Thursday, February 9, 2012

Selected hymns to St. Charalampos the Hieromartyr

St. Charalampos the Hieromartyr of Magnesia - Commemorated February 10 (
Selected hymns to St. Charalampos the Hieromartyr

Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone
A pillar unshakable are you in Christʹs holy Church, * and, as your own name denotes, an ever radiant lamp, * all‐blessed Haralambos, * shining throughout the whole world * by your feats as a martyr, * driving away the darkness of the worship of idols. * With confidence, therefore, pray to Christ, * entreating Him to save our souls.

Idiomelon from the Orthros in the Plagal of the Second Tone
Come, you fans of the Martyrs, let us honor the God‐crowned phalanx led by the radiant Martyr, that select and holy company of Hieromartyr Haralambos, which was eagerly sacrificed for Christ. Let us spiritually observe his all‐sacred memory, and call out to him: ʺFree your people, who correctly believe in God; free us from the threat of plague, and deliver us from every adversity.ʺ

Kontakion in the Fourth Tone
Since the holy Church of Christ is in possession of your highly honored skull as priceless treasure, she is glad, O Hieromartyr Haralambos. Therefore she praises the Maker of all with joy.

Let us come together and extol Haralambos, the all‐glorious great Martyr, the steadfast warrior and soldier of Christ. He contended splendidly for Christ and the truth. He openly preached the Orthodox faith, and put an end to the error of idolatry. He rebuked the most unlawful king, and with joy and exultation he was beheaded. Therefore he received the crown from the right hand of the Most High, and he became a fellow citizen of the Angels. This is why the Orthodox Church venerates his all‐honored skull, and crowns it with praises. By it she is freed from many hardships and diseases, and she praises the Maker of all with joy.

St. Charalampos the Hieromartyr (

On the tenth of this month (February) we commemorate the holy Hieromartyr Haralampus of Magnesia.

You were made worthy, O Charalampos, through swords,
Of the radiance and joy of the Martyrs.
On the tenth, Charalampos was cut by the throat.
Prosomoia of the Praises in the First Tone
Come all you children of Greece now, * and you who love the Saints, * let us give rightful honor * to the skull of the Martyr * Haralambos, saluting it with a kiss; * for he preached in the stadium * that Christ is God and Creator, and he rebuked * the deception of the impious.

Thrice‐blessed Saint, you are numbered * with the celestial hosts, * and as you stand in honor * near the Trinity, Father, * you pray for us who honor your precious skull * with devout faith and reverence. * O Hieromartyr Haralambos, we entreat * that you keep us safe from any harm.

In all of Greece has the festive * and bright memorial * of holy Hieromartyr Saint Haralambos risen * most glorious and splendid; for she is blest * to possess his most honored skull, * which had proclaimed Christ the Savior, both God and man. * Hence she celebrates it festively.

Doxastikon of the Praises in the Plagal of the First Tone
Your precious skull, O divine Saint, is like an alabaster box that is full and pouring out cures, like very costly fragrant oil. It wondrously perfumes the faithful, and it delivers from every evil those who approach it with faith. It exterminates foul‐smelling delusion, diseases of every kind, and the pandemic plague, and it grants good health to all, as well as peace and great mercy.
St. Charalampos the Hieromartyr (
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

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