August 27 Venerable Pimen the Great

Read the Life of St. Pimen here

Saint Pimen the Great was born about the year 340 in Egypt.

St Pimen died at age 110, about the year 450.

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. Pimen 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.

Thy heart, warmed by the fervor of the Comforter, O father, hath melted the ice of the demons and the winter of the passions, Setting the tinder of the passions afire with the ember of God, thou becamest a beacon of discernment and fiery dispassion, O blessed Pimen!

Bearing thy cross upon thy shoulders, O father, thou didst follow after Him Who calleth with love, and didst become a beacon for monks.

The angels marveled at thy standing all night; for thou didst have them as fellow laborers in thy prayers to God.

Thou didst strip the blindness of the passions from the eyes of thy mind; wherefore, in pure manner thou hast beheld the Invisible One.

Nurtured on abstinence as with milk, O venerable Pimen, thou didst ascend the heights of the virtues, even unto perfect dispassion.

Thou wast an unflawed mirror receiving the brilliance of the Spirit, and the receptacle of the divine ascents, O God-bearer.

Thou wast shown to be a lofty tree watered with tears, adorned with abstinence and laden with divine fruits, O father.

With the pangs of abstinence thou didst work the field of thy mind, and didst raise the grain-laden wheat of the virtues and the grace of miracles as thy crop.

Having borne the heat of the day, O glorious and venerable one, thou wast accounted worthy of the joy of thy Lord.

Thou didst bud forth the sweet smelling lily of the valley of abstinence, rendering the ends of the earth fragrant with exhalations of the knowledge of God.

Hedging thyself round about with humility, O father, thou didst cast down to the ground the serpent who greatly boasted in the beginning.

Having mortified the assaults of the body with many struggles, thou didst depart for immortal life, O right wondrous Pimen.

Ever acquiring abstinence, prayer and love unfeigned, O venerable one, thou wast shown to be an unflawed mirror of God.

Living in impassable deserts, thou didst strip thyself bare of vain passions and wast a citizen of heaven.

Passing thy time in divine visions and illumining thyself with immaterial splendors, thou hast truly been shown to be forever a child of the day and the light of them that are in darkness, O God-bearer.

Taken up to the heights of dispassion in the flesh, emulating the angels, thou becamest an heir to paradise, O blessed one, crying out: Blessed art Thou, O God!

Shining with the splendor of dispassion, thou didst cast the temptations of the demons into darkness. From their many afflictions deliver them that cry out, O venerable one: Blessed art Thou, O God!

Having kept the lamp of thy soul lit with the oil of thy struggles without slumbering, thou didst enter into the incorrupt bridal chamber with joy, and livest forever.

The pillars of thy soul were not shaken by the winds of unclean spirits; for thou wast established upon the rock of the Faith, O most blessed God bearer.

Thou didst shed the abominable robe of the passions and didst clothe thyself in the comely raiment of divine dispassion, reigning with Christ.

Thou didst set like a star, away from the world, yet hast shone forth in Christ, the truly noetic Sun of righteousness, O blessed one; and thy brilliant virtues, which remove the darkness from souls, thou hast left to the faithful as radiance.

Precious in the sight of God was thy death, O glorious one; for thou didst live venerably on earth, keeping His commandments and precepts inviolate, O Pimen. Wherefore, the never-waning Light hath shone forth upon thee, in that thou art a righteous man.

Delighting in divine beauty, deified by partaking thereof, and standing now, illumined, before the great Light, O father, with extreme desire thou didst most clearly draw nigh thereto. O Pimen, remember them that honor thee and keep thy memory.