August 7 Martyr Dometius of Persia

Read the Life of St. Dometius here

St Dometius lived in Persia during the fourth century. In his youth he was converted to the Faith by a Christian named Uaros.

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. Dometius 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 divinely blessed one, who departed unto God shining with the grace of martyrdom, entreating Christ, breathe light-bearing radiance upon those who hymn thee with faith.

Having rent asunder the nets of deception, thou didst truly run to Christ with a pure mind, forsaking the worship of the Persians and escaping the ungodliness of sorcery.

Wisely didst thou perceive that the sun is a creation and not divine; and held fast by this wise thought, thou wast instructed not to put anything visible higher than the invisible God.

Made steadfast by certain faith like an immovable pillar, thou wast neither moved by the words of sorcery nor deceived by the reasoning of Persian enchantment.

Thou didst flee the soul-destroying poison of worshiping creation and bowing down to the sun; and with love of piety didst seek the true God, the Creator of all.

Partaking of the divine waters of regeneration, thou didst illumine thy soul and didst truly become a child of the grace of God, an heir to divine delights.

Thou didst recognize Him Who is unknowable by His nature, O glorious one, and didst seek Him noetically; and, desiring Him, Thou didst find him and, rejoicing, didst worship His majesty.

Ardently didst thou make haste to the chaste choir, aflame with zeal for the holy monastic virtues; and thou didst live purely in fasting and prayer.

Thy divinely wise desire easily loosed the bonds of nature and extinguished the furnace of the passions by the dew-bearing enlightenment of the Spirit, O father.

Shining with divine understanding and illumined with the radiance of purity, O blessed one, thou didst cause all who watched to discern the eternal existence of things invisible.

Having tasted of divine virtue, silence and solitude, O father Dometius, thou didst make thy mind steadfast, preserving thy stillness.

Truly great and wondrous are thy turning toward higher things and thy most wise understanding; for thou didst turn the hand of the Most High, and a work of divine grace was accomplished.

Thou didst steadfastly endure the torment inflicted upon thee by the enemy and adversary, O right glorious one, and, tortured by divers means as the object of his hatred, thou wast shown to be the victor.

Thy life was divine, godly and luminous; for, having forsaken the beautiful things of this world, thou didst bring forth divine fruit and beauty, O divinely wise one.

Armed with divine power, thou wast vouchsafed to perform signs and wonders past nature, O glorious one, having grace from on high helping thee, O right glorious one.

The all-radiant grace of the Spirit hath rested upon thee, O father, showing thy works as all-glorious to those who cry out to thee and chant with faith: Blessed art Thou, O God of our fathers!

With steadfast mind thou didst tread the path of fasting, and at the end of thy struggles thou wast a true martyr, crying to Christ: O God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

Thy children in the faith, begotten, as it were, through thy prayers, struggled with thee, their father, and they bore torments with thee in the cave, crying out with thee to Christ: O God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

Consumed by the love of the Creator, O father, thou didst spurn all passionate attachment to created things, manifestly guided by the Spirit of God. Him do we exalt supremely for all ages.

Having shaken off earthly cares, O father, thou wast made rich in celestial hope and the blessedness which is in Christ, which thou dost now enjoy for all ages.

Receiving the luminous rays of the holy and divine Spirit, O all-wise father, thou didst manifestly behold Him with thine eyes, awesomely instructing thee in the divine mysteries.

Illumined with immaterial light, O God-bearer, thou wast luminous as is meet, having acquired a blameless and most holy life; and now thou standest as a supplicant for thy flock before God the Master.

Thy feats of abstinence were crowned by the struggles of martyrdom, as is meet; and with goodly courage thou didst show forth twofold suffering. Thou didst acquire and receive the delight of everlasting good things.

Strengthened by divine power and grace, thou wast shown to all as a teacher of piety, adorned with miracles, making all steadfast and healing all who come to thee with faith, O divinely blessed one.