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Let it be around me only filth and stench Let me flowers not to see For in my soul is planted a garden Of foreign fruits so sweet… Matushka Tamar Madzhanishvili the Confessor of the St. Seraphim –Znamensky Skete

Παναγια_λιτανεια_πολεμος κριμαικος_Е-Зайцев.-Молебен-на-Бородинском-поле_Отечественная война 1812_9613Synaxarion From the Menaion.
On the June 23 we commemorate the Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-virgin Mary, the Synaxis of whose Icon of Vladimir we celebrate (1480).
On this day we also commemorate the Holy Martyr Agrippina of Rome and her companions Paula, Bassa, and Agathonica (253-259)
On this day we also commemorate the Holy Hieromartyrs Aristocles the Presbyter, Demetrius the Deacon, and Athanasios the Reader, at Salamis on Cyprus (302 or 306)
On this day we also commemorate the Our righteous Father Barbarus the Myrrh-streamer, “the Pentapolitis” (c. 820-829) (see also: May 15 – Translation of Relics )
On this day we also commemorate the Repose of Our Father among the Saints Mark Eugenicus of Ephesus, the single-handed contender and champion of Orthodoxy (1392 – 1444)(see also: January 19)
On this day we also commemorate the righteous youth Artemius of Verkola (1545)
On this day we also commemorate the holy New Hieromartyrs Metrophanes, Archbishop of Astrakhan, and Leontius, Bishop of Yenotaevsk (1919)
On this day we also commemorate the Michael of Klops, the Fool for Christ’s sake, the translation of whose holy relics we commemorate (1482)
On this day we also commemorate the holy Icons of the Most Holy Theotokos: “Umileniye” (“Of Tender Feeling”) of the Pskov-Caves Monastery (1524)
On this day we also commemorate the holy Repose of Schemamonk Zosimas of Solovki (1855)
On this day we also commemorate the holy Repose of Schema-abbess Tamar (Marjanishvili) the Confessor, of the St. Seraphim–Znamensky Skete (1936)

The Commemoration of the Icon of the All-holy Birth-Giver of God [Theotokos] of the town of Vladimir
by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič

Παναγία Βλαντιμίρ_Божией Матери Владимирская Икона_Virgin Mary Vladimirskaya –Byzantine Orthodox Icon_most_holy_theotokos_of_vladimir- IconWhen the Tartar King Ahmet besieged Moscow, Prince John Vasillievitch set out with an army to defend the city. Even though the army of Prince John was smaller in number and weaker than the Tartar army, nevertheless, it emerged victorious. All at once, an indescribable fear overcame the Tartars and they became confused and fled. Everyone ascribed this unexpected success to the icon of the All-Holy Birth-giver of God before whom the Russian people prayed for salvation from the Tartars. As a result of this, June 23 was designated in Russia for the commemoration of this miracle.
The Prologue from Ohrid: Lives of Saints by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič 
http://prologue.orthodox.cn/June23.htm

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Matushka Tamar Madzhanishvili the Confessor
of the St. Seraphim–Znamensky Skete (1936)

Let it be around me only filth and stench
Let me flowers not to see
For in my soul is planted a garden
Of foreign fruits so sweet

Ταμάρα Σκήτεως αγ Σεραφείμ -Ζναμένσκι_Tamar Mardzhanishvili-St Seraphim–Znamensky Skete_Св Фамарь-Тама́ра Марджанишви́ли23Tamara Mardzhanova was born into a princely Georgian family, lost her father early, and at nineteen years old, her mother. She remained independent on her ancestral estate with her younger sister. Having vocal and musical abilities, she prepared to enter the St. Petersburg Conservatory.
Once her aunt invited her to come for a visit, offering to take her to see the opened Russian women’s monastery of St. Nina. The sisters arrived in the city of Signakh and headed for the Bodbe Monastery for Vigil. When Tamara entered the church, she thought: “I will join the monastery.” They drew the attention of the abbess Juvenalia who asked why they were in mourning. They answered: “Our mother died.” Tamara returned to her aunt with the intention of ending up at the monastery. Soon she met with the abbess and told her about her desire and about how before the age of maturity she could not make any donation to the monastery. The mother abbess answered that she could join without any donation.

At home Tamara began to prepare herself for her departure, but her relatives hindered her and intercepted her mail. Abbess Juvenalia wrote to her to ask about the delay, and that with the help of a cousin she had organized Tamara’s secret escape to the monastery.

Abbess Juvenalia replaced her birth mother and became her spiritual mother, placing her in her own cell, teaching her reading, Church singing, and all the rules of monastic life.

Before long the abbess noticed that Tamara began to return late to the cell, and found out that she and other novices had begun to dig caves in the neighboring mountains, to save themselves within them. The wise directress forbade them to continue this dangerous podvig.

Tamara lived in the monastery for fourteen years, and at twenty-eight was tonsured as a nun with the name Juvenalia.

In 1902 the Bodbe abbess was transferred to Moscow to be the superior of the Nativity Monastery, and the young Mother Juvenalia was appointed as the superior of Bodbe. On October 12, 1902, the Georgian exarch Archbishop Alexei elevated Juvenalia to the rank of abbess. The Lord helped His chosen one, and the new abbess began to manage the monastery honorably.

Mother Juvenalia was significantly influenced by Fr. John of Kronstadt, who she met on several occasions while attending business in St. Petersburg and Moscow.

Once, in the beginning of her service under the old abbess, all the money dried up in the monastery. Unexpectedly they received two hundred rubles and then a letter from Fr. John: “Receive, my dears, in your extreme need two hundred rubles.” It was amazing because none of them knew Fr. John. At one encounter with Fr. John, before Tamara was tonsured, he demanded the cross from Abbess Juvenalia and put it on Tamara, jokingly saying: “You are my abbess.”

When the young abbess met and spoke with Fr. John after her appointment she felt that he “took away her grief, and infused her with energy and joy.”

Σεραφείμ Σάρωφ_St. Seraphim of Sarov_ Преподобный Серафим Саровский_1Svjatojj_Serafim_Sarovskijj0_6333St. Seraphim of Sarov gave her great help, support and protection. In her youth she saw a dream in which Fr. Seraphim asked her blessing, saying, “Mother abbess, bless,” thus predicting her abbacy, fourteen years in advance.
On July 19, 1903 Fr. Seraphim’s relics were opened, and Mother sent Nun Agnes to pray for the whole monastery, bearing an icon of the God-bearer Seraphim. Once an inhabitant of the monastery was injured while stacking firewood and was on the brink of death. Mother sent her the icon of St. Seraphim to be placed on the chest of the sufferer. Half an hour later the nun jumped out of bed, fully healthy. She saw the blessed elder coming towards her and saying: “Let’s go, wash yourself in my spring, and you’ll be healthy.” She threw herself at the elder’s feet on her knees, began to pray to him, and immediately revived and began to speak. The doctor confirmed that it was a full recovery.

In the pre-revolutionary years a spiritual circle of those close to her developed. Among them was the Grand Duchess Elizabeth Fedorovna, who received her at the Martha and Mary Convent; Sts. Gabriel of Seven Lakes Hermitage; Fr. Alexei of the St. Zosima Hermitage; and Bishop Arseny (Zhadanovskii).

The Lord preserved her and in the years of the first Russian revolution. When some mountaineers were irritated by her (Mother had given shelter in the monastery to peasants suffering from their harassment), and they literally shot her carriage full of holes. At that moment, when the shooting began, the abbess prayerfully raised above herself, accompanied by her sisters, the icon of St. Seraphim of Sarov, who she greatly venerated, and although her horse fell under a hailstorm of bullets, the driver was killed, and the halted carriage became a target, the nuns were not injured. After this episode, in 1905, she was transferred to Moscow against her will by Synodal decree, and appointed the superior of the Pokrov community of Sisters of Mercy, where there were twenty nuns and 210 Sisters of Mercy.

By the time of Mother Juvenalia’s departure in 1907 from Bodbe Monastery there were 180 sisters and two working schools: one beyond the walls of the monastery for children who would come daily, and the second for 120 girls living entirely on the monastery’s provisions and receiving the rank of teachers of the lower classes. Russians, Georgians, Ossetians, Greeks, Svanis, and Armenians all lived together. The Bodbe Convent began in 1889 with the arrival of six nuns with Mother Juvenalia. It was opened at the behest of Emperor Alexander III, who traveled there to venerate the tomb of the Equal-to-the-Apostles, holy virgin and enlightener Nina.

After her miraculous survival, the holy ascetic St. Seraphim became for Mother a truly living, real person. Venerable Seraphim helped her in troubling circumstances, protecting her from dangers.

During a pilgrimage to Sarov in 1908, Mother stopped at the Royal Hermitage and walked eight miles on her ailing feet to Sarov, where she fervently implored the saint to stay near her. Returning and communing the next day, she prayed before the icon of the Mother of God of the Sign, and from the Heavenly Kingdom she heard a voice: “No, you will not stay here, but will build a skete not only for yourself, but for others as well.” And every day when she went up to the icon she heard the same voice.

Thinking it was a temptation, she upon her return asked advice from Fr. Alexei, the hermit of the Zosima Hermitage, who blessed her to build the skete herself somewhere in the forest: “You will retreat to there, and then finally move. The Queen of Heaven has chosen you and the place, and will provide the means and spiritually arrange everything.”

Before long she had to leave to inspect a farm in the woods near the Vostryakovo Station and the village of Bityagovo, which belonged to the community, and to register its transfer to the railway, which wanted to extract sand from there; but she understood that that was the place where she had to build the skete. According to the advice of Fr. Alexei, she began to push for saving this place for the community.

Παναγία του Βλαδιμήρου Vladimirskaya Икона Божией Матери Владимирская0_199ff0_7ef95fc8_LTo determine how to conduct herself, Matushka went to Optina Pustyn, and all the elders with whom she spoke directed her on how to arrange the skete. To completely check herself, she traveled to the Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra to pray to St. Sergius. The Father Superior of the Lavra, Fr. Tobias, listened to her, went to his office, and returned with an icon in his hands, saying: “Well, Mother, let’s pray and I will bless you. You should arrange the skete yourself—it is the will of the Heavenly Queen.” With these words he inspired her to determination and confidence.
Having besought the blessing of Venerable Sergius, Matushka began to arrange the skete. A. V. Schusev, who had designed many churches, including the Martha and Mary Convent, participated in the first stage of designing the skete.

The foundation was completed in the summer of 1910, and from henceforth the project was carried out by architect L. V. Sterzhenskii. The complex has a square plan, with a tiered church in the center, and twelve cells symmetrically placed around the perimeter of the brick walls. Thirty-three sisters lived in the skete—the number of years of Christ’s earthly life.

On September 29, 1912, Metropolitan Vladimir (Bogoyavlenskii) of Moscow and Kolomna consecrated the Seraphimo-Znamenskii Skete. In 1915, Abbess Juvenalia was tonsured into the schema with the name Fomar. With great spiritual enthusiasm, and a feeling of unconquerable faith and love for the Lord, she stretched herself on the earth in the sign of the crucifix for the sake of higher spiritual goals.[1]

Νίνα της Γεωργίας_St Nina of Georgia_წმინდა ნინო_Света Нина Грузије_св Нины Иберии_nino01-ΑγίαΝίναMother Fomar established a strict order in the skete. The thirty-three sisters occupied themselves only with prayerful service, not participating in the monastery administration. The administrative offices were in a house beyond the walls of the skete. The sisters were spiritually guided by the skete’s elder, Bishop Arseny (Zhadanovskii), who stayed in a separate cabin with Archimandrite Seraphim (Zvdezdinsky), traveling weekly to the skete. They called the cabin the cenobium, and would seclude themselves there for prayer.

The St. Seraphim- Znamenskii Skete (Of the Sign) existed for twelve years. It was closed and destroyed by the Bolsheviks in 1924. The sisters dispersed in various directions. Mother relocated with ten sisters and Hieromonk Philaret (Postnikov) to Perkhushkovo. Many went to Mother Fomar for advice and guidance.

In 1931 Mother Fomar, the priest, and some sisters were arrested and then exiled to Siberia, 130 miles from Irkutsk. In 1934 Mother Fomar, having contracted a serious lung disease, was returned from exile and placed in a suburban village by Pioneer Station on the Belorusian Railway. She showed signs of tuberculosis. Mother reposed on June 23, 1936, and Vladyka Arseny celebrated her funeral service at home, burying her at the Entrance of the Mother of God cemetery in Moscow. Every year on the Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearers, on her name’s day, and on the day of her repose, June 23, those who venerate her arrive for Pannikhidas served there.

[1] This gesture is part of the monastic tonsure service. The tonsure into the great schema is almost identical to the first tonsure.
Translated by Jesse Dominick
Tayninskoye.ru
https://pravoslavie.ru/99823.html

Apolytikion of Icon of the Mother of God of Vladimir
Fourth Tone

Today the most glorious city of Moscow rejoiceth radiantly, for it receiveth as a ray of sun thy wonderworking icon, O Lady; and as we now have recourse thereto, we pray to thee and cry: O most wonderful Lady Theotokos, pray to Christ our God, Who was incarnate of thee, that this city and all Christian cities and countries be kept unharmed from all assaults of the enemy, and that our souls be saved, for He is merciful.

Meeting of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God in memory of the Saving of Moscow from the Invasion of Khan Achmed – 
Troparion (Tone 4)

O Mistress, Empress and Lady, / defend all who are in danger and misfortune / or weak from many sins, / and who stand before your holy Icon / praying with tears, humility, repentance, and invincible hope, / free them from all evil, / give them the grace they need. / And save us all, O Virgin Mother of God, / for You are the divine refuge of those who follow you!

Troparion of St Agrippina — Tone 4

Your lamb Agrippina calls out to You, O Jesus, in a loud voice: / “I love You, my Bridegroom, and in seeking You I endure suffering. / In baptism I was crucified so that I might reign in You, / and I died so that I might live with You. / Accept me as a pure sacrifice, / for I have offered myself in love.” / Through her prayers save our souls, since You are merciful.

Troparion of St Tamar, Tone Tone 8

The image of God was truly preserved in you, O mother, / For you took up the Cross and followed Christ. / By so doing, you taught us to disregard the flesh, for it passes away; / But to care instead for the soul, since it is immortal. / Therefore your spirit, O holy Mother Tamar, rejoices with the Angels.

Troparion Our Father Barbarus the Myrrh-streamer, “the Pentapolitis” — Tone 3

Your holy martyr Barbarus, O Lord, / through his sufferings has received an incorruptible crown from You, our God. / For having Your strength, he laid low his adversaries, / and shattered the powerless boldness of demons. / Through his intercessions, save our souls!

Troparion Our Father Among the Saints Mark Eugenicus, Metropolitan of Ephesus. (Tone 4)

By your profession of faith, O all-praised Mark the Church has found you to be a zealot for truth. You fought for the teaching of the of the Fathers; You cast down the darkness of boastful pride. / Intercede with Christ God to grant forgiveness to those who honor you!

Kontakion of the saint, in Tone II:

Come ye all, and let us hymn today the all-praised Nina, * the preacher of the Word of God, * the equal of the apostles, who was chosen by Christ, * the wise evangelist who hath led the people of Kartalinia * to the path of life and truth, * the disciple of the Mother of God, ** our fervent helper and tireless guardian.

By their holy intercessions, Christ God, have mercy on us. Amen.

Νίνα Γεωργίας Μποντμπε_Nina Georgia_Св Нина Грузије_ბოდბის ნინოს_Монастырь святой Нино Бодбе 33254Bodbe Monastery-555Νίνα της Γεωργίας_ Монастырь святой Нино Бодбе m1 მონასტერიτάφος Αγίας Νίνας-Μπόντμπε_St. Nino's grave of Bodbe_Могила св. Нины Монастыря Бодбе_IMG_7681 (1)


Give yourself up entirely to God’s providence, to the Lord’s Will, and do not grieve at losing anything material, When an unexpected misfortune happens to us who are innocent, we should not immediately grieve but rather we should try to see in this the Providence of God, Who, through that misfortune, is preparing something new and beneficial for us. St. John of Kronstadt – Saint Nikolai Velimirovič

Κοίμησιν τῆς Θεοτόκου _Dormition of the Mother of God_ Успение Богородицы_14828497“Donskoy” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (Theotokos “Of the Don”) Remembrance of envoke the Moscow from advancing of tatars in 1591 by church procession with Icon of the Mother of God of the Don (1380) written by Theophan the Greek
Martyr Andrew Stratelates and 2,593 soldier-martyrs with him, in Cilicia (284-305)
Martyrs Timothy, Agapius, and Thecla, of Palestine (304)
Martyrs Eutychianus the Soldier , Strategius and Myron, by fire (304)
Saint Julius, an early martyr in Rome (c. 190)
Saint Pitirim, Bishop of Perm (1455)
Venerable Theophanes of Docheiariou monastery, the New Wonderworker of Mount Naousa in Macedonia (16th century)
Uncovering of the relics (1646) of St. Gennadius, Abbot of Kostroma (1565)
Repose of Abbess Maria (Ushakova) of Diveyevo (on the Old Calendar August 6, Feast of the Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ, 1904)
Repose of Archimandrite Spyridon (Efimov) (1984), disciple of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco.

Commemorated on August 19

“Remain with us, our comfort, our sole joy in this world.
O Mother leave us not orphans…”

Remembrance of envoke the Moscow from advancing of tatars in 1591 by church procession with Icon of the Mother of God of the DON (1380) written by Theophan the Greek

Παναγία του Ντον_Don Icon of the Mother of God_ Богоматерь Донская. Феофан Грек_0_1a5910_77b018b1_orig - ΑντιγραφήThe Don Icon of the Mother of God was written by Theophanes the Greek. On September 8, 1380, the day of the Kulikovo Battle (and the Feast of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos), the Icon was with the Russian army, giving it help, but after the victory it was passed on by the Don Cossacks as a gift to their commander, Great Prince Demetrius of the Don, who then transferred it to Moscow. At first, the icon was at the Kremlin’s Dormition Cathedral, and later at the Annunciation Cathedral. In commemoration of the victory on the banks of the River Don it was called the Don Icon. In 1591, Crimean Khan Nuradin and his brother, Murat-Girei, invaded Russia with a large army. Advancing on Moscow, they positioned themselves on the Vorobiev hills (Sparrow Hills). A procession was made around Moscow with the Don Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos in order to guard the city from the enemy. On the day of battle it was in the military chapel in the ranks of the soldiers, and set the Tatars to flight. In 1592, the Don monastery was founded at the very place where the icon had stood amid the soldiers. The wonderworking icon was placed in this monastery, and its feast day was established as August 19.

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Saint Nikolai Velimirovič

When an unexpected misfortune happens to us who are innocent, we should not immediately grieve but rather we should try to see in this the Providence of God, Who, through that misfortune, is preparing something new and beneficial for us. One day, unexpected news came to Blessed Theophanes, the abbot of Dochiariu, that the Turks had seized his sister’s son, forced him to embrace Islam and took him to Constantinople. Theophanes immediately traveled to Constantinople and, with the help of God, succeeded to find his nephew and to secretly bring him out of Constantinople and brought him to his monastery on Mt. Athos. There, he again, received his nephew into the Christian Faith and, after that, also tonsured him a monk. However, the brethren began to complain against their abbot and his nephew for fear of the Turks, for they were afraid that the Turks would find out and come and destroy the monastery. Not knowing what to do, St. Theophanes took his nephew and, with him, secretly withdrew not only from Dochiariu but also from the Holy Mountain and came to Berea. The later activities of Theophanes in Berea and in Naousa proved how much that misfortune was beneficial to the Church. That which Theophanes could never succeed to achieve on the Holy Mountain, he achieved in these other places to which he had fled from that misfortune. Namely: he founded two new monasteries, where, in time, many monks were saved and where countless men found comfort for themselves. In addition to this, his holy relics among the Christian people became a source of healing for the strengthening of faith among many unbelievers and those of little faith. Thus, God wisely directs the destiny of men through unexpected misfortunes, which momentarily seem to men that they are going to their final destruction.
The Prologue from Ohrid: Lives of Saints by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič
http://prologue.orthodox.cn/August19.htm

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St. John of Kronstadt
on Providence and the Will of God

Παναγια ΚΑΡΔΙΩΤΙΣΣΑ_Icon of the Virgin Mary of Kardiotissa_Божией Матери Икона–Byzantine Orthodox Icon__07Give yourself up entirely to God’s providence, to the Lord’s Will, and do not grieve at losing anything material, nor in general at the loss of visible things; do not rejoice at gain, but let your only and constant joy be to win the Lord Himself. Trust entirely in Him: He knows how to lead you safely through this present life, and to bring you to Himself — into His eternal Kingdom.

If God does not leave a blade of grass, a flower, or a small leaf of a tree without His good providence, will He leave us? O, let every man be convinced with his whole heart that God is true to Himself in His providence for even the least of His creatures. Let him understand that the Creator invisibly dwells in all His creatures. In the words of our Saviour, God clothes the grass of the field, feeds the fowls of the air.

“Thy will be done.” For instance, when you wish and by every means endeavour to be well and healthy, and yet remain ill, then say: “Thy will be done.” When you undertake something and your undertaking does not succeed, Say: “Thy will be done.” When you do good to others, and they repay you by evil, say: “Thy will be done.” Or when you would like to sleep and are overtaken by sleeplessness, Say: “Thy will be done.” In general, do not become irritated when anything is not done in accordance with your will, but learn to submit in everything to the Will of the Heavenly Father. You would like not to experience any temptations, and yet the enemy daily harasses you by them; provokes and annoys you by every means. Do not become irritated and angered, but say: “Thy will be done.”

It is never so difficult to say from the heart, “Thy Will be done, Father,” as when we are in sore affliction or grievous sickness, and especially when we are subjected to the injustice of men, or the assaults and wiles of the enemy. It is also difficult to say from the heart “Thy Will be done” when we ourselves were the cause of some misfortune, for then we think that it is not God’s Will, but our own will, that has placed us in such a position, although nothing can happen without the Will of God. In general, it is difficult to sincerely believe that it is the Will of God that we should suffer, when the heart knows both by faith and experience that God is our blessedness; and therefore it is difficult to say in misfortune, “Thy Will be done.” We think, “Is it possible that this is the Will of God? Why does God torment us? Why are others quiet and happy? What have we done? Will there be an end to our torments?” And so on. But when it is difficult for our corrupt nature to acknowledge the Will of God over us, that Will of God without which nothing happens, and to humbly submit to it, then is the very time for us to humbly submit to this Will, and to offer to the Lord our most precious sacrifice — that is, heartfelt devotion to Him, not only in the time of ease and happiness, but also in suffering and misfortune; it is then that we must submit our vain erring wisdom to the perfect Wisdom of God, for our thoughts are as far from the thoughts of God “as the heavens are higher than the earth.”

“Let it be as I will, and not as thou wilt.” Such is the mighty voice of God, which our soul ever hears when it has fallen into sin and desires to emerge from a state of spiritual, sinful affliction. “Let it be as I will: either repent from the depths of your heart in proportion to the sin, and return to the road that leads to life, shown by Me; either bear the punishment, corresponding to the sin and determined by My justice, or your sin will torment you as a deviation from My laws.” And only then will our soul enjoy peace when we truly repent from the depths of our heart in proportion to the sin, or bear the punishment due from God. O! Almighty and most just power of our God, invisibly governing our invisible souls, all glory to Thee, glory to Thee, God our Saviour! Thy will be done in us!

Παναγία_icon of Panagia _ иконы Божией Матери_ Bogomater'Donskaya567568745Breathe by faith (by certitude in God’s truth), by trust in God, and by love for God and your neighbour. And how can you help yourself in this? By unbelief in the durability of everything earthly; by not putting your trust in earthly blessings, such as food, drink, money, riches, and earthly ties; by not caring for, by being indifferent to everything earthly and perishable. Do not let your heart cling to anything, do not attach yourself to anything. “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”[1295]

To trust in God means to confide to Him our life, our fate, all our future, and to wait with confidence for the fulfilment of His promises. Hope proceeds from faith, as the plant from the seed, or the stream from the source. We believe that the Lord is good and merciful, that He loves us as a Father, and therefore that He desires every good and true happiness for us. He is most wise and omniscient, and consequently He knows better than we ourselves what is really needful and useful for us. He is almighty; and thus He is always able to bestow upon us that which He pleases, to fulfil that which He has promised. He is holy and righteous, and therefore all His words are truth. His promises are unchangeable.

Thy name, Lord, is Almighty, because Thou holdest not only heaven and earth, but also all mankind, the life of every man, the hearts of all in Thy Hand; and not only the life of every man, but also of every beast, bird, fish, insect, worm, reptile, and of every infusoria invisible to the eye. Glory to Thine infinite Omnipotence, Lord! Glory to Thine All-merciful, Most-wise, and All-powerful Providence! Lord of heaven and earth! Almighty Sovereign! Thou likewise holdest in Thy Hand all hell, with Satan and his innumerable hordes; and it is only by Thy permission, for our instruction and punishment, that Satan and his angels can lay their snares for us. As soon as we pray to Thee our Saviour, as soon as we unfeignedly repent before Thee of our sins, Thou, having taught us, sendest away our enemies from us, saying: “You have done enough evil to My servants; they belong to Me again.” Thus, Lord, if Thine unceasing benefits and mercies to us do not teach us, what remains to be done? It only remains for Thee to teach us by chastisement, by bitterness, by oppression, by fire, and by our own wickedness — we sensual men, who love space, freedom, vain carnal freshness; who are slothful, negligent, and evil by nature.

Excerpts from the diary of St. John of Kronstadt on Providence and the Will of God

Mother Maria (Ushakova) was installed as the twelfth Superior of the Seraphim-Diveevo Monastery —fulfilling another prophecy of St. Seraphim of Sarov and the monastery reached its spiritual golden age.
https://iconandlight.wordpress.com/2020/08/18/mother-maria-ushakova-was-installed-as-the-twelfth-superior-of-the-seraphim-diveevo-monastery-fulfilling-another-prophecy-of-st-seraphim-of-sarov-and-the-monastery-reached-its-spiritual-go/

St. Seraphim of Sarov’s Icon of the Theotokos “Umileniye” ” of Tender Feeling-Diveyevo”, before which Saint Seraphim of Sarov reposed, the Joy of All Joys
https://iconandlight.wordpress.com/2020/07/27/st-seraphim-of-sarovs-icon-of-the-theotokos-umileniye-of-tender-feeling-diveyevo-before-which-saint-seraphim-of-sarov-reposed-the-joy-of-all-joys/

Παναγία του Ντον_Don Icon of the Mother of God_ Богоматерь Донская. Феофан Грек_0_1a5913_ce4659c8_origApolytikion (First Tone)

In birth, you preserved your virginity; in death, you did not abandon the world, O Theotokos. As mother of life, you departed to the source of life, delivering our souls from death by your intercessions.

Apolytikion of the Transfiguration of our Lord (Grave Tone)

You were transfigured on the Mount, Christ God revealing Your glory to Your disciples, insofar as they could comprehend. Illuminate us sinners also with Your everlasting light, through the intercessions of the Theotokos. Giver of light, glory to You.

Apolytikion of St Andrew the Commander — Plagal Tone 5

You renounced the glory of earthly rank and inherited the kingdom of heaven; you adorned your incorruptible crown as with beautiful stones. You led an army of martyrs to Christ, and with the angels in the never-fading light you found Christ the never-setting sun. Together with those who suffered with you, holy general Andrew, ever pray to Him that He may save our souls.

Apolytikion of St Theophanes the New — Tone 1

You became a glorious offshoot of Ioannina, and divine patron of Naousa, Theophanes, as an angel you lived upon the earth, were provided with the gift of working wonders, and grant healings to the pious, who run towards your protection. Glory to Christ Who glorified you, glory to Him Who crowned you, glory to Him Who works through you all manner of healings.

Apolytikion of St. Maria Ushakova of Diveyevo (Plagal of the Fourth Tone)

In thee the image was preserved with exactness, O Mother; for taking up thy cross, thou didst follow Christ,and by thy deeds thou didst teach us to overlookthe flesh,for it passeth away, but to attend to the soul since it is immortal.Wherefore, O righteous Maria, thy spirit rejoiceth with the Angels.

Troparion of St. Seraphim of Sarov, Tone 4

Thou didst love Christ from thy youth, O blessed one, and longing to work for Him alone thou didst struggle in the wilderness with constant prayer and labor. With penitent heart and great love for Christ thou wast favored by the Mother of God. Wherefore we cry to thee: Save us by thy prayers, O Seraphim our righteous Father.

Kontakion of St Theophanes the New — Plagal Tone 4

The divine instrument of secret theophany, anointed with the state of being equal to the angels, and you were glorified with an abundance of miracles. But as a great healer of God, O Saint, entreat that we may be redeemed from all tribulations, those who cry out to you: Rejoice, Father Theophanes.

Megalynarion of St Theophanes the New

The divine offshoot of Ioannina, and great patron and aid of Naousa, and a source of miracles have you become Theophanes, wherefore we revere your holy skull.


Lord, Almighty, Thou holdest not only heaven and earth, but also all mankind, the life of every man, the hearts of all in Thy Hand; Glory to Thine All-merciful, Most-wise, and All-powerful Providence!

Μυροφόρες_ Myrrhbearers_ Жёны-мироносицы_beliandjeoΧριστός ανέστη! Αληθώς ανέστη!
Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!
ХристосВоскрес! Воистину Воскрес!
ქრისტეაღსდგა! ჭეშმარიტადაღსდგა!

«Rejoice!». «Peace be unto you!»

`Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God’ “ (St. Matthew 5:8).

A brother said to Abba Poemen, ‘Give me a word,’ and he said to him, As long as the pot is on the fire, no fly nor any other animal can get near it, but as soon as it is cold, these creatures get inside. So it is for the monk; as long as he lives in spiritual activities, the enemy cannot find a means of overthrowing him.’ (111. )

A brother asked Abba Poemen, ‘How can a man avoid speaking ill of his neighbour?’ The old man said to him, ‘We and our brothers are two images; when a man is watchful about himself, and has to reproach himself, in his heart he thinks his brother better than he; but when he appears to himself to be good, then he thinks his brother evil compared to himself. (148 )

Abba Poemen said that a brother asked Abba Simon, ‘If I come out of my cell and find my brother amusing himself, I amuse myself with him and if I find him in the act of laughing, I laugh with him. Then when I return to my cell, I am no longer at peace.’ The old man said to him, ‘So, when you come out of your cell and find people laughing or talking you want to laugh and talk with them, and when you return to your cell, you expect to find yourself as you were before?’ The brother said, ‘What should I do?’ The old man replied, ‘Be watchful inwardly; be watchful outwardly.(The Alphabetical Collection Translated, with a foreword by Benedicta Ward, SLG ;Patrologia Graeca, vol.65, col. 71-440 DOC, 137. )

Saint Nikolai Velimirovič

If we fulfill the law of God in our thoughts, how much easier would it be then for us to fulfill it in our deeds? That is, if we do not transgress the law of God in our thoughts, how much easier would it be not to transgress it in our deeds? Or still, if our hearts, tongues, hands and feet are with God, then our entire body cannot be against God. Heart, heart, prepare your heart for God. Consecrate it to God; worship God; fulfill the law of God in it; unite it with God; and all the rest will follow and will be governed by the heart. It is not he who holds the spoke of the wheel that steers the wheel, but he who holds its axis. The heart is the axis of our being. Speaking about the commandments of God, the Venerable Hesychius says, “If you compel yourself to fulfill them in your thought, then you will rarely have the need to strain yourself to fulfill them in deed.” That is, if you set your hearts on God, as on an axis, then the wheels will easily and comfortably follow the axis. In other words all of man will follow after his own heart. “Your law is within my heart” (Psalm 39(40):9), says the all-wise David.
The Prologue from Ohrid: Lives of Saints by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič
http://prologue.orthodox.cn/March16.htm

Μυροφόρες_ Myrrhbearers_ Жёны-мироносицы__panorama2Elder Tychon (Golenkov) the ascetic Athonite used to say, “Whenever one prays, the prayer must unite with the heart just like you join two different things together with glue”’

Keep watch over your heart throughout your life. Keep an eye on, and pay attention to, what it is that impedes you from uniting it to all-blessed God.

“Like as the hart desireth the water-brooks, so longeth my soul after Thee, O God. My soul is athirst for God, yea, even for the living God. When shall I come to appear before the presence of God?” Thy name, Lord, is Almighty, because Thou holdest not only heaven and earth, but also all mankind, the life of every man, the hearts of all in Thy Hand; Glory to Thine infinite Omnipotence, Lord! Glory to Thine All-merciful, Most-wise, and All-powerful Providence! Lord of heaven and earth! 
St. John of Kronstadt

Μυροφόρες_ Myrrhbearers_ Жёны-мироносицы_5512468091_dae339cdf4Archimandrite Zacharias (Zacharou)

When you read in Scripture, the Kingdom of God is within us (Lk 17:21), what does this mean to you? The Church Fathers refer to this place within also as the “Heart.” It is in this place that God has fashioned that God abides so He can manifest Himself through each person. The role of the Church is to help us discover this deep place of the “Heart” that is also the center of our soul.
It is the place within where we wage a battle for our salvation. This is the target of all our ascetic efforts. We want it to be made pure. Jesus has told us that the pure of Heart will see God. As we seek to become united with God, to overcome our sinfulness, we desire that our soul, its “Heart” be ignited by His grace.

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Εις Άδου Κάθοδος_Ανάσταση_Holy Resurrection of Jesus Christ_Воскресение Иисуса Христа_ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΗ_1CX4K1804Jesus told us, You shall love the Lord your God will all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. (Matt 12:30) So, what does this mean? Saint Gregory Palamas says the heart is the body of our body, a place where our whole being becomes like a knot. When our mind and heart are united we have only one thought––the thought of God. All of our desire is focused on God. When we give our whole mind, our whole heart to God we are totally focused on Him. In this stance we receive His grace and are given the ability to do His will. In this way we attain what Apostle Paul meant when he said that Christ is formed in us (Gal 4:19). We become whole and are perfected.

When our whole heart and mind are turned to God we become holy, enlightened, “the light of the world.” It is in this way that God directs our life, fulfilling the purpose He has for us.

Reflect on the following passage from the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus told His disciple the following:
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In this same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16)
We want to purify our heart so that is shines, becomes a great light, enabling us to take action in the world in a way that glorifies God, that encourages others to purify their hearts and to seek God with their whole heart and mind and soul. In this way the whole world can become a great light.

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The great tragedy of our time lies in the fact that we live, speak, think, and even pray to God, outside our heart, outside our Father’s house. And truly our Father’s house is our heart, the place where ‘the spirit of glory and of God’ would find repose, that Christ may ‘be formed in us’. Indeed, only then can we be made whole, and become hypostases in the image of the true and perfect Hypostasis, the Son and Word of God, Who created us and redeemed us by the precious Blood of His ineffable sacrifice.

Paschal Troparion tone 1

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

Tone 2. By Koumoulas.

Why do you mingle sweet spices with your tears, O Women Disciples? The stone has been rolled away; the tomb has been emptied; see corruption trampled on by life, the seals clearly bearing witness, the guards of the unbelieving fast asleep. Mortality has been saved by the flesh of God. Hell is lamenting. Run with joy, say to the Apostles: Christ the first born from the dead has slain death and is going before you into Galilee.

The Myrrhbearers rose at dawn and came to your tomb with haste. They were seeking you, O Christ, that they might anoint your spotless body, and instructed by the words of the Angel, they proclaimed the joyful signs to the Apostles, ‘The author of our salvation has risen, despoiling death but granting the world eternal life an d his great mercy’.


Send your petition to God and the saints by means of the telegraph of faith and you will speedily obtain an answer. Think of them with your whole heart and they will be present with you. St. Nikolai Velimirovic

Άγιος Παύλος Θηβαίος_St Paul of Thebes_Св. Павел Фиве́йский_ღირსი პავლე თებაიდელი_Saints Salome of Ujarma and Perozhavra of Sivnia, disciples of St. Nino, Enlightener of Georgia (ca.361)
Saint Paul of Thebes (342)
Saint John Kalyvites (the hut-dweller) (~450)

Commemorated on January 15

Saint Paul of Thebes

Paul was born of wealthy parents in Lower Thebes in Egypt during the reign of Emperor Decius. Paul, with his sister, inherited all the property of their parents. But his brother-in-law, an idolater, wanted to confiscate Paul’s share of the property and threatened to betray Paul before the judge as a Christian if he did not cede his property to him. This misfortune, coupled with the heroic examples of self-sacrifice by the Christian martyrs that Paul saw with his own eyes, motivated him to give his share of the property to his sister. Then he, as a pauper, withdrew into the desert, where he lived an ascetic life until his death. To what spiritual heights this ascetic giant reached was witnessed by no less a person than St. Anthony the Great, who once visited Paul and saw how the wild beasts and the birds of the air ministered to him. Returning from this visit, Anthony said to his monks: “Woe is me, my children! A sinful and false monk am I, a monk only in name. I saw Elias, I saw John in the wilderness – and in truth, I saw Paul in Paradise!” St. Paul lived 113 years and peacefully reposed in the Lord in the year 342.
Source: St. Nikolai Velimirovic, The Prologue of Ohrid – Volume One.

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Hymn of Praise
Venerable John Kalyvites (the Hut-dweller) [Kuschnik]
St. Nikolai Velimirovic

John was a young lad,
A young and wealthy lad,
But nothing tempted him –
Neither youth nor gold.
His father was a nobleman royal,
And his mother, a lady fine,
But he left them both
For the sake of the love of the Son of God.
His wealth was Christ,
All riches, all beauty.
Christ the Lord he loved
More than his own life.
And, instead of his parents
Now crying out in Hades,
Behold, their son, through poverty
Himself and them, he saved.
Even today, many people
Who, themselves, choke with riches,
John can shame,
And their sinful souls save.Παύλος Θηβαίος_St Paul of Thebes_Св. Павел Фиве́йский_ღირსი პავლე თებაიდელი_s1-e1e4-24Do not ever think that God does not hear you when you pray to Him. He hears our thoughts just as we hear the voices and the words of one another. And, if He does not act immediately according to your prayer, i.e., either because you are praying to Him in an unworthy manner or because you ask something of Him which would be detrimental to you, or, because He, in His wisdom and providence delays the fulfillment of your petition until the proper moment. Father John of Kronstadt writes: “As by means of the electric telegraph we speedily communicate with persons who are far away from us, so, likewise, by means of lively faith, as though through the telegraph wires, we speedily communicate with God, with the angels and saints. As we entirely trust to the speed of the electric current and to its reaching its destination, so likewise, we should completely trust to the speed of the prayer of faith and to it reaching its destination. Send your petition to God and the saints by means of the telegraph of faith and you will speedily obtain an answer.” And again, in another place St. John writes: “God and the created spirits and the souls of the departed as well as those of the living are thinking beings and thought is rapid and in some sort omnipresent. Think of them with your whole heart and they will be present with you. God will always be with you and necessarily so by the gift and power of God, the others will also be with you.”
Source: St. Nikolai Velimirovic, The Prologue of Ohrid – Volume One.

Troparion Venerable Paul of Thebes — Tone 3

Inspired by the Spirit, / you were the first to dwell in the desert in emulation of Elijah the zealot; / as one who imitated the angels, you were made known to the world by Saint Anthony the Great. / Righteous Paul, entreat Christ God to grant us His great mercy.

Venerable Paul, in Tone I:
Spec. Mel.: “Joy of the ranks of heaven …”:

Furnishing thy mind with wings to fly to divine desire, O blessed one, * thou didst ascend to the upper desert * and didst draw nigh unto the darkness, * wherein thou wast radiantly illumined by the understanding of God * and wast anointed on the tablets of thy heart * with the splendor of the virtues.

The desert blossomed with the beauteous flowers of thy virtues; * for thou didst destroy the thorns of the passions therein, * and didst plant the right glorious pangs * of thy divine words. * Wherefore, like a lily planted by God, * thou dost now perfume us with the sweet fragrance of thy life.

venerable John, in Tone II:
Spec. Mel.: “When from the Tree …”:

When at the behest of God thou didst flee the beauties of the world, rejoicing, O father, thou didst prefer the narrow and exceeding hard path of pain to the broad one. Wherefore, clothed in the image of God, thou didst receive the care of souls, O divinely blessed one, for thine avoidance and denial of pleasures.

Wounded by the love of Christ, Whose ineffable poverty thou didst love, thou didst conceive of a strange life, a strange undertaking, O father; and as a homeless pauper at thy parents’ gate, thou didst endure affliction and oppression. Wherefore, thou wast filled with spiritual gifts and hast inherited riches in the heavens which cannot be taken away.

Bearing the sacred Gospel in thy hands, O father, thou becamest a fulfiller thereof. Spurning the possessions of thy parents, by tears and poverty thou didst perfect thy whole life, O venerable John. Wherefore, thou dost now delight in divine consolation and never-ending gladness, O all-blessed one.


Lord, deliver us from hypocrisy and pour Your fear into our hearts so that our hearts could stand continually upright in prayer before You… as the St. Genevieve of Paris

Θεοφάνεια_ Theophany_Богоявле́ние-Теофа́ния_ნათლისღება_Boboteaza Greek Byzantine Orthodox IconДмитрием Кунцевичем19277Forefeast of the Theophany of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
Holy Prophet Malachi (c. 400 BC)
Venerable Genevieve of Paris (502)
Martyr Gordius, at Caesarea in Cappadocia, centurion, by the sword (c. 314)
Venerable Acacius the Wonderworker, of Mount Latros (Latmos), at the Megisti Lavra of the Theotokos of Myrsinon (c. 10th century)
Saint Bertilia of Mareuil, anchoress (c. 687)
Venerable Peter of Atroa (Peter the Standard-Bearer) (837)
Saint Thomais of Lesbos (10th century)
Venerable Meliton of Beirut (537)
Abbess Thaisia of Leushino
Righteous Euthymius (Takaishvili) the Man of God, of Tbilisi (1953)
Finding of the relics of New Monk-martyr Ephraim of Nea Makri, in 1950

Commemorated on January 3

Abbess Thaisia of Leushino

‘‘The Kingdom of God is Within You’’ Luke 17:21

If you think to find paradise on earth, even in a monastery, then you are very mistaken. Paradise-full blessedness-does not exist on earth, and cannot, because man was not created for earth, but for heaven.”

St. John of Kronstadt

There is nothing impossible unto those who believe; lively and unshaken faith can accomplish great miracles in the twinkling of an eye. Besides, even without our sincere and firm faith, miracles are accomplished, such as the miracles of the sacraments; for God’s Mystery is always accomplished, even though we were incredulous or unbelieving at the time of its celebration… Our wickedness shall not overpower the unspeakable goodness and mercy of God;our dullness shall not overpower God’s wisdom, nor our infirmity God’s omnipotence.” — My Life in Christ..Γερμανός της Auxerre-Γαλλία_ St-Germanos of Auxerre -Blesses-St Genevieve_Женевьева- Геновефы Парижская_Orthodox Byzantine icon-70023537Vezelay, France -

Saint Genevieve of Paris († 502)

Genevieve is the Patroness of the city of Paris. Through fasting, prayer and almsgiving she was made worthy of the Kingdom of God and died on January 3, 512 A.D., in the eighty-ninth year of her life.

When she was about ten years old St Germanus of Auxerre (July 31) and Saint Lupus of Troyes, passing through Nanterre on their way to Britain to fight the heresy of Pelagius, Saint Germanus’s gaze lit upon Genevieve; discerned a special divine purpose for her, and told her parents that she had been chosen for the salvation of many and that she would be great before God. “He asked her that day, and early the next, if she would consecrate herself to holy virginity for Christ and, on both occasions, she answered that it was her dearest wish. Then he blessed her and gave her a copper coin inscribed with the Cross to wear around her neck, telling her never to wear gold, silver or pearls, but to elevate her mind above the small beauties of this world in order to inherit eternal and heavenly adornments.”

She kept Lent from Theophany to Pascha, during which time she never left her house. God gave her the gift to know the secrets of hearts and to speak to the hidden conscience of her hearers, and her holiness soon became known to all Paris. These relics were mostly burned and thrown into the River Seine by the godless Revolutionaries in 1793, (Synaxarion)

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Hymn of Praise
The Holy Prophet Malachia
by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič

Μαλαχίας προφήτης_Malachias Prophet_Малахия пророк_ih3925Malachi proclaims what the angel tells him:
The day, the day, O the day is coming! The day which like an oven is blazing.
Who will endure it? Who will survive it?
Who, with their justice, before the Judge will stand?
All non-believers as a dry stubble will be
Food for the hungry fire. Weeping, sighing and shrieking!
The fire overflows and as a river flows,
Here what can the tongue of a sinner say?
O, my priests, you, who do not render Me praise,
Why do not your tongues the glory of the Lord sing?
Everywhere, among the people, you have become despised,
For My judgment, law and miracles you scorn.
I, the Lord am speaking, the Lord of hosts,
O, of those odious sorcerers, the judgment severe!
The fire when it charges, the smoke and the dreadful rumble it chases
Then, the hand of the Lord does not caress anymore.
Repent, O people, while days you have left,
Return to Me and I will return to you.
I the Lord am speaking, the Lord of hosts,
Return to Me and I will return to you.
Malachi proclaims what the angel tells him:
The day, the day, O the day is coming! The day which like an oven is blazing.

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God hears the prayers of the just.
by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič

Γενοβέφα Γενεβιέβη Παρισίων_St Geneviève-Genovefa of Paris_Св. Геновефы Парижской_ Женевьева Парижская_Orthodox Byzantine icon_0115_1122524320God hears the prayers of the just. This is clearly seen from the lives of Moses, Elijah, and the other Old Testament righteous ones and prophets as well as from the lives of the apostles and saints. While St. Genevieve, as a nun, lived a life of asceticism in Paris, it so happened that Attila with his savage Huns surrounded Paris. Fear and terror overcame the entire population of Paris who, at any moment, awaited the capture of the city by the enemy. Then, St. Genevieve called upon the people to fast and to pray to God and then the calamity will be averted. Many men and women responded to the call of this saint and began to fast and pray to God. Genevieve herself fasted the most and prayed most ardently to God. After a short while the enemy turned away from Paris without any visible reason and departed for another place. That which the sword of many sinners cannot do, the prayer of the righteous person can.
The Prologue from Ohrid: Lives of Saints by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič, 
http://livingorthodoxfaith.blogspot.gr/2009/12/prologue-january-04-january-17.html

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Homily
About how the Kingdom of God is gained with the heart and not with the tongue
 by Saint Nikolai Velimirovich

“Not everyone who says, `Lord, Lord’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven” (St. Matthew 7:21).

Brethren, one does not gain the Kingdom of God with the tongue, but with the heart. The heart is the treasury of those riches by which the kingdom is purchased; the heart and not the tongue! If the treasury is full with the riches of God, i.e., a strong faith, good hope, vivid love and good deeds, then the messenger of those riches, the tongue, is faithful and pleasant. If the treasury is void of all those riches, then its messenger [the tongue] is false and impudent. The kind of heart, the kind of words. The kind of heart, the kind of deeds. All, all depends on the heart.

Hypocrisy is helpless before men, and is even more helpless before God. If then I am a father, says the Lord through the Prophet Malachi, If then I am a father, where is the honor due to me? And If I am a master, where is the reverence due to me? (Malachi 1:6). That is, I hear you call me father, but I do not see you honoring me with your heart. I hear you call me master, but I do not see fear of me in your hearts.

Our prayer: “Lord! Lord!” is beautiful and beneficial only when it emerges from a prayerful heart. The Lord Himself commanded that we pray unceasingly, but not only with the tongue to be heard by men, but rather enclosed in the cell of the heart so that the Lord could hear and see us.

Lord, majestic and wonderful, deliver us from hypocrisy and pour Your fear into our hearts so that our hearts could stand continually upright in prayer before You.

To Thee be glory and praise forever. Amen.
http://prologue.orthodox.cn/January3.htm

Troparion of the Theophany Forefeast — Tone 4

Make ready, O Zebulon, and prepare thyself, Nephthali./ River Jordan, stop flowing and leap for joy at the Lord’s coming for Baptism./ Rejoice, O Adam, with our first mother;/ hide not yourself as in Paradise of old./ For seeing us naked He has appeared,/ to clothe us with our first garment./ Christ has appeared, to renew the whole of creation.

Troparion of the Prophet Malachi  — Tone 2

We celebrate the memory / of Your prophet Malachi, O Lord; / through him we beseech You: / “Save our souls.”

Troparion of the saint, in Tone I

Shepherds who tended their flocks once beheld Christ our Savior; and thou, O godly maiden, as a shepherdess pure of heart, didst worship the Great Shepherd of the reason-endowed sheep. Fend off the wolves that come in sheep’s clothing to devour us, and in thy love lead us to the pastures of heaven, O venerable mother Geneviève..

Apolytikion of Saint Genevieve of Paris — Plagal Fourth 4

Through thee the divine likeness was securely preserved, O Mother Genevieve; for thou didst carry the cross and followed Christ. By example and precept thou didst teach us to ignore the body because it is perishable, and to attend to the concerns of the undying soul. Therefore, doth thy soul rejoice with the angels.

Tone IV Spec. Mel.: “Thou hast given a sign…”—

Unto us, the faithful, hath the Lord given a wondrous sign: the venerable Geneviθve, bride of the noetic Bridegroom, guide of virgins, counselor of kings and princes, mighty protectress of her city, who by her supplications doth repel the foe and dispel grievous pestilence.

Come, all ye faithful, and let us hymn the venerable one; for, beholding divine visions and possessing the gift of prophecy, with boldness she encouraged the people, urging them to be of good courage while the heathen armies besieged the city, until, by her supplications, the danger passed.

Glory…: Idiomelon, in Tone VI—

Come, ye who love the saints of God, and let us praise Geneviθve, the instrument of the Spirit, blessing her as a model of piety, a wondrous healer of our souls and bodies. And with wreaths of eloquence let us crown her, our intercessor, the radiant lamp of France, the clear-voiced clarion of divine discourse, the divinely wise seer of visions, the devoted daughter of the all-pure Mother of God; and let us cry out to her thus: Rejoice, O unblemished ewe-lamb! Rejoice, O thou who leadest us to the knowledge of God! Rejoice, boast of the great city of Paris! Rejoice, adornment of all Gaul and glory of Christendom!

At Matins, Aposticha 
Glory…: Idiomelon of the venerable one, in Tone V—

O Paris, thou city of light, rejoice and be glad; for today is celebrated the splendid memory of Geneviève thy protectress, the peer of the holy women of old, the preacher of the Gospel, the beholder of visions divine, the ward of holy hierarchs, thy bold champion and mediatress, the seer who foretold the future, the mother of the poor and guardian of maidens! And honoring her, with us cry aloud: O Christ God, by the supplications of thy holy one establish Thy Church in peace!

Troparion — Tone 8

Champion of Orthodoxy, teacher of purity and of true worship, / the enlightener of the universe and the adornment of hierarchs: / all-wise father Euthymius, your teachings have gleamed with light upon all things. / Intercede before Christ God to save our souls.