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Hymn of praise SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST, Saint Nikolai Velimirovič

 Hymn of praise
SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST

Saint Nikolai Velimirovič

Άγιος Ιωάννης ο Πρόδρομος_St. John the Baptist_ см. Иоа́нн Предте́ча116-0_1017dc_af8f6949_origO Saint John, wonderful Baptizer,
Of the Savior, you were the glorious Forerunner,
You, with your purity, touched human souls
And, as an awesome trumpet, from the Jordan resounded
From sleep and idle vices, awakening men,
When the axe was near to the root.
To you I bow, to you I pray:
Every temptation, help me to resist.
Prophet most powerful, to you I bow,
And before you kneel and before you I weep:
From your heart, grant me the strength of a lion,
From your spirit, grant me angelic whiteness.
Grant me your strength that by practice to attain
To God be submissive and to rule over myself,
To baptize by fasting, to purify by all-night vigils,
To sweeten by prayer and heavenly vision,
And to every martyrdom, walk without fear
With your courage and with a strong faith.
O Saint John, God’s chosen one,
And glorious martyr for supreme justice,
You, of whom the godless armies are afraid
To my prayers, do not turn a deaf ear,
But, strengthen me by your prayers,
That as a true candle before the Lord, I stand.

The Prologue from Ohrid: Lives of Saints by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič for Old Calendar date August 29, and New Calendar date September 11.
http://livingorthodoxfaith.blogspot.gr/2010/04/prologue-august-29-september-11.html   https://iconandlight.wordpress.com/orthodox_greek_icons_blog/

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