July 7 Venerable Thomas of Mt. Maleon

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Saint Thomas of Mt. Maleon was a military commander before he became a monk.

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. Thomas 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 received the enlightenment of divine grace within thy soul, O glorious one, thou didst depart from the darkness of the passions as from another Egypt, and didst receive heavenly life.

Being splendid in life, O father, thou didst win countless victories over aliens; and having lived venerably as a monk, thou didst vanquish hordes of the demons.

Wrestling with the enemy through asceticism, O venerable, with the aid of the divine Spirit thou didst bring him low and didst receive from heaven the wreath of victory.

Moved by thy supplications, God delivered thee from bonds by the prophet's hand, and thou didst elect to tread the way toward the onerous task of asceticism.

Having forsaken the bitter tumult of life, thou didst approach the haven of abstinence and divine tranquility, O father Thomas, full of the grace of the Spirit.

He Who once used a pillar to guide Israel in traversing the desert, O most blessed one, guided thee with the pillar of fire, perceiving the nobility of thy soul.

With the divine fire of asceticism thou didst consume the thorns of sin, and thou hast shone forth with the splendor of miracles, O father.

Having cleansed the eyes of thy soul of the mire of the passions, O father, thou didst open the eyes of the blind.

Thou didst withdraw from the tumult of the world, O God-bearer, and hast received heavenly tranquility.

O venerable father, thou didst have Elijah the Tishbite piously directing thee to the deserts, who appeared to thee at night and taught thee divine mysteries.

Thou madest thine abode upon Mount Maleum as upon another Carmel, O wise and blessed one, delighting in divine visions and all-gloriously receiving the grace to work wonders.

Preferring the narrow path to that which is wide, O father, thou didst joyfully attain unto the broad expanse of paradise; and in gladness thou didst partake freely of the tree of life.

Thou madest thine abode in a waterless desert, O venerable one, and with the rain of thy prayers thou didst entreat the Master to pour forth water most rich.

Like the righteous Abraham of old thou didst journey to a far land, didst draw nigh to God, and dwell in the land of the meek.

Thou wast a true monk, O father Thomas, and after thy burial with spiritual power thou pourest forth gifts of healing upon those in need.

With the dew of abstinence thou didst quench the fire of the passions, O father, and shining forth like the sun in the radiance of thy virtues, O blessed one, thou dost illumine the hearts of all who cry out: Blessed art Thou, O God of our fathers!

By the power of Christ giving sight to the blind, the ability to walk to the lame, deliverance to the sorrowful and healing to the sick, O father Thomas, thou didst cry out: Blessed art Thou, O God of our fathers!

O blessed father who art most rich, thou didst finish thy life in stillness, illumined with poverty, adorned with asceticism, and chanting to the Master with compunction of heart: Blessed art Thou, O God of our fathers!

Having reined in the rampant passions of the soul with the bridle of abstinence, thou didst show thyself to be like unto the immaterial angels, crying out: Hymn the Lord, O ye works, and exalt Him supremely for all ages!

Following the sacred life of Elijah the Tishbite, O all-blessed one, thou didst ascend a mountain to converse with God, cleansing thy mind with fasting, and chanting: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

As one meek and innocent, thou livest in the land of the meek, O divinely wise one, chanting with all the venerable and elect: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

Having become poor in spirit, thou hast received the kingdom of heaven with all the elect, O father Thomas, filled with ineffable glory, receiving the reward for your pangs. Wherefore, with faith and love we call thee blessed.

The shrine of thy relics poureth forth rivers of healing for those who approach it with faith, drowning the passions of men's souls and relieving their bodily pains, O blessed Thomas, who dost ever pray with faith for those who call thee blessed.

Joining the splendid choirs of the venerable, O father Thomas, illumined noetically with never-waning radiance, illumine those who with faith keep thy divine memory, and vouchsafe that, through thy supplications, they may receive salvation.