August 19 Martyr Andrew Stratelates in Cilicia and 2,593 Martyred Soldiers with him

Read the Life of St. Andrew here

The Martyr Andrew Stratelates was a military commander in the Roman army during the reign of the emperor Maximian (284-305). 

“Stratelates” means commander.

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. Andrew  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.

O glorious martyr, with the radiant beams of the Spirit illumine my soul and dispel the darkness of ignorance, that with zeal I may sing thy sacred festival.

O blessed one, thou wast richly enriched with the splendors of the martyrs and with divine power didst trample the deceiver underfoot with manly wisdom, becoming a victor, O Andrew, martyr of great renown.

Having mortified earthly thoughts, O much-suffering martyr, thou didst manfully follow after the Word Who was slain for thy sake, and thou hast passed over to the life which is untainted by death.

Sailing the deep of temptation with the mast of the Cross, O glorious one, with the streams of thy blood thou didst drown the enemy.

Thou wast glorified as an excellent victor, O martyr, overcoming the stumbling-blocks of the deceiver and his machinations.

Adorned with a crown of splendor, O martyr of Christ, thou ever standest in joy with the chosen martyrs.

Having acquired thee as a mighty rampart, O all-wise one, the Church is shown to be unbroken by the assaults of the adversary, crying aloud: Glory to Thy power, O Lord!

Having fortified the regiment of the martyrs with divine teachings, O glorious one, as a general thou didst in nowise spare thyself when thy body was being broken.

Having armed thyself with courage as with a sword, O all-blessed Andrew, thou didst destroy the enemy with the precious Cross as with a two-edged sword, in that thou art a most valiant general.

We praise thee as a champion of the Faith, an invincible athlete, a partaker of the splendor of heaven, a well-spring pouring forth the waters of miracles for those in need.

As the namesake of true manliness, O most blessed Andrew, thou didst rout thine enemies and utterly destroy them.

Thou ever pourest forth the waters of healing upon the faithful, O all praised one, enriching them with the saving grace of the Spirit.

The fame of thy miracles and thine honored martyrdom hath truly gone through all the earth, O divinely inspired one, like the radiance of the grace of God.

By thy pangs thou didst break the sting of the evil one and, rejoicing, didst pass over to the glory which is without pain, O martyr Andrew, commander of regiments of honored martyrs.

Thou didst exchange a little blood for the splendor of everlasting glory, joy which never faileth, heavenly crowns and never-waning radiance.

Having assembled a vast army, O blessed martyr, thou didst enroll those who suffered with thee in the choirs of the angels; and ye stand in joy before the Master of all.

With the streams of thy blood thou didst cause to flow forth a well-spring which truly healeth all manner of infirmities for those who approach thee with undoubting faith, O divinely inspired martyr.

O wise martyr, through thy blood thou didst bring an assembly of saints to the all-holy Word, and hast inherited life which groweth not old; with them entreat Christ, Who loveth mankind, in our behalf.

With divine zeal having dyed a robe of purple for thyself in thy blood, O martyr, and clad thyself therein, adorned with a crown of victory thou now reignest with Him Who is King over all.

Thou didst restrain the onslaught of savage lions by thy brave struggles, O glorious one, didst bring low the arrogance of the ungodly tyrants with divine power, and as a victor hast hastened to the heavens, crying: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

Having contended valiantly and finished thy struggle in being beheaded by the sword, thou hast been vouchsafed to behold the splendor of the saints and to dwell in joy, O martyr. And now thou criest out with gladness: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

Hastening to the divine temple, let us receive the light of the godly martyr; and ever touching the shrine of his relics with rejoicing and receiving the sanctity of grace imparted thereby, let us cry aloud: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

Lo! the radiant memorial of the passion-bearer hath shone forth brilliantly, dispelling the darkness of the demons and enlightening all the faithful. Let us celebrate it splendidly, magnifying him as is meet.

O Andrew, thou hast been shown to be like the sun amid those who suffered with thee, by thy words guiding them to the never-waning radiance of the splendor of heaven. With them we bless thee with faith.

O martyr Andrew, we magnify thee who dost illumine all creation with the radiance of miracles and art become a pillar of the Church and a foundation for the faithful by thine unwavering martyrdom.

Thou didst blossom forth like a rose in the midst of a garden of athletes, O most wise one, mystically bearing sweet fragrance, gladdening the fullness of the faithful and dispelling the stench of falsehood by divine grace.