Monday, October 18, 2021

Synaxis of All the Holy Physicians

At the session of the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which took place on the 21st of July 2021, under the chairmanship Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, discussed and appreciated were the sacrificial and essential contribution of medical science and its healers in tackling the pandemic.

Therefore, it was decided to establish the feast of the "Synaxis of All the Holy Physicians" on the Sunday of each year closest to the 17th and 18th of October, when the Synaxis of the Holy Unmercennary Saints and the memory of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke the Physician are celebrated. On this day, the "Synaxis of the Holy Physicians", the Church will honor the full contribution of medical science and its healers to humanity.

The first celebration took place on Sunday, October 17, 2021, and the Patriarch issued a relevant encyclical.

Below is also the Apolytikia (Dismissal Hymns) of the feast in Greek and English, as well as the entire Service of the Synaxis of the Holy Physicians in Greek, which was composed by Metropolitan Kyrillos of Rhodes.

Ἀπολυτίκια τῶν Ἁγίων Ἰατρῶν

Ἦχος α’. Τῆς ἐρήμου πολίτης.

Ἰατρείας τὴν γνῶσιν, τῷ Θεῷ ὑποτάξαντες, καὶ τῇ ἐπιστήμῃ ἀγάπης, ἐν τοῖς ἔργοις δουλεύσαντες, ὡς ἔφη ὁ Χριστὸς εἰς ἑκατόν, ἐκτήσασθε τῶν πόνων τὸν μισθόν, εἰς αἰῶνας μαρτυρούμενοι Ἰατροί, τοῖς θαύμασι τῶν νοσούντων. Δόξα τῷ θαυμαστώσαντι ὑμᾶς, δόξα τῷ χαριτώσαντι, δόξα τῷ δωρουμένῳ δι᾽ ὑμῶν, πᾶσιν ἰάματα.

Ἕτερον. Ἦχος γʹ. Θείας πίστεως.

Θείας χάριτος, τῇ συνεργίᾳ, ἐπαρκέσαντες, τῶν ἀσθενούντων, ταῖς ἀνάγκαις καὶ χρείαις μακάριοι, ἐν Ἰατροῖς ἐγνωρίσθητε Ἅγιοι, Θεοῦ τὴν δόξαν τοῖς πέρασι φαίνοντες. Ὅθεν πάντοτε, αὐτῷ ἐκτενῶς πρεσβεύετε, ὑγείαν καὶ χαρὰν ἡμῖν δωρήσασθαι.

Dismissal Hymns of the Holy Physicians

1st Tone. The citizen of the desert.
Subjecting the knowledge of healing to God, and implementing in their actions, as Christ instructed, the science of love, they gained a hundredfold the wage for their labors, as Physicians being witnesses of miracles to the ailing unto the ages. Glory to Him Who worked wonders for us, glory to Him Who gifted grace, glory to Him Who grants to us, through you, all manner of healing.

Another. 3rd Tone. Divine faith.

O blessed Physicians who were manifested as Saints, you fulfilled the needs and necessities of the ailing in cooperation with Divine Grace, allowing the glory of God to shine forth upon the temporal. Wherefore, ever fervently intercede to Him that we be granted health and joy.