O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Friday, May 3, 2013

The Father of Slavic Monasticism

Today we celebrate Our Holy Venerable Father Theodosius the Great, Hegumen of the Pecherska Laura in Kyiv, Father of Monasticism in Ukraine and all Slavic lands.

Troparion, Tone 8: Raised in virtue, O father Theodosius,* from childhood you loved the monastic life* and attained your desire courageously.* You lived in a cave adorning your life with fasting and radiance* and abided in prayer like the bodiless powers.* You shone like a beacon in the land of Rus’.* Entreat Christ God to save our souls.

Kontakion, Tone 3: Today we revere the star of Rus-Ukraine, blessed Theodosius,* who shone from the east and came to the west;* for he enriched this whole land and all of us* with gentleness and miraculous wonders* by the practice and the grace of the monastic rule.