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The 19th Day of the Month of September

Commemoration of the Holy Passion-bearer, the Pious Prince Igor of Chernigov, Who Received the Name George in the Monastic Tonsure

At Great Vespers

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

On “Lord, I have cried…”, 8 stichera: 3 for the feast, in Tone IV, Special Melody: “Thou hast given a sign…”

The most holy Cross, the invincible trophy, cometh forth today, revealed by the earth like a hidden treasure, enriching the whole world with the rays of its universal goodness. Wherefore, we glorify the all-good economy of Christ our God Who deigned to be crucified thereon.

Of old, the Cross, depicted by Moses, the faithful beholder and favorite of God, the divine prophet, routed the hordes of the aliens; and now, depicted in the divine elevation at the hands of the sacred ministers, it dispelleth the hordes of the demons and the assemblies of the Jews, and is the reproof of the audacity of the ungodly.

Thy Cross, O our Savior, is the invincible might of Christians, whereby multitudes of alien nations are vanquished, and the peace of Thy Church, O Christ is bestowed upon those who render goodly glory. Venerating it now, we entreat Thee, O Thou Who lovest mankind: Count us worthy of a portion with Thy saints.

And 5 of the saint, in Tone II, Special Melody: “When from the Tree…”

When of thine own will thou didst forsake thine earthly kingdom, and didst desire to labor for the Lord in monasticism, then the enemy of the human race inflicted many and cruel tribulations upon thee; yet, firm as adamant, thou wast not shaken thereby, but didst manfully endure them all. And now thou standest before Christ, praying for those who honor thy memory. Twice

When thou didst commit thyself to the Monastery of Saint Theodore, and there gavest thyself over to monastic obedience, then the enemy of the human race incited lawless people against thee, who unjustly dragged thee forth to slaughter thee like an innocent lamb, though thou hadst done no wrong to anyone. But thou didst pray unto the Lord, emulating the first martyr of Christ, and crying out with him: “O Lord, lay not this sin to their charge!” Twice

When thou wast praying on thy knees before the image of the all-pure one, thy murderers, like wild beasts, fell upon thee with rage; and thou gavest thyself over into their hands without complaint, accepting great suffering and torment from them with patience, and didst commit thy righteous soul to the Lord.

Glory…, in Tone VI

The city of Chernigov, which preserveth thy holy and much-suffering body in the Church of the Savior, rejoiceth today and crieth out to thee with love: O passion-bearer Prince Igor, entreat Christ God, that He preserve our land in peace profound, and that He protect this city and save us all.

Now and ever…, of the feast, in Tone IV

Let us clap our hands today for the victory which is praised with hymns, and with radiant countenance and tongue let us openly cry: O Christ, Who for our sake didst deign to be tried, to be spat upon and scourged and arrayed in a purple robe, and Who ascended the Cross; Whom beholding, the sun and the moon hid their light, and the earth trembled with fear, and the veil of the temple was rent in twain: Do Thou now grant us Thine honored Cross as a preserver and protector, and a dispeller of the demons; that, kissing it, we may all cry out to it: Save us by thy power, O Cross! Sanctify us by Thy radiance, O precious Cross! And fortify us by thine exaltation, for thou hast been given to us as the light and salvation of our souls.

Entrance. Prokimenon of the day. Three Readings:

A Reading from the Prophecy of Isaiah

Thus saith the Lord: All the nations are gathered together, and princes shall be gathered out of them. Who will declare these things? or who will declare to you things from the beginning? Let them bring forth their witnesses, and be justified; and let them hear, and declare the truth. Be ye My witnesses, and I too am a witness, saith the Lord God, and My servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know, and believe, and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no other God, and after Me there shall be none. I am God; and beside Me there is no Savior. I have declared, and have saved; I have reproached, and there was no strange god among you. Ye are My witnesses, and I am the Lord God, even from the beginning; and there is none that can deliver out of My hands: I will work, and who shall turn it back? Thus saith the Lord God Who redeemeth you, the Holy One of Israel.

A Reading from the Wisdom of Solomon

The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and there shall no torment touch them. In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die: and their departure is taken for misery, and their going from us to be utter destruction: but they are in peace. For though they be punished in the sight of men, yet is their hope full of immortality. And having been a little chastised, they shall be greatly rewarded: for God proved them, and found them worthy for Himself. As gold in the furnace hath He tried them and received them as a burnt offering. And in the time of their visitation they shall shine, and run to and fro like sparks among the stubble. They shall judge the nations, and have dominion over the people, and their Lord shall reign for ever. They that put their trust in Him shall understand the truth: and such as be faithful in love shall abide with Him: for grace and mercy is to His saints, and He hath care for His elect.

A Reading from the Wisdom of Solomon

Though the righteous be prevented with death, yet shall he be in rest. For honorable age is not that which standeth in length of time, nor that is measured by number of years. But wisdom is the gray hair unto men, and an unspotted life is old age. He pleased God, and was beloved of Him: so that living among sinners he was translated. Yea, speedily was he taken away, lest that wickedness should alter his understanding, or deceit beguile his soul. For the bewitching of naughtiness doth obscure things that are honest; and the wandering of concupiscence doth undermine the simple mind. He, being made perfect in a short time, fulfilled a long time: for his soul pleased the Lord; therefore hasted He to take him away from among the wicked. This the people saw, and understood not, neither laid they up this in their minds: that His grace and mercy is with His saints, and that He hath respect unto His chosen.

At the Aposticha, these stichera, in Tone II, Special Melody: “O house of Ephratha…”

Blessed art thou, O city of Kiev, and holy are thy streets which drank the precious blood of the passion-bearing Prince Igor, who there was unjustly slain.

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

Rejoice, O city of Chernigov! Be glad, O holy house of the Savior! For ye guard a priceless treasure: the holy relics of the passion-bearer Igor, who prayeth unceasingly in behalf of our souls.

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

Suffering steadfastly and manfully enduring tribulations, thou didst behold the Lord face to face, Who adorneth thee with the crown of martyrdom and hath caused thee to dwell in the mansions of heaven.

Glory…, in Tone VI

Come, all ye who love the martyrs, let us glorify the glorious Igor, the passion-bearer of Christ; for he hath crushed the head of the serpent, and with his blood hath sanctified the earth. And he hath passed over from that which is on earth to the eternal habitations, and received honors for his struggles from the hand of the Almighty; and he asketh that cleansing and great mercy be granted to our souls.

Now and ever…, of the feast, in Tone V

The words of Thy prophets, Isaiah and David, are fulfilled, O God, which said: All nations will come, O Lord, and bow down before Thee. For, behold the people who have been filled with Thy grace in Thy courts in Jerusalem, O Good One. O Thou Who didst endure the Cross for us and hast imparted life through Thy resurrection, preserve and save us!

Troparion, in Tone IV

Illumined by divine baptism, enlightened by the splendors of the Holy Spirit, thou didst take the Gospel of Christ into thy heart, fulfilling the word of the Son of God by thy deeds, O right-believing Prince Igor. Entreat our all-good Savior, that He grant us peace and mercy, and the salvation of the souls of us who cherish thine honored memory.

Glory…, Now and ever…: Troparion of the feast.

At Matins

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

After the first chanting of the Psalter, this Sessional hymn, in Tone I

Forsaking an earthly kingdom of thine own will, O passion-bearer, thou didst desire the glory which is in heaven, and didst endure pangs and a violent death; wherefore, we celebrate thy most holy memory today, offering praise unto Christ, O all-blessed Igor.

Glory…, Now and ever…: Sessional hymn of the feast.

Bowing down before Thee, O Christ God, in the pine, cedar and cypress, the Church crieth out to Thee: Granting victory over heresy to our hierarchs through the Theotokos, have mercy upon us.

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

Completing the race of truth, thou didst vanquish all the might of the tyrannous, and hast received a crown from the hand of the Almighty, O most blessed Igor; and thou hast been shown to be a companion of the angels.

Glory…, Now and ever…: Sessional hymn of the feast.

Shining forth like a light, Thy Cross, O Lord, driveth away legions of the demons and illumineth the faithful who chant: The Cross is the boast of the world!

Polyeleos, and this magnification

We magnify thee, O holy passion-bearer Prince Igor, and we reverence thine honored sufferings, which thou didst endure for Christ.

Selected Psalm verses

A Our God is refuge and strength. [Ps. 45: 2]

B A helper in afflictions which mightily befall us. [Ps. 45: 2]

A Therefore shall we not fear when the earth be shaken. [Ps. 45: 3]

B O God, who shall be likened unto Thee? Be Thou not silent, neither be still, O God. [Ps. 82: 2]

A For behold, Thine enemies have made a noise, and they that hate Thee have lifted up their heads. [Ps. 82: 3]

B Against Thy people have they taken wicked counsel, and have conspired against Thy saints. [Ps. 82: 4]

A They have made the dead bodies of Thy servants to be food for the birds of heaven. [Ps. 78: 2]

B The flesh of Thy saints for the beasts of the earth. [Ps. 78: 2]

A They have poured out their blood like water. [Ps. 78: 3]

B For Thy sake we are slain all the day long. [Ps. 43: 23]

A We are counted as sheep for the slaughter. [Ps. 43: 23]

B Thou hast made us a byword among the nations. [Ps. 43: 15]

A And I became a man scourged all the day long. [Ps. 72: 14]

B By fire hast Thou tried us even as silver is tried by fire. [Ps. 65: 11]

A We went through fire and water, and Thou didst bring us out into refreshment. [Ps. 65: 12]

B Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous. [Ps. 31: 11]

A For the Lord is in the generation of the ­righteous. [Ps. 13: 5]

B And their inheritance shall be for ever. [Ps. 36: 18]

A The righteous cried, and the Lord heard them. [Ps. 33: 18]

B A light hath dawned forth for the righteous man, and gladness for the upright of heart. [Ps. 96: 11]

A In everlasting remembrance shall the righteous be. [Ps. 111: 6]

B In the saints that are in His earth hath the Lord been wondrous; He hath wrought all His desires in them. [Ps. 15: 3]

A Wondrous is God in His saints, the God of Israel. [Ps. 67: 36]

B The righteous man shall flourish like a palm tree, and like a cedar in Lebanon shall he be multiplied. [Ps. 91: 13]

A The righteous man shall be glad in the Lord, and shall hope in Him. [Ps. 63: 11]

B And all the upright in heart shall be praised. [Ps. 63: 11]

Glory…, Now and ever… Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Thrice

After the Polyeleos, this Sessional hymn, in Tone IV

With multifarious tortures the cruel tormenters subjected thy much-suffering body to wicked execution, O divinely wise Prince Igor; yet thou didst endure all these things as though it were another who was suffering, awaiting future reward and immortal life.

Glory…, Now and ever…: Sessional hymn of the feast., in Tone VIII, Special Melody: “That which was mystically commanded…”

Of old, in paradise, a tree stripped me naked, the enemy bringing about mortality through eating; but the tree of the Cross, bearing for men the vesture of life, hath been planted in the ground, and the whole world hath been filled with all manner of joy. Beholding it uplifted, O ye people, let us cry out to God together: Fill Thou Thy house with glory!

Song of Ascents, the first antiphon of Tone IV.

Prokimenon, in Tone IV

The righteous man shall flourish like a palm-tree, and like a cedar in Lebanon shall he be ­multiplied.

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

Let every breath praise the Lord.

Gospel according to Matthew, §36

(Mt. 10: 16-22)

The Lord said to His disciples: “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; and ye shall be brought before governors and kings for My sake, for a testimony against them and the gentiles. But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for My name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.”

After Psalm 50, this sticheron, in Tone VI

The city of Chernigov, which preserveth thy holy and much-suffering body in the Church of the Savior, rejoiceth today and crieth out to thee with love: O passion-bearer Prince Igor, entreat Christ God, that He preserve our land in peace profound, that He protect this city and save us all.

Canon of the feast, with 6 Troparia, including the irmos; and that of the passion-bearer, with 8 Troparia, in Tone VIII

Ode I

Canon of the Cross, the acrostic whereof is: “Having arrayed myself in the Cross, I give utterance to hymnody”, the composition of Cosmas of Maiuma, in Tone VIII

Irmos: Tracing an upright line with his staff, Moses divided the Red Sea for Israel, which was travelling on foot; and striking it a transverse blow, he brought the waters together over the chariots of Pharaoh, thereby inscribing the invincible weapon of the Cross. Wherefore, let us hymn Christ our God, for He hath been glorified.

Of old, Moses, standing between the priests, prefigured in himself the image of Christ’s most pure sufferings; for, forming a cross with his outstretched arms, he raised up victory, vanquishing the might of the tyrant Amalek. Wherefore, let us hymn Christ our God, for He hath been glorified.

Upon a pole did Moses set the cure of the deadly and venomous sting of the serpents, and the deliverance therefrom; for to the tree, in the image of the Cross, he bound a serpent which crawleth upon the ground, triumphing over the sinister bane therein. Wherefore, let us hymn Christ God, for He hath been glorified.

The sky showed forth the victory of the Cross to the divinely wise Emperor Constantine, the pious ruler; and therein the audacity of the hostile foe was cast down, delusion was destroyed and the divine Faith spread to the ends of the earth. Wherefore let us hymn Christ our God, for He hath been glorified.

Canon of the Passion-bearer

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!

Forsaking the miry water of ungodliness, thou didst hasten to the water of purification, O holy Igor. Cleanse thou our hearts, that in purity we may hymn thy sufferings.

Washed with the water of baptism, thou wast delivered from the ancestral sin and didst unite thyself unto Christ, the pure Master. Unite us also unto Him by thy supplications.

Emulating Him Who drowned the wicked serpent in the waters, thou didst drown the power of the enemy in the blood of thy martyrdom, O passion-bearer. Entreat thou the Savior, that we also may be delivered therefrom.

Theotokion: Grant me the purifying water of tears, O all-pure one, and having cleansed me of the mire of iniquities, present me pure to thy Son and God, O Theotokos.

Ode III

Canon of the Feast

Irmos: The rod of Aaron is taken to be an image of the mystery, for by its budding forth it chose one priest over others; and for the Church, which before was barren, the Tree of the Cross hath now budded forth, for her might and confirmation.

The rough stone, struck, put forth water for a disobedient and hardhearted people, and showed forth the mystery of the divinely elect Church, whereof the Cross is the might and confirmation.

When Christ’s all-pure side was pierced by the spear, blood and water flowed therefrom, renewing the covenant and washing sin away, for the Cross is the boast of the faithful, the might and confirmation of kings.

Canon of the Passion-bearer

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.

Giving thy whole life to the Fashioner of the vault of heaven, thou didst love Him utterly. Vouchsafe that, by thy supplications, O passion-bearer, we also may love the Lord until the end of our days.

Desiring the heavenly life, thou didst reject all things in thine earthly life. Vouchsafe, O holy one, that by thy supplications we may be counted worthy of the life of heaven.

Desiring the heavenly bridal-chamber, thou didst preserve the purity of thy virginity; and now thou joinest chorus with the virginal in the bridal-chambers of heaven.

Theotokion: In giving birth to the Creator of heaven, O most hymned Theotokos, thou wast shown to be more spacious than the heavens. Turning me away from the broad path of destruction, guide me to the heavenly way, I pray.

Kontakion of the Cross, in Tone IV

O Thou Who wast lifted up willingly on the Cross, bestow Thy compassions upon the new community called after Thee, O Christ God; gladden by Thy power Orthodox Christians, granting them victory over all adversaries. May they have as an ally the invincible trophy, Thy weapon of peace.

Ikos: He Who was caught up to the third heaven of paradise and heard unspeakable and divine words which the human tongue cannot utter, what writeth he to the Galatians, which, as lovers of the Scriptures, ye have both read and come to understand? God forbid, saith he, that I should glory, save only in the Cross of the Lord, whereon having suffered He slew the passions. Let us all then firmly hold this boast, the Cross of the Lord; for this Wood is our salvation, the invincible trophy, the weapon of peace.

Sessional hymn of the saint, in Tone V

Enlightened by the splendors of the virtues, and adorned with the light of martyrdom, O all-wise one, thou shinest forth steadily, more brightly than the sun, and truly illuminest those who celebrate thy radiant memory with faith. O all-glorious passion-bearer Igor, save us by thy supplications.

Glory…, Now and ever…: Sessional hymn of the feast.

Ode IV

Canon of the Feast

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

Of old, Moses transformed with a tree the bitter springs in the desert, showing forth the conversion of the gentiles to piety through the Cross.

Jordan, having hidden in its depths an axe-head, gave it forth again through the power of a stick, signifying the cutting off of deception by the Cross and baptism.

In a sacred manner did the people encamp in four divisions; and preceding in this fashion the tabernacle of the witness, they were glorified in the cross-like formation of their ranks.

Wondrously stretched forth, the Cross emitted rays like the sun’s, and the heavens declared the glory of our God.

Canon of the Passion-bearer

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

Hearing the heavens declare the glory of God, O Igor, thou didst desire to glorify God on earth. Vouchsafe His glory also unto us.

Hearing that thine enemies had risen up against thee, thou wast not daunted by their savagery, but didst meekly give thyself over into their vile hands, crying out to the Lord: “Lay not this sin to their charge!”

Hearing the threats of thine enemies, and enduring torments at their hands, thou didst remain unshaken. Make me unshaken in the virtues.

Theotokion: Hearken, O all-pure Mistress, to mine entreaty, and deliver me from evils; and count me worthy to hear the voice which summoneth the blessed to the kingdom.

Ode V

Canon of the Feast

Irmos: O thrice-blessed Tree, whereon Christ, our King and Lord, was crucified, and whereby he who beguiled mankind by the tree did fall, when God was nailed in the flesh, Who granteth peace to our souls!

O ever-hymned Tree, whereon Christ was stretched: the whirling sword which guarded Eden stood in awe of thee, O Cross, and the dread cherubim withdrew, when Christ was nailed to thee, Who granteth peace unto our souls.

The adverse powers of the nether world are stricken with fear when the sign of the Cross is traced in the air in which they live, as are the generations of the earthborn and the heavenly, who bend the knee to Christ, Who granteth peace unto our souls.

Having shone forth a divine light and revealed itself in rays of incorruption unto the benighted gentiles astray in error, the divine Cross acquireth them for Christ Who was nailed thereto, and granteth peace unto our souls.

Canon of the Passion-bearer

Irmos: Enlighten us with Thy commandments, O Lord, and with Thine upraised arm grant us Thy peace, O Thou Who lovest mankind.

Illumining the path of thy life with the light of divine knowledge, thou didst love Christ the Lord with all thy soul, O passion-bearer. Vouchsafe that I also may be an emulator of thee therein.

The faithful were enlightened, beholding thee valiantly enduring unbearable torments. Vouchsafe that I also may have such endurance, O athlete.

Enlighten me, O splendid martyr Igor, who am benighted by the darkness of sin, and cause me to be illumined with never-waning light, I pray thee.

Theotokion: In giving birth to the true Light, O Theotokos, thou hast enlightened our darkened nature; wherefore, having enlightened me with Light, free me from the dark foe.

Ode VI

Canon of the Feast

Irmos: Stretching forth his arms in the form of the Cross in the belly of the sea monster, Jonah clearly prefigured the saving passion. And issuing forth after three days, he foreshadowed the transcendent resurrection of Christ God, Who was nailed in the flesh and hath enlightened the world by His rising on the third day.

Bent with age and weighed down with infirmity, Jacob drew himself up when he crossed his arms, showing forth the power of the life-bearing Cross; for God Who was nailed in the flesh hath set aright the obsolescence of the law of the Scripture which was written in shadows, and hath dispelled the soul-destroying disease of deception.

Divine Israel, laying his hands cross-wise upon the heads of the young, revealed that the people who hath the honor of being the elder is a slave to the law. Wherefore, when suspected of erring in so doing, he did not alter the life-bearing image, for, he said, protected by the Cross, the newly established people of Christ God surpass them.

Canon of the Passion-bearer

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!

Hearkening to thy suffering entreaty, O Igor, Christ gave thee the strength and power to bear thy sufferings. By thy supplications vouchsafe that I too may be steadfast amid the sufferings of life.

Having strengthened thyself with prayer before the image of the all-pure one, thou didst go forth to thine enemies who were seeking thee; and like an innocent lamb thou didst suffer at their hands, unjustly slain.

Everyone who bringeth supplication unto thee with faith, O athlete, quickly receiveth the healing of the sufferings of their souls and bodies. Grant this also richly unto us, we pray.

Theotokion: Accept thou our prayer, O all-pure one, and with thine omnipotent supplication beseech God Who was born of thee, Who loveth mankind, that He deliver us from enemies, visible and invisible, from sins and all torments.

Kontakion, in Tone VI

Thou didst exchange the glory of an earthly princedom for the humble habit of a monk, and, ending thine earthly life in martyrdom, thou now rejoiceth in the heavens, earnestly praying for those who honor thee, O Igor, boast of athletes.

Ikos: Thou didst stain thy princely diadem with thy blood, O divinely wise passion-bearer Igor; and, taking the Cross in thy hand instead of a scepter, thou wast shown to be a victor. And didst offer thyself to the Master as an unblemished sacrifice; for like an innocent lamb thou wast slain by thine own subjects. And now, rejoicing, thou standest before the Holy Trinity. Pray thou that our souls be saved.

Ode VII

Canon of the Feast

Irmos: The mad command of the ungodly tyrant, breathing forth threats and blasphemy hateful to God, cast the people into confusion. Yet the three youths feared not the fury of the wild beasts, nor the raging blaze; but in the midst of the fire, when the dew-bearing wind blew upon it, they sang: O all-hymned God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

The first man, tasting of the tree, made his abode in corruption; for, having condemned himself by an inglorious rejection of life, he imparted a certain taint as a corruption to the whole race. But we mortals, gaining utterance through the tree of the Cross, cry out: O all-hymned God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

Disobedience violated the commandment of God, and the tree brought death to man by its being partaken of unseasonably, for, for the preservation of that which is most precious, the tree of life was forbidden; but God disclosed it to the hapless thief who cried out rightly: O all-hymned God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

Israel, foreseeing things to come, laid hold of the tip of Joseph’s staff, revealing beforehand that the most glorious Cross would seize the power of the kingdom, for it is the victorious boast of kings and a light for those who cry out with faith: O all-hymned God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

Canon of the Passion-bearer

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 Angel Who preserved the Hebrew children unconsumed by the fire strengthened thee in thy suffering, O Igor, and thou didst chant: Blessed art Thou, O Lord God, forever!

Considering torments to be like childish games, thou didst not spare thy body, but, manfully enduring sufferings, thou didst chant: Blessed art Thou, O Lord God, forever!

Emulating the tortured children, O Igor, I also praise Christ, Who gave thee strength. Strengthening me for the contest of the virtues, vouchsafe that I may chant with thee: Blessed art Thou, O Lord God, forever!

Theotokion: I marvel at thine Offspring, Who hath preserved thee a virgin even after giving birth, O Theotokos. Show forth as wondrous the mercy of thy Son upon men, that, treated compassionately by thee, I may chant: Blessed art Thou, O Lord God, forever!

Ode VIII

Canon of the Feast

Irmos: O children, equal in number to the Trinity, bless ye God, the Father and Creator; hymn ye the Word, Who came down and transformed the fire into dew; and the all-holy Spirit, Who imparteth life unto all, exalt ye supremely forever!

O hosts of heaven, chant ye to the exalted Tree which was drenched in the blood of God the Word incarnate, celebrating the restoration of those on earth. Ye people, worship the Cross of Christ, whereby the resurrection of the world is accomplished forever!

O ye mortal stewards of grace, in sacred manner raise on high with your hands the Cross whereon Christ God stood and the spear which pierced the body of God the Word, that all the nations may see the salvation which is of God, glorifying Him forever!

O faithful Christian kings, forechosen by divine decree, be ye glad! And having received from God the precious Cross, rejoice in it, the weapon of victory, for thereby tribes of warriors seeking courage are scattered abroad forever.

Canon of the Passion-bearer

Irmos: Becoming vanquishers of the tyrant and the flame by Thy grace, taking exceeding care to keep Thy commandments, the children cried out: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

Thou wast shown to be a victor over the enemies who tormented thee, O glorious Igor; for, suffering long and cruel tortures, thou didst unceasingly cry aloud: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

By thy courage thou didst vanquish all the machinations of the tyrant, O glorious passion-bearer Igor; wherefore, entreat Christ the Master, we beseech thee, that He grant victory over the enemy to all the faithful, who chant: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

Thou wast shown to be victorious over the cruel-hearted murderers, O glorious Igor; for they have been cast down into the flames of hell by heavenly fire, while thou hast ascended into heaven, where thou chantest now with the angels: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

Theotokion: O all-pure one, conquer the enemies, visible and invisible, who strive to bring us down; and deliver me from all the passions, that I may solemnly chant: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

Ode IX

Canon of the Feast

Irmos: O Theotokos, thou art a mystical garden of paradise, which, untilled, didst put forth Christ, by Whom the life-bearing Tree of the Cross was planted. Wherefore, worshipping it as it is now raised aloft, we magnify thee.

Let all the trees of the forests rejoice, for their nature hath been sanctified by Him Who planted them in the beginningChrist Who was stretched out upon the Tree. Wherefore, worshipping it as it is now raised aloft, we magnify thee, O Theotokos.

A sacred horn hath been lifted up, the chief horn for all the divinely wisethe Cross, whereby all the horns of the sinful are noetically broken asunder. Wherefore, worshipping it as it is now raised aloft, we magnify thee, O Theotokos.

Canon of the Passion-bearer

Irmos: Saved by thee, O pure Virgin, we confess thee to be in truth the Theotokos, magnifying thee with the incorporeal choirs.

Truly confessing God, O passion-bearer, thou hast inherited a dwelling-place in heaven. Vouchsafe that we also may eternally magnify Christ with thee.

In thee, O blessed Igor, hath truly been fulfilled the prophecy of Christ: “He who endureth to the end shall be saved.” For with all the saved thou dost now eternally magnify Christ.

No one who truly hath recourse unto thee departeth without thy grace, O passion-bearer. Fill me also therewith, that I may magnify thee.

Theotokion: Thou didst truly give birth to the true God in the flesh, O Theotokos. Move Him to mercy for us on the day of judgment, that we may unceasingly magnify thee with Him.

Exapostilarion of the saint

Like the radiant sun hath thy memorial now shone forth, O passion-bearer, filling all the faithful with gladness; and they cry out to thee in supplication: Pray thou earnestly, that we be saved.

Glory…, Now and ever…: Exapostilarion of the feast

The Cross is the preservation of the whole world; the Cross is the adornment of the Church; the Cross is the might of kings; the Cross is the confirmation of the faithful; the Cross is the glory of angels and the wounding of demons.

On the Praises, 6 stichera: 3 of the feast, in Tone VI, Special Melody: “On the third day…”

We bow down before the place where the feet of Christ stood, exalting the thrice-blessed Cross whereon was shed the blood of the Master Who hath poured forth resurrection upon the world.

Having mortified the passions of the flesh and spirit, having crucified yourselves with Christ the Master, O ye divinely wise, let us strive to elevate ourselves, through the elevation of the Cross, to the rest of heaven.

A life-bearing wellspring hath manifestly welled forth from the divine side of the Savior, giving drink to the souls of those who with faith worship His divine Passion, Cross and Resurrection.

And 3 of the saint, in Tone VIII

Rejoice, O Igor, passion-bearer of Christ, for thou didst consider the glory of this world as but nought, and at the eleventh hour of thy life thou didst serve the Lord well in monasticism. And thou standest now with the martyrs and the venerable before the throne of God, earnestly praying in behalf of our souls. Twice

Rejoice, O Igor, passion-bearer of Christ, boast of the city of Chernigov, and sacred adornment of the whole land of Russia, O thou who didst shed thine innocent blood! Pray thou earnestly in behalf of our souls!

Glory…, in Tone VI

Today the glorious city of Chernigov is enlightened with the rays of the passion-bearer, and the holy house of the Savior, adorned, crieth out to thee, O favorite of Christ: Cease thou never to pray for all who celebrate thy holy memory with love!

Now and ever…, of the feast.

Great Doxology. Troparia. Litanies. First Hour.

At Divine Liturgy

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

Prokimenon of the feast, and that of the saint, 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 Reading from the Acts of the Apostles,

§17 (Acts 6: 8-15; 7: 1-5, 47-60)

In those days, Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people. Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of those of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen. And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake. Then they suborned men, who said: “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and against God.” And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the scribes, and came upon him, and caught him, and brought him to the council, and set up false witnesses, who said: “This man ceaseth not to speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and the law: for we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us. And all who sat in the council, looking steadfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel. Then said the high priest: “Are these things so?” And he said: “Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; the God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran, and said unto him: ‘Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall shew thee.’ Then came he out of the land of the Chaldæans, and dwelt in Charran: and from thence, when his father was dead, he removed him into this land, wherein ye now dwell. And He gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on: Solomon built him a house. Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet: “‘Heaven is my throne, and earth is My footstool: what house will ye build Me?’ saith the Lord”: or “What is the place of My rest? Hath not my hand made all these things?” Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Spirit: as your fathers did, so do ye. Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain those who showed before of the coming of the Just One; of Whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers: who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.” When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, and said: “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God!” Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, and cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying: “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!” And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice: “Lord, lay not this sin to their charge!” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

Alleluia, of the feast; and that of the saint, in Tone IV

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

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

Gospel according to John, §52

(Jn. 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 its 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 that 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 of the feast, and that of the saint

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

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