Saturday, July 9, 2011
Sts. Dionysios the Rhetor and Metrophanes the Spiritual Father, of Mount Athos
Sts. Dionysios the Rhetor and Metrophanes the Spiritual Father, of Little St. Anna's Skete, Mount Athos - Commemorated July 9th ()
The chapel of Sts. Dionysios and Metrophanes built in the cave where they lived at Little St. Anna's, Mount Athos. In this Skete lived the ever-to-be-remembered Elder Gerasimos Mikragiannanitis, who for many years had the office of the Hymnographer of the Great Church of Christ (under the Patriarch of Constantinople). Thus many church services (especially for recent saints) were written through his hand (around 2,500 services in total). (http://www.mikragianna.gr/photo-gallery)
Sts. Dionysios and Metrophanes of the Holy Mountain ()
Ἀπολυτίκιον. Ἦχος γ’, θείας πίστεως.
Θείοις ἄνθραξι, τῆς ἐγκρατείας, πάθη φλέξαντες, τὰ φρυγανώδη, ἀσκητικῶς ἐν τῷ Ἄθῳ ἠστράψατε· τῷ γὰρ ἀδύτῳ φωτὶ λαμπρυνόμενοι, τῶν θεοφόρων ἐφάμιλλοι ὤφθητε, Διονύσιε σοφέ, καὶ θεῖε Μητρόφανες, αἰτούμενοι ἡμῖν τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.
Κοντάκιον. Ἦχος πλ. δ’. Τῇ Ὑπερμάχῳ.
Ὡς τῆς Τριάδος μυστηπόλοι ἱερώτατοι
Καὶ τῶν Ὁσίων κοινωνοὶ καὶ ἰσοστάσιοι
Διονύσιε σοφὲ σὺν τῷ Μητροφάνει,
Μὴ ἐλλείπητε ἐχθροῦ τὰ πανουργεύματα
Ἅτεκταίνει καθ’ ἡμῶν συντρίβειν πάντοτε,
Ἵνα κράζωμεν, θεοφόρητοι χαίρετε.
Χαίροις τῶν Ὁσίων δυὰς σεπτή, οἱ ἀμέμπτῳ βίῳ, διαπρέψαντες ἐπὶ γῆς, σὺν τῷ Διονυσίῳ, Μητροφάνες θεόφρον, Τριάδος τῆς Ἁγίας, θεῖοι θεράποντες.
Apolytikion in the Third Tone (amateur translations below)
You consumed the roots of the passions with divine coals, and shown on Athos ascetically, for shining with the unwaning light, you were shown to be equal to the God-bearers, O wise Dionysios, and divine Metrophanes, entreat that great mercy may be granted unto us.
Kontakion in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone
As the most-holy mystical ones of the Trinity
And equal shares with the Righteous
O wise Dionysios with Metrophanes,
Do not neglect to ever crush
The machinations of the evil one against us,
That we may cry, hail, O God-bearers.
Hail holy dyad of the Righteous, who walked upon the earth blamelessly in life, with Dionysios, and Metrophanes the godly, as divine healers, of the Holy Trinity.
The Dormition of St. Dionysios the Rhetor (source)
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!