Hymns – January and February

Saint Seiriol of Wales — 2/15 January

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 4)

We hymn thee, O Father Seiriol, for thou didst turn the Welsh wilderness into a fertile vineyard for the Lord. By this our intercession, O Saint, we implore thee to pray to Christ our God that our labours may be blessed and our souls may be saved.

Saints Finlugh and Fintain — 3/16 January

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 1)

Being brothers both in the flesh and in the Faith, O honoured Fintan and Finlugh, ye served our Saviour in your native land, winning souls for Him by feats of ascetic piety. Cease not your love for men, praying that our souls may also be saved.

Saint Schotin — 6/19 January

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 4)

O disciple of Dewi Sant, Flower of the wilderness and teacher of the young, holy Schotin, in life thou didst serve Christ. Wherefore, O Saint, intercede that by following thee in all piety and Godly quiet, we may attain eternal life.

Saint Ergnada, Virgin of Ulster — 8/21 January

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 3)

Turning thy back on the glamour of the world, O wise Mother Ergnada, thou wast veiled as a nun by St Patrick. By fulfilling thine obedience thou dost teach us the virtue of humility. Wherefore, O righteous one, pray that we may be granted grace to accept spiritual guidance for the salvation of our souls.

Kontakion (Tone 8)

Adornment of Ireland and joy of monastics, O Mother Ergnada, thou didst trample on the fiery passions which war against the soul. O conqueror of them all and champion of purity, we praise thee as is due, and in thine honour,we sing Alleluia.

Saint Erbin of Cornwall — 13/26 January

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 3)

Following in the footsteps of thy Hieromartyr Father Constantine, thou didst dedicate thy life to Christ, O Father Erbin. Pray for us, that we may prefer nothing to Christ and, devoting our lives only to Him, may at the Last Day be found worthy of His great mercy.

Kontakion (Tone 6)

O blessed and ever memorable founder of both a church and a monastery, we raise our voices to hymn thee, Father Erbin, Pillar of Ascetics. Thou art truly a key to heaven, wherefore we pray thee for thy help, that following thine example we may be instrumental in re-establishing the Orthodox Faith in these hallowed islands.

Saint Fursey of Burgh Castle — 16/29 January

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 5)

Establishing thy monastery in a Roman fortress thou didst teach men that the Orthodox Faith is a true bastion against the onslaughts of every evil force, O Father Fursey. Wherefore, pray to God for us that we may all be bastions of the Faith, standing firm against the rising tide of falsehood, and that our souls may be saved.

Kontakion (Tone 4)

Thou didst need the walls of stone to defend the Faith against its pagan enemies, O Father Fursey, but pray for us that we may have a spiritual wall around us to defend the Faith against its enemies. Following thee and praising thine eternal memory, we stand firm against every error, ever singing: Rejoice, beloved of God, our Father Fursey.

Saint Cadoc, Bishop and Martyr of Llancarvan, Wales — 24 January / 6 February

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 5)

Having been raised to piety, O Hierarch Cadoc, thou didst dedicate thy life to God, serving Him in the monastic state. As with joyful heart thou didst fulfill thy daily obedience, caring for the earthly needs of countless paupers, look now upon our spiritual poverty and beseech Christ our God, that He will grant us great mercy.

Kontakion (Tone 5)

We honour thee with hymns, O righteous Hierarch Cadoc, for the pilgrimage of thy life was found pleasing to God, who in His goodness adorned thee with authority, and as thou didst receive the crown of martyrdom whilst serving the Holy Mysteries, pray for us that we also may be blessed to die in Christ.

Saint Eochod, Apostle to the Picts of Galloway — 25 January / 7 February

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 6)

The Picts of Galloway honoured thee as their Apostle, O righteous Hierarch Eochod, for at the behest of Father Columba thou didst open to them the Gospel of Salvation. Wherefore, O Saint, cease not in thy pious labours, praying that our souls may be saved.

Saint Conan of Iona — 26 January / 8 February

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 1)

We celebrate thy radiant memory, all-honourable Hierarch Conan, consolation of the afflicted, teacher of the true faith and shepherd of souls on the Isle of Man. Pray for our efforts, feeble as they are, and save our souls.

Kontakion (Tone 8)

We praise and bless thy name, most righteous Conan, for in thy life thou didst not rest from thy God-pleasing monastic and pastoral labours, setting us an example of constancy and devotion. Pray that Christ our God will instil such virtues in us that we may live our lives only for His honour and glory.

Saint Natalis of Ulster — 27 January / 9 February

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 2)

With Columba as thy guide, thou didst learn the monastic disciplines, O Father Natalis, and by this example thou dost teach us the necessity of accepting spiritual direction, that pleasing God by our obedience we may be found worthy of great mercy.

Kontakion (Tone 5)

Having submitted thyself to a master in pious humility, O Father Natalis, and being renowned for the sanctity of thy life, thou wast deemed worthy to guide others into the way of Salvation. Pray that we who hymn thee may be given grace to submit ourselves to direction, as Christ willeth, that we may please Him in all things.

Saint Gildas the Wise — 29 January / 11 February

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 8)

Truly thou art surnamed ‘The Wise’, O righteous Gildas, for in thy monastic solitude thou didst use thy God-given gift of words for His greater glory. Teach us to despise nothing, that all our talents, however small, may be employed in God’s service, for the salvation of our souls.

Kontakion (Tone 5)

As one learned in the art of writing, O wise Gildas, thou didst not hide thy talent, but brought it forth to glorify thy Creator. Singing praise to thee, we pray for grace to follow thee in offering everything to God for His glory alone.

Saint Tudy, Virgin in Wales — 30 January / 12 February

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 6)

Thou didst serve God in virginity, most holy Tudy, offering thy life to Him in purity and innocence. Wherefore we beseech thee, pray to Christ our God, that He will look not upon our wretchedness but will grant us great mercy.

Kontakion (Tone 2)

We sing hymns of praise to thee, most pure daughter of Brychan, O holy Tudy. Pray to Christ our God that our prayers will be found acceptable to Him, that we be not cast into outer darkness.

Saint Brigid of Kildare — 1/14 February

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 4)

Instructed by the words of Holy Pádraig, thou didst journey far to the west, proclaiming the Orient which has visited us from on high. Wherefore we bless thee, Venerable Mother Brigid, and we cry out to thee: Pray in behalf of our souls.

Another Dismissal Hymn (Tone 1)

O holy Brigid, thou didst become sublime through thy humility, and didst fly on the wings of thy longing for God. When thou didst arrive in the Eternal City and appear before thy Divine Spouse, wearing the crown of virginity, thou didst keep thy promise to remember those who have recourse to thee. Thou dost shower grace upon the world, and dost multiply miracles. Intercede with Christ our God that He may save our souls.

Kontakion (Tone 6)

Rejecting thy noble rank, and loving the godly monastic life, from the wood of the oak didst thou raise up a convent, the first in thy land; and having there united a multitude of nuns to God, thou didst teach the surrounding lands to cry to the Lord: Have mercy on us!

Another Kontakion (Tone 4)

The holy virgin Brigid full of divine wisdom, went with joy along the way of evangelical childhood, and with the grace of God attained in this way the summit of virtue. Wherefore she now bestoweth blessings upon those who come to her with faith. O holy Virgin, intercede with Christ our God that He may have mercy on our souls.

Saint Ia (Ives) of Cornwall — 3/16 February

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 5)

Thy life and mission were pleasing to God, most pious Ia, for seeing thee left behind in Ireland, He miraculously transported thee across the sea to Cornwall on a leaf. Wherefore, O Saint, pray to God for us that we may never give way to despair but ever trust in His great mercy.

Kontakion (Tone 8)

By a miracle, God showed that the first should be last and the last, first, O righteous Ia, and therefore we look to thee as a symbol of Gospel truth, ever praising thine illustrious memory.

Saint Aldate of Gloucester — 4/17 February

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 1)

Through thy pious upbringing thou didst become a shining beacon of the Orthodox Faith, O Hierarch Aldate. Wherefore, O Saint, intercede for us that not straying from the true Faith, we may attain eternal salvation.

Kontakion (Tone 2)

As a torch of truth, a tower of strength, a bastion of Faith, O Martyr Hierarch Aldate, thou art the adornment of Gloucester, the joy of all our nation and most worthy of all praise.

Saints Mel and Mun of Ireland — 6/19 February

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 5)

Accompanying Ireland’s Enlightener, your illustrious uncle, on his missionary journeys, O blessed Hierarchs Mel and Mun, and being blessed with the gift of oratory, ye inspired many to reject the darkness of paganism and to believe in Christ. Pray for us, O holy ones, that the darkness of our sins may be blotted out by the mercy of our God.

Kontakion (Tone 2)

As streams of pure doctrine flowed from your blessed lips, O righteous Mel and Mun, pray to Christ our God that the streams of His compassion and forgiveness will be poured out on us worthless sinners.

Saint Aule, Bishop and Martyr of London — 7/20 February

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 3)

Having lighted the candle of faith in London, O glorious Martyr Aule, thy radiance was a challenge to the godless Diocletian who caused the flame of thy life to be extinguished. Pray, O martyr, that the flame of our faith may burn so brightly that through our constancy we may be found worthy of the mercy of Christ our God.

Kontakion (Tone 7)

Thou didst sanctify our capital with thy blood, O Passion-Bearer Aule, defending the true Faith, which was more precious to thee than life itself. We honour thee, we hymn thee, and we praise thy name, rejoicing in thy glorious memory.

Saint Oncho of Clonmore, the Poet — 8/21 February

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 2)

Thou didst teach us the value of relics, O Father Oncho, for thou didst spend thine earthly life collecting these precious aids to piety and devotion. Pray to God for us, that in honouring what is precious to God, we may be found worthy of His great mercy.

Kontakion (Tone 4)

Following thine example, most Holy Oncho, we pray for strength to defend all precious and holy things, resisting to the end all attempts at desecration and sacrilege by the agents of the godless, that in all things glory may be given to Christ our God.

Saint Teilo of Llandaff, Wales — 9/22 February

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 4)

As a fountain of the true Faith, thou didst issue forth the life-giving waters of salvation, O Hierarch Teilo. Wherefore, we implore thee, intercede with Christ our God that our souls may be saved.

Kontakion (Tone 1)

O teacher of pure doctrine, joy of monastics and Dewi Sant’s fellow pilgrim to Jerusalem, where thou wast elevated to the episcopate, most pious Father Teilo, we keep festival in thy honour, praying for grace to follow in thy footsteps.

Saint Gobnet of Ballyvourney, Ireland — 11/24 February

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 3)

As a spiritual child of the God inspired Abban, thou didst worthily guide many into monastic virtue, most holy Gobnet. Wherefore we entreat thee to intercede for us that we may be guided aright and be found worthy of the great mercy of Christ our God.

Kontakion (Tone 5)

Praise and honour are thy due, O physician of bodies and souls, most pious Gobnet. As thou, being blessed with the gift of healing, didst bring to many the wholeness and peace of Christ, pray now for us that our tormented souls may come to know the joy of godly healing.

Saint Modomnock O’Neill, Bishop — 13/26 February

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 4)

Pomp and splendour held no attraction for thee, O Father Modomnock. By leaving the glitter of the world, thou didst freely embrace thy poverty with the Waterman, praying for the salvation of all faithful souls.

Kontakion (Tone 7)

Retiring from the company of men, thou didst serve God in solitude, O Father Modomnock, and thy Father, seeing thy virtue in secret, rewarded thee openly. Therefore we glorify thy name and praise and bless thy righteous memory.

Saint Berach of Cluain, Ireland — 15/28 February

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 1)

Disciple of our Father Kevin, teacher of true piety and radiance of all Connaught, O Father Berach, by thy life and example thou didst bring many souls to Christ. Wherefore we pray thee to intercede for us that our souls may be saved.

Kontakion (Tone 4)

Bright jewel in the crown of Erin’s saints, great Father Berach, we hymn thee and pray for the fortitude to follow thy steep path to salvation, ever praising thy most glorious memory.

Saint Finan of Iona and Lindisfarne — 17 February / 2 March

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 2)

As Aidan’s successor thou didst rule the See of Lindisfarne fearlessly, preaching the Orthodox Faith, O holy Hierarch Finan. Boldly obeying the Gospel command, thou didst soften the stony heart of Mercia’s pagan Prince Peada and win his soul for Christ. Pray for us, O Saint, that Christ alone will rule in our hearts, that He may save our souls.

Kontakion (Tone 6)

Great Hierarch of the Christian North and radiant luminary of the Orthodox Faith, O Hierarch Finan, by thy preaching to all nations the warlike Mercians were illumined by the light of Christ’s holy Gospel. As we keep festival in thy honour we pray for grace to emulate thy righteous example.

Saint Colman of Lindisfarne and Inishboffin — 18 February / 3 March

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 4)

As an upholder of Orthodox discipline, thou didst show forth in thy life the pre-eminence of holy Tradition, O all-praised Hierarch Colman. With great personal sacrifice, thou wast true to thy teachers, wherefore we pray that we may unhesitatingly follow our fathers in the Faith with loyalty and devotion and thereby be guided into the way of salvation.

Kontakion (Tone 2)

By the mercy of our God, thy very life was a sermon, O Father Colman, light of the true Faith and example of constancy and piety, teaching all by thy selfless devotion. Praising thee we pray that, withstanding novelty and innovation, we may always give glory to Christ our God.

Saint Odran, Martyr in Ireland — 19 February / 4 March

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 5)

No task was too humble or too dangerous for thee, O Martyr Odran, for in thy station as a servant thou didst render the ultimate service, giving thy life for thy master and Ireland’s Enlightener. Pray that we may have the courage to hold nothing back, that at the last Christ our God will not withhold His mercy from us.

Kontakion (Tone 3)

We salute thee, O Martyr Odran, ever seeking to follow thee in service to Christ’s holy Church, and praying for grace to shun the imperfect way of Ananias and Sophia, that we may give all we have in selfless devotion to Him who holdeth all creation in His hands.

Saint Bolcan, Bishop of Derken in Ulster — 20 February / 5 March

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 7)

As thou didst encourage the virtue of learning, wise Hierarch Bolcan, teach us to have humility to follow our fathers in the Faith, and not the ways of our own devising that being faithful to Christ, we may be found worthy of His great mercy.

Kontakion (Tone 8)

From thy lips pure streams of Orthodox doctrine poured forth, O most noble teacher and gracious Hierarch Bolcan. Revering thy memory, we pray for grace to follow thee, profiting by thy righteous example.

Saint Elwin, Bishop in Cornwall — 22 February / 7 March

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 1)

Leaving thy native Ireland, thou didst labour for Christ in the remoteness of Kernow, giving thyself up to ascetic struggles and missionary journeyings, O Father Elwin. Wherefore we pray for courage and strength to emulate thine example for the salvation of our souls.

Kontakion (Tone 6)

Accompanied by the pious Breaca, thou didst go out to preach the Gospel of Christ to those who were in darkness, therefore we glorify thee, ever praying that our lives may also be spent in God-pleasing activities.

Saint Sillan (Silvanus), Abbot of Bangor, Co. Down — 28 February / 13 March

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 7)

Under thy God-pleasing rule, O Father Sillan, Bangor’s monastery became a power-house of the true Faith. As thou wast a bright beacon, guiding men on their journey to God, we beseech thee to be also a beacon for us, bringing us safely into the way of salvation.

Kontakion (Tone 2)

Righteous Father Sillan, Road to our Saviour, Crown of Bangor’s saints and joy of all monastics, we keep festival in thy honour, ever blessing thy name and imploring thy prayers for us sinners.