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April 28, 2017

Synaxarion of Saint Memnon the Wonderworker

St. Memnon the Wonderworker (Feast Day - April 28, May 19)


Seized by the last small sleep,
Memnon tarries with all who are of God.

Our Holy Father Memnon, bidding farewell to the world and all therein for the love of God, righteously and well-pleasingly passed his life in obedience and submission, which is why he became an abbot of monks. Having acquired gentleness and love, for this reason he also became a wonderworker.

Hence one time locusts fell upon the fields of the monastery, and the Saint emerged from the monastery to perform a prayer, by which he banished all of them as if it was fire, and they drowned in the river.

He also caused water to gush forth through his prayers in a waterless place, which still today gushes forth to the glory of Christ.

One time he appeared to certain sailors, who during a storm called upon him and asked for his help. Appearing in their midst, he steered the ship and prompted the sailors, so that shortly after he saved them without harm in the harbor.

Having done such wonders the renowned one passed his life, granting salvation to those who called upon him. Well-pleasing to God till the end, he departed to Him, bringing with him on the journey the wealth of his virtues.

Kathisma in Plagal of the Fourth Tone
You shined upon all as a star, gleaming with virtues and miracles, illuminating the world, we praise you blessed one, as a communicant of the divine, you became most brilliant, and with splendor Memnon, you entered the inner sanctuary, wherefore your light-bearing, and holy memory, we honor on each occasion, glorifying the Savior, and faithfully crying out to you, intercede to Christ God, to grant the remission of sins, to those who celebrate with longing your holy memory.