August 5 Martyr Eusignius of Antioch

Read the Life of St. Eusignius here

The Martyr Eusignius was born at Antioch in the mid-third century. 

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. Eusignius 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.

O thou who art all-glorious, save those who with the all-glorious ranks of the angels unceasingly glorify thy memory.

Thy sanctified mind hath been shown to be a temple of the Comforter, O athlete; wherefore, we honor thee with faith.

In thy flesh, O all-blessed one, thou didst portray the death of Him Who suffered in the flesh to bring forth life; and thou hast been vouchsafed true life.

Strengthened by the Spirit, thou didst cast down the might of the iniquitous and didst hold fast to the laws of the Lord, O all-glorious martyr.

Casting off the slumber of despondency, O martyr Eusygnius, thou didst proceed boldly to thy contest with wakefulness and unwavering faith.

Rejoicing in God thy Savior, O right wondrous martyr, thou didst consider the torture of thy body to be like sweet sustenance.

Humbling thyself with divine integrity, O athlete, thou didst cast down the prideful arrogance of him who fell headlong in his malice.

Thou wast shown to be an invincible warrior, struggling in battle; and, completing thy martyrdom, thou didst destroy the incorporeal foe.

Cleaving earnestly to the Master, O allwise Eusygnius, thou didst withdraw from wickedness.

Thou didst not offer worship in dead temples, O God-bearer, knowing that the Lord, the living God, is in the heavens.

Uplifted upon a tree, O martyr of valiant mind, with faith thou didst portray the sufferings of the Dispassionate One.

Having laid up the understanding of truth in thy heart in noble manner, O blessed one, not ignorant of the ways of the enemy's mind thou didst hasten to the tribunal and didst destroy his army with the weapon of the Cross.

The servants of the demons, understanding thee to be a servant of the Trinity, O martyr Eusygnius, gave thee over to tortures, imprisonment and an undeserved death; yet were they vanquished by thine invincible opposition, O thou who art most rich.

The torrents of thy blood have dried up the turgid torrents of iniquity, the false rivers of ungodliness and the streams of wickedness, O martyr, and are shown to be an unfathomable abyss of healings for the faithful.

Having illumined thy soul with the blood which thou didst shed out of love for the incarnate Christ, O martyr, thou didst pass over to Him, crying out, rejoicing: Blessed art Thou, O God!

Burning with love for the Savior, thou didst avoid the defiles of impiety, O Eusygnius, and didst endure the winter of cruel torments, crying: Blessed art Thou, O God!

With the drops of thy divine blood still flowing, O all-glorious one, thou didst stand before Christ the Master, chanting: Blessed art Thou, O Lord God, forever!

That thou mightest inherit the everlasting life of the divine kingdom, O Eusygnius, thou didst spurn the glory of this transitory life, crying: Blessed art Thou, O God!

Protected wholly by the shield of piety, O most blessed one, by grace thou didst vanquish the iniquitous, chanting unceasingly: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

When thou wast troubled, thou didst cry out to God thy Benefactor, and He hearkened unto thee and delivered thee from evils, who cried out: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

Thou didst not offer irrational worship to inanimate gods, O martyr, but offered thyself as a pure sacrifice to God, chanting unceasingly: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

That thou mightest receive life and glory, O all-wise Eusygnius, thou didst die to the world and wast slain, crying out: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

With the might of Christ thou didst slay the feeble enemy who had exalted himself and now truly rageth in vain, O martyr, and thou didst bow thy head to be cut off by the sword and didst hallow all the earth with the flow of thy blood.

O Eusygnius, thou art blessed as the adornment of all athletes, the beauty of martyrs, the unshakable pillar of the Church, the all-manifest bulwark of the pious, the divine splendor of those who have recourse to thee, and a star most radiant.

The vapor of thy sweat letteth fall a sweet smelling myrrh, O Eusygnius: it perfumes the hearts of us who hymn thee and dispelleth the stench of passions, tribulations and sorrows, O valiant athlete of Christ.

O Jesus, Sun of glory, Who hast illumined the memory of Thine athlete today: by his supplications illumine, I pray, my soul which hath been darkened by the deceit of the serpent, that I may glorify Thee as the true God, Who lovest mankind.