Bride of God, chosen from among all generations, bring low the mighty in the pride of their hearts and exalt the humble, fill the hungry with all manner of good things and send the rich empty away; for thou art able to accomplish all things soever thou desirest, O thou who art most hymned.

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

O brethren, with hymns let us all honor the right-believing Boris, the apostle who is our kinsman, who hath united us to God through baptism and instructed us in Orthodoxy, and who hath wrought for us the way of salvation, which he himself travelled, and whereby he leadeth all of us, the faithful, up to the kingdom of heaven.

Glory…, Now and ever…, from the Pentecostarion.

On the Praises, 6 stichera: 3 from the Pentecostarion, and 3 for the saint, in Tone VIII, Special Melody: “O all-glorious wonder…”

O right-believing King Boris, seeing that thy land of Bulgaria was like a goat amid the sheep of Christ, thou didst desire to bring about its rebirth. Wherefore, having illumined it with holy baptism, thou didst lead it into the pious company of the Christian peoples which surrounded it, and, having instructed it with the word of the Gospel, thou didst lead it to the feet of Christ the Savior. Him do thou beseech, that He save and enlighten our souls.

O right-believing King Boris, heeding the admonition of Paul, who said: In the Church I would rather speak five words with mine understanding, that others listening may benefit!, thou didst diligently seek and find teachers for thy people; and bringing them to thee with all honor, thou didst entrust to them the labor of the apostolate of Christ the Savior. Him do thou beseech, that He save and enlighten our souls.

O right-believing King Boris, having experienced the vanity of the world like Solomon, and set aside the scepter of thy kingdom, thou didst receive the monastic habit and, struggling ascetically in the wilderness of Preslav, didst flourish in holiness and righteousness, for which cause thou didst pass over into eternal bliss. In the miracles wrought by thy relics thou hast glorified Christ, Whom do thou beseech, that He save and enlighten our souls.

Glory…, in Tone VIII

Come, ye multitudes of Bulgaria, and, assembling today, with chanted praises let us bless the right-believing King Boris, saying: Rejoice, O thou who by thine apostolic labor didst bring thy people to Christ and use thine earthly kingdom to win that of heaven! Rejoice, thou who didst advance the preaching of the word of God which could be understood, and like the preëminent Peter preferred the stillness of Tabor to a kingdom! Rejoice, O King Boris, equal of the apostles, who from earthly glory passed directly to that of heaven, praying unceasingly for us, that our souls be saved!

Now and ever…, from the Pentecostarion.

Great Doxology & Troparia. Litanies. Dismissal. First Hour.

At Divine Liturgy

On the Beatitudes, 8 Troparia: 4 from the appointed ode of the canon from the Pentecostarion, and 4 from Ode VI of the canon of the saint.

Prokimenon, in Tone VIII

Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.

Stichos: The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaimeth the work of His hands.

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles, §49 [Acts 26: 1-5, 12-20]

In those days, Agrippa said to Paul: “Thou art permitted to speak for thyself.” Then Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for himself: “I think myself happy, King Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews: especially because I know thee to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently. My manner of life from my youth, which was at the first among mine own nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews who knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee. Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests, at midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and those who journeyed with me. And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue: ‘Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.’ And I said: ‘Who art thou, Lord?’ And He said: ‘I am Jesus Whom thou persecutest. But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; delivering thee from the people, and from the gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith that is in Me.’ Whereupon, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision: but showed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judæa, and then to the gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.”

Alleluia, in Tone I

Stichos: I have raised up one chosen out of My people; I have found David My servant.

Stichos: O Lord, in Thy strength the king shall be glad, and in Thy salvation shall he rejoice exceedingly.

Gospel according to John,

§35 from the midpoint [Jn. 10: 1-9]

The Lord said to the Jews who came to Him: “Verily, verily, I say unto you: He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.” This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which He spake unto them. Then said Jesus unto them again, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before Me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Communion Verse

Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.

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