August 25 Return of the Relics of the Apostle Bartholomew

Read about the Transfer of the Relics of St. Bartholomew here

The Transfer of the Relics of the Apostle Bartholomew took place at the end of the sixth century

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. Bartholomew 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.

The Rock of life hath shown thee to be an all-precious rock, whereon He hath founded His Church, O Bartholomew, apostle of the Lord. Wherefore, we honor thee and call thee blessed.

In manner transcending mind and thought thou didst learn the things that are great, discovering the hypostatic Wisdom; and, making the ends of the earth wise with divine teachings, thou didst show the wisdom of the Greeks to be foolish.

Though thy lifeless body was en-coffined, thou didst traverse the sea, obedient to the commands of God, O apostle; and like the sun thou didst pass from the East to the West, illumining it.

Those held fast by deception, and madly enshrouded in the gloom of ungodliness to their detriment, have found thee to be a mighty consolation, a light and deliverance from evils, O all-wise Bartholomew.

Thou wast the mouth of God the Word, O glorious Apostle Bartholomew, and hast delivered men from the mouth of the wicked wolf, bringing them to thy Master through the font of baptism.

Having burned up the bitter tinder of falsehood with thy fiery tongue, O allwise one, thou hast restored hardened hearts and made them receptive to heavenly understanding.

The sayings of the prophets have received their fulfillment; for the divinely eloquent disciple hath gone as a light to preserve the nations, illumining all the ends of the world.

Illumined with divine light, O glorious one, thou wast shown to be a secondary light by divine communion, ministering from the beginning to Him Who abased Himself to assume flesh for our sake.

Deliver thy flock from the storm of sin, from misfortunes and tribulations at the hands of the adversary, O glorious one, ever guiding us to the havens of salvation with grace.

Acquiring beautiful feet through thy preaching, thou didst proclaim the glad tidings unto all, O blessed one, and didst announce peace to the world, banishing the ancient enmity by divine teachings, O apostle of the Savior.

Thy discourse was healing for those who had received the deadly venom of the serpent, O Bartholomew; and, in accordance with the prophecy, the ground of the impious fell at the proclamation of thine all-wise doctrines.

Traversing the unfathomable depths borne up on the crests of the waves of the sea, with the divine martyrs, O Apostle Bartholomew, thou didst arrive at the island of Lipari, pouring forth abundant life upon a man many days dead.

In thy radiant teachings, O apostle, thou wast a ray of the Sun Who shone forth in the flesh upon the world, driving away the night of the darkness of polytheism.

Thou didst explain to the people the salvation wrought by God Who, in His surpassing goodness, manifested Himself in the likeness of the flesh, O Bartholomew, preacher and apostle to the nations.

Thou didst have thy path in the sea and didst make thy way through the waters, O blessed apostle; and thy steps were perceived therein through the Spirit, as David foretold.

Full of life-giving waters, O blessed one, with the streams of thy divine teachings thou dost wash away the torrents of ignorance, watering the assemblies of the nations.

Mankind, rendered foolish through wickedness, O all-glorious one, didst thou heal with the sweet salt of thy words; and thou didst give them the faith to chant: O all-hymned Lord God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

Like heaven all-high, with an exalted voice as a divine apostle thou dost noetic ally proclaim the glory of God, to Whom we cry: O all-hymned Lord God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

Having woven a robe of divine grace, O blessed one, thou hast clothed those who have been cruelly stripped bare through the malice of the serpent, and hast given them the faith to chant; O all-hymned Lord God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

Irrigated by divine streams, thou didst issue forth, like a river from Eden, to water the world with thy teachings, drying up the waters of falsehood by grace, and crying out: Hymn the Lord and exalt Him supremely forever!

The Word, having taught thee heavenly discourse as a divine theologian, loosed thee like a heavenly arrow upon the world, wounding the assemblies of the enemy, O glorious one, and saving those who with faith hymn and exalt Him supremely forever.

Thou wast shown to be like a mountain which letteth fall divine sweetness, O right laudable one; and after thy death thou didst set thy path in the sea, sailing under divine power, undrowned by its depths, O valiant athlete, but being borne up thereby.

Today the choir of the apostles doth celebrate the feast of thy memory: the martyrs and the ranks of all the righteous rejoice. And we, the faithful, honor thee with hymns and cry aloud: O disciple of Christ, deliver us from all grief!

Receiving thy blessed end on a cross, O glorious one, thou didst emulate the sufferings of thy Teacher, sharing in His radiance and divine glory, and ever standing before Him with the angels, counted worthy of ineffable light.

The all-radiant and right harmonious day of thy memory hath dawned, illumining all, O wise Bartholomew, eye-witness of Christ; and thereon we entreat thee: Remember us all, delivering us by thy supplications from all adversity and every evil circumstance.