June 8 Translation of the Relics of the Greatmartyr Theodore Stratelates

Read about the Translation of the Relics of St. Theodore here

On this day we also recall a miracle of the icon of the Great Martyr Theodore in a church dedicated to him at a place called Karsat, near Damascus. A group of Saracens had turned this church into their residence. There was a fresco on the wall depicting Theodore. One of the Saracens shot an arrow into the icon of the Great Martyr. From the saint’s face, where the arrow had stuck into the wall, blood flowed before the eyes of everyone. A short while later, the Saracens who had settled in the church killed each other. Accounts of this miracle are given by the Anastasius of Mt. Sinai (April 20) and John of Damascus (December 4).

Today, June 8, 2016 is also the Leavetaking of Pascha. Christ is risen! (until April 16, 2017)

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. Theodore 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.

A courageous athlete, an invincible warrior wast thou shown to be by the Holy Spirit, casting down the adversary with the wisdom of thy words and wisely by patient manifestations of thy deeds. Wherefore, thou hast received crowns of victory and hast been joined to the choirs on high, O great martyr Theodore.

A pillar of godly piety wast thou, O thou who art most rich, detesting the temples of the impious, brought as a most perfect lamb and an acceptable immolation unto Him Who was blamelessly sacrificed for thy sake, Who hath glorified thy holy memory, and bestowed thee as a treasury of miracles upon those who are in the world, O Theodore.

A martyr manifestly adorned with splendors, thou dost stand before Christ the Benefactor, arrayed by Him, for thou art the namesake of divine gifts, O martyr Theodore.

Armed with the divine weaponry of faith, thou didst steadfastly cut down the soul-destroying legions of the enemy, O Theodore; and as victor thou hast been crowned with the martyrs.

Showing forth the splendid courage of thy soul before the impious emperor, O divinely wise one, thou didst put him to shame by the wisdom of thy words and the grace of thy deeds, O Theodore.

Like a mighty commander thou didst vanquish the legion of the impious, and didst trample down all the wiles of the perverse serpent.

In that thou wast earnest of soul, O glorious one, with pious intent thou didst destroy the adulterous temples of the impious.

With strength of mind didst thou endure the assaults of the cruel foe, emulating the life-creating death of the Judge of the contest.

Thou didst wound the serpent that wished to wound thee, and by thy steadfast opposition thou didst show thyself to be a martyr, earnestly chanting unto Him that gaveth thee strength: Glory to Thy power, O Lord!

Having laid waste to thy flesh with many wounds, thou didst set thy mind immovable, O thrice-blessed one, chanting earnestly unto Him that gaveth thee strength: Glory to Thy power, O Lord!

Thou didst adorn thyself, joining thine honored sufferings to the sufferings of the Master, O all-wise one, and thou wast vouchsafed His radiance and longed-for comeliness.

With the shedding of the blood of thy flesh thou didst put an end to the blood offered to the demons unto destruction, O invincible Theodore.

O, the pious demeanor! O, the noble mind! O, the most fervent faith of the honored passion-bearer, whereby he acquired God!

Possessed of a mind illumined by the light of God, thou didst cast into darkness the serpent, the champion of evil, O God-bearing Theodore.

Stretched upon a cross and transfixed with nails, presenting an image of the saving Passion of the Creator, O blessed one, thou didst with bold ardor vanquish them that are cast down.

When thou wast imprisoned in the dungeon, lawfully contesting, Christ appeared unto thee, raising thee up to feats of battle against the enemy, in that He is the Judge of the contest, O all-glorious one.

To Him that willingly offered Himself as a sacrifice for thy sake didst thou bring thyself as a sacrifice pure, holy and unblemished, O passion-bearer Theodore.

Come, all ye faithful, and with wreaths of hymnody let us crown Theodore, the most radiant adornment of athletes; for in the splendor of his miracles he is shown to be God's great gift to the world. Having vanquished Belial the enemy by his honored sufferings, he sendeth down as dew streams of healings with the drops of his blood. In all these things doth Christ rejoice, and He granteth everlasting peace. Wherefore, we cry out to the martyr: Pray thou unceasingly for us all!

In the furnace of thy struggles didst thou utterly consume the fuel of impiety, O glorious martyr, and thou wast a beacon of piety, chanting: Blessed art Thou in the temple of Thy glory, O Lord!

As a commander wise and sober in deed, thou didst prevail over the senseless and impious emperor; and, strengthened by the power of the Spirit, thou didst show him to be powerless.

By the praises of thy greatness is the law overcome; for with the most radiant effulgence of torment didst thou shine forth, O Theodore, crying out to thy Master: Blessed is the might of Thy dominion!

"Trusting in Thee, Who for my sake didst endure the Cross and death, I have been lifted up upon a cross, O Master, and am pierced by arrows and am touched by grievous wounds, O Lord," thou didst cry in thy suffering, O nobleminded martyr Theodore.

Rejoicing, thou didst offer thyself as a pure sacrifice to thy Creator, O Theodore, and translated to the kingdom of heaven, O glorious one, with the martyrs thou dost ever cry out in sacred manner: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

Like a lily, like a noetic rose, dost thou perfume us with the fragrance of thy sufferings, ever driving away the stench of our passions with grace, and constraining us to sing with sweet-smelling souls: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

Adorned by thy sufferings, abiding and rejoicing with the assemblies of the blessed and the choirs of martyrs, wearing thy crown thou dost stand now before Him Whom thou didst desire, O Theodore.

Caught up to the heights of heaven, disdaining earthly things, thou wast accounted worthy of the end for which thou didst long, receiving the very perfection of desires, rejoicing, O Theodore.

Having boldness before God, as a noble and wise athlete, ask thou remission of offenses for us that praise thee with love, delivering us all from sufferings and sorrows.

The divinely wise martyr, desiring Thee alone, the immortal Word, Who suffered and died in the flesh, having received Thine immortality, hath made his abode in the heavens, in the presence of Thee, the almighty Creator of all.