The Holy Protection of the Theotokos
The Feast of the Protection commemorates the appearance of the most holy Theotokos in the Church of Blachernae in Constantinople in the early sixth century, as recorded in the life of Saint Andrew the Fool for Christ’s sake. While the multitudes of the faithful were gathered in church, Epiphanius, the friend of Saint Andrew, through the Saint’s prayers, beheld the Virgin Mary above the faithful and spreading out her veil over them, signifying her unceasing protection of all Christians. Because of this we keep a yearly feast of gratitude, imploring our Lady never to cease sheltering us in her mighty prayers.
In the Greek tradition, this feast is celebrated on October 28, while in the Slavic tradition, this feast is celebrated on October 1.
Apolytikion of Holy Protection of the Theotokos in the First Tone
O Virgin, we extol the great grace of thy Protection, which thou didst spread out like a bright cloud beyond all understanding; for thou dost invisibly protect thy people from the foe’s every assault. Since we have thee as our shelter and certain help, we cry to thee with our whole soul: Glory to thy great deeds, O most pure Maid. Glory to thy shelter most divine. Glory to thy care and providence for us, O spotless one.
Kontakion of Holy Protection of the Theotokos in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone
Let us the faithful hasten to the Theotokos now and venerate her sacred veil, as we chant unto her, singing hymns to praise and honour her, as is fitting; for she shelt’reth with her shelter and all her faithful flock and preserveth them unharmed from all calamities, as they cry to her: Rejoice, Protection most radiant
Holy Martyrs Terrence and Eunice
Both the country and the time of the martyrdom of these holy Martyrs are unknown. All were beheaded, after having endured many bitter torments.
Apolytikion of Martyrs Terrence & Eunice in the Fourth Tone
Thy Martyrs, O Lord, in their courageous contest for Thee received as the prize the crowns of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal God. For since they possessed Thy strength, they cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons’ strengthless presumption. O Christ God, by their prayers, save our souls, since Thou art merciful.
Kontakion of Martyrs Terrence & Eunice in the Fourth Tone
The solemn memory of the Martyrs, wise Terrence and Eunice his spouse, is come today, gladdening all. Let us hasten with fervour, therefore, that we may obtain healing; for they received this grace from the Holy Spirit, to heal the infirmities and sicknesses of our souls.
Our Righteous Father Steven the Hymnographer of St Sava Monastery
St Stephen the Hymnographer of St Sava Monastery, lived the ascetic life at the Lavra of St. Sava in Palestine. He and Andrew the Blind were among the first to compose hymns (idiomela) for the period between the Publican and Pharisee and Palm Sunday.
Dismissal Hymn (Plagal of the Fourth Tone)
O Champion of Orthodoxy, teacher of purity and of true worship, the light of the universe and the God-inspired adornment of the Hierarchs. You have enlightened all things by Your teachings, O all-wise Stephen. Intercede with Christ our God that our souls may be saved.
We Also Celebrate Today:
Arsenios and Athanasios of Androusa in Messenia, Patriarchs of Constantinople
Angelis, Manuel, George, & Nicholas, New Martyrs of Crete
Rostislav, the Great Illumined Duke of Moravia