September 3 Holy Hieromartyr Anthimus, Bishop of Nicomedia

Read about the Life of St. Anthimus here

The Hieromartyr Anthimus, Bishop of Nicomedia, and those with him suffered during the persecution against Christians under the emperors Diocletian (284-305) and Maximian (305-311).

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. John 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.

Receiving a wreath of piety plaited of the dual strands of hierarchy and martyrdom, thou art blessed by Christ, O all-glorious one.

Thy sacred minister is brought to Thee, the Chief Shepherd, like an innocent and pure lamb, on the arms of the iniquitous.

Thou didst demolish the bastions of the heretics, O hierarch, with the boldness of piety, preaching the uncreated Trinity.

Having first served the Deliverer in thy sacred ministry, thou wast shown to be a hieromartyr; and after, thou didst make of thyself a priestly sacrifice.

Thou wast not a hireling, but a shepherd most true, O venerable one, shedding thy blood for thy flock, O beloved of God.

Thou didst tend the flock of the Master with care, O hierarch; wherefore, thou hast made thine abode in a place of verdure.

Transforming packs of wolves into lambs by thy discourse, O blessed one, thou wast slain in thy body, and didst commit thy spirit to the Lord.

Thy sacrifice was pleasing unto the King of all as a savor sweet and most honorable; who dost offer it in divine wisdom and who art brought as an offering on the arms of the iniquitous.

Thou wast first anointed with the oil of the priesthood, O venerable one, and later thou wast perfected by the blood of thy suffering, O father.

Thou didst offer the un-bloody sacrifice unto the Lord, and through thy blood didst bring thyself to Him as fruit, O Anthimus.

The divine Spirit enlightened thee, O hierarch; wherefore, we celebrate thine all-glorious memory.

Thy divine tongue dripped salvation, and the stream of thy blood dripped spiritual joy.

Thou didst baptize thy people with water and the Holy Ghost, as thou thyself wast baptized; and thou wast again baptized in thy blood, O father.

Choice and precious as a branch of the vine of life, thou hast produced a multitude of fruit for thy Master, O most blessed one.

Cease not to make entreaties to Christ for thy flock, O blessed one, setting forth thy blood as supplication.

Thy sacrifice was shown to be good and rich, O all-blessed Anthimus; for, offering up the un-bloody sacrifice, thou didst offer thyself to the Master Himself with blood, crying out: O God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

Having shepherded and been shepherded, thou didst derive wealth from both, O father; and having safeguarded this, thou didst preserve it with the seal of martyrdom, chanting unto Christ: O God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

Thou didst theologize concerning the nature of the Hypostases in the Church of the faithful, and, slain by the judgment of the unjust before it, O God-bearer, thou didst chant: O God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

O ye faithful, let us be glad on the day of the commemoration of the right glorious hieromartyr, crying out: Thee do we exalt supremely, O Christ, forever!

Beholding a hierarch adorned in seemly manner with the crown of martyrdom, we hymn the Lord and exalt Him supremely forever.

Let us honor the favorite of the Trinity, who shed his blood for His sake, hymning and exalting the Lord supremely for all ages.

Thou wast shown to be a faithful shepherd of thy sheep, and didst bring thyself as a lamb to sacrifice to the Shepherd, and didst receive twofold glory. Wherefore, honoring thee, we call thee blessed.

Depicting thy lineaments with abstinence in hues of piety, O all-blessed one, thou didst show thy soul to be truly according to the image of God, O blessed one.

Preserving thy traditions inviolate and honoring thy suffering, O father, with unceasing hymns we piously bless the Trinity in the One Nature of the Godhead.