August 18 Martyrs Florus and Laurus of Illyria

Read the Life of Ss. Florus and Laurus here

The Martyrs Florus and Laurus were brothers by birth not only in flesh but in spirit. They lived in the second century at Byzantium, and afterwards they settled in Illyria [now Yugoslavia]

 By occupation they were stone-masons (their teachers in this craft were the Christians Proclus and Maximus, from whom also the brothers learned about life pleasing to God).

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of Ss. Florus and Laurus 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.

Enlightened by the radiant brilliance of the Spirit, dispel ye the dark clouds of my soul, that, rejoicing, I may hymn your luminous and honorable memory, O holy and all-comely martyrs of Christ.

Having founded yourselves upon the rock of the unsullied Faith by divine virtues, O blessed ones, ye showed yourselves to be an all-comely and beautiful temple, wherein the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit dwelt.

Cutting off the thorns of deception at the root with the cutting word of the divine Faith, O ye of great renown, ye renewed hearts grown stony through falsehood and showed them to be fertile, giving rise to the unsullied Faith like a flower.

Fulfilling the divine law, O all-praised martyrs, ye generously gave bread to the poor and guided them to divine piety, becoming mediators of their salvation.

The two radiant martyrs, shining with beams of miracles, dispelled the darkness of the falsehood of polytheism and have guided to the effulgence of faith all who have been deceived.

O pious and blessed martyrs, with divine teachings ye guided a childish people to the path of divine understanding, and cast down the temples of the demons by your supplication.

Wrestling with the enemy, like youths O valiant ones, ye firmly cast him down by the weapon of the Cross, and those who had been broken by sin  ye made into living temples of the Lord, who piously chant: Glory to Thy power, O Thou Who lovest mankind!

Strengthened, O most glorious saints, by Christ, the Stone cut, as is written, from the mountain of the divine Virgin Maiden, ye broke the idols in pieces and have been taken up to the high mountain of martyrdom, having manifestly emulated the angels.

Rejoicing, Florus and Laurus, the two honored martyrs, proclaimed the single effulgence of the three-Sunned Godhead, and zealously drained the cup of martyrdom, chanting to Christ: Glory to Thy power, O Thou Who lovest mankind.

Having placed yourselves under the law of God, O divine martyrs, by opening the eyes of the ungodly ye inclined them to worship Him alone, illumining their noetic sight, casting light upon all the ends of the earth like two beacons.

The two godly martyred brethren did not suffer separation; for, believing in the indivisible Holy Trinity with a single hope, through grace they united those held fast by unseemly division.

Piously quarrying stony minds with the measuring-line of Truth and the stonecutter's maul of divine understanding, O athletes, through divine faith ye made all-glorious temples for the Trinity through the power of the Spirit.

Ye were shown to be severers of all wickedness at the root, O glorious martyrs, and planters of all piety by your words and deeds: in impassive hearts ye planted the Flower of Jesse which sprang forth from a divine root.

Vanquishing the iniquitous with unwavering endurance, O athletes, in accordance with the law ye brought a right praiseworthy death unto Christ, without being covered by the vainglory of ungodliness.

Revealed as swords of the mighty Spirit, O blessed ones, ye conquered the incorporeal foe and piously emulated the blessed suffering of Him Who was pierced by the spear.

O glorious ones, ye were shown to be like two most comely breasts for the Church of Christ, not exuding milk, but pouring forth the free and saving gift of healings.

Florus and Laurus of great renown, the pillars of divine knowledge, destroyed the wooden and stone gods of the ungodly and have set themselves before those who chant: Blessed is the God of our fathers!

Full of the divine fire of the Spirit, O glorious martyrs, with the showers of your divine supplications ye preserved the righteous men who were about to be unjustly cast into the furnace.

The martyrs Florus and Laurus ever impart healing to the sick, deliverance to the oppressed and salvation to all the persecuted, chanting: Blessed is the God of our fathers!

Nourishing souls with the living word, O ever all-memorable ones, ye have shown yourselves to be saving food for those famished with hunger, and care for the poor and the orphaned, seeing to the needs of all and chanting to Christ: Ye children, bless; ye priests, hymn; ye people, exalt Him supremely for all ages!

Having your life and end sanctified, and being hidden for a long time, O wise ones, ye were given forth by the earth, shining forth beams of all-glorious miracles brighter than the rays of the sun upon us who chant with faith: Ye children, bless; ye priests, hymn; ye people, exalt Him supremely for all ages!

Ye were shown to be two beacons in the noetic firmament, adorning the Church with sanctity; and ye ever radiantly illumine all creation with miracles, crying aloud: Ye children, bless; ye priests, hymn; ye people, exalt Him supremely for all ages!

Behold now, David cried of old, what is so good, so beautiful and saving, as for godly brethren, who have manifestly struggled and won victory over the devil, to dwell together in the Spirit? We bless them as is meet.

Through grace ye have been shown to be the beautiful eyes of the honored Church; and before your death and after your sacred end, O holy and right laudable Florus and Laurus, ye have opened the eyes of those blinded from of old by the darkness of evil, unto the glory of the Benefactor of all.

By manifest and awesome signs, as He foretold of old, Christ revealeth your tomb and shrine, where your longsuffering bodies lie in sanctity, richly emitting rays of healing and right laudable fragrance.

O Florus and Laurus, ye two truly godly and radiant right victorious martyrs: ever standing in the heavens before the all-accomplishing Trinity, ask deliverance from evil sins for those who celebrate your divine memory on earth with faith.