May 22

The holy martyr Basiliscus, at Comana in Pontus, was a soldier crucified with two comrades. A cousin of St. Theodore the Recruit, he suffered much for the sake of Christ, and through his preaching and example brought many to the Faith. (308)

Commemoration of the Second Ecumenical Council of Constantinople, 381. Held in the time of the emperor Theodosius the Great, its purpose was to confirm the Orthodox teaching about God the Holy Spirit. This condemned the false teachings of Macedonius, bishop of Constantinople, who said that the Holy Spirit was a creature, not equal in Godhead to the Father and the Son. This council added to the text of the Creed that had been previously been affirmed at Nicea in 325.

The Holy and Righteous Melchisedek, King of Salem

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the May Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 4.  Your martyr Basiliscus, O Lord our God, * in his struggle, received an incorruptible crown from you. * With your strength, he brought down the tyrants * and broke the cowardly valor of demons. * Through his prayers, O Christ our God, save our souls.

Glory – Kontakion, Tone 8.  You stood firmly with fortitude in your sufferings. * You astonish us with your wonderful miracles * which promote the name of Christ among us. * You shamed the devil, and so we venerate you, calling out: * Rejoice, O Basilicus, * dearest and most brilliant of martyrs.

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Ps. 63:11,2). The just man will rejoice in the Lord, * and will put his trust in him.
V. Hear my voice, O God, when I pray to you.

Epistle:  (of the day)

Alleluia, Tone 4 (Ps. 91:13,14). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. The just man will flourish like the palm tree * and grow like a cedar of Lebanon.
V. Planted in the house of the Lord, he will flourish in the courts of our God.

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!