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27 iulie: TROPARUL ŞI VIAŢA SF. M. MC. PANTELIMON (Gr, Ro, En)

Απολυτίκιο του Αγ. Παντελεήμονος – 27 ΙΟΥΛΙΟΥ

 TROPARUL ŞI VIAŢA SF. M. MC. PANTELIMON

27 iulie

 

Pomenirea Sfântului maritului, marelui Mucenic si tamaduitor Pantelimon.

PantelimonSfântul si maritul Mucenic al lui Hristos, Pantelimon, s-a nascut la Nicomidia din parintii Eustorgios, senator pagân, si Evula, o crestina; acestia i-au dat numele de Pantoleon. Incredintat spre educatie  lui Eufrosin, medic de renume, el ajunse dupa putina vreme la o cunoastere desavârsita a artei medicale intr-atât incât imparatul Maximian, care ii remarcase calitatile, intentiona sa il ia la palat ca medic particular. Cum tânarul trecea in fiecare zi in fata casei unde era ascuns Sfântul Ermolae (cf. 26 iulie), Sfântul Parinte ghici dupa tinuta lui  calitatea inalta a  sufletului sau si il invita intr-o zi sa intre si incepu sa il invete ca stiinta medicala nu poate aduce decât slaba usurare naturii noastre suferinde si sortita mortii si ca numai Hristos, singurul Doctor adevarat, a venit sa ne aduca Mântuirea, fara leacuri si fara plata. Cu inima batând de bucurie la auzul acestor cuvinte, tânarul Pantoleon incepu sa il viziteze regulat pe Sfântul Ermolae si fu initiat de el in Tainele credintei. Intr-o zi, pe când se intorcea de la Eufrosin, gasi pe drum un copil, mort dupa ce fusese muscat de o napârca. Judecând ca momentul venise sa probeze adevarul promisiunilor lui Ermolae, el chema in ajutor Numele lui Hristos si pe data copilul se ridica iar napârca muri. Atunci el alerga la Ermolae si, plin de bucurie, ceru sa primeasca fara intârziere Sfântul Botez. Ramase apoi in preajma batrânului Sfânt pentru a se bucura de invataturile lui si nu mai reveni acasa decât in a opta zi. La intrebarile tatalui sau nelinistit el raspunse ca ramasese la palat, tinut de vindecarea unui om de pe lânga imparat. Pastrând inca secreta convertirea lui, el arata in acealasi timp o adânca preocupare pentru a-l convinge pe Eustorgios tatal sau de zadarnicia inchinarii la idoli.

Dupa o vreme fu adus la senator un orb care il implora pe Pantoleon sa il vindece, caci isi pierduse zadarnic toata averea pe la doctori. Increzator in Hristos, care salasluia de-acum in el cu putere, tânarul confirma in fata tatalui sau uimit ca avea sa il vindece prin harul Stapânului sau. Facu semnul Crucii pe ochii orbului, rugându-se lui Hristos si pe loc barbatul isi recapata vederea, nu numai a ochilor trupului ci si ai sufletului, caci el intelese ca Hristos il vindecase. Fu botezat de Sfântul Ermolae impreuna cu Eustorgios, care nu dupa multa vreme adormi in pace.

Pantoleon imparti atunci mostenirea sa saracilor, elibera sclavii si se dedica si mai vârtos ingrijirii bolnavilor carora nu le cerea in schimb decât sa creada in Hristos, cel venit pe pamânt pentru a ne vindeca de toate bolile noastre (de aceea este slavit printre Sfintii Doctori fara de arginti). Ceilalti doctori din Nicomidia incepura sa fie invidiosi pe el si cum el ingrijise pe un Crestin care tocmai fusese chinuit din ordinul imparatului, ei profitara de ocazie pentru a-l denunta la Maximian. Dupa ce le-a ascultat  cu tristete plângerea impotriva protejatului sau, imparatul il convoca pe cel care fusese mai inainte orb si ii puse intrebari despre ce mijloace folosise Pantoleon ca sa ii redea vederea. Precum orbul din nastere din Evanghelie, omul raspunse cu simplitate ca Pantoleon il vindecase chemând Numele lui Hristos si ca aceasta minune ii adusese adevarata lumina, aceea a credintei. Furios, imparatul ceru sa i se taie capul pe data si trimise oameni sa il gaseasca pe Pantoleon. Când Sfântul se afla inaintea lui, ii reprosa ca ar fi tradat increderea pe care i-o acordase si il acuza ca il insulta pe Asclepios si pe ceilalti zei prin credinta sa in Hristos, un om mort crucificat. Sfântul ii raspunse ca atât credinta cât si mila fata de adevaratul Dumnezeu sunt superioare tuturor bogatiilor si onorurilor acestei lumi de desertaciune si pentru a-si intari argumentele ii ceru lui Maximian sa il puna la incercare. Fu deci adus un paralitic, asupra caruia preotii pagâni spusera incantatiile lor, salutate batjocoritor de catre Sfânt. Cum eforturile lor ramasera fara efect, Pantoleon isi inalta rugaciunea catre Dumnezeu si luând pe paralitic de mâna, il ridica in Numele lui Hristos. Numerosi pagâni, vazându-l pe om mergând plin de bucurie, crezura atunci in adevaratul Dumnezeu, in timp ce preotii pagâni insistau pe lânga imparat sa fie ucis acest rival periculos.

Cum Maximian ii amintea chinurile la care cu câtva timp in urma fusese supus Sfântul Antim (cf. 3 septembrie), Pantoleon raspunse ca daca un batrân facuse dovada unui asemenea curaj, cu atât mai mult tinerii trebuiau sa se arate curajosi in incercari. Nici magulirile nici amenintarile neputând sa il faca pe Pantoleon sa isi schimbe atitudinea, tiranul il incredinta torturii. Legat de un stâlp, trupul ii fu sfâsiat cu gheare de fier apoi ranile ii fura arse cu faclii aprinse. Dar Hristos, aparut Sfântului Mucenic sub chipul parintelui sau spiritual, Sfântul Ermolae, ii spuse : „Nu te teme, copilul meu, caci sint cu tine si iti voi fi de ajutor in tot ceea ce vei suferi pentru mine”. De indata tortele se stinsera iar ranile Sfântului fura vindecate.  Apoi, fie scufundat  in plumb topit, fie aruncat in mare legat de un pietroi, in toate incercarile Domnul il insotea si il pazea nevatamat. Dupa aceea fu aruncat fiarelor salbatice, dar si acolo Hristos il apara iar animalele venira gudurându-se la picioarele lui asemeni unor animale domestice. Cit priveste imparatul, ramânând el mai salbatec decât niste animale fara ratiune, dadu ordin ca Sfântul sa fie legat de o roata cu lame ascutite ce urma sa fie lasata sa se rostogoleasca de pe o inaltime in fata intregului oras adunat. Din nou Domnul interveni in chip minunat. Il elibera pe slujitorul sau de legaturile lui iar roata strivi in rostogolirea ei un mare numar de necredinciosi.

Cum Maximian il intreba de unde avea o asemenea putere si cum ajunsese el la Credinta Crestina, Pantoleon ii arata unde se ascundea Ermolae, caci Dumnezeu ii facuse cunoscut ca venise vremea, pentru el si stapânul sau, sa-L marturiseasca si sa isi gaseasca in Muceninicie desavârsirea. Dupa moartea preamarita a Sfântului Ermolae si a celor impreuna cu el, tiranul il aduse din nou pe Pantoleon si pretinzând ca mucenicii se supusesera, incerca sa il convinga sa se inchine idolilor, dar preafericitul ceru sa ii vada. Suveranul raspunse ca ii trimisese in misiune intr-un alt oras iar Pantoleon ii replica : „Ai spus adevarul fara sa vrei, mincinosule, caci ei sint acum in Ierusalimul ceresc!”. Constatând ca nu va putea sa il clinteasca din credinta sa, Maximian dadu atunci ordin ca Pantoleon sa fie decapitat  iar trupul sa ii fie aruncat in foc.

Sfântul ajunse cu bucurie la locul executiei, in afara orasului, dar in momentul in care calaul isi agita spada, aceasta se topi precum ceara se topeste in foc. In fata acestei minuni, soldatii care erau de fata il marturisira pe Hristos. Pantoleon ii indemna insa sa isi indeplineasca datoria si mai spuse o ultima rugaciune. Un glas de sus ii raspunse : „Slujitor credincios, dorinta ta va fi acum indeplinita, portile cerului iti sint deschise, cununa ta e pregatita. Tu vei fi de-acum inainte adapost deznadajduitilor, ajutor celor incercati, doctor bolnavilor si teroare demonilor, de aceea numele tau nu va mai fi Pantoleon ci Pantelimon” (care inseamna „prea milostiv”). El isi intinse grumazul iar când capul ii cazu, curse lapte din gâtul lui, trupul sau deveni alb ca zapada iar maslinul uscat de care fusese legat inverzi din nou pe data si rodi cu fructe din belsug. Soldatii, carora li se daduse ordin sa arda trupul Sfântului, il incredintara credinciosilor care il ingropara cu piosenie pe proprietatea lui Arnantios Scolasticul si se dusera sa propovaduiasca Vestea cea Buna si in alte locuri.

De atunci, Moastele Sfântului Pantelimon nu au incetat sa savârseasca vindecare si sa aduca harul lui Hristos, singurul Doctor al sufletelor si trupurilor, al tuturor celor care se apropie de El cu evlavie.

Τὸν καιρὸ ποὺ τὰ μαῦρα σύννεφα τῆς εἰδωλολατρείας σκέπαζαν ἀπειλητικὰ ὅλη τὴν οἰκουμένη, στὰ τέλη δηλαδὴ τοῦ τρίτου αἰώνα μετὰ Χριστόν, γεννήθηκε στὴ Νικομήδεια τῆς Μικρᾶς Ἀσίας ὁ Ἅγιος μεγαλομάρτυρας Παντελεήμων. Τὴν ἐποχὴ ἐκείνη αὐτοκράτορας τῆς Ρώμης ἦταν ὁ φοβερὸς διώκτης τῶν Χριστιανῶν, ὁ Μαξιμιανός.

Ὁ πατέρας του λεγόταν Εὐστόργιος καὶ ἦταν εἰδωλολάτρης ἀξιωματοῦχος, μέλος τῆς συγκλήτου. Ἡ μητέρα του λεγόταν Εὐβούλη καὶ ἦταν θερμὴ Χριστιανή. Τὸ ὄνομα ποὺ ἔδωσαν στὸ παιδί τους ἦταν Παντολέον.

Ὁ Παντολέον ἦταν πολὺ ἔξυπνος, εὐγενικός, ἐπιμελής, ταπεινὸς καὶ πράος, γεμάτος ἀρετή, παρ’ ὅλο ποὺ ἀκόμη δὲν εἶχε βαπτιστεῖ Χριστιανός. Ὅταν μεγάλωσε, ὁ πατέρας του τὸν παρέδωσε σ’ ἕνα φημισμένο γιατρό, τὸν Εὐφρόσυνο , γιὰ νὰ τοῦ διδάξει τὴν ἰατρικὴ ἐπιστήμη. Σὲ λίγο καιρὸ ὁ Παντολέον ξεπέρασε ὅλους τους συνομήλικούς του στὴν μόρφωση καὶ ὅλοι μιλοῦσαν μὲ θαυμασμὸ γιὰ τὸ χαρακτήρα του. Ὁ ἴδιος ὁ αὐτοκράτορας, μαθαίνοντας γιὰ τὴν ἀρετὴ καὶ τὴν ἐξυπνάδα του, τὸν προόριζε γιὰ νὰ γίνει γιατρὸς στὸ παλάτι, ὁ γιατρὸς τῶν ἀνακτόρων.

Τὸν ἴδιο καιρὸ ὁ γέροντας ἱερέας τῆς Νικομήδειας Ἐρμόλαος, φωτισμένος ἀπὸ τὸ Ἅγιο Πνεῦμα κάλεσε στὸ σπίτι ποὺ κρυβόταν τὸν Παντολέοντα γιὰ νὰ τὸν γνωρίσει. Ἀφοῦ συνομίλησαν γιὰ πολλὴ ὥρα, ὁ Ἐρμόλαος κατενθουσιάστηκε ἀπὸ τὶς ἀρετὲς ποὺ κοσμοῦσαν τὸ νέο καὶ ἀποφάσισε νὰ τοῦ γνωρίσει τὴν πίστη στὸ Χριστό. Ἔτσι ἀναπτύχθηκε ἀνάμεσά τους μιὰ ἄριστη πνευματικὴ σχέση. Ὁ Παντολέον ἐπισκεπτόταν καθημερινὰ τὸν Ἅγιο Ἐρμόλαο καὶ ἀπολάμβανε τοὺς Χριστιανικούς του λόγους. Στερεωνόταν ἔτσι, σιγὰ – σιγὰ,  στὴν ἀληθινὴ πίστη.

Ἕνα ἐντυπωσιακὸ γεγονὸς κάνει τὸν Παντολέοντα νὰ πάρει τὴ σοβαρὴ καὶ γενναία ἀπόφαση νὰ δεχθεῖ τὸ Ἅγιο Βάπτισμα, νὰ γίνει Χριστιανός. Ἐνῶ περπατοῦσε στὸν δρόμο συνάντησε ἕνα παιδὶ ποὺ τὸ δάγκωσε μία ὀχιὰ καὶ πέθανε. Λέει λοιπὸν στὸν ἑαυτό του: Θὰ προσευχηθῶ στὸ Χριστὸ νὰ ἀναστήσει αὐτὸ τὸ παιδὶ καὶ ἂν πράγματι τὸ παιδὶ ἀναστηθεῖ, ἐγὼ πιὰ δὲν ὑπάρχει λόγος νὰ καθυστερῶ τὴν βάπτισή μου, θὰ γίνω Χριστιανός, θὰ πιστέψω ὅτι ὁ Χριστὸς εἶναι ὁ Θεὸς ὁ ἀληθινός, ὁ Σωτήρας τοῦ κόσμου. Αὐτὰ σκέφτηκε καὶ προσευχήθηκε θερμὰ στὸν Κύριο. Ἀμέσως τὸ παιδὶ ζωντάνεψε καὶ τὸ φίδι πέθανε.

Γεμάτος χαρὰ ὁ Παντολέον τρέχει στὸ γέροντα Ἐρμόλαο, τοῦ διηγεῖται τὸ θαῦμα καὶ τοῦ ζητᾶ νὰ τὸν βαπτίσει. Καὶ ὁ Ἐρμόλαος, ἐπειδὴ γνώριζε ποιὸς ὁδηγεῖται στὴν τελειότητα, γεμάτος συγκίνηση ὁδήγησε στὸ φωτισμὸ τοῦ Θείου Βαπτίσματος τὸν Παντολέοντα.

Ἀπὸ τότε ὁ Παντολέον ἔγινε ἀνάργυρος ἰατρός. Θεράπευε μὲ τὴ δύναμη τοῦ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ τοὺς ἀσθενεῖς, χωρὶς νὰ παίρνει καθόλου χρήματα. Ἀκόμη, ὅταν εὕρισκε φτωχοὺς τοὺς βοηθοῦσε ποικιλότροπα, δίνοντάς τους χρήματα καὶ ἄλλα ἀναγκαῖα εἴδη. Ἕνα ἀπὸ τὰ πιὸ ἐντυπωσιακὰ θαύματα τοῦ Ἁγίου ἦταν ἡ θεραπεία ἐνὸς τυφλοῦ, μὲ τὴ δύναμη καὶ πάλι τοῦ παντοδύναμου Θεοῦ μας, τοῦ Χριστοῦ.

Οἱ θαυμαστὲς θεραπεῖες τοῦ Ἁγίου προκάλεσαν τὸ θαυμασμὸ τῶν κατοίκων τῆς Νικομήδειας, ἀλλὰ καὶ τὸ μίσος καὶ τὸ φθόνο τῶν ἄλλων ἰατρῶν τῆς πόλης. Οἱ τελευταῖοι κατάγγειλαν τὸν Παντολέοντα στὸν αὐτοκράτορα Μαξιμιανό, τὸν φοβερὸ αὐτὸ διώκτη τοῦ Χριστιανισμοῦ.

Ὁ Μαξιμιανὸς κάλεσε τὸν Ἅγιο στὰ ἀνάκτορα γιὰ νὰ ζητήσει ἐξηγήσεις. Ὁ Ἅγιος ὁμολόγησε μὲ θάρρος ὅτι εἶναι Χριστιανός. Ὁ αὐτοκράτορας στὴν ἀρχὴ προσπάθησε νὰ τὸν πείσει μὲ διάφορες κολακεῖες καὶ ὑποσχέσεις νὰ ἀρνηθεῖ τὸ Χριστὸ καὶ νὰ θυσιάσει στὰ εἴδωλα. Ὁ Παντολέον ὅμως ἔμεινε πιστὸς καὶ ἀκλόνητος. Δὲν ἀρνήθηκε. Δὲν πρόδωσε τὸ Χριστό.

Ὁ αὐτοκράτορας ἐξαγριωμένος, διέταξε φοβερὰ βασανιστήρια, γιὰ νὰ κλονίσει τὸν Ἅγιο καὶ νὰ τὸν ἐξαναγκάσει νὰ θυσιάσει στὰ εἴδωλα.

Οἱ στρατιῶτες τοῦ αὐτοκράτορα, ἄρχισαν νὰ τοῦ ξέουν τὴ σάρκα μὲ μαχαίρια καὶ νὰ καῖνε τὶς πληγὲς μὲ λαμπάδες. Ὁ Χριστός, ὅμως, ἦλθε σὲ βοήθεια τοῦ Ἁγίου καὶ τοῦ θεράπευσε τὶς πληγές, φωτίζοντάς τον μὲ ἀστραπές. Στὴ συνέχεια ἔβαλαν τὸν Παντολέοντα μέσα σὲ ἕνα καζάνι ποὺ ἔβραζε. Μὲ τὴ βοήθεια ὅμως καὶ πάλι τοῦ Θεοῦ ὁ Ἅγιος ἔμεινε σῶος καὶ ἀβλαβὴς καὶ ἡ φωτιὰ θαυματουργικὰ ἔσβησε. Ἀκολούθως βύθισαν τὸν Ἅγιο στὰ βάθη τῆς θάλασσας, ἀφοῦ ἔδεσαν στὸ λαιμό του μιὰ τεράστια πέτρα. Ὁ Χριστός, ὅμως, ἔκανε τὴν πέτρα πιὸ ἐλαφριὰ ἀπὸ φύλλο καὶ ἔδωσε στὸν Παντολέων τὴν δύναμη νὰ περπατᾶ πάνω στὰ νερά. Ἔτσι σῶος καὶ ἀβλαβής, βγῆκε στὴ στεριά. Στὴ συνέχεια ἔρριξαν τὸν Ἅγιο σὲ πεινασμένα ἄγρια θηρία. Ὅμως τὰ ζῶα, ἀντὶ νὰ τὸν κατασπαράξουν, ἔγλειφαν ἤρεμα καὶ εἰρηνικὰ μὲ τὴ γλώσσα τους τὰ πόδια του, κουνόντας τὶς οὐρές τους.

Ἔκπληκτος ἀλλὰ καὶ ἐξαγριωμένος ὁ ἡγέμονας, διατάσσει τὸν ἀποκεφαλισμὸ τοῦ Ἁγίου. Θαυματουργικὸς τὸ ξίφος λυγίζει καὶ ἀντὶ αἷμα τρέχει γάλα. Λίγο πρὶν ἀπὸ τὸ μαρτυρικὸ διὰ ἀποκεφαλισμοῦ θάνατο τοῦ Ἁγίου, ἀκούσθηκε φωνὴ ἀπ’ τὸν οὐρανό. Ἦταν ἡ φωνὴ τοῦ Θεοῦ ποὺ τοῦ ἔδωσε τὸ ὄνομα Παντελεήμων, ποὺ σημαίνει τὸν Ἅγιο ποὺ ὅλους τους βοηθᾶ καὶ τοὺς ἐλεεῖ ἀκόμη καὶ τοὺς ἐχθρούς του.

Τὸ Τίμιο Σῶμα τοῦ Ἁγίου τάφηκε μὲ τιμὲς ἀπὸ τοὺς Χριστιανούς. Ἡ ἐκκλησία μας τιμᾶ τὴν μνήμη του τὴν 27η Ἰουλίου.

Ἀπολυτίκιον. Ἦχος γ’.
Ἀθλοφόρε Ἅγιε καὶ ἰαματικὲ Παντελεῆμον, πρέσβευε τῷ ἐλεήμονι Θεῷ, ἵνα πταισμάτων ἄφεσιν, παράσχῃ ταῖς ψυχαῖς ἡμῶν.

Ἕτερον Ἀπολυτίκιον. Ἦχος γ’. Θείας πίστεως.

Χάριν ἔνθεον εἰσδεδεγμένος, ῥῶσιν ἄφθονον ἀεὶ παρέχεις, καὶ ψυχῶν τε καὶ σωμάτων τὴν ἴασιν, τοῖς τῷ ἁγίῳ ναῷ σου προστρέχουσι, Παντελεῆμον ἐλέους θησαύρισμα. Μάρτυς ἔνδοξε, Χριστὸν τὸν Θεὸν ἱκέτευε, δωρήσασθαι ἡμῖν τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

Κοντάκιον. Ἦχος πλ. α’. Αὐτόμελον.
Μιμητὴς ὑπάρχων τοῦ ἐλεήμονος, καὶ ἰαμάτων τὴν χάριν παρ’ αὐτοῦ κομισάμενος, Ἀθλοφόρε καὶ Μάρτυς Χριστοῦ τοῦ Θεοῦ, ταῖς εὐχαῖς σου, τὰς ψυχικὰς ἠμῶν νόσους θεράπευσον, ἀπελαύνων τοῦ ἀεὶ πολεμίου τὰ σκάνδαλα, ἐκ τῶν βοώντων ἀπαύστως· Σῶσον ἡμᾶς Κύριε.

Μεγαλυνάριον.
Ρεῖθρα ἰαμάτων ὡς ἐκ πηγῆς, χάριτι θαυμάτων, βλύζει χρήζουσι δωρεάν, ὁ Παντελεήμων, ὁ πάνσοφος ἀκέστωρ· οἱ ῥώσεως διψῶντες, δεῦτε ἀρύσασθε.

The Great Martyr and Healer Panteleimon was born in the city of Nicomedia into the family of the illustrious pagan Eustorgius, and he was named Pantoleon. His mother St Euboula (March 30) was a Christian. She wanted to raise her son in the Christian Faith, but she died when the future martyr was just a young child. His father sent Pantoleon to a pagan school, after which the young man studied medicine at Nicomedia under the renowned physician Euphrosynus. Pantoleon came to the attention of the emperor Maximian (284-305), who wished to appoint him as royal physician when he finished his schooling. 

The hieromartyrs Hermolaus, Hermippus and Hermocrates, survivors of the massacre of 20,000 Christians in 303 (December 28), were living secretly in Nicomedia at that time. St Hermolaus saw Pantoleon time and again when he came to the house where they were hiding. Once, the priest invited the youth to the house and spoke about the Christian Faith. After this Pantoleon visited St Hermolaus every day. 

One day the saint found a dead child on the street. He had been bitten by a great snake, which was still beside the child’s body. Pantoleon began to pray to the Lord Jesus Christ to revive the dead child and to destroy the venomous reptile. He firmly resolved that if his prayer were fulfilled, he would become a follower of Christ and receive Baptism. The child rose up alive, and the snake died before Pantoleon’s eyes. 

After this miracle, Pantoleon was baptized by St Hermolaus with the name Panteleimon (meaning „all-merciful”). Speaking with Eustorgius, St Panteleimon prepared him to accept Christianity. When the father saw how his son healed a blind man by invoking Jesus Christ, he then believed in Christ and was baptized by St Hermolaus together with the man whose sight was restored. 

After the death of his father, St Panteleimon dedicated his life to the suffering, the sick, the unfortunate and the needy. He treated all those who turned to him without charge, healing them in the name of Jesus Christ. He visited those held captive in prison. These were usually Christians, and he healed them of their wounds. In a short time, reports of the charitable physician spread throughout the city. Forsaking the other doctors, the inhabitants began to turn only to St Panteleimon. 

The envious doctors told the emperor that St Panteleimon was healing Christian prisoners. Maximian urged the saint to refute the charge by offering sacrifice to idols. St Panteleimon confessed himself a Christian, and suggested that a sick person, for whom the doctors held out no hope, should be brought before the emperor. Then the doctors could invoke their gods, and Panteleimon would pray to his God to heal the man. A man paralyzed for many years was brought in, and pagan priests who knew the art of medicine invoked their gods without success. Then, before the very eyes of the emperor, the saint healed the paralytic by calling on the name of Jesus Christ. The ferocious Maximian executed the healed man, and gave St Panteleimon over to fierce torture. 

The Lord appeared to the saint and strengthened him before his sufferings. They suspended the Great Martyr Panteleimon from a tree and scraped him with iron hooks, burned him with fire and then stretched him on the rack, threw him into a cauldron of boiling tar, and cast him into the sea with a stone around his neck. Throughout these tortures the martyr remained unhurt, and denounced the emperor. 

At this time the priests Hermolaus, Hermippus and Hermocrates were brought before the court of the pagans. All three confessed their faith in the Savior and were beheaded (July 26). 

By order of the emperor they brought the Great Martyr Panteleimon to the circus to be devoured by wild beasts. The animals, however, came up to him and licked his feet. The spectators began to shout, „Great is the God of the Christians!” The enraged Maximian ordered the soldiers to stab with the sword anyone who glorified Christ, and to cut off the head of the Great Martyr Panteleimon. 

They led the saint to the place of execution and tied him to an olive tree. While the martyr prayed, one of the soldiers struck him with a sword, but the sword became soft like wax and inflicted no wound. The saint completed his prayer, and a Voice was heard from Heaven, calling the passion-bearer by his new name and summoning him to the heavenly Kingdom. 

Hearing the Voice, the soldiers fell down on their knees before the holy martyr and begged forgiveness. They refused to continue with the execution, but St Panteleimon told them to fulfill the emperor’s command, because otherwise they would have no share with him in the future life. The soldiers tearfully took their leave of the saint with a kiss. 

When the saint was beheaded, the olive tree to which the saint was tied became covered with fruit. Many who were present at the execution believed in Christ. The saint’s body was thrown into a fire, but remained unharmed, and was buried by Christians . St Panteleimon’s servants Laurence, Bassos and Probus witnessed his execution and heard the Voice from Heaven. They recorded the life, the sufferings and death of the saint. 

Portions of the holy relics of the Great Martyr Panteleimon were distributed throughout all the Christian world. His venerable head is now located at the Russian monastery of St Panteleimon on Mt. Athos. 

The veneration of the holy martyr in the Russian Orthodox Church was already known in the twelfth century. Prince Izyaslav ( in Baptism Panteleimon), the son of St Mstislav the Great, had an image of St Panteleimon on his helmet. Through the intercession of the saint he remained alive during a battle in the year 1151. On the Feast of the Great Martyr Panteleimon, Russian forces won two naval victories over the Swedes (in 1714 near Hanhauze and in 1720 near Grenham). 

St Panteleimon is venerated in the Orthodox Church as a mighty saint, and the protector of soldiers. This aspect of his veneration is derived from his first name Pantoleon, which means „a lion in everything”. His second name, Panteleimon, given him at Baptism, which means „all-merciful”, is manifest in the veneration of the martyr as a healer. The connection between these two aspects of the saint is readily apparent in that soldiers, receiving wounds more frequently than others, are more in need of a physician-healer. Christians waging spiritual warfare also have recourse to this saint, asking him to heal their spiritual wounds. 

The holy Great Martyr and Healer Panteleimon is invoked in the Mystery of Anointing the Sick, at the Blessing of Water, and in the Prayers for the Sick. 

The Feast of the holy Great Martyr and Healer Panteleimon is the patronal Feast of the Russian monastery on Athos. The forefeast starts eight days before the Feast. Each day after Vespers, Moliebens are sung with Canons in each of the eight tones. Thus, each day has its own particular Canon. The second day of the Feast is the monastery feastday. On this day a general Panikhida is served after Vespers in memory of the founders and benefactors of the monastery, and kollyva (kutia: wheat or rice boiled with honey) is blessed and distributed. 

The verses of the Ninth Ode of the Canon of the Great Martyr and Healer Panteleimon from the manuscript of the Athonite service are reprinted in the „Journal of the Moscow Patriarchate” (1975, No.3, pp. 45-47).

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