April 24, 2013 + Hymn of Praise to St. Mary the Egyptian


by St. Nikolai Velimirovich, The Prologue, April 1st

“Penitent wonderful, self-tormentor,
Mary hid herself from the face of men.
Oh yes, sinful me,
By passion, darkened.
Passions are beasts which eat at our heart,
In us as serpents, secretly they weave a nest,
Oh yes, sinful me,
By passion consumed!
In order to save sinners, You suffered O Christ,
Now, do not loathe impure me!
Hearken to the cry of Mary,
Of all, the most-sinful!
The Lord showed compassion, Mary He healed,
Her darkened soul, He whitened as snow.
Thanks be to You, O All-Good One,
Oh Lord, most dear!
An impure vessel You cleansed and,
With gold you gilded it,
Filled it to overflowing with Your grace -
That is true mercy,
To you O God, be glory!
And Mary became radiant with the Spirit
As an angel of God, by strength girded,
By Your power, O Christ
Mercy, Most pure!
What smells so in the awesome wilderness,
As beautiful incense in a chest of the temple?
That, Mary breathes -
With holiness, she exudes!”

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Martyr Sava Stratelates “The General” of Rome

Troparion, Tone 5

You abandoned earthly rank and honor, and as an athlete, confessed Christ God before the false and tyrannical emperors. For His sake, you endured much suffering, O glorious one. Therefore, splendidly adorned with the armies of heaven, you have been crowned with a beautiful wreath of victory by the King who reigns over all. As you stand before Him, O Sabbas, pray that He may save our souls.

Kontakion, Tone 4

You were shown to be an invincible athlete, most blessed Sabbas, overcoming the snares of the barbarians. You contended with faithfulness, conquering a multitude of the invisible enemy. Therefore, you have woven a wreath of victory. Most glorious one, entreat Christ for those who honor you with faith.