August 25

Six sticheraReturn of the relics of the holy apostle Bartholomew. They were stolen by the Armenians, and then taken to the town of Lipara. At the time of Theophilus the Iconoclast, they were translated again, this time to the town of Benevento. From there they were taken to Rome.

The holy apostle Titus is counted one of the Seventy. Born in Crete, he was baptized by the Apostle Paul. He served Paul in such sincerity of heart that Paul called him his son (Titus 1:4) as well as his brother (II Cor. 12:18). He was made the first bishop of Crete, where he wisely governed the Church to great old age. He died at the age of ninety-four.

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

There are six stichera at "O Lord, I have cried," three for Bartholomew and three for Titus.

Tone 4, special melody Jako doblja. We rightly call you blessed, * O illustrious Bartholomew, * for you are a sun shining with countless rays, a never-setting star, * a living heaven which declares the saving glory of our God, * a divine herald, a light for the nations, * a river pouring forth streams of wisdom to refresh all hearts.

Your voyages across the sea, * O holy apostle Bartholomew, * have revealed a splendor which passes all understanding. * Laid to rest in a precious reliquary, you travelled from East to West * in the company of illustrious martyrs * who served as a guard of honor for you * at the command of the all-powerful Lord.

You sanctified the waves by your wondrous crossing, * and you arrived at the island of Lipari, * where you poured forth myrrh, healing incurable ills. * For its citizens, you became a savior, and refuge, * a protection and an intercessor * before the King who redeemed the world, * O blessed apostle Bartholomew

Tone 4, special melody Dal jesi znamenie.  Preaching the one God in three Persons, * you trampled down the sea of false gods of the nations. * Those who were floundering in godless depths * you brought safely to a serene harbor, * O blessed apostle Titus. * Thus you received you reward in heaven, * where you pray to the Lover of us all for those who sing to your name.

Your soul, illumined by divine Light, * O blessed Titus, you set out with holy Paul, * as a ray of that great Sun which drives away darkness. * With him, you chased away the shadows from the earth. * Thus we call you blessed * as an inspired hierarch, a holy apostle, and a fervent intercessor.

A native of Crete, you returned to it * as the unshakeable foundation upon which the Orthodox Faith was established. * You enlightened believers through the power of our God, * O Titurs, travelling companion of holy Paul, * and became the first to occupy the bishop's throne in your homeland. * You now intercede for the faithful.

Glory – Tone 1 (MCI incorrectly has Tone 6).  Forsaking earthly things, you followed after Christ * and having been marked by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, * you were sent by him to the nations who were perishing * to turn the people to the light of the knowledge of God, * O apostle Bartholomew. * And having completed the divine feast of your suffering * and undergone many tortures, * you surrendered your soul to Christ. * Pray to him, O blessed one, that he grant us great mercy.

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos.

Troparion,  Tone 3.  O holy apostles, intercede with the merciful God * that he may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the August Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 3.  O holy Apostles, intercede with the merciful God * that he may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.

Glory – Kontakion of Bartholomew, Tone 4.  You appeared to the Church as a brilliant star, * O Bartholomew, apostle of the Lord, * illuminating those who honor you * with the radiance of doctrine and awesome wonders.

Now and ever – Kontakion of Titus, Tone 2. As a companion of Paul, you declared the word of divine grace to us. Ever-memorable and truly great Titus, we render a song of honor to you. Now pray unceasingly for all of us.

Prokeimenon, Tone 8 (Ps. 18:5,2). Through all the earth their voice resounds; * their message reaches to the end of the world.
V. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.

Epistle:  Titus 1:1-4, 2:15 – 3:3, 12-13, 15

Alleluia, Tone 1 (Ps. 88:6,8). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. The heavens declare your wonders, O Lord, and your truth in the assembly of the holy.
V. God is glorified in the council of the holy, great and awesome above all who surround him.

Gospel: Matthew 5:14-19

Communion Hymn (Ps. 18:5). Through all the earth their voice resounds; * their message reaches to the end of the world.