August 21 Apostle Thaddeus of the Seventy

Read the Life of St. Thaddeus here

Saint Thaddeus, Apostle of the Seventy, was by descent a Hebrew, and he was born in the Syrian city of Edessa.

The holy Apostle Thaddeus of the Seventy must be distinguished from St Jude, also called Thaddeus or Levi (June 19), who was one of the Twelve Apostles.

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. Thaddeusfrom 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.

Standing before the throne of the Master, O all-wise Thaddeus, bestow enlightenment upon me, that I may hymn thy radiant solemnity.

The immemorial Light within time, the Transcendent One Who manifested Himself as being with us, hath left thee as a beam to enlighten the world, O blessed one.

He Who is invincible in might, having girded thee about with power, strengthened thee to destroy all the might of the deceiver.

Enlightening the people with the splendor of divine grace, O glorious one, thou wast shown to be a pure light for those in the darkness of evil.

Going to King Abgar, O wise one, by divinely efficacious gestures thou didst bring him healing and deliverance.

Thou didst build churches for the all-accomplishing Spirit, O wise one, and didst destroy the vile temples of mortals.

Possessed of a lofty intelligence, O Thaddeus, disciple of the King of all, thou didst receive divine understanding and spiritual gifts.

In teaching the divine mysteries, O blessed one who art most rich, thou didst enlighten the uninstructed to worship the consubstantial Trinity.

Thou didst engrave the law of God upon men's hearts, O blessed one, having first erased the traces of ignorance and the false worship of graven Images.

After the divine ascension of the Word, the sacred Thomas sent thee as a preacher to those in need, O all-wise Thaddeus.

The enlightenment of the Holy Spirit, which dwelt within thy heart, O Thaddeus, made of thee a true luminary for the world, dispersing the darkness of falsehood.

Bearing in thy flesh the saving wounds of Christ as an ornament, O wise Thaddeus, thou didst deliver the people from all ugliness and wast taken up into most beautiful joy.

Thou didst reveal to us the morning Sun of righteousness, O glorious Thaddeus, showing those mortals who have been illumined thereby to be children of the noetic Light.

Performing miracles through the invocation of Christ Who manifested Himself in bodily matter, O all-praised one, thou didst draw to the excellent Faith people and cities, who cry: Blessed is the God of our fathers!

Thou didst bring an end to the decay of ungodliness, O blessed apostle,  with the divine salt of thy sweet words, and didst heal hearts wounded by the  darts of the serpent, crying: O God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

Caught up to the heights of vision and filled with the divine Spirit, O Thaddeus, thou wast divinely enriched by the saving Word and didst teach men to cry: Blessed is the God of our fathers!

Thou wast shown to be a heaven declaring the glory of God, O Thaddeus, and wast the enlightenment of the nations, leading to the divine Faith those who fervently cry: Hymn ye the Lord and exalt Him supremely forever!

Bestowing strength upon the infirm, sight upon the blind, and the ability to walk upon the lame through the power of the Spirit, O blessed Thaddeus, thou wast a luminary of the city of Edessa, which ever praiseth thee with faith.

Thaddeus, who by a wealth of miracles brought an unbelieving nation to the Faith at the behest of God, and saved those who fled to him from the falsehood of idolatry, is glorified with faith, as is meet.

Drawing nigh to behold the divine rewards which are everlasting and the uttermost desires, O blessed Thaddeus, adorn thyself and dance!

Like a cedar, like a mighty cypress-tree, wast thou elevated by the virtues, O glorious Thaddeus, perfuming the hearts of those who praise thee.

Joining the apostles and martyrs, and sharing the gladness of the choirs of the incorporeal ones, O blessed one, pray thou with them, that they who honor thee may be saved.

Thy memory, illumining the thoughts of the faithful with the rich radiance of spiritual gifts, O Thaddeus, impelleth all to praise thee.