Friday, July 10, 2020

"In Thy great mercy, keep Orthodox Christians and their pastors and all Thy people in peace..."

Mosaic of Christ from Hagia Sophia, Constantinople (source)
  

Apolytikion of Robe of Christ in Moscow in the Fourth Tone

On this day let us the faithful run to the divine and healing robe of our Saviour and God, Who was pleased to wear our flesh and pour out His holy Blood on the Cross, whereby He hath redeemed us from slavery to the enemy. Wherefore, we thankfully cry to Him: By Thy precious robe save and defend Orthodox Christians, and bishops, and cities, and all men everywhere, and save our souls, for Thou art the Friend of man.
 
The famous mosaic of Christ from the Deisis of Hagia Sophia (source)
  

Kontakion of Robe of Christ in Moscow in the Fourth Tone

Thou hast bestowed upon all men, O Master, Thy precious robe as a divine treasure, as a garment of incorruption, healing, and salvation, for thereby wast Thou pleased to clothe the holy and life-giving flesh of Thine Incarnation. Receiving this relic with faith, we joyfully celebrate this glorious occasion, and praising Thee with fear and love as our Benefactor, we cry to Thee, O Christ: In Thy great mercy, keep Orthodox Christians and their pastors and all Thy people in peace.
  
Icon depicting the life and Crucifixion of Christ and His wondrous Holy Cross and Robe (source)
 

Apolytikion of Elevation of the Holy Cross in the First Tone

Lord, save Your people and bless Your inheritance, granting our rulers to prevail over adversaries, and protecting Your commonwealth by Your Cross.
 
The Great Church of Christ, Hagia Sophia, or the Holy Wisdom of God, Constantinople (source)
  
O Lord, remember us in Your Kingdom, have mercy on us and on Your whole world, and grant us blessed Paradise!
  
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

Thursday, July 9, 2020

"Comfort, comfort my people, said the Prophet, for our God is a God of consolation..."

St. Paisios the Athonite (source)
  
Comfort, comfort my people, said the Prophet, for our God is a God of consolation. Therefore, you became like God, O God-bearer Paisios, becoming a spring of consolation, for you fed the souls of those hungry with the bread of your words, and you gave drink to those burning up amidst trials with the water of rest, and clothed those naked of virtues through your virtuous life, becoming a father, and brother and mother to strangers, and through your prayers, you granted healing, and even after your repose, you visit them, O Venerable Father, granting them rest through your prayers. And now, as you have become an inheritor of the kingdom of Christ, do not cease to be our benefactor, and heal the passions of our souls and bodies.
-Doxastikon of the Aposticha from the Feast of St. Paisios the Athonite
  
(source)
  
St. Paisios the Athonite (source)
  
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

Selected hymns from the Service to St. Sophrony of Essex

Sts. Silouan the Athonite and Sophrony of Essex (source)
  
Selected hymns from the Service to St. Sophrony of Essex,
Written by Fr. Athanasios of Simonopetra, the Hymnographer of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone. O You Who were lifted up upon the Cross.
You were shown to be a most-fervent son of our Venerable Father Silouan the Athonite, O Sophrony, bearing the mind of Christ and one who studied divine things, through your wise words, you illumined the West, and through your godly life, you led towards the Light, lifting them up towards God the Father, Whom may we ever behold, through your prayers.


Kontakion in the Third Tone. Today the Virgin.
Having been set ablaze by the Spirit, Whom you sought with fervor, by partaking of Him you became all flame, and you beheld the Light of Christ as much as is possible for man, and were filled with many graces, through which you illumined the whole Church, O all-blessed Sophrony.


Oikos
As a wise man, God revealed mysteries to you which only few have been entrusted with by the Father, as Moses beheld in the Bush on Mount Sinai. His Name "I am" was revealed then with gravity, but lately theology through the power of the Spirit. Through keeping you nous in hell with good hope, as you were taught, through this you drew forth the streams which are treasured in your books, which quenched the thirsting of our souls. Therefore, we all honor you out of thanksgiving, O all-blessed Sophrony.


Synaxarion
On this day (July 11), the Memory of our Venerable and God-bearing Father Sophrony the Athonite, the Founder and Builder of the Holy and Stavropegial Monastery of the Precious and glorious Forerunner and Baptist John in Essex, England, where he reposed venerably in the Lord in 1993.
  

Verses
Sophrony shown forth greatly in his life,
Surpassingly radiant he now stands in the choir of the Angels.
On the eleventh, the spirit of Sophrony departed to God.
  

St. Sophrony of Essex, holding the icon of his spiritual father, St. Silouan the Athonite (source)
  
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

Thursday, July 2, 2020

"You have given us Your Mother, O Lover of mankind, as a help to Your servants..."

The Mosaic of the Theotokos and Christ from the Apse of the Great Church of Christ: Hagia Sophia, in Constantinople (source)
  
You have given us Your Mother, O Lover of mankind, as a help to Your servants, as the Compassionate One, through whom You worked Your economy in an awesome manner, and You raised up our first-formed father to a divine rank. Therefore, as we honor this all-sacred festival, we hymn Your might, O All-mighty Jesus.
  
Mosaic from Hagia Sophia depicting Christ and the Theotokos, before the Holy Emperors Justinian and Constantine the Great (source)
  
The City that honors you, and glorifies you out of need, is cared by you through your precious Robe, O All-hymned [Theotokos], and O Spotless One, she is ever delivered from the most godless barbarians, from famine and earthquake, from civil war, O unwedded Virgin, and therefore she glorifies you, O Panagia and Bride of God, the helper of mankind.
  
Another mosaic from Hagia Sophia of the Theotokos and Christ (source)
  
Your precious Robe was granted to your City, O Lady graced by God, as an eternal treasure, a protection and pride and an unassailable wall, and a treasury of healings, and an ever-flowing spring of wonders, as an eternal harbor of salvation for those who are storm-tossed, and therefore we hymn you, O All-hymned Lady.
  
-Prosomoia of the Stichera from the Feast of the Deposition of the Robe of the Theotokos

(source)
  
On a sad day when the Turkish government votes to turn Hagia Sophia once again into a mosque, we pray that Most-Holy Theotokos might ever protect the Christians and their lands throughout the world, and most-importantly, that she might intercede that we be granted Paradise! (source)
  
Most-Holy Theotokos, save us!

"Join chorus, ye East and West, ye North and South..."

St. John Maximovitch the Wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco (source)
  

O blessed John, thou wast truly shown to be a universal instructor, a teacher of piety and the chosen vessel of the Holy Spirit. Wherefore, all the ends of the earth glorify thee, from the rising of the sun even unto the setting thereof; and, hastening to thy relics, the faithful receive healings and help amid tribulations: for having risen unto the joy of thy Lord, thou dost yet remain inseparable from us.
  
Join chorus, ye East and West, ye North and South, celebrating the memory of the holy hierarch and wonderworker. Rejoice, O heavens, receiving the new angel, the divinely inspired man of prayer and unmercenary pastor, the gracious healer, prophet and herald, John, our merciful helper, the mighty surety for us at the judgment.
-Selected hymns from the Service to St. John Maximovitch, the Wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco
  
(source)
  
St. John Maximovitch (source)
  
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

"Let us hasten to the memory of the Unmercenaries..."

Sts. Kosmas and Damian the Holy Unmercenaries (source)
  
Let us hasten to the memory of the Unmercenaries with a clean heart and a pure conscience, and let us cry out to them: Rejoice, O dyad, the healing of the sick, for you received from God the authority to perform healings.
-Prosomoion from the Aposticha for the Feast of the Holy Unmercenaries Kosmas and Damian

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

"As beholders and martyrs of the incarnation of the Logos..."

The Synaxis of the Holy Twelve Apostles of Christ (source)
  
As beholders and martyrs of the incarnation of the Logos, O all-joyous and blessed Disciples, you shine throughout the world like lightning, and you stand like noetic mountains that pour forth streams of sweetness, and like never-emptying, spreading rivers from Paradise, you water the Church of the nations with divine waters.
-Prosomoion from Great Vespers from the Feast of the Holy Apostles
  
(source)
  
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!