July 18 Martyr Emilian of Silistria in Bulgaria

Read the Life of St. Emilian here

The Holy Martyr Emilian, who was a Slav, suffered for Christ during the reign of Emperor Julian the Apostate (361-363).

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. Emilian 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.

Let us praise today our God Who is over all things, and let us also praise His martyr, who suffered lawfully and won the crown of victory with the power of the Spirit.

Arrayed in the power and grace of Him Who clothed Himself in our weakness, O glorious and divinely blessed martyr, thou didst strip bare the vainglorious arrogance of the weakness of idolatry.

Rejoicing, O glorious one, thou didst proclaim the triple Unity united in one essence, and didst destroy the falsehood of polytheism, suffering steadfastly, O divinely blessed one.

The law of our God was truly a lamp to thy feet and a light for thy steps, and thereby, as one adorned as a martyr, thou didst cause the steps of the iniquitous to falter.

Thou didst direct the workings of thy mind toward the will of God, the calm haven, O wise one, and didst flee the raging sea of polytheism, the wickedness of the demons.

The hosts of heaven wondered at the divine sufferings of Emilian and his faith and courage even unto death, how in the flesh he cast down the incorporeal one, humbling him.

The divine desire of God set thee most gloriously afire; wherefore, thou didst endure the burning of bitter wounds, didst immolate the gods of the ungodly and didst bedew the souls of the faithful, O all-blessed one.

Thou didst disdain temporal things for the sake of those which last, and didst bind thy whole soul to divine love; wherefore, thou hast destroyed the might of impiety, O right wondrous passion-bearer Emilian.

Piously glorifying the one essence and one glory of the three-Sunned Godhead, O Emilian, thou didst enter the tribunal as a valiant warrior and didst cast the mighty serpent down to the ground.

With the drops of thy sacred blood thou didst extinguish the fire of ungodliness, O athlete Emilian; wherefore, thou hast poured forth a well spring of miracles, which drieth up the lake of the passions, drowneth infirmities and doth engulf the demons.

The wicked one ordered thee stretched forth and beaten; wherefore, as thy body was lacerated and afflicted with stripes, O athlete, thou didst depict the blessed suffering of Him Who was wounded on the Cross.

Filled with spiritual gifts, O right wondrous one, thou healest the incurable ailments of the sick, causeth the burning of fever to cease, drivest out evil spirits and helpest all amid their griefs.

Thou wast enriched and filled with divine glory through thy martyrdom, O blessed one, and livest with the angels in the heavens. Pray thou that our souls be saved.

Thou didst not spare thy mortal body; wherefore, thou hast inherited lasting immortality, having died for love of Him Who hath slain the passions, O glorious one.

The shrine of thy relics poureth forth the myrrh of healings, O valiant martyr who art most rich, and it ever dispelleth the fetid sicknesses of men.

Illumined with the grace of the divine Spirit, O blessed one, thou didst pass through the burning of the furnace and, unconsumed, didst chant: O all hymned Lord and God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

Set alight by desire for Christ Whom thou loved, O blessed one, thou didst not fear the fire, and, bedewed therein by the Spirit, thou didst chant: O all hymned Lord and God of our fathers, blessed art Thou! In the beauty of thy sufferings thou didst emulate the incorporeal ones, O wise one, and standing with them before the all-comely Christ, thou chantest, rejoicing: O all-hymned Lord and God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

Destroying the worship of falsehood, O allwise one, thou didst loose the bonds of him who held thee, and thou didst voluntarily give thyself over to torture, O all-praised one, crying: Hymn the Lord, ye works, and exalt Him supremely for all ages!

I have not been found by those who seek me, nor have I been revealed to those who asked after me!" thou dost cry, O all-glorious one; "Understand, ye iniquitous, for I have hastened to be slain as an innocent lamb, crying: Bless the Lord and exalt Him supremely for all ages!

The great Emilian hath summoned us to a banquet, offering us his struggles as food. Let us spiritually partake thereof, O ye faithful, and chant: Hymn the Lord, ye works, and exalt Him supremely for all ages!

Desiring to behold the ineffable gladness and radiance of God, O glorious one, thou didst zealously despise all the beautiful things in this life, and rejoicing, didst pass through thy martyrdom. Wherefore, with faith we call thee blessed.

O all-praised one, preserved by the sweet savor of the Spirit and vouchsafed true glory, thou didst offer thyself as a sacrifice, wholly consumed by fire, for the divine altar of Him Who was slaughtered like a lamb; wherefore, with love we call thee blessed.

Today thy memory hath shone forth upon us more brightly than the sun, O athlete, gladdening the hearts of all the faithful, illumining their thoughts and dispelling the darkness of infirmities; and we celebrate it with prayer.

The chosen choir of the firstborn hath acquired thee as a fellow citizen, and all the martyrs, beholding thee joining chorus therewith, rejoice. With them be thou also mindful of us who commemorate thee, O martyr of great renown.