Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Kontakion of St. Romanos on Adam and Eve, or on Fasting

Christ God cursing Adam, Eve and the Serpant, Fresco from Decani Monastery (taken from:

Kontakion 51 of St. Romanos the Melodist - ON ADAM AND EVETone 1
Devote yourself, my soul, to repentance, be united to Christ by thought,
Crying out with groans, “Grant me pardon for my evil deeds,
That I may receive forgiveness and eternal life”.
Let us await the blessed hope through works and faith
As many of us as observe the teachings of the Lord and Saviour.
That is why we honour and love the achievement of fasting
That is honoured by Angels,
By keeping it Prophets, though earthly beings,
Became partners of the heavenly choirs.
Christ was not ashamed to accomplish
This; for he fasted willingly;
Through this he underwrote for us eternal life.

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

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