June 20, 2022

Synaxarion of Saint Nicholas Cabasilas

 By Monk Gerasimos Mikragiannanitis

On the 20th of this month [June] we commemorate Venerable Nicholas Cabasilas.


You clearly became a joint-partaker with the Saints,
Having lived a holy life Nicholas.
We celebrate the divine Nicholas with glorious praises.

He flourished in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, having been born in Thessaloniki. Raised in nobility and glory, he was nurtured with excellent morals and all manner of piety, with a grand education, attaining by this wide-spread and manifold wisdom and knowledge, and through his many discourses, he enriched our language with divine matters, inspired by the Holy Spirit. He was distinguished by his blameless way of life and God-befitting conduct, and was longed for with affection by kings and rulers. Venerable and temperate, he passed his life in all forms of virtue, and was transported to the heavenly mansions, where he is equal in honor with the Saints, worthy of eternal glory and life.

Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone
As a divine teacher and expounder of wisdom, the dogmas of the faith and sacred virtue, Venerable Nicholas, you shined in the world, through your life and words. Wherefore Thessaloniki, boasts in your glory, and with longing celebrates, your all-revered memory.

Kontakion in the Second Tone
Completing your life with inspired words, renowned for wisdom and grace, you became powerful through your words, which you expounded as a teacher of piety; hence we sing hymns to you Nicholas.

From your youth wise one, you dedicated yourself to the Lord, walking the path, of the commandments of God, with a clean intellect; having come to know the extremes of wisdom, with both much prudence and great knowledge you showed yourself to the world; having put to death the mind of the flesh, you received the life-bearing energies of the Paraclete, and the brightness of the initiation into piety, and a virtuous life with exactitude, and the unbroken authority of the divine dogmas, as a divinely wise expounder of truth, and a true servant of Christ, hence we sing hymns to you Nicholas.

With spiritual words and wisdom, you brilliantly distinguished yourself, being seen as distinguishing your life, as a divine teacher of the Church, all-blessed Nicholas, you who dwell with the Angels.