June 20 Hieromartyr Methodius, Bishop of Patara

Read the Life of St. Methodius here

The Hieromartyr Methodius, Bishop of Patara (Lycia in Asia Minor), was distinguished for his genuine monastic humility. 

St Methodius was arrested by the pagans, steadfastly confessed before them his faith in Christ, and he was sentenced to death by beheading in the year 312.

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.

O sacred initiate of the mysteries of God, teach me the quick paths which bear me to God, showing me the way across, that I may obtain never ending life through thy supplications, O glorious one.

Thou didst shine forth brilliantly in the Church of Christ, O godly one, resplendent with twofold grace. Wherefore, with twofold crowns hath Christ crowned thee in sacred manner.

Adorned with the crown of martyrdom and the anointing of the priesthood, O blessed one, thou didst shine forth in both. Wherefore, thou hast received a divine inheritance.

Thou didst exercise the sacred ministry, O glorious one, as an unblemished sacrificial victim, sacred to the Lord, living and animate. Wherefore, thou wast accepted upon the heavenly altar, O Methodius.

Seeing the burning heresy of Origen, as an excellent shepherd thou didst quickly burn up with divine fire all the darkness thereof, kindling the brilliant radiance of thy wisdom, O thou who art pleasing unto God. 

Having acquired honorable virginity and the comeliness of purity by skill, O glorious one, in thy wisdom and the grace of thy words thou showest forth all their beauty and everlasting splendor, O divinely wise one.

The lightning-flashes of thy words, the trumpet-blast of thine intellect, and the harmonious proclamation of thy doctrine have gone forth into all the earth, O venerable and all-blessed one, summoning all the faithful to share in the delights of heaven.

Nurtured by the most mighty sustenance of thy spiritual outpourings, O all-wise one, they delight in the true sustenance thereof, which abideth, floweth continually without passing away, and causeth those who partake of it to grow.

Dying in martyrdom, thou didst hasten to the summit of the virtues, receiving the munificent reward of thy sacred ministry, O all-blessed one.

Possessing a hierarch's throne and having acquired a sacred life, O most honored one, thou didst proclaim and teach thy flock the Orthodox Faith.

The spiritually profitable sweetness of thy doctrines issueth forth like a wellspring, bringing gladness to those who partake thereof, and delighting the senses of our spirit. 

Before thy repose thou wast invested with a life-bearing mortality, O father, and, cut down by the sword of thy martyrdom, thou wast translated to an abundant and higher life.

O all-glorious initiate of ineffable mysteries, who takest part in the choirs on high: save those who honor thee with love, dispelling the assaults of cruel temptations by thy supplications. 

Possessed of boldness before the Master, Whose suffering thou didst also zealously emulate in thy struggles, O wise father, do thou ask divine peace and tranquility for the faithful.

At first thou didst serve as minister to the Lamb of God Who taketh away the sins of the world; and afterwards slain, thou didst offer thyself to Him as a rational and living sacrifice, O father Methodius. 

Thou gavest no slumber to thine eyelids nor any sleep to thine eyes, O all-blessed one, until thou didst free thyself of all the passions and make of thyself a temple to house the brilliant lightning of the Spirit.

Uniting thyself wholly to the divine effulgence of God, O divinely wise Methodius, thou becamest a model of the godly priesthood and wast shown to be a mediator before God for the faithful of the whole Church.

The splendid revelation of things that are, joined to thy brilliant life, O divinely eloquent one, showed thee to be a beacon for the world, dispelling the prating of the heretics and the darkness of ungodliness.

Sanctified and radiantly resplendent in thy blood with the martyrs for the truth, O divinely wise one, thou chantest unceasingly with them to the Master: Blessed art Thou, O Lord God of our fathers! 

Made steadfast by faith, thou didst quench the flame of idolatry with the streams of thy holy blood, O martyr, crying out thus: Blessed art Thou, O Lord God of our fathers!

Taught by the transcendent vision of God, thou didst most wisely illumine thy mind, crying out, O father, with those who chant with faith: Blessed art Thou, O Lord God of our fathers!

As he beheld Thee, Who art invisible, the divinely wise one endured wounding by the tormenters and was invested with a crown, chanting: Hymn God, ye priests! Ye people, exalt Him supremely forever!

Radiantly desiring the eternal kingdom of Christ, O holy hierarch, thou didst cry out to Christ Who granted it to thee by the right path. 

Ye people, exalt Him supremely for all ages! O God-bearer, Christ hath given thee a twofold reward for thy labors, which transcendeth all thought, as thou dost piously hymn His kingdom forever.

We know thee to be an abyss of doctrines, a tablet of the precepts of God, a treasure of lofty vision and a throne of sensibilities, piously hymning Christ the King forever.

Ever entreat Christ, O divinely blessed father, that He cause the wiles of the heresies to cease, which are directed against us; and drive the present gloom thereof from our midst, for, as a mighty hierarch, thou art our intercessor.

Thou wast translated from earth to the heavenly life, receiving honor for thy ministry and suffering, where, partaking of life incorruptible, thou hast been counted worthy to be with Christ for eternity.

Thou didst take the fruit of the tree of life, of immortal life, O all-blessed one, acquiring the Creator of men. And richly delighting in His joy, pray thou in behalf of those who hymn thee.

Straining thy whole mind to the goodness of life, thou wast vouchsafed the vision of Christ mid the beauty of gladness, as a hieromartyr and a preacher and champion of piety.