June 27 St. Sampson the Hospitable of Constantinople

Read the Life of St. Sampson here

Saint Sampson the Hospitable was the son of rich and illustrious Roman parents. In his youth he received an excellent education, he studied the medical arts, and doctored the sick without charge. 

It was revealed to the grievously ill Emperor Justinian (527-565), that he could receive healing only through St Sampson. In praying, the saint put his hand on the afflicted area, and Justinian was healed. In gratitude the emperor wanted to reward his healer with silver and gold, but the saint refused and instead asked Justinian to build a home for the poor and the sick. The emperor readily fulfilled his request.

The saint was buried at the church of the holy Martyr Mocius, and many healings were effected at his grave.

The Holy Myrrhbearer Joanna is also commemorated on June 27. She is the patron saint of my lovely wife! Happy Namesday Jennifer Sawchak!

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. Sampson 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.

Standing crowned before the throne of the Master, O all-blessed one, send light down upon me who strive to praise with hymns thy most splendid solemnity.

Desiring the one thing which leadeth thee to life, thou didst pass beyond the beauties of this world and didst acquire a transcendent inheritance. Wherefore, assembling, we honor thee, O Sampson.

When thou didst submit to the law of God, rejoicing, O right wondrous one, thou didst reach the summit of virtue, being merciful to all. Wherefore, we now call thee blessed.

Let us praise the sacred Sampson; for, emulating the compassion of God, he was merciful to the needy; providing vesture to all the naked.

Having led the godly life in a holy and pious manner, thou hast been numbered among the saints and hast attained unto the mansions of the venerable, counted worthy of ineffable illumination.

Blessed art thou, and well will it be with thee, who didst keep the divine laws of our Lord and God, O father. Him do thou beseech, that thy flock be saved.

Like a star thou dost illumine the hearts of all of us who rightly call thee blessed.

Putting slumber away from thine eyes, thou didst keep vigil constantly and didst lull to sleep the pleasures of the body.

Thou wast generous to the poor for the sake of Christ, and, rejoicing, hast received a heavenly inheritance, O venerable one.

The all-pure Light which abode within thee, O father, made thee wholly luminous, enlightening the faithful with the splendid effulgence of thy  virtues.

By thy mercy thou wast wealth for the poor and didst manifestly rise up as a physician for those in sickness, removing their ailments with healing.

Thou didst show thyself truly to be a pure temple of the all-holy and honored Spirit, cleansing away the filth of the passions, O God-bearing father; wherefore, we praise thee.

Loving almsgiving, O glorious Sampson, thou wast enriched with heavenly treasures, opening thy compassion unto the poor with perfect intent.

Thou didst erect a hallowed building to the glory of our God; and, hastening thereto, the faithful are cleansed of their many ailments, O all-blessed one.

Thou didst live thy life purely, and hast made thine abode with the venerable in a holy manner. Pray for us who honor thee with faith, O divinely  inspired one.

Possessed of the mighty strength of Christ amid dangers, O all-blessed and venerable one, thou didst pass through the tempest of life without capsizing and didst reach a calm haven, chanting: Blessed art Thou, O God of our fathers!

Moved by great wisdom and spiritual love, thou didst erect a great building, O father; and ever having recourse thereto, all receive healing, crying aloud and saying: Blessed art Thou, O God of our fathers!

Thou wast shown to be a radiant beacon of the virtues, luminous with divine light, O Sampson, and hast enlightened the ends of the whole world.  Wherefore, assembling, with faith we call thee blessed, chanting: Blessed art Thou, O God of our fathers!

Moving thy tongue to the hymns of God, O father Sampson, thou didst enslave the passions of the flesh to thy soul by abstinence and didst show thyself to be a true servant of Christ and an heir to the heavenly city.

Thy pure mind, adorned with divine splendors, was shown to be all luminous and the abode of pure and divine effulgence, O most blessed one; wherefore, we honor thee, O Sampson, forever.

Possessed of a sanctified life, O most blessed Sampson, thou wast manifestly and all-gloriously glorified, passing over to God; for, lo! thy memory and righteousness abide forever.

Behold, thy memory hath shone forth upon all like the sun, O father, illumining with radiance those who glorify thee thereon as a minister of Christ, an heir of His kingdom and a companion of all the venerable.

In that thy life is luminous, thy glory great and the tomb where thine honored body lay is rich, O wise one, it poureth forth health upon those who have recourse to it with faith and, ever ask thy help.

Cease thou never to visit us with the all-glorious healing which thou didst acquire by thy pangs, O father, but intercede for us unceasingly in thy great lovingkindness, and alleviate the pain and labor of our souls, we pray.

Shining forth the rays of the sun upon those who honor thee, O blessed father, illumine the senses of our soul, and make us worthy partakers of the divine effulgence by thy supplications, we pray thee.