CHRIST THE SAVIOR Orthodox Mission
SUNDAY, AUGUST 11 TONE 7
8th Sunday after Pentecost/ Afterfeast of the Transfiguration; Holy Martyr and Archdeacon Euplus of Catania
Welcome. Thank you for joining us in the Divine Liturgy. Here are those portions of the liturgy that change from week to week. For those portions that are fixed, a separate handout is available. You are welcome to join with us in song and prayer. You are also invited to join us for an Agape luncheon after the liturgy.
The hymns of the fifth day of the Afterfeast of the Transfiguration invite us to acquire the virtues and become radiant so that we may stand upon the holy mountain and behold the Lord’s Transfiguration as He shines with glory, “filling the world with light.”
We are also assured that those who excel in virtue “shall be made worthy of divine glory.”
(at the Divine Liturgy)
Tone 7 Troparion (Resurrection)
By Thy Cross Thou didst destroy death.
To the thief Thou didst open Paradise.
For the Myrrhbearers Thou didst change weeping into joy,
and Thou didst command Thy disciples, O Christ God,
to proclaim that Thou art risen,//
granting the world great mercy.
Tone 7 Troparion (Transfiguration)
Thou wast transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God,
revealing Thy glory to Thy Disciples as far as they could bearit.
Let Thine everlasting Light also shine upon us sinners,
through the prayers of the Theotokos!//
O Giver of Light, glory to Thee!
Tone 4 Troparion (Martyr Euplus)
Thy holy martyr, Euplus O Lord,
through his sufferings has received an incorruptible from Thee, our God.
For having Thy strength, he laid low his adversaries,
and shattered the powerless boldness of demons.//
Through his intercessions, save our souls!
Tone 7 Kontakion(Resurrection)
The dominion of death can no longer hold men captive,
for Christ descended, shattering and destroying its powers.
Hell is bound, while the Prophets rejoice and cry:
“The Savior has come to those in faith;//
enter, you faithful, into the Resurrection!”
Tone 4 Kontakion (Martyr Euplus)
With the love of Christ as thine only defense,
thou didst stand in the midst of thy ^fight and didst say:
“I endure this struggle willingly and with confidence!”
Thou didst rejoice, O Euplus, to offer thy head to the sword
and so thou didst complete thy course.
Tone 7 Kontakion(Transfiguration)
On the mountain Thou wast transfigured, O Christ God,
and Thy Disciples beheld Thy glory as far as they could see it;
so that when they should behold Thee crucified,
they would understand that Thy suffering was voluntary,
and would proclaim to the world//
that Thou art truly the Radiance of the Father.
Tone 7 Prokeimenon
The Lord shall give strength to His people. The Lord shall bless His people with peace. (Ps 28/29:11)
v: Offer to the Lord, O ye sons of God! Offer young rams to the Lord!
Tone 4 Prokeimenon
O Lord, how manifold are Thy works; in wisdom hast Thou made them all. (Ps 103/104:24)
1 Corinthians 1:10-18
 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.
 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?
 I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;
 Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.
 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.
 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
Tone 7 Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
v: It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to Thy Name, O Most High. (Ps 91/92:1)
v: To declare Thy mercy in the morning, and Thy truth by night.
v: The heavens art Thine; the earth also is Thine. (Ps 88/89:11)
 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.
 And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.
 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.
 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.
 He said, Bring them hither to me.
 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.
 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.
 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.
 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.
 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.
(Instead of “It is truly meet …,” we sing:)
Magnify, O my soul, the Lord Who was transfigured on Mount Tabor!
Thy childbearing was without corruption;
God came forth from thy body clothed in flesh,
and appeared on earth and dwelt among men. //
Therefore we all magnify thee, O Theotokos.
Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest! (Ps 148:1)
O Lord, we will walk in the light of Thy countenance, and will exult in Thy name forever. (Ps 88/89:15b)
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Martyr and Archdeacon Euplus of Catania
The Martyr Archdeacon Euplus suffered in the year 304 under the emperors Diocletian (284-305) and Maximian (305-311). He served in the Sicilian city of Catania. Always carrying the Gospel with him, Saint Euplus preached constantly to the pagans about Christ.
Once, while he read and explained the Gospel to the gathered crowd, they arrested him and took him to the governor of the city, Calvisianus. Saint Euplus confessed himself a Christian and denounced the impiety of idol-worship. For this they sentenced him to torture.
They threw the injured saint into prison, where he remained in prayer for seven days. The Lord made a spring of water flow into the prison for the martyr to quench his thirst. Brought to trial a second time, strengthened and rejoicing, he again confessed his faith in Christ and denounced the torturer for spilling the blood of innocent Christians.
The judge commanded that the saint’s ears be torn off, and that he be beheaded. When they
led the saint to execution, they hung the Gospel around his neck. Having asked time for prayer, the archdeacon began to read and explain the Gospel to the people, and many of the pagans believed in Christ. The soldiers beheaded the saint with a sword.
St. Theodosius (Prince Theodore of Ostrog) of the Kiev Caves
Saint Theodore, Prince of Ostrog, gained fame with the construction of churches and by his defense of Orthodoxy in Volhynia against the enroachment of Papism. He was descended from Saint Vladimir (July 15), through a great-grandson Svyatopolk-Michael, prince of Turov (1080-1093) and later Great Prince of Kiev (+1113).
The first time the name of the holy Prince Theodore is mentioned is in the year 1386, when the Polish king Jagiello and the Lithuanian prince Vitovtaffirmed his hereditary possession of the Ostrog district, and they augmented the Zaslavsk and Koretsk surroundings.
In 1410 Saint Theodore participated in the defeat of the Teutonic Knights of the Catholic Order at the Battle of Gruenwald. In 1422 the holy prince, because of sympathy for the Orthodox in Bohemia, supported the Hussitesin their struggle with the German emperor Sigismund. Theodore introduced the Hussite formation (i.e., the Taborite, adopted by the Ukrainian Cossacks) into Russian military strategy.
In 1432, after winning a series of victories over the Polish forces, Saint Theodore compelled Prince Jagiello to guarantee the freedom of Orthodoxy in Volhynia under the law. Prince Svidrigailo, apprehensive of the strengthening of his ally, locked Saint Theodore into prison, but the people who loved the saint rose up in rebellion, and he was freed.
Saint Theodore was reconciled with the offender and went to him for help in the struggle against the Lithuanians and the Poles. In 1438, the holy prince took part in a battle with the Tatars. In 1440, with the accession to the Polish throne of Cazimir, youngest son of Prince Jagiello, Saint Theodore received the rights of administration of the city of Vladimir, Dubno, Ostrog, and he was granted extensive holdings in the best regions of Podolia and Volhynia.
Saint Theodore left all this behind, together with princely power and fame. After 1441 he entered the Kiev Caves monastery, where he received the monastic tonsure with the name Theodosius, he struggled there for the salvation of his soul until the time of his blessed repose.
The year of Saint Theodore’s death is unknown, but it is probable that he died in the second half of the fifteenth century at a great old age (S. M. Soloviev in his HISTORY OF RUSSIA gives the year of his death as 1483). The saint was buried in the Far Caves of Saint Theodosius (He is also commemorated on the Synaxis of the Monastic Fathers of the Far Caves, August 28). His glorification apparently took place at the end of the sixteenth century, since in the year 1638 the hieromonk Athanasius Kal’nophysky testified that “Saint Theodore rests in the Theodosiev Cave, where his body was discovered incorrupt.”
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