June 1 Martyr Justin the Philosopher and those with him at Rome

Read the Life of St. Justin here

Born:  Around 114 at Sychem, an ancient city of Samaria.

Parents were pagan Greeks

Died: Martyred in 166

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. Justin 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. 

Adorned with the splendors of martyrdom, O martyrs, ye stand before the pure throne of the Master of all, granting release from our offenses.

The pious champions of the truth, struggling with unity of mind before the tyrant's tribunal, cast down the devil's deception with the power of the Spirit.

With their wounds, stripes and sufferings the renowned great-martyrs purchased the kingdom of Christ, wherein they now live, wearing crowns.

Bearing the steadfastness of Christ in thy heart, O Justin, thou didst manfully oppose the interrogator who iniquitously commanded thee to commit things unlawful.

The holy choir, shining with divine radiance; the army of holy martyrs chosen by God; the holy assembly; having assembled now, have, with their bodies, vanquished the incorporeal foe.

The martyrs of great bravery, giving their bodies over to wounding, rejoiced, looking toward everlasting delight and the radiance and glory which is to come.

By their sufferings Justin, Chariton, Charita and Peon astonished the angelic ranks.

The valiant ones' bodies, broken with wounds, have won divine blessedness for them.

Like noetic embers ye burned up falsehood with divine fire, O martyrs, and were shown to be beacons for the world.

The princes of darkness were terrified of the courage of the unbowed martyrs Euelpistus and Hierax.

Full of the divine Spirit, suffering mightily, with the torrents of thy blood thou didst choke the cruel wicked ones, O blessed Justin.

O Charita, namesake of grace, thou wast full of the grace of God; and manifestly disregarding thy womanly weakness, thou didst suffer lawfully and hast received glory.

Having graced thy soul with sacred confessions, thou didst blunt the malice of the ancient foe, O athlete Chariton, precious adornment of divine passionbearers.

Let us all glorify the memory of Justin and Chariton, Peon, Valerian and Charita, Hierax and Euelpistus.

Ye safely traversed the abyss of tortures with divine passage, O martyrs, and have reached the calm haven of the kingdom of Christ.

Illumining the honored firmament of the Church like fixed stars, ye enlighten the whale world with the brightness of your suffering.

Ye dried up the abyss of falsehood with the river of your blood and have poured forth torrents of miracles, extinguishing the burning embers of evil passions, O martyrs, far those who ever cry out: Blessed is the God of our fathers!

With the fire of your love far the Godhead, O wise ones, with valiant mind ye burned up the tinder of evil; and, shining forth with the brightness of fire, ye have illumined the hearts of all who piously cry out: Blessed is the God of our fathers!

Adorned with the wisdom of God, through grace the wise Justin showed the wisdom of the Greeks to be foolish, convincing them to worship the Trinity and to cry out in Orthodox manner: Blessed is the God of our fathers!

Slowly tried in torments as in a fiery furnace, O passion-bearers of the Lord, ye shone forth truly with a luster greater than gold, crying out: Let us exalt Christ supremely for all ages!

Let Charita and Chariton be hymned with the wise Justin and Peon, the great Hierax and Valerian, who drove falsehood away by their suffering and have joined the choirs of the angels.

Led to life everlasting, O wise martyrs, with valiant resolve ye all bowed your necks beneath the sword with unanimous soul, offering yourselves to God as sacrifices.

Resplendent with divine glory, O valiant athletes, ye destroyed the well of deception and shared in the sacred sufferings of Him Who for our sake assumed the flesh; and ye rejoice with Him eternally in the heavens.

The angels truly marveled at the wisdom of Justin, the courage of Charita, the boldness of Chariton, the valiant struggle of Peon and Hierax, and Valerian's great endurance of tortures.

Gloriously mounting your blood as a divine chariot, O wise ones, ye joyously soared aloft to the heavens, and there having received crowns from the hand of the Bestower of life, ye pray unceasingly on behalf of us.