Saint Sabbas the Sanctified
Commemorated on December 5
HYMN OF PRAISE
by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič
Saint Sava the Sanctified
Venerable Sava, chief of monks,
Spiritual commander of Christ’s heroes,
Was glorified by fasting, vigils and meekness,
By prayer and faith and blessed mercy.
You taught the monks to not be concerned with bread;
You entrusted yourself to heaven, with labor and prayer.
You sought neither precedence nor rank of any kind.
Most rarely did you taste of oil and wine.
You kept all the services at the appointed time.
“Let the service be a joy and not a heavy burden,”
St. Sava told the monks,
And he showed this to all by his example.
Like a wise gardener, he enclosed the garden,
And carefully planted many young men.
The young men grew and brought forth fruit:
A regiment of monks, to the glory of Sava.
Fifteen hundred years have passed,
Yet Sava’s spiritual garden still blooms:
One thousand monks, a hundred thousand,
Have been raised up by Sava’s community up to now.
St. Sava, glorious recluse,
O God-pleaser, pray for us also.
The Prologue from Ohrid: Lives of Saints by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič for Old Calendar date December 5 , and New Calendar date December 18.