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

Monday, July 15, 2013

Rejecting Childish Philosophy for Full-Grown Virtue


Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Right-Believing, Equal-to-the-Apostles, Vladimir the Great, Grand Prince of Kyiv.

Troparion, Tone 4:
Thou wast like a merchant that seeketh a beautiful pearl, O glorious sovereign Vladimir, sitting on the height of the throne of the mother of cities, God-protected Kyiv. Searching and sending to the Imperial City to know the Christian Faith, thou didst find Christ, the priceless Pearl, Who chose thee as a second Paul, and Who did shake off thy spiritual and physical blindness in the holy font. Wherefore, we who are thy people celebrate thy falling asleep. Pray that thy Ukrainian land be saved, and that Christian people be granted peace and great mercy.

Kontakion, Tone 8:
Like the great Apostle Paul, O most glorious Vladimir, in old age thou didst leave off all zeal for idols as a childish sophism, and as a full-grown man thou wast adorned with the royal purple of Divine Baptism. And now as thou standest in joy in the presence of Christ the Savior, pray that thy Ukrainian land be saved and that Christian people be granted peace and great mercy.