June 10 Hieromartyr Timothy, Bishop of Prussa

Read the Life of St. Timothy here

St. Timothy was martyred under the reign of Julian the Apostate (361-363)

St. Timothy's relics were transferred to Constantinople.

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. Theodore 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 holy hierarch Timothy, boast of the people of Prussa, universal champion and beacon of the world, adornment of the Church, sacred oblation of faith, and precious and lustrous ornament of the martyrs: pray thou that those who celebrate thy most honored memory with faith may be delivered from corruption and misfortunes.

Possessed of invincible strength and immutable and unchangeable might, O Good One, with thine ineffable power make firm the weakness of my tongue, that it might hymn Thee, and through the supplications of Timothy take pity on me.

With godly might thou didst grow a sacred garden from a sacred root, O Timothy, and didst show thyself to be a divine adornment of the virtues; for thou didst put forth abundant fruits of suffering and didst offer them to the Master of all.

Showing thyself to be adorned in the dye of thy blood with purity of mind and splendor of soul, O God-bearing Timothy, thou now reignest with the Master of creation and hast interceded for thy flock with faith. 

Showing thyself to be a splendid martyr with the martyrs of Christ, O glorious one, thou hast shown thyself to be an adornment of priests among wise priests. 

Come, ye faithful, O flock of the primate of Prussia, and let us hymn today the temple of the Lord, the treasury of wisdom. 

Mingling thy blood with the sweat of the virtues O all-wise Timothy, thou didst offer it to the Lord as a pure, divine and beautiful drink.

Having acquired a life of heavenly Wisdom, and wholly resplendent with the thundering of the Spirit, thou didst utterly consume the most pernicious serpent, O glorious one, strengthened by divine grace. 

Adorned with vision and activity, O Timothy; like a Levite thou didst disembowel the serpent, using as a two-edged knife the covering of the consecrated Bread. 

Having acknowledged Christ, the great High Priest, not with another's blood, but with thine own, O martyr, brought before the Father as His companion, thou didst make sacrifice, offering up thyself. 

Waging war against the hordes of the iniquitous like a swift scythe and a mighty sword, thou hast been crowned with victory.

Shown forth as a radiant beacon of the day, thou didst enlighten the queen whose face was enveloped in the darkness of evil, O glorious one.

Beholding the confusion of the abominations of the idols, thou didst give thyself over to the shedders of blood like a lamb, O blessed one, and didst offer thyself as a sacrifice to God.

The whole world is glad today, rejoicing in thy memory, O blessed one; for with rays of miracles thou sheddest light from on high upon the souls of those who hymn thee. 

Thou hast been shown now to be a minister not of an altar on earth, but, entering into the chambers of heaven, thou dost eat at the ineffable table, whereat grant us all thy food and refreshment. 

Accomplishing thy sacred struggle lawfully and with boldness, O divinely wise Timothy, thou didst denounce the mindlessness of the emperor and didst demolish the temples of the idols. 

The grace of God rightly crowned thee before thy sufferings as a treasury rich in the virtues, and, resplendent with gifts of miracles, it hath made thee radiant in the world. 

Beholding the threat of the sword and the flame of the fire, O martyr, thou didst arm thy mind and soul with faith and with fearless understanding didst preach Christ, thy Creator and Fashioner and Lord.

Strengthened with the power of divine faith, O wise Timothy, thou hast been shown forth to us as a new Daniel, destroying the pernicious serpent; and translated to the heights, thou criest out, ever chanting: bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

As a sacred servant thou hast entered into the joy of thy Lord; for thou didst vastly increase the talant of faith with thy pangs, sufferings and miracles, O glorious one, crying aloud: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

Driving away the infirmities of men, O allwise one, thou dost perfume their souls with thine anointing, doest away with their painful wounds by thy mighty gifts, and deliverest from evil spirits those who ever cry out: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord! 

All-glorious miracles have we truly seen in thee, O God-bearing Timothy; for the shrine of thy relics poureth forth streams of healing upon us and doth banish the pangs of infirmities. Wherefore, we glorify thee with honor.

Joining chorus with the angelic armies, O Timothy, rejoicing with the assemblies of the martyrs and chanting with the ranks of the priests, unceasingly entreat the Lord, that He save those who praise thee with faith.

Thou dost hearken to the sounds of hymnody and entreaty, O most honored martyr of Christ. Attend thou to desire and love, and lift up thine eyes to Him Who is invincible in wrath; and from on high grant thy protection to all who praise thee with faith.