June 22 Hieromartyr Eusebius the Bishop of Samosata

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The Hieromartyr Eusebius, Bishop of Samosata, stood firmly for the Orthodox Confession of Faith proclaimed at the First Ecumenical Council at Nicea in the year 325.  

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. Eusebius 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.

Illumined with perfect light, numbered among the sacred choirs and adorned with the glory of martyrdom, O blessed one, preserve them that celebrate thy memory with faith, O blessed Eusebius, rendering Christ merciful.

Sweetly aflame with desire for Christ from thy youth, thou didst subject thy flesh to thy soul with sacred powers, showing thyself to be a sacred vessel, O all-blessed one; and thou didst shepherd thy people in sanctity, O venerable one, anointed with the chrism of grace.

The Holy Spirit hath appointed thee as a chief shepherd who driveth away the gloom of the heretics with thy brilliant words, O wise one, and clearly pointeth out the right path, whereunto thou art a beacon for the hearts of us that enter thereupon.

Thou wast meek and guileless, humble-minded and gentle, and full of divine love; and at thy repose thou wast adorned with the crowns of martyrdom.

Resplendent in garments of thy blood, O sacred Eusebius, thou didst ascend to the holy places, splendidly crowned with the glory of the saints.

Denouncing the partisans of Arius, O blessed one, thou didst lay thyself open to persecution and a violent death. Wherefore, thou hast been vouchsafed undying glory.

O wise one, thou didst halt the decay of deception with the salt of thine excellent teachings, and thou didst heal them that were afflicted with the heresy of impiety, O blessed Eusebius.

Guiding thy people to the harbor of salvation, thou didst drown the  disbelief of Arius with the inundation of thy blood, O pastor and martyr, thou adornment of hierarchs!

Thou hast shone forth in the world as a brilliant star, enlightening the thoughts of the Orthodox with sacred splendor, O all-blessed one. Wherefore, we faithfully bless thee.

Making steadfast the wisdom of the Orthodox by thy teachings, O blessed one, thou didst endure imprisonment for piety's sake.

We know thee to be a pillar of Orthodoxy and a wellspring of healings, O most wise hierarch, thou confirmation of the Church.

Striking heavily against the iniquitous with thy divine precepts, O Eusebius, thou didst endure an unjust death at the hands of transgressors.

Thou didst preach the consubstantial Word, the Son Who with the Father is unoriginate; and thou didst destroy the vain philosophizing of the madness of vile Arius, O Eusebius, thou impregnable and steadfast bulwark of the pious.

With the outpouring of thy precious blood them didst dye thyself a robe of royal purple, and with gladness thou hast entered the divine Kingdom, to stand before the King of the ages, O most blessed Eusebius.

Thou didst show thyself to be like a rose, like a fragrant lily, like the paradise  of God, having the Tree of Life, the Lord and Fashioner of all, in the midst thereof, O Eusebius; and now thou dost fill us with the fragrance of the divine Spirit.

Devoting thy time to hymns and supplications, O holy hierarch, thou didst slay the passions and didst show thyself to be a watchful guardian for us, the faithful, that piously hymn thee and keep thy memory.

Revealed as both martyr and holy hierarch, in divine manner hast thou inherited the blessings of heaven; and standing before the throne of the Creator thou hast cried out: Blessed art Thou, O Lord God, forever!

Thou didst shine forth as the dawn, proclaiming Jesus Christ Who shone forth from the Father before the morning star, O beacon of the Church, adornment of hierarchs and ornament of sufferers.

As a holy hierarch and martyr, O sacred preacher Eusebius, entreat the Savior of all with the holy hierarchs and martyrs, that He disclose to us His mercy.

Living blessedly, thou didst shepherd thy sacred flock with the staff of thy words and didst drive away the wild beasts of heresy, O most blessed one.

Denouncing them that were afflicted with the drunkenness of deception and them that vainly propounded heresy, thou wast slain by them, O Eusebius, having suffered steadfastly.

Thou wast vouchsafed to behold those distant things for which thy sacred soul did long, O father; and, rejoicing, thou hast made thine abode in unwaning splendor.

By thy divine eloquence, good works and the most honorable splendors of thy sufferings wast thou shown to be adorned, O blessed Eusebius.

Let us form a joyous chorus, praising the sacred Eusebius who was adorned with the comeliness of piety.

Thy shrine bestoweth the grace of healing, and thine holy memory illumineth the world like a great sun, O Eusebius.