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The Holy Martyrs Manuel, Sabel and Ismael, brothers by birth, were descended from an illustrious Persian family. Their father was a pagan, but their mother was a Christian, who baptized the children and raised them with firm faith in Christ the Savior.
Christians reverently buried the bodies of the holy martyrs Manuel, Sabel and Ismael in the year 362. Since that time the relics of the holy passion-bearers have been glorified with miracles.
Liturgical Hymns in Honor of Ss. Manuel, Sabel, and Ismael 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.
Like stars of surpassing splendor, O all-praised passion-bearers, ye illumine the ends of the world with divine radiance, dispelling the darkness of the demons, the corrupting passions and misfortunes. Wherefore, assembling today, O glorious ones, we praise your luminous, light-bearing and holy festival.
Let us all chant a hymn to God, the Almighty Creator, Who, as is meet, hath honored for all ages the glorious Manuel and those who suffered with him.
Having cast off their ancestral worship of fire, they fended off the assault of the tyrant and became athletes through their honorable confession of the Trinity.
Having suffered for the Trinity, being equal in number thereto, O martyrs, ye were right magnificently crowned; wherefore, pray ye unceasingly, that God deliver us all from misfortunes.
It is not possible, O saints, to praise your sacred suffering as is meet, whereby ye have been crowned with wreaths woven in heaven, entreating God our Deliverer that we be saved.
Consumed by fire, failing not in intelligence, forged by blows and sharpened with pangs, O martyrs, ye became swords wrought in heaven against the impious foe.
The tyrant was put to shame, the iniquitous apostate suffered a terrible fall when Christ strengthened the three martyrs valiantly to oppose his ungodliness.
O thrice-radiant trinity-radiant Manuel, Sabel and Ismael-like the sun ye were steadfast stars of the Faith, manifestly shining forth upon the world.
O ye three holy martyrs, pray ye as one to the Trinity, that those who keep your memory with true faith may be granted cleansing and remission of offenses.
We all celebrate the memory of the martyrs as is meet; for by their blood hath all the air of the world been hallowed.
Of old the Church of the faithful fought the forces of night, and the martyrs illumined it with the radiance of their Orthodox Faith.
The bosom of Abraham received the souls of the martyrs, by whom the kingdom on high was proclaimed as an image depicted.
Saved from the waves and steered by the rudder of the Cross, the holy martyrs escaped spiritual defilement.
Gaping wide, the earth covered your blood, O saints, and suddenly your relics were enclosed in treasuries below.
Grant peace to the world, O God, and in that Thou art merciful save Thy flock unharmed, through the supplications of Thy glorious passion-bearers.
The light-bearing Church of Christ kindled the three lamps as with a single light: the glorious crown-bearer and victorious Manuel and those who suffered with him.
Forsaking their Chaldean homeland, the three honored warriors of the Trinity abandoned the Zoroastrian religion, crying: Blessed art Thou forever, O Lord God of our fathers!
The three children, Shadrach and those with him, spurned the worship of the Chaldeans; and the three warriors from Persia, Manuel and those with him, suffered for Christ.
Having invigorated their bodies by abstinence and strengthened their spirit with piety, the passion-bearers of Christ brought all the ability of athletes to bear upon the invisible princes of darkness.
The Church of Christ, crowned with the martyrs' wreaths as with flowers, arrayed itself in bridal vesture dyed in blood, the martyrs' dye of incorruption.
O Christ, Thou hast vouchsafed thy martyrs to receive the portion and lot of the saved, and glory which cannot be taken away, for they confess Thee to be the only Son of the Father and the Virgin.
Grace united you together with a triple bond, O Manuel, Sabel and Ismael, uniting with unshakable faith the single-minded virtue of your confession of Christ.
With a sling of three thongs ye vanquished the vile apostate Julian, the lying tyrant, O ye three warriors of the Trinity, and together ye have been crowned.
Right memorable was the miracle of the martyrs; for after their demise the earth gaped wide and covered them, yet in a little while, like luminous stars they shone forth from the bosom of the earth.