July 4 St. Andrew the Archbishop of Crete

Read the Life of St. Andrew here

Saint Andrew, Archbishop of Crete, was born in the city of Damascus into a pious Christian family.

At fourteen years of age he went off to Jerusalem and there he accepted monastic tonsure at the monastery of St Sava the Sanctified.

St Andrew wrote many liturgical hymns. He was the originator of a new liturgical form -- the canon. Of the canons composed by him the best known is the Great Penitential Canon, including within its 9 odes the 250 troparia recited during the Great Lent.

Church historians are not of the same opinion as to the date of death of the saint. One suggests the year 712, while others -- the year 726. He died on the island of Mytilene, while returning to Crete from Constantinople, where he had been on churchly business 

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of the St. Andrew 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.

Casting off sleep from thine eyelids, by virtue thou didst splendidly prepare thyself as a habitation and place of divine rest for the Master, O venerable one who hast been revealed by God.

Moving thy harp to play melodiously, thou didst adorn the Church of Christ with thy hymnody, O wondrous Andrew, instructed by the divine grace of the Holy Spirit.

Wisely submitting to the law written by God, with fasting thou didst mortify the bodily passions; and thou didst elevate thy mind with thy mighty desire, chanting hymns to God, O most wise one.

Thou didst direct thy life with virtue, O venerable one, uniting thyself unto God by divine desire; and thou wast shown to be a reason-endowed instrument, illumining the whole world with hymns and drawing forth divine treasures.

Thou wast full of heavenly wisdom; for, opening the mouth of thy spirit, O venerable one, thou didst manifestly receive all the brilliant radiance of the effulgence of the threefold Sun, in that thou art a sacred minister.

Making firm the powers of thy soul and restraining thy flesh by abstinence, O venerable one, thou didst wholly become an all-radiant star, adorning the Church with thine Orthodox teachings and tuneful hymnody.

Openly proclaiming the glory of the all-hymned Trinity, thy discourse adorned by thy manner of life, O wondrous one, thou wast shown to be an excellent standard of theology.

O wise and divinely eloquent Andrew, showing forth an ascent of vision through activity, by thy manner of life thou wast like unto one embraced by vision.

Fighting like a shepherd, as a hierarch of God thou didst repel the attacks of lions from the Church, O Andrew, namesake of manliness.

Finding the Theotokos to be a great subject of laudation, thou didst show forth redoubled zeal, O wise one, honoring her who is above praise with multifarious praises.

We who are now adorned with thy teachings and in sacred manner delight in thy divinely inspired hymns honor thy memory, O most blessed Andrew.

Manifestly illumined by the splendor of the Spirit, in an all-holy manner  thou didst praise the choirs of the saints; and with them thou dost now rejoice, O most blessed Andrew.

Thou now beholdest divine things, not with the senses or a corruptible body, nor in illusions, but noetically O all-wise one, uniting thyself to higher things by the actions of thy soul.

With thy splendid mouth thou didst denounce the ungodly rhetors; for thou didst truly explain the veneration of the precious icons, O initiate of sacred mysteries.

In sacred manner thou didst adorn thy life, O glorious father; for thou didst quell the tumult of the passions and didst hasten to the life of dispassion.

All the faithful rejoice, piously delighting in the beauties of thy discourses and teachings, vanquishing the blasphemies of the heretics.

That thou mightest behold the splendor of the saints, O venerable one, with the splendor of thy works thou didst illumine thy life, crying: Blessed art Thou, O God!

Clad in a body, thou didst emulate the ranks of the incorporeal ones, O venerable one, and, rejoicing together with them, thou criest out: Blessed art Thou, O God!

Jerusalem now rejoiceth in splendor, having shone thee forth upon the world as a beacon of great radiance, O blessed one, crying aloud: Blessed art Thou, O God!

O father, thou didst manifestly gladden the Church of the new ark, and didst form choirs, crying: Hymn the Lord, all ye works of the Lord, and exalt  Him supremely for all ages!

In holiness thou didst utter new hymnody to the Creator in the Church: Hymn the Lord, all ye works of the Lord, and exalt Him supremely for all ages!

Laboring in godly manner with virtue, thou didst hymn the sufferings of all the saints who of old were made wondrous and perfect by Christ forever, O all-wise Andrew.

The proclamation of thy words, and the beauty and splendor of thy doctrines have passed all around the world, O blessed Andrew. Wherefore, Christ, the King of all, hath crowned thee with a crown of magnificence.

Enjoying the thrice-radiant light through a higher union, O Andrew, initiate of supernatural mysteries, by thy supplications preserve now from tribulations those who in sacred manner lovingly keep thy holy memory.

With the incorporeal ranks thou now rejoicest in the heavens; for, having continually lived their life on earth, O divinely eloquent and right wondrous one, thou wast shown to be an excellent preacher of the Orthodox Faith.