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O my brethren, if only we too would be made worthy by faith, so that the Lord Jesus would enter our hearts, and that we would taste of His ineffable love! O Lord Jesus Christ, our Life, our Wisdom and our Love, cleanse us and enter into us. Saint Nikolai Velimirovič

Μεσοπεντηκοστή_ Σοφία- καί – Λόγος- του- Θεού_Mid-Pentecost_ Преполовение _13999746942001451251Χριστός ανέστη! Αληθώς ανέστη!
Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!
ХристосВоскрес! Воистину Воскрес!
ქრისტეაღსდგა! ჭეშმარიტადაღსდგა!
«Rejoice!» «Peace be unto you!»

Synaxarion
On May 18 we commemorate the holy Martyrs Peter of Lampsacus, Dionysius, Christina the Virgin, Andrew, Paul, Benedimus, Paulinus, and Heraclius of Athens (c. 249 – 251).
On this day we also commemorate the holy Martyrs Theodotus and Tecusa, and the holy seven virgins of Ancyra: Alexandria, Claudia, Phaeina, Euphrasia, Matrona, Julia, and Theodota (304).
On this day we also commemorate the Hosios Stephanos the Chorabyte of Sinai (7th century)
Hieromartyr Felix, Bishop of Spoleto, in Umbria (304)
Martyr Dioscorus, in Cynopolis of Egypt (305)
Hieromartyr Potamon (Palæmon), Bishop of Heraclea in Egypt, and Confessor (340)
Martyr Galactia
Martyr Euphrasia of Nicaea (c. 303)
Martyr Julian
The Holy clergy and lay martyrs massacred under Emperor Valens (364-378)
Martyrs David and Tarechan, of Georgia (693)
Stephen the New Patriarch of Constantinople (893)
Saint Anastaso (Anastasia) of Leukadion (or Laucation), near the Bithinian sea-shore
Saint Martinian of Areovinthus (Areobindus, Areovinchus), monk of the church of the Theotokos of the Areovinthus quarter, Constantinople
Saint Macarius (Glukharev) of the Altai (1847)
Repose of Blessed Philip, founder of the Gethsemane Caves Skete of St. Sergius Lavra (1869)

Synaxarion From the Pentecostarion
On Wednesday of the fourth week after Pascha of the Paralytic, we celebrate the feast of Mid-Pentecost.

Verse: Standing in the midst of the teachers, Christ the Messiah teacheth at Mid-feast.
Verse: By Thy boundless mercy, O Christ our God, have mercy on us. Amen

Hymn of Praise
Christ is wisdom
by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič

Μεσοπεντηκοστή_ Σοφία- καί – Λόγος- του- Θεού_Mid-Pentecost_ Преполовение _03…. Wisdom shown,
And the truth of God enlightened men.
Wisdom is not bitter, the people recognized;
But, to everyone who drinks of it to the bottom, it is sweet,
To everyone who suffered for it, it is dear.
To whomever, in the world, all hope is first extinguished,
Who walks throughout the world as over an old cemetery,
Who thinks about men as about weak slavery,
Who thinks about five earthly dry lands [continents] as about five threshing floors,
Who thinks about five puddles, as about five oceans –
To him, Christ is the measure by which eternity is measured’
Adhere to that measure, confirmed in faith;
Whoever recognizes this measure [Christ] will never abandon it,
For the mysteries of the world, he will find no other;
Every other measure, inspite of exertion
Does not reach to the Alpha nor the Omega,
But is as deceiving as the moon which crawls over the water.
But appears that it reaches to the bottom of the water.
Christ surpasses both ends of the world,
Where the drama ends and where it began.
Of all the mysteries, the greatest mystery is He.
From His Nativity to His Crucifixion on the Cross,
From His Crucifixion on the Cross to His Resurrection –
He is the true measure of all God’s creation.
By Him, measuring sufferings in the midst of worldly rumbling
The saints of God suffered — without pain.
The Prologue from Ohrid: Lives of Saints by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič
http://livingorthodoxfaith.blogspot.com/2009/12/prologue-january-18-january-31.html

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Μεσοπεντηκοστή_ Σοφία- καί – Λόγος- του- Θεού_Mid-Pentecost_ Преполовение _cf83cebfcf86ceb9ceb1-cebfcf81cf86ceb1cebdcebfcf830_-dbbf3_24693c9c_xxxlHomily:
on love that surpasses knowledge
by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič

… to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge (Ephesians 3:19).

The love that surpasses knowledge, that exceeds our understanding, is the love of Christ. No one can have even an inkling of the quality or the greatness of this love until Christ enters into him. Can anyone who has never tasted honey have any idea of its taste? Only when Christ enters into the heart of man by faith, does man know the inexpressible taste of the love of Christ-its sweet and intoxicating fragrance and incomparable comprehensiveness.

Just as a man who has Christ in his heart touches the breadth, length, depth and height of the knowledge of divine wisdom, so this man with Christ in his heart also touches the limitless open seas of the divine love of Christ.

O my brethren, how feeble are words when one needs to speak of the love of Christ-words are never weaker than in this situation. Indeed, what can one say before such astounding proofs of His love? He created us out of love, He was incarnate out of love, and out of love He accepted mockery and death for our sake. He opened the heavens for us out of love, and He revealed to us the immortal glory prepared for us! Even all this is only a part of the inexhaustible wealth, glory, beauty and life-creating sustenance that is the love of Christ. Oh, if only we too would be made worthy by faith, so that the Lord Jesus would enter our hearts, and that we would taste of His ineffable love!

O Lord Jesus Christ, our Life, our Wisdom and our Love, cleanse us and enter into us.

To Thee be glory and praise forever. Amen.
The Prologue from Ohrid: Lives of Saints by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič
http://prologue.orthodox.cn/November18.htm

O my brethren, let us open the doors of our souls to the Wisdom of God Incarnate in the Lord Jesus Christ!
O Lord Jesus, Wisdom and Power of God, open our souls and abide in them.

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Saint Porphyrios the Kapsokalyvite

All things around us are droplets of the love of God

Άγ. Πορφύριος Καυσοκαλυβίτης_ Порфирий (Баирактарис )Кавсокаливит_ St Porphyrios (Bairaktaris) the KapsokalyviteπολυχρονThe beauties of nature are the little loves that lead us to the great Love that is Christ
Take delight in all things that surround us. All things teach us and lead us to God. All things around us are droplets of the love of God — both things animate and inanimate, the plants and the animals, the birds and the mountains, the sea and the sunset and the starry sky. They are little loves through which we attain to the great Love that is Christ. Flowers, for example, have their own grace: they teach us with their fragrance and with their magnificence. They speak to us of the love of God. They scatter their fragrance and their beauty on sinners and on the righteous.

For a person to become a Christian he must have a poetic soul. He must become a poet. Poetic hearts embrace love and sense it deeply.

Make the most of beautiful moments. Beautiful moments predispose the soul to prayer; they make it refined, noble and poetic. Wake up in the morning to see the sun rising from out of the sea as a king robed in regal purple. When a lovely landscape, a picturesque chapel, or something beautiful inspires you, don’t leave things at that, but go beyond this to give glory for all beautiful things so that you experience Him who alone is comely in beauty. All things are holy — the sea, swimming and eating. Take delight in them all. All things enrich us, all lead us to the great Love, all lead us to Christ.

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St. Nicholai Velimirovich

He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (Jn. 7:38).

Μεσοπεντηκοστή_ Σοφία- καί – Λόγος- του- Θεού_Mid-Pentecost_ Преполовение _Mesopentikosti01…Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. Living water here means the Holy Spirit, as the Evangelist himself explains: He spake here of the Spirit. Thus, the Holy Spirit comes to abide in the one who believes in the Son of God, and spiritual, life-bearing rivers shall flow from his belly. But why from his belly? Because the body of a saint in this life is the habitation of the Holy Spirit, as the apostle says: What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? (1 Cor. 6:19). This is what the Apostle Paul said to the faithful, upon whom the Holy Spirit had already descended through their faith in the Son of God. In a narrower sense, the belly is understood to be the human heart, as the concentration of life both physical and spiritual. The same Apostle Paul says: God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts (Gal. 4:6).Thus, from the heart as from the main lamp of the Holy Spirit pour spiritual, life-bearing streams throughout the entire person, both bodily and spiritually. The consequence of this will be that the body of a person with faith will become an instrument of the human spirit, and the human spirit will become an instrument of the Holy Spirit. The whole person will be purified, illumined, confirmed, and made deathless by the streams of God the Spirit, so that all of his thoughts, all his love, and all his activities will be aimed at eternal life. The streams of his life will pour into eternity, and the streams of eternity will pour into his life.

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Venerable Stephen the Chorabyte of Sinai
On mourning which causes joy. Step 7
by St. John Climacus

Σιναΐτες Άγιοι_All Saints of Mount Sinai_Святые отцы Синайской горы_σιναιτεσ sinaxi_sinaiton_pateron50. There lived here a certain Stephen who had embraced an eremitic and solitary life, and had spent many years in the monastic training. His soul was especially adorned with tears and fasting, and was bedecked with other good achievements. He had a cell on the slope of this holy mountain where the holy prophet and seer Elijah once lived.

But later this famous man resolved upon a more effective, austere and stricter repentance, and went to a place of hermits called Siddim. There he spent several years in a life of great austerity. This place was bereft of every comfort, and was almost untrodden by the foot of man, being about seventy miles from the fort.1 Towards the end of his life the elder returned to his cell on the holy mountain where he had two extremely pious disciples from Palestine who took care of the elder’s cell.

Having passed a few days there he fell into the illness from which he died. On the day before his death, he went into ecstasy of mind and with open eyes he looked to the right and left of his bed and, as if he were being called to account by someone, in the hearing of all the bystanders he said: ‘Yes indeed, that is true; but that is why I fasted for so many years.’ And then again: ‘Yes, it is quite true; but I wept and served the brethren.’ And again: ‘No, you are slandering me.’ And sometimes he would say: ‘Yes, it is true. Yes, I do not know what to say to this. But in God there is mercy.’

And it was truly an awful and horrible sight—this in visible and merciless inquisition. And what was most terrible, he was accused of what he had not done. How amazing! Of several of his sins the hesychast and hermit said: ‘I do not know what to say to this,’ although he had been a monk for nearly forty years and had the gift of tears. Alas, alas! Where was then the voice of Ezekiel to say to the tormentor: ‘As I find you, I will judge you, says God.’2 Truly he could not say anything of the sort. Why? Glory to Him who alone knows! And some, as before the Lord, told me that he even fed a leopard from his hand3 in the desert. And while being thus called to account he was parted from his body, leaving us in uncertainty as to his judgment, or end, or sentence, or how the trial ended.
……..
This is the seventh step. May he who has been found worthy of it help me too; for he himself has already been helped, since through this seventh step he has washed away the stains of this world.
1 See above, p. 37, note 143.
2 Cf. Ezekiel xxxiii, 13—20. This ‘unwritten saying’ of Christ is recorded by St. Justin (Dial. 47).
3 Another reading is: ‘reared a leopard by hand’.
The Ladder of Divine Ascent, St. John Climacus, Step,Translated by Archimandrite Lazarus Moore (Harper & Brothers, 1959)

Μεσοπεντηκοστή_ Σοφία- καί – Λόγος- του- Θεού_Mid-Pentecost_ Преполовение _0Mesopentikosti-midpentecost243456Vespers readings: Micah 4:2-3, 5; 6:1-5, 8; 5:4; Isaiah 55:1-3, 6-13; Proverbs 9:1-11.
Epistle: Acts 14:6-18.
Liturgy: John 7:14-30.

Mid-Pentecost – My brethren, let us open the doors of our souls to the Wisdom of God Incarnate in the Lord Jesus Christ! Lord Jesus, Wisdom and Power of God, open our souls and abide in them. St. Nicholai Velimirovich
https://iconandlight.wordpress.com/2021/05/25/mid-pentecost-my-brethren-let-us-open-the-doors-of-our-souls-to-the-wisdom-of-god-incarnate-in-the-lord-jesus-christ-lord-jesus-wisdom-and-power-of-god-open-our-souls-and-abide-in-them-st-nich/

Mid-Pentecost, But you seek to kill Me because My word has no place in you (St. John 8:37) St Nikolai Velimirovich
https://iconandlight.wordpress.com/2019/05/21/28798/

Μεσοπεντηκοστή_ Σοφία- καί – Λόγος- του- Θεού_Mid-Pentecost_ Преполовение _Ναός της του Θεού Σοφίας (1)The Dismissal Troparion, Tone VIII:

At Mid-feast give Thou my thirsty soul to drink of the waters of piety; * for Thou, O Savior, didst cry out to all: * Whosoever is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. ** Wherefore, O Well-spring of life, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.

Troparion of St Stephen the Chorabyte of Sina, Tone 8

With the streams of thy tears thou didst irrigate the barren desert,/ and with sighs from the depths of thy soul thou didst render thy labors fruitful an hun­dredfold./ Thou wast a beacon for the whole world, radiating miracles.// O our father Stephen, entreat Christ God that our souls be saved.

Tone IV:

Verse: O praise the Lord, all ye nations; * praise Him, all ye peoples.
The bountiful pouring forth of the Spirit upon all, * is now at hand as the Scripture saith. * This is proclaimed by the mid-point of the blessed season * after Christ death, burial and arising, * when He gave unto His disciples * His unfailing and true promise, ** which revealed most clearly the coming of the Comforter.

Exapostilarion, Tone III:

O Thou that hast the never-emptying wine-bowl of gifts, * vouchsafe that I may draw water unto remission of my sins. * For with great thirst am I taken, ** O Thou only lovingly compassionate One. (Twice)

αγια σοφια-Κωνσταντινούπολη_Constantinople_Константино́поль-agiasofia2


Let us try to remain united by faith and love one with another, with Jesus Christ. All other unions are leading us to self-destruction. They are all aiming to destroy the human being, to turn it into an instrument, an ordinary cog in this complicated mechanism of human society. Fr. George Calciu

ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΗ ΤΟΥ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΥ_Holy Resurrection of Jesus Christ_Воскресение Иисуса Христа_010 2Χριστός ανέστη! Αληθώς ανέστη!
Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!
ХристосВоскрес! Воистину Воскрес!
ქრისტეაღსდგა! ჭეშმარიტადაღსდგა!
«Rejoice!» «Peace be unto you!»

Synaxarion From the Menaion.
On May 15 we commemorate our devout Father Pachomios the Great, founder of cenobitic monasticism (348).
On this day we also commemorate our devout Father Achillios, Bishop of Larissa.
On this day we also commemorate our devout Father Barbaros the Myrrh-streamer (c. 820 – 829) .
On this day we also commemorate our devout Father Andrew the Hermit and Wonderworker of Mt. Kalana, Epirus, wonderworker (c. 1237 – 1271)
On this day we also commemorate the contest of the holy Martyr Simplicius in Sardinia (c. 284-305)
On this day we also commemorate the contest of the holy Virgin-martyr Dymphna of Geel, Flanders (c. 650)
Saint Panegyrios of Cyprus (Panigerios, Panegyrius), Wonderworker of Malounta
On this day we also commemorate our devout Father among the Saints Esaias the Wonderworker, Bishop of Rostov (1090).
On this day we also commemorate our devout Fathers Silvan and Pachomius of Nerekhta.
The holy New Hieromartyrs Pachomius (Kedrov) of Chernigov (1938), and his brother, Abercius, Archbishop of Zhitomir; their father, the Priest Nicholas Kedrov (1936); and their brother-in-law, the Priest Vladimir Zagarsky (1937).
Discovery of the revered icon of Kamoulianos “Acheiropoieta” (“made without human hands”).
By their holy intercessions, O God, have mercy on us. Amen.

Synaxarion From the Pentecostarion
On this day, the fourth Sunday after Pascha, we commemorate the paralytic who was healed by the Lord, and we celebrate this as a miracle of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ. The commemoration of this event is made on this particular day because it occurred during the celebration of the Hebrew fifty days ( between Passover and Pentecost ). (John 5:1-15)

Verses.
Strength to the paralysed, the word of Christ.
And so this word was healing, this alone.

The Healing of the Paralytic and the Loneliness of Modern Man.
Fr. George Calciu

Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. John 5:2-4

ΠΑΡΑΛΥΤΟΥ-Christ healing the Paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda-StNikita1113What is most dramatic throughout this entire Gospel reading is the loneliness of the sick man. Did you hear it? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me (Jn. 5:7). The most tragic state a person can be in is loneliness, total isolation.

St. Cyprian of Carthage says that, “Each person falls in isolation, but we are saved in the community of the Church.” To be alone means to fall, to perish. Being alone means not thinking about anyone other than yourself, because you are overwhelmed by the surge of suffering in which you are being suffocated. You are depressed by the futility of life. This is because a life lived in loneliness, if you do not have God with you, is a futile, wasted life. Life lost its meaning back in that very moment when you became alone.

That sick man did not even have any family member or friend who would take him up when the water was stirred and throw him in, so that he would be healed. How many times do we find ourselves in a situation like that! How often are we lonely and sick, and we have no one to help us be healed, no one to deliver us from our suffering! Or perhaps in our loneliness and suffering we do not find anyone we can communicate with; or as the German saying goes, pain when shared becomes half as bad, but pain unshared is twice as hard.

That is how it was with this man. But Christ with great mercy asked him, “Do you want to be healed?”

We will see proof of this later, when the Savior meets him in the church and says, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee (Jn. 5:14).

What also touches us and others is that in the very minute that Jesus healed the man who had been paralyzed for thirty-eight whole years, instead of rejoicing that a man had regained his health, the scribes and Pharisees are angry, and say, “Why are you walking, why are you carrying your bed on the Sabbath?”

They didn’t say, “It’s great that you’ve been healed! Yes, go and thank God!” No, they were only interested in the formality of the law, which stated that it was forbidden to work on the Sabbath. They sacrificed a human being for the sake of observing this law.

And they asked him, “Who healed you?”

At first the healed man did not know how to answer them. But when Jesus met him in the church, he went to the Jews and said, “There, it was Jesus who healed me!”

This was not a denunciation to set the Jews after Jesus. This was the desire to announce for everyone to hear,“This Man helped me! He healed me! He was near me in my troubles!” We have to say it when someone has helped us. We have to testify to a miracle. Not in order to boast, but because we have been delivered from loneliness, sickness, and suffering! I have to say who helped me, who led me to the faith, who delivered me from sins and the cursedness of my heart—a priest, a believer, a friend… I have to say, “He saved me!” That’s how it was with this paralytic.

Beloved faithful! Modern society is isolating us more and more. The governments—not only the communist, but all governments—are more and more trying to isolate us, to make us more lonely, so that we would be less and less bonded with each other, so that we would not associate with each other, because all governments are trying to become totalitarian in order to control us. It is much harder to control tight communities of people than isolated individuals, and therefore governments are trying to isolate us.

The communists did this through force. The Westerners do not do this by force, they simply pronounce you unique, they say that you have rights, and you are independent. And this is so that you would become isolated, that you would not be attached to your parents, would not obey them if you are a child, so that you would not be in submission to anyone—after all, you are a free being.

Freedom falsely understood is rebellion against God; it is nihilism. That is how we have gotten to where we have gotten, to all of these crimes that are raging in the world. There are so many cities where fourteen-year-old children have murdered their teachers, friends, and parents. The human bond has been broken with the people next to us, with whom we live. Heartfelt relationships have been broken between me and my brother, me and my parents, between parents and children, between friends. We are becoming more and more alone in this exaggerated individualism, at the foundation of which lies the demonization of society.

Let us try to be united. Let us try to remain united by faith and love one with another, with Jesus Christ. Let us abide in unity in the Church, because the Church is the only positive social union. All other unions are leading us to self-destruction. They are all aiming to destroy the human being, to turn it into an instrument, an ordinary cog in this complicated mechanism of human society.

Fr. George Calciu
Translated from the Russian version by Nun Cornelia (Rees)
http://www.cuvantul-ortodox.ro/parintele-calciu-despre-singuratate-si-unirea-intru-biserica/
https://pravoslavie.ru/103292.html

Sunday of the Paralytic – Who of us is prepared to step aside, to become inconspicuous, or rather to help another to step forward instead of us when we know that we will be the loosers in a way, if we do this, we will have become disciples of Christ who gave His life that others may live. Anthony (Bloom) of Sourozh
https://iconandlight.wordpress.com/2020/05/09/44411/

Saint Dymphna, Virgin-Martyr of Ireland,of Gheel, Belgium
https://iconandlight.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/saint-dymphna-virgin-martyr-of-irelandof-gheel-belgium/

Scripture readings for the feast are the following: At the Divine Liturgy: Acts 9:32-42 and John 5:1-15.

In Thy indescribable compassion, O Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Stichera of the Paralytic, Tone I:

Thou Who by Thy most pure hand didst fashion mankind, * O compassionate One, * didst come to heal the sick, O Christ. * By Thy word Thou didst raise up the paralytic by the Sheep’s Pool. * And didst cure the ailment of the blood-streaming woman. * Upon the tormented daughter of the Canaanitish woman Thou wast merciful, * and the request of the centurion Thou didst not disdain. * For this cause we cry unto Thee: ** O Almighty Lord, glory be to Thee.

Glory. Tone 5. Composition of Koumoulas.

A man was lying in sickness at the Sheep Pool, and seeing you, Lord, he cried out, ‘I have no one when the water is stirred up to put me in it. While I am moving forward another gets there before me and receives the healing, while I lie sick’. And at once the Saviour, moved with compassion, says to him, ‘For your sake I have become man, for your sake I have clothed myself in flesh, yet you say ‘I have no one’? Take up your bed, and walk!’ All things are possible for you, all things obey you, all things are subject to you; remember us all and have mercy, O Holy One, as you love humankind.

Sessional Hymn, Tone III:

A word alone made strong the paralytic, * since it had been uttered by the universal Word,* Who had appeared upon the earth out of His love and compassion. * Wherefore, he departed hence and went forth bearing his own bed, * and the scribes, although they saw this great deed which was brought to pass, * since they were held by evil and palsied ** in soul by their envy, they endured not.

Ikos: O Thou Who holdest the ends of the earth in the palm of Thy hand, O Jesus our God, Who art co-beginningless with the Father, and Who, together with the Holy Spirit dost rule over all things: Thou didst appear in the flesh, healing infirmities, driving away passions, and giving sight to the blind. And, by a divine word, Thou didst raise up the paralytic, commanding him to walk straightway and to take up upon his shoulders his bed, which aforetime had borne him. Wherefore, together with him we all praise Thee and cry: O Compassionate Christ, glory to Thy dominion and might.

Glory…, Tone VIII:

O Lord, not the pool, but Thy word * healed and renewed the paralytic; * nor was he hindered by his infirmity of many years; * for the might of Thy voice proved to be more effective. * And he cast off his heavy burden * and carried the weight of his bed as a testimony to the abundance of Thy compassions. ** Glory be to Thee.

Now & Ever …, Tone pl. 1d. :

It is the day of the Resurrection. Let us shine brightly for the festival, and also embrace one another. Brethren, let us say even to those who hate us, ʺLet us forgive everything for the Resurrection.ʺ And thus let us cry aloud, ʺChrist is risen from the dead, by death trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life.ʺ

Christ is risen from the dead, by
death trampling down upon death, and
to those in the tombs He has granted life. (3)


Archangel Michael of Mantamados

Μυροφόρες_Myrrhbearers_Жёны-мироносицы_beli-andjeo-mileseva1 (1)Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Χριστός ανέστη! Αληθώς ανέστη!
Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!
Христос Воскрес! Воистину Воскрес!
Kristus (ir) augšāmcēlies! Patiesi viņš ir augšāmcēlies!
ქრისტეაღსდგა! ჭეშმარიტადაღსდგა!
«Rejoice!». «Peace be unto you!»

Synaxarion
From the Pentecostarion.
On this day, the third Sunday of Pascha, we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Myrrh-Bearing women; and we also commemorate Joseph of Arimathaea, who was a secret disciple, and also Nicodemos, who was a disciple by night.
On the Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearers, we commemorate the consecration of the church Archangel Michael in Mantamados, Mytilene (Lesvos)- (Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearers, May 8, 1888).

Μιχαήλ Μανταμάδο_Archangel Michael_of_Mantamados_Архангел Михаил_ Άγγελοι_Angels__live - ΑντιγραφήArchangel Michael of Mantamados

On the third Sunday after Pascha, we commemorate the Archangel Michael of Mantamados. In Greek “O Μανταμάδος” refers to a miraculous icon of the Archangel Michael in a church on the island of Lesvos, which was consecrated on this day. This is one of the four miraculous icons of the Archangel in the Dodecanese of Greece.

The icon dates back to the 9th and 10th centuries during an invasion of the entire island by the Saracen pirates. The Monastery was the target of the raids, the pirates threatened the monks with death if they would not reveal the whereabouts of the hidden villagers (some say treasures of the monastery). The monks refused and the invaders slaughtered all of the monks except for one novice-monk, named Gabriel who remained hidden.

As the pirates where leaving, the novice climbed to the roof of the monastery to be sure that the pirates had left. However, the pirates noticed him from afar and returned to kill him as well. It is at this point in the story that the Archangel Michael makes his appearance in front of the Saracens with his own sword drawn forcing them to retreat in terror. Thanks to this miracle from the Archangel the monk survived and descending to the courtyard buried the bodies of his fellow brotherhood.

The monk still in deep respect and reverence for having witnessed the Archangel Michael in all his fury, gathered up the earth that was red by the blood of the martyred monks and shaped it into the icon-sculpture of the Archangel as it is today; while it was still vivid in his memory. According to legend, the monk did not have enough of this dirt-blood mix and so the head of the Archangel has turned out disproportionately larger to the rest of his body.

Centuries have passed but the ‘bas-relief’ icon still preserves its freshness and remains as if untouched by time. From time to time, the Archangel’s eyes are filled with tears which Christians wipe away with little pieces of cotton. They do the same with the beads of perspiration which occasionally appear on the icon.

Another miracle is that every person who approaches the icon to pray may receive a unique and different reaction from St. Michael the Archangel. The expression on the face of the icon might change to a healthy shade of red and sometimes there is a joyful smile on the face of the icon. At other instances, the Archangel Michael’s face darkens and becomes fierce and, on certain occasions, some people are held back from approaching by an invisible force. The expression on the icon can appear severe, sad, or happy according to the message that the Archangel wants to convey to that pilgrim or faithful.

“Where your grace casts its shade, Archangel, there the devil’s power is chased away; for the fallen Morning Star cannot endure your light…” Doxastikon of the praises, tone plagal first

May he intercede for us and protect us all!

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Miracles of the Archangel Michael of Mantamados in Lesvos
The Unexpected Rescue

Μιχαήλ Aρχάγγελος Μανταμάδο_Архангел Михаил Мандамадос_Miraculous Icon of the Holy Archangel Michael of Mandamados_66b938b69aa0e8f5ca88147680764d7fOn 20th July, 1974, from the early hours of the morning, the radio was broadcasting news of the invasion of Cyprus by hostile Turkish forces. On the morning of the day after the Turkish attack, the sacristan of the church of the Archangels in Lesvos arose very early. As he put things in order in the church, he came before the full size image of the Archangel, which is located on the right hand side of the courtyard, to light the vigil candle when suddenly the sacristan stood mesmerized as if he had turned to stone. His eyes gaped as he searched for the icon of the Archangel which was missing. He was bathed in a cold sweat. His trembling hands made the sign of the Cross time after time. “But, how is it possible” he kept saying to himself “for an image two meters by one and a half, painted directly onto the wall and with a huge frame, to have disappeared?” He was still standing in the same position when the priest of the church arrived to say the daily Liturgy. He was surprised and concerned to see the look of amazement on the face of the sacristan whose eyes were glued to the same spot to which he also pointed with his hand. The priest turned to see what had so affected the sacristan and saw that, in the place of the Archangel’s icon, there was a massive brown-colored frame. News of the event spread rapidly through the neighboring villages and to the island’s capital, Mitylene, and there were many people who wanted to witness the miraculous event with their own eyes and to worship there. The icon was missing for a whole week. The icon suddenly reappeared in its original place, in the same miraculous way as it had disappeared. Time went by.

One cold winter morning the sacristan of Mantamados heard the galloping of a horse. He went outside and saw a young man who had just gotten down from his horse and was carrying a goat on his shoulders. They entered the church together and the young man proceeded to the Archangel’s icon and left the goat in front of it. He then lit a candle which was as tall as he was. He then knelt down and worshipped before the icon, caressing with trembling hands and eyes full of tears the clay face of the Archangel.
“He is my saviour” he said passionately, turning to the sacristan.
“He saved me from the Turks!”
“Tell me, my boy, what happened?” asked the sacristan with interest as they walked out of the church. “During the last incidents between the Greeks and the Turks,” began the young man, “I was carrying out my military duties in Cyprus. It was past midnight on August 12th, when we were caught unexpectedly in the firing line of the Turkish Cypriots. We were always on our guard because we knew how treacherous the enemy could be. We were having difficulties with their naval attack but were unharmed by their air force fire. Within a few hours, we had the situation under control and prepared to counter-attack. It was as if we had wings on our feet. We hunted them down and almost chased them into the sea. Full of enthusiasm, we were running towards the enemy with almost no back up. Suddenly, I see not more than five meters in front of me an unidentified shape. I stop immediately and then, in the hazy dawn light, I see clearly that it’s a Turkish machine gun! I see the barrel of the gun turning towards me and, having nowhere to hide, I fall to the ground and cover my head with my helmet. ‘My Archangel!’ I say to myself. ‘Save me!’ The moment I uttered these words I remembered my father who was miraculously saved from certain death during the Albanian war, after he promised to bring a goat to the Archangel. ‘My Archangel, save me!’ I murmured again, making the same promise of the offering of a goat. “At that moment, a deafening noise almost took away my hearing. ‘I’ve been shot!’ I thought to myself and images of all those I loved crossed my mind. Then, I felt someone touching me, searching for me, lifting me. They were our people. “’Are you hurt? How do you feel?’ I vaguely heard them asking. I checked my body with my hands but found no wound. Then, I remembered the machine gun and looked towards where I had seen it but saw nothing. ‘Right here!’ I shouted. ‘There was a Turkish machine gun!’ We went closer and checked but did not find it. In the place where it had been located there were only shards and a huge hole in the ground. “It seemed that at the critical moment, a ship’s bombshell or some other mortar shell had totally destroyed the dangerous machine gun, while a superior force kept me safe from any harm that the explosion or fire might cause me.” The sacristan listened carefully to the young man’s story and seemed deeply moved. He then said: “Yes, my boy, it was the Archangel who rescued you. Just when the Turks invaded Cyprus, this icon mysteriously disappeared for a week!” The young man was stunned. He gazed tenderly at the icon of the Archangel Michael, his eyes filled with tears. It was one more “thank you” for that unexpected rescue.

“Poetic History and Miracles of St. Michael, the Archangel of Mantamados”, by Fr. Eustratios Dissos, Abbot of the Monastery of the Archangel of Mantamados.

Μυροφόρες_ Myrrhbearers_ Жёны-мироносицы_M_13anastas570Apolytikion of the Archangel Michael
Fourth Tone

O Commander of the Heavenly Host, we the unworthy beseech you, that through your entreaties you will fortify us, guarding us in the shelter of the wings of your ethereal glory, even as we fervently bow before you crying: “Deliver us from all danger, as Commander of the Powers on high!

Troparion – Tone 4

Michael, commander of the heavenly hosts, we who are unworthy beseech you, by your prayers encompass us beneath the wings of your immaterial glory, and faithfully preserve us who fall down and cry out to you: “Deliver us from all harm, for you are the commander of the powers on high!”

Both now. Of Pascha.
From Pentecostarion. Mode pl. 1.

It is the day of the Resurrection. Let us shine brightly for the festival, and also embrace one another. Brethren, let us say even to those who hate us, “Let us forgive everything for the Resurrection.” And thus let us cry aloud, “Christ is risen from the dead, by death trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life.”

Kontakion – Tone 2

Michael, commander of God’s armies and minister of the divine glory, prince of the bodiless angels and guide of mankind, ask for what is good for us, and for great mercy, as supreme commander of the Bodiless Hosts.

Glory. Mode pl. 1.

Wherever your grace overshadows, O Archangel, the power of the devil is driven away. For he cannot bear to stand in your light, the fallen Lucifer that he is. We therefore beg you to extinguish the fiery arrows that he shoots against us, and by your mediation to deliver us from the scandals he sets, O praiseworthy Archangel Michael.


The Myrrhbearers had great trust in Christ, they were in a spiritual state, which is why they spared nothing. O how great was the fearlessness of the holy men and holy women! Saint Paisios of Mount Athos

ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΗ ΤΟΥ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΥ_Holy Resurrection of Jesus Christ_Воскресение Иисуса Христа_ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΗ 001Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Χριστός ανέστη! Αληθώς ανέστη!
Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!
Христос Воскрес! Воистину Воскрес!
Kristus (ir) augšāmcēlies! Patiesi viņš ir augšāmcēlies!
ქრისტეაღსდგა! ჭეშმარიტადაღსდგა!
«Rejoice!». «Peace be unto you!»

Synaxarion
From the Pentecostarion.
On this day, the third Sunday of Pascha, we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Myrrh-Bearing women; and we also commemorate Joseph of Arimathaea, who was a secret disciple, and also Nicodemos, who was a disciple by night.
On the Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearers, we commemorate the consecration of the church Archangel Michael in Mantamados, Mytilene (Lesvos)- (Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearers, May 8 , 1888).

Verse: The women disciples bring myrrh unto Christ.
Verse: And I bring a hymn as it were myrrh unto them?

Synaxarion From the Menaion.
On May 8 we commemorate the holy and glorious Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian, the Virgin and Beloved Bosom Friend of Christ (c. 98/101), and celebrate the service in honor of the Holy Dust, that is, the Manna, that issued from his grave.
On this day we also commemorate our devout Father Arsenios the Great of Scetis (448).
On this day devout Saint Meles the Melodist (hymnographer) reposed in peace.
On this day a regiment of soldiers died by the sword.
On this day devout Saint Filotheos (Zervakos) of Paros (1884 – 6 May 1980), spiritual son of St. Nektarios of Aegina reposed in peace.

St. Paisios on the Joy of the Resurrection

Μυροφόρων γυναικώνmyrofores– Elder, I am struck by the courage of the Myrrhbearers.
The Myrrhbearers had great trust in Christ, they were in a spiritual state, which is why they spared nothing. This is why they were worthy to hear from the Angel the joyous news of the Resurrection….
I pray that you always rejoice with spiritual jubilation, with continuous joy, and with an inner sweet excitement….

First we must pray about everything, and only then proceed in any action.

Nowadays, unfortunately trust in logic, shakes the faith from the foundations and filled the souls with doubts. That’ this deprives us of miracles, because the miracle is not explained by logic

Don’t give in to panic. Cowards are of use to no one. God looks at a person’s situation and helps him. We have to remain cold-blooded and use our brains. No matter what happens, we must continue to pray, think and act. It’s best to always stand up to a difficult situation using spiritual means. However that spiritual boldness which is born of holiness and striving towards God is missing today, as is the natural boldness needed in order not to turn coward in the face of danger.

In order to hold back a great evil, great holiness is needed. A spiritual person can hold back evil and help others. In the spiritual life the biggest coward can attain great courage by entrusting himself to Christ and His divine help. He can go to the front lines, do battle with the enemy, and win! So therefore we will fear God alone, not people, no matter how evil they may be. The fear of God makes any coward into a hero! A person becomes fearless to the extent he unites with God….

Geronda, it seems that people who want to destroy society, have seized upon its foundation, its roots, our young people, and have destroyed them.
– There is no way that they will succeed. Evil self-de­structs. In Russia, after the revolution, they had destroyed everything and look what is happening now, after three generations! God will not allow it. And He will not judge the sins of today’s youth as strictly as He will judge the sins of our generation.

– Geronda, how come some young men and women who lead secular lives give very good answers to ques­tions of faith?
– These young people had good intentions but were not able to apply the brakes on themselves at the right time and so they were swept along. That is why they give the right answers. What I mean to say is that someone, for ex­ample, wants to follow a particular path in life; he wants to go in that direction, but he finds it hard to follow. And when he sees another who succeeds, he has great respect for him. God will not abandon those who want the good, because they lack malice. The time will come when they will find the strength to follow the right path.
– Geronda, how should we approach young people who have gone astray?
Love is the answer….

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Saint Nikolai Velimirovič

Μυροφόρες_Myrrhbearers_Жёны-мироносицы_μη μου απτου_Icon_of_Noli_me_tangere-Не прикасайся ко МнеAN00453550_001_lO how great was the fearlessness of the holy men and holy women! When we read about their lives, both shame and pride is awakened in us unwillingly – shame that we have lagged so far behind them and pride that they are of our Christian race. Neither sickness, nor prison, nor exile, nor suffering, nor humiliation, nor the sword, nor the abyss, nor fire, nor the gallows were able to shake the exalted peace of their souls, firmly attached to Christ, the Helmsman of the universe and human history. When Emperor Julian apostasized from the Faith and began to make waste of Christianity throughout the entire empire, St. Athanasius the Great quietly spoke of him to the faithful: “The cloud will pass!” (Nibiculaest, Transibit). And indeed, that dark cloud quickly passed and Christianity lowered its roots even deeper and spread its branches all the more throughout the world. The weakened wickedness of Julian against Christ was ended after several passing years with Julian’s cry: “O Nazarene, You have conquered!” O sons of God, why then should we be afraid of anything from which God our Father is not afraid?
The Prologue from Ohrid: Lives of Saints by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič
http://prologue.orthodox.cn/May29.htm

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To contemplate the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus:
How the myrrh-bearing women approached the tomb to anoint Him with myrrh and aloes. To anoint the One Who is the sweet-smelling savor of heaven and earth;
How the angel announces the resurrection of our Lord to them with the words: “Why do you seek the living One among the dead?” (St. Luke 24:5).

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Homily
About seeking the living among the dead
by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič

Why do you seek the living One among the dead?” (St. Luke 24:5).

Μυροφόρες γυναίκες -11_1334450416The angel of God asks the Myrrh-bearing women as though in astonishment: “Why do you seek the living One among the dead?” As though the perceiver of the mystery of God and God’s power wanted to say: “How could you have thought for a moment that He is the hostage of death? Do you not know that He is the principal source of life? Do you not know that all life is through Him and that not one living thing can borrow not even a drop of life from any other source? Did He not fully reveal to you His authority over life and death on earth? Who gave life to the lifeless Lazarus? Who took away the life of the barren fig tree?”

O my brethren, let us also cease to look for the living among the dead. If there are some of us who are still seeking Christ among the dead, let them desist from this soul-destroying effort. This is the vain effort of the Jews, pagans and non-Christians. We know that the Lord and Giver of life is not in the tomb but on the Throne of Glory in the heavens. The spirit, not darkened by sin, looks up into heaven and does not see the tomb; and the spirit, darkened by sin, looks into the tomb and does not see heaven. Sin and virtue govern the spiritual vision of man and reveals to each man its own world at cross purposes with one another. Sin overthrows the vision of the spirit to the earth and reveals to it the corruption of the world. Virtue uplifts the spirit to heaven and reveals to it the eternal world and the resurrected Christ as the King in that world.

O my brethren, let us not seek life among creation, but from the Creator. Let us not commit an even graver sin i.e., let us not seek the Creator in the tomb of creation nor the Illuminating, Immortal One in the darkness of death.

O Lord Jesus, Victor over death, we cry out to You: resurrect us also into life eternal from the corruption and darkness of death.

To Thee be glory and praise forever. Amen.
The Prologue from Ohrid: Lives of Saints by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič
http://prologue.orthodox.cn/April7.htm

By the intercessions of the Holy Myrrh-Bearers, O God, have mercy on us. Amen.

Today on the Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearing women, all of you – Orthodox Christian women and your daughters – are called to be the Holy Myrrhbearing women of the Orthodox Church today and forever. Elder Sofian Boaghiu of Antim Monastery
https://iconandlight.wordpress.com/2021/05/16/today-on-the-sunday-of-the-holy-myrrhbearing-women-all-of-you-orthodox-christian-women-and-your-daughters-are-called-to-be-the-holy-myrrhbearing-women-of-the-orthodox-church-today/

Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearing Women, Is any one of us Joseph of Arimathea, is any one Nicodemus, and can we say that we are like these myrrh-bearing women, whom neither the needs nor the defeat nor the death of Christ had been able to alienate from Him? Anthony Bloom of Sourozh
https://iconandlight.wordpress.com/2021/05/15/sunday-of-the-holy-myrrhbearing-women-is-any-one-of-us-joseph-of-arimathea-is-any-one-nicodemus-and-can-we-say-that-we-are-like-these-myrrh-bearing-women-whom-neither-the-needs-nor-the-defeat-nor/

Resurrectional Apolytikion.
Mode 2.

When You descended unto death, O Lord who yourself are immortal Life, then did You mortify Hades by the lightning flash of Your Divinity. Also when You raised the dead from the netherworld, all the Powers of the heavens were crying out: O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to You.

Mode 2.

When he took down Your immaculate Body from the Cross, the honorable Joseph wrapped it in a clean linen shroud with spices and laid it for burial in a new tomb. But on the third day You arose, O Lord, and granted the world Your great mercy.

For the Evangelist. From Menaion – – –
Mode 2.

O Apostle, the beloved of Christ God, hasten to deliver us, a people that has no excuse. He accepts you supplicating Him, for He condescended at the Supper to let you lean on Him. Entreat Him, O Theologian, that He scatter the persistent cloud of hostile nations, and pray for us, for peace and great mercy.

Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone

With the rivers of your tears, you have made the barren desert fertile. Through sighs of sorrow from deep within you, your labors have borne fruit a hundred-fold. By your miracles you have become a light, shining upon the world. O Arsenius, our Holy Father, pray to Christ our God, to save our souls.

Apolytikion of the Archangel Michael
Fourth Tone

O Commanders of the Heavenly Host, we the unworthy beseech you, that through your entreaties you will fortify us, guarding us in the shelter of the wings of your ethereal glory, even as we fervently bow before you crying: “Deliver us from all danger, as Commanders of the Powers on high!

Both now. From Pentecostarion
Mode 2.

The Angel standing at the sepulcher cried out and said to the ointment-bearing women: The ointments are appropriate for mortal men, but Christ has been shown to be a stranger to decay. So go and cry aloud, The Lord has risen and granted the world His great mercy.


O my brethren, everything is possible with God: both, to reveal the created to man and to create the uncreated. But most importantly for us is that He wants to redeem our souls from sin and death and to give us life eternal. Let us pray to Him for this day and night. Saint Nikolai Velimirovič

ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΗ ΤΟΥ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΥ_Holy Resurrection of Jesus Christ_Воскресение Иисуса Христа_56929.bBeloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Χριστός ανέστη! Αληθώς ανέστη!
Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!
Христос Воскрес! Воистину Воскрес!
Kristus (ir) augšāmcēlies! Patiesi viņš ir augšāmcēlies!
ქრისტეაღსდგა! ჭეშმარიტადაღსდგა!
«Rejoice!». «Peace be unto you!»

Synaxarion From the Menaion.
On May 7 we commemorate the Appearance of the Sign of the Precious Cross in the sky, during the reign of the Emperor Constantius, son of Saint Constantine the Great, when Cyril was Archbishop of Jerusalem.[346/351]
On this day we also commemorate the holy Martyr Akakios the centurion at Byzantium (303).
On this day we also commemorate the contest of the holy Martyr Quadratus and those with him.(251–259)
On this day we also commemorate our devout Father John Psychaites, the Confessor.(c. 825)
On this day we also commemorate the contest of the holy Martyr Maximus.
On this day we also commemorate the Our Holy Fathers of Georgia (6th c.)
St. John Zedazeni and his Twelve Disciples: Abibus, Bishop of Nekressi, Anthony of Martqopi, David of Garej, Zeno of Ikalto, Thaddeus of Stepantsmind, Jesse (Ise) Bishop of Tsilkan, Joseph Bishop of Alaverdi, Isidor of Samtavisi, Michael of Ulumbo, Pyrrhos of Breti, Stephen of Khyri, Shio of Mgvim
On this day we also commemorate our devout Father Nilus of Sora (1508)
On this day we also commemorate the holy New Monkmartyr Pachomius of Mount Athos, of Usaki near Philadelphia (1730)
On this day we also commemorate the Uncovering of the relics of St. Euthymius the Great (473)
On this day we also commemorate the Uncovering of the relics (1815) of Saint Nilus the Myrrh-gusher of Mount Athos (1651)
On this day we also commemorate the Saint Alexis Toth, Confessor and Defender of Orthodoxy in America (1909)

On this day we also commemorate the holy Icon of the Mother of God of Zhirovits (1470)

Homily
About the sign of the Son of Man
Saint Nikolai Velimirovič

“And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the heavens” (St. Matthew 24:30).

Σταυρός_ Holy-Cross_Крест Господня_S48287 (1)What kind of sign will the sign of the Son of Man be, which once had been shown briefly? That is the cross, more brighter than the sun, which manifested itself over Jerusalem before the coming of an earlier personification of the Antichrist by the name of Julian the Apostate. And in lieu of every homily concerning this miraculous sign, it is worthwhile to quote here the letter of St. Cyril of Jerusalem written to Emperor Constantius, the son of Constantine the Great and predecessor of Julian the Apostate. A portion of his letter reads, “For in these very days of the holy feast of Pentecost on the Nones of May, about the third hour, a gigantic cross formed of light appeared in the sky above holy Golgotha stretching out as far as the holy Mount of Olives. It was not seen by just one or two but was most clearly displayed before the whole population of the city. Nor did it, as one might have supposed, pass away quickly like something imagined but was visible to sight above the earth for some hours, while it sparkled with a light above the sun’s rays. Of a surety, it would have been overcome and hidden by them, had it not exhibited to those who saw it a brilliance more powerful than the sun, so that the whole population of the city made a sudden concerted rush into the Martyry, [the church] seized by a fear that mingled with joy at the heavenly vision. They poured in, young and old, men and women of every age, not only Christians but pagans from elsewhere sojourning in Jerusalem, all of them as with one mouth raised a hymn of praise to the worker of wonders, Christ Jesus our Lord, the Only-begotten Son of God and indeed attested to through experience, came to discern that the honorable [pious] Christian teaching is to be found not only in “persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of spirit and power” (I Corinthians 2:4), and not only preached by man but, witnessed by God from Heaven. “Announced originally through the Lord, it was confirmed for us by those who had heard. God added His testimony by signs, wonders, and various acts of power” (Hebrews 2:3-4). We consider it our obligation not to remain silent about this Heavenly vision, but through this letter, hasten to inform Your God-glorified and Pious One.”

O my brethren, everything is possible with God: both, to reveal the created to man and to create the uncreated. But most importantly for us is that He wants to redeem our souls from sin and death and to give us life eternal. Let us pray to Him for this day and night.

O Lord Almighty, To You be glory and thanks always. Amen.

The Prologue from Ohrid: Lives of Saints by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič 
http://prologue.orthodox.cn/March19.htm

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The Venerable Nilus of Sora says, “The monk is an angel, and his business is mercy, peace and the sacrifice of praise.”

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New Monkmartyr Pachomius of Mount Athos,
of Usaki near Philadelphia (1730)

The holy New Martyr Pachomius was from Little Russia, and was captured by Moslem Tatars who made him a slave. He was taken to Usaki, near the ancient city of Philadelphia in Asia Minor, where he was sold to a Moslem tanner.

While teaching Pachomius his occupation, the tanner also tried to instruct the young man in the Islamic religion and convert him. Although Pachomius was eager to learn his new master’s trade, he had no desire to become a Moslem. Since he would not deny Christ, he was sometimes beaten and denied food.

This faithful warrior of Christ lived for twenty-seven years as a slave, working for his master in the tannery. The tanner was so pleased by the work of his servant that he offered to give him his own daughter in marriage and make him his heir, even though the righteous one would not convert to Islam. Since he would have to become a Moslem in order to marry the tanner’s daughter and to inherit anything from him, Pachomius declined the offer. Impressed by the principled stand of his servant, the tanner freed the Saint and told him that he could go wherever he wished.

ΑΓ ΓΕΩΡΓΙΟΣ ΠΡΟΣΕΥΧΟΜΕΝΟΣ ΑΝΑΣΤΑΙΝΕΙ ΝΕΚΡΟ- ΣΤΑΡΟ ΝΑΓΚΟΡΙΤΣΙΝΟ-Άγιος Γεώργιος ο Τροπαιοφόρος- св вмч Георгий победоносец- St. George the Trophy-bearerSaint Pachomius became ill just before he was to leave his master. Some Moslems spread the rumor that he had already denied Christ and accepted their religion. Due to his illness they did not circumcise him, but dressed him in green clothing such as Moslems wear. Christians were not permitted to wear green. When he recovered Pachomius traveled to Smyrna and became a merchant.

After some time had passed, the saint discarded his Moslem clothes and went to Saint Paul’s Monastery on Mount Athos. There he met Hieromonk Joseph, confessed the secrets of his heart to him, and told him he wished to become a monk. He lived with Elder Joseph for the next twelve years living the monastic life, and acquiring the virtues.

After hearing of Saint Acacius of Kavsokalyvia (April 12), he transferred to that monastery and became a disciple of Elder Acacius. For six years he devoted himself to the life of unceasing prayer, and became the very type and paradigm of a virtuous monk.

Day by day, the desire to become a martyr for Christ grew within him, because he feared that he might have spoken a careless word and denied the Lord when he was sick and not in his right mind. Saint Acacius tried to persuade him not to follow this course, because he thought that this desire might have arisen from Pachomius’s pride.

Saint Acacius did not want to let Pachomius go, and so he decided to test his resolve. For the next year, he imposed various rules and obediences on him, and both of them prayed that God would make His will known to them. They also consulted the most virtuous Fathers on the Holy Mountain, who all agreed that Pachomius should be blessed to leave the monastery and to seek martyrdom. He removed his monastic garb and dressed in the clothes of an ordinary Christian. He did this so that his actions would not lead to reprisals against the Athonite monasteries.

Accompanied by Elder Joseph, Pachomius returned to Usaki, the site of his supposed denial of Christ. Elder Joseph stayed at an inn, while Pachomius went to the home of his former master, and then walked through the marketplace, hoping to be recognized. It did not take long for him to be arrested and brought before the kadi. He was charged with accepting Islam, and then returning to the Christian faith, a “crime” which was punishable by death. His accusers pointed to the saint’s Christian clothing as evidence. “Behold what sort of garments he is wearing,” they shouted.

The kadi told Pachomius that he was not allowed to wear Christian garb, because he had previously denied Christ. He urged Pachomius to go back to being a Moslem, or to be put to death. With resolute courage, Saint Pachomius replied that he abhorred their religion, and that he would never deny the Savior. Furthermore, he declared that he was quite willing to endure any torture, and to die for Christ many times over, if such a thing were possible.

The holy one was thrown into prison, where he was deprived of food, sleep, and also of any sort of comfort. During this time he was sustained only by his trust in the Lord. After three days, he was sentenced to death. The martyr rejoiced, and told the kadi to carry out the sentence without delay.

Bound and dragged to the place of execution, Saint Pachomius was cursed and spat upon by some of the Turks in the crowd, while others urged him to return to Islam. As the holy athlete of Christ knelt for his beheading, even the executioner entreated him to save himself accepting the Moslem religion. Saint Pachomius remained firm in his resolve, and told the executioner to do as he was ordered without delay. The victorious martyr was beheaded on May 7, 1730 (which happened to be the Feast of the Ascension), thereby receiving an incorruptible crown from Christ.

The body of Saint Pachomius remained exposed to the elements for three days, and then the Orthodox were granted permission to bury him. After the burial, the executioner was possessed by demons, and ran through the city, shouting and foaming at the mouth. He died a few days afterward.

Elder Joseph left the inn where he was hiding, and went to the place where the saint’s body was. He spoke to Saint Pachomius as if he were still alive. “My dear Pachomius”, he said, “you have achieved what you desired. Intercede with the Lord for me, and for all who call upon you.”

Father Joseph was troubled at the thought of trying to leave the area without being captured. Saint Pachomius appeared to him in a dream and said, “Do not be afraid, O Elder, for no harm shall come to you.” Trusting in the words of the saint, he left the city and went back to the Holy Mountain without any trouble.

A local Christian woman, who had been suffering from severe headaches for many years, prayed to Saint Pachomius and asked for his help. She placed some of his blood on her head, and she was healed. She wrote to the monks on Mount Athos, asking them to paint an icon of the martyr for her. Since they had known him when he lived there, they remembered how he looked, and were able to paint the icon. The woman received the icon, and reverently honored the memory of Saint Pachomius every year on the anniversary of his martyrdom.

Later, his holy relics were taken to the Monastery of Saint John on the island of Patmos. On January 26, 1953 the Monastery of Saint John gave a piece of the relics of Saint Pachomius to the Monastery of Saint Paul on Mount Athos, where the saint had lived for a time.

Through the prayers of the holy New Martyr Pachomius, may we also be accounted worthy of the Kingdom of Heaven.
https://www.oca.org/saints/lives/2016/05/07/101324-monastic-martyr-pachomius-of-mount-athos

The vision of the Cross. Metropolitan Anthony Sourozh
https://iconandlight.wordpress.com/2018/05/06/the-vision-of-the-cross-metropolitan-anthony-sourozh/

Σταυρός_The Cross is the guardian of the whole world; the Cross is the beauty of the Church, the Cross is the might of kings; the Cross is the confirmation of the faithful, the CrTroparion, in Tone VIII:

The image of Thy Cross hath now shone forth more brightly than the sun, and Thou hast extended it from the holy mountain to the place of the skull, and therein hast revealed Thy might, O Savior. Strengthening all faithful Orthodox Christians thereby, O Christ God, save them ever in peace, and by the supplications of the Theotokos do Thou also save us.

Troparion of Saint Nilus of Sora, in Tone I:

Having spurned the worldly life, a our venerable and God-bearing father Nilus, fleeing the tumult of life thou wast quick to gather the flowers of paradise from the writings of the fathers, and, having made thine abode in the wilderness, thou didst flourish like a lily of the field; wherefore, thou hast passed over to the mansions of heaven. Teach us who honor thee also to tread thy royal path, and pray thou for our souls.

Troparion of St Pachomios the New Martyr Tone 3

Thy godly life was made radiant by the trials of holy martyrdom,/ O glorious, righteous Martyr Pachomios./ Thou didst shine forth on Athos by thine ascetical deeds/ and shed thy blood as an Athlete./ Intercede with the Lord Who has glorified thee/ that He may grant us His great mercy.

Troparion — Tone 3

Your godly life was made radiant by the trials of holy martyrdom, / O glorious, righteous Martyr Pachomius. / though your ascetical deeds you shone forth on Athos / and shed your blood as an Athlete. / Intercede with the Lord Who has glorified you / that He may grant us His great mercy.

Troparion of St Alexis Toth— Tone 4

O righteous Father Alexis, / our heavenly intercessor and teacher, / divine adornment of the Church of Christ! / Entreat the Master of All / to strengthen the Orthodox Faith in America, / to grant peace to the world / and to our souls, great mercy!

Exapostilarion: Spec. Mel.: “To the disciples …”;

The Cross is the guardian of the whole world! The Cross is the beauty of the Church! The Cross is the dominion of kings! The Cross is the confirmation of the faithful! The Cross is the glory of the angels and the wounding of the demons!


St. Sophia of Kleisoura: Panagia told me where, in the Holy Books of the chosen of my Son, it says everything that will occur in time. A third war will occur… Three-quarters of mankind will be destroyed… Only one-quarter will be saved… Repent, because the clouds of wrath of God have approaching the earth.

ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΗ ΤΟΥ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΥ_Holy Resurrection of Jesus Christ_Воскресение Иисуса Христа_passover_frescoe_st_george_near_kumanovo1Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Χριστός ανέστη! Αληθώς ανέστη!
Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!
Христос Воскрес! Воистину Воскрес!
Kristus (ir) augšāmcēlies! Patiesi viņš ir augšāmcēlies!
ქრისტეაღსდგა! ჭეშმარიტადაღსდგა!
«Rejoice!». «Peace be unto you!»

Synaxarion From the Menaion.
On May 6 we commemorate the holy, righteous, and much-suffering Prophet Job.
On this day we commemorate the Our righteous Mother Sophia of Kleisoura (Myrtidiotissa in Schema), the ascetic of Kleisoura, the Pontian (1974)
On this day we commemorate the Martyrs Danax, Mesirus (Mesiurs), and Therin
On this day we commemorate the holy Martyrs Demetrius, and Donatus
On this day we commemorate the holy Mamas, Pachomius, and Hilarion
On this day we commemorate the holy Martyrs Heliodorus and Venustus and seventy-five others in Africa (284–305)
On this day we commemorate Our righteous Father Micah (Micheas), the disciple of the Saint Sergius of Radonezh (1385)
On this day we commemorate our devout and God-bearing Father Seraphim, who lived as an ascetic on Mt. Domvu (1602)
On this day we commemorate our devout Job of Pochaev, abbot and wonderworker (1651)
The Sinaites of Serbia: Romylos of Ravanica (1375), Romanos of Ravanica,Nestor, Sisoes, Zosimas of Tuman, Martirije of Rukumije, Nicodemus, Job, Grigorije of Gornjak, and Gregory of Sinai, whose Synaxis we celebrate (14th century).

Hymn of Praise
Job, The Suffering Servant
by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič

Ιώβ ο πολύαθλος_Job the Long-suffering_Иов Многострадальный_ΙΩΒ-555Tell me brother, what you are able to endure,
And how much of a man you are, I will tell you.
Job the righteous rich man and all glorious
By Satan, on a dunghill was thrown,
And with pus and sores covered,
To dogs and to men, a horrifying sight!
Whatever he had, in a day perished
Except faith and except patience.
But with the weapon of faith and patience
Job, the horrible Satan overcame.
The uneven struggle, God looked on,
To the righteous one, victory He imparted.
With victory, all other riches,
And the envious devil shamed.
The Prologue from Ohrid: Lives of Saints by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič
http://prologue.orthodox.cn/May6.htm

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Saint Nectarius of Optina

The story of Job is an example for every person, for as a long as a man is rich, famous, and content, God pays him no mind. When a man, on the other hand, is on a dung heap, rejected by everyone, then God appears and converses with him, and the man in return cries out, “Lord have mercy!”

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The Sayings of
St. Sophia of Kleisoura

Σοφία η εν Κλεισούρα_St. Sophia the Ascetic of Kleisoura_Св. Софии (Хотокуриди)_kleisoura~0“The fear of God makes a person wise. What is the fear of God? Not that one should be afraid of God, but to be afraid to sadden someone, to harm someone, to do them no wrong, and to not make accusations. This is wisdom. After all this, God will illumine you as to what to do in your life.”

May you be well.
May you have joy!
Repent, my children... May you have prayer… day and night… wherever you walk, wherever you are found, wherever you are standing, always you should say: “My Christ, have mercy on me!” With a sweet tongue speak to God, that your prayer might reach Him.

“The Panagia weeps, she weeps every day. She says to her Son: ‘My Son and my God, grant the world wisdom, forgive the world.'”

Panagia told me where, in the Holy Books of the chosen of my Son, it says everything that will occur in time. A third war will occur… Three-quarters of mankind will be destroyed… Only one-quarter will be saved…

Let us have Love, humility and patience in temptations. Pride is a bad thing… it sends the soul to hell…

The Panagia told her: “Tell them… Tell them about the short dresses… Tell them about the apostasy… Preach repentance!… Let them not wear indecent dresses in Church… Let them have humble dress.”

Repent, because the clouds of wrath of God have approaching the earth. Great evil is coming, comes from a lot of sin.

“Oh, if you only knew what happened to the Lord on Wednesday and Friday, you would put nothing in your mouth. Neither bread, nor oil. Do not break the fast of Wednesday and Friday.”

The angels speak every day. God sends the angels to see if people are repenting.”

The Panagia weeps, she weeps every day. She says to her Son: ‘My Son and my God, grant the world wisdom, forgive the world.'”

Σοφία η εν Κλεισούρα_St. Sophia the Ascetic of Kleisoura_Св. Софии (Хотокуриди)_3397979Greece, if she keeps the faith, will be saved from the evil which is about to come. If, however, she does not keep the faith, she will be destroyed… All the demons will fall upon her… The evil will come and the wheat will be separated from the chaff, the sheep from the goats… If the world repents, we will take back the City [Constantinople] with Love… If we do not repent, we will take it back with blood… Have fear of God…
Have Love… Have compassion.

My soul is burning for Christ! God does not reveal sins to me… Only in the face of a person I see light or darkness. And unfortunately, most are darkness…

Did you see? Did you hear? Shut your mouth!

Let the mouth become basil and a rose.”

He who has strong faith also has great patience in suffering. Lord, the God of the long-suffering and patient Job, teach us to bless Thy name in our sufferings. Saint Nikolai Velimirovič
https://iconandlight.wordpress.com/2021/05/05/o-resurrected-lord-place-us-among-the-resurrected-citizens-of-your-eternal-kingdom-saint-nikolai-velimirovic/

St. Tsar-Martyr Nicholas II Romanov of Russia ‘’I was born on 6 May, on the feast-day of St Job the Long-suffering…”. And all his life he was a Golgotha.
https://iconandlight.wordpress.com/2020/05/06/i-was-born-on-6-may-on-the-feast-day-of-st-job-the-long-suffering-and-all-his-life-he-was-a-golgotha-holy-tsar-nicholas-ii-romanov-of-russia/

Book of Job – Τo βιβλίο του Ιώβ
http://www.ellopos.net/elpenor/greek-texts/septuagint/chapter.asp?book=25

Σοφία η εν Κλεισούρα_St. Sophia the Ascetic of Kleisoura_Св. Софии (Хотокуриди)_031Paschal troparion or Christos anesti Tone 1

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!

Troparion TO Righteous Job the Long-Suffering Tone 1

As an indestructible pillar of courage, you repulsed the attacks of Belial and remained unmoved in temptation. Therefore, O wise Job, the Church praises you as a model of endurance and an example of virtue; and she is made radiant by your great deeds.

Apolytikion in the Third Tone

O blessed mother Sophia, you became wise, and the adornment of the Mother of God, and you lived your life in the Monastery ascetically, from which have spread the praise of your struggles, striking the ranks of the demons. And as you stand as an intercessor before Christ, do not neglect those who honor you with fervor.

Troparion of ST JOB of Pochaev ― Tone 4

Acquiring the patient endurance of the long-suffering forefather, emulating the abstinence of the Baptist, and sharing in the divine zeal of both, thou wast vouchsafed worthily to receive their names, and wast a fearless preacher of the true Faith. Wherefore, thou didst lead a multitude of monks to Christ, and didst confirm all the people in Orthodoxy. O Job our venerable father, pray thou that our souls be saved.

Kontakion of ST SOPHIA of Kleisoura ― Tone 4

You became a treasury of Divine wisdom and all-consuming fear [of God], O mother Sophia; through your motherly intercessions, O blessed one, you offer to all the richness of grace.

Megalynarion

Being made spiritually wise, O mother, you passed the whole of your life in utter patience, and now you are made to dwell in the beauty of your Bridegroom, in His bridal chamber.

Righteous Job the Much-Suffering, Troparion, Tone I —

Seeing the richness of the virtues of Job,/ the enemy of the righteous plotted to steal them;/ yet though he broke down the tower of his body,/ he could not steal the treasure of his spirit;/ for he who, having stripped me naked, took me captive/ found the soul of the blameless one fully armed./ Wherefore, anticipating my need before the end, O Savior,// deliver me from the deceiver and save me.


We are fools for Christ’s sake. Let us rejoice and be glad and repeat with a powerful echo in the ears of the world: yes, yes, indeed we are fools for Christ’s sake! O Lord Most-wise, strengthen us by Your power that we not fear the non-believing world neither when they lash us with whips nor when they insult us with words for Your sake. Saint Nikolai Velimirovič

ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΗ ΤΟΥ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΥ_Holy Resurrection of Jesus Christ_Воскресение Иисуса Христа_56946.bBeloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Χριστός ανέστη! Αληθώς ανέστη!
Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!
Христос Воскрес! Воистину Воскрес!
Kristus (ir) augšāmcēlies! Patiesi viņš ir augšāmcēlies!
ქრისტეაღსდგა! ჭეშმარიტადაღსდგა!
«Rejoice!». «Peace be unto you!»

Synaxarion From the Menaion.
On May 2 we commemorate the recovery of the holy relics of our Father among the Saints Athanasius the Great, Patriarch of Alexandria.
On this day we also commemorate the holy Martyrs Hesperos and his wife Zoe and their children Kyriacos and Theodulos, at Attalia (c. 124).
Devout Saint Jordan the Wonder-worker reposed in peace.
The blessed Boris-Michael, King of Bulgaria, the Equal to the Apostles (907).
The holy Passion-bearers Boris and Gleb (1015), who in holy Baptism were renamed Romanus and David, the recovery of whose sacred relics we commemorate (1072 and 1115).
Our Father among the Saints Athanasius Patelarius of Luben, the Wonderworker, former Patriarch of Constantinople (1654).
Blessed Basil of Kadom, fool-for-Christ (1848)
Saint Matrona the Blind (Matronushka), the Righteous Wonderworker of Moscow (1952)

Synaxarion From Pentecostarion
On Monday of St. Thomas we celebrate the Synaxis of Panagia Voithia (the Helper) in Chios
On this day, the miraculous holy icon of Panagia Chrysafitissa of Monemvasia
On this day, Memory of New Martyrs Anastasius of Epirus and Daniel (1750)

Hymn of Praise
Saint Isidora, the Fool for Christ (The Venerable Pitirim)
by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič

Ισιδώρα η δια Χριστόν Σαλή της Ταβέννης_ Saint Isidora the Simple of Tabenna_ святая Исидо́ра Тавеннийская _ΙΣΙΔΩΡΑ ΤΑΒΕΝIn the desert, the ascetic Pitirim
Prays to God and asks himself:
In the world, is there anyone equal to me?
Then appeared, an angel of God,
Gently reproached Pitirim:
In thoughts, you magnify yourself O Elder
As though, in the world, there is no better!
Come, follow me, O Elder Pitirim,
Come, follow me to see the aged woman,
Isidora makes herself a “fool for Christ,”
To see her and then to be amazed:
She, from God her heart does not separate,
All her thoughts, to God, she binds,
And not like you, who, in the body, are here,
And thoughts, in the ends of the world!
And all of her mortifications that you see
That by shame, of the woman to be ashamed!
And the wisdom of God that you glorify
Which, in the weeds, nurses the roses!
The Prologue from Ohrid: Lives of Saints by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič
http://prologue.orthodox.cn/May10.htm

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“We are fools for Christ’s sake” (1 Corinthians 4:10).
Saint Nikolai Velimirovič

Ισιδώρα η δια Χριστόν Σαλή της Ταβέννης_ Saint Isidora the Simple of Tabenna_ святая Исидо́ра Тавеннийская _…It is not of any value to us how the world is going to regard or call us. However, it is important, and extremely important, how the holy angels in the heavens will regard and call us when, after death, we meet with them. This is of crucial importance and everything else is nothing.
Either we are fools for the world because of Christ or we are fools for Christ because of the world. O how short-lived is the sound of a word of the world! If the world would say to us “fool,” the world will die and its word will die! What then is the value of its word? But if the heavenly, immortal ones say to us “fool,” that will neither die nor is it removed from us as eternal condemnation.
Whoever does not believe in the Living God, nor in eternal life, nor in the Incarnation of the Lord Christ, nor in Christ’s Resurrection nor in the truth of the Gospel nor in God’s eternal mercy and justice – is it any wonder if he considers that one a fool who does believes in all of this?

O, may every one of us who cross ourselves with the Sign of the Cross not only find it easy to endure but with satisfaction receive the name “fool” for Christ’s sake! Let us rejoice and be glad if the non-believers call us such, for that means that we are close to Christ and far away from the non-believers. Let us rejoice and be glad and repeat with a powerful echo in the ears of the world: yes, yes, indeed we are fools for Christ’s sake!

O Lord Most-wise, strengthen us by Your power that we not fear the non-believing world neither when they lash us with whips nor when they insult us with words for Your sake.

To You be glory and thanks always. Amen.
The Prologue from Ohrid: Lives of Saints by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič
http://livingorthodoxfaith.blogspot.gr/2009/12/prologue-february-22-march-7.html

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Ισιδώρα η δια Χριστόν Σαλή της Ταβέννης_ Saint Isidora the Simple of Tabenna_ святая Исидо́ра Тавеннийская _-2011Learn to respect and to love the lowly and simple people. Such as these are the most on earth: such as these are the most in the Kingdom of Heaven. In them, there is no pride, i.e., the basic madness from which the souls of the rich and the powerful of this world suffer.

They carry out their duty in this world perfectly and yet it appears to them amusing when someone praises them for it, while the self-seeking men of this world seek praise for all their work and often, it is imperfectly completed…

Many kings and princes, learning of the sweetness of Christ’s Faith, removed the crowns from their heads and fled from aristocratic vanity to be among the simple people. Did not He alone, the King of Kings, the Lord our Christ appear among shepherds and fishermen? St. Zeno counsels: “Do not choose a glorious place for living and do not associate with a man of a prominent name.”
The Prologue from Ohrid: Lives of Saints by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič

St. Matrona the Blind of Moscow, Difficult times are our lot, but we Christians must choose the Cross. Christ has placed us on His sleigh, and he will take us where He will.
https://iconandlight.wordpress.com/2020/05/01/st-matrona-the-blind-of-moscow-difficult-times-are-our-lot-but-we-christians-must-choose-the-cross-christ-has-placed-us-on-his-sleigh-and-he-will-take-us-where-he-will/

Brethren, how petty are those Christians who recognize the Lord as resurrected, as the Victor but, nevertheless, retain in their hearts doubt and buries their lives in eternal darkness. Saint Nikolai Velimirovič
https://iconandlight.wordpress.com/2021/04/05/brethren-how-petty-are-those-christians-who-recognize-the-lord-as-resurrected-as-the-victor-but-nevertheless-retain-in-their-hearts-doubt-and-buries-their-lives-in-eternal-darkness-saint-nikolai/

Troparion of St Athanasius the Great Tone 3. Your confession.

You were Orthodoxy’s sturdy pillar; * you held up the Church with godly dogmas, * St. Athanasius, devout and great Hierarch. * For by preaching that the Son is homoousios * with the Father, you humiliated Arius. * Holy Father, pray to Christ our God fervently, * entreating Him to grant us His great mercy.

Hymns of St Matrona of Moscow
Tropar Tone 4

Having sprouted in the lands of Tula, the blessed eldress Matrona grew to be an ascetic in the city of Moscow. From birth, she was in bodily blindness unto the end of her days, but from God she received abundant spiritual vision, clairvoyance, and intercession. Above all, she received the gift of healing, and she helps us in mental and bodily diseases, who with faith come to her and ask help from her, our joy.

Apolytikion for a Martyr in the Fourth Tone

Thy Martyr, O Lord, in his courageous contest for Thee received the prize of the crowns of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal God. For since he possessed Thy strength, he cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons’ strengthless presumption. O Christ God, by his prayers, save our souls, since Thou art merciful.

Troparion of Ss Boris and Gleb Tone 2

O Passion-bearers and fulfillers of the Gospel of Christ,/ chaste Boris and guileless Gleb:/ you did not oppose the attacks of the enemy, your brother,/ when he killed your bodies but could not touch your souls./ Let him therefore mourn while you rejoice with the Angels/ standing before the Holy Trinity./ Pray that those who honour your memory may find grace with God/ and that all Orthodox people may be saved.


Resurrect my soul, O Lord, so that my body might also be resurrected. Dwell in my soul, and my body will become Your temple. Prayer XCII (92) St. Nikolai Velimirovich

Θωμάς ο Απόστολος, The Apostle Saint Thomas, Святой апостол Фома -ΨΗΛΑΦΗΣΙΣ-ΤΟΥ-ΘΩΜΑ_2m-tirea-afteia-alba-fresca-2010-naos-absida-nord-03-Χριστός ανέστη! Αληθώς ανέστη!
Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!
Христос Воскрес! Воистину Воскрес!
Kristus (ir) augšāmcēlies! Patiesi viņš ir augšāmcēlies!
ქრისტეაღსდგა! ჭეშმარიტადაღსდგა!
«Rejoice!». «Peace be unto you!»

Synaxarion From the Pentecostarion.
On this day, the second Sunday of Pascha, we celebrate the dedication of Christ’s Resurrection, and St. Thomas’ handling of the Lord’s body.
On this day, we also commemorate the contest of the Holy 1241 New Martyrs of Naousa, who were brutally massacred in the kennels of Arapitsi, Young Women, Mothers, and these Children (1822)
On this day, Memory of Holy New Hieromartyr Niketas of Serres (1808)
On this day, we celebrate the memory of the Holy Five Neomartyrs of Samothrace: Sts. Manuel, Theodore, George, George the younger, and Michael. 1835.
On this day, the Synaxis of the Panagia Pantanassa at Mystras

Synaxarion From the Menaion.
On May 1 we commemorate the holy Prophet Jeremiah (c. 655 – 586 BC)
Venerable Isidora the Fool-for-Christ, of Tabennisi, Egypt (c. 365), died in peace.
On this day we also commemorate the contest of the holy Hieromartyr Batas of Nisibis (Bata the Persian) (c. 364)
New Monk-martyr Romanus of Raqqa (780)
St. Michael, ascetic of Chalcedon (8th-9th century)
Saint Symeon of Mount Sinai, known as the Five-Tongued (or of Syracuse or Trier) (1035)
Saint Tamar the Queen of Georgia (1213)
Hieromartyr Macarius of Kiev, Metropolitan of Kiev (1497)
Saint Panaretus of Cyprus, archbishop (1791)
New Martyrs Euthymius of Dimitsana (March 22), Ignatius of Eski Zagaran (October 8, 1814), and Acacius of Nibori, Thessaloniki (1815) Their joint memory is observed in their holy shrine in the Skete of the Honorable Forerunner [on Mt. Athos].
Saint Nicephorus of Chios, monk (1821)
New Martyr Mary of Crete (Mary of Mirambelos) (1826)
Schemamonk Luke of Glinsk Hermitage (1898)
Virgin-martyr Nina (Kuznyetsova), new martyr of Vologda (1938)
Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos “Unexpected Joy” (“Neochikuvana Radist”) from Andronikov Monastery.

Verses
Locks of neither womb nor tomb impede You.
So how should door locks impede Your entry, O Savior?

My Lord who resurrects…
St. Nikolai Velimirovich, Bishop of Ochrid
Prayer XCII (92)

Εις Άδου Κάθοδος_Ανάσταση_Holy Resurrection of Jesus Christ_Воскресение Иисуса Христа_ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΗ_1n1-w3e3-l3-89My Lord is the One who resurrects. He resurrects the dead from morning until dusk, and from dusk until dawn.1
What the morning buries, the Lord brings to life in the evening; and what the evening buries, the Lord brings to life in the morning.
What work is more fitting for the living God than to resurrect the dead into life?
Let others believe in the God who brings men to trial and judges them.
I shall cling to the God who resurrects the dead.
Let others believe in the God, who does not even draw near to the living when they call upon Him.
I shall worship the God, who holds His cupped ear even at cemeteries and listens, to hear whether anyone is crying out for resurrection or for the One who resurrects.
The gravediggers dig graves and are silent. The Lord opens graves and shouts.2
A mother places her daughter in a grave, the Lord takes her out of the grave; the Lord is a better mother than the mother.
A father covers his son with soil, the Lord uncovers him. The Lord is a better father than the father.
A brother buries his brother, the Lord resurrects him. The Lord is a better brother than the brother.
The Lord has neither tears nor smiles for the dead. His whole heart belongs to the living. The world mourns for their kindred in the cemeteries, the Lord seeks His own with a song and awakens them.
Resurrect my soul, O Lord, so that my body might also be resurrected.
Dwell in my soul, and my body will become Your temple.3
My neighbors ask with anxiety whether this body of ours will be resurrected.
If you have denied yourself once and for all, and no longer live for yourself, then your body is already being resurrected.4
If your body is a temple of the Most High God, then the One who resurrects is within you, and your resurrection is already being accomplished.
Our body changes with age, throughout our lifetime we have called many bodies our own. Which of them will be resurrected?
Perhaps none of them. But you can be certain that if you have had a body which expresses the Word of God clearly, it will be resurrected.5
My Lord who resurrects, does not resurrect death, because death was never alive.
You are the One who resurrects and You are the resurrection, for You are life.6
Only the seed which contains You is resurrected, and that seed which is of You.7
You will only bring to life that soul which now lives by You and not by the world.
You will only preserve that body, which has begun to be filled with the Holy Spirit during this time.8
That which is of the Living God in the graves, will be resurrected into life.
No one can resurrect the dead except the Lord, and no one can rise from the dead except the Lord.
For He is in His holy people. Truly, He is in His living people, both in the grave and out of the grave.
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1. “Jesus said… ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live”‘ (John 11:25).
2. Cf. John 5:24-30 and 1 Thess. 4:13-17.
3. Cf. 1 Cor. 6:19.
4. Cf. Gal. 2:20, Rom 6:3-11, and Col. 2:12.
5. Cf. 1 Cor. 15:35-57.
6. Cf. John 11:25.
7. Cf. John 12:24.
8. Cf. Phil. 3:10-11, 20-21. http://www.sv-luka.org/praylake/pl92.htm
Prayers by the Lake, VIII (8), by St. Nikolai Velimirovic
Written at Lake Ohrid 1921-1922.

Άγιος Ιωάννης ο Θεολόγος, Κανέο Οχρίδα--Church of St. John at Kaneo Lake Ohrid- Церковь Святого Иоанна Канео (Охрид)-6170M3367S-4504Apolytikion. From Pentecostarion Grave Mode.

O Life, You rose from the sepulcher, even though the tomb was secured with a seal, O Christ God. Then, although the doors were shut, You came to Your Disciples, O Resurrection of all. Through them You renew a right spirit in us, according to Your great mercy.

Apolytikion of the Holy Five Neomartyrs of Samothrace – 1st Tone (amateur translation)

O lamps of Samothrace and adornment of Makri, you were shown forth truly as divine Neomartyrs, you struggled steadfastly for Christ and destroyed the fallacy of the enemy, Manuel with Theodore and Michael, and dual Georges, glory to Him Who strengthened you, glory to Him Who crowned you, glory to Him who bestows on us through you grace and mercy.

Apolytikion of Prophet Jeremias
Second Tone

As we celebrate the memory of Thy Prophet Jeremias, O Lord, through him we beseech Thee to save our souls.

Apolytikion of St Isidora Plagal Tone 4

In thee, O mother, that which was created according to the image of God was manifestly saved; for, taking up thy cross, thou didst follow after Christ; and, praying, thou didst learn to disdain the flesh, for it passeth away, hut to care for thy soul as a thing immortal. Where­fore, with the angels thy spirit doth rejoice, O venerable Isidora.

Apolytikion of Tamara, Queen of Georgia
Third Tone

Let the mountain-tops and vales of Georgia sound with songs of praise to laud Tamara as the vessel of wisdom, the smiling sun, the sword of truth, the conversion of infidels, the most harmonious reed-pipe of Jesus Christ, and our fervent intercessor before the King of Kings, entreating Him to grant great mercy unto us.

Apolytikion of Ignatius, & Euthymius the New Martyrs
First Tone

Ye who are equal in number to the unoriginate Trinity stand now with the choirs of the Angels and hosts of Martyrs in boundless joy before the thrice-resplendent throne of the Godhead; wherefore, O most wise ones, ye partake of the beams from that awesome majesty, and grant unto the faithful the divine enlightenment from on high, unending well-springs of healings, and the pardon of our grievous sins. O divine Euthymius, Martyr of Christ, with the wise Ignatius, and God inspired Acacius, ye ever entreat the Lord God in behalf of all.

Apolytikion of St Nikephoros Tone 4

Thou hast been shown to be, O Nikephoros, a most luminous star of the Church of Christ, an exceedingly rich meadow of His truth, and a melifluent clarion, delighting the hearts of the faithful with divinely inspired teachings. Wherefore intercede with Christ God for the salvation of our souls.

THE UNEXPECTED JOY Kontakion Tone 6

We have no other help, we have no other hope, but you, O Lady. / Help us, for in you we hope, / and of you we boast, for we are your servants. / Let us not be put to shame.


There is no such thing as blind happenstance! God rules the world… St. Ignatius Brianchaninov

Εις Άδου Κάθοδος_Ανάσταση_Holy Resurrection of Jesus Christ_Воскресение Иисуса Христа_ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΗ_1ih4506Χριστός ανέστη! Αληθώς ανέστη!
Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!
ХристосВоскрес! Воистину Воскрес!
Kristus (ir) augšāmcēlies! Patiesi viņš ir augšāmcēlies!
ქრისტეაღსდგა! ჭეშმარიტადაღსდგა!
Kristos (İsa) dirildi! Gerçekten dirildi!
«Rejoice!». «Peace be unto you!»

Synaxarion From the Menaion.
On April 30 we commemorate the holy and glorious Apostle James (44), the brother of St. John the Theologian.
On this day we also commemorate our devout father Clement the the Hymnographer, abbot of the Studion (9th century).
On this day we also commemorate the holy Martyr Maximus, at Ephesus, during the persecution of Decius .
On this day we also commemorate our father among the saints Donatus, Bishop of Euroia.
On this day Saint Ignatius Brianchaninov, Bishop of the Caucasus and Stavropol (1867)
On this day we also commemorate the finding of the relices of the holy Hieromartyr Vasilefs, Bishop of Amasia (322).
On this day the Uncovering of the relics (1725) of New martyr Argyra of Prussa (1721).
Repose of Schema-Abbess Martha (Protasieva) (1813), disciple of St. Paisius (Velichkovsky)

HYMN OF PRAISE
The Holy Apostle James
by St Nikolai Velimirovich

Μεταμόρφωσις του Σωτήρος Χριστού_Преображение Господне_Transfiguration of Jesus- Greek Byzantine Orthodox Icon.p0210Preobrazhenie._Gretciya_PostVizantiya_16v_50hZebedee’s James, one of three was,
Who saw the most miraculous mysteries of Christ,
Who saw the Transfiguration of the Savior,
In clothing white, with a flaming countenance,
And again in the Garden they saw Him sorrowful,
As a helpless prisoner, in the cage of the world.
By this contradiction, James was confused,
Until, enlightened he was, by the light of the Resurrection.
And when the Lord arose, James believed;
Ripped asunder the doubts as a cloud of dreams!
And yet, when the Spirit descended and the power to him, He gave,
James, victorious commander he became.
Day and night, he began to wage war,
And with God’s help, miracles to work.
All for the Name of Christ; all in the glory of Christ,
Until that Holy Name did glisten in the world.
In vain did bloody Herod behead him
His commander God, granted him eternal glory.
The Prologue from Ohrid: Lives of Saints by St Nikolai Velimirovich,
http://prologue.orthodox.cn/April30.htm

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Faith and hope in God’s Providence
St. Ignatius Brianchaninov

Ιγνάτιος Μπριαντσανίνωφ_Saint Ignatius Brianchaninov of Caucasus_ Cв Игнатий Брянчанинов_MG_8351There is no such thing as blind happenstance! God rules the world, and all that happens in heaven and under the heavens happens according to the wise and omnipotent God, unfathomable in His wisdom and omnipotence, and unfathomable in His governance.

If there is not a single event that is secret from God, then we must glorify God for everything that happens.

It is necessary to assure ourselves that God governs the fate of world and of each person. Life experiences are not long to prove and confirm this Gospel teaching.

All things pass—both the bad and the good—and neither men, nor demons can do anything if God does not allow it.

Why does our soul rebel against God’s will and allowances? Because we have not revered God as God…

From living faith in God is born complete submission to God, and from submission to God is born peace in our thoughts and calm in our hearts. Sep 20, 2017 

From seeing God’s Providence, in the soul develops profound meekness and unfailing love of neighbor, which no winds can disturb or agitate.

God watches over the times, events in society, and personal fates.

The vision of God’s Providence preserves and grows our faith in God.

The Christian who keeps his gaze fixed upon God’s Providence preserves constant courage and unshakable steadfastness, even amidst terrible misfortunes.

A Christian should never and for no reason worry, for God’s Providence carries him in its arms. Our only care should be that we would ever remain faithful to the Lord.

Troparion, in Tone III—

O holy apostle James, entreat the merciful God, that He grant to our souls remission of transgressions.

Or this troparion, in the same tone—

Thou wast a chosen apostle of Christ and the only brother of the beloved Theologian, O most lauded James. Ask thou remission of sins for those who hymn thee, and great mercy for our souls.

Tone IV: Spec.Mel.: “As one valiant among the martyrs…”—

The effulgence of the Spirit descended upon thee in the guise of fire and made of thee, O blessed one, a habitation of God who dispellest the darkness of ungodliness with might and enlightenest the world with the radiance of thine all-wise words, O James, thou initiate of the mysteries, leader of the apostles, who beheld Christ with thine own eyes.

After the Polyeleos, this sessional hymn, in Tone VIII: Spec. Mel.: “Of the Wisdom…”—

Filled with rays of light from on high and illumined with divine splendor, O apostle James, thou didst behold the Creator and Lord transfigured on Mount Tabor and wast found worthy to hear the voice of the Father. Wherefore, thou hast been vouchsafed great rewards as an eye-witness and disciple of grace, and a beholder of the mysteries of God. Entreat Christ God, that He grant remission of offenses unto those who with love honor thy holy memory. Twice


Lord our God, holy, mighty and living-the Source of holiness, the Source of strength, the Source of life-illumine us and warm us with love for Thee, by the intercessions of Thy Mother, the Life-Giving Spring.

Εις Άδου Κάθοδος_Ανάσταση_Holy Resurrection of Jesus Christ_Воскресение Иисуса Христа_ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΗ_1ih4506анастасисΧριστός ανέστη! Αληθώς ανέστη!
Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!
ХристосВоскрес! Воистину Воскрес!
Kristus (ir) augšāmcēlies! Patiesi viņš ir augšāmcēlies!
ქრისტეაღსდგა! ჭეშმარიტადაღსდგა!
Kristos (İsa) dirildi! Gerçekten dirildi!
«Rejoice!». «Peace be unto you!»

Synaxarion:
On Bright Friday, the first Friday after Pascha, we celebrate the consecration of the temple of our Most Holy Lady, the Mother of God of the Life-giving Spring (Zodochos Peghe). Furthermore, we commemorate the supernatural miracles wrought by the Mother of God therein.

Synaxarion
On April 29 we commemorate the Apostles Jason and Sosipater of the Seventy, and their companions, at Corfu (63): Martyrs Saturninus, Jakischolus (Inischolus), Faustianus, Januarius, Marsalius, Euphrasius, Mammius – the holy seven former thieves; Virgin Martyr Cercyra.(63) Martyrs Zeno, Eusebius, Neon, and Vitalis, who were converted by Apostles Jason and Sosipater (c. 63)
Martyrs Vitalius and his wife Valeria (62)
Saint Basil of Ostrog, Wonderworker of Ostrog, myrhh-streamer, Metropolitan of Zahumlje (1671)
New Martyr Stanko the Shepherd, of Montenegro (1712)
Hosiosmartyress Abbess ATHANASIA (Aleksandra Lepöshkina) iconographer; of Zosima Hermitage and of the Smolensk Hodigitria Convent near Moscow (1885-1932) day of death in exile in Kazakhstan

Verse:
The Manna, Siloam, and the Porch of Solomon,
are to all men manifestly apparent in thy Spring, O Maiden.

In the Sayings of the Desert Fathers, Abba Poemen said, ‘It is written: “As the hart longs for flowing streams, so longs my soul for Thee, O God.” (Ps. 42.1) For truly harts in the desert devour many reptiles and when their venom burns them, they try to come to the springs, to drink so as to assuage the venom’s burning. It is the same for the monks: sitting in the desert they are burned by the venom of evil demons, and they long for Saturday and Sunday to come to be able to go to the springs of water, that is to say, the body and blood of the Lord, so as to be purified from the bitterness of the evil one.’ (The Sayings of the Desert Fathers by Dr. Benedicta Ward.)

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Homily:
on the soul’s thirst for God
by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič

My soul thirsts for God, for the Living God: When shall I come and appear before God? (Psalm 42:2).

Ζωοδόχος Πηγὴ_The Life-Giving Spring_ Живоносный Источник Икона_sur-panneau-53x41When only a spark of love for God shines in the heart of man, he should not extinguish it but let it burn, and he will see a miracle.
That spark will flare up into a torch of unseen radiance, and the light and its warmth will be very great. In the light of his love for God, a man will feel his life in this world to be as darkness; and from the warmth of his love for God, he will feel an unquenchable thirst for God, a thirst to be closer to God, a thirst for seeing God.
David, the lover of God, compares this thirst to the thirst of a deer who races to springs of water. My soul thirsts for God, for the Living God. Is not everything around us infirm? Does not everything around us quickly decay? We grab at shadows, we embrace corpses. We pay today for tomorrow’s stench-we pay with gold and silver, sometimes with our honor and conscience, and at times even with our life-for the stench of tomorrow’s decay! This is not love but animal lust.

A great soul seeks a subject worthy of love, seeks a subject not susceptible to destruction, decay, decomposition and the filth of transient bodies. That is why King David, the lover of God, emphasizes the Living God. For who, in truth, is mighty and alive save God? God endowed His angels and saints with strength and life: yet all of it is His, and from Him.

When shall I come and appear before God? Here is the irresistible yearning of true love for God. Shame on all who say that they believe in God, and love God, while the very thought of death-of leaving this world-drives them wild with fear.

O Lord our God, holy, mighty and living-the Source of holiness, the Source of strength, the Source of life-illumine us and warm us with love for Thee.

To Thee be glory and praise forever. Amen.
The Prologue from Ohrid: Lives of Saints by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič
http://prologue.orthodox.cn/October19.htm

Through the prayers of Thy Holy Mother,
O Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us.
Amen.

Βασίλειος του Οστρόζ, Μητροπολίτης Ερζεγοβίνης07 - ΑντιγραφήHymn of Praise
Saint Basil of Ostrog
by St Nikolai Velimirovich

Saint Basil, one chosen by God,
And of every affliction, wondrous healer,
With the power of your Christ, Whom you greatly loved,
The gravest of the ill, you were able to heal,
Even now, for anyone who honors you, you are able [to do]
And who firmly believe in the Living God.
O glory of the Serbian people, do not cease to help,
For the sinful, do not cease to pray.
In heavenly glory, you are a saint of God
And saints are men with a full healthy spirit,
In you [Basil] we see a true man,
Free from sin and overly filled with healing,
In whom the fire of the Holy Spirit burns,
In whom the love of the resurrected Christ stands.
To the All-powerful God and to you, we are grateful,
Because through you, God pours out abundant mercy,
Through His saint, glorious and of angelic face –
Basil the Serbian, God’s chosen one!
The Prologue from Ohrid: Lives of Saints by St Nikolai Velimirovich, Bishop of Zica, Serbia (+1956)
http://prologue.orthodox.cn/April29.htm

Ζωοδόχος Πηγὴ_The Life-Giving Spring_Greek Byzantine Orthodox Icon_Живоносный Источник Икона_0_7c49d_cc8f9e60_origTo the Theotokos, Tone V:
Special Melody: “Rejoice O Life-bearing Spring”.

Rejoice, O life-bearing Spring, * who art as vast as all the seas, * in the miracles bestowed upon the world. * O noetic Ocean, which doth supersede the streams of the Nile, * by the torrents of grace divine. * Thou art a second Siloam, pouring forth water wondrously, * as though from a barren rock, * having received the might of the Jordan. * Thou art manifestly become the salvific manna, * fulfilling the needs of those who seek thee, * O Maiden – Mother of Christ, ** who dost ever pour forth thy great mercy upon the World.

Verse: The Most High * hath hallowed His tabernacle.

With wondrous hymns let us the faithful, * praise and glorify the heavenly cloud * which rained down from Heaven, * Christ the Giver of life. * Who came down unto the earth without suffering corruption, * the living water from which springeth forth immortal life, * the Ambrosia and nectar which passeth not away even after being consumed, * which dispelleth thirst and refreshes our souls. * Streams of sanctifying wisdom, issuing forth from the nous of our being, ** showering abundant grace upon us all.

for the Theotokos, Tone VI:

Verse: O praise the Lord, all ye nations; * praise Him, all ye peoples.

As is meet, I call thee the Heavenly manna, * and the divine spring issuing forth from Paradise, * O Lady most blessed; * for the stream of grace of thy Spring * hath flowed forth unto the four ends of the earth, * daily covering it with many awesome miracles; * and all who have petitioned thee, * and partake of the water, * have their petitions fulfilled thereby. * Wherefore, with rejoicing, * all we who bear the Name of Christ * make haste with faith, ** to draw the sacred water of its ever flowing sweet streams.

troparion of the saint, in Tone IV—

From thy youth thou gavest thyself wholly to the Lord, abiding in prayer, labor and fasting, O God-bearer, and thou wast a model of virtue for thy flock; therefore, beholding thy goodly disposition, God appointed thee as a shepherd and valiant hierarch for His Church, and after thy repose kept thy holy body unharmed, O holy hierarch Basil. Wherefore, as thou hast boldness, entreat Christ God, that our souls be saved.

Aposticha stichera, in Tone VI—

O blessed Basil, falling down before thee, I pray: Have pity and enlighten my soul, O all-wise one, that in adoration I may lift up mine eyes unto the compassionate Bestower of light.

Stichos: Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.

Roaring, the enemies who desire to do evil unto me seek my destruction. But deliver me, I pray thee, O divinely wise and holy hierarch, in that thou hast boldness before God, and save me from wicked men, O most blessed hierarch Basil.

Stichos: Thy priests shall be clothed with righteousness, and Thy righteous shall rejoice.

We, the faithful, have acquired thee as a calm haven, an unassailable rampart, a tower of confirmation and a portal of repentance; wherefore, falling down, we beseech thee, O father Basil: Protect us by thy supplications, in that thou art the wise guide and ally of our souls.

Glory…, Now & ever…, in the same tone—

The adversary roareth against thy flock, O all-pure one, and every day the wicked seek to devour it; but deliver it from all harm and rapacity, O Theotokos.

Ode III
Irmos: There is none as holy as Thee, O Lord my God, Who hast uplifted the horn of Thy faithful and established us on the rock of the confession of Thee, O Good One.

Divine sweetness falleth from thy mouth, O father Basil, and thou gavest drink to thy flock, the Christian people, O blessed Basil.

The tomb where thy precious body lieth exudeth sweet fragrance like the paradise of God, perfuming the faithful and those who serve in thy monastery; wherefore, rejoice, O all-glorious one, and forget us not, O father Basil.