June 18 Martyr Leontius at Tripoli in Syria

Read the Life of St. Leontius here

The Holy Martyrs Leontius, Hypatius, and Theodulus were Roman soldiers. The holy Martyr Leontius, a Greek by origin, served as a military-chief in the imperial army in the Phoenician city of Tripoli during the reign of Vespasian (70-79)

St. Leontius was martyred around the year 79.

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. Leontius 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.

Thy virtue is not subject to the laws of praise, O Leontius, favorite of Christ; for He is thy boast and riches which cannot be taken away.

Desiring an unsullied soul of supernatural qualities, and having adorned thy body with virginity, thou didst splendidly set forth on the path of the Most High.

Wielding might against falsehood, O venerable and glorious Leontius, thou didst ever praise the honor of martyrdom to Him Whom thou didst desire.

Having acquired a right beautiful character, wisdom and grace from God, O Leontius, thou wast shown to be a true athlete and a chosen martyr. "Lay down your life for the living God," thou didst say to thy peers, O Leontius, "and as soldiers serve ye the King Who abideth eternally!"

Thy honeyed and God-loving tongue poured forth words of piety and brought down the blasphemers, the minions of impiety.

He who was beset by the wrath of the demons mercilessly wounded thee, who art swathed in the love of God, O martyred athlete Leontius.

Boldly didst thou urge toward the truth him who wished to overtake and lay hold of thee, considering him to be a blessed one of promise, O martyred athlete Leontius.

He Who, for thy sake, was nailed to the Tree in the flesh, seeing thee bound to a tree for His sake, filled thee with strength and grace.

Led in like a sheep ready for the slaughter, O most glorious Leontius, thou didst of thine own will stand up for Christ before the tyrant's tribunal.

He who was guilty of falsehood sought to bring low the strength of thy soul, disparaging the crucified Lord as a human malefactor.

"May the gods perish, who manifestly did not create the heaven and the earth, for the Crucified One is the Fashioner of all!", thou didst say, O martyr.

Though peaceable to those who have recourse to thee with faith, and possessed of discourse seasoned with divine salt, O Leontius, thou wast shown to be cruel to the enemies of Christ.

Rejoicing, Thy faithful servant Leontius gave himself over as a witness of Thy kingdom, O Christ, and Thine enemies were unable to bear the truth.

Like wild beasts the iniquitous burned with rage and fell upon the martyr, as though he were their prey, pitilessly to rend asunder the invincible one.

Like the captive youths, with steadfast understanding the invincible Leontius trampled falsehood and the flame of his tortures underfoot, chanting to Thee: O God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

Unmindful of the flesh by virtue of thine indifference to suffering, as an invincible martyr thou didst mightily endure wounding for Christ, chanting to thy Creator: O God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

Steadfastly prevailing over the corrupt union of nature through wisdom and love for Christ, thou didst prefer life-bearing death, O Leontius, chanting: O God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

Theologizing concerning the one Essence in three Hypostases - the Word, the Spirit and the Father, - the unbowed and invincible martyr cried out: O all-hymned Lord, God of our fathers, blessed art Thou. 

The martyr endured the wounding of his flesh and won a great victory over the incorporeal foe, chanting: Exalt Christ our God supremely forever!

Amid the spines of thorns thou didst radiantly stretch forth thy mind toward the Master, O martyr, crying out with love: Exalt Christ our God supremely forever!

Christ, Whom thou didst glorify with the wound& of thy flesh, is thy victory; and thou didst cry out: ye children, exalt Christ our God supremely forever!

Thou didst show thyself to be a servant of the Trinity, O Leontius, ministering blamelessly to Him before Whom every knee doth bend in heaven and on earth, and in the nethermost regions. And, chanting, we magnify Him as is meet.

Desiring to look upon the glory of the Lord immaterially, thy face uncovered, thou didst divest thyself of power and authority, preaching the one Godhead in three Hypostases alone.

Thou wast glad in thy confession, and, as is meet, the Savior hath confessed thee before the Father. Him do thou entreat, O athlete, that all who magnify thy memory with faith may be saved.