Sunday, November 1, 2015

ALL SAINTS 2015


While observed on different dates, the Eastern Churches also celebrate the Feast of All Saints. The Byzantine Church observes the feast the Sunday after Pentecost, while the Latin Church is celebrating the Holy Trinity.
So on this Western Feast of All Saints, I thought I  would share some of the liturgical texts from the Eastern Church.

May we all advance towards sainthood as we strive to love more and judge less.






Troparion — Tone 4

As with fine porphyry and royal purple, / Your church has been adorned with Your martyrs’ blood shed throughout all the world. / She cries to You, O Christ God: / Send down Your bounties on Your people, / Grant peace to Your habitation, and great mercy to our souls!

Kontakion — Tone 8

The universe offers You the God-bearing martyrs, / As the first fruits of creation, O Lord and Creator. / Through the Theotokos, and their prayers establish Your Church in peace!





1 comment:

  1. I sing a song of the saints of God,
    Patient and brave and true,
    Who toiled and fought and lived and died
    For the Lord they loved and knew.
    And one was a doctor, and one was a queen,
    And one was a shepherdess on the green;
    They were all of them saints of God, and I mean,
    God helping, to be one too.

    They loved their Lord so dear, so dear,
    And his love made them strong;
    And they followed the right for Jesus' sake
    The whole of their good lives long.
    And one was a soldier, and one was a priest,
    And one was slain by a fierce wild beast;
    And there's not any reason, no, not the least,
    Why I shouldn't be one too.

    They lived not only in ages past,
    There are hundreds of thousands still.
    The world is bright with the joyous saints
    Who love to do Jesus' will.
    You can meet them in school, or in lanes, or at sea,
    In church, or in trains, or in shops, or at tea;
    For the saints of God are just folk like me,
    And I mean to be one too.

    [Alternate lyrics used in some hymnals for third verse:

    They lived not only in ages past;
    There are hundreds of thousands still.
    The world is bright with the joyous saints
    Who love to do Jesus' will.
    You can meet them in school, on the street, in the store,
    In church, by the sea, in the house next door;
    They are saints of God, whether rich or poor,
    And I mean to be one too.]

    Lesbia Scott (Hunwicke's roommate at seminary?)

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