June 4 St. Metrophanes, First Patriarch of Constantinople

Read the Life of St. Metrophanes here

A contemporary of St. Constantine the Great (May 21)

·Constantine the Great had the holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council in 325 bestow upon St. Metrophanes the title of Patriarch. Thus, the saint became the first Patriarch of Constantinople

Died: 326 at the age of 117. His relics are in Constantinople.

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. Metrophanes 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 with the heavenly choirs as a holy hierarch and servant of God, pray thou earnestly for us, that through thy supplications we may receive eternal good things.

Chosen to serve the precious Gospel of the Lord, O blessed father Metrophanes, with thine all-wise teachings thou didst cause men to grow in goodly understanding.

Enriched with the understanding of God, thou didst pour forth the word of life from thy heart, watering souls hardened by the passions, O all-wise and divine blessed Metrophanes, hierarch of God.

Letting divine sweetness fall from thy lips, O father, thou didst dry up the effluvium of bitter godlessness, giving the pious the understanding of God to drink, O blessed one.

Chosen beforehand by the judgment of God, O hierarch father Metrophanes, thou wast shown to be a hierarch, offering un-bloody sacrifices to God Who was sacrificed for our sake.

The tomb where thy precious body lieth poureth forth sweet fragrance as if it were the garden of God, perfuming the faithful, O all-glorious and most honorable Metrophanes.

Full of the Holy Spirit, O sacred father Metrophanes, thou didst drive evil spirits away from men and by thy spiritual teachings hast rendered them faithful.

Thou didst theologize concerning the uncreated Unity indivisible in three Persons, inseparable and unconfused, illumining the pious with thy sacred theology.

Having first mortified carnal thoughts by asceticism and labors, thou didst show thyself to be a godly hierarch and a most sacred intercessor before the Trinity.

Performing the divine mysteries in godly manner and touching pure things with most pure thoughts, serving God thou wast shown to be immaculate, as a most sacred hierarch of God.

Adherents of idolatry became favorites of God through thine honored teachings; and, removing them from unworthy things, thou didst show thyself to be a worthy favorite of God Almighty.

Called by grace, thou didst destroy the ungodliness of idolatry, O venerable, and with the rain of thy discourses thou didst render stony hearts fruitful through the grace of God.

Thy tongue wisely sharpened by the Spirit like the pen of a scribe, thou didst inscribe the word of grace upon the hearts of the pious at the behest of God, O most sacred father.

Learning things divine as one who entereth the mystic holy of holies, with the radiance of the Trinity and by the Spirit thou renderest men faithful, O sacred father, most perfect Metrophanes.

Closing off the turgid commands of the impious with the streams of thy precepts, thou wast shown to be like a river of peace, watering the congregations of the faithful with piety, O most honored and holy hierarch.

Such a high priest, an initiate and minister of the Word befitted us, as the divine Paul, the instrument of Christ, crieth out-ever offering service to God as one blameless and honorable, and though seen to be clad in a corrupt body, thou didst converse in thy service with the incorporeal ones, removing the offenses of the people with a just scale. And now, as a great hierarch, Metrophanes hath appeared unto us, preaching with boldness: O Christ, Thou art equal to the Father and the Spirit.

Illumined with the grace of the Spirit and by participating in the will of God, thou becamest a radiant star, O wise one, enlightening those who chant: Blessed is the God of our fathers!

The most holy Church, illumined by the virtuous deeds, had the uncreated Trinity living within thee, O sacred one, crying out: Blessed is the God of our fathers!

Driving slumber from thine eyes with divine wakefulness, thou didst receive the effulgence of God from an angel of light, which made thee a pillar and support of the faithful, a true holy hierarch.

Thou didst bring low the prideful serpent by thy humility, O blessed one, being elevated to God by thy pure understanding. Wherefore, we honor thee, exalting Christ supremely forever.

Thou didst theologize concerning the incarnate Word, and didst save men from slavery to falsehood, driving away the impiety of idolatry, O hierarch father Metrophanes, allwise God-bearer.

Having a life like unto that of thy Master, and discourse befitting such a life, thou hast passed over to places of rest on high, O father, full of the spiritual days.

As one meek and innocent thou hast made thine abode in the land of the meek, O holy hierarch, joining the armies of heaven, wholly adorned with the splendors of the virtues and clad in the light of virtue.

Thou beholdest the splendors of God and the angels and the beauties of the patriarchs, martyrs and apostles, with them entreating Him Who loveth mankind, that He grant remission of sins and amendment of life unto us who praise thee, O venerable one.

Thou didst first splendidly adorn the throne of the foremost of all cities, having lived therein like an angel and adorned it with thy hierarchy; and anointing, thou hast sanctified the people, rendering them divinely wise.