Note: the following is the Canon for the Feast of All Saints of Mount Athos (The second Sunday after Pentecost), translated by Fr. Ephraim Lash and interspersed with as many icons of the Saints as I could find. May the great lights that are the Athonite Fathers continue to illumine the world with the Light of Christ!
I sing Dionysios, the wondrous monk, founder of the Monastery of the Baptist John, and Dometios, Dionysios’s friend, ablaze with the Spirit’s gifts of grace.
The Synaxarion of the day, then the following:
On the Second Sunday of Matthew we celebrate the memory of all the Venerable Fathers, who have shone forth on the Holy Mountain of Athos.
Verses for the Mountain and the Fathers who became Saints on it.
Mount Athos far outstrips all mountains high
Of European lands by being called ‘Holy’;
Athos, which nurtures flowers, has ever flowered
With truly spiritual flowers, the godly Fathers;
The choir of Monks of Athos honours now
The godlike choir of Fathers of Mount Athos.
A throng of Athonites stands round the throne of God.
At their holy intercessions, Christ God, have mercy on us and save us. Amen.
Let us honour in songs the glorious Romanos, pride of ascetics and sweetness of the new martyrs of Christ, whom the Skete of the Lavra of Kavsokalyvia blossomed as a rose, and whom Akakios, young in years and old in asceticism had as his own disciple.
Adorned with the beauties of gladness, Sophronios, sacred among priests, lived soberly and glorified Christ in the godly Skete of inspired Anne, radiant by his blameless way of life and fair adornment of behaviour; therefore let us publicly sing his praise.
And you, Skete of Karyes, why do you not dance and be happy? For you also offered your children to Christ, brave Monk Martyrs, their heads struck off by the sword, as they championed the doctrine of the Fathers and held the partisans of the Latins to scorn.
But let all the foothills of the Mountain with the famed desert joyfully sing the praises of those who mystically shone forth in you, known and unknown, who served Christ in the ascetic life in different ways.
Holy and far-famed company, God-assembled gathering of Ascetics, light-bearing and sacred multitude of Hierarchs, godly army of Martyrs, all, both unnamed and known, bright stars of Athos, do not cease to intercede for our sakes to the Queen of all.
Accept, august, all-holy Trinity, those whom Mount Athos offers you as first-fruits and chosen incense, all those who on it have called you ‘Holy’, at first and later, known and unknown, and at their prayers keep it free from all harm.