The life and Akathist of Saint Apostle Andrew,

whose Holy Relics are worshiped in our church

 

Akathist to Saint Apostle Andrew

Beginning prayers:

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Glory to thee, our God, glory to thee.

Glory to thee, our God, glory to thee.

Glory to thee, our God, glory to thee.

O heavenly King, O Comforter, the Spirit of truth, who art in all places and fillest all things; Treasury of good things and Giver of life: Come and dwell in us and cleanse us from every stain, and save our souls, O gracious Lord.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal: have mercy on us. (Thrice)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

All-holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, cleanse us from our sins. Master, pardon our iniquities. Holy God, visit and heal our infirmities for thy Name’s sake.

Lord, have mercy. (Thrice)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Through the prayers of our holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

Kontakion 1
Apostle Andrew, the Apostle Peter’s Brother, will praise the believers as the first-called disciple and follower of the Passion of Christ, as the one who has turned them back to baptism. For this we sing to them: Rejoice, Saint Andrew, Apostle!

Ekos 1
My soul troubled by thoughts and wicked words, cleanse with your divine but who dwelt in you, the preacher of Christ, Andrew, that, being pure, to give birth to such worthy songs:
Rejoice, the fisherman you have become an apostle;
Rejoice, that you first had St. John the Baptist as a teacher;
Rejoice, that of the disciples of the Saviour you were first called to the apostolic gift;
Rejoice, that you have done with a great discipleship of Christ;
Rejoice, because you also brought your brother Peter to Christ;
Rejoice, that with all the apostles you followed the Lord;
Rejoice, that you are of the first apostles of Christ;
Rejoice, that you have kept loving kindness to the Lord;
Rejoice, for His love, through many countries, you have preached to him God-giving life;
Rejoice, for preaching to the heathen the faith in Jesus Christ, many abominations have endured;
Rejoice, that you were beaten with wood and stones;
Rejoice, that those savages biting you with teeth;
Rejoice, Holy Apostle Andrew!

Kontakion 2
With the word of the Gospel, Andrew pre-appraised, from the depth of deceit you hunted the peoples as you promised the Lord Jesus Christ, the One who taught you to hunt people to His faith. For this we sing to God: Alleluia!

Ekos 2
As a habitant of the mystery, a seer, and a risen of the knowledge of Christ the unspeakable, who has taken from above the Holy Ghost, speak in tongues and share the gifts. For this we praise the present and we sing to you:
Rejoice, the host of the Holy Spirit in tongues of fire;
Rejoice, that through many countries you have gone from place to place;
Rejoice, being torn by the heathen, the Lord Jesus made you fit;
Rejoice, that many of the best Christians ordained bishops and priests;
Rejoice, that through cities and villages walking and preaching, many made you Christians;
Rejoice, that after many years of preaching, at the end you have come to martyrdom;
Rejoice, that the unbelieving heathens who have been struggling on the cross have put their heads down;
Rejoice, that your divine soul in heaven is gone;
Rejoice, that Christ has put a crown on your head;
Rejoice, that all the heavenly hosts for the crowning of the precious songs sang;
Rejoice, that the angels and the saints gladly in your palatial palace set you down;
Rejoice, the Holy Trinitarian humble;
Rejoice, Holy Apostle Andrew!

Kontakion 3
You thirst at the call of the Saviour Apostle Andrew and willingly gave you to obey his teaching as a deer at the water springs, and you all preached true God; For this we sing: Alleluia!

Ekos 3
The most valued monk, the one hidden in the mystery of your heart, in the world you put it before, Apostle Andrew; The faithful the heathen having received it, treasure they did. For this we bring you these:
Rejoice, praise the Most Holy Mother of God;
Rejoice, the one with the angels and all the saintly singers;
Rejoice, our keeper;
Rejoice, our mediator before the Mother of God’s forerunner;
Rejoice, our prayer to the Lord God;
Rejoice, of the mysteries of Christ the servant;
Rejoice, the foundation of the confession of Christ;
Rejoice, that you have preached the faith given by the Lord Jesus Christ;
Rejoice, the light of the heavenly knowledge;
Rejoice, the teacher of the righteous faith;
Rejoice, through whom Christ dwells;
Rejoice, through which Satan is destroyed;
Rejoice, Holy Apostle Andrew!

Kontakion 4
As a proclamation of the gospel in the hands of the much-praised Andrew, all the earth enriched the divine preaching. For this we honor your remembrance, along with your anguish, singing to God: Alleluia!

Ekos 4
The capes turning them into the churches of God, the preached Apostles Andrew, sanctified the sons of baptism into which the gift renewed them by water and by the Spirit. That’s why we praise you:
Rejoice, obedient angelic songs;
Rejoice, that you have crucified the worldly, and Jesus Christ lives in you;
Rejoice, through which the darkness was scattered;
Rejoice, through whom the world was enlightened;
Rejoice, unity with God;
Rejoice, higher heavens than the heavens;
Rejoice, that you have become a partaker of the divine nature;
Rejoice, that you have brought the sons of men to God;
Rejoice, the useful church;
Rejoice, Holy Apostle Andrew!

Kontakion 5
You know the fires of the flesh, married Andrew, worthy and partaker of your brother Peter you have received the saying, “I have the Desirer!” And you showed him the knowledge of the Spirit. For this we sing to God: Alleluia!

Ekos 5
With the narthex of the word, from the depth of deceit, you hunted specimen fish, happy Apostle Andrew, and at the table of Christ, clean food, you brought bright ones; For this we sing:
Rejoice, Andrew, sweeten the mind;
Rejoice, divine pleasure of men;
Rejoice, through which the faith has widened;
Rejoice, through which the wandering has failed;
Rejoice, for Christ, all the worldly garbage you have reckoned;
Rejoice, that all of you have done, that many of you may save them;
Rejoice, in the wisdom of God, a great vessel;
Rejoice, sweet Christ thought;
Rejoice, for the divine gods, Oily;
Rejoice, for the sickly sick doctors;
Rejoice, the depth of the words of those inspired by God;
Rejoice, the wave of the understanding of the wise of God;
Rejoice, Holy Apostle Andrew!

Kontakion 6
The deity goddess, the Almighty and the light the glowing Spirit, in you, the great apostles Andrew, living in a godly manner in the form of the tongue of fire, showed you the preaching of the ungodly. For this we sing to God: Alleluia!

Ekos 6
By taking away the fishing nets and taking the cross, you followed Christ, the One who called you, and the net of the Spirit throwing instead of fish the people you hunted. Glory to the Spirit that was given to you! This is what we praise:
Rejoice, the divine incarnations;
Rejoice, God’s imagined book, very useful to the mind;
Rejoice, the divine treasure of the treasures of heaven;
Rejoice, you who are the doctrine of the need of the teachers;
Rejoice, thou hast chosen the Gentiles to divide the preaching work;
Rejoice, that among the mighty miracles you have chosen;
Rejoice, in the shadow of the surprising law;
Rejoice, the truthful pillar;
Rejoice, you who have enriched in witty words;
Rejoice, you have saved the faithful with patience;
Rejoice, prehistoric house of the Holy Trinity;
Rejoice, the Church of the spiritual sons;
Rejoice, Holy Apostle Andrew!

Kontakion 7
Acquire the One you desired, happy apostles Andrew. And now in the incomprehensible dwellings with Him that dwells, reap the sheaves of your labourers after worthy; for this we glorify God with singing, saying, Alleluia!

Ekos 7
Beloved the Master and after Him you followed His footsteps, in a well-led life and His passions without deception, ancestral Andrew, following to death; For this we sing you these:
Rejoice, the word of God unapproachably tall;
Rejoice, God’s unknown iconomy in the deep;
Rejoice, the Comforter’s honest mouth;
Rejoice, your limp fire;
Rejoice, the breaking of the wisdom of the wise;
Rejoice, cast away the skill of the skilled;
Rejoice, the kingdom of heaven for the joy of the host;
Rejoice, the secrets of Christ the announcer;
Rejoice, the nightingale of the sweet, splendid heaven;
Rejoice, the tongue of breath of fire that speaks the divine;
Rejoice, swallow our ears;
Rejoice, the one by whom Christ saves our souls;
Rejoice, Holy Apostle Andrew!

Kontakion 8
With the gift given to you from God, Andrew’s all-praised, the demonic spirits with the word go out, the illnesses run away, the multitude of the passions of soul depart from the sick; For this we sing to God: Alleluia!

Ekos 8
The one of Bethsaida you came out, we call on you to eat your feast by putting it to us today; With the mighty of your struggles, and with the salt of Christ, our minds are blessing, your sweet foods have become ours, that is, the teachings of heavenly counsels; For this we sing you some like these:
Rejoice, the light of the dark with heathen;
Rejoice, the true way of the lost;
Rejoice, the light of Christ, seeing and preaching;
Rejoice, to the passions of Christ, too confessing;
Rejoice over the miracles of the good Lord;
Rejoice, the icon of the beauty of the first imagined;
Rejoice, the dominion of the dogmas of God;
Rejoice, in the light of the thought-made light discovery;
Rejoice, the right show of the torments that await sinners;
Rejoice, the mouth that preached the Christ God;
Rejoice, beholder of the sight of God;
Rejoice, the one who hears those of unquenchable people;
Rejoice, Holy Apostle Andrew!

Kontakion 9
Commanding you to ascend to Mount Zion, the compassionate, Apostle Andrew, and the cup of salvation taking, rejoicing, having drunk, passing by death to the divine life where Christ is God, singing: Alleluia!

Ekos 9
The Fire of the Most Holy Spirit that has descended upon you, the all-praised Apostle Andrew of Christ, has commanded you with a new tongue, with which you have never spoken, to proclaim to His magnificence to the ends of the world. For this we bring you these praises:
Rejoice, that you have known the passions and resurrection of Christ;
Rejoice, that you alone make clear the descent to hell;
Rejoice, you who are full of the fruits of the Most Holy Spirit;
Rejoice, by His Good Gifts;
Rejoice, through whom the Holy Trinity was preached;
Rejoice, through whom the Unification of Trinity was glorified;
Rejoice, premeditated health divided among believers;
Rejoice, the one who is wounded much to the demons;
Rejoice, light brighter than the sun;
Rejoice, the Leader and Light of the Blind;
Rejoice, by the light of all the maker;
Rejoice, the enemies of the mighty conqueror;
Rejoice, Holy Apostle Andrew!

Kontakion 10
Who taught you to say so, Holy Apostle Andrew? Who enlightened your mind to see clearly the radius of the unapproachable glory, which shone the light of Truth in our hearts, without Jesus Christ alone? For this we sing to Him: Alleluia!

Ekos 10
The whole conscience of your preaching, which thou hast smitten in all the earth, and the seer of Christ, and the seer of the high, the one who is honest of the Lord among the twelve apostles, is terrified; For this we sing to you:
Rejoice, pray for us to the Lord;
Rejoice, that through your holy prayers the Lord sends us His rich miracles;
Rejoice, that by your help, the tyrant Satan escapes from us;
Rejoice, that evil thoughts and illnesses you take away from us;
Rejoice, the bright pearl of Christ;
Rejoice, the soul’s comforting of the earth of the troubled;
Rejoice, the bodily health of the sick people;
Rejoice, premarital rulers of those who swim on the waters;
Rejoice, traveling together with those who travel on land;
Rejoice, the help of those who call you when they fly in the air;
Rejoice, our feeder of the hungry for good works;
Rejoice, you who help our prayers for salvation;
Rejoice, Holy Apostle Andrew!

Kontakion 11
With the upper breath of the Spirit, God before you burning with zeal of faith, God-telling God has revealed to you, the great apostles Andrew, the one who sings to your Saviour: Alleluia!

Ekos 11
The light-bearer and gladness-maker, happy Andrew the apostle of Christ, divine your mention of healing radiance shines to those who sing you some like these:
Rejoice, stay brighter than the sun;
Rejoice, a candlestick that shines with a golden radius;
Rejoice, giving gifts of faithful Christians;
Rejoice, the monks of those afflicted in troubles;
Rejoice, you are the scary disdain of demons;
Rejoice, the pre-enlightened beauty of the Church of Christ;
Rejoice, the pre-intimate chamber of Christ with good smell;
Rejoice, the apostolic preachers’ adornment;
Rejoice, the glorious light of the martyrs;
Rejoice, the joy of jubilation;
Rejoice, the happy praise of all the saints;
Rejoice, prayer, mediator and minister of all Orthodox;
Rejoice, Holy Apostle Andrew!

Kontakion 12
As a great disciple of Him Who willingly went to the Cross, to your master until he died, you would go up to the cross of the cross, merry making you heaven, three times happy Andrew apostles. For this we sing the angel’s song to God, saying, Alleluia!

Ekos 12
Thank you, Apostle Andrew, our generations, and your heavens, and the heavens above you, that from the service of the enemy far from us, we have made ourselves together with the holy angels and partakers of the glory of the Lord. That’s why we bring you after their worth:
Rejoice, Apostle Andrew, a pre-sacred name and sweet to the faithful;
Rejoice, the exorcist of all the heresies;
Rejoice, keeper of the virginity of virginity;
Rejoice, the precious and fragrant flower of heaven;
Rejoice, that your prayers are like a ladder, which climbs us to heaven;
Rejoice, the unbridled weapon of the faithful people;
Rejoice, thou that overcome in the days of war the camp of the adversaries;
Rejoice, you who give us the right rain;
Rejoice, you who save us from all kinds of needs;
Rejoice, the one who defends this place by the fire;
Rejoice, thou that deliver us from the wickedness of the enemy;
Rejoice, the one who at the end of our lives helps us to save us through repentance;
Rejoice, Holy Apostle Andrew!

Kontakion 13
O preached holy and married apostles Andrew, we are sorry for your support, so that you may save us with your prayers for the agonizing torment, pre-studying, and comfort us for the joy of heaven; That with you we may sing to God: Alleluia! (This kontakion is said three times)

Then again, the first Ekos
My soul troubled by thoughts and wicked words, cleanse with your divine but who dwelt in you, the preacher of Christ, Andrew, that, being pure, to give birth to such worthy songs:
Rejoice, the fisherman you have become an apostle;
Rejoice, that you first had St. John the Baptist as a teacher;
Rejoice, that of the disciples of the Saviour you were first called to the apostolic gift;
Rejoice, that you have done with a great discipleship of Christ;
Rejoice, because you also brought your brother Peter to Christ;
Rejoice, that with all the apostles you followed the Lord;
Rejoice, that you are of the first apostles of Christ;
Rejoice, that you have kept loving kindness to the Lord;
Rejoice, for His love, through many countries, you have preached to him God-giving life;
Rejoice, for preaching to the heathen the faith in Jesus Christ, many abominations have endured;
Rejoice, that you were beaten with wood and stones;
Rejoice, that those savages biting you with teeth;
Rejoice, Holy Apostle Andrew!

And the first Kontakion
The Apostle Andrew the Apostle, Peter’s Brother, will praise the believers as the first-called disciple and follower of the Passion of Christ, as the one who has turned them back to baptism. For this we sing to them: Rejoice, Saint Andrew, Apostles!
Afterwards, this:

PRAYER

O Lord our God, Thou that hast said, and made thee, turn not thine Divine from us sinners, lest the wicked and terrible wrath of sorrows come upon us, which is the fruit of our sins, which in all The day with the most inexorable day we do. We are sinful and passionate, ungrateful and evil, and You are the source of life and mercy; do not let us, Lord; do not forget our sinners prayer, nor reward us for our iniquities, but because we are not worthy to earn your mercy by all the days of diligence, give us all your mercy, o Lord. For the prayers of your Apostle Andrew, give us new health and life away from all wickedness. For the remembrance of this day, strengthen us with your dominating gift, as from the depths of our hearts, with joy to praise his feast, and glorify Your name for ever and ever. Amen.