May 26 Apostle Carpus of the Seventy

Saint Carpus was one of the Seventy Apostles chosen and sent forth to preach by Christ (Luke 10:1). He was bishop of Verria in Macedonia.

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. Carpus 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.

By thy supplications, O apostle, fill with divine light those who celebrate thy luminous and sacred, glorious and most honored memory with love.

Relying wholly upon the Master, thou didst keep His precious laws intact, and didst teach good laws to the iniquitous, O apostle.

Having loved the transcendent Mind in mystic vision and been illumined in mind, O most blessed and sacred one, thou wast shown to be a secondary luminary.

Thou wast a harp struck by the Spirit, O most blessed one, and thy tongue was divinely moved, proclaiming the mighty acts of our Savior and God.

Having the all-beginningless Word guiding thee and manifestly strengthening thee, O Carpus, thou didst show forth to the ungodly the ways of salvation.

O glorious Carpus, proclaiming the preaching of salvation to creation as a God-pleasing holy hierarch, thou didst endure much persecution and affliction.

Setting the multitude of the faithful like stones, thou didst make them temples of the Holy Spirit on the rock of piety, O divinely wise apostle.

Making them new through baptism, thou didst save men who had grown old through corrupt morals, O divinely blessed one, and they glorify Christ our God.

Revealing the mystery of Him Who hath covered the heavens with virtue, O divinely wise one, thou didst bring the nations to understand Him, driving away the darkness.

As an excellent orchard-keeper, thou hast shown man the Tree of life, eating of which he shall live forever, O apostle, preacher of Christ.

As an apostle and preacher to the nations, an honored teacher and initiate of the mysteries, sacred in discourse, O Carpus, thou stands before the Master in gladness.

Like a never-waning star thou hast come from the East, shedding light upon the whole world with the rays of thy words and illumining it with sacred images, O hierarch and apostle.

Through divine grace the shrine of thy relics pours forth torrents of healings upon those in need, o holy hierarch; it takes away sufferings and drowns unclean spirits.

Thy discourse and the great revelation of thy miracles, delivering men from irrationality, O glorious Carpus, have guided the lost to piety.

Enlivened by divine power, O apostle, destroying the serpent who uttered blasphemy against the Most High, thou hast saved those devoured by him.

Dispelling sickness by thine utterance, healing sufferings by the sign of the Cross alone, thou didst announce the preaching of salvation, O Carpus, initiate of the mysteries, illumining those in darkness.

In nowise afraid of the princes of wrath, thou didst courageously dedicate thyself to the suffering of painful labors, crying: O God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

Berea hath set thee forth as a divine enlightener illumined by the Lord, O Carpus, excellently illumining it with divine visitations.

Ministering unto the wise Paul, thy guide in divine journeys, O holy hierarch, thou didst impart the doctrines of salvation unto all the saved.

Thou wast shown to be a radiant dawn illumining the whole world with light, O right wondrous one, and as a herald thou hast driven away the profound darkness of ignorance.

Working miracles through the invocation of the Father, the Spirit and the incarnate Word, O wise one, thou didst convince the wise Greeks to worship the Essence in three Hypostases.

Seeing God ascending into the highest in the flesh with glory, O Carpus, thou wast numbered among the seventy disciples and didst depart with them, showing thyself to be a divine preacher.

Thou wast sent like a lamb among wolves, O Carpus, turning them to an understanding of salvation by the word of truth, and transforming their character to piety, O divinely eloquent one.

Thou wast shown to be a converser with the angels, the apostles and the martyrs who reposed wondrously in piety, O divinely eloquent Apostle Carpus. As thou joins chorus in gladness with them, be thou mindful of us.

Treading the earth, O Carpus, thou didst sanctify it, didst proclaim the Holy Gospel with faith, and didst lead souls to the life-bestowing Word. Wherefore,  He gives thee a heavenly inheritance.