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Saint Ambrose, Bishop of Mediolanum (Milan), A pillar of truth, a light of piety.

Saint Ambrose, Bishop of Mediolanum (Milan)

Commemorated on December 7

The judgement of the Lord is never hypocritical. In His own time, He judges everything righteously, and will reward everyone according to his deeds. Our main endeavor, as long as we remain in this life, is to endure everything, to humble ourselves, and to implore the Lord for His help and His mercy, and all will be well.
St. Ambrose of Milan

Hymn of Praise
by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič
Saint Ambrose, bishop of Milan

Αμβρόσιος Μεδιολάνων_St Ambrose Bishop of Milan_Свт. Амвросий Медиоланский_αμβροσιοσ μεδιολανων 3Ambrose, converted late in life,
Ambrose, soon consecrated,
A pillar of truth, a light of piety,
A soldier of Christ, a persecutor of impiety,
He divinely served the Church of God,
And the Church repaid its shepherd.

In hymns and with love, the Church glorifies him,
And angels are among those who glorify him.

The Church glorifies him as a father,
As a shepherd, and as a miracle-worker;
And as a wise man equal to Solomon,
The whole universe recognizes him,
The invisible as well as the visible,
And to the Living God it renders praise.

Thee, O God, we also glorify,
And to Thy power we bow down–
To Thy might and Thy mercy,
Eternal justice, wondrous wisdom.

Most beautifully Thy glory shone
Through Thy wonderful St. Ambrose.
O how merciful art Thou, O God,
O how wondrous art Thou in Thy saints!

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Saint Ambrose, Bishop of Mediolanum (Milan)
by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič

Αμβρόσιος με τα αδέρφια του, Αγία Μαρκελίνα και Σάτυρο_St Ambrose Bishop of Milan_Свт. Амвросий Медиоланский_10015This great holy father of the Orthodox Church was of eminent birth. His father was the imperial deputy of Gaul and Spain and was a pagan by faith, but his mother was a Christian. While he was still in the cradle, a swarm of bees settled on him, poured honey onto his lips, and flew away. And while still a child, he extended his hand and spoke prophetically: “Kiss it, for I will be a bishop.” After his father’s death, the emperor appointed him as his representative in the province of Liguria, of which Milan was the chief city. When the bishop of Milan died, a great dispute arose between the Orthodox Christians and the Arian heretics concerning the election of a new bishop. Ambrose entered the church to maintain order, this being his duty. At that moment, a child at its mother’s bosom exclaimed: “Ambrose for bishop!” All the people took this as the voice of God, and unanimously elected Ambrose as their bishop, contrary to his will. Ambrose was baptized, passed through all the necessary ranks and was consecrated to the episcopacy, all within a week. As bishop, Ambrose strengthened the Orthodox Faith, suppressed the heretics, adorned churches, spread the Faith among the pagans, wrote many instructive books, and served as an example of a true Christian and a true Christian shepherd. He composed the famous hymn “We Praise Thee, O God.” This glorious hierarch, whom men visited from distant lands for his wisdom and sweetness of words, was very restrained, diligent and vigilant. He slept very little, labored and prayed constantly, and fasted every day except Saturday and Sunday. Therefore, God allowed him to witness many of His miracles and to perform miracles himself. He discovered the relics of the Holy Martyrs Protasius, Gervasius, Nazarius and Celsus (October 14). Meek toward lesser men, he was fearless before the great. He reproached Empress Justina as a heretic, cursed Maximus the tyrant and murderer, and forbade Emperor Theodosius to enter a church until he had repented of his sin. He also refused to meet with Eugenius, the tyrannical and self-styled emperor. God granted this man, so pleasing to Him, such grace that he even raised the dead, drove out demons from men, healed the sick of every infirmity, and foresaw the future. Ambrose died peacefully on the morning of Pascha in the year 397 A.D.

The Prologue from Ohrid: Lives of Saints by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič for Old Calendar date December 7 , and New Calendar date December 20.
http://www.rocor.org.au/?page_id=925

Troparion of St. Ambrose Tone 1

O Ambrose, wonderworker and champion of the Church,/ Godbearing Hierarch:/ thou didst work miracles by thy faith and love for God;/ therefore we the earthborn glorify thee and cry out:/ Glory to Him Who has glorified thee; glory to Him Who has crowned thee;/ glory to Him Who through thee works healings for all.

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