August 24 Hieromartyr Eutyches the Disciple of St. John the Theologian

Read the Life of St. Eutyches here

The Hieromartyr Eutyches, a disciple of the holy Apostles John the Theologian and Paul, lived from the first century into the beginning of the second century, and was from the Palestinian city of Sebastea.

Although St Eutyches is not one of the 70 Apostles, he is called an Apostle because of his labors with the older Apostles, by whom he was made bishop.

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. Eutychesfrom 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.

As thou dwellest together with the apostles and the martyrs, and art ever full of divine radiance, O right glorious martyr Eutyches, show forth those who celebrate thine honored feast today as partakers of the light.

As a disciple of the beloved disciple, O blessed one, who didst with piety greatly emulate his ways, thou didst love the Lord, observing His divine laws; and thou didst emulate also His sufferings, O Eutyches.

Piously submitting to the law of God, thou didst mortify thy flesh with the pangs of fasting, withdrawing from the world and abiding in the mountains, O glorious martyr; and, having cleansed thy soul, thou art known to be godly.

Like a great star illumining men's hearts with the Spirit, O blessed and divinely wise one, thou didst seek out Paul, to travel with him, as with the sun shining with the light of preaching most wise.

John, the faithful friend of the Savior, the foundation of theologians, eminent among the disciples, when he was divinely translated from the earth, entrusted to thee the flock of God, to shepherd it.

All-comely, radiant and full of the Spirit of God, thou didst stand before him who sat in judgment unrighteously, denouncing his impiety, O thou who art most rich; and thou didst confess the divine humanity of Christ.

Departing with all thy mind unto the Lord, thou didst now feel thyself cruelly beaten and lacerated; and like sweet-smelling incense thou didst fill all who stood by with divine fragrance through the action of the Spirit, O right glorious and divinely wise one.

Preserved by God while imprisoned, bound, in the dungeon, O divinely wise martyr, rejoicing thou didst manifestly receive the Bread of heaven, God, the only Judge of the contest, strengthening thee, O God-bearing Eutyches; and thou didst emulate His divine sufferings

Standing before the tribunal of the tyrants, thou didst open thine honored mouth and with the Spirit didst clearly explain the true Faith in the Trinity. And thou didst denounce the delusion of idolatry and the reasoning of the ungodly tormenters, O blessed one.

Aflame with love for God, O blessed one, after sustaining many other wounds on thy body thou didst pass, rejoicing, through the consuming flame of the fire, in nowise daunted by the threats of the tyrant; for a divine dew from heaven came down upon thee, O Eutyches.

Made rich by the divine Word, thou didst give unto all who asked, O martyr, and as a priest didst shepherd the flock of Christ, chastening and guiding it to salvation, O Eutyches, much-suffering athlete.

Having shaken off soul-destroying delusion through the power of the divine Spirit, thou didst come to Christ, leading to Him multitudes of those saved by faith through thine honored and godly preaching, O Eutyches, adornment of sufferers.

How beautiful are thy feet which walked the path of divine knowledge and trod well therein, and attained unto the broad expanse of the kingdom of heaven, O all-blessed and glorious martyr!

Receiving thine end for Christ in Ephesus, O wise one, thou didst depart from Ephesus a prisoner, and, adorned with sufferings in thy native land, didst find rest. 

Being a beauteous and all-pure temple of God, O Eutyches, by grace thou didst destroy the vile temples of the idols, and hast ascended to the temple of heaven to stand before God. 

The angel of God strengthened thee as thou didst walk the road, describing those things which would manifestly come to pass for thee who art the peer of the angels in spirit, apart from the flesh, O Eutyches most rich.

With a divine gesture thou didst extinguish the fire kindled for thy destruction, O divinely wise one; for thunder was heard from the sky, and flakes of snow descended, burying those who would not believe in Christ.

Mightily lacerated, thou didst exude a sweet-smelling myrrh, which was poured forth to perfume thy sufferings, O martyr. For, hastening to the  Word and Creator, thou didst cry out to Him: Blessed art Thou, O God of our fathers!

Thy life was blameless, thy torment was all-glorious, and the holy shrine of thy relics is salvific for all who have recourse thereto, gushing forth healings and taking away the defilement of many passions.

Stretching forth thy hands to Christ our God, O glorious one, while wrestling with lions before the tribunal, thou didst remain unharmed, like Daniel the prophet before thee, having an angel by thy side ever protecting thee; and thou didst chant unceasingly: Ye priests, bless; ye people, exalt God supremely for all ages!

The wild beast prepared for the destruction of thee who had been bestially condemned by the iniquitous, prophesied with his mighty expression and proclaimed the mighty acts of Christ the Savior, astonishing those who cried out: Ye priests, bless; ye people, exalt God supremely for all ages!

Having passed through the great contest of martyrdom by the power and grace of God, rejoicing, thou didst receive the crown of victory, and wast enrolled among the choirs of all the apostles and martyrs, with whom thou criest out unceasingly: Ye priests, bless; ye people, exalt God supremely for all ages!

O divinely wise athlete, thou pourest forth divers healings and dost soothe grievous illnesses, truly receiving grace, having fought well and vanquished the enemy, O eminent among the martyrs, who dwellest with the angels.

Thou wast comely amid thy struggles, and hast made thine abode in the beautiful mansions, thy holy head having been cut off with the sword, thy bead on which Jesus hath placed a magnificent crown of victory, O lamp of the Church, confirmation and boast of those who piously call thee blessed.

Thou didst crush the might of the wicked one, O all-praised athlete Eutyches, and like a youth didst hold the trophy of victory over him; and as an excellent victor thou dwellest now in the heavens, standing in splendor  before the throne of the Trinity with great boldness.

Thy divine and radiant memory hath shone forth upon all more brightly than the sun, illumining those who ever faithfully and piously celebrate it with beams of splendor, O Eutyches; and thereon we also pray that, as one possessed of boldness, thou entreat salvation for us.