June 26 St. David of Thessalonica

Read the Life of St. David here

Saint David of Thessalonica pursued asceticism at the monastery of the holy Martyrs Theodore and Mercurius

He died in the year 540.

Today, June 26, 2016 is also the Feast of All Saints

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. David 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 a right melodious bird thou didst roost in the branches of a tree, O father, frozen by the cold and burned by the heat; and thou didst therefore receive golden wings of dispassion and perfection, and hast made thine abode in the heights of heaven, ever praying for us who praise thee.

Assembling, with hymns we honor thy radiant and divine memory, O all blessed David, through the divine Spirit recognizing thee as an heir of the light and the day, O venerable one.

Having mortified thy members on the earth, O father, thou didst have Christ our Life dwelling in thy heart, Who hath destroyed the power of the devil who brought death upon mankind.

Submitting to the laws of the Master, O venerable one, thou didst take thy cross upon thy shoulder and, following after His steps, didst cast down the arrogance of the deceiver, laying him low.

Having caused the comeliness of thy body to wither away through abstinence, O father, namesake of the prophet, thou didst receive rays of the divine Spirit and didst emit splendid beams of dispassion and gifts of healing.

Following the life of the saints, O thou who art most rich, thou wast wholly sanctified by divine deeds. Wherefore, thou dost mystically sanctify those who celebrate thy holy festival with faith, O most blessed and God-bearing father.

Having lulled to sleep the pleasures of the body by prayers, vigils and ascetic struggles, O venerable father, thou didst truly repose, falling asleep in peace. Wherefore, those who honor thee with love have acquired thee as an ever vigilant protector.

Heeding the Spirit's words of life, and forsaking the salty sea of life, with thy tear-drops thou didst dry up the torrents of the passions.

Full of understanding and grace, O father David, in stillness thou didst seek the Benefactor of all and didst receive His radiance.

Having splendidly shown forth thy life through the violence of nature, O venerable one, with the cooperation of the Spirit thou didst deliver men from evil offenses.

Lifting thine eyes and thoughts to Him Who was lifted up upon the Cross, O father, in the branches of thy tree thou didst persist, burned by the heat of clay and frozen by the cold.

Thou wast shown to be of appearance wholly like lightning, O most blessed one, bearing fire in thy hands and censing the sovereign with incense.

O most blessed and venerable one, thou dost now behold the beauty of God not in indistinct images, nor by illusion, but face to face, directly.

A most comely grape of the divine vine wast thou shown to be, O venerable David, pouring forth the wine of compunction for those made foolish by the drunkenness of the passions.

Thou wast shown to be a temple of the divine Spirit, O venerable David, having confined thyself to a little perch, winning space through confinement.

Thou didst incline thy soul to the laws of the Master, O father, and wast full of light and a recipient of the gifts of the Spirit.

Thy life hath been shown to the ends of the earth as truly adorned with miracles, O God-bearing father. Wherefore, we praise thee with faith.

Thou didst fix thyself firmly in the branches of the tree, O venerable one, ever watering it with the outpourings of thy tears, and chanting continually: Blessed art Thou, O God!

Thou didst extend all thy desire to God, O God-bearer, and didst make thy whole heart a receptacle of divine gifts, chanting: Blessed art Thou, O God!

When the emperor beheld thee shining with light and holding a burning ember in thy hand, he marveled and fell at thy feet.

Thou wast shown to be the dawning of understanding for those amid the darkness of life, O blessed one, shining forth the light of knowledge upon all who honor thee with love and exalt Christ supremely for all ages.

Thou wast upright, humble and meek, faithfully emulating David thy namesake; wherefore, with him thou hast inherited the land of the meek for all ages, O father.

Thou wast shown to be a divinely radiant pillar of monastics, O blessed David, and another prophet of God, foretelling the coming divine manifestations of the Spirit of God.

Assembling today, O ye faithful, let us all celebrate the sacred festival of the sanctified father, who shone forth in abstinence and dedicated himself wholly to God through a life of perfection.

Like a tree wast thou planted by waters, O venerable one, bearing fruit, through streams of spiritual virtues; and establishing thy nest amid the branches of a tree like an eagle, O father, thou didst furnish thy mind with wings to fly to the heavens.

Prophetically knowing the time of thy departure, O David, thou didst foretell it to the people when, being sent, thou didst avert the sovereign's great displeasure which was against them, O wise one.

Today thy holy memory doth sanctify us who keep it faithfully, O venerable David; for thou didst lead a holy life and dost ever rejoice with the saints, O holy one.