July 30 Apostles Silas and Silvanus of the Seventy and those with them

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Liturgical Hymns in Honor of Ss. Silas and Silvanus 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. 

Illumined with divine splendors, O apostles, ye soared above the world like winged eagles, driving away the darkness of polytheism, and making all sons and heirs of the day. Wherefore, we reverence you, and honor your holy and right eminent festival, venerating your relics.

Christ sent you to all the world to cleanse away the mire of wickedness, O apostles, and to restore souls wounded by soul-destroying poison and bring them to perfect health. Wherefore, we honor you as all-praised benefactors  and all-wise physicians and instruments of the Spirit.

Ever standing before the divine throne, illumined with never-waning radiance, O saints, ask ye of the Father of lights, that He send down spiritual enlightenment upon all of us who faithfully honor you.

Bearing the divine law upon your tongue, ye traversed all the earth, taking away its iniquity, O wise Crescens and Andronicus, Silas and Silvanus, sowing the word of salvation.

Having preached the incarnation of the Master and loosed the bonds of wickedness, O wise and great preachers, ye loosed those who of old were bound with unbelief, and led them to God through faith.

As lamps of the never-waning radiance, ye drove away the darkness of ungodliness, showing the light of knowledge to men, O all-praised ones. Wherefore, ye are ever blessed.

Unto all the earth hath the divine proclamation of the apostles gone forth, as David doth sing, and it teacheth the suffering and resurrection of the Savior, whereby we have all risen from graves of vanity.

In the house of our God let us join chorus, glorifying Silvanus, Silas and Andronicus, the great Epenetus and the most wise Crescens, as true preachers who pray for us.

Your truly sacred and right laudable memory, holy and full of the gifts of the divine Spirit, illumining the fullness of the pious with beams of divine energy, moveth us to hymn you, O wise ones.