May 12

Our holy father Epiphanius, bishop at Salamina in Cyprus. He excelled in manifold erudition and knowledge of the sacred Scriptures, in the sanctity of his life, and in zeal for the Catholic faith. He stood out marvelously in his largesse to the poor and in a host of miracles. (403)

Germanus, Patriarch of Constantinople, who was remarkable in his teaching and virtues. He refuted with great boldness Emperor Leo the Isaurian who promulgated an edict against the holy icons. (740)

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the May Menaion

Troparion, Tone 4.  God of our fathers, you always deal with us in your kindness. * Take not your mercy away from us; * but through their prayers guide our life in peace.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 4.  O faithful, let us sing a hymn worthy of praise * in honor of the two glorious bishops, * Epiphanius and Germanus. * They enlightened the minds of those without faith, * and to the faithful they presented God's great mysteries, * explaining true belief with great wisdom.

Prokeimenon, Tone 1 (Ps. 48:4,2). My lips will speak * words of wisdom; * understanding will be the theme of my heart.
V. Hear this, all you nations; give heed, all who dwell in the world.

Epistle:  (of the day)

Alleluia, Tone 2 (Ps. 36:30,31). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. The mouth of the just will utter wisdom, and his tongue will pronounce judgment.
V. The law of the Lord is in his heart; his steps shall be saved from stumbling.

Gospel: (of the day)

Communion Hymn (Ps. 111:6,7). The just man will be remembered forever; evil news he will not fear. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!