In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit:
By the intercessions of Thine All-immaculate Mother and of all Thy Saints, Lord Jesus Christ, our God, have mercy on us and save us. Amen
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Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, Saying, What shall we do to these men? for that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them is manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it. But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name. And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all men glorified God for that which was done. For the man was above forty years old, on whom this miracle of healing was shewed.
But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God. Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel. For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
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THE NINE HOLY MARTYRS OF CYZICOS
ST CRONAN, ABBOT
Troparion of the Martyrs Tone 3
Of one accord in the holy Faith/ the ninefold band of Martyrs in Cyzicos excelled in contest./ They preached God the Word as above all gods/ and were slaughtered for Him like lambs./ Now they pray for mercy and forgiveness for us who hymn their holy contest.
Troparion of St Cronan Tone 1
O holy Cronan, in the monasteries that thou didst found/ thou wast known for thy hospitality to the poor and to travelers./ Pray for us that we may follow thine example/ and welcome all in Christ's Name, to His glory.
Kontakion of the Martyrs Tone 1
Let us praise the ninefold choir of Martyrs: renowned Theones and Antipater,/ Magnus and Theostichos, Artemas and Theodotos,/ Thaumasios, Philemon and Rufus;/ for they pour forth divine grace for us from the wellspring of life, our Saviour.