Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Selected hymns for St. Nikodemos of the Holy Mountain

Selected hymns for St. Nikodemos of the Holy Mountain (all hymns below, except for the Apolytikion, are amateur translations from the full service to the Saint in Greek here:

Doxastikon of the Stichera in the Plagal of the Second Tone
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
Today has dawned for us as the morning star, the memory of the Righteous teacher, Nikodemos the heavenly-minded one, enlightening the Church. Come, therefore, those who love his words, let us celebrate in spirit and truth, and cry to him: hail, who through your virtuous life was made a dwelling-place of the Holy Spirit, working your mind. Hail, spiritual treasure-house, in which the many-varied treasures of wisdom are boundless. Hail, the divine root of Naxos, the adornment of the Holy Mountain, and the godly-wise teacher of the whole Church. Intercede, we pray, O Father, on behalf of our souls.
Doxastikon of the Aposticha in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
Through the word of your teaching, you cultivated well the fruits of eternal life, which you bore forth for the Church, O divine Nikodemos. As an ever-green tree planted by the streams of the waters of grace, through your God-inscribed tablets, you offered to us for all, the knowledge of salvation, as heavenly sweetness, through which we are delivered from the bitterness of the passions, as we partake of peace and great mercy from Christ.
Apolytikion of St. Nikodemos of the Holy Mountain - Third Tone
Thou hast been shown to be a godly clarion of holy oracles, teaching us righteousness. Thou wast adorned with wisdom's grace, O Father, Saint Nicodemus For thou didst present to all thy pure life as a paradigm, pouring forth enlightenment by the wealth of thy godly words. Thy teachings of salvation illumined as light the whole world, O righteous Father.
(taken from Holy Trasfiguration Monastery's translation in St. Anthony's music:

As a perfect mystic of the virtuous life, and God-bearing teacher of piety, the Orthodox Church praises you. For having received heavenly grace, you shine with your writings upon those who cry to you:
hail O father Nikodemos.

An angel in ways, and much so in knowledge, Nikodemos you were shown to be on Athos. For having the angelic life, your angelic voice resounded from the writings of the fathers, through which you enlighten those who cry out:
Hail, adornment of Naxos, hail, torch-bearer of Athos.
Hail, product of the dogmas of the fathers, hail analysis of the words of the saints.
Hail, height of discernment and river of wisdom, hail, depth of divine knowledge and treasury of love.
Hail, for you were shown forth a God-bearing writer, hail, for you were shown a godly studier.
Hail, radiant ethic of prudence, hail, radiance of the fire above.
Hail through whom the faithful are confirmed, hail, through whom the enemies are defeated.
Hail, O father Nikodemos.

On the 14th day of this month (July), the memory of our Righteous and God-bearing father Nikodemos of the Holy Mountain, the most-wise teacher of the Church.

Doxastikon of the Praises in the Plagal of the First Tone
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
Let us sing with the trumpet of songs, and dance festally, and skip for joy, at the light-bearing memory of our teacher. Priests and monks gathered, to applaud the God-bearer in hymns, who poured out for the world the streams of holy teachings, as that which from Eden watered all. O ranks of the Orthodox, let us together hymn the newly-radiant star of Orthodoxy, the treasury of wisdom, the container of virtues, the mouth of the Comforter, the pillar of prudent ethics, the godly-voiced tongue of theologians, the godly-shining lamp of chastity, the lyre of true dogmas, the godly guide of the faithful, let us therefore honor him with godly songs: O godly-wise Nikodemos, enlighten us by your teaching, and ever intercede to the Trinity, for those who honor you.

Hail new star of the Church, and holy adornment of the Orthodox, hail. O light-bearing lamp of monastics, O Nikodemos most-blessed, the boast of Athos.

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

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