Hymns – November and December

Saint Ceitho of Wales — 1/14 November

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 8)

In God’s earthly house is the very Gate of Heaven, O holy Ceitho; in thy foundation thou didst open to men the way of salvation. Wherefore, O Saint, pray that we, entering His holy temple, may worthily stand before God and implore Him to grant mercy to our souls.

Saints Pabiali, Cledwyn and Dingad of Wales — 1/14 November

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 4)

Treasures of the legacy of Brychan, noble ascetics and teachers of the Orthodox Faith, O pious Pabiali, Cledwyn and Dingad, who make this day illustrious with your memory, cease not in your intercessions before the Throne of Grace that Christ our God will be gracious to us and show us great mercy.

Saint Erc, Bishop of Slane in Ireland — 2/15 November

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 1)

Even in the darkness of heathendom thou didst recognise the God-given authority of Ireland’s Enlightener, O Hierarch Erc, and wast baptised at his hands. Wherefore we beseech thee, pray to Christ our God that, being blessed with the virtue of humility, we may be found worthy of eternal salvation.

Saint Winefred of Holywell — 3/16 November

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 8)

Caradog’s anger struck off thy head, O pious Winefred, but by the prayers of the Wonderworker Beuno thy mutilated form was miraculously made whole and restored to life. As thou didst dedicate thy life to God’s service in thanksgiving for His abundant mercy, pray that we, never forgetting His mercy towards us, may live only for Him that our souls may be saved.

Kontakion (Tone 2)

Suffering death for thy virginity, O Holy Winefred, through God’s mercy thy body was made whole and restored to life. Thy healing grace floweth in streams of living water; pray to God for us that our souls may be saved.

Saint Kea of Cornwall and Brittany — 5/18 November

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 1)

Thou wast unsparing in thy missionary labours in Brittany and Cornwall, O Hierarch Kea. As thou didst make the flame of the Orthodox Faith burn brightly in the face of defiant paganism, pray to God for us, that we devote our lives to confronting the paganism of our times for the glory of Christ’s Kingdom and the salvation of men’s souls.

Saint Congar of Somerset — 7/20 November

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 8)

In Congresbury’s monastery thou wast laid to rest, O Father Congar, Evangeliser of Somerset and teacher of monastics. Pray to God for us that we may worthily follow in thy footsteps bringing the light of the Faith to those who languish in the darkness of unbelief, making this a second Age of Saints, that thereby many souls may be saved.

Saint Cuby of Caernarvon — 8/21 November

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 1)

By thy journeyings, O Hierarch Cuby, thou dost teach us the virtue of making pilgrimages. Wherefore, O Prince of Ascetics and all-praised Wonderworker, we entreat thee to intercede for us that Christ our God will not find our lives to be utterly worthless and will show us great mercy.

Saint Tysilio of Wales — 8/21 November

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 8)

Princely dignity was set at nought by thee, O Father Tysilio, for thou didst put aside the glory of this world preferring to serve God in monastic poverty. Wherefore we pray thee, intercede for us, that with courage we may renounce mammon and live only in Christ for the salvation of men’s souls.

Saint Aedh MacBricc, Bishop of Meath — 10/23 November

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 1)

Founder of churches, Wonderworker Hierarch and curer of headaches, thou art rightly praised for thy missionary labours, O Father Aedh Macbricc. We celebrate thy memory, O Saint, praying that we may be given grace to emulate thee, for the re-establishment of Orthodoxy in these islands and for the salvation of our souls.

Saint Eleath of Anglesey — 10/23 November

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 8)

Thou didst exchange armed combat with the heathen for the spiritual warfare of the monastic life, O Father Eleath. Look on those who now hymn thee, O thou who didst praise God with the poetic talents He gave thee, and intercede with Christ our God that our souls may be saved.

Saint Cyfran of Wales — 11/24 November

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 8)

Today we rejoice, celebrating in thine honour, O Father Cyfran, and as thou hast bestowed on countless generations the miracle of healing, intercede with Christ our God for the healing and salvation of our souls.

Saint Cadwallador, King of Wales — 12/25 November

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 3)

All earthly honour and power thou didst regard as nought, and didst not set thy heart on the wealth of this world. Thou gavest thy possessions to the destitute and grief-stricken and thine obedience to Christ made thee a consoler of the pitiful and a comfort to the sick. Therefore thou didst inherit the heavenly Kingdom, and are called ‘Blessed’, O Cadwaladr, righteous king. Pray before Christ our God for the Orthodox faith to flourish in our land, and for our souls’ salvation.

Saint Machar of Iona — 12/25 November

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 1)

Thou didst bring many to the Faith, erect numerous churches, extinguish the worship of false gods and cast down idols, O Hierarch Machar, establishing thy cathedral at Old Aberdeen. As thou wast fearless and tireless in thy labours for Christ, pray O Saint, that we may be given strength to follow in thy footsteps and that thereby we may be found worthy of His abundant mercy.

Saint Denick of Caithness — 13/26 November

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 1)

Inspired by the virtuous example of our Fathers Columba and Machar, O Hierarch Denick, thou didst preach among the heathens of Caithness enduring great hardships, despite old age and infirmity. Wherefore, O Saint, pray that worthless and useless as we are Christ our God will grant us great mercy.

Saint Dyfrig of Wales — 14/27 November

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 1)

Thou art worthily honoured as the Father of Welsh Monasticism. O Hierarch Dyfrig, labouring to establish true asceticism with thy brother in the Faith, Samson of Dol, whom thou didst raise to the dignity of the episcopate. In thy pastoral love, O Saint, pray for us that despite our unspiritual lives Christ our God will grant us great mercy.

Saint Afan of Wales — 16/29 November

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 1)

Llanafan remembers thee, O Hierarch Afan, thou teacher of piety, pastor, guide and inspirer of men’s hearts. Wherefore, O holy one, entreat Christ our God that He will grant great mercy to our souls.

Saint Deiniol the Younger of Wales — 22 November / 5 December

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 8)

Being preserved from martyrdom at the hands of the warlike Ethelfrid, thou didst persevere in thy missionary labours, O Father Deiniol. Wherefore we entreat thee to pray to God for us that, being firm in the faith, we may be found worthy of His great mercy.

Saint Polin of Wales — 23 November / 6 December

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 8)

Thou wast a worthy shepherd of thy flock, O Father Polin, bringing many to Christ by thy preaching. As from Whitland’s monastery the pure light of thy piety shone forth, pray that we too may be true lights in a world of darkness and may thereby attain eternal salvation.

Saint Colman of Cloyne — 24 November / 7 December

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 8)

Leaving thy post as bard of Cashel and embracing the monastic life, O Father Colman, thou didst employ thy God-given poetic talents teaching our holy and saving faith. Wherefore, O Saint, pray to God that He would bestow again the gift of words that the Faith may be taught in these islands for the salvation of many souls.

Saint Kenan of Dumlaeg, Co. Meath — 24 November / 7 December

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 1)

As a witness to the steadfastness of the Faith of Christ, thou didst erect to His glory Ireland’s first cathedral of stone, O Hierarch Kenan, where thou didst labour for the Salvation of men’s souls. Wherefore, O Saint, pray that our labours may be blessed and bear fruit that many may be led into the Way of Salvation.

Saint Seachnall of Dunslaughlin and Armagh — 27 November / 10 December

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 1)

Today we hymn thee, O Hierarch Seachnall, for as thou in thy piety didst compose the praises of our Father Patrick, pray to God for us that we may, with true piety, honour our saints. And in praising this glorious company may we be worthy of their prayers and the great mercy of Christ our God.

Saint Brendan of Birr — 29 November / 12 December

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 1)

Most glorious ascetic and chief of Ireland’s Prophets, O Father Brendan, thou wast a bright beacon in the western isle guiding many to salvation. At thy heavenly birthday the Angels rejoiced and miraculously announced their joy to our Father Columba. The prayers of the righteous avail much for us sinners. Wherefore O Saint, pray to God for us that He will find us a place in the Mansions of the Blest.

Saint Sadwen of Wales — 29 November / 12 December

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 8)

The remoteness of the Welsh mountains was thy desert, O Father Sadwen, where thou didst serve God in fasting and humility. May thy continual intercession avail for us sinners that our souls may be saved.

Saint Tudwal of Brittany — 30 November / 13 December

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 1)

Having left thy native Wales, thou didst serve God in Brittany, O Father Tudwal, and both by thy zealous preaching and thy piety thou didst win souls for Christ. Wherefore we hasten to thee, O radiant Hierarch, that thou wouldst intercede for us that our souls may be saved.

Saint Buithe of Monasterboice, Co. Louth — 7 / 20 December

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 8)

Great wonderworker and ascetic, O Father Buithe, who by the power of thy prayers didst restore the slain to life, intercede with Christ our God that He will grant us life eternal in the realms of the blessed.

Saint Cian, Hermit in Wales — 11 / 24 December

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 8)

Renouncing thy warlike ways, O Father Cian, thou didst engage in thy fiercest fight with the powers of darkness. Pray, we beseech thee, that our spiritual struggles may be pleasing to Christ our God, that He will show us great mercy.

Saint Finnian of Clonard — 12 / 25 December

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 8)

Truly thou art the ‘Tutor of the Saints of Ireland’, O Founder of Clonard, great Father Finnian. As thou didst tirelessly teach the faith in thy native land, so teach us to follow thy example that many may come to know Christ and be led into the Way of Salvation.

Saint Columba of Leinster — 12 / 25 December

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 8)

O pious Columba, as a disciple of our Father Finnian and a renowned struggler, thou didst shine forth in the ascetic life. O Ireland’s treasure, cease not to pray for those who labour, weeping and repenting, for the salvation of their souls.

Saints Fingar and Phiala — 14 / 27 December

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 4)

Heeding Patrick’s preaching ye accepted Christ as God and Saviour, earning the wrath of your pagan father, O blessed Fingar and Phiala. Preferring the treasures of asceticism and rejecting a kingly heritage, together with seven bishops and a godly host, ye were found worthy of the crown of martyrdom. Therefore we pray you to intercede with Christ our God for us that we may live only for Him and be found worthy of His great mercy.

Saint Ursician, Companion of Saint Columbanus — 20 December / 2 January

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 8)

Thy life is a hymn of triumph, O blessed one, who together with the great Columbanus didst travel throughout Europe preaching repentance, humility and our saving Faith in Christ. Wherefore, most righteous Ursician, intercede for us that we may show forth in our lives the truth of our faith, that many souls may be saved.

Saint Caran of Scotland — 24 December / 6 January

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 4)

Jewel of the northern kingdom and most virtuous hierarch, O Father Caran, thou dost remind us that we are all missionaries and husbandmen in Christ’s vineyard. Therefore, O Saint, pray for us all that we may shine as beacons of Orthodoxy guiding many souls to salvation.

Saint Tathai of Wales — 26 December / 8 January

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 8)

Teacher of true piety and blessed adornment of Christ’s Church, O Father Tathai: as thou didst serve Wales with thy tireless endeavours, teach us, O Saint, the virtues of unshakeable stability and loyalty to the true Faith, that at the end Christ our God will grant great mercy to our souls.

Saints Romulus and Conindrus of Man — 28 December / 10 January

Dismissal Hymn (Tone 4)

By your holy preaching, Romulus and Conindrus, the Holy Name of Jesus was first heard in the Isle of Man. As Heaven rejoiceth at the extension of the Orthodox Faith, pray, most holy fathers, that we may use our lives in Christ’s service for the salvation of our souls.