Hymns – July and August

Saint Germanus of the Isle of Man — 3/16 July

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 2)

Nephew of Patrick and missionary in Ireland, thou didst spread the Faith in many lands. From Wales to Brittany, and thence to the Isle of Man, thou didst glorify Christ wherever thou didst tread. Pray to Christ to save our souls.

Saint Finbar, Abbot of Innis Doimhle, Co. Wexford — 4/17 July

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 3)

O holy Finbar, thou didst labour faithfully and gain many disciples who followed thee to Christ. As thou didst guide souls in thine Irish monastery, pray to Christ our God to grant us His great mercy.

Saints Fragan and Gwen of Brittany — 5/18 July

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 4)

O noble exiles Fragan and Gwen who fled to Brittany in troubled times: ye established churches to God’s praise and glory; your children brought joy and gladness to the Breton people. We praise you, glorious Saints.

Saint Monenna, Hermitess of Sliabh Cuillin in Ireland — 6/19 July

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 8)

O Monenna, who strove for perfection alone on a mountainside, thou wast found worthy to be called ‘daughter of Elijah’ and didst live like the desert fathers. Pray to Christ our God that our souls may be saved.

Saint Illtyd of Wales — 7/20 July

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 6)

O wise Illtyd, thou wast noble by birth and noble in mind and didst train many saints in the way of holiness. Pray to Christ our God to raise up saints in our days to His glory and for our salvation.

Saint Urith of Chittlehampton — 8/21 July

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 6)

O holy Virgin Martyr Urith who didst suffer martyrdom in a Devon village and didst patiently endure the jealousy of thy pagan stepmother; pray for the faithful who are today suffering persecution, that evil may be destroyed and that God may be glorified, that we may cry to thee: Rejoice, O Virgin Urith.

Saint Drostan of Aberdeenshire — 11/24 July

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 2)

Abbot of Deer and disciple of Columcille, who didst kindle Christ’s fire in the hearts of thy monks, pray for us, O Drostan, to Christ our God, that our souls may be saved.

Saint Helier of Jersey — 16/29 July

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 5)

O glorious Saint Helier, thou didst labour for Christ on the Isle of Jersey, in fasting, vigil and prayer. Thou didst leave thy rock to convert pirates when they landed, and so obtain the crown of victory. O valiant Martyr, we praise God Who has glorified thee.

Saint Declan of Ardmore — 24 July / 6 August

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 4)

Thou wast a bright light in Ireland before the days of Saint Patrick, O holy Father Declan. Thou didst travel in Europe and return to found a monastery where thou wast ever kind to the poor. We praise thee, O glorious Hierarch.

Saint Nessan, Abbot of Montgarth, Co. Wexford — 25 July / 7 August

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 2)

O thou who didst converse with Saint Patrick and follow him in the monastic
way: as thou didst guide monks to Christ our God, pray that our souls may
be saved.

Saint Samson of Wales and Dol, Brittany — 28 July / 10 August

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 3)

Thy resplendent life, O holy Samson, enlightened all thy kindred. They followed thee in the monastic life and themselves became shining lights. When consecrated Hierarch thou didst obey the heavenly vision and build monasteries to God’s glory in Brittany. Pray to Christ our God to grant us His great mercy.

Saint Joseph of Arimathea — 31 July / 13 August

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 2)

The noble Joseph took Thine immaculate Body down from the tree, wrapped it in a clean shroud and spices, and having embalmed It, laid It in a new sepulchre. But on the third day Thou didst rise, O Lord, granting the world great mercy.

Kontakion (Tone 2)

Joseph of Arimathea took Thee the Life of all, down from the Tree as one dead, and wrapped Thee in clean linen and spices. He yearned to embrace and kiss Thy pure Body with heart and lips yet he restrained himself with fear. He cried to Thee rejoicing: Glory to Thy condescension, O Friend of man.

Saint Rioch of Innisboffin — 1/14 August

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 1)

The radiance of thy life and the triumph of thine austerity shone forth from Innisboffin’s Monastery, O Father Rioch, illuminating the Irish nation and leading them from the darkness of paganism into the light of true belief. Wherefore O holy one, intercede with Christ our God/ that we may be turned from the errors of our day that our souls may be saved.

Saint Kenneth of Wales — 1/14 August

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 2)

Rejecting thy princely dignity and worldly position, thou didst retire to the desert, O righteous Kenneth, and as we rejoice in thy God-pleasing asceticism, beseech Christ our God that He will save our souls.

Saint Trea of Ardtrea, Co. Derry — 3/16 August

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 3)

Angels rejoiced in thy life of prayer, fasting and seclusion for the love of Christ our Saviour, O holy Trea. Aware of our worldliness and lack of resolution, we turn to thee, O blessed one, beseeching thee to intercede for us with Christ our God that He will grant us great mercy.

Saint Lugid (Molua), Abbot of Clonfert, Founder of Monasteries — 4/17 August

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 4)

Renowned for thy virtuous life and thy zeal as a founder of monasteries, pray, O Father Lugid, that God will raise up monastics in our day to instruct and guide the faithful in their struggles that many souls may be saved.

Saint Oswald, Missionary and Martyred King of Northumbria — 5/18 August

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 5)

Example to kings, champion of the Faith, and missionary of God’s Holy Word, thou didst excel in spiritual virtues O Father Oswald. With Aidan’s help thou didst lift from Northumbria the heavy yoke of heathenism and fearing nothing, thou didst confront the forces of darkness, thereby exchanging thine earthly crown for the crown of martyrdom. We who are blessed to have thy precious relics with us to this day entreat thee for thy prayers that Christ our God will grant us His great mercy.

Saint Blane of Scotland — 11/24 August

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 5)

Drifting over the sea in a boat without oars, thou wast directed by God to the Island of Bute, O Hierarch Blane, where thou didst devote thyself to apostolic labours. O performer of miracles, thou art worthy to be praised as Equal to the Apostles. Wherefore we beseech thee pray to Christ our God that He will raise up labourers to re-cultivate that northern part of His Vineyard, so long overgrown with the darnel of heresy and apostasy, which thou didst once tend with such care, that again many may be lead into the way of salvation.

Saint Daig Maccairill, Bishop of Inis-Caoin, Ireland — 18/31 August

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 6)

O Daga, thou Hierarch beloved by thy flock, thou didst raise Saint Cairlon of Cashel to life and thy piety enlightened Ireland. Pray to Christ our God for us all.

Saint Oswin, King and Martyr of Deira, Northumbria — 20 August / 2 September

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 6)

Courtesy and humility shone from thee, O radiant Martyr Oswin. Trained by Saint Aidan as a Christian ruler, thou didst illumine northern Britain. Glory to Him who hath strengthened thee; glory to Him who hath crowned thee; glory to Him who through thee worketh healings for all.

Saint Eoghan (Owen) of Tyrone — 23 August / 5 September

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 4)

O great traveller Eogan who didst traverse Christian Europe in thy zeal for Christ, trained by Saint Ninian thou wast a wise teacher of the Faith. Glory to God Who hath glorified thee.

Saint Yrchard of Scotland — 24 August / 6 September

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 1)

Ordained by Saint Ternan with him thou didst labour and preach the Gospel to the heathen Picts. Pray for the faithful who celebrate thy memory and cry: Rejoice, O Father Yrchard.

Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne — 31 August / 13 September

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 5)

O holy Bishop Aidan, Apostle of the North and light of the Celtic Church, glorious in humility, noble in poverty, zealous monk and loving missionary, intercede for us sinners that Christ our God may have mercy on our souls.

Kontakion (Tone 2)

Thou didst teach and preserve Christ’s doctrine and didst spread the faith throughout Northumbria, O holy Hierarch Aidan. Unceasingly pray to God for us, for thou dost worship before His throne for ever.