July 27 Great Martyr and Healer Panteleimon

Read the Life of St. Panteleimon here

The Great Martyr and Healer Panteleimon was born in the city of Nicomedia into the family of the illustrious pagan Eustorgius.

His mother St Euboula (March 30) was a Christian. She wanted to raise her son in the Christian Faith, but she died when the future martyr was just a young child.

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. Panteleimon 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. 

Having earnestly drawn nigh unto Christ before thy repose in Him, thou didst first raise up a dead man. And now by thy prayers do thou enliven me who have been slain by the sting of sin, O most generous Panteleimon.

Like a star didst thou shine forth, having in thy youth a mature and divinely wise mind. And having acquired beauty of soul with comeliness of body, thou didst appear before the all-glorious Word as most splendid.

Having died to the world, O blessed one, and put on Christ through the font of baptism, thou didst become a God-bearing instrument and a receptacle of the energy of the Spirit, pleasing to all and healing the afflictions of all.

Having made wisdom thy sister, and become known as a partaker of life, thou wast honored by her, and wast adorned with a crown of gifts, shining with the radiance of divine splendor, O blessed one.

Hearkening to the words of the spirit, thou didst become like good and fertile land, receiving the precious Seed and giving rise to the salvation of souls, O thrice-blessed one.

Having been reborn in manner divinely inspired, thou didst slay the arrogance of the serpent's sting and didst restore a soul to life; and thou standest before the King of all.

Thou didst put to shame the godless edict of the tormentors, and didst hasten to Christ. And having purchased Him with all thou hadst, thou becamest a great merchant, O divinely wise one.

Loving the piety of thy mother, O glorious one, thou didst despise the greatly vexatious godlessness of thy father; for, possessed of reason, thou didst choose that which is more sublime.

Following the Master in love, thou didst distribute thy wealth among the destitute, laying thyself open to suffering, through which thou didst pass, foreseeing hope eternal.

Thou didst offer a sacrifice of praise unto God, openly reviling the worship of idols; and all the insolence of the ungodly didst thou tread underfoot, O passion-bearer.

 Thou didst set invincible might against those who were devoured by jealousy and assailed by wrath, O martyr; and having armed thyself, thou didst overcome ungodly despondency.

He Who was held in the arms of the Elder Symeon did by the words of an elder lure thee to divine knowledge, O Panteleimon, unto the salvation and deliverance of many.

Joyously didst thou take up the struggles of torture, protected by power divine; and steadfastly undergoing torments with patience, thou didst cry out, rejoicing: We know none other God than Thee!

Possessed of the mettle of youth and having  acquired uprightness through steadfastness of soul, thou didst courageously endure every wound with manly resolve, O blessed one, strengthened by the grace of the divine Cross.

With heavenly teaching did the athlete thrust aside the contrary preaching of those who were in error and, strengthened by Thine activity, O Christ, he became for many the cause of most glorious salvation.

Thou wast shown to be a crown bearer, O most eminent one, for thou didst pass through fire and water. And, bound to the wheel, thou didst most gloriously destroy the mindless.

Without fee hast thou given grace to men, O glorious martyr Panteleimon, and thou dost expel evil spirits by the invocation of Christ, and grantest the blind to see, for thou art his true favored one. Entreat thou the Physician, O most blessed one, that He grant the world steadfast peace, and great mercy to those who love thee.