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The Martyrs Archdeacon Laurence, Pope Sixtus, Deacons Felicissimus and Agapitus, the Soldier Romanus were citizens of Rome, and suffered in the year 258 under the emperor Valerian (253-259).
Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. Lawrence 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.
Taking delight in the garden of sweetness and joining chorus with the angelic hosts as is meet, as a warrior of Christ, pray thou that He grant effulgent radiance unto me who hymn thee, O blessed Laurence.
Entering upon the feats of honored torment, O Laurence, in steadfastness of soul thou didst show thyself to be a victorious athlete, magnificently arrayed in the crown of righteousness and the diadem of victory.
As thou wast a child of the light and of the day, thou hast shone forth upon us sensibly like the sun from the west, illumining the ends of the earth with most splendid radiance, O all-glorious martyr Laurence.
With the Cross as thy standard, thou didst valiantly array thyself against the enemy, and wast shown to be crowned with victory, O right wondrous one.
Protected by the law of Christ, as one invincible thou didst oppose the laws of the impious with courageous endurance, O most blessed one.
Strengthened by the power of God, thou didst destroy the feebleness of polytheism and didst elucidate the pre-eternal divinity of Christ.
For love of the Word, the servant of the Word, adorned with eloquence and spirituality, is slaughtered; and he now reigneth in righteousness with the Word, enjoying gladness and His glory.
Piously fighting off the slumber of impiety with divine vigilance, O sacred martyr of Christ, by thy martyr's stand thou didst cut off from thine eyes the sleep which is unto death.
Protected by the true armor of piety against the proponents of the impious opposition, for the sake of the Faith thou didst utterly cast down the memory of them by thy love of morality.
Thine eyes fixed with unwavering vision upon divine beauties, O right wondrous Laurence, Thou didst spurn all the beautiful things on earth and the cruel pangs of thy body.
Having recognized Christ, Who becameth a servant for us, through gifts received from the Father, and become His servant, thou didst depart unto Him through the shedding of thy blood, O all-blessed one.
O blessed one, thou didst offer thyself unto Christ as a sacred oblation and a magnificent ornament; and thou hast adorned the tabernacle of heaven where, now abiding, thou delightest in radiance.
Kindling a material fire, thou didst prepare thyself as sweet food for the King of all, Who loveth and craveth our salvation, O most glorious one.
Thou didst draw nigh wholly to the light of the ruling Trinity, and being radiant, as God's servant, thou dost illumine those who hymn thee, O athlete.
Strengthened with divine power, lying on the heated grill thou didst endure torment for the love of Christ, enkindling thy soul with fire and spiritual dew.
Forechosen to celebrate the Mysteries and serve the Word, thou wast shown to be a sacred vessel and oblation of the temple of heaven, chanting unto the Creator: O all-hymned Lord God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!
Covered by the law of the life which is in Christ, O all-blessed Laurence, thou didst not bow thy mind to those who imposed laws of death and corruption, but chanted: O all-hymned Lord God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!
Clad in a body as one who manifestly felt no pain, O all-blessed one, withvalorous mind thou didst dare the all-devouring fire, crying out, O thou who art most rich: O all-hymned Lord God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!
In thy steadfastness of mind thou wast mightier than the unbearable flame, burning as in another's body, O blessed one, yet chanting with faith: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!
Like unto the three children, thou didst quench the burning embers of the fire with the dew of divine grace, crying out and chanting: O all ye works, bless and hymn the Lord!
As Christ was thine enlightenment, He girded thee about with His own might, and led thee up to Himself as thou didst piously chant: O all ye works, bless and hymn the Lord!
Thou didst offer thyself as a perfect sacrifice and incense pleasing unto the Master, being tried by the fire of suffering like gold in a crucible; and thou becamest a foremost adornment of the Church, O right wondrous one.
Deified by the direct sight of God and by a higher union, O Laurence, in word and by divine vision thou wast radiantly illumined by the uttermost Light. Wherefore, we all call thee blessed.
Thou didst shine forth from the West like the sun, O blessed one, O great and all-glorious wonder; illumining all the Church with thy beams, O right wondrous one; and warming all with the fervor of faith. Wherefore, we all call thee blessed.