Monday, August 15, 2011

Dormition of the Theotokos

In giving birth you preserved your virginity,
In falling asleep you did not forsake the world, O Theotokos.
You were translated to life, O Mother of Life,
And by your prayers, you deliver our souls from death.
Neither the tomb, nor death could hold the Theotokos,
Who is constant in prayer and our firm hope in her intercessions.
For being the Mother of Life,
She was translated to life by the One who dwelt in her virginal womb.

Saturday, August 6, 2011


Troparion (Tone 4)
Come, you faithful, let us welcome the Transfiguration of Christ,
And let us joyfully cry as we celebrate the prefeast:
"The day of holy gladness has come;
The Lord has ascended Mount Tabor
To radiate the beauty of His divinity."
Kontakion (Tone 4)
Podoben: “Today You have shown forth...”
Today all mortal nature shines with the divine Transfiguration
And cries with exultation:
"Christ the Savior is transfigured to save us all!" 

Monday, August 1, 2011

Of dogs and salvation

“A dog is better than I because he loves and does not judge.”

-- Abba Xanthios