St Parthenios, Bishop of Lampsacos. Our Righteous Father Luke of Mount Stirion

Commemorated February 7

St Parthenios was born in Melitopolis on the Hellespont, the son of a Deacon named Christopher. Because of the miracles, that he wrought even as a young man, he was ordained Priest and then Bishop of Lampsacos in the days of St Constantine the Great, from whom he received great gifts and authority both to overturn the altars of the idols and to raise up a church to the glory of Christ. Working many miracles throughout his life, he reposed in peace an old man and full of days.

St Luke was the descendant of a family from Aegina which, because of the frequent invasions of the Saracens, left Aegina and dwelt in Phocis, where the Saint was born in 896 AD. From his earliest childhood Luke ate neither flesh, nor cheese, nor eggs, but gave himself over with his whole soul to hardship and fasting for the love of heavenly blessings, often giving away his clothing to the poor, for which his father punished him. After his father's death he secretly left home to become a monk, but the Lord, inclining to the fervent prayers of his mother, made him known, and he returned to her for a time to care for her. For many years he lived as a hermit, moving from place to place; he spent the last part of his life on Mount Stirion at Phocis, where there is a city named Stiris. The grace of God that was in him made him a wonderworker, and his tomb in the monastery of Hosios Loukas, famous for its mosaics, became a source of healing and place of pilgrimage for the faithful. According to some, he reposed in the year 946; according to others, in 953 AD.

Dismissal Hymn of Sts Parthenios and Luke

O God of our Fathers, ever dealing with us according to Your gentleness, do not take Your mercy from us, but by their entreaties guide our life in peace.

Kontakion of St Parthenios (Third Tone)
On this day the Virgin

Since you have received God's grace to work ineffable marvels, godly wise Parthenios, you sacred worker of wonders, you wholly cleansed the faithful of all their passions, casting wicked spirits out, O God-bearing Father; for this cause we sing you praise as a great initiate of the divine grace of God.

Kontakion of St Luke (Plagal of Fourth Tone)
To you, the Champion Leader

God, Who by judgments known to Him chose you before you were formed so that you, O Luke, might be right well-pleasing to Him, from the womb made you His own and He sanctified you; as His own true faithful servant has He shown you forth and has set aright your footsteps, ever guiding you as the Friend of man; you now rejoice before Him.