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Commemorated on January 21st

St Maximos the Confessor

Saints 21st Jan

The divine Maximos, who was from Constantinople, sprang from an illustrious family. He was a lover of wisdom and an eminent theologian. At first, he was the chief private secretary of the Emperor Heraclios and his grandson Constans.

However, when the Monothelite heresy became predominant in the royal court, out of hatred for this error the Saint departed for the Monastery at Chrysopolis (Scutari), of which he later became the abbot.

When Constans tried to constrain him either to accept the Monothelite teaching, or to stop speaking and writing against it neither of which the Saint accepted to do his tongue was uprooted and his right hand was cut off, and he was sent into exile, where he reposed in 662 AD. At the time only he and his few disciples were Orthodox in the East.

Dismissal Hymn of the Righteous One

(Plagal of Fourth Tone)

Guide of Orthodoxy, teacher of piety and holiness, luminary of the world, God inspired adornment of monastics, O wise Maximus, by thy teachings thou hast enlightened all, O harp of the Spirit. Intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.

Kontakion of the Righteous One (Plagal of Fourth Tone)

To you, the Champion Leader

Let us the faithful praise with fitting hymns that lover of the Holy Trinity, great Maximos, who clearly taught the divinely given Faith, that we should give glory to Christ our God, Who, though but one hypostasis, has in very truth two natures, wills, and energies. Let us cry to him, "Rejoice, divine herald of the Faith".