June 6 Venerable Bessarion the Wonderworker of Egypt

Read the Life of St. Bessarion here

When in Jerusalem he visited St. Gerasimus (March 4)

After receiving monastic tonsure, he became a disciple of St. Isidore of Pelusium (February 4)

He peacefully departed to the Lord in his old age.

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. Bessarion 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.

The Church chanteth unto God, joining chorus today in thy memory, O divinely inspired father Bessarion, and with faith it glorifieth thy great struggles.

Shown to be a slave of God, thou didst enslave the passions of the body by the powers of thy soul, and didst show thyself to be free of all evil, O most wondrous father.

Adorned with the beauties of thy struggles, thou wast shown to be a right suitable vessel of the divine Spirit, containing His activity, O blessed Bessarion.

Thou didst mount to the heights of dispassion, didst enter into the darkness of the vision of God, and didst receive the divine law within thy heart; and, strengthened thereby, thou becamest an all-radiant beacon for monastics, O venerable one.

Thou wast shown to be a fruitful olive-tree manifestly planted in the house of God, O father, and with the oil of thy struggles thou hast anointed the faces of us who praise thy miracles, O venerable Bessarion.

Drops of healing didst thou receive from the depths of grace, from whence thou didst, by thy supplication, transform the water of the sea into sweetness, O wise and right wondrous one, healing the thirst of thy disciple.

Never didst thou fail in thy life, even unto old age, O divinely wise father, wandering in the desert places and the mountains, seeking God by thy will, Who illumined thee with splendors surpassing noetic miracles.

Thou wast lowly and small, yet elevated by dispassion; wherefore, thou didst put down the uprisings of the demons, as a beacon for monastics who piously praise thee with faith, O father.

The effulgence of the Comforter which abode within thy soul, O all-blessed one, showed forth the path which leadeth to the kingdom; and treading it, thou didst elude the snares of the demons and spiritual darkness.

Shown forth as a new Joshua, O blessed God-bearer, adorned with divine words, enlightened with the splendor of miracles and made comely by the many wonders of God, thou didst halt the passage of the sun by thy luminous entreaty.

Thou wast recorded in the book of life as is meet, having fulfilled all that is written in the divine books. Wherefore, I cry out to thee: By thine entreaties unto the all-seeing God rend asunder the record of mine evil deeds, O father.

Thou didst not fail when thou didst approach thy many struggles, O venerable one; for thou didst remain standing for forty days and nights, unmoved by the demands of nature.

Having mortified thy members which are on earth, O wondrous one, thou wast enriched with the vital activity of healing, and thou livest in the heavens, ever healing the passions of our dying souls.

Ever lamenting thy life, thou didst repose; for divine desire kindled a fire within thee, O father. And now thou hast found consolation in the heavens, joining the choirs of the venerable.

Having renewed thy soul with the pious plough of abstinence, O father, thou didst cultivate a most fruitful grain; and stored up in the granaries of heaven, thou dost nourish therewith those who chant with faith: O Lord God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

Having been united to the immaterial Light, thou becamest a pure light; and thou didst traverse the rushing torrent of the river without thy feet becoming wet. Thou didst tread the straight paths, O divinely wise Bessarion, having dried up the turgid waters of sin.

What an awesome wonder it is that, by the invocation of God, thou didst render potable waters which once could not be drunk, didst traverse the rushing torrent of the river, and didst stay the passage of the sun, O divinely wise Bessarion, who art magnified by sacred and divine signs!

The light manifestly shone upon thee as a righteous man; joy and gladness were given thee, O father, as one who wept earnestly on earth and wast a stranger to it in thy lack of acquisition and thine endurance of all manner of evils.

Without attaining thine ultimate desire, O venerable father, thou didst pass through many cities and areas of wilderness until thou didst attain the city on high, splendidly adorned.

With the bright radiance of virtue thou hast shone forth the dawn upon us, ever illumining our thoughts. Wherefore, we celebrate this day in thy light- bearing memory, O father Bessarion.

Girded about with might, thou didst cast down the might of the deceiver, and wast shown to be powerful against the passions, O all-blessed one; wherefore, receiving the grace of miracles from God, thou healest the incurable ailments of the faithful.

The greatness of thy glory hath, through God, been manifest unto all creation, illumining the faithful with the sacred scenes of thy blameless life, O divinely wise Bessarion, who art truly the adornment of monks and paragon of the fathers.

Groaning, lamenting and grieving, thou didst ever sprinkle the ground with tears of compunction, O divinely wise father, until thou didst acquire divine consolation, making thine abode in the city of God with all the saints.

Thou didst flourish like a lily with the fragrance of the virtues, perfuming our souls, O father. Wherefore, we keep thy memory, O Bessarion, entreating that, for thy sake, we may be delivered from the stench of offenses and from all demonic afflictions.