Also on The 24th Day of the MONTH OF JULY

Commemoration of the Holy Passion-Bearers Boris & Gleb


On “Lord, I have cried…”, 4 stichera, in Tone IV: Spec. Mel.: “As one valiant among the martyrs…” —

Your most holy memory, splendid and most festive, hath shone forth today upon the land of Russia, O glorious Boris and meek Gleb, illumining the souls of those who with faith honor your sufferings. Wherefore, pray ye, O all-blessed ones, that cleansing and great mercy be granted to our souls. Twice

Come ye all, O newly chosen flock of Christ, and, assembling, let us spiritually praise today Boris and the valiant Gleb, who are beloved of Christ, and therefore endured undeserved slaughter at the hands of their brother, for they ever pray to Christ that our souls be saved.

Let the whole human race rejoice with joy today, and let the Church of Christ, joining chorus, chant hymns divine, praising the newly enlightened princes and martyrs; for, forsaking an earthly kingdom for one that transcendeth the earth, they loved the Lord with all their soul and pray that our souls be saved.

Glory…, idiomelon, in Tone VI —

Overcome by desire for things to come, and yet more by the love of Christ, O Boris and Gleb, ye spurned an earthly kingdom and glory, and loved purity. Ye endured an unjust murder, and in nowise opposed the brother who slew you; wherefore, Christ hath enriched you with gifts of miracles. O ye two sacred ones, O radiant pair, O divine brethren: Pray ye, that our souls be saved.

Now & ever…: Theotokion —

No one who hath recourse to thee, O all-pure Virgin Theotokos, departeth from thee ashamed; for he asketh grace and receiveth a gift for his profitable petition.

At the aposticha, these stichera, in Tone II: Spec. Mel.: “O house of Ephratha…” —

Having purified yourselves as an abode for the Holy Spirit, by your supplications make us also His habitation, O holy ones.

Stichos: The righteous cried, and the Lord heard them, and He delivered them out of all their tribulations.

O godly and wondrous pair, destroyers of deception and sowers of piety: make ye supplication, that our souls be saved.

Stichos: Many are the tribulations of the righteous, and the Lord shall deliver them out of them all.

Having been shown to be all-radiant stars, O invincible athletes, illumine us who honor with faith your sacred sufferings.

Glory…, in Tone VIII —

The shrine where your precious and sacred relics lie poureth forth divine healings in abundance upon those who approach it, O all-praised ones, dispelling the ancient darkness of idolatry and emitting the light of piety. Yet pray ye, we beseech you, O holy ones, that your homeland be delivered from harm, and that our souls be saved.

Now & ever…: Theotokion —

O Mistress, accept the supplications of thy servants, and deliver us from all want and grief.

Troparion, in Tone II —

O righteous passion-bearers, chaste Boris and innocent Gleb, truly obedient to the Gospel of Christ, ye did not oppose your brother, who slew your bodies, but could not touch your souls. Wherefore, let the evil lover of power lament; but, rejoicing with the angelic choirs as ye stand before the Holy Trinity, do ye pray that the dominion of your kinsmen may be pleasing to God, and that the children of Russia may be saved.

Glory…, Now & ever…: Theotokion —

All of thy most glorious mysteries are beyond comprehension, O Theotokos; for, thy purity sealed and thy virginity intact, thou art known to be a true Mother, having given birth unto God. Him do thou entreat, that our souls be saved.


After the Introductory Psalm, we chant “Blessed is the man…”, the first antiphon.

On “Lord, I have cried…”, 8 stichera: 4 in Tone VIII: Spec. Mel.: “O all-glorious wonder…” —

O all-glorious wonder! the divine and honored summit of the all-praised brethren hath shone upon us today, summoning a new people to praise the all-valiant martyrs: Boris, who suffered earnestly, and Gleb, the innocent lamb slain with him for the Savior of our souls, Who was slain for our sake. Twice

O all-praised one, having first submitted the royal purple of your kingship to Christ, and acknowledged Him as true God and King of all, ye rejected the vain gods of your ancestors. Wherefore, Christ hath enriched you with gifts of miracles, and the Savior of our souls, Who is glorious in His saints, hath given you eternal crowns instead of those which pass away.

Blessed is the land and city wherein ye were raised, and the honored temple which received your bodies hath been adorned as with the crown of a kingdom. O right pleasing guardians, who strike terror in the hearts of our enemies and drive them far from your homeland, glorious Boris and all-wondrous Gleb, pray ye, that our souls be saved.

And 3 stichera, in Tone II: Spec. Mel.: “With what wreaths of praise…” —

With what wreaths of praise shall we crown those who are hymned, who, though separate in body are united in spirit, the fervent helpers of faithful people, the adornment of the Russian land and delight of the whole world, who with manly intent destroyed the might of the demons with Christ as their ally, Who granteth the world great mercy? Twice

With what beauties of praise shall we adorn those who are hymned: Boris, who with boldness hath acquired power over the passions, and Gleb, his fellow zealot, both of whom were beacons shining together, illumining all the pious with the light of virtue? For having learned the commandments of Christ, they have been gloriously glorified, entreating Him Who granteth great mercy unto all.

With what spiritual discourse shall we compose the honored feast of the all-glorious martyrs, who forsook corrupt earthly glory for the sake of Christ? For the one was pierced by a spear in his side, and the other was slaughtered like a lamb. They have been fittingly glorified by Christ, and have received the gift of healing, asking great mercy for all, as is meet.

Glory…, in Tone VI —

Come, let us praise the wonder-workers and martyrs! For, having suffered lawfully, they vanquished the adverse foe, and now stand, splendidly adorned, before Christ, rejoicing. Wherefore, with hymns let us praise their memory with gladness and love, crying out: Rejoice, O helpers of all the world, allies against the enemy! Rejoice, ye healers of the sick, expellers of demons! Rejoice, O beloved summits of piety, all-comely brethren, glorious Boris and wondrous Gleb, beloved of Christ, who entreat the Holy Trinity for us, that peace be granted to the world and our souls be saved.

Now & ever…: Dogmaticon, in the same tone —

Who doth not call thee blessed, O all-holy Virgin? Who will not hymn thine all-pure birthgiving? For the only-begotten Son Who shone forth timelessly from the Father, came forth, ineffably incarnate, from thee, the pure one; and being God by nature, He became man for our sake, not divided into two Persons, but known in two natures without confusion. Him do thou beseech, O pure and most blessed one, that our souls find mercy!

Entrance. Prokimenon of the day. 3 Readings:

A Reading from the Prophecy of Isaiah

Thus saith the Lord: All the nations are gathered together, and princes shall be gathered out of them. Who will declare these things, or who will declare to you things from the beginning? Let them bring forth their witnesses, and be justified; and let them hear, and declare the truth. Be ye My witnesses, and I too am a witness, saith the Lord God, and My servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know, and believe, and understand that I am He; before Me there was no other God, and after Me there shall be none. I am God; and beside Me there is no Savior. I have declared, and have saved; I have reproached, and there was no strange god among you. Ye are My witnesses, and I am the Lord God, even from the beginning; and there is none that can deliver out of My hands. I will work, and who shall turn it back? Thus saith the Lord God Who redeemeth you, the Holy One of Israel.

A Reading from the Wisdom of Solomon

The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and there shall no torment touch them. In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die: and their departure is taken for misery, and their going from us to be utter destruction: but they are in peace. For though they be punished in the sight of men, yet is their hope full of immortality. And having been a little chastised, they shall be greatly rewarded: for God proved them, and found them worthy for Himself. As gold in the furnace hath He tried them and received them as a burnt offering. And in the time of their visitation they shall shine, and run to and fro like sparks among the stubble. They shall judge the nations, and have dominion over the people, and their Lord shall reign forever. They that put their trust in Him shall understand the truth: and such as be faithful in love shall abide with Him: for grace and mercy is to His saints, and He hath care for His elect.

A Reading from the Wisdom of Solomon

Though the righteous be prevented with death, yet shall he be in rest. For honorable age is not that which standeth in length of time, nor that is measured by number of years. But wisdom is the gray hair unto men, and an unspotted life is old age. He pleased God, and was beloved of Him: so that living among sinners he was translated. Yea, speedily was he taken away, lest that wickedness should alter his understanding, or deceit beguile his soul. For the bewitching of naughtiness doth obscure things that are honest; and the wandering of concupiscence doth undermine the simple mind. He, being made perfect in a short time, fulfilled a long time; for his soul pleased the Lord: therefore hasted He to take him away from among the wicked. This the people saw, and understood not, neither laid they up this in their minds, that His grace and mercy is with His saints, and that He hath respect unto His chosen.

At Litia, the sticheron of the temple, and these stichera of the martyrs, idiomela, in Tone IV —

Even though the new Cain, the hater of God and despiser of his brethren, deprived you of an earthly realm by murder, yet hath Christ given you a kingdom which is without end and will not pass away. Standing before Him with the angelic armies, pray that He save those who with love hymn your most honored and greatly festive memory.

The earth hath been hallowed by your most precious blood, and men have been enriched by you, receiving abundant healing, O divinely wise favorites of Christ. O glorious Boris and innocent Gleb, entreat the Lord, to Whom ye cleaved from your youth, that He save those who hymn you with faith.

Glory…, in Tone V —

With joy let us all celebrate the memory of the great martyrs today, glorifying with hymns and songs Christ the Savior, Who hath made His saints wondrous on earth with miracles and the grace of divers healings. And let us say with joy, crying out to them: Rejoice, for ye have received grace to defeat divers passions! Rejoice, for by your blood ye have come to dwell in everlasting life! Rejoice, ye speedy hearkeners to those in tribulation, who deliver your homeland from perils! O God-pleasing Boris and Gleb, entreat the Lord, that He have mercy upon our souls.

Now & ever…: Theotokion, in the same tone —

We bless thee, O Virgin Theotokos, for from thee shone forth Christ, the Sun of righteousness, Who hath great mercy.

At the Aposticha, these stichera, in Tone IV: Spec. Mel.: “Thou hast given a sign…” —

Come, ye lovers of chastity, let us honor the venerable pair who loved Christ Who hath dominion over all with a pure heart and contrite soul: the glorious passion-bearer Boris and the meek and right wondrous Gleb, who, pure in soul and body, have destroyed hordes of the demons.

Stichos: The righteous cried, and the Lord heard them, and He delivered them out of all their tribulations.

Ye sprang forth from an honored root, O glorious and right noble brethren, and, truly loving nobility, ye desired the glory untouched by corruption, yearning for life and the indestructible kingdom; and having suffered for righteousness’ sake, ye have received crowns of victory, O blessed passion-bearers and intercessors for our souls.

Stichos: Many are the tribulations of the righteous, and the Lord shall deliver them out of them all.

Fulfilling the commandments of Christ and His precepts, in word and deed, ye did not oppose the enemies who unjustly arrived to slay you; and as emulators of Stephen the first martyr ye said, praying: “Hold not this sin against them, O Jesus our God, Thou Savior of our souls, Who lovest mankind!”

Glory…, in Tone VIII —

Come, ye newly baptized assemblies of Russia, and behold how, though blameless, judgment befalleth the martyr Boris; for they pierced his side with a spear and shed his blood at the instigation of the devil. And Gleb was slaughtered like an innocent lamb by his own brother Svyatopolk. Yet they have been crowned, while he hath passed into oblivion; they are glorified, while he is tormented in Gehenna. And they entreat Christ God in behalf of our souls.

Now & ever…: Theotokion, in the same tone —

O unwedded Virgin who ineffably conceived God in the flesh, Mother of God Most High: accept the entreaties of thy servants, O most immaculate one, granting unto all cleansing of transgressions; and, accepting now our supplications, pray thou that we all be saved.

Troparion, in Tone II —

O righteous passion-bearers, chaste Boris and innocent Gleb, truly obedient to the Gospel of Christ, ye did not oppose your brother, who slew your bodies, but could not touch your souls. Wherefore, let the evil lover of power lament; but, rejoicing with the angelic choirs as ye stand before the Holy Trinity, do ye pray that the dominion of your kinsmen may be pleasing to God, and that the children of Russia may be saved.

And “Virgin Theotokos, rejoice…”, once.


On “God is the Lord…”, the troparion of the martyrs, twice; Glory…, Now & ever…: Theotokion.

After the first chanting of the Psalter, this sessional hymn, in Tone I: Spec. Mel.: “The choir of angels…” —

Enduring thy suffering with patience and courage, O Prince Boris, with Christian love thou didst look to the merciful God Who loveth mankind, Who granteth the world great mercy. Twice

Glory…, Now & ever…: Theotokion —

To Him Who was begotten without mother in heaven, in manner past understanding and report, didst thou give birth on earth without father. Beseech Him, O Theotokos, in behalf of our souls.

After the second chanting of the Psalter, this sessional hymn, in Tone I: Spec. Mel.: “The choir of angels…” —

Having loved Christ from childhood, O honored and glorious brethren, and acquired a dispassionate life, ye embraced chastity and abstinence from spiritual and bodily passions. And having received advancement through the grace of God, ye heal us who hymn you. Twice

Glory…, Now & ever…: Theotokion —

O Virgin Theotokos, who alone art the mighty and fervent intercessor for the human race, with the prophets, martyrs and holy hierarchs, the fasters and the venerable, unceasingly entreat God the Word, to Whom thou gavest birth in manner in manner transcending nature, that He save us all.

Polyeleos, and this magnification —

We magnify you, O holy passion-bearers and princes Boris and Gleb, and we reverence your honored sufferings, which ye endured for Christ.

Selected Psalm verses —

A Our God is refuge and strength. [Ps. 45: 2]

B A helper in afflictions which mightily befall us. [Ps. 45: 2]

A Therefore shall we not fear when the earth be shaken. [Ps. 45: 3]

B O God, who shall be likened unto Thee? Be Thou not silent, neither be still, O God. [Ps. 82: 2]

A For behold, Thine enemies have made a noise, and they that hate Thee have lifted up their heads. [Ps. 82: 3]

B Against Thy people have they taken wicked counsel, and have conspired against Thy saints. [Ps. 82: 4]

A They have made the dead bodies of Thy servants to be food for the birds of heaven. [Ps. 78: 2]

B The flesh of Thy saints for the beasts of the earth. [Ps. 78: 2]

A They have poured out their blood like water. [Ps. 78: 3]

B For Thy sake we are slain all the day long. [Ps. 43: 23]

A We are counted as sheep for the slaughter. [Ps. 43: 23]

B Thou hast made us a byword among the nations. [Ps. 43: 15]

A And I became a man scourged all the day long. [Ps. 72: 14]

B By fire hast Thou tried us even as silver is tried by fire. [Ps. 65: 11]

A We went through fire and water, and Thou didst bring us out into refreshment. [Ps. 65: 12]

B Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous. [Ps. 31: 11]

A For the Lord is in the generation of the righteous. [Ps. 13: 5]

B And their inheritance shall be for ever. [Ps. 36: 18]

A The righteous cried, and the Lord heard them. [Ps. 33: 18]

B A light hath dawned forth for the righteous man, and gladness for the upright of heart. [Ps. 96: 11]

A In everlasting remembrance shall the righteous be. [Ps. 111: 6]

B In the saints that are in His earth hath the Lord been wondrous; He hath wrought all His desires in them. [Ps. 15: 3]

A Wondrous is God in His saints, the God of Israel. [Ps. 67: 36]

B The righteous man shall flourish like a palm tree, and like a cedar in Lebanon shall he be multiplied. [Ps. 91: 13]

A The righteous man shall be glad in the Lord, and shall hope in Him. [Ps. 63: 11]

B And all the upright in heart shall be praised. [Ps. 63: 11]

Glory…, Now & ever… Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. Thrice

After the Polyeleos, this sessional hymn, in Tone VIII: Spec. Mel.: “Of the Wisdom…” —

Knowing the good commandments of Christ, and loving Him, O glorious passion-bearers, ye paid no heed to the slaying of your bodies, but committed your all-comely souls into the hands of Christ. One of you, pierced with the spear, rejoiced; and the other, pitilessly slaughtered like an innocent lamb, offered up entreaty. Wherefore, having received the gift of healing, O martyred brethren, beseech Christ God, that He grant remission of sins unto those who honor your holy memory with love. Twice

Glory…, Now & ever…: Theotokion —

O cloud of the noetic Sun, O golden lampstand of the divine Light, O undefiled, unblemished, most immaculate Mistress: With the radiance of dispassion illumine my soul, which hath been darkened by the blindness of the passions, I pray; and with torrents of compunction and tears of repentance wash my defiled heart, and cleanse me of the mire of my deeds, that I may cry out to thee with love: O Ever-virgin Theotokos, entreat Christ God, that He grant me remission of transgressions; for thee do I, thy servant, have as my hope.

Song of Ascents, the first antiphon of Tone IV

Prokimenon, in Tone IV —

The righteous cried, and the Lord heard them, and He delivered them out of all their tribulations.

Stichos: Many are the tribulations of the righteous, and the Lord shall deliver them out of them all.

Let every breath praise the Lord.

Gospel according to Luke, §106

[Lk. 21:12-19]

The Lord said to His disciples: “Beware of men. They shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake. And it shall turn to you for a testimony. Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolk, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for My name’s sake. But there shall not a hair of your head perish. In your patience possess ye your souls.”

After Psalm 50, this sticheron, idiomelon, in Tone VIII —

O all-comely brethren, Boris and Gleb, your sufferings heal the pangs and afflictions of us who have recourse to you with faith. Freely have ye received; wherefore, freely give healing to the sick. And as ye have boldness, entreat Christ God in behalf of our souls.

Canon of the all-holy Theotokos, with 6 troparia, including the irmos; and 2 canons of the martyrs, with a total of 8 troparia.

Ode I

Canon of the All-holy Theotokos, the acrostic whereof is: “I sing the praise of the Life-bearing Maiden”, in Tone II —

Irmos: Traversing the impassable, uncommon path of the sea dryshod, Israel the chosen cried aloud: Let us chant unto the Lord, for He hath been glorified!

The immaterial ladder of old and the path of the sea made strangely firm revealed thy birthgiving, O pure one. Her do we all hymn, for she hath been glorified!

The power of the Most High, the perfect Hypostasis, the Wisdom of God incarnate of thee, O all-pure one, hath conversed with men, for He hath been glorified!

The Sun of thy righteousness hath passed through the impassible door of thy locked womb, O pure one, and hath shone forth upon the world, for He hath been glorified!

Canon I of the Martyrs, in Tone IV —

Irmos: Having traversed the depths of the Red Sea with dryshod feet, Israel of old vanquished the might of Amalek in the wilderness by Moses’ arms stretched out in the form of the Cross.

O ye two divinely wise, great athletes who stand with the saints before the Trinity, pray ye, that cleansing be granted unto me who praise you.

Your temple is a divine trove of healings and ointment of sweet savor, O holy ones; and therein we hymn Christ God Who hath glorified you.

Having acquired within you Christ our God, the never-setting Sun, O all-glorious Boris and Gleb, sanctify us who venerate your honored memory.

Theotokion: Understanding thee to be beauteous, chosen and most honorable, O all-immaculate one, the Son of God became thy Son, and through grace He hath made His children those who honor thee as the Theotokos.

Canon II of the Martyrs, in Tone VIII

Irmos: Having traversed the water as though it were dry land, and escaped the evil of Egypt, the Israelite cried aloud: Let us chant unto our Deliverer and God!

Grant me release from my manifold transgressions, O Savior, imparting wisdom unto me, that with hymns I may praise thee Who hast glorified Thy saints.

O ye pious, let us chant a hymn with the chaste mind of the Orthodox, together glorifying the glorious Boris and the devout Gleb.

Both received from God the gift of thanksgiving, having loved goodly nobility and adorned themselves yet more with chastity and virtue.

Theotokion: O ye faithful, as is meet let us praise the Virgin, chosen from among all generations, who truly gave birth to God the Word in the flesh, in manner past recounting.

Katavasia: I will open my mouth…


Canon of the Theotokos

Irmos: The bow of the mighty hath been broken by Thy might, O Christ, and the strengthless have girded themselves with power.

He Who, as the Creator of time, is outside of all time, O Virgin, willingly made Himself a Child through thee.

Let us hymn the womb which is far more spacious than the heavens, through which Adam hath come to make his abode in the heavens, rejoicing.

Canon I of the Martyrs

Irmos: Thy Church rejoiceth in Thee, O Christ, crying aloud: Thou art my strength, O Lord, my refuge and my consolation!

With gladness the Church of Christ rejoiceth in your commemoration, O holy ones, and crieth to the Trinity: Thou art my strength, O Lord, my refuge and confirmation!

Let us all praise with splendor the valiant crown-bearers and athletes of Christ, who have taught us to cry out to Christ: Holy art Thou, O Lord!

They desired neither a kingdom, nor delight in food, nor silver and gold, but cried out to Christ alone: Holy art Thou, O Lord!

Theotokion: O pure and most immaculate one, thou gavest birth to the Cause of all, Who delivereth men from their disobedience and grievous fall.

Canon II of the Martyrs

Irmos: Thou art the confirmation of those who have recourse to Thee, O Lord; Thou art the light of the benighted; and my spirit doth hymn Thee.

Turning your thoughts wholly toward God, O wise ones, united by brotherly love ye lived in piety.

Ye hated corruptible things which pass quickly away, and showed yourselves to be vessels of virtue from your youth, O glorious ones.

Though young in body, ye both were holy in soul, in that ye were pious; wherefore, ye sincerely loved God.

Theotokion: Thou alone didst ineffably give birth to Him Who hath truly destroyed corruption, O incorrupt one, and thou hast saved the world.

Sessional hymn, in Tone I: Spec. Mel.: “The choir of angels…” —

Having loved Christ from childhood, O honored and glorious brethren, and acquired a dispassionate life, ye embraced chastity and abstinence from spiritual and bodily passions. And having received advancement through the grace of God, ye heal us who hymn you. Twice

Glory…, Now & ever…: Theotokion —

O Theotokos, pure Virgin unwedded, thou only intercessor and protection of the faithful: From misfortunes, tribulations and grievous circumstances deliver all who set their hope on thee, O Maiden, and by thy divine supplications save thou our souls.

Ode IV

Canon of the Theotokos

Irmos: I have heard, O Lord, of Thy glorious dispensation, and I have glorified Thine unapproachable power, O Thou Who lovest mankind.

Behold! the most manifest Mother of God, the divine mountain of the house of the Lord, is exalted far above the hosts of heaven.

O Virgin, who, alone outside the laws of nature, gavest birth unto the Ruler of creation: thou hast been vouchsafed a divine calling.

Canon I of the Martyrs

Irmos: Beholding Thee lifted up upon the Cross, O Sun of righteousness, the Church stood rooted in place, crying out as is meet: Glory to Thy power, O Lord!

Having shone forth like two beacons, ye illumine your people, O God-bearers. Deliver us now from the enemy who surround us, that with God we may honor you and your aid.

Your shrine hath been shown to be an inexhaustible treasury of healings, O blessed one, and a haven unbeset by storms; for all of us who hasten to it with faith find deliverance from evil perils.

Bound to Christ by love, ye were vouchsafed by Him the gift to heal divers sufferings; wherefore, we celebrate your festival, O divinely wise ones.

Theotokion: The all-glorious God, Who sitteth upon the exalted throne of the cherubim, rested in thine arms as upon a throne, O Mary, Bride of God.

Canon II of the Martyrs

Irmos: Thou art my strength, O Lord, Thou art my power; Thou art my God, Thou art my joy, Who, without leaving the bosom of the Father, hast visited our lowliness. Wherefore, with the Prophet Habbakuk I cry unto Thee: Glory to Thy power, O Thou Who lovest mankind!

Having struggled in your youth, O blessed of God, in the flower of your youth ye paid no heed to the pleasures of carnal love, reading divine books instead; wherefore, enlightened by the commandments of God, ye destroyed the prince of darkness.

Full reasonably following in the steps of thy father, O blessed and divinely wise Boris, as a wise man thou didst have as thy fellow lover of the good the truly ever-memorable Gleb; and being brethren by blood, ye were shown also to be united piously in soul.

Having come to love the laws of God with all your soul, looking forward to and fixing your mind on the life which is to come, O holy ones, ye hated earthly fame and power, and exchanged them for glory and a kingdom which suffereth not corruption, O wise ones.

Theotokion: Following thy words, O immaculate one, all of us, the generations of Christians, call thee blessed, for thou gavest birth to God in truth, and not in fantasy — He being perfect in both the nature of His divinity and the law of mankind.

Ode V

Canon of the Theotokos

Irmos: The Sun — the live Coal which was revealed beforehand to Isaiah — shone forth from the Virgin’s womb, granting the enlightenment of divine knowledge to those gone astray in darkness.

Clouds of darkness rain down delight upon those who are on earth, for unto us hath a Child been given, Who hath existed from before the ages: our God, Who is incarnate of the Virgin.

Light hath shone forth upon my life and my flesh, and hath destroyed the gloom of sin: the most Exalted One, Who in the latter days was incarnate without seed of the Virgin.

Canon I of the Martyrs

Irmos: Thou hast come, O my Lord, as a light into the world: a holy light turning from the darkness of ignorance those who hymn Thee with faith.

The most honored feast hath come, the sacred festival of the glorious Boris and Gleb, bringing us everlasting joy. Thereon we glorify the Lord Who hath glorified them.

Adorned with the majesty of virtue and crowned with suffering, O radiant Boris and Gleb, ye put your brother and enemy to shame, accepting slaughter for Christ.

The whole world hath heard of your honored and sacred suffering, and every nation lifteth its voice to glorify Christ Who hath glorified you.

Theotokion: The corruption of man hath come to an end, for the Virgin hath incorruptibly given birth to God the Word in manner transcending nature and past recounting; and she hath remained a virgin still.

Canon II of the Martyrs

Irmos: Wherefore hast Thou turned Thy face from me, O Light never-waning? And why hath a strange darkness covered me, wretch that I am? But turn me, and guide my steps to the light of Thy commandments, I pray.

As children of a pious father, bound together by love and loving him, shining forth in Russia with the radiance of piety, O beloved brethren, ye were put to the test by the arrows of jealousy.

The accursed Svyatopolk, the raging fratricide, showed himself to be a violator of the law of God, like Cain before him, and, deluded by his pleasure and love of authority, in his jealousy he plotted murder. Wherefore, he hath not escaped just retribution.

Wearing robes empurpled in their own blood, and bearing the Cross in their right hands as a scepter, the all-glorious Boris and Gleb, the invincible warriors of Christ, have been vouchsafed to reign with Christ.

Theotokion: We glorify thee who art more exalted than all things and holier than the ranks of heaven, in that thou hast united those below with those on high. Yet, O Mother of God, visiting those who hymn thee, bring an end to the arrogance of the heathen.

Ode VI

Canon of the Theotokos

Irmos: Hearkening to the sound of the cries of entreaty which issue forth from a soul in pain, O Master, deliver me from my grievous sins, for Thou alone art the Cause of our salvation.

Human nature, enslaved to sin, hath obtained freedom through thee, O pure Lady; for thy Son hath been sacrificed like a lamb.

We all cry out to thee, the true Mother of God: Save thou thy servants, the objects of wrath, for thou alone hast boldness before thy Son.

Canon I of the Martyrs

Irmos: I will sacrifice to Thee with a voice of praise, O Lord, the Church crieth unto Thee, cleansed of the blood of demons by the blood which, for mercy’s sake, flowed from Thy side.

Pray for those who celebrate your splendid festival, O blessed ones, that by your supplications your homeland may be preserved unharmed by the enemy and that peaceful rule be granted to those who rightfully exercise authority therein.

As lovers of the kingdom of heaven, O blessed ones who have served Christ the Master with a pure conscience, standing before Him pray that He save those who praise you.

O blessed ones, who cleaved unto Christ and set all your hope on Him, having been slain for His sake, ye reign eternally with Him.

Theotokion: With mouth, mind and heart do we profess thee to be the Theotokos, O all-pure one; for through thee have we, who of old were estranged from God by the disobedience of our forefather, become reconciled with Him.

Canon II of the Martyrs

Irmos: Cleanse me, O Savior, for many are my transgressions; and lead me up from the abyss of evils, I pray, for to Thee have I cried, and Thou hast hearkened to me, O God of my salvation.

Children of the night and darkness have the adversaries been called who at night struck thee down with spears as thou wast offering hymnody to God, O Boris; yet through them thou didst win a divine crown.

As a true emulator of the incarnate God, thou didst pray fervently for those who slew thee, O holy one, as did Stephen, the great protomartyr of Christ. Wherefore, with him thou hast been glorified.

In their youthful bravery, the sacred Boris and Gleb manfully vanquished the cruel adversary and were shown to be victors in word and deed. And the glorious ones have received from God a crown of victory.

Theotokion: The voices of the prophets proclaimed thee the Theotokos; and we hymn thee also, beholding the fulfillment of their honored prophecies, O habitation of true virginity and purity.

Kontakion, in Tone III: Spec. Mel.: “Today the Virgin…” —

Today hath your all-glorious memory shone forth, O right noble passion-bearers of Christ Boris and Gleb, summoning us to the praise of Christ our God. Wherefore, hastening to the shrine of your relics, we receive the gift of healings by your supplications, O saints; for ye are divine physicians.

Ikos: Having perfected a life of reason, O all-blessed and most rich Boris, adorned with a royal crown from thy youth, thou didst exercise great power in thine own principality, and throughout the land of Russia. Wherefore, seeing thy progress, by His judgment Christ God called thee to martyrdom, granting thee might from heaven, that thou mightest manfully vanquish the enemy with Gleb, thy brother who suffered with thee. For ye are divine physicians.


Canon of the Theotokos

Irmos: The youths of old showed themselves to be rhetors with the greatest love of wisdom; for, theologizing with their lips, they chanted from the depths of their God-pleasing souls: O most divine God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

At night Jacob beheld God as in a dream, and He that was incarnate of thee hath manifested Himself in splendor unto those who chant: Most divine and supremely glorified is the God of our fathers!

He Who wrestled with Jacob, prefiguring the ineffable union in thee, O pure one, whereby He willingly united Himself to mankind, is the most divine and supremely glorified God of our fathers!

The vile one who had not proclaimed Thee, the Son of the Virgin, to be One of the all-hymned Trinity, cried out with steadfast intent and with his tongue: Most divine and supremely glorified is the God of our fathers!

Canon I of the Martyrs

Irmos: The children of Abraham in the Persian furnace, afire with love of piety more than with the flame, cried out: Blessed art Thou in the temple of Thy glory, O Lord!

Your divine and all-splendid memory hath been shown to be as luminous as heaven and as radiant as the sun, enlightening those who cry out to Christ with confidence: Blessed art Thou in the temple of Thy glory, O Lord!

Who will not marvel, who will not hymn and glorify with faith the all-glorious martyrs of Christ Boris and Gleb, who spurned a diadem and a kingdom for the sake of the humility of Christ.

Having driven away the darkness of ungodliness, ye splendidly taught your people to worship the one God in Trinity, and to chant with fervor: Blessed art Thou in the temple of Thy glory, O Lord!

Theotokion: Rejoice, O divine and hallowed habitation of the Most High! For through thee, O Theotokos, hath joy been given to those who cry: Blessed art thou among women, O most immaculate Mistress!

Canon II of the Martyrs

Irmos: Once, in Babylon, the youths who had come forth from Judæa trod down the flame of the furnace with their faith in the Trinity, chanting: O God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

Gloriously did divine grace glorify you, O all-praised ones, as the true bond of brotherly love and piety; and it splendidly taught you to chant: Blessed is the God of our fathers!

O the courage of the passion-bearers! O the purity of their might! O the unwavering resolve! For, wounded greatly, and slaughtered pitilessly, ye were shown to be great athletes, O Boris and Gleb. O ye faithful, let us praise them, crying: Blessed is the God of our fathers!

Ye elected to suffer for the sake of Christ; wherefore, ye have received your reward from God: the power to dispel suffering and affliction from those who cry out in praise: Blessed is the God of our fathers!

Theotokion: O Virgin Theotokos, the divinely flowing Dew-drop Who was born of thee and hath sanctified the world, hath let fall a drop of mercy upon me, hallowing the souls and minds of mortals.


Canon of the Theotokos

Irmos: The thrice-blessed youths, disdaining the golden image and beholding the immutable and living image of God, chanted in the midst of the flame: Let all existing creation hymn the Lord and exalt Him supremely for all ages!

He that is incomparable in grace and might through thee became visible on earth and dwelt with men. Chanting unto Him, O all ye faithful, let us cry out: Let all existing creation hymn the Lord and exalt Him supremely for all ages!

Truly proclaiming thee the pure one, we glorify thee, O Theotokos, for thou didst give birth to the One of the Trinity Who became incarnate. And to Him, with the Father and the Spirit, we sing: Let all existing creation hymn the Lord and exalt Him supremely for all ages!

Canon I of the Martyrs

Irmos: Stretching forth his hands, Daniel shut the lions’ mouths in the pit; and the young lovers of piety, girded about with virtue, quenched the power of the fire, crying out: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

Your all-splendid memorial, shining forth today, O blessed one, summoneth the faithful to its festivity, to glorify your patience and to cry aloud to Christ: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

The divinely revealed new athletes loved Thee alone, O Christ, and have instructed the people to hymn Thee, the Creator of all, chanting: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

Shining forth, the beacons of righteousness, adorned with the virtue of martyrdom, illumining the hearts of the faithful, drive away infirmities from those who cry out with faith: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

Theotokion: Delivering us, the Lord shone forth from thee, O pure Virgin. Him do thou beseech, O Mistress, that He illumine those who hymn thee and deliver from evil circumstances those who cry: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

Canon II of the Martyrs

Irmos: Madly did the Chaldæan tyrant heat the furnace sevenfold for the pious ones; but, beholding them saved by a higher Power, he cried out to the Creator and Deliverer: Ye children, bless; ye priests, hymn; ye people, exalt Him supremely for all ages!

The accursed ones were not content with murdering you, but, casting out your bodies scornfully, they treated your nobility with contempt. Yet the grace of God preserved them through the guardiancy of the angels, with whom ye join chorus forever.

Men hunting then in the mountains beheld the light shining from thy body, O divinely inspired Gleb, and said one to another: “What is this which we see?” And having witnessed the miracle, they proclaimed it to all, praising Christ Who preserved thee.

Your all-holy memory, which sanctifieth the world, hath dawned today, O all-praised passion-bearers, and thereon we pray that those who hymn Christ forever may receive your aid, O Boris and Gleb.

Theotokion: As thou art the vessel of the Light, O pure one, illumine me and enable me to walk in the precepts of the Light Who shone forth from thy womb and hath enlightened the hearts of the faithful, O most pure one. Him do we exalt supremely forever.

Ode IX

Canon of the Theotokos

Irmos: Thou art all desire, all sweetness, O Word of God, Son of the Virgin, God of gods, all-holy Lord of the saints. Wherefore, we magnify Thee and her who gave Thee birth.

In thy womb, O pure one, the Word of God was given to corruptible nature as a staff of strength. And He restored what had been dragged down to hell. Wherefore, we magnify thee, O all-pure one, as the Theotokos.

O Master, mercifully accept Thy Mother as an intercessor in our behalf, as Thou hast willed, and all things shall be filled with Thy goodness, that we all may magnify Thee as our Benefactor.

Canon I of the Martyrs

Irmos: Christ, the Chief Cornerstone uncut by human hands, Who united the two disparate natures, was cut from thee, the unquarried mountain, O Virgin. Wherefore, in gladness we magnify thee, O Theotokos.

Adorned with divine beauties, by your sufferings ye hastened to God, receiving from Him crowns of victory. Wherefore, be ye mindful of those who hymn you, that we may unceasingly magnify you.

O divine and luminous brethren, pray ye that cleansing of offenses and amendment of life be granted us before the end, that we may magnify you unceasingly.

God, Who accomplisheth all, consecrated you from childhood and hath shown you to be excellent helmsmen for those who sail upon the sea; wherefore, together we honor your memory.

Theotokion: Save me, O thou who gavest birth to the Deliverer of all! Disperse the clouds from my soul, O cloud of the Light, most holy Mistress, and render me powerful against the passions which war against me.

Canon II of the Martyrs

Irmos: Heaven was stricken with awe, and the ends of the earth were amazed, that God hath appeared in the flesh, and that thy womb became more spacious than the heavens. Wherefore, the ranks of men and angels magnify thee as the Theotokos.

Even though thou wast interred in the earth as ones dead, yet are ye glorified with the servants of God in the heavens. Wherefore, O blessed ones, having been vouchsafed boldness by Him, with fearsome fire ye drove away the impure one who stood upon your graves.

Ye have made well the pious sick and enabled the lame to walk, O ye two all-wondrous ones; and a deaf man was restored to health at your shrine. Wherefore, be ye also speedy helpers for all of us from on high, bringing an end to illnesses and the arrogance of the heathen.

O truly divine and radiant Boris and Gleb, ye right victorious passion-bearers: intercede now in heaven before the omnipotent Trinity, begging deliverance from grievous transgressions for those who with faith celebrate your memory on earth.

Theotokion: O wonder past all understanding, great and truly all-glorious miracle! How did God, Whom nought can contain, make His abode within thy womb? Him do thou entreat for those who piously praise thee, O Virgin, that He ever deliver them from misfortunes and lawless nations.

Exapostilarion: Spec. Mel.: “Thou hast visited us…” —

As truly all-radiant beacons ye illumine the whole world with faith, O God-pleasing Boris and Gleb. Wherefore, with hymns we hymn Christ our God, Who hath magnified you. Twice

Glory…, Now & ever…: Theotokion —

With unceasing hymns we piously hymn the Theotokos, crying: Rejoice, O holy mountain! Rejoice, O fiery throne of the King of all! Rejoice, O joy of the angels and glory of the martyrs!

On the Praises, 4 stichera, in Tone I: Spec. Mel.: “Joy of the ranks of heaven…” —

The memory of the martyrs Boris and Gleb, radiant and holy, noble and most festive, hath shone forth; and, illumining all the land and dispelling the darkness of idolatry, they pour forth the grace of healings. Twice

With the precious drops of your blood ye have dyed your robes, O blessed Boris and Gleb; wherefore, celebrating your memory with faith, we beseech you: pray ye that peace be granted to the world and salvation to our souls.

Like a single light in two bodies ye illumine the world with the effulgence of miracles, O passion-bearers of the Lord, dispelling the darkness of unbelief. Wherefore, we chant with joy, praising your memory.

Glory…, in Tone IV —

Having gathered together, O ye assemblies of those who love the feasts of the Church, let us form a spiritual choir today with joyous countenance and a pure heart, praising Christ our true God, not with cymbals as did the Jews, but with a contrite heart: for He glorifieth His saints, the valiant Boris and Gleb. And standing now around their much-healing and wonder-working shrine, we venerate it lovingly, saying: Rejoice, for ye kept the commandments of Christ in accordance with His image! Rejoice, for, having received the humility of Christ, ye in nowise opposed the enemy your brother, who pitilessly slew your bodies! Rejoice, O all-wondrous Boris and innocent Gleb, all-radiant beacons of your homeland, guiding your people to the true Faith, O bold advocates for our souls!

Now & ever…: Theotokion —

O only pure and all-pure Virgin, who gavest birth unto God without seed: Pray thou that our souls be saved.

Great Doxology. Troparion. Litanies. Dismissal. First Hour.


On the Beatitudes, 8 troparia: 4 from Ode III of Canon I of the martyrs, and 4 from Ode VI of Canon II.

Prokimenon, in Tone IV —

In the saints that are in His earth hath the Lord been wondrous; He hath wrought all His desires in them.

Stichos: I beheld the Lord ever before me, for He is at my right hand, that I might not be shaken.

Epistle to the Romans, §99 [8: 28-39]

Brethren: We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He did predestinate, those He also called: and whom He called, those He also justified: and whom He justified, those He also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He Who spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God Who justifieth. Who is he who condemneth? It is Christ Who died, yea rather, Who is risen again, Who is even at the right hand of God, Who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: For Thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him Who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Alleluia, in Tone IV —

Stichos: The righteous cried, and the Lord heard them, and He delivered them out of all their tribulations.

Stichos: Many are the tribulations of the righteous, and the Lord shall deliver them out of them all.

Gospel according to John, §52 [15:17-16:2]

The Lord said to His disciples: “These things I command you, that ye love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated Me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you: The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept My saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for My name’s sake, because they know not Him Who sent Me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. He who hateth Me hateth My Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both Me and My Father. But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law: They hated Me without a cause. But when the Comforter is come, Whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, Who proceedeth from the Father, He shall testify of Me: and ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with Me from the beginning. These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.”

Communion Verse —

Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous; praise is meet for the upright.