August 3 Venerable Isaac, Dalmatus, and Faustus of Constantinople

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Liturgical Hymns in Honor of Ss. Isaac, Dalmatus, and Faustus 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.

Standing radiantly before the divine Light, ever filled with the splendor of the three-fold Sun and deified in the true communion thereof, O blessed one, illumine those who celebrate your most sacred memory with faith and sing unto the Lord in godly manner.

Directing your gaze to those things which alone are lasting, ye did in every way repulse the assaults of fleeting things, cleaving unto the Lord with all your mind and rejecting the pleasures of the flesh, O most honored fathers. Wherefore, ye have passed on to the splendor unwaning.

Winged with sacred doctrines, O wise father Dalmatus, and adorned with the divine teachings of the godly Isaac, thou didst manifestly ascend to the heights of the virtues and didst become a pillar and ground for monks. Wherefore, we call thee blessed.

O venerable father Isaac, we have all known thee to be a true star which sped from the East, destroying the bitter darkness of heresies and illumining the faithful with thy words.

Noetically shining forth in the pure splendors of thy struggles, O father Faustus, thou didst become light, illumining all who beheld thee and faithfully followed thy life, O blessed one.

Having lulled all the passions of your bodies to sleep with unceasing prayers and hymns, O venerable ones, ye received from God inviolable riches and unfailing grace, O most blessed ones.

As most fruitful branches of the true Vine, O venerable ones, ye have poured forth upon all the pure wine of compunction.

O venerable Dalmatus, we have all known thee to be one who was in accord with the Council, who makest firm the pious and cuttest down the prideful.

O blessed one, the godly Council commanded thee beforehand, as one who shone forth more than all others and was adorned with divine virtues, to undertake the care of all.

Thou wast one who journeyed from the East to the Imperial City, and with divine seed thou didst increase its harvest, uprooting all the wicked harm wrought by Arius, O sacred father Isaacius.

Thou wast a disciple unto Isaac, as Elisha was unto Elijah, O sacred Dalmatus, parting the waters of the evil harm of the demons with the mantle of the gifts of the Spirit, and pointing the way for the faithful.

Having submitted to the laws of God, and turned utterly away from the laws sin, thou wast shown to be a pillar going before the divine Council, a role and model for monks, and an unshakable foundation for the faithful, O Godbearing Faustus.

Thou wast shown to be a converser with the angels; for, traveling thy way and weakening thy body by abstinence, thou didst emulate their life while yet upon the earth, O Dalmatus, guide and most eminent rule of monks.

Aflame with zeal for the love of the Lord as was Elijah, O blessed Isaac, with boldness didst thou denounce, as he did Ahab, the champion of darkness who was infected with the wicked heresy of the foolish Arius.

Ye have been shown to be guides for those astray and havens for those who are saved by faith, O God-bearing and wonder-working fathers Faustus and Dalmatus and godly Isaac, ye servants of Jesus and most radiant beacons for monastics.

Ye have been shown to be embers aflame with the divine fire of the Comforter, burning up the fuel of malice and enlightening the faithful forever, O God-bearers.

Having mortified thy body with fasting, thou didst subject it to thy spirit, O Dalmatus, and with the torrents of thy spiritual tears thou didst drown the malice of the enemy forever, O God-bearer.

Having found a blessed end, ye dwell in the kingdom of heaven and have joined the choirs of the venerable. O fathers, with them cry out: O Lord , blessed art Thou!

Parting the sea of the passions with the rod of the Cross, ye destroyed all the might of the noetic pharaoh, O venerable fathers, and have saved a sacred multitude of monks, leading them to the land of dispassion, as they chant unceasingly: Ye children, bless; ye priests, hymn; ye people, exalt Him supremely for all ages!

The exaltation of the heretical didst thou manifestly cast down, foreseeing their destruction from afar. Thou didst help the poor, and wast a guide for the blind, a staff for the aged and the consolation of widows, O Dalmatus, crying aloud: Ye children, bless; ye priests, hymn; ye people, exalt Him supremely for all ages!

For forty-three days didst thou fast, and straightway didst thou fall asleep for as many days, in manner surpassing nature, keeping the eye of thy heart in vigilance, illumined by the radiance of God, O wise one. And to Him dost thou cry, O Dalmatus: Ye priests, hymn; ye people, exalt Him supremely for all ages!

Strengthened by the power of Christ, the monastic instructors of heavenly wisdom were enabled to vanquish the feeble audacity of the foe. And now, adorned, they have entered the noetic courts, rejoicing.

O thrice-rich fathers, ye have been shown to be thrice-radiant lamps emitting unwaning radiance, and unfading flowers of paradise which perfume the thoughts of the faithful. Wherefore, with faith do we celebrate your most festive memory.

Adorned with dispassion as with a magnificent crown and arrayed in the accomplishments of divine love, O most wise ones, ye have entered, rejoicing, into the banquet hall of Christ, reclining and receiving the reward of your pangs.

Your divine memory, O blessed Dalmatus, Faustus and Isaac, hath shone forth with noetic splendor, illumining the assemblies of the faithful, O universal beacons and instructors of monastics. Wherefore, enlighten also our spiritual senses.