May 31 Martyr Hermias at Comana

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The Holy Martyr Hermias suffered for Christ in the city of Comana during the persecution under the emperor Antoninus Pius (138-161)

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. Hermias 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. 

Thou hast been known as a star shining with divine light, radiantly illumining with the splendor of martyrdom all who honor thee with pure faith, O Hermias.

With thy gaze fixed constantly upon God, disdaining all things in this life, O wise martyr, thou didst enter upon the struggles of martyrdom and didst mightily vanquish the enemy.

Comely of vision and soul, O martyr Hermias, thou didst enlist in the army of the King of heaven, and didst utterly cast down the enemy.

Thou didst not offer sacrifice to idols, O blessed one and when thy teeth were pulled from their sockets, thou didst break the jaws of the noetic lions, arrayed in the never-fading wreath of victory.

Through divinely radiant grace thou becamest the adornment of athletes, O martyr; wherefore, we who are in the world piously honor thee.

When thy jaw was broken, O wise martyr, thou didst chant praise in thanksgiving unto our God Who strengthened thee.

Strengthened by the power of the divine Spirit, O all-wise one, rejoicing, thou didst cast down the serpent who is mighty in evil.

The torrents of thy blood have extinguished the fire of polytheism and have been shown to be dew for the faithful, O right wondrous martyr and passion-bearer.

Bedewed by the grace of the Trinity, O most glorious martyr, thou didst remain unconsumed, standing in the midst of the fire for three days.

The choir of the heavenly hosts witnessed thy valor from on high and marveled at the might of thy struggles, O athlete Hermias.

Broken in body, O all-glorious martyr, by thy many tortures thou didst wreak destruction upon the graven images through grace. Wherefore, by divine grace thou healest the afflictions of soul of all the pious.

When thou wast given bitter potions to drink, O martyr, thou didst remain unharmed, calling him who administered them to thee unto the excellent Faith; and he was all-radiantly converted to the beauty of martyrdom by thy splendid wonderworking.

O blessed one, thou wast in nowise turned from the goodly stand of Him Who strengthened and made thee steadfast, and directed all thy struggles, that thou mightest be with Him, gazing upon Him in simplicity of character.

Having thy desire wholly with God, O most blessed one, rejoicing, thou didst endure the pangs and lacerations of thy divine body as though it were someone else who was suffering, looking forward to thy crown.

Thou didst mightily endure the stripping away of thy sinews, O Hermias, martyr of Christ, ripping away the sinews of the greatly crafty enemy through grace, and showing thyself to be a model of all manliness.

Tempered in the fire of the love of Christ, thou truly becamest like unto a twoedged sword, manifestly cutting down the ungodly armies like a mighty warrior.

Looking toward God Who is able to save, with uprightness of mind thou didst endure the pangs of thy valiant body, O Hermias, chanting: O God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

With the sprinkling of thy blood thou didst extinguish the fire of ungodliness, and, entering the flame, thou wast in nowise consumed, O thou who art most rich, chanting: O God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

The whole Church calleth thee blessed, beholding thy valiant deeds and the grace of thy miracles, O wise martyr Hermias, and trophies of victory which the Lord gave thee when thou didst struggle splendidly.

Strengthened by the true law, O athlete Hermias, rejoicing, thou didst hold the edict of the iniquitous in contempt; and, enduring great struggles, O blessed one, thou didst receive the habitations in the highest forever.

"I am not daunted by the pangs decreed by any temporal statute, neither will I offer worship unto those things which are not gods!" thou didst cry aloud, O most blessed one; "I will only worship the Lord Jesus Who was crucified under Pontius Pilate!"

Like an innocent lamb thou didst go forth to be slaughtered for Him Who like a lamb was slain for our sake and hath removed from the earth all abominable sacrifices, O martyr Hermias; wherefore, in laudation we hymn thee as is meet.

Having departed from thy flesh, O all-lauded athlete, thou hast been vouchsafed to behold the good things which God prepared for thee, and for those who suffered with thee and cast down the evil one. With them do thou now beseech the Lord, that we be saved, O right laudable martyr Hermias.

Thy comely visage was shown to be yet more comely before thy suffering, O wise and glorious one, and after thy wondrous struggles was shown to be adorned with angelic splendor. Wherefore, thou hast hastened to the beautiful bridal-chambers, adorned with wreaths of victory.

Thou didst spurn an earthly army and didst enlist in the army of the King of heaven, O wise martyr. By His mighty power thou hast mightily destroyed all the hordes of the demons, and hast been lawfully crowned with wreaths of victory. Pray thou ever in our behalf.

The radiant day of thy memorial hath dawned, illumining our thoughts with the beams of thy steadfast struggles. And thereon do we beseech thee: As thou hast boldness before Christ, entreat Him unceasingly, that we may obtain mercy on the day of judgment.