June 21 Martyr Julian of Tarsus

Read the Life of St. Julian here

The Holy Martyr Julian of Tarsus was born in the Asia Minor province of Cilicia.

When Julian reached age 18, a persecution against Christians began under the emperor Diocletian (284-305). Among those arrested was St Julian. 

The martyr’s death occurred in about the year 305. Afterwards his relics were transferred to Antioch 

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. Julian 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.

Let Thy glorious athlete and his all-honored memory be praised with sacred hymns, for he hath been glorified with unapproachable glory.

Waging the contest of martyrdom in the weakness of thy flesh even unto the shedding of thy blood, thou didst not fall through stumbling, O warrior of Christ.

Thou wast adorned with the wounds of martyrdom, shining with luster greater than that of gold and precious stones, O holy one.

"I have not been commanded to worship stones wrought by men's hands, as though they were God!" Julian replied to the insane judge.

Thou didst stand before the tribunal of the tyrant, O martyr Julian, as though standing before Christ, the Judge of the living and the dead.

"I have not been foolish in confessing God Who alone is hymned in the indivisible Trinity!" said Julian.

Julian surrendered his body to multifarious wounds without sensing pain, for it was preserved by the love of Christ.

Desiring the purple cloak of heaven, O all-glorious Julian, as a favorite of Christ thou didst leave thine earthly cloak to the persecutors.

O thou who art most rich, it was not the power of thy body but thine invincible desire for the sufferings of Christ which made thee a victor over the deception of the demons.

Emulating the Master in all things, O all-praised one, thou didst stand, condemned, before the tribunal of the iniquitous.

Struggling lawfully, like an innocent lamb thou wast slaughtered for the Master by the hands of the iniquitous, O blessed one.

Thou didst reckon neither family nor earthly rank higher than thy Christianity, O glorious martyr.

Thy glorious favorite was not ashamed of Thee Who wast nailed to the Tree, O Christ, but cherished Thee as a treasury of glory.

The divine mysteries of the martyrs of Christ have been revealed by divinely eloquent tongues, but they have not spoken vile deceptions.

O glorious athlete of Christ, ask healing of all passions and the remission of offenses for those who hymn thee.

Thy praiseworthy and glorious memory, O warrior of Christ, causeth sweet-smelling myrrh to fall upon those who chant unceasingly: Blessed art Thou, O Lord God, forever!

Ineffable glory crowneth those who are assembled to praise thee, O warrior of Christ, and who chant unceasingly: Blessed art Thou, O Lord God, forever!

Refusing to obey the edict of the tyrant, thou didst not worship a created thing, O invincible one, but didst cry aloud to the living God alone: Blessed art Thou, O Lord God, forever!

The deceiver flattered thee and sought to draw thee into deception by torments, O Julian, but thou didst cry aloud: Hymn the Lord and exalt Him supremely for all ages!

Mightier than a lion, thou didst set the tyrant at nought during thy tortures, O Julian, crying out in gladness: Hymn the Lord and exalt Him supremely for all ages!

The cruelty of the fire could not separate thee, nor the keen edge of the sword cut thee off from God the Creator; and thou didst cry out, exclaiming: Hymn the Lord and exalt Him supremely for all ages!

O warrior of God, thou didst cast down the haughty eye of the incorporeal deceiver, having struggled manfully in the flesh, ever magnifying Christ.

Cast into the depths of the sea, thou didst elude the nest of the serpent, the enemy, the author of evil, O wise and blessed one; wherefore, we bless thee with hymns.

As thou didst struggle well in sufferings for the Master, thou hast been crowned with beauty by the right hand of the Master; wherefore, we bless thee as is meet.