Behold, the Bridegroom cometh at midnight, and blessed is the servant whom He shall find awake. But he whom he shall find neglectful is verily unworthy. Behold, therefore, my soul, beware, lest thou fallest into deep slumber, and the door of the Kingdom be closed against thee, and thou be delivered unto death. But be thou wakeful, crying, Holy, Holy, Holy, art Thou, O God. Through the intercessions of the Theotokos, have mercy on us. (Apolytikion in Tone 8)
Sung by HCOC trained Chanters/Singers and Readers of Virgin Mary and St Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Parish, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Rejoice, O Bethany! …
This hymn is an Antiochian hymn sung by Coptic chanters. I love it!
O Christ God, when Thou didst raise Lazarus from the dead, before Thy Passion, Thou didst confirm the universal resurrection. Wherefore, we, like babes, carry the insignia of triumph and victory, and cry to Thee, O Vanquisher of death, Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He Who cometh in the Name of the Lord. (Apolytikion in Tone 1)
|—||St. John Climacus (via confessionsofsomeoneanonymous)|
Fr. Dawood Lamie on “The Faith of the Orthodox Church”
Loved every word he said, Amen!
|—||St. John Chrysostom|
St. Mary of Egypt receiving Holy Communion from St. Zosimus
Holy mother Mary pray to God for us!
Also she is commemorated on the 5th Sunday of Lent.
Verse 4. From the morning watch until night, from the morning watch let Israel trust in the Lord.
The pollution of past sins prevented thee from entering the church to see the elevation of the Holy Cross; but then thy conscience and the awareness of thine actions turned thee, O wise in God, to a better way of life. And, having looked upon the icon of the blessed Maid of God, thou hast condemned all thy previous transgressions, O Mother Mary of Egypt worthy of all praise, and so hast gone with boldness to venerate the Precious Cross.
- Great Vespers on Saturday, April 05, 2014; Tone 8 - Fifth Sunday of Great Lent - Commemoration of our Righteous Mother Mary of Egypt