July 31 Righteous Eudocimus of Cappadocia

Read the Life of St. Eudocimus here

Saint Eudocimus, a native of Cappadocia (Asia Minor), lived during the ninth century during the reign of Emperor Theophilus (829-842).

He was the son of the pious Christians Basil and Eudokia, an illustrious family known to the emperor. They raised their son “in discipline and admonition of the Lord” (Eph. 6: 4), planting in his soul a sincere faith and holy virtues.

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. Eudocimus 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.

As thy life is exalted and thou hast become wholly radiant through divine ascents, ask thou enlightenment for me who praise the honorable struggles whereby, having lived rightly, thou didst receive the things for which thou didst hope, O Eudocimus.

Loving the myrrh-scented doctrines, and devoting thyself to the reading of the sacred Scriptures, O most blessed one, thou didst put away foul-smelling and ignominious pleasures and, adorned with divine gifts, wast rendered fragrant.

Thou gavest no slumber to the eyes of thy soul, O blessed one, keeping vigilant watch and uniting thyself to God by standing in prayer for whole nights, unmoved by the needs of nature. Wherefore, thou hast attained unto the neverwaning Day.

Heeding the words flowing with life, thou didst drink of the waters of salvation which are inimical to bitter sin; and, chanting, thou didst say to God, O Eudocimus: There is none as holy as Thee, O Lord!

Thou didst acquire mercy like unto that of Christ, didst distribute thy wealth among those in need, and hast obtained heavenly riches in return, crying out, O Eudocimus: There is none as holy as Thee, O Lord!

Cleaving unto the Creator with divine love, thou didst receive a heavenly inheritance and, deified by communion with Him, thou dost partake of the Tree of life; and, chanting, O glorious one, thou didst say: There is none as holy as Thee, O Lord!

Preserving the teachings of the fathers unadulterated, with Orthodox understanding, from thine infancy thou didst have an undefiled life and a merciful demeanor, O right wondrous one.

Neither the tumult of the world, nor the possession of authority, nor passing glory spoiled thy desire for God, O Eudocimus; but in thy divine activities thou wast truly well pleased to desire Him.

Ever transported by the divine teachings, O Eudocimus, thou didst lay low the enemy and didst receive the ability to work healings through the righteous judgment of Him Who directeth all things.

The shrine of thy relics, pouring forth the sweetness of thy rich healings, O Eudocimus, dispelleth the passions of those who honor thee with faith, and utterly consumeth all the hordes of the demons.

Illumined by the pure radiance of the Holy Trinity, and protected by the law of God, thou didst pass through the night of this life without stumbling, furnished with wings by thy divine visions, O blessed one; and thou hast made thine abode in divine life.

Now is a great wonder, fraught with awe, apparent within thee: how after thy burial thy body, lying in the grave, was truly preserved for many years undecayed for many years, through judgments which He alone knoweth Who glorifieth thee.

Blessed is the boldness which thou hast before God, and blessed the desire for Him which thou didst have within thy heart, living blessedly in accordance with thy name! Thou didst shine forth all-gloriously with divine effulgence, and hast illumined the assemblies of the faithful.

Thy sweat and joys have caused torrents of sweetness to gush forth, and the effulgence of healing, for the praise of Christ our God.

Springing forth like a vine laden with much fruit, thou didst flourish in the courts of God, bearing the grapes of the virtues in abundance for the Husbandman of our souls.

Gaining dominion over the passions, O Eudocimus, thou didst desire the kingdom of God and didst receive the joy of the righteous for thy higher volition.

Enlivened by the might of the Bestower of life, thou didst restrain the desires of the flesh, O thou who art most rich, and didst furnish thy mind with wings to fly to the heavens, chanting mightily: Blessed and all-glorious is God!

Thou didst make thyself ignoble, acquiring a noble character with wholeness of mind; and, exercising thyself in the study of the divine Scriptures, thou didst make the all-seeing God the object of all thy desire, O blessed one.

O blessed Eudocimus, thou wast counted worthy of the kingdom on high, the heavenly city, the paradise of God, the delight of the righteous, incorruptible sustenance, riches which cannot be taken away, and never-waning light.

Pondering the dread fire which will issue forth before the throne of Christ, with compunction of heart thou dost shed tear-drops of fervor which quench the furnace of the passions for thee, O divinely wise Eudocimus.

Thou didst fix the eye of thy soul wholly on God, O wise one, and didst cleave unto Him, crying out in psalmody: O my Christ, deliver me from the mire of deadly passions forever!

Thou didst wait in patience, and wast lowly of heart and merciful to those in need, bearing a goodly demeanor and a virtuous character, O most honored one; and having lived therein, thou dost pour forth the grace of miracles.

Possessed of a divine understanding, thou wast shown to be a fulfiller of the words of the Master, loving the right-hand paths, but manifestly avoiding those of the left, in that thou art prudent and wise. Wherefore, we honor thee, O divinely wise one, forever.

Desiring to see the glory of our God, thou didst adorn thyself with the virtues of divine knowledge; and, dwelling with the angels, thou hast entered into the splendid bridal chamber as a lamp-bearer, and dost manifestly delight in the vision of God.

Like the dawn, like the sun hath the day of thy commemoration shone forth, illumining the hearts of those in darkness; for thou hast truly been shown to be a child of the light and the day, O divinely wise Eudocimus. Wherefore, we honor thee.

Adorned with wisdom, illumined with understanding, arrayed in lowliness of heart, resplendent in the high stature of thy life, thou didst pass over to the noetic courts. Therefore be thou ever mindful of those who honor thee, O Eudocimus.

We celebrate today the honored festival of thy departure from the earth, which bringeth us spiritual benefit; for, as one who pleased God and acted upon His commandments, thou wast shown to be unashamed, O right wondrous Eudocimus.