Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Selected hymns to St. Theodore the Great Martyr, Stratelates

St. Theodore the Great Martyr, Stratelates ("The Commander") - Commemorated February 8 and June 8 (
Selected hymns to St. Theodore the Great Martyr, Stratelates (amateur translations below, except where specified)

Doxastikon of the Stichera in the Plagal of the First Tone
Today the honored memory of the champion of Christ has dawned as the Morning Star, utterly enlightening the hearts of the faithful, and driving away the clouds from the soul through the power and grace of the Spirit. Let those who love the martyrs cry out to him: hail, you who were revealed a God-given grace for the faithful, being arrayed with a multitude of wonders, for those who flee to you, O blessed Theodore. Do not cease to intercede to Christ, that we be granted the eternal good things, for those who celebrate your all-sacred memory in faith.
Doxastikon of the Aposticha in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone
Bearing the name of gifts from God, and the blessedness of His inheritance, let all of us the faithful praise him, and bless as is right, Theodore, the brave great martyr, the champion of the world. Intercede therefore to Christ God for our souls.

Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone
In truth enlisted with the King of the Heavens, thou didst become for Him a noble commander, O trophy-bearer and Great Martyr Theodore. With the weaponry of faith didst thou arm thyself wisely and didst utterly destroy all the hordes of the demons, as a triumphant athlete of the Lord; wherefore we ever do faithfully call thee blest.
Kontakion in the Second Tone
In courage of soul, and furnished with the arms of faith, thou tookest in hand the word of God as though a spear and didst put thy foe to flight, thou great boast of martyrs, O Theodore; now together with them, O Saint, cease not to entreat Christ our God for all of us.
Come let all the faithful place the crowns of our hymns upon the head of Theodore, the radiant beauty of the champions. For he was shone to be a great gift from God to the world, shining with wonders. He conquered Belial the enemy through his sacred struggles, sprinkling, instead of blood, the streams of healings. In all of these Christ rejoices, and grants endless peace. Therefore we cry to him: cease not to entreat Christ our God for all of us.
On the eighth of this month, the Memory of the Holy glorious Great Martyr Theodore Stratelates ("The Commander")
Being, O Theodore, a worthy Commander,
Having been cut, you became a Commander of God.
On the eighth, the mighty Theodore's neck is cut.
Doxastikon of the Praises in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone
You were piously arrayed with the manliness of champions and rational worship, O champion of Christ. And steadfastly serving in His power, you drove away the sick impiety of the idols and the terrors of the Tyrants, without being dismayed by tortures and this temporary fire. But you who are a divine gift in reality and according to your name, through your intercessions, save those who celebrate your memory from every trial.
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

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