August 12 Martyr Anicetus of Nicomedia

Read the Life of St. Anicetus here

The Martyrs Anicetus and Photius (his nephew) were natives of Nicomedia

Anicetus, a military official, denounced the emperor Diocletian (284-305) for setting up in the city square an implement of execution for frightening Christians.

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. Anicetus 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.

Having endured the pangs of the body with the firm resolve of faith, O allpraised ones, ye have passed over, rejoicing, to a life devoid of pain, ever praying in our behalf.

Protected by the divine armor of the faith, O Anicetas, thou didst bravely volunteer to do battle against the incorporeal foe; and thou didst destroy their armies with the power of God.

Enlightened by divine understanding, O glorious Anicetas, thou didst put to shame the myths of the rhetors and the unskilled minds of the pagans, and thou didst give thyself over to suffering.

Vanquishing the hordes of the enemy with Christ, O martyred athlete Anicetas, thou didst receive the crown of victory.

Ye spurned the flesh as corruptible, O martyrs of Christ, and endured cruel torments with steadfast mind.

Full of life-creating waters, O wise martyrs, with the streams of your blood ye stopped the turgid streams of falsehood.

Set afire by the love of God, ye diligently passed through the flame of the fire, kept unharmed by the dew of the Spirit, O invincible martyrs, divine intercessors in behalf of our souls.

Spurning the body and lacerated in divers ways, the athletes directed theirgaze with all their mind toward God, Who gave them patience for the sake of their faith.

As mighty towers of piety, ye cast down the ramparts of the enemy and became citizens of the city of God, O martyrs, crying aloud: Glory to Thy power, O Lord!

Ye did not fall into the slumber of impiety, O martyrs, but with divine vigilance have guided those who ever sleep in death toward the Light by the grace of divine knowledge.

Thy body, O all-blessed Anicetas, slain by manifold wounds, hath in holiness mediated for thee life which ageth not.

Desiring in oneness of mind beautiful things which last, O glorious martyrs, ye utterly rejected the corruption of transitory things.

Thou wast lifted up upon a tree, unmercifully lacerated, casting off the coarseness of mortality, and invested by heaven with divine raiment, O martyr Anicetas.

Breaking asunder the bonds of deception with your patience and endurance when ye were tightly bound, O saints, ye choked the prince of darkness with divine cords.

Ye showed yourselves to be great luminaries, enlightening all creation with rays of healings and the brilliance of your divine struggles, O all-valiant athletes of Christ.

Having passed through a strange struggle, O glorious martyrs of great renown, ye were truly shown to be strangers to carnal thoughts, fellow citizens with the angels and co-heirs of Christ.

By your patience and endurance ye vanquished all the ungodly assaults of your enemies, all-glorious ones, and, becoming radiant through your pangs, ye have passed over to the radiance which waneth not.

As temples of the all-divine Trinity, ye manfully brought down the pillars and temples of the ungodly, O all-praised ones, and, rejoicing, have been translated to the temple of heaven.

Showing forth firmness of mind, O wise ones, ye were not afraid of the onslaught of wild beasts, nor were ye daunted by the trampling of horses, nor of the severing of your members, nor the threats of the tyrants; but ye cried aloud: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

Ye heal the sufferings of the faithful, having emulated the blessed suffering of Christ by your own sufferings, O saints; and ye dispel infirmities and drive away evil spirits, crying out: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

The two all-comely athletes confessed the uncreated Trinity and truly destroyed hordes of myriads of adversaries, and they have united themselves to ten thousands of noetic beings, chanting: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

Behold! the radiant and luminous day of the godly Photius and Anicetas hath shone forth full of grace, enlightening all who celebrate their brilliant sufferings thereon.

Ye were shown to be like embers burning up all the kindling of evil, and  like honorable lambs, slain of your own will, and brought to the Lamb Who taketh away sins.

Most gloriously glorifying your wounds, sufferings and pangs, your endurance which passeth understanding, your struggles and death; O athletes, we all rejoice today.

Like roses the all-comely athletes flowered forth in holiness in the vales of the martyrs, and they perfume the hearts of the pious with the Spirit, dispelling the stench of deception.