18th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 1. Greatmartyr Artemius at Antioch (362). Righteous Child Artemius of Verkola. Ven. Gerasimos the New Ascetic, of Cephalonia (1579). Ven. Matrona of Chios (14th c.).
An Icon of the Righteous Child Saint Artemius
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Tone 1 Troparion (Resurrection)
When the stone had been sealed by the Jews,
while the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure body,
Thou didst rise on the third day, O Savior,
granting life to the world.
The powers of heaven therefore cried to Thee, O Giver of Life:
“Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ!
Glory to Thy ^Kingdom!//
Glory to Thy dispensation, O Thou who lovest of mankind!”
Tone 4 Troparion (Great Martyr Artemius)
Thy holy martyr Artemius, O Lord,
through his sufferings has received incorruptible crowns from
Thee, our God.
For having Thy strength, he laid low his adversaries,
and shattered the powerless boldness of demons.//
Through his intercessions, save our souls!
Tone 1 Kontakion(Resurrection)
As God, Thou didst rise from the tomb in glory,
raising the world with Thyself.
Human nature praises Thee as God, for death has vanished.
Adam exults, O Master!
Eve rejoices, for she is freed from bondage and cries to Thee://
“Thou art the Giver of Resurrection to all, O Christ!”
Tone 2Kontakion (Great Martyr Artemius)
Let us gather to sing worthy hymns in honor of Artemius,
the pious and victorious martyr who defeated his enemies.
He is great among martyrs
and generous in performing miracles,
and he intercedes with the Lord on behalf of us all.
Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us as we have set our hope on Thee! (Ps 32/33:22)
v: Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous! Praise befits the just! (Ps 32/33:1)
2 Corinthians 9:6-11
 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.
 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)
 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
v: God gives vengeance unto me, and subdues people under me. (Ps 17/18:47)
v: He magnifies the salvation of the King and deals mercifully with David, His anointed, and his seed forever. (Ps 17/18:50)
 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:
 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest! (Ps 148:1)
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
The Righteous Child Artemius of Verkola is a child saint of the Orthodox Church, often referred to as “the Righteous Child Wonderworker.” He was born in 1532 to Cosmas “the Lesser” and Apollinaria, peasants in the Russian village of Verkola. Cosmas and Apollinaria raised their son within a life of Christian piety, and at the early age of five his behavior was already based on Christian virtues. He was quiet, meek, God-fearing, and obedient to his parents.
At the age of twelve, while helping his father till the fields, a sudden thunder storm broke overhead. Before he could move, Artemius was struck dead by a bolt of lightening. The date was June 23, 1545.
Superstition about the bad omen of such an untimely death kept Artemius from being granted a proper funeral and burial. Many years later, however, his body was discovered lying in a clearing covered only by tree branches. It was found not to have grown corrupt. In the Orthodox church, the miracle of a person’s body not returning to dust is viewed as a one sign that the person lived a holy life in the sight of God.
In 1648, a monastery was built and placed under Artemius’ protection. His relics, as the earthly remains of a saint are referred to in official Church language, were enshrined there for veneration by the people. Over the centuries many miracles were attributed to these relics by people who have approached them with true faith in Christ.
Sadly, in the summer of 1918, as the Bolsheviks began their savage persecution of the Orthodox Christian Church, St. Artemius’ relics were among those destroyed. As Orthodox Christians we believe that God ultimately wins out over all evil. So though his earthly remains may have vanished, St. Artemius lives on eternally with God.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
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