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The 20th Day of the Month of October

Commemoration of the Holy Great Martyr Artemius

At Vespers

On “Lord, I have cried…,” 6 stichera, in Tone IV, Special Melody: “As one valiant among the martyrs…”

Surrendering thine agonized and long-suffering body over to be scourged with the multifarious torments of grievous wounds, O divinely wise Artemius, thou didst not deny Christ, nor didst thou sacrifice unto idols. But thou didst endure, as though another were suffering in thy stead, and thou didst await rewards and immortal glory which are to come. Twice

Suspended aloft and lacerated, broken by stoning, thy who body maimed with red hot irons, and beheaded with a sword, thou didst remain steadfast, having set the foundation of the house of thy soul upon the noetic Rock, O glorious one. Wherefore, through thy victories thou didst join the angels and martyrs, filled with ineffable light. Twice

Thy relics, O glorious one, ever pour forth the grace of healings upon those who love thee, and they drown infirmities and the passions, O Artemius, and rout hordes of evil demons; and they water the hearts of the faithful, causing the divine fruits of the virtues and the knowledge of piety to spring forth. Twice

Glory…: the composition of the Studite, in Tone II

Let us honor Artemius, the noetic lamp of faith, for he denounced the vile emperor, and God hath invested the Church with the purple of his martyric blood. Wherefore, he hath received the abundant grace of healing, to cure the infirmities of those who approach the shrine of his relics with faith.

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

When the unblemished Ewe-lamb beheld her Lamb as a man led of His own will to the slaughter, weeping, she said: “Wherefore dost Thou hasten to leave me childless, who gave Thee birth, O Christ? What is this that Thou hast done, O Deliverer of all? Yet do I hymn and glorify Thine exceeding great goodness, which is past understanding and recounting, O Thou Who lovest mankind.

At the Aposticha, Glory…, in Tone VI

Having suffered lawfully for Christ, O Artemius, and cast down both an earthly emperor and the noetic foe, as is meet thou didst receive a crown from the Savior, the Judge of the contest. And now thou dost rejoice in the heavens with the ranks of the angels, manifestly delighting in the effulgence of the Most High, and abundantly partaking of the primal Light of the three Hypostases. Wherefore, we, the right-believing people who love the martyrs, cry out to thee with hymns: Rejoice, adamant invincible of soul and mighty warrior of Christ! Rejoice, destroyer of the falsehood of idolatry and splendid champion of the truth! Entreat thou the Lord, that through thee we also may receive a place at the throne of His majesty.

Now and ever…, Theotokion, or this Stavrotheotokion, Special Melody: “On the third day…”

Beholding Thee crucified, O Christ, she who gave Thee birth cried out: “What is this strange mystery which I see, O my Son? How is it that Thou diest, suspended upon a Tree, O Bestower of life?”

Troparion, in Tone IV

In his sufferings, O Lord, thy martyr Artemius received an imperishable crown from Thee, our God; for, possessed of Thy might, he cast down the tormenters and crushed the feeble audacity of the demons. By his supplications save Thou our souls.

Glory…, Now and ever…: Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion.

At Matins

Both canons from the Octoechos, without the martyria; and this canon to the greatmartyr, the acrostic whereof is: “Grant me thy rich grace, O blessed one,” the composition of Joseph, in Tone II

Ode I

Irmos: Once, the power of the Almighty overwhelmed Pharaoh’s whole army in the deep, and the incarnate Word hath destroyed pernicious sin. Most glorious is the Lord, for gloriously hath He been glorified.

Having fought the good fight, O martyr, and received a splendid crown, thou now standest, illumined, before the immaterial Light and dost partake thereof. Wherefore, we beseech thee: Enlighten us by thy prayers.

Thy splendid festival, O martyr, hath joyously summoned us all to a banquet today, setting before us the struggles of thy suffering, thy courage and resolve; and, delighted thereby, we bless thee with faith and love.

Thou didst understand that the Lord, the Author of life, Who is past comprehension was slain in the flesh on the Cross; and thou didst love thy voluntary death of suffering. Wherefore, thou hast received immortal glory.

Theotokion: The incorporeal Word, incarnate of thee in godly manner in the magnitude of His love for mankind, O all-pure one, drew nigh to suffering; and the most glorious Lord hath poured forth dispassion upon men, for gloriously hath He been glorified!

Ode III

Irmos: The desert, the barren Church of the Gentiles, bloomed like a lily at Thine Advent, O Lord, and therein hath my heart been established.

Desiring to be crowned with wreaths of martyrdom, O glorious one, with grace divine didst thou withstand the bitter pangs of wounds and lacerations.

The tower of thy heart did not quake at the most grievous prospect of torture, for it was firmly founded upon the immovable rock of the Spirit.

Suspended upon a tree, covered on all sides with close-set wounds, thou didst direct the gaze of thine eyes unto Him Who can save, O right glorious one.

Theotokion: Incarnate, of His own desire, of thy most pure blood, O Mistress, the Lord saveth mankind and hath assembled multitudes of martyrs.

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

Pleasing the King of the ages, thou didst spurn every counsel of the iniquitous emperor, and didst not sacrifice unto graven images, O glorious one. Hence, suffering mightily didst thou bring thyself as a sacrifice unto the Word, Who had Himself been sacrificed. Wherefore, thou dost pour forth streams of miracles, healing the faithful who approach thee. O passion-bearer Artemius, entreat Christ God, that He grant remission of sins unto those who with love honor thy holy memory. Twice

Glory…, Now and ever…, Theotokion

O cloud of the noetic Sun, golden beacon of divine light, O Mistress unsullied, undefiled, all-immaculate: With a ray of dispassion illumine thou my soul which hath been darkened by the blindness of the passions, I pray thee; wash thou my polluted heart with streams of compunction, repentance and tears, and cleanse me of the mire of my deeds, that I may cry out to thee with love: O ever-Virgin Theotokos, entreat Christ God, that He grant me remission of transgressions, for I, thy servant, have thee as my hope.

Or this Stavrotheotokion

The Ewe-lamb, beholding the Lamb, Shepherd and Deliverer upon the Cross, cried out, weeping, and, bitterly lamenting, exclaimed: “The world rejoiceth, receiving deliverance through Thee; but my womb doth burn, beholding Thy crucifixion, which Thou dost endure in the loving-kindness of Thy mercy. O long-suffering Lord, abyss and inexhaustible wellspring of mercy: Take pity, and grant remission of offenses unto those who with faith hymn Thy divine sufferings!

Ode IV

Irmos: Thou didst come forth from the Virgin, not as an intercessor, nor an angel, but the Lord Himself, incarnate; and Thou hast saved me, the whole man. Wherefore, I cry unto Thee: Glory to Thy power, O Lord!

Emulating Him Who was crucified, of thine own will thou wast lifted up upon a tree, stretched out and inexorably flayed, shedding the vesture of mortality.

The pangs of thy flesh and the intensity of the evils inflicted upon thee have clearly brought thee rest without pain, O martyr; and, delighting therein, thou dost ease all the pain of our souls.

Unto thee, who have become a peer of the angels through the splendor of thy suffering, did our Life, the Bread of heaven, send food by the hand of an angel, strengthening thee, O right glorious martyr.

The grace of the Spirit hath adorned thee with a wealth of spiritual gifts, O most wise one. Wherefore, thou dost drive all infirmities from those who have recourse to thee in faith, O most honored martyr.

Theotokion: Even after giving birth thou wast preserved by Christ an incorrupt virgin, O undefiled one, for He was well pleased, in His exceeding great goodness, to assume the whole of my humanity in thy womb.

Ode V

Irmos: Thou art a Mediator between God and man, O Christ God, for by Thee, O Master, are we led up from the night of ignorance to Thy Father, the Source of light.

Thou art seen through the Spirit to be a brilliant lamp, O Artemius, illumining the faithful and driving away the gloom of evil and the spirits of darkness.

Having anchored the pillars of thy soul to the Rock of life, though crushed by stones and covered with wounds, thou didst remain unshaken, a true passion-bearer.

Armed with the precious powers of the Spirit, O victorious martyr, thou didst disdain the three-pronged blades, thereby removing the sting of the enemy.

Theotokion: O Mistress, He Who was born of thee, having willingly endured the Cross and burial for our sake, in that He is mighty, hath made Artemius a most mighty witness to His own sufferings.

Ode VI

Irmos: Whirled about in the abyss of sin, I invoke the unfathomable abyss of Thy loving-kindness. Bring up my life from corruption, O God!

Thou didst bring thyself as a lamb and a whole-burnt offering, O Artemius, unto Him Who accepted voluntary crucifixion that we might be restored.

When thy body was lacerated by unremitting lashes, O Artemius most patient in endurance, by faith didst thou maintain thy nobility of soul uncompromised.

O Artemius, emulator of the Savior: from afflictions, temptations, passions and sorrows do thou deliver us who have recourse unto thee.

Theotokion: O Virgin Theotokos, save me, thy servant, who am bestormed on the deep of tribulations and am sinking under the assault of its threefold waves.

Kontakion, in Tone II, Special Melody: “The steadfast…”

Assembling, let us praise with hymns, as is meet, the pious and crown-bearing martyr Artemius, most great among the martyrs, the abundant bestower of miracles, who hath won the trophy of victory over the enemy, for he entreateth the Lord in behalf of us all.

Ikos: Who can recount thy struggles or the pangs which thou didst manfully endure for the sake of thy faith in the Lord, or the gifts which thou wast vouchsafed, O passion-bearer? The mouths of men are unable to proclaim them; for, adorned with wisdom and courage, disdaining wealth and transitory honor, thou didst show thyself to be a most dedicated warrior, and therefore dost entreat the Lord in behalf of us all.

Ode VII

Irmos: The ungodly command of the iniquitous tyrant raised a lofty flame; but Christ rained down a spiritual dew upon the pious youths, He that is blessed and most glorious.

Having acquired invincible resolve through steadfast firmness of spirit, O Artemius, thou didst set at naught the wiles of the enemy, chanting most excellently, O martyr: Blessed and most glorious art Thou!

With the streams of thy blood thou didst quench the towering fire of torments, O blessed one; and, drenched with the dew of the Spirit, thou didst cry out, rejoicing: Blessed and most glorious art Thou!

Pouring forth gifts of healing, thou dost extinguish the burning of the passions with grace divine, and dost drive away evil spirits by thy visitation, O Artemius, chanting: Blessed and most glorious art Thou!

Theotokion: O all-immaculate Virgin, in godly manner didst thou give birth unto Him Who hath poured forth immortality upon the dead. Wherefore, entreat Him, that He slay the passions of our bodies, O pure one, and vouchsafe us everlasting life.

Ode VIII

Irmos: Once, in Babylon, the activity of the fire was divided at the command of God, for it consumed the Chaldæans, yet bedewed the faithful, who sang: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

The wasting of thy body with cruel wounds by three-pronged claws didst thou endure, directing thy gaze to the reward which is to come which God, the Master and Lord of all, hath bestowed upon thee who cried out to Him, O glorious one.

Thou didst sanctify the earth with thy blood and hast shown thy much-suffering body to be a source of healing, ever driving away every infirmity, affliction and demonic harm from those who have recourse to thee in faith.

Thou art shown to be the adornment of passion-bearers, spurning with pious intent the things of this world and even more purchasing transcendent things with what is baser, O all-praised one, chanting through thy precious blood: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

Theotokion: Thou hast restored us who fled after the bitter tasting of the fruit of the tree and fell headlong, O all-pure one, who gavest birth unto our Creator, the hypostatic Word. And unto Him, O pure one, we cry: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

Ode IX

Irmos: Our God and Lord, the Son of the unoriginate Father, hath appeared to us incarnate of the Virgin, to enlighten those who are in darkness and to gather the dispersed. Wherefore, we magnify the all-hymned Theotokos.

Desiring to behold the beauties of heaven, thou didst avoid the visible beauties of this world; and, having adorned thyself with the goodly feats of the athletes, O valorous martyr, rejoicing, thou didst receive the most comely of beauties.

O blessed one, thy memory, illumining the hearts of the faithful like the dawn, hath shone forth like the sun; for thou art shown to be a splendid heir of the light and of the day, O Artemius, dispelling the gloom from our souls.

Let us leap for joy, O ye people, spiritually joining chorus on this, the memorial of the godly martyr Artemius; and with praise let us chant unto God Who is wondrous in His saints and Who sanctifieth those who with faith honor him.

Thy shrine, which poureth forth healings unceasingly, doth summon the faithful to draw therefrom with love, for the health of their bodies and the true salvation of their souls, O most blessed Artemius, thou intercessor for those who praise thee.

Theotokion: With the light of Thy countenance, O Lord, illumine me who am enshrouded in the darkness of despondency, for I have as intercessors before Thee, O Word, Thy true and pure Mother, the angelic hosts and the all-glorious Artemius.

Exapostilarion, Special Melody: “O immutable Light…”

Light shone within thy heart, O passion-bearer Artemius, and thou didst manfully endure the most bitter of torments; and thou hast received from on high the grace of healing, that thou mightest ever cure infirmities.

Theotokion

The Light which shone forth timelessly from the Father before the ages hath now in these latter days sprung forth in time from thee, O Virgin, for the salvation of the world. Him do thou never cease to entreat in behalf of the world.

At the Aposticha, Glory…, in Tone VI

Today is the whole world enlightened with the rays of the passion-bearer, and the Church of God, adorned with flowers, O Artemius, crieth out to thee: O favorite of Christ and fervent intercessor, cease thou never to pray for thy servants!

Now and ever…: Theotokion, or this Stavrotheotokion, Special Melody: “On the third day…”

Beholding Thee crucified, O Christ, she who gave Thee birth cried out: “What is this strange mystery that I see, O my Son? How is it that Thou diest, suspended upon the Tree, O Bestower of life?”

At Divine Liturgy

On the Beatitudes, 8 Troparia: 4 from the Octoechos, and 4 from Ode III of the canon of the greatmartyr.

The Prokimenon, in Tone VII

The righteous man shall be glad in the Lord, and shall hope in Him.

Stichos: Hearken, O God, unto my prayer, when I make supplication unto Thee.

The Second Epistle of Paul the Apostle to Timothy §292 (2:1-10).

Timothy my child: Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. Do thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man who warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully. The husbandman who laboreth must be first partaker of the fruits. Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things. Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead, according to my gospel: wherein I suffer trouble, as an evildoer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound. Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sake, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

Alleluia, in Tone IV

Stichos: The righteous man shall flourish like a palm tree, and like a cedar of Lebanon shall he be multiplied.

Stichos: They that are planted in the house of the Lord, in the courts of our God shall they blossom forth.

Gospel according to John §52

(15:17-16:2).

The Lord said to His disciples: “These things I command you, that ye love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated Me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own; but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you: The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept My saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for My name’s sake, because they know not Him Who sent Me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin; but now they have no cloak for their sin. He who hateth Me hateth My Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both Me and my Father. But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law: They hated Me without a cause. But when the Comforter is come, Whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, Who proceedeth from the Father, He shall testify of Me: and ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with Me from the beginning. These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.”

Communion Verse

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

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