Hymn dedicated to all the Orthodox African
Irmos: In the deep of old the infinite power overwhelmed
pharohs whole army. But the incarnate word annihilated
pernicious sin. Exceedingly glorious is the Lord, for
gloriously hath He been glorified.
saints of Africa, watch over us in thy loving kindness.
O Paisius, Pachomius, Anthony, Macarius and Onuphrius,
kindle in our hearts the love of Christ crucified.
saints of Africa, prepare our hearts for the entrance of
the Lord. O Thais, Theodora, Mary of Egypt, Catherine,
Isidora and Perpetua, your souls magnify the Lord, the
only lover of mankind.
saints of Africa, show us the ravines of humility and
the pinnacles of virtue. O Patapius, George, Moses,
Isidore, Pambo, Menas, Cyprian, Athanasius, Sisoes and
Maurice, help us to perceive God's will and have the
courage to pursue it. O Consubstantial Trinity in God
glorified, all saints of earth adore thee.
the dread mystery of the incarnation of Christ, you gave
birth O Virgin, to God the Word, whose voice is mightier
than the noise of many waters.
Irmos: By establishing me on
the rock of faith, Thou hast enlarged my mouth over my
enemies, and my spirit rejoiceth when I sing, there is
none holy as our God, and none righteous beside thee, O
When it was revealed that the
Lord Jesus Christ would come to church one day, your
disciples ran ahead, bypassing a sickly�appearing
pilgrim. Emulating the Good Samaritan, O Paisius, you
stopped to assist him to the church. Looking down, you
saw His nail-pierced feet, realizing that the monks had
missed Christ in trying to get to see Him.
Saint Anthony is the father of monasticism, you, O
Pachomius, are the father of coenobitic monasticism,
where those who have dedicated their lives to Christ
live in small communities.
audacity of demons did not deter you, O Anthony, from
your unceasing prayer to God. After receiving
instruction from Saint Paul of Thebes, you became strong
in the Lord and in the power of His might. O magnificent
Holy Trinity, one in essence and undivided, cast out our
fears by Your perfect love.
Most Holy Virgin Theotokos,
True Mother of God, when you speak, the mountains skip
like rams and the hills like flocks of lambs. Nurture us
with the grace of the Son of God. Lead us to the pasture
where we may feed on the grass of the holy mysteries of
Sedation, Tone 4
Grace flowing wider than the
Nile, enriched your souls with heavenly gifts, saints of
Africa, as you stand before the throne of Christ, do not
for¬get us, pray to Christ God, that He may save our
Irmos: From a Virgin didst
Thou come, not as an ambassador nor as an angel, but the
very Lord Himself incarnate, and didst save me the whole
man; wherefore I cry to thee Glory to Thy power, O Lord.
Teaching virtue to a pilgrim,
holy Macarius, you instructed him to both flatter and
insult the dead in their graves. They responded neither
to praise nor affront; thus from them did the pilgrim
Buried by Saint Paphnutius, O Onuphrius, you were fed by
angels while imitating the life of Saint John the
Baptist. Emulating the obedience of the Apostle Matthew
and being in¬structed in discourse by the holy
Paphnutius, O Thais, you quickly climbed the ladder of
divine ascent, through a deep repentance. To the Holy
Trinity, you cried out, "Thou who created me, have mercy
Queen of heaven, the Lord Jesus Christ did not forget
the humility of his handmaid. The Archangel Gabriel
brought you tidings of great joy. Those who love Him in
spirit and in truth shall be blessed.
Irmos: Thou who art the light of those lying in
darkness, and the salvation of the despairing, O Christ
my Saviour, I rise early to pray to Thee, O King of
peace. Enlighten me
with thy radiance, for I know no other God beside Thee.
Abandoning the world of
passion, O Theodora, you entered paradise through the
narrow door of fasting, prayer and almsgiving. You
dis¬covered that fasting without works of repentance is
like sewing with a needle that has no thread.
tare turned to wheat by the blood of Christ, Saint Mary
of Egypt, our righteous mother, bestow on us the
willingness to apply the balm of confession. By the sign
of the Cross, help us to trust only in God.
only did you astonish the scholars but you also brought
them to the true faith, O Catherine. May we too be
wedded to Christ by the ring of His eternal and
ineffable love. O holy all-seeing Trinity, to You be
glory and majesty, dominion and power.
Harbor in the midst of the storm, rescue our drowning
souls by the cross of your Son, O Mary, full of grace,
lead us to the arms of Christ.
Irmos: Whirled about in the
abyss of sin, I appeal to the unfathomable abyss of thy
compassion, from corruption raise me up, O God.
When the Lord chastened Saint
Pitirim for 'traveling in the cities' mentally while
living as a solitary, he was instructed to seek you, O
Isidora, fool for Christ. The nuns, seeing only
foolishness, did not discern your unceasing prayer to
Christ God whom you loved with your heart, soul, mind
and strength. Focusing on the rags upon your head, they
missed your resplendent crown of love.
purity of heart, you received the crown of martyrdom, O
Perpetua. With equanimity under duress, you showed how
to suffer persecution for righteousness' sake. By
forcing yourself to endure affliction for a little
while, you gained the eternal heavenly kingdom.
Though finding solitude as a hermit, O Patapius, you
followed God's command to journey to the city. Yet even
as a city upon a hill cannot be hid, so your prayerful
life inspired many to follow after Christ. As Fashioner
of mankind, You, O Lord, can cleanse us by our partaking
of Your precious body and life-giving blood.
Lady, the Holy Spirit descended upon your womb which
then became more spacious than the heavens, containing
the Uncontainable One.
Irmos: When the golden image
was worshipped in the plain of Dura, thy three children
despised the godless order, thrown into the fire they
were bedewed and sang: blessed art Thou, O God of our
Like Paul the Simple, O new
martyr George of Damascus, you discerned the deception
of heresy. O Lord, lift up Your countenance also upon
us, so that we too may wear a simple garment of light,
woven with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. O marvel of
saints, Abba Moses of Ethiopia, you could swim across
the Nile with a sword in your mouth, but you could not
terrify Christ's humble servant, who feared only God.
Pierced by the hopelessness of of lawless life, and
frightened by the vision of the lake of fire, you came
to Christ, taking the kingdom of God by force. Cease not
to feed us on the sweet honeycomb of God's word.
showing gratitude toward God for all things, O Isidore,
you became a wellspring of wisdom. In obedience, you
were like Saint John the Dwarf. In poverty of spirit,
you were like Saint Poemen. In showing mercy, you were
like Saint John the Almsgiver. In looking beyond faults
and seeing needs, you were like Saint Serapion. O
Trinity triumphant, before Whom all things visible and
invisible bow down, save us.
Rejoice, thou Bride Unwedded, for the Holy One has done
great things to you. His mercy never fails and His
compassion never fal¬ters. Holy Mother of God, lead us
to the gates of repentance, helping us to forgive
everyone for everything.
Irmos: O ye works, praise the
Lord God, who descended into the fiery furnace with the
Hebrew children and changed the flame into dew, and
supremely exalted Him unto all ages.
As a disciple of St. Anthony,
O Pambo, you learned to mortify the appetite, repent
unceasingly, never to trust yourself, keep sober watch
over thoughts, and avoid the pitfalls of idleness
the Archangel Michael, you bravely fought the good
fight, O Menas. You gladly exchanged the corruptible
armor of the emper¬or for the breastplate of
righteousness By obediently suffering for Christ's sake,
you obtained the Lord's peace and favor. Proclaiming
that one does not have God as his Father, if he does not
have the church as his mother, O Cyprian of Carthage,
you edified the Church. Holy, holy, holy are You, O God.
May the precious ointment of your word invigorate our
Joy of All Who Sorrow, sanctify us by your intercession
before your Son and our Saviour. For He who sat upon
your arm is strong and mighty, True God of True God.
Irmos: God the Logos, who
came forth from God, and who by ineffable wisdom came to
renew Adam after his grievous fall to corruption through
eating, and who ineffably took flesh from the Holy
Virgin for our sake, Him do we the faithful with one
accord magnify with hymns.
O Athanasius, you brought
many to the church, though banished many times by
godless rulers. As the Apostle Mark brought the Gospel
to Egypt, so you evangelized through writing. As a
deacon, you helped formulate the Nicene Creed,
understanding Christ to be fully human and fully divine.
You defended Orthodoxy, against the heresies of Arius,
who did not know Jesus, the Only-begotten Son of God.
Instructed by Saint Anthony,
O Sisoes, your life shows that it is better to conquer
the passions than to conquer the world.
Neither daunted by death in
battle in the Alpine mountains, nor swayed from the
faith by flattery, O Maurice, you led the Egyptian
legion to Christ with joy. The Trinity in Unity, with
love for mankind, causes all souls to rise to the
Theotokos, in you the heavens bowed to touch the earth.
O Virgin Undefiled, O bush unburned, your meekness
allowed the condescension of the Son of God, through
incarnation by the Holy Spirit. Thus have we been
allowed to reach the Unreachable One.