The General Menaion contains services for each type of celebration (Apostles, Martyrs, etc.) with blank spaces for the name of the saint being celebrated. Until recently, it has not been available in print in English. Several versions are available through Amazon.com, but they are generally not useful for liturgical services, being either too small or too poorly formatted to use in Orthodox worship.
When a parish is not able to afford a complete set of menaia (as often happens in mission situations), or if they do not have the texts for a particular saint they wish to commemorate, it is normal to use the General Menaion to fill in for those services which are missing.
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