June 3 Martyr Lucillian and those who suffered with him at Byzantium

Read the Life of St. Lucillian here

St. Lucillian was a pagan priest under the reign of the Roman Emperor Aurelian (270-275)

In his old age he became persuaded of the falseness of the pagan religion, and with all his heart he turned to the faith in Christ the Savior, and was baptized.

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. Lucillian 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. 

O Lucillian, I hymn thee as the favorite of God the Word and the glory of the martyrs; wherefore, by thy supplications grant me cleansing of evils and healing.

With all thy mind and soul thou didst wholly cleave unto the love of Christ, O wise one, and didst spurn the falsehood and weakness of idolatry.

Preferring the dishonor of the tyrant to all earthly glory, O divinely blessed one, thou hast inherited the glory of heaven which waxeth not old.

Of old Judas betrayed Christ the Deliverer to the deicides; and now thou hast been betrayed to the iniquitous Jews.

The deceiver, striving to lead thee astray with flattering words, O athlete, hath by thy words been shown to be stoned with rocks.

Thou wast an all-luminous beacon for those who suffered with thee, radiantly guiding them to the divine paths of heavenly delight.

Thou shinest forth in thy words and illuminest the world with thy sufferings; and thou drivest away the opposition of the tyrants as though it were insubstantial gloom.

By thy faith thou didst show thyself to be a new Abraham, like him who of old was justified in Christ; for in thy recognition of thy Creator thou didst spurn all vanity.

Having acquired thee as a destroyer of falsehood and a physician of painful passions, O glorious martyr, we the faithful ever delight in thy healings.

O Christ, Thou only Physician of souls and bodies, through the entreaties of the martyrs heal the pangs of my suffering.

Thou wast revealed as a sacred flower through the activity of the Spirit, O glorious martyr, showing forth thy fruitfulness in thy sufferings.

Having the words of life in thy heart, O wise and glorious one, by thine opposition thou didst mortify the threats of the tyrants.

Mystically elevating the divine desire of thy soul, thou didst boldly hasten to the withering fire, and with the dew of the Spirit thou and the children were cooled, O most blessed athlete.

Strengthened by thine exhortations, the wise martyr Paula courageously opposed the deceiver and hath received a crown of righteousness from the hand of Christ, the Judge of the contest.

Beholding thee unbowed, like the immovable mountain of Zion, the enemy could not bear it; but, put to shame and cast down to the ground by thee, O divinely wise Paula, is trampled underfoot in the arena.

With Paul thou didst cry out, O Martyr: "What can separate me from the love of Christ? Neither tribulation, nor affliction, nor wounds, nor the sword!" Wherefore, thou didst also cry out: O God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

Thou didst set thy feet upon the rock of thy divine confession, showing thyself to be unshaken by the turmoil of tribulations. Wherefore, thou didst cry out: O God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

Truly planted by divine waters by thy faith in the Lord, thou wast shown to be a life-bearing tree, O all-blessed one.

Adorned with the beauty of their precious confession of the Lord, the athletes have fittingly received crowns from heaven.

Beholding the martyrs of Christ to be fragrant flowers of the noetic garden of paradise, we magnify them today with praises.

The martyrs, truly shown to be luminaries of the Church of Christ God, shine forth with the light of their confession.

O Thou Who lovest mankind and Who hast healed the pangs of suffering through the prayer of the passion-bearers, heal now also my pangs.