Saturday, December 5, 2015

"You gathered together an ascetical gymnasium on the earth..."

St. Savas the Sanctified (Source)
You gathered together an ascetical gymnasium on the earth, O Venerable Savas, and all the assaults of the passions you drove away through the stream of your tears. Your life that was led by God was known by all to be a divine and sacred ladder lifting up to the heavens, for within it, you showed forth the fruits of piety, and through them, heal the afflictions of passions, for those who cry out to you in faith: Rejoice, the golden shining star of the East, and the lamplighter and shepherd of Monastics. Rejoice, O ever-memorable one, the beautiful nursling of the desert, and the unassailable support of the Church. Rejoice, the great guide for the lost. Rejoice, our boast, and the radiant rejoicing of the whole world.
-Idiomelon of the Litia in the Second Tone
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

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