August 30 Saints Alexander, John, and Paul the New, Patriarchs of Constantinople

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Liturgical Hymns in Honor of Ss. Alexander, John, and Paul 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.

Today the thrice radiant splendor of the fathers hath shone forth in their most glorious memory. Delighting therein with faith, let us join chorus.

O holy hierarch Alexander, with the boldness of piety thou didst destroy the assertions of the heretics, preaching the Trinity.

Using thy tongue as a pen for divine writing, O father John, the grace of the Spirit hath explained the Faith.

With excellence thou didst shepherd the flock of thy Master, O Alexander; wherefore, He glorifieth thee eternally as a holy hierarch.

With thy tongue thou didst pour forth the waters of salvation and doctrines of piety for thy flock, O blessed John.

O most blessed Paul, thou wast manifestly the radiant vessel of the election of Christ and His image in calling and life.

With the torrent of thy tongue thou didst hurl the betrayer of Christ, like Judas, into a place of fetor, O blessed Alexander.

Like a fruitful olive-tree standing in the house of God, O John, thou therein didst bring forth those who believe on Him, like ripe fruit.

With wings of humility thou didst elude the snares of the enemy; wherefore, exalted, O venerable Paul, thou art become a citizen of heaven.

Adorning the cathedra of Metrophanes, O Alexander, even before thine elevation thou didst shine forth in hierarchal teaching.

Though thou didst live in humility, O father, thou didst show thyself to be wondrous in Nicaea by thy divinely eloquent teachings.

The grace of thy words maketh firm the Church, which hath acknowledged thee to be a pillar of Orthodoxy, O John.

Manfully defending the Church of Christ, O glorious father, with the arrows of thy prayers thou didst shoot down Arius, the betrayer of Christ.

As a branch of the vine of life, O glorious and most blessed John, thou didst cause fruit to grow forth for thy Master.

Piously thou didst cause to flee from the imperial city him who iniquitously cast out the veneration of icons, O most honored Paul.

Thou wast truly shown to be an initiate of the all-divine Trinity, O Alexander who art most rich, and didst worship the incorrupt One with purity of heart, chanting: O God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

Christ hath shown thee to be a treasury of doctrines, O John, and a well spring of miracles, pouring forth a wealth of divine knowledge upon those who cry out: O God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

Thine angelic life, like that of the divine Paul whose namesake thou wast, hath glorified thee throughout all the earth, O divinely wise one, in the breadth of the outpouring of the wisdom of thy heart and in thine ineffable understanding.

Slaying the wicked Arius by thine earnest supplications, O divinely wise Alexander, thou didst banish him to a vile place, like another Judas, since he had apostatized in like manner.

The mindless Arius, the enemy of God, who as a traitor rent asunder the robe of Christ, fell headlong, and now, like another Judas, lieth in torment in hell, O thrice-blessed Alexander.

Through abstinence and unsurpassed vigils thou wast shown to be as one of the incorporeal beings, and in thy constant teachings thou becamest a rich wellspring of paradise for all ages, O John.

O Metrophanes, as thy holy and lawful disciple and a hierarch meek and chaste, Alexander submitted to thy life-bearing words and is now fittingly called blessed.

O divinely blessed father John who art most rich, thou wast an excellent initiate of ineffable mysteries, and wast made a teacher of ineffable things. Wherefore, O father, thou didst preach the divine Trinity.

O father Paul, as is meet we honor thee as a guileless and holy pastor, blameless, pure and undefiled, chaste and glorious, setting forth the word of truth aright.

O divinely blessed Trinity of wondrous fathers, now deified with immortal divinity in the heavens, cease ye never to pray to Him Whom ye piously served on earth, in behalf of your flock.