May 22 St. Basiliscus the Bishop of Comana

Read the Life of St. Basiliscus here

St. Basiliscus is the nephew of the Great Martyr Theodore the Recruit (February 17)

St. Basiliscus was martyred in the year 308.

Today, May 22, 2016 is also the 4th Sunday of Pascha (The Sunday of the Paralytic)

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. Basiliscus from the Menaion

Translations copyright by Br. Isaac E. Lambertsen, drawn from the Menaion of the Orthodox Church, in 12 volumes (in English), published by the St. John of Kronstadt Press, 1180 Orthodox Way, Liberty TN 37095; www.sjkp.org.  Authorized only for private devotional purposes.  Further distribution, reproduction, or incorporation into other documents is prohibited without prior permission from the publisher.  All rights reserved.

O much-suffering martyr, entreat Christ the King, that He save those who piously sing praises on this thy splendid festival, that they may come to share in the kingdom of heaven.

Wholly strengthened by the love of Christ, O thou who art all-rich, thou didst hold the flesh in contempt as that which would become corrupt, and didst endure tortures, denouncing the falsehood of idolatry in thy manliness.

Illumined by the enlightenment of the all-holy Spirit, thou didst pass by the night of ignorance, O Basiliscus, and through the radiance of sufferings wast shown to be like the sun, splendidly illumining all creation.

With the blood of martyrdom thou didst extinguish the conflagration of idolatry, O martyr, and rejoicing, thou delightest in a torrent of sustenance.

Leaving thee, the martyr of the Trinity, behind, the two chosen athletes [Eutropius and Kleonikos] departed unto Christ.

Having departed from thy body, thou didst await those who suffered with thee, confessing Christ the Lord, the King of all, O much suffering Basiliscus.

Thou standest now, rejoicing, before the one King, sacredly arrayed in a splendid diadem and in vesture empurpled by thy blood, and deified by pure communion. Wherefore, celebrating thy most holy memory today, we hymn thee.

Having worked the soil of thy soul as with a plough, O martyr, thou didst produce the grain of suffering a hundredfold, storing it up in the granaries of God.

Thou didst hear a sacred voice from on high, O all-blessed one, announcing to thee the end of thy suffering and enrolling thee in the choirs of the martyrs.

Showing steadfast opposition, O glorious one, thou didst deign to be fettered with chains, loosing every bond of falsehood.

With the cords of thy divine pangs, O passion-bearer, thou didst strangle Satan; wherefore, thou hast been adorned with the crown of victory, O martyr Basiliscus.

Led by the power of the Spirit to suffer lawfully, O divinely wise martyr, thou didst put the iniquitous to shame.

Boldly treading the path of martyrdom, O glorious one, thou didst shatter the darts of the enemy.

The nails which were driven through thy feet, O divinely wise one, utterly crushed the head of the adverse foe.

Preaching Him Who had been lifted up upon the Tree, thou wast bound to a dry tree; yet by the rain of thy supplication thou didst show it forth as well watered, fully adorned with leaves, for the confirmation of the pious and to the glory of thy pangs, O Basiliscus.

The iniquitous unjustly bound thee who had been freed from the carnal passions, and with nails of iron they pierced thee and forced thee to make a long march, thereby, sanctifying all the ground with thy blood, O much suffering martyr.

Standing with thy hands bound, thou didst lift up the eyes of thy heart unto God, and didst entreat Him to cause a spring of living water to pour forth for thy most glorious memory and the healing of men’s souls, O blessed one.

Thou wast shown to be the adornment of the martyrs, O all-blessed one. Dwelling in the all-splendid habitations, by thy supplications drive the storm of the world away from us who honor thee with love.

Thou wast shown to be the habitation of the Trinity, O wise one, casting down the temples of the idols and chanting to the Master: Blessed art Thou, O Lord God, forever!

The Master bestowed honor upon thee when thou didst suffer mightily, setting at naught the machinations of the enemy and singing melodiously: Blessed art Thou, O Lord God, forever!

Thou wast shown to be a second firmament, O Basiliscus, having acquired thy martyrdom like the sun and the sacred radiance and fullness of thy miracles like stars, forever.

Thou wast shown to be a victor over tyrants and the spirits of evil, O glorious one, unceasingly chanting unto Him who strengthened thee: Bless the Lord, all ye works, and exalt Him supremely forever!

Thou didst die unto the world, steadfastly following the Master Who hath breathed life into the dead, O glorious martyr Basiliscus, and thou chantest: Bless the Lord, all ye works, and exalt Him supremely forever!

Enduring the torturing of thy body with steadfastness of soul, O divinely wise one, thou joinest chorus with the divine and incorporeal angels, offering praise to God and crying aloud: Hymn the Lord, all ye works, and exalt Him supremely forever!

Having traversed the storm of martyrdom with the sail of the Cross, thou didst attain unto the calm haven of the kingdom, and like a good merchant thou didst save the freight of piety for Christ our God, the King of all.

As of old Elijah the Tishbite called down fire from heaven, O blessed one, so didst thou call down flame by thy supplication, whereby thou didst utterly consume the fane of the idols and didst burn down the temples of the demons. And God the Creator is magnified.

When thou didst depart thy body through beheading by the sword, the wise hosts received thy godly spirit, which had vanquished the cruel evil spirit by grace, O thou who art most rich; and now thou dwellest as a victor of the kingdom in the highest, O Basiliscus.

The earth was sanctified by thy burial and heaven by thy soul, O divinely inspired one; for, arrayed in a splendid robe dyed purple in thy blood, thou reignest forever with Christ our God, being ever mindful of those who commemorate thee.