May 28 St. Nicetas Bishop of Chalcedon

Read the Life of St. Nicetas here

St Nicetas distinguished himself by his charity, he always helped the poor, he lodged travelers in his home, he cared for orphans and widows, and he interceded for those who had been wronged.

Lived during the 8th Century

Died: Beginning of 9th Century

* The Canon of the service to St. Nicetas, written by the priest Joseph of Constantinople, also includes St Nicetas’s brother, St Ignatius, among the saints.

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. Nicetas 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.

Illumined by divine effulgence, O venerable one, thou became radiant. Enlighten those who with faith celebrate thy splendid repose, driving away the gloom of the passions.

Thou wast shown to be full of light through thy splendid deeds, illumining those who are in the night of evils, and guiding them to the light of heaven by the Spirit, O sacred father Nicetas.

Thou shinest forth gifts of miracles upon those who ever approach thy sacred shrine, O all-blessed one, receiving them from God as a reward for thy labors and pangs.

Thou wast uplifted, O venerable one, having humbled thyself for Christ’s sake, and thou didst bring low the pride of the noetic serpent by the Spirit.

Having been vouchsafed great gifts by God, O God-pleasing hierarch and father, thou became a great priest.

Perfecting thy life in innocence like a babe, O venerable one, thou didst destroy all the malice of the enemy by grace.

By all-night vigils and standing for whole days, O divinely wise father, thou didst cause all the movements of the flesh to subside, and, rejoicing, thou didst cry aloud: Glory to Thy power, O Lord!

With the powers of thy soul thou didst subdue the perversity of thy flesh, O divinely wise one; and thou didst receive the grace to drive away evil spirits and to wash away infirmities, O most blessed one.

Strengthened by divine power, O holy hierarch, thou didst vanquish all the hordes of the demons in that thou art the namesake of victory, and thou hast inherited a wreath of miracles from the Bestower of crowns.

Manifestly adorned with meekness of soul, O holy hierarch, thou hast made thine abode in the land of the meek, in that thou art blessed.

Watered by the streams of the gifts of the Spirit, O divinely wise and sacred Nicetas, thou pourest forth healings upon those who desire them.

Making thy life resplendentwith the light of the virtues, as with priceless ornaments, O most blessed one, thou wast adorned with the grace of miracles.

With Ignatius, O Nicetas, thou didst shine forth as a lamp of three lights, a sacred brotherhood, shining forth radiantly and imparting healings to the faithful.

Akin one to another in the flesh, O wise ones, ye have now been vouchsafed true kinship in the Spirit, having in a manner right pleasing unto God shared a single character.

Eluding the destructive mire of heresies by rendering honorable veneration to the icons of Christ, O God-pleasing and holy hierarch Nicetas, thou didst save that which had been created in His image.

Thou dost truly dwell with the holy hierarchs, O wise father, full of noetic radiance. Illumine us who cry: Blessed art Thou in the temple of Thy glory, O Lord!

As a chief shepherd, as a blameless advocate of God, thou didst offer pure sacrifices unto Him, chanting in splendor: Blessed art Thou in the temple of Thy glory, O Lord!

Thou wast shown to be a shepherd, summoning the reason-endowed flock to the pasture of true doctrines with thy noetic pipes, O Nicetas, crying out: Blessed art Thou in the temple of Thy glory, O Lord!

Having adorned thy life with confession, O father, thou didst receive from the Spirit the true grace of healings, crying out: Blessed art Thou in the temple of Thy glory, O Lord my God!

Manifestly receiving as the reward for thy great labors ineffable light, immortal life and a bridal-chamber which cannot be taken away, O venerable one, thou criest out, rejoicing, to Christ, the Bestower of crowns: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

Seeking mercy through almsgiving, thou didst provide for the poor, didst feed the indigent, and didst clothe the naked, winning for thyself vesture of glory, O Nicetas; and thou wast a model for monastics, who cry: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

Having become an all-beauteous temple of the divine Spirit through purity of mind, thou drivest away the spirits of wickedness and washes away the infirmities of those who approach thee and cry: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord.

Following the divine import of thy name in sacred manner, thou wast vouchsafed to show it forth in deed, O divinely blessed father Nicetas; and thou wast enriched with the gracious radiance of the Spirit, O divinely inspired one.

You were shown to be enriched by the grace of the Trinity, O God-bearers, equally receiving therefrom the divine activity of healing, having lived pure and God-pleasing lives, O right wondrous ones.

Today thy memory shines forth with the radiance of the virtues more brightly than the sun, O father, illumining the whole world with miracles and enlightening the faithful, O most honored initiate of the sacred mysteries.

Like bright day-stars were thou and the sacred Ignatius shown to be, O father Nicetas. Wherefore, O pious and blessed ones, ever illumine those who praise you.