July 6 Venerable Sisoes the Great

Read the Life of St. Sisoes here

Saint Sisoes the Great was a solitary monk, pursuing asceticism in the Egyptian desert in a cave sanctified by the prayerful labors of his predecessor, St Anthony the Great (January 17).

When one of the monks asked how he might attain to a constant remembrance of God, St Sisoes remarked, “That is no great thing, my son, but it is a great thing to regard yourself as inferior to everyone else. This leads to the acquisition of humility.”

When St Sisoes lay upon his deathbed, the disciples surrounding the Elder saw that his face shone like the sun. They asked the dying man what he saw. Abba Sisoes replied that he saw St Anthony, the prophets, and the apostles.

St. Sisoes died in 429.

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. Sisoes 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.

A wonder past comprehension took place at the time thy repose, O wondrous one of venerable wisdom, when a choir of saints suddenly stood before thee, O father; for thy countenance shone like the sun, O wise one, revealing thy luminous form and the purity of thy soul, assuring all of what manner of repose thou wouldst receive.

By thy prayers enliven me who am done to death by the passions, O father, interceding with great boldness now before the Life of the living.

Rejecting the love of the flesh, O father, with divine desire thou didst follow after Him Who crieth out to thee with love, O blessed Sisoes.

Receiving the immaterial radiance within thy heart, O father, thou wast illumined and didst drive away the gloom of all the passions.

Mightily didst thou subject thy flesh to the mind, O venerable one, and didst show thy soul to be free of slavery to the passions.

With thy pangs thou didst plough well the furrow of thy soul, O wise and venerable one, and didst grow the grain of dispassion and miracles.

Thou wast clad in the mortality of Christ, the Bestower of life, O venerable one, and didst follow in His steps. Wherefore, He giveth thee the grace to raise up the dead.

With the rain of grace, O father, thou hast poured forth rivers of wonders, cleansing from defilementthose who with faith have recourse unto thee, O blessed one.

Having thoroughly cleansed thy soul with all-night entreaties and day-long standings, O venerable one, thou didst show it to be a dwelling-place of the Trinity.

As a temple of the three-sunned Godhead, thou didst cast down the passions of thy soul as though they were graven images.

Having acquired abstinence, prayer, unfeigned love, mighty humility and steadfast love for Christ, thou didst escape being devoured by the noetic whale, O father.

Our mighty God directed thy steps toward Himself and manifestly gave thee the strength to trample down serpents and crush the heads of scorpions, O all-blessed God-bearer.

By thine inclination towards God, thou wast manifestly deified, becoming light by thine all-embracing love for the Lord, O God-bearing father, thou earthly angel and heavenly man.

With a pure mind thou didst receive all the radiance of the Spirit, and didst become a beacon for those who cry out with faith: Blessed art Thou, O Lord God, forever!

Abiding in unceasing prayers and entreaties, thou didst drive the gloom of the passions from thy soul, and didst cleanse thy mind’s eye. Wherefore, thou wast vouchsafed to behold the future prophetically, O Sisoes, piously crying aloud: Ye people, exalt the Lord supremely forever!

An awesome wonder took place at the very moment of thy repose; for thy countenance shone forth more brightly than the sun, and choirs of angels arrived to receive thy soul and bear it to the three-sunned Light.

Delighting in divine beauties , and deified in partaking thereof, illumined with the radiant splendors which issue forth therefrom, O blessed one, by thine entreaties deliver from the dark destruction of the passions those who faithfully honor thy light-bearing memory, O wise one.