June 28 Translation of the Relics of the Holy Unmercenaries Cyrus and John

Read about the Transfer of the Relics of Ss. Cyrus and John here

The Transfer of the Relics of the Holy Martyrs, Unmercenaries and Wonderworkers, Cyrus and John from the city of Konopa, near Alexandria (where they suffered in the year 311) to the nearby village of Manuphin, took place in the year 412.

Saints Cyrus and John are also commemorated on January 31. Read the Life of St. John here and the Life of St. Cyrus here

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of Ss. Cyrus and John 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.

Two martyrs have shone forth upon us today, healing the pangs of our souls: Cyrus and John, the wonder-workers. The one, embracing the angelic life and living it to the end, united himself to Christ by the blood of martyrdom; and the other, shining forth among the military ranks, is now enrolled in the armies of heaven. Wherefore, they impart healing to those who with faith celebrate their memory, praying for our souls.

O ye faithful, let us chant unto Him Who hath shown forth the honorable Cyrus and the martyr John as wonderworkers and physicians in the world, healing the sufferings of all by grace, and let us honor the memory of the martyrs.

Having rejected the things of the present, by shedding their blood the lovers of that which is to come followed Him Who truly loveth; wherefore, suffering amid wounding, they endured valiantly.

Having fortified themselves with boldness and made their souls steadfast, taught by Christ they manfully struggled with the martyrs and rightly fashioned wreaths for themselves.

Thou didst hone Thy saints with faith, O Christ, didst forge them with hope, and fire them with love; and with tridents Thou didst weave for them a three stranded wreath.

Valiantly did ye withstand the ungodly tyrants O invincible martyrs, passing unharmed over the snares of deception; for, having been armed by Christ, ye rejoice with Him.

Like divinely erected pillars and firm foundations the martyrs were planted  upon the rock of the ascent of Faith, having drunk the water of immortality from the Rock that is the chalice of Christ.

Body, soul and intellect, and all the workings of your heart, did ye sacrifice unto Christ with faith; and vanquishing the savagery of the tyrants, ye were rightly crowned, O saints.

Surrendering your bodies to the sword and to fire, ye became sacrifices acceptable unto God, and on a mystical altar ye offered yourselves up as the odor of sweet savor.

The relics of Thy martyrs have shone forth upon the world as inextinguishable radiance, O Benefactor; thereby hath the darkness of ignorance been dispelled and the knowledge of God hath been instilled in its place.

The virgins, having acquired the passion-bearers as companions, laid hold of the perfect crown of victory, rejoicing.

Illumined by the radiance of divine effulgence, O all-praised martyrs, ye ever enlighten the world.

Emulating the sufferings of the Lord, O invincible passion-bearers, with valiant mind ye endured pain.

Valiantly prayed in the breast-plate of the Faith, O martyrs, ye grievously wounded the adverse enemy and foe.

In hymns we glorify the memory of Thy saints, O Christ, and unto Thee our God do we offer worship with faith.

Emulating Thy sufferings, O Christ, the glorious martyrs endured tortures. Through their supplications, save us all O God.

Thy saints Cyrus and John, O Lord, as lovers of the glory of heaven, forsook transitory and corruptible glory.

Giving up their bodies as a reasonable sacrifice and shedding their blood for Thee, their God, in worship, O Jesus, Thy passion-bearers were wholly consumed.

Awesome is the company of the martyrs, for even after their death they drive away evil spirits and impart healing to the infirm.

Repelled by idolatrous sacrifices, O valiant martyrs, ye offered yourselves as spiritual sacrifices on the altar of heaven.

Performing mystical services, ye offered up the severing of your members as acceptable sacrifices unto Him Whose body and blood are offered up on altar and in chalice.

Having eluded him who caused our first mother to fall, ye embraced the Torrent of sustenance and tasted of the divine Tree, O virgins who adorned yourselves with sufferings.

Cyrus and John, the warriors of Christ and physicians of the ailing, having received the grace of miracles from God, heal us all.

Standing forth, the invincible Cyrus and John utterly dispel the passions of the soul by faith and the power of Christ.

O God our Creator, Whom Cyrus and John professed of old, have pity on all who celebrate the memory of their martyrdom.