A hymn to St Genevieve

Blessed was the birth of this young maid,

To which the hierarch Germanus bare witness,

And that which he foresaw in spirit

The outcome of her life hath proven.

He suspended a coin of bronze

Upon her virginal bosom,

To be a seal of her virginity,

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Hymns of St. Andrew

St. Andrew, the First Called. This icon is in the Church of the Holy Ascension in Unalaska, Alaska. It bears evidence of Aleut origin. If you look carefully an Aleutian volcano is depicted in the background. It was written in the nineteenth century on wood. (http://dioceseofalaska.org)

Apolytikion (Dismissal Hymn)

As the first-called of the Apostles, and brother of their leader,

O Andrew, entreat the Master of all that peace be granted unto the world

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God sings Angels sing Man sings

Why would God sing? The question may sound strange and yet it is said in Zephaniah (3:17), “He will rejoice over thee with singing.” I first noticed this verse when I was a very young Christian and have puzzled about it for nearly forty years. Equally puzzling to our modern way of thought is the question, “Why does anybody sing?” I have been to plenty of operas and have to admit that even the ones in English need subtitles – singing does not necessarily make something more easily understood. And yet we sing. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete (Thursday of the First Week of Great Lent)

On Thursday of the First Week of Great Lent, after Psalm 69 in Great Compline, the fourth portion of the Great Canon is sung. The Eirmosi are sung twice, once at the beginning and once at the end of each Ode. Before each troparion the Refrain is sung and we make the sign of the Cross with three low bows.

Ode 1. Tone 6

Eirmos: He is my Helper and Protector, and has become my salvation.This is my God and I will glorify Him. My father’s God and I will exalt Him. For gloriously has He been glorified. (Exodus 15:2, 1; Psalm 117:14)

Refrain: Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.



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Απολυτίκιο και Κοντάκιο του Αγίου Νικολάου (με εξήγηση) – Apolytikion and Kontakion of St Nicholas

Απολυτίκιον. Ήχος δ’.

Κανόνα πίστεως, και εικόνα πραότητος, εγκρατείας διδάσκαλον, ανέδειξε σε τη ποίμνη σου, η των πραγμάτων αλήθεια δια τούτο εκτήσω τη ταπεινώσει τα υψηλά, τη πτωχεία τα πλούσια. Πάτερ Ιεράρχα Νικόλαε, πρέσβευε Χριστώ τω Θεώ, σωθήναι τας ψυχάς ημών.

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