August 27

Our venerable father Pimen. An Egyptian by birth, he became one of the greatest of the Egyptian desert fathers. The renown of his asceticism spread throughout the civilized world. (5th century)

At Vespers


At "O Lord, I have cried": three stichera from the Octoechos, and three for the venerable father.

Tone 8, special melody Čto vy naračem. What shall we call you now, O Pimen? * A model for monks, a worker of healings, * mortifying the passions with the scourge of temperance, * a fellow-citizen with the angels and their confidant, * a dweller in the heavenly City, * a home of the virtues and the adornment of the wilderness. * Pray to Christ our God to save our souls.

How can we describe you now, O Pimen? * A citizen of the desert, a cultivator of holy peace of soul, * a tamer of the passions, a guide for monks, * a stream of teachings from the Holy Spirit, * an ever-shining torch of judgment, * true wonder-worker, healing all ills. * Pray to Christ our God to save our souls.

Truly, you have been a lampstand, * enlightening with its discerning radiance * the souls who approach you in faith. * In your wisdom, you show them the way of life. * Thus we praise you and call you blessed, O Pimen, * as we celebrate this holy feast. * Pride of the Fathers and Joy of Ascetics, * pray to Christ to save our souls.

Glory – Tone 6.  Venerable father Pimen, the whole world is filled with the fame of your holy deeds; through them, you have received the recompense of your labors in heaven. You destroyed the hordes of demons and have been united to the choirs of angels, whose pure lives you imitated. By your boldness with Christ our God, ask peace for our souls. Multiple translations

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

The aposticha are from the Octoechos, concluding with:

Glory – Tone 8 samohlasen.  We honor you as the teacher of a multitude of monks, O our Father Pimen, for by your example we have truly known how to walk in righteousness. Blessed are you, for you have labored for Christ. You rebuked the enemy power, O Companion of angels, and associate of the venerable and righteous fathers. With them pray to the Lord that our souls may be forgiven. Multiple translations

Now and ever – Theotokion, or Stavrotheotokion

Troparion, Tone 8.  Your abundant tears made the wilderness bloom, * and your sufferings made your labors fruitful a hundred-fold; * you became a shining torch over the world. * O venerable father Pimen,* pray to Christ our God that he may save our souls.

At the Divine Liturgy

music - see the August Menaion

Troparion,  Tone 3.  You saved a treasure of great wealth, the divine and true faith. * Turning away from the foolish actions of your ancestors, * you followed in the steps of the Master. * You were enriched with divine gifts, O glorious Adrian, * and now we ask you to be generous to us

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion, Tone 4.  Today the holy memory of your splendid struggles has dawned, * gladdening the souls of the pious, * O divinely wise Pimen, * our venerable father.

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Ps. 115:6,3). Precious in the eyes of the Lord * is the death of his faithful.
V. What can I return to the Lord for all he has given me?

Epistle:  (of the day)

Alleluia, Tone 6 (Ps. 111:1,2). Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Happy the man who fears the Lord and greatly delights in his command.
V. His posterity will be mighty upon the earth.

Gospel:  (of the day)

Communion Hymn (Ps. 111:6,7). The just man will be remembered forever; evil news he will not fear. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!