Selected hymns to St. Ieronymos of Simonopetra,
translated from the Greek service in his honor, written by Metropolitan Joel of Edessa
(note, hymns not set to match the meter)
Rejoice, the vessel of many graces,
Rejoice, member of the choir of the Saints.
Rejoice, boast of the Cenobium of Simon,
Rejoice, hymn of praise of the whole of Athos.
Rejoice, for you humbled yourself for Christ,
Rejoice, for you conquered the unseen enemy.
Rejoice, for you shown forth amidst the Athenians,
Rejoice, for manfully you ruled over your passions.
Rejoice, the boast of unmarried men,
Rejoice, boldness for chaste married people.
Rejoice, staff for many living in the world,
Rejoice, healing of the afflictions of mortals.
Rejoice, O all-famed Father.
This, our new Venerable Father Ieronymos of Simonopetra, was born in 1871 in Reis-Dere of Asia Minor to pious parents Nicholas and Maria, who raised him, teaching him the law of the Lord. At a young age, he entered the cenobium of Simonopetra on Mount Athos, and was discerned there for his humility, his prayer and his obedience. He was made Abbot of this uplifted Monastery of the Venerable Simon. He was known for his asceticism and his virtue of discernment. When he later resigned the Abbacy, he was placed at the Metochion of the Divine Ascension in Vyrona of Athens. He was a man of prayer, worship and almsgiving. He showed signs of the prophetic charism. He reposed in the Lord venerably in Athens on December 24th of the Old Calendar, and January 6th of the New Calendar in 1957. He showed forth many signs of holiness, both to those asleep and awake. His feast is translated to the 9th of May, which was the day of the translation of his Holy Relics.