August 11 Martyr and Archdeacon Euplus of Catania

Read the Life of St. Euplus here

The Martyr Archdeacon Euplus suffered in the year 304 under the emperors Diocletian (284-305) and Maximian (305-311).

He served in the Sicilian city of Catania. Always carrying the Gospel with him, St Euplus preached constantly to the pagans about Christ.

His holy relics are in the village of Vico della Batonia, near Naples.

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. Euplus 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.

Sailing well with the Cross as a mast, thou didst enter the harbor of life; and, joyously making thine abode therein, O glorious one, still thou the tumultuous turmoil of my heart, that I may calmly glorify thy memory.

A most radiant star illumining the faithful with the teachings of virtue, O wise one, thou didst shine forth in the honored firmament of the Church and hast driven away the darkness of the demons by the power of the Spirit.

Enlivened by divine power, O wise one, with bold mind thou didst proclaim God Who was begotten of God, endured crucifixion of His own will and hath destroyed death by death.

Let every mouth be moved to praise thee, O God-bearer, for by divine teachings thou didst rescue from the mouth of the enemy all who right dutifully accepted thy words, O valiant athlete of Christ.

Thou didst offer thyself as a lamb, desiring of thine own will to be slain for Christ, Who beggared Himself willingly and was slaughtered for thy sake, O most blessed Euplus.

Thou didst joyously offer thyself to God, O blessed one, as an unblemished victim, a sacrifice of sweet savor, a perfect offering, crying aloud: Holy art Thou, O Lord!

Made steadfast by the laws of the Gospel, O divinely wise one, thou didst stand in the midst of iniquitous men, manifestly crying out: "I have revealed myself to those who seek me not, that I may denounce their wickedness!"

Thou wast truly shown to be an animate temple of the all-holy Trinity, O Euplus, and didst bring down the temples of the idols with the weapon of faith.

Delighting in divine beauty, O blessed Euplus, thou didst overcome wounds, pangs and all manner of tortures, suffering joyfully.

Humbling the haughty heart of the miscreant, O divinely wise martyr, thou didst bring him low, and hast ascended to Him Who hath exalted men.

Aflame with zeal for the Master, O martyr, thou didst truly consume all falsehood and didst diligently set thyself apart for martyrdom.

Wholly illumined by divine inclinations and strengthened with courage, with hope thou didst run like a magnificent lion to the tribunal, vanquishing impiety.

Life without grief is bestowed upon thee by the Deliverer for Whom thou didst endure a bitter death, O glorious athlete, and He numbereth thee, the valiant one, among the choir of the martyrs.

Thou didst bow thy neck with zealous intent and, beheaded, didst draw nigh to Christ in purity and light, O venerable one, delighting in deification.

Shedding thy blood, thou didst stand before the Judge of thy contest, O valiant and divinely wise Euplus, and, rejoicing, hast received crowns of victory from Him.

Thou didst manfully stand before the tribunal, holding the laws of the Master in thy hands, O venerable Euplus, and manifestly and zealously denouncing the iniquitous.

Undaunted by the multitude of tortures and unafraid of the sword, thou didst piously proclaim the Truth at the tribunal of the tyrants and didst slay falsehood.

Sprinkling drops of thy blood upon the earth, thou didst extinguish the fire of falsehood, O most blessed one; and it hath richly watered the Church of Christ, which piously hymneth thee.

Possessed of mighty wisdom and an unshakable mind, thou didst cause deception to quake, O most wise Euplus, and with true teachings didst denounce the falsehoods which lay before thee.

The portal of paradise opened to thee, O blessed Euplus, martyr of Christ, seeing thee adorned with divine suffering and a crown of victory.

Having purified thy soul with the divine Ember, O martyr, thou didst burn up the coals of polytheism, crying: Blessed art Thou, O Lord God of our fathers!

Thy relics are purification from all manner of sickness and the expulsion of evil spirits; and, approaching them, we cry aloud: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

The assemblies of the faithful have rejoiced in thee, having acquired thee as a mediator before Christ and a fervent intercessor and advocate, O most blessed deacon Euplus, converser with the holy angels.

Assembling, O ye people, let us draw forth from the martyr's shrine the healing of divers ailments; and let us cry out with faith: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

Having been truly vouchsafed to behold things afar off, O thou who art most rich, thou didst attain the desire for which thou didst wish, for thou didst reach the very perfection of things desired, O right wondrous deacon Euplus, manifestly passing over to thy desire.

Holding the Cross in thy hand as a scepter, O blessed and right wondrous deacon Euplus, thou didst drench thy purple robe in thy sacred blood, and now standest, splendidly clad, before Christ the King.

Today, having acquired thee as an excellent guardian, the honorable metropolis of Catania holdeth festival, celebrating thy divine suffering with all dioceses and cities, and thou preservest it by thine entreaties.

Thou wast manifestly a most radiant sun, O blessed martyr, and hast passed over to the radiance of God, deified by divine communion; and now thou dost illumine those who hymn the radiant suffering.