Akathiste und Gebete

 

Das orthodoxe Gebet

 

Diakon Thomas Zmija v. Gojan

 

Das Gebet ist nach orthodoxem Verständnis der Herzschlag unserer Lebensgemeinschaft mit Gott. orthodoxes Gebet ist also weit mehr als das Formulieren von Bitten an Gott. Die Worte der Heiligen Schrift sagen uns eindeutig, dass wir beständig beten sollen.

 

Darüber hinaus gibt es im Laufe des Tages besondere Stunden, die der Christ dem Gebet widmen sollte. Das ist am Morgen, wenn wir uns vom Schlaf erheben und uns auf unsere tägliche Arbeit vorbereiten. Das ist aber auch am Abend, wenn wir des Tageslauf beschließen ehe wir uns zur Nachtruhe begeben. Die orthodoxe Kirche hat diese Stunden nicht zufällig für das Gebet bestimmt. Am frühen Morgen, wenn der Geist noch nicht mit der Geschäftigkeit und den Sorgen des Alltagsebens erfüllt ist, können wir unsere Gedanken am besten auf Gott ausrichten. Wenn wir uns durch Stossgebete und das Jesusgebet darum bemühen im Tageslauf die fromme Grundstimmung beizubehalten, die mit den Morgengebeten geschaffen wurde, wird der Tag von einer Lebenshaltung der bewußten Gegenwart vor dem Angesicht Gottes geprägt sein. Und hier sind wir beim "Bemühen" angekommen: Es gibt Zeiten in unserem Leben, in denen uns das Gebet leicht fällt und es gibr Zeiten, wo unser Gebetsleben von unserem ernsthaften Bemühen getragen werden muss, damit es nicht in Faulheit und Nachlässigkeit versandet. Alles in geistlichen Leben wird uns zwar von der göttlichen Gnade geschenkt, aber Gott zwingt uns zu nichts. Er möchte, dass seine Gnade und unser freiwilliges Bemühen zusammenwirken. Diese Syergeia, dieses Zusammenwirken aus Gnade und Bemühen, prägt auch das orthodoxe Gebetsleben. Deshalb gibt es für jeden orthodoxen Christen eine Gebetsregel, die im Gebetbuch als Gebete am Morgen und gebete am Abend abgedrückt sind. Wieviel wir davon als persönliche Gebetsregel beten, ist von der jeweiligen persönlichen Lebenssituation abhängig und sollte deshalb mit dem eigenen geistlichen Vater besprochen werden.

 

 

 

Die Kirche hat die Morgen- und Abendgebete als tägliche Regel für die orthodoxen Gläubigen eingeführt. Den Aufbau der Morgen- und Abendgebete kann man im orthodoxen Gebetbuch finden. Dabei gibt es zwei unterschiedliche Textttraditionen. Während die orthodoxen Christen aus der griechischen Tradition morgens das Mitternachtsgebet (Mesonyktikon) und abends die Komplet (Kleines Apodeipnon)  beten, hat es sich in der russischen Kirche eingebürgert, eine Regel aus bestimmten Vätergebeten zu sprechen. Bis zur Zeit des Patriarchen Nikon war die griechische Ordnung auch in Russland die verbreitete Regel. So beten noch heute die Altgläubigen nach dieser Regel.

 

 

Den Aufbau der Morgen- und Abendgebete ändert sich  an den Ostertagen, an denen als  Morgen- und Abendgebet jeweils die Osterstunde gebetet wird.Wenn wir zum Empfang der heiligen Kommunion herantreten möchten, wird die abendliche Gebetsregel noch um die Regel der Gebete zur heiligen Kommunion.

 

Wichtig zum Verständnis der orthodoxen Gebetsregel ist und bleibt, dass die Gebetsregel eine Hilfsmittel, eine Leiter zum Himmel ist, jedoch nicht als gesetzliches Joch missverstanden werden darf. Die Mönche und Geistlichen fügen zur gewöhnlichen Regel oft noch besondere Gebete hinzu, die gestresste Hausfrau und Mutter wird viellleicht nur eine ganz kurze Gebetsregel schaffen. Gott sieht auf das Herz des Betenden und auf sein ehrliches Bemühen, jedoch nicht auf eine aus Gesetzlichkeit entsprungene Leistungsfrömmigkeit. Und wer es noch nicht wissen sollte: Orthodoxie ist Güte, Liebe und Erbarmen.

 

 

 

 

Akathist zum Heiligen Martin dem Mildtätigen, Bischof von Tours


Kondakion 1


Bischof des Herrn, gekommen aus Pannonien, * wie die Sonne pilgernd von Ost nach West, * der
du erstrahlen ließest auf unserer wilden Erde * das Tugendabzeichen der Soldaten des
Allerhöchsten: * Freue dich, heiliger Martin, Hierarch von Tours!


Ikos 1


Von Kindheit an strebtest du nach dem Licht. * Mit zehn Jahren wähltest du das Katechumenat *
und flohest das heidnische Umfeld derer, die dich zeugten, * um des Weges zu ziehen nach dem
himmlischen Jerusalem, * wo wir dir nun in der Herrlichkeit singen:


Freue dich, du zarter Spross der reinen Lilie,
freue dich, du frühe Knospe des Gartens Eden,
freue dich, du zarte Blume des Glaubens,
freue dich, du heiliger Vorläufer unseres Blutes [Blutzeugnisses].
freue dich, du feiner Widerhall des Kindkönigs,
freue dich, du zerbrechlicher Drang nach dem Himmelreich,
freue dich, heiliger Martin, Hierarch von Tours!


Kondakion 2


Den Vater wollte, dass du ein Soldat würdest, * doch verweigertest du dich dieser kriegerischen
Berufung, * denn in deiner Seele erstrebtest du höhere Absichten: * der himmlischen Armee
wünschtest du dich anzuschließen, * welche ohne Unterlass Gott lobt, rufend: Alleluia!


Ikos 2


Gezwungen wurdest du in die Armee, * und du nahmst an die von Gott kommende Prüfung. * In
der Frömmigkeit übtest du dich in deinen freien Momenten, * reinigend deine Seele, deinen Leib
und deinen Geist, * um dich dem Himmel zu nahen, wo wir dir zurufen:


Freue dich, du Bogen für die Pfeile des Heiligen Geistes,
freue dich, du kühner Rekrut des Ewigen,
freue dich, du treuer Wächter des Glaubens,
freue dich, du Herold der Frohen Botschaft,
freue dich, du jungfräulicher Kämpfer der Askese,
freue dich, du prächtiger Soldat der Kirche,
freue dich, heiliger Martin, Hierarch von Tours!


Kondakion 3


In Amiens, der befestigten Stadt, sahst du eines Tages * einen Notleidenden in Lumpen, zitternd vor Kälte; * da zerschnittest du mit einem Schwertstreich deinen Mantel * und gabst ihn dem Armen unter dem scharfen Nordwind, * Gott lobend und zu Ihm rufend: Alleluia!


Ikos 3


Begleitet von Seinen Engeln kam Christus zu dir, * bedeckt mit dem Mantel, den du ihm gegeben
hattest: * "Martin ist es, der Mich mit diesem Gewand bekleidet hat!", * sprach der Herr in dieser
erbauenden Vision. * Mit Ihm rufen wir voll Entzücken:


Freue dich, der du würdig warst unseres Meisters,
freue dich, der du alles unter den Armen verteiltest,
freue dich, der du die Nächstenliebe verkörpertest,
freue dich, der du nichts besitzen wolltest,
freue dich, der du die nichtswürdige Welt verachtetest,
freue dich, der du nichts besaßest außer dem Leben in Christus,
freue dich, heiliger Martin, Hierarch von Tours!


Kondakion 4

 

So bereitetest du dich für die Erleuchtung * der Jünger Christi in der dreifachen Eintauchung *
durch Almosen, Gebete und Fasten, * und am folgenden Osterfeste wurdest du aufgenommen in die Herde * der Gläubigen, welche zu Gott singen: Alleluia!


Ikos 4


Belohnen wollte der Kaiser seine Soldaten, * doch du verlangtest nichts als deine dir teure Freiheit, * und da du nicht wolltest, dass man dich für feige hielte, * willigtest du ein, ohne Waffen in die Schlacht zu ziehen. * Gott aber ersparte dir diese Prüfung, und so rufen wir dir zu:


Freue dich, der du die Versuchungen abwehrtest,
freue dich, der du ungebunden sein wolltest,
freue dich, der du den Ehren entsagtest,
freue dich, der du nicht zurückblicktest,
freue dich, der du einwilligtest, nichts zu sein,
freue dich, der du dich anschlossest der himmlischen Streitmacht,
freue dich, heiliger Martin, Hierarch von Tours!


Kondakion 5


Empfangen wurdest du vom Bischof von Trier, * dann bliebst du beim heiligen Hierarchen Hilarius von Poitiers, * der immerfort im Entzücken über deine reine Seele * Gott Dank sagte und rief: Alleluia!


Ikos 5


Unter der Führung dieses vorbildlichen Hirten * wurdest du unterwiesen in den tieferen heiligen
Mysterien. * Der Same des Evangeliums fand in dir * einen fruchtbaren Boden, wo er starke
Wurzeln schlug, um zu wachsen bis in den Himmel, wo wir zu dir rufen:

Freue dich, der du erzogen wurdest von einem Heiligen,
freue dich, der du den Glauben eines Apostels kanntest [hattest],
freue dich, der du von dieser Erde aus den Himmel sahst,
freue dich, der du das Erbteil der Erwählten erhieltest,
freue dich, der du bereitwillig dem Wort lauschtest,
freue dich, der du deine Talente Frucht bringen ließest,
freue dich, heiliger Martin, Hierarch von Tours!


Kondakion 6


Im Traum befahl dich der Herr nach Pannonien, * und du verließest den heiligen Hilarius mit dem
Versprechen, * zu ihm zurückzukehren, sobald deine Mission beendet sei. * So machtest du dich
auf, den deinen das Evangelium zu bringen, * auf dass sie mit dir zu Gott riefen: Alleluia!


Ikos 6


Durchquerend die verschiedensten Orte in Europa, * bekehrtest du durch deinen Mut die Heiden *
und führtest, daheim angekommen, deine Mutter zu Christus * und vertrautest deinen Vater dem
Erbarmen des guten Gottes an. * Deinen stillen Glauben bewundernd, rufen wir zu dir:


Freue dich, der du das Reich verkündigtest,
freue dich, der du deiner Mutter das Leben [Christi] gabst,
freue dich, der du das Heil näher brachtest,
freue dich, der du den Weg zum Himmel zeigtest,
freue dich, der du die Verirrten erleuchtetest,
freue dich, der du die Finsternisse vernichtetest,
freue dich, heiliger Martin, Hierarch von Tours!


Kondakion 7


Wieder den Weg nach Gallien nehmend, erfuhrst du, * dass der heilige Hilarius um Christi willen
verbannt worden war. * So entschiedest du, dich in der Lombardei aufzuhalten * und nahe Mailand errichtetest du eine Einsiedelei, * wo sich zu Gott erhob ein reines Alleluia!


Ikos 7


Der Bischof von Mailand war ein eifernder Arianer, * der dich dazu bringen wollte, von neuem den Pfad des Irrtums zu gehen. * Also gingst du, gemeinsam mit einem Priester, fort auf eine Insel, * wo Ihr dem Meister dientet durch Eure Askese. * Bewegt von deiner Beharrlichkeit, rufen wir zu dir:


Freue dich, du Nacheiferer des heiligen Athanasius,
freue dich, du Nachahmer der Einsiedler,
freue dich, du Lobredner der heiligen Ägypter,
freue dich, du Bewunderer der Koinobiten,
freue dich, du untrügliche Stimme der Asketen,
freue dich, du Morgenröte der heiligen gallischen Mönche,
freue dich, heiliger Martin, Hierarch von Tours!


Kondakion 8


Als du von der Rückkehr des Hierarchen aus dem Exil erfuhrst, * schlossest du dich erneut dem
heiligen Hilarius an, * der deiner Bescheidenheit große Gewalt antat, * indem er dich in die Schar
seiner heiligen Priester aufnahm, * die einstimmig zu Gott sangen: Alleluia!


Ikos 8


In der neuen Klause des Poitou * errichtetest du in Ligugé einen Zufluchtsort, * wo du, das Beispiel des heiligen Athanasius nachahmend, * im Garten der Seele die Tugend pflegtest. * Geblendet durch dein heiliges Leben rufen wir dir wiederum zu:


Freue dich, du reines Gebet vor Gott,
freue dich, du keusches Gebet zum Ewigen,
freue dich, du Brandopfer, dem Sohne angenehm,
freue dich, du flammender Eifer im Geist,
freue dich, du unschuldige Frömmigkeit der Kinder,
freue dich, du lebendiges Oratorium des Heiligen Vaters,
freue dich, heiliger Martin, Hierarch von Tours!


Kondakion 9


Deinen Weg betend in der Gnade des Herrn * wurdest du zum Apostel der Straßen Galliens. * In
allen Landen erstrahlte dein geheiligtes Beispiel * wie eine Sonne mitten im Winter, * während im Himmel [der Lobgesang] erscholl: Alleluia!


Ikos 9


Durch die heiligen Gebete, die du aufsteigen ließest * zum Meister unserer Seelen und unserer
Leiber * vermochtest du zu heilen alle Arten von Krankheiten, * und der Böse wurde unzählige
Male in die Flucht geschlagen. * Darum loben wir dich mit den Engeln:


Freue dich, der du jeden Durst stillen konntest,
freue dich, der du die Hungernden sättigstest,
freue dich, der du die Besessenen befreitest,
freue dich, der du die Augen der Blinden öffnetest,
freue dich, der du die Last der Welt trugst,
freue dich, der du zur lebenden Absolution wurdest,
freue dich, heiliger Martin, Bischof von Tours!


Kondakion 10


Man bot dir den Bischofsstuhl des heiligen Hilarius an, * [doch] du lehntest ihn ab, um zu bleiben
in Einsamkeit * in der Freundschaft der Heiligen, der Engel und Christi; * du schlugst Wurzeln im
Gebet so wie in Erde, * ununterbrochen singend: Alleluia!


Ikos 10


Während dreier Jahre lehntest du die Bischofswürde ab, * doch in Ligugé wurdest du listig entführt, * nach Tours gebracht und vom ganzen Volk bejubelt. * So konntest du dich deiner Mission nicht länger entziehen, * und dafür, bewundernswürdiger Hirte, singen wir dir:


Freue dich, der du allen Ehren entfliehen wolltest,
freue dich, der du das Vertrauen des Volkes genossest,
freue dich, der du dem Eigenwillen entsagtest,
freue dich, der du Apostel des Herrn warst,
freue dich, der du in den Spuren der Zwölf wandeltest,
freue dich, der du das Schiff der Kirche steuertest,
freue dich, heiliger Martin, Hierarch von Tours!


Kondakion 11


Deine bischöfliche Bleibe wolltest du nicht. * Du entschlossest dich, ein neues Kloster zu gründen, * und durch deine Gebete schufst du Marmoutier, * welches Zuflucht wurde den Bedürftigen Christi, * die aus Seiner Gnade leben und rufen: Alleluia!


Ikos 11


Du verherrlichtest die heiligen Diener Gottes, * deinen heiligen Vorgänger und Apostel Gatien, den heiligen Märtyrer Mauritius und die Thebäische Legion, * deren geheiligte Reliquien du verehren ließest. * Darum rufen sie im Himmel laut mit uns zu dir:


Freue dich, der du auf dem rechten Weg wandeltest,
freue dich, der du hier unten [schon] im Himmel lebtest,
freue dich, der du der Freund des Bräutigams bliebst,
freue dich, der du zur Rechten des Sohnes sitzt,
freue dich, der du nun im Geist betest,
freue dich, der du dich mit den Heiligen Galliens vereintest,
freue dich, heiliger Martin, Hierarch von Tours!


Kondakion 12


Gleich dem Herrn auf einem Esel reitend, * durchquertest du unermüdlich das Land, * stets auf der Suche nach verlorenen Schafen, * betend, predigend, mahnend und heilend, * als ein vollkommener Jünger des Meisters aller Dinge, * zu dem unsere Stimmen erklingen lassen: Alleluia!

 

Ikos 12


Als ein inbrünstiger Fürbitter für die Herrlichkeit des Herrn * brachtest du den Frieden in das Reich der Welt. * Als du dann den guten Kampf Christi gekämpft hattest, * gabst du deinem Schöpfer deine reine Seele zurück, * nachdem du überall Tempel geschaffen hattest, wo man singt:


Freue dich, der du lebendig bleibst auf Erden,
freue dich, der du mächtig bist in der Anderen Welt,
freue dich, der du uns mit deinen Wundern überhäufst,
freue dich, der du uns vor dem Bösen beschützt,
freue dich, der du wandelst in unseren Gebeten,
freue dich, der du wachst über die Orthodoxie,
freue dich, heiliger Martin, Hierarch von Tours!

 

Kondakion 13


Apostel Galliens, deinen Leib legtest du ab * und flogst hinauf zur Versammlung der Gerechten. *
Doch wie der Meister ließest du durch deine Wunder nicht zurück * jene, die dem Einen Gott in der Dreieinheit inbrünstig singen: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!


(Ikos und Kondakion 1 werden wiederholt.)


Gebet:


O heiligster Vater Martin, Bischof von Tours, * der du in dieser Welt Pilger des Himmels warst, *
ohne Unterlass wandernd zum Himmelreich, * bitte Christus, den Milden, unseren Herrn und
unseren Gott, * Er möge uns gewähren, gleichfalls zu pilgern * inmitten der Fallstricke und der
Martern unseres Zeitalters, * die Augen unaufhörlich gerichtet auf die Andere Sonne, * in
Nachahmung Deines feurigen Eifers und deines Mitgefühls, * auf dass wir würdig seien,
empfangen zu werden * in der Oase des Friedens am Ende unseres Exils * auf dieser Erde, wo du
uns den Weg weist. * Amen.


Ins Deutsche übersetzt von Natalie Hanke
(Französisches Original: Ipodiakon Claude Lopez-Ginisty)

 

 

Akathist to Saint Seraphim of Sarov

 

Kontakion 1

 

Our glorious God, in His infinite wisdom and inexhaustible mercy, has bestowed a holy wonderworker upon those of us struggling through these harsh times. We have been granted to behold the life and teachings of Saint Seraphim of Sarov, who was born in eighteenth century Russia, and thereby obtain spiritual instruction from a zealous yet gentle priest and monk. May all true believers never complain of lack of guidance on the path of prayer, but rather turn to the humble and friendly elder, and say:

Rejoice, Saint Seraphim, spiritual father of all the faithful.

 

Ikos 1

 

If Saint Seraphim cannot provide the answers, which he can, then let the seeker turn to this elder’s own teachers: Saint Basil the Great, Saint Gregory the Theologian, Saint John Chrysostom, Saint Isaac the Syrian, and Saint Simeon the New Theologian to name a few. Saint Seraphim taught nothing new, but only what he learned from his predecessors and what he himself practiced. Let us therefore proceed with humility and sincerity, as we bring praises to the monk who has kindly opened his door to us:

Rejoice, spiritual father who did the will of his Heavenly Father.
Rejoice, devoted priest who always proclaimed, “Christ is Risen.”
Rejoice, man of prayer who acquired the peace of the Holy Spirit.
Rejoice, model of charity who befriended both humans and animals.
Rejoice, faithful monk who worshipped God in both word and deed.
Rejoice, true disciple who learned from the great sources of holiness.
Rejoice, “poor Seraphim” who freely taught the ways of spirituality.
Rejoice, wonderworker who cheerfully gave of his gifts.
Rejoice, revered hermit who prayed on a rock for a thousand days.
Rejoice, venerable recluse who saved a thousand souls around him.
Rejoice, example of earnest commitment to the Mother of God.
Rejoice, humble recipient of aid from the blessed Theotokos.
Rejoice, Saint Seraphim, spiritual father of all the faithful.

 

Kontakion 2

 

Saint Seraphim, you teach us that in God there is no evil but only goodness. Where God is, there is no confusion but only truth, no resentment but only forgiveness, no conflict but only peace, no separation but only togetherness, and no desolation but only transformation. Hence, all people have reason to be glad and to say: Alleluia.

 

Ikos 2

 

Your truths, Father Seraphim, are the same as the eternal truths of the apostles and the holy fathers. Yet, we need to hear these words again and again for our spiritual fortification. Each generation testifies of Jesus Christ, nurturing those around them as well as those who come after them. Saint Seraphim, we therefore implore you to count us among the thousands whom you have guided, as we offer you these praises:

Rejoice, lamp who shines through the thickets of confusion.
Rejoice, enlightenment of those who pursue clarity of mind.
Rejoice, candle who burns brightly under a sky of foreboding.
Rejoice, illumination of all who adore Christ and Him only.
Rejoice, radiance who spreads forth, unafraid of malicious forces.
Rejoice, courage of those who desire integrity amid corruption.
Rejoice, brilliance who pours out, undaunted by vicious intruders.
Rejoice, confidence of all who desire holiness under oppression.
Rejoice, ray who pierces the congestion of lifestyle choices.
Rejoice, hope of those who decide to travel on the path of prayer.
Rejoice, flame who burns away the noise of daily survival.
Rejoice, resolve of all those who cultivate interior silence.
Rejoice, Saint Seraphim, spiritual father of all the faithful.

 

Kontakion 3

 

We see that the devil would try to lure us away from the path of prayer, distracting our thoughts and disturbing our hearts. Help us, Saint Seraphim, to worship God and to do His holy will. May we always please Him, in whatever manner of work we undertake, and also be a blessing to those around us. May we fulfill God’s divine purpose, and immediately repent if we stumble or stray. Let us constantly ask for mercy, and say: Alleluia.

 

Ikos 3

 

Father Seraphim, we place ourselves under your benevolent care, so that we may conquer all temptations and digressions. Strengthen us to remain vigilant in our worship and attentive in our daily tasks. Guard us from succumbing to ideologies and activities which are not fitting for a Christian. Encourage us to read the Bible every day, not as an encumbrance but with a deep longing for union with God. In this way, we shall remain faithful to all that is sanctioned by our Father in Heaven, and we shall likewise bring forth praises to you:

Rejoice, follower of Jesus Christ through pain and joy.
Rejoice, embodiment of the teachings of the Savior.
Rejoice, earthy traveler on the path of prayer.
Rejoice, heavenly beholder of divine truths.
Rejoice, simple monk who trampled the demons.
Rejoice, noble priest who crushed all temptations.
Rejoice, beggar of forgiveness, giver of help.
Rejoice, slave of prayer, ruler of passions.
Rejoice, bearer of offenses, consoler of people.
Rejoice, sufferer of storms, interior of calm.
Rejoice, renouncer of sin, bringer of inspiration.
Rejoice, denouncer of worldliness, receptacle of grace.
Rejoice, Saint Seraphim, spiritual father of all the faithful.

 

Kontakion 4

 

Many people go searching for spiritual fathers, while neglecting the one thing needful. That is, the blind pursue their own notions of a spiritual father, such that the impure submit to the impure, or the brazen lead the naive, and all are inwardly flawed. Let us seek the Kingdom first, having no other gods, and all good things shall be added onto this solid foundation. Saint Seraphim, we yearn to see you as you see us, through the grace of the Holy Spirit, and therein we may truly say: Alleluia.

 

Ikos 4

 

We turn to you, Father Seraphim, for you delight in the salvation of the sinner and in the teachings of the Church. You have conquered all self-serving passions, every delusion and falsehood, and now all people have recourse to your prayers and instructions. We therefore bow before you, in anticipation of the wholeness of the Kingdom in which everyone has a place, and we humbly sing these praises:

Rejoice, dependable guide of those who live in the Faith.
Rejoice, swift rescuer of those misguided by imposters.
Rejoice, loving father of those on the path of prayer.
Rejoice, holy nurture of those starving for spirituality.
Rejoice, strong protector of those who walk straight ahead.
Rejoice, patient advisor for those who take a wrong turn.
Rejoice, inward light to those who follow Christ.
Rejoice, brilliant star to those who seek instruction.
Rejoice, gracious caretaker of those numbered in the thousands.
Rejoice, unfastened gate for those who wish to come and see.
Rejoice, blessed validation of those who renounce all impurities.
Rejoice, peaceful deliverer of those who are heavily burdened.
Rejoice, Saint Seraphim, spiritual father of all the faithful.

 

Kontakion 5

 

Saint Seraphim, you did not aspire to be a spiritual father, but you were entrusted by God and His Virgin Mother to attend to all those who sought your counsel. You became a holy elder, not because you desired status and recognition, but because you were infused with the Holy Spirit and immersed in Holy Scripture. Concerning your own humanity, you humbly viewed yourself as “poor Seraphim,” and to this you said: Alleluia.

 

Ikos 5

 

We wish emulate you, Saint Seraphim, as we abide in the will of God for our lives, because His will is holier than anything to which we ourselves could have aspired. May we vanquish all ambition and conceit, so that our words and deeds are acceptable to God and beneficial to one another. In this manner, Father Seraphim, we are released and we pour forth our praises to you:

Rejoice, total contentment in the will of God.
Rejoice, complete obedience to the Kingdom of Heaven.
Rejoice, generous counsel to pilgrims in want.
Rejoice, holy laborer for the hungry and thirsty.
Rejoice, proven wisdom of the ages.
Rejoice, worthy guardian of everlasting truth.
Rejoice, unmercenary helper of the afflicted.
Rejoice, dedicated intercessor for the troubled.
Rejoice, insightful father who blesses his spiritual children.
Rejoice, paternal director who prospers everyone in need.
Rejoice, hardworking priest who gathers up the remnants.
Rejoice, sacred caregiver who attends to these cruel times.
Rejoice, Saint Seraphim, spiritual father of all the faithful.

 

Kontakion 6

 

You fill us with hope, Saint Seraphim, in the mercy of God and in the fruits of prayer. In His compassion, God has not abandoned us to the lies of this world or to the hatred of enemies. He guides our spiritual formation by sending His saints to show love, to overcome separation, and to heal wounds. Pray for us, Saint Seraphim, so that we may respond wholeheartedly to God’s provision, as we say: Alleluia.

 

Ikos 6

 

Pray for us, so that we ourselves may pray more fervently and sincerely, loving God for Who He is and trusting in His goodness. Pray for us and move us to pray for one another, putting the salvation of our neighbor above personal gratification and worldly nonsense. Pray for us, Saint Seraphim, so that we might acquire a peaceful spirit and a pure heart, and join together with the thousands as we dutifully offer you praises:

Rejoice, abundant vineyard of repentance.
Rejoice, bountiful fruit of contrition.
Rejoice, shady tree of loving-kindness.
Rejoice, rich field of compassion.
Rejoice, wide river of forgiveness.
Rejoice, clear lake of meekness.
Rejoice, dead to imaginings, alive to the Word.
Rejoice, submissive to Christ, conqueror of Satan.
Rejoice, empty of worldliness, temple of the Spirit.
Rejoice, poorest of men, saint of Heaven.
Rejoice, alone in prayer, father to thousands.
Rejoice, scorner of vainglory, lover of humility.
Rejoice, Saint Seraphim, spiritual father of all the faithful.

 

Kontakion 7

 

We shall not judge anyone, as you have taught us, Saint Seraphim, or we shall be judged by that same judgment. Things often are not what they appear to be on the surface. People say and do things which are symptoms of underlying disturbances. We do not know who was brutalized in childhood, who goes home at night to a conflicted family, who has lost purpose and meaning, or who is under attack by the devil. If we are not one of these, then let us not condemn but say: Alleluia.

 

Ikos 7

 

All have sinned and all are unworthy. The upright can fall, and the fallen can arise. Many of us will grow old, and with age comes the realization of things said and not said, and regret over things done and not done. We can only repent and trust in the goodness of God. Let us all go forward in the time that remains, and find happiness today by bringing praises to Father Seraphim:

Rejoice, welcome of the distraught.
Rejoice, harvest of the forsaken.
Rejoice, comfort of the chagrined.
Rejoice, backing of the remorseful.
Rejoice, safety for the victimized.
Rejoice, shelter for the leper.
Rejoice, refuge for the misunderstood.
Rejoice, room for the different.
Rejoice, extinguisher of defamation.
Rejoice, vanquisher of condemnation.
Rejoice, builder of righteousness.
Rejoice, planter of reconciliation.
Rejoice, Saint Seraphim, spiritual father of all the faithful.

 

Kontakion 8

 

Strengthen us, Saint Seraphim, to uphold one another in unity of Church, that none should be lost. Let the prodigals return to the Father, let the righteous minister to the feeble, and let all the wounded be healed. If anyone has been damaged because of our sins, then we implore you, O holy wonderworker, to restore them to wholeness and all fruitfulness. We desire that all people may cheerfully say: Alleluia.

 

Ikos 8

 

Since you are a priest and monk, Father Seraphim, we beseech you also to guide the priests and encourage the monks and nuns. May they be counted among your thousands, from this moment forward, and may they walk in truth forever and pray with a pure heart unto eternal blessedness. In recognition of our need for mercy, one and all, we humbly offer you praises:

Rejoice, glorifier of God.
Rejoice, upholder of people.
Rejoice, keeper of purity.
Rejoice, promoter of sanity
Rejoice, soother of wounds.
Rejoice, remover of scars.
Rejoice, teacher of holiness.
Rejoice, leader of victory.
Rejoice, consoler of seekers.
Rejoice, liberator of souls.
Rejoice, harbinger of prayer.
Rejoice, believer of Scripture.
Rejoice, Saint Seraphim, spiritual father of all the faithful.

 

Kontakion 9

 

The trials of life and the lessons of holiness are often difficult to navigate, but let us always pray and exercise patience. What does not make sense today will become clear tomorrow. Saint Seraphim, we beg you to fortify us with endurance, hope, and resolve. We know that God will never fail us, and therefore all may say: Alleluia.

 

Ikos 9

 

Let us stay aboard the great ship of the Church, for Jesus Christ will steer us through all storms, dangers, conflicts, afflictions, infirmities, darkness and foreboding. Let us follow in the humility of Saint Seraphim, and therein we shall behold the glory of God which overcomes all adversity and rewards all suffering for His Name. In simplicity of soul and with the faith of the fathers, we rightfully praise our holy teacher, Saint Seraphim:

Rejoice, compass who points the way to inward peace.
Rejoice, elder who directs mankind to things divine.
Rejoice, courageous star who shines in the gloomy skies.
Rejoice, monk whose prayers illuminate the longest night.
Rejoice, gentle wind who stirs the faithful to prayer.
Rejoice, righteous gale who renders the demons asunder.
Rejoice, holy protector of those who give their whole being to God.
Rejoice, blessed guardian of those who let nothing impede their service to others.
Rejoice, merciful intercessor for those who persevere under misfortune.
Rejoice, faithful companion of those who quickly repent of wrongs.
Rejoice, beautiful aid to those who live according to Scripture.
Rejoice, gracious preservation of those who run with patience.
Rejoice, Saint Seraphim, spiritual father of all the faithful.

 

Kontakion 10

 

Saint Seraphim, we are bombarded by language and images, from the vulgar to the inane, which are not conducive to the spiritual life. Help us, holy father, to avoid these occasions as much as possible, and to lift our thoughts in prayer to God. When we come home from work or school, lead us to your icon that we may refresh our spirit with your holy presence. In this way, all Christians may honorably say: Alleluia.

 

Ikos 10

 

Help us to guard our heart from all impurities, so that we do not forfeit our peace of soul or forget our purpose as children of God. Help us, Father Seraphim, that what is external shall not become internalized, and what is internal shall remain pure and presentable before God. In thanksgiving for your continual watchfulness over our daily activities, it is meet for us to bring these praises:

Rejoice, vigilant watchman over pure hearts.
Rejoice, protective father of his prayerful children.
Rejoice, constant worker for the Kingdom of Heaven.
Rejoice, superb reinforcement of holy teachings.
Rejoice, diligent searcher for lost sheep.
Rejoice, wonderful shepherd of repentant sons and daughters.
Rejoice, servant of the least, worshipper with the angels.
Rejoice, friend of thousands, enfolded by the Theotokos.
Rejoice, victim of thieves, boast of monks.
Rejoice, sufferer of illness, established by the Virgin Mary.
Rejoice, stranger to sin, gladness of penitents.
Rejoice, hated by demons, esteemed by the Queen of Heaven.
Rejoice, Saint Seraphim, spiritual father of all the faithful.

 

Kontakion 11

 

Better to be offended than to offend the wisdom and mercy of our Heavenly Father. There are those who do not understand the path of prayer or the crucifying of impure passions and desires, and they will attempt to pull the believer away from the sacred path. Let us bear these offenses, for to return to worldliness is an insult to God. In accordance with the example of Saint Seraphim, may all worshippers stay on the path and confidently say: Alleluia.

 

Ikos 11

 

Let us not burden ourselves with the opinions of others, or we will be repeatedly aggrieved and perpetually in doubt. Rather, let us emulate Saint Seraphim and find dependable direction and comfort in Scripture, in the holy fathers and the lives of the saints, and in the divine services of the Church. Let us renew our commitment now, by offering praises to Saint Seraphim:

Rejoice, voice of prayer.
Rejoice, heart of mercy.
Rejoice, affirmation of monasteries.
Rejoice, blessing of hermits.
Rejoice, source of happiness.
Rejoice, reality of joy.
Rejoice, ambassador of Christ.
Rejoice, chosen of God.
Rejoice, beholder of eternity.
Rejoice, stability of worship.
Rejoice, core of contemplation.
Rejoice, image of sobriety.
Rejoice, Saint Seraphim, spiritual father of all the faithful.

 

Kontakion 12

 

Saint Seraphim, we ask you to guide us in continual repentance, so that our transgressions may be forgiven and that we may end each day at peace with God. Through repentance, we obtain victory over our impure tendencies. The devil desires to have us, and he knows exactly how to lure each one of us into evil. We pray to be delivered from attacks, to prove victorious when attacked, and to be forgiven if we succumb. Let us live in total awareness of the majesty of God, as we say: Alleluia.

 

Ikos 12

 

In addition to repentance, may we show forth works of mercy toward our neighbor. We know that the life of prayer itself is a work of mercy, for all people are benefitted and the whole world is blessed by the rising up of prayers to Heaven. We pray to you, Saint Seraphim, and you pray for us, and we pray that others may heed your guidance. May everything be done according to the will of God, including the offering of praises to you:

Rejoice, repentant monk who lived to please God.
Rejoice, spiritual warrior who defeated hideous demons.
Rejoice, conscientious priest who condemned himself and released others.
Rejoice, spiritual father who spared no effort on behalf of his children.
Rejoice, ray of sunlight on these desolate times.
Rejoice, beam of starlight above the ravages of conflict.
Rejoice, refreshing water inside a drought of reliability.
Rejoice, feast of holiness amid a famine of sensibility.
Rejoice, hermit whose prayers filled the forests of Sarov.
Rejoice, saint whose icons fill our churches and homes.
Rejoice, enlightened teacher whose words remain vital today.
Rejoice, devoted believer who preserved all worthy traditions.
Rejoice, Saint Seraphim, spiritual father of all the faithful.

 

Kontakion 13

 

Few people are able to give us personal guidance, or they are unable to do so regularly over time and in every place. Let us be all the more thankful for the teachings of Saint Seraphim, for his holy icons, and for the fact that he hears our every plea for help at any moment and throughout all the earth. Even in the numbers of the thousands, Saint Seraphim is able to guide each one of us on the path of prayer: Alleluia!

(Repeat Kontakion Thirteen 3 times)
(Then continue below)

 

Kontakion 1

 

Our glorious God, in His infinite wisdom and inexhaustible mercy, has bestowed a holy wonderworker upon those of us struggling through these harsh times. We have been granted to behold the life and teachings of Saint Seraphim of Sarov, who was born in eighteenth century Russia, and thereby obtain spiritual instruction from a zealous yet gentle priest and monk. May all true believers never complain of lack of guidance on the path of prayer, but rather turn to the humble and friendly elder, and say:

Rejoice, Saint Seraphim, spiritual father of all the faithful.

 

Ikos 1

 

If Saint Seraphim cannot provide the answers, which he can, then let the seeker turn to this elder’s own teachers: Saint Basil the Great, Saint Gregory the Theologian, Saint John Chrysostom, Saint Isaac the Syrian, and Saint Simeon the New Theologian to name a few. Saint Seraphim taught nothing new, but only what he learned from his predecessors and what he himself practiced. Let us therefore proceed with humility and sincerity, as we bring praises to the monk who has kindly opened his door to us:

Rejoice, spiritual father who did the will of his Heavenly Father.
Rejoice, devoted priest who always proclaimed, “Christ is Risen.”
Rejoice, man of prayer who acquired the peace of the Holy Spirit.
Rejoice, model of charity who befriended both humans and animals.
Rejoice, faithful monk who worshipped God in both word and deed.
Rejoice, true disciple who learned from the great sources of holiness.
Rejoice, “poor Seraphim” who freely taught the ways of spirituality.
Rejoice, wonderworker who cheerfully gave of his gifts.
Rejoice, revered hermit who prayed on a rock for a thousand days.
Rejoice, venerable recluse who saved a thousand souls around him.
Rejoice, example of earnest commitment to the Mother of God.
Rejoice, humble recipient of aid from the blessed Theotokos.
Rejoice, Saint Seraphim, spiritual father of all the faithful.

 

A Prayer

 

Hear our prayer, Saint Seraphim, from the innermost being of each one of us, from our greatest yearnings for truth and love, and from our deepest needs for intervention into our struggles in this temporal life. Proclaim to us, “Christ is Risen,” and guide all our steps to eternal life. We choose to walk on the path of prayer, in whatever station of life God has placed us, and we ask for your blessings and intercession. We thank you for your heavenly aid, Saint Seraphim, and we go forward in the peace of your holiness. Amen.

 

 

Akathist to the

Icon of the Mother of God of Iveron

 

Kontakion 1

 
O chosen Champion, Our Lady the Mother of God, we thy servants bring thee a song of praise, bearing as it were thine honoured image in procession like a mighty shield, an unbreakable wall, an unsleeping guard; and thou, as thou hast invincible power, cover and protect us, Lady, from all our enemies seen and unseen, and deliver us from all harm to body or soul, who cry to thee: Rejoice, blessed Lady of the Portal, opening the gate of Paradise to the faithful!

Ikos 1

 
The leader of the angels was sent to speak to the Mother of God, that her apostolic service might fall upon the land of Iviron: Separate not thyself from Jerusalem, for it is thy lot to enlighten her in the last days; for God hath laid it upon thee to work for the world: wherefore we cry to thee:
Rejoice, by whom the Gospel is spread abroad.
Rejoice, by whom the lure of idols is made vain.
Rejoice, by whom the power of the Prince of Darkness is broken.
Rejoice, by whom the Kingdom of Christ is confirmed.
Rejoice, recalling to the light of the Gospel those sunken in darkness.
Rejoice, leading us from the slavery of the Devil into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
Rejoice, ready handmaid of thy Son and God.
Rejoice, by thy obedience atoning for the disobedience of Eve.
Rejoice, height of beneficence.
Rejoice, depth of humility.
Rejoice, by whom the unbelieving come to know the Creator.
Rejoice, by whom the faithful are adopted as sons by the Father.
Rejoice, blessed Lady of the Portal, opening the gate of Paradise to the faithful!

Kontakion 2

 
The Holy Virgin seeing the wonderful new plan of God, as his handmaid was as ever ready to carry it out, crying: Alleluia.

Ikos 2

 
The mysterious meaning of the Angel’s word was clear to thee, Purest One, and in obedience to it thou didst wend thy way to Mount Athos, to spread the Gospel, as the lot fell to thee. And we joyfully sing to thee:
Rejoice, illuminating Athos with thy coming.
Rejoice, dispersing the darkness of idols.
Rejoice, planting there the true faith.
Rejoice, driving out unbelief.
Rejoice, taking this Mountain into thy care.
Rejoice, promising grace to this place.
Rejoice, bestowing earthly joy on the faithful dwellers therein.
Rejoice, assuring them of eternal salvation.
Rejoice, fervent intercessor for those in thy care.
Rejoice, destroyer of all their foes.
Rejoice, promising thy Son’ s mercy to this place till the end of time.
Rejoice, foretelling that his grace should never leave it.
Rejoice, blessed Lady of the Portal, opening the gate of Paradise to the faithful!

Kontakion 3

 
At the intercession of the Mother of God, the power of the Most High overshadowed the holy mountain, and its glens and thickets appeared as a great harvest-field full of religious eager to reap their salvation, as they sang to her: Alleluia.

Ikos 3

 
Having in mind the lot of the people of the land of Iviron, thou didst settle thyself in their midst, even upon Mount Athos, to them all a shelter, a quiet harbour of salvation to them, giving them thy icon as a shield and guard, and all cried out:
Rejoice, glorious preacher of the Gospel in the land of Iviron.
Rejoice, turning this land from the lure of idols to the light of Christ.
Rejoice, branch of the deathless Vine, giving wondrous grapes.
Rejoice, bearing branches of miracle-grapes and the blessings of faith.
Rejoice, who hast planted a spritiual garden on Athos.
Rejoice, watering the land of Iviron with the stream of spiritual enlightenment flowing therefrom.
Rejoice, fair speech from lips of gold.
Rejoice, unshakable tower of the fortress.
Rejoice, strength of honourable Tsars.
Rejoice, protecting wall of monks.
Rejoice, quiet harbour for those who seek salvation.
Rejoice, preparing for them an endless rest.
Rejoice, blessed Lady of the Portal, opening the gate of Paradise to the faithful!

Kontakion 4

 
The noble widow was tossed by a storm of inward doubts, when in Nicea, perplexed, she saw the sacrilegious warrior pierce with his spear the face of the holy and honoured icon of the Mother of God, and blood issuing from it; seized with fear lest the holy icon be defaced, with prayers and tears she flung it into the sea. But seeing it on the surface of the water making its way towards the west, she cried joyfully: Alleluia.

Ikos 4

 
When the monks of the holy mountain saw it proceeding over the sea like a burning flame, even a pillar of fire, lighting up the heavens like the shining sun, and in the night drawing near to the shore; and knowing it for the holy icon of the Mother of God, borne on the waves by a supernatural power, they cried to the Blessed One:
Rejoice, Burning Bush, foreseen by those who kept the law.
Rejoice, pillar of fire, enlightening those who sit in darkness.
Rejoice, stairway leading up to Heaven, whereby God came down.
Rejoice, bridge leading creatures from earth to Heaven.
Rejoice, dawn of the mysterious day.
Rejoice, star that brought forth the sun.
Rejoice, who gavest birth to the light that is beyond words.
Rejoice, who hast taught no one how it was done.
Rejoice, clothed with the sun, radiant with grace and glory.
Rejoice, lightning, illuminating souls, lighting up faithful minds.
Rejoice, radiance shining in darkness.
Rejoice, bringing forth the many splendid glory.
Rejoice, blessed Lady of the Portal, opening the gate of Paradise to the faithful!

Kontakion 5

 
Wishing to give thy God-sent icon to the dwellers in Iviron, thou didst speak, Mother of God, to the Elder Gabriel: “Go down with the choir of monks to the seashore, enter the water and bring up my icon;” and he, filled with faith and love, walked over the water as if on dry land, took it in his bosom, and they, receiving the treasure, all unworthy of it, to be their own icon of Iviron, joyfully sang: Alleluia.

Ikos 5

 
The monks of Iviron, seeing the icon of the Mother of God many times rise out of its shrine and fly up the wall above the monastery gate, borne by an invisible force, were terrified, and standing cried to her thus:
Rejoice, deigning to bestow on us thy holy icon.
Rejoice, promising us to be our defence.
Rejoice, showing thy love to our hermitage.
Rejoice, showing thy beneficient plan for us.
Rejoice, our help in strange lands.
Rejoice, our comfort on pilgrimages.
Rejoice, God’s goodness to us.
Rejoice, our boldness to God.
Rejoice, who dost dry our tears.
Rejoice, protectress of us orphans.
Rejoice, our defender.
Rejoice, our only joy.
Rejoice, blessed Lady of the Portal, opening the gate of Paradise to the faithful!

Kontakion 6

 
When the elder Gabriel had done thy will, thou saidst to him, O Lady: “I have not come to be preserved by you, but to be your preserver, both in this world and the world to come. Behold, I give you a sign: as long as you see my icon in this monastery, my Son’s mercy will not be withdrawn from you, who all cry to him: Alleluia.”

Ikos 6

 
The monks, beaming with joy on hearing thy great promise, Mother of God, raised a shrine above the gate of the monastery to the heavenly Lady of the Portal, joyfully crying out thus:
Rejoice, our protectress in this life.
Rejoice, our leader into the next.
Rejoice, teaching us the fear of God.
Rejoice, setting us in the way of good works.
Rejoice, our boldness and our hope.
Rejoice, our confidence and protection.
Rejoice, inclining to us the Son, the fruit of thy womb.
Rejoice, giving us good news of his inalienable grace among us.
Rejoice, giving thy holy icon to us as a pledge of mercy.
Rejoice, giving with it miraculous gifts.
Rejoice, turning away all threat of evil from our retreat.
Rejoice, giving all a safe going-out.
Rejoice, blessed Lady of the Portal, opening the gate of Paradise to the faithful!

Kontakion 7

 
One day the wicked Amir thought to destroy the Iverskaya hermitage, and scatter the flock of monks gathered there; but soon after he learned that the Mother of God was their strong defence, as he saw his ships flounder in the depths of the sea, and his warriors destroyed; whereupon he humbly brought silver and gold to the hermitage, asking their prayers. The monks, seeing this, cried to God: Alleluia.

Ikos 7

 
And new and countless miracles wrought the Mother of God, filling the hermitage with wine, flour and oil, healing those possessed of devils, making the lame to go, the blind to see, and curing all ills, and those who saw these marvels sang to thee:
Rejoice, chosen Champion, conquering the enemies of all.
Rejoice, swift help of all who cry to thee.
Rejoice, who dost not despise our prayers.
Rejoice, who goest not back on thy word.
Rejoice, turning the grief of the hermitage into joy.
Rejoice, turning the dearth of the hermitage into abundance.
Rejoice, sight of the blind.
Rejoice, going of the lame.
Rejoice, healer of all the sick.
Rejoice, comfort of all the unhappy.
Rejoice, who never ceasest to plan for us and save us.
Rejoice, delivering us from a troubled mind.
Rejoice, blessed Lady of the Portal, opening the gate of Paradise to the faithful!

Kontakion 8

 
The Patriarch Nikon, hearing of the wonderful protection given by the icon of the Mother of God to the monastery of Iviron, would fain have the land of Russia share in her grace; wherefore he set up a monastery in honour of the glorious image, respectfully soliciting a copy of the wonderworking icon of the Mother of God, that those who enjoyed her protection might cry to God: Alleluia.

Ikos 8

 
Ever dwelling on high, but not forsaking the lowly, thou deignedst, Mother of God, to give the new monastery in the land of Russia thy blessing, even as of old to ancient Antony on Mount Athos when he established his holy cave-dwelling; even the blessing wherewith thou didst bless Athos, in honour of thy revered image. Wherefore we cry to thee:
Rejoice, protectress of the land of Russia, broader than a cloud.
Rejoice, defence and strengthening of the Orthodox faith.
Rejoice, unshakable pillar of the Orthodox Church.
Rejoice, who castest down heresy and schism.
Rejoice, icon that lightest up all the land with bright and wonderworking rays.
Rejoice, from whom flow gifts of healing and mercy.
Rejoice, strength of the sceptre of the Tsars.
Rejoice, terror of foes.
Rejoice, joy of the Saints.
Rejoice, praise of the priests.
Rejoice, patroness of monks.
Rejoice, salvation of all our race.
Rejoice, blessed Lady of the Portal, opening the gate of Paradise to the faithful!

Kontakion 9

 
With all reverence for the copy of the honoured image of the merciful Lady of the Portal, the host of mortified monks of Iviron finished their prayers and hymns and washed with holy water the board on which the honoured image was to be portrayed; and they consecrated the Elder Lamblichus for the work; who in fasting, prayer and vigil with all the brethren, using only holy water and blessed relics executed the noble likeness of the Mother of God, praying and crying to God: Alleluia.

Ikos 9

 
We see wise men silent as fish on account of thee, Mother of God; for they cannot tell how fitly to sing of thy wondrous works, done for our race through thy holy icon; for on the way to Russia, commanding the noble Manuel to give ransom to the infidels who were obstructing the progress of the holy icon into the land of Russia, thou rewardest him twofold thereafter. And we, marvelling, faithfully sing to thee:
Rejoice, inexhaustible fountain of marvels.
Rejoice, giver of all mercies.
Rejoice, ever fervent intercessor for us with God.
Rejoice, treasure of his providence.
Rejoice, refuge of those in distress.
Rejoice, comfort of the afflicted.
Rejoice, health of the sick.
Rejoice, strength of the infirm.
Rejoice, comforter of widows.
Rejoice, gentle mother of orphans.
Rejoice, guide of those who stray from the way of truth.
Rejoice, leader of sinners to repentance.
Rejoice, blessed Lady of the Portal, opening the gate of Paradise to the faithful!

Kontakion 10

 
Wishing to save many times from grief and misery, thou pourest forth from thy icon an unending stream of mercies on our race, Mother of God. Wherefore, blessed Lady of the Portal, in the royal city of Moscow thou didst show thyself to all who bow down to thee, giving ready help and pouring forth streams of light from thy icon in the new Iverskaya shrine; and on other cities, monasteries and all who honour thee, fulfilling thy kindly promise. Wherefore, glorifying God, who gave us so much grace, we sing to him: Alleluia.

Ikos 10

 
Thou art, a wall of defence to monks, O Mother of God, and to all who take refuge with thee; for the Creator of Heaven and earth dwelt in thy virgin womb, and taught all who long for purity and chastity to cry to thee:
Rejoice, chosen vessel of virginity.
Rejoice, purest image of chastity.
Rejoice, womb of seedless conception.
Rejoice, Bride ever virgin.
Rejoice, who didst bear the Sower of Purity.
Rejoice, who dost unite the faithful to the Lord.
Rejoice, swift help in the storms of temptation.
Rejoice, destroyer of the enemy’s snares.
Rejoice, who sweepest away the dark passions that destroy the soul.
Rejoice, who dost purify the mind.
Rejoice, who teachest us to despise the temptations of the world.
Rejoice, directing mind and heart to Heaven.
Rejoice, blessed Lady of the Portal, opening the gate of Paradise to the faithful!

Kontakion 11

 
All songs must fail that try to encompass the magnitude of thy mercies; if we brought thee as many songs as the sands of the sea, Our Lady, Mother of God, we should do nothing worthy of what thou hast given to us, who sing to thee: Alleluia.

Ikos 11

 
We see the holy icon of the Mother of God shining in darkness like a glorious light; with its mysterious fire of grace, its miraculous rays, it illuminates all, teaching us to cry to the Blessed Lady:
Rejoice, swift help in all our need.
Rejoice, swift ear to hear in our sorrows.
Rejoice, delivering us from fire, sword and invasion by the stranger.
Rejoice, freeing us from famine and an unprovided death.
Rejoice, warding off from us poison and all deadly things.
Rejoice, sudden help to those in trouble travelling by land or sea.
Rejoice, healing of the soul’s poison and the body’s.
Rejoice, taking into thy hands those whom the doctors have given up.
Rejoice, merciful consoler of all sorrowful and burdened.
Rejoice, who wilt not thrust away the despised and the outcast.
Rejoice, snatching those in utmost despair from the brink of ruin.
Rejoice, who withholdest not thy protection and intercession from worthless me, whose good deeds are so few.
Rejoice, blessed Lady of the Portal, opening the gate of Paradise to the faithful!

Kontakion 12

 
Wishing to give grace and release from ancient debts to all debtors, the Redeemer of mankind came with thee to those who had departed from his grace, and tearing up the writ against them, gave us a mighty intercessor, high in God’s grace: so to her in prayer we cry: Alleluia.

Ikos 12

 
As we sing thy wonders shown to us in this life, we praise thee, Mother of God, as the inexhaustible fountain of mercy: but falling down before thy wonderworking icon, we humbly pray, be our protection and shield in the day of our death, and when we come to stand before the dreadful judgement seat of they Son, let us cry to thee:
Rejoice, sitting in glory by the throne of the Son; remembering us there.
Rejoice, ever reigning with thy Son and God, and interceding for us.
Rejoice, giving confidence to those who hope in thee at their life’s end.
Rejoice, making their end painless and peaceful.
Rejoice, deliverer from bitter pains.
Rejoice, deliverer from the power of the Prince of the Air.
Rejoice, who makest our sins to be forgotten.
Rejoice, God’s hope to us of bliss.
Rejoice, making a place at the right hand of thy Son for those that hope in thee.
Rejoice, enabling us to hear his blessed voice that promises us a dwelling in Heaven.
Rejoice, blessed Mother, who takest to dwell with thee all who honour thee.
Rejoice, strong hope of eternal salvation to all Christians.
Rejoice, blessed Lady of the Portal, opening the gate of Paradise to the faithful!
 

Kontakion 13

 
O most holy Lady, Virgin, Mother of God, Mother whose praise all sing look down upon us humbly with tears bringing our little prayers before thy most pure image, putting all our trust and hope in thee, and deliver us from all ills and disasters in this life, and from torments in that to come, that, saved by thee, we may sing: Alleluia! 

 

(This kontakion is read thrice)

 

And again Ekos 1 and Kontakion 1:

 

Ikos 1

 

The leader of the angels was sent to speak to the Mother of God, that her apostolic service might fall upon the land of Iviron: Separate not thyself from Jerusalem, for it is thy lot to enlighten her in the last days; for God hath laid it upon thee to work for the world: wherefore we cry to thee:

Rejoice, by whom the Gospel is spread abroad.
Rejoice, by whom the lure of idols is made vain.
Rejoice, by whom the power of the Prince of Darkness is broken.
Rejoice, by whom the Kingdom of Christ is confirmed.
Rejoice, recalling to the light of the Gospel those sunken in darkness.
Rejoice, leading us from the slavery of the Devil into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
Rejoice, ready handmaid of thy Son and God.
Rejoice, by thy obedience atoning for the disobedience of Eve.
Rejoice, height of beneficence.
Rejoice, depth of humility.
Rejoice, by whom the unbelieving come to know the Creator.
Rejoice, by whom the faithful are adopted as sons by the Father.
Rejoice, blessed Lady of the Portal, opening the gate of Paradise to the faithful!

 

Kontakion 1

 

O chosen Champion, Our Lady the Mother of God, we thy servants bring thee a song of praise, bearing as it were thine honoured image in procession like a mighty shield, an unbreakable wall, an unsleeping guard; and thou, as thou hast invincible power, cover and protect us, Lady, from all our enemies seen and unseen, and deliver us from all harm to body or soul, who cry to thee: Rejoice, blessed Lady of the Portal, opening the gate of Paradise to the faithful!

 

 

Akathist to the

Protection of the Mother Of God

 

Kontakion 1

 

O Chosen by the pre-eternal God, Queen of heaven and earth higher than all creation, who hast in days past entered praying into the Church of the Blachernae we, offering Thee with thanksgiving due veneration, flee with faith and compunction under Thy shining vestment for we lie in darkness. And Thou who hast invincible power dost set us free from every affliction that we may cry to Thee: Rejoice, our Joy, protect us from every ill by Thy precious Veil.

Ikos 1

 

Archangels and angels with John the Forerunner, John the Divine and the choir of all the saints, were present with Thee, their Queen, in the Church of the Blachernae and hearing Thy moving supplication for all the world, they cried out with wonder as follows:
 
Rejoice, O pre-eternal good will of God the Father Who has no beginning of days.
Rejoice, timeless and most pure who contained God the Son.
Rejoice, Thou chosen dwelling-place of God the all-holy Spirit.
Rejoice, Thou never-ceasing wonder of the angelic hosts on high.
Rejoice, Thou all-threatening terror of the dark forces of hell.
Rejoice, Thou whom the many-eyed cherubim meet in the air.
Rejoice, Thou to whom the six-winged seraphim ascribe praises.
Rejoice, Thou whose most precious veil we born on earth thankfully venerate.
Rejoice, our Joy, protect us from every ill by Thy precious Veil.

Kontakion 2

 

Saint Andrew with Epiphanios having seen Thee inside the Church praying God in the air for all Christians, acknowledged Thee to be the Mother of Christ our God Who ascended into heaven and falling to the ground they joyfully venerated Thine all-precious veil, crying: Alleluia!

Ikos 2

 

Thou, O Theotokos Virgin art knowledge unknowable in defense of Orthodox people. Therefore our enemies know not how strong is the prayer of the Mother of God: while we well aware of Thine all-mighty protection cry to Thee with tender feeling:
 
Rejoice, Most merciful Comforter of all the afflicted and heavy laden.
Rejoice, never sleeping Guide of all those who have strayed and gone blind.
Rejoice, Thou who by Thy supplication dost swiftly appease the wrath of God rightly poured out on us.
Rejoice, Thou who by an all-powerful behest dost tame our evil passions.
Rejoice, strong waker of sleeping consciences.
Rejoice, easy overcomer of sinful practices.
Rejoice, Thou for whose sake hell groans and the spirits of evil tremble.
Rejoice, Thou for whose sake the gates of paradise are opened to all.
Rejoice, our Joy, protect us from every ill by Thy precious Veil.

Kontakion 3

 

Power from on high overshadows those who run for refuge with faith and reverence to Thy precious protection: for to Thee alone, O all holy and all pure only Mother of God is it given that every petition of Thine be fulfilled. Therefore the faithful of all ages glorify Thee and Thy Son, crying: Alleluia!

Ikos 3

 

O Lady, having a never-failing wealth of mercy, Thou dost stretch the hand of help to all the ends of the earth: and dost give healing to the sick, relief to the suffering, sight to the blind, and to all everything that is expedient for them as they cry aloud in thanksgiving:
 
Rejoice, indestructible fortress and bulwark of Orthodox kingdoms.
Rejoice, principle adornment of holy churches and altars.
Rejoice, truest guard of holy monasteries.
Rejoice, vigilant Helper of stouthearted city governors.
Rejoice, unconquerable Leader of Christian captains and armies.
Rejoice, holy mirror of justice for judges who take no bribes.
Rejoice, perfect knowledge for teachers and those who bring up children.
Rejoice, Blessing of pious homes and families.
Rejoice, our Joy, protect us from every ill by Thy precious Veil.

Kontakion 4

 

O Lady, Thou dost help us held fast by a storm of many afflictions: for Thou dost stand before the altar of the Lord, lifting Thine hands and praying that the Lord of glory look down on our unworthy prayer and hearken to the petitions of those who call upon Thy holy Name crying to Thy Son: Alleluia!

Ikos 4

 

The Lord God heard Joshua, son of Nun, praying and He commanded the sun to stand still until he defeat the enemy. The Lord Jesus now hears Thy supplication, O chosen dwelling of the Holy Spirit. Therefore we sinners, putting our trust in Thy protection, make bold to say to Thee, Mother of God:
 
Rejoice, Thou who art lit by the Sun of the mind and who dost enlighten us with the light that never sets.
Rejoice, Thou who hast illumined the whole earth by the brightness of Thy most pure soul.
Rejoice, Thou who hast made glad the whole heavens by the purity of Thy body.
Rejoice, Protector and Provider of the holy monasteries of Christ.
Rejoice, Thou who art the strength and understanding of the pastors of the Church.
Rejoice, Guide of God-fearing monks and nuns.
Rejoice, untroubled rest of the pious aged.
Rejoice, secret gladness of pure virgins and widows.
Rejoice, our Joy, protect us from every ill by Thy precious Veil.

Kontakion 5

 

When Moses who saw God lifted his arms while the battle with Amalek raged, Israel overcame and when he let his hands fall, Amalek was victorious and strengthened by those who hold up his arms, Israel defeated the enemy: and Thou, O Mother of God, having raised Thine hands in supplication, even though no man hold them up, dost always conquer the enemies of Christ and art an invincible shield for us who cry: Alleluia!

Ikos 5

 

The assemblies of saints when they had seen Thee in the air inside the church of the Blachernae stretching Thy hands in prayer to Thy Son and God, sang Thee a song in thanksgiving with the archangels and angels: while we, our hands fortified by Thee made stronger than the arms of Moses, cry aloud with compunction:
 
Rejoice, Thou whose love and mercy towards us alone hold up Thine hands for us.
Rejoice, Thou before Whom our enemies, visible and invisible, cannot stand.
Rejoice, Thou who drivest away the dark hordes of our passions and lusts.
Rejoice, Thou who holdest in Thine hand without being consumed, the divine fire of Christ and who with it dost set us in our coldness aflame.
Rejoice, Thou who crownest with a fair crown of chastity those who fight against the flesh.
Rejoice, Thou perpetual Converser with those who strive in fasting and silent prayer.
Rejoice, Thou speedy Comforter of those who fall from despair and sadness.
Rejoice, Thou who dost by grace provide us with humility and patience.
Rejoice, our Joy, protect us from every ill by Thy precious Veil.

Kontakion 6

 

Saint Roman the Melodion, appeared as an unfailing proclaimer of Thy grace and mercy when he had received from Thee in a dream a paper roll to swallow: for thereby made wise, he began to sing with skill in Thine honour and to write praises for the saints, calling out with faith: Alleluia!

Ikos 6

 

O Virgin, Maid of God, who hast shone forth the Dawn from the true Sun of righteousness, enlightening all with the wisdom of Thy God and Son and who leadest all to knowledge of the truth those who cry to Thee:
 
Rejoice, Thou who hast given birth to Christ in the flesh, Power of God and wisdom of God.
Rejoice, Thou who hast confounded the foolish wisdom of this world, and who hast guided those blinded by it on the way of truth.
Rejoice, Preserver of our holy faith and teacher of Orthodox dogma.
Rejoice, Uprooter of impious heresies and corrupting divisions.
Rejoice, Thou who well knowest secret and unforeseen difficulties and dost tell those whom it is proper about them.
Rejoice, thou who puttest to shame false seers and vain divining.
Rejoice, Thou who in the hour of perplexity dost put a good thought in our hearts.
Rejoice, Thou who dost turn us from perilous purposes and senseless desires.
Rejoice, our Joy, protect us from every ill by Thy precious Veil.

Kontakion 7

 

The all-seeing, long-suffering Lord, wishing to manifest the unsearchable deep of His mercies and love for mankind, chose Thee alone to be His Mother, and made Thee into an invincible defense for His people: that even though one of them appear worthy of condemnation by the righteous judgement of God, yet all the more shall he be preserved for repentance by Thy mighty protection, crying: Alleluia!

Ikos 7

 

O Lord, Thou hast shown in Thine all-pure Mother, how wonderful are Thy works when Her most marvellous veil was revealed in Her hand shining brighter than the rays of the sun and with it She protected the people in the Church of Blachernae: for hearing of such a sign of Her defense, held by fear and joy, all say:
 
Rejoice, thou veil not made by hand of man that is spread over the whole world like a cloud.
Rejoice, Thou who dost hold in Thine hands the banner of Thy Son, the pre-eternal Bishop.
Rejoice, Thou who hast thereby made manifest a new mercy and new grace in the Orthodox Church.
Rejoice, pillar of cloud who protects all of us in the world from temptations and scandals.
Rejoice, pillar of fire amidst the darkness, showing us all the path of salvation.
Rejoice, visible strength of manifest strivers for godliness.
Rejoice, secret Giver of understanding to the secret servants of God in this world.
Rejoice, Thou who also leavest not without Thy grace and protection me who am stripped of all good works.
Rejoice, our Joy, protect us from every ill by Thy precious Veil.

Kontakion 8

 

Angels sang Thy praises when Thou didst appear in wondrous wise from heaven in the Church of the Blachernae and apostles gave Thee glory. The choir of holy Bishops and monks and the band of holy women extolled Thee, the Forerunner with John the Divine venerated Thee, and the people present in the Church cried aloud with joy: Alleluia!

Ikos 8

 

The Lord Who reigns over all things above and below, when He had seen Thee, His Mother, standing in the Church and praying with tender feeling to Him, said: Ask, O my Mother, because I shall never turn from Thee but will fulfil all Thy petitions and teach all to sing to Thee in thanksgiving:
 
Rejoice, Ark of the law in which is kept the sanctification of all mankind.
Rejoice, all-holy Jar in which the bread of eternal life is preserved for those who hunger for righteousness.
Rejoice, all-golden Vessel in which the flesh and blood of the divine Lamb are prepared for us.
Rejoice, Thou who dost receive in Thine all-powerful arms those forsaken by the physicians.
Rejoice, Thou who dost raise from their bed of sickness those crippled in body but not in spirit and faith.
Rejoice, Thou who givest a new and better understanding to those who are perishing from infirmity of mind.
Rejoice, Thou who dost wisely trip us up on the stubborn path of sin and passion.
Rejoice, Thou who dost turn to mercy the cruelty of our unrepentant hearts.
Rejoice, our Joy, protect us from every ill by Thy precious Veil.

Kontakion 9

 

The whole assembly of angels offers Thee praises, Thou true Mother of God and Defender of all who run to Thee, knowing how with Thine unfailing protection Thou dost Rejoice the righteous, protect and deliver the poor, and pray for all the faithful crying: Alleluia!

Ikos 9

 

The wordy orators, become as dumb fish, are at a loss as to how to praise as is due, the great feast of Thine all-precious protection: for all the things said by them about Thee suffice not to number Thy mercies alone. And we, seeing Thy good works without number, cry with gladness:
 
Rejoice, Thou who dost guard us from the deadly plague in which all perish.
Rejoice, Thou who dost preserve cities and villages from sudden earthquakes.
Rejoice, Thou who dost lead us out with Thy strong arm from flood and drowning.
Rejoice, Thou who by the dew of Thy prayers dost deliver us from the kindling of fire.
Rejoice, Thou who dost provide against hunger of soul and body by the Bread of life.
Rejoice, Thou who dost lead away from our heads the blows of lightning and thunder.
Rejoice, Thou who dost save us from the attacks of strangers and secret murderers.
Rejoice, Thou who dost guard us with peace and love against family quarrels and the enmities of those of our own blood.
Rejoice, our Joy, protect us from every ill by Thy precious Veil.

Kontakion 10

 

Wishing to save mankind from the error of the enemy, the Lord Who loves mankind gave us on earth Thee His Mother to be our help, protection and defense, for Thee to be the Comforter of those that sorrow, the Joy of the afflicted, the Defender of the injured, and to raise all from the depth of sin, singing: Alleluia!

Ikos 10

 

“O King of heaven,” spoke the all-pure Queen in prayer as She stood with the angels, “do Thou accept every man praying to Thee and calling upon my name for help, that he go not away from my face empty and unheard.” Hearing this most good supplication, the assemblies of the saints cried in thanksgiving:
 
Rejoice, Thou who crownest with blessed fruits the husbandmen pure in hand and heart.
Rejoice, Succour and righteous Rewarder for all those who honestly trade.
Rejoice, Reprover before all nations of those who keep not their oaths and whose gains are unjust.
Rejoice, unexpected Helper of those in distress in their travels by land and water.
Rejoice, Thou who makest glad with the fruits of faith and the spirit childless couples.
Rejoice, unseen Tutor of motherless orphans.
Rejoice, strong Defender of those in captivity and exile.
Rejoice, ever-watchful Guardian of those sitting in bonds and prison.
Rejoice, our Joy, protect us from every ill by Thy precious Veil.

Kontakion 11

 

Hearing a most moving song and attending to Thy prayer for us, we beg Thee, O Virgin Theotokos, look not away from the voices of Thy servants for we run to Thee in assaults and affliction and in our distress we pour out our tears before Thee, crying: Alleluia!

Ikos 11

 

Seeing Thee in the air inside the Blachernae Church burning in prayer as a candle aflame with light, I gave voice together with a multitude of people there present: how can this be that the Mother of my Lord has come to me? And Saint Andrew with Epiphanios prayed warmly to Thee, crying:
 
Rejoice, abundant Giver of all spiritual and bodily gifts.
Rejoice, true Advocate of sinners who have started to repent.
Rejoice, perpetual Champion of those fighting with enemy passions and intents.
Rejoice, invisible Tamer of cruel and bestial masters.
Rejoice, secret Rest and Consolation of humble and suffering servants.
Rejoice, most longed-for Fulfiller of blessed marriages.
Rejoice, swift and painless relief of mothers in childbirth.
Rejoice, our only Help in the hour of death.
Rejoice, our Joy, protect us from every ill by Thy precious Veil.

Kontakion 12

 

Ask Thy Son to give us divine grace; stretch towards us a helping hand; ward off from us every enemy and adversary and give our lives peace that we parish not grievously without repentance, but accept us, O our Protector, in the eternal mansions, that, rejoicing we may cry to Thee: Alleluia!

Ikos 12

 

Singing the praises of Thy mighty protection, we praise Thee for Thou art to us all our firm Advocate and we venerate Thee who dost pray for us: for we believe and we trust that Thou wilt beg of Thy Son and God eternal and temporal good things for all who cry thus to Thee with love:
 
Rejoice, strong Defense of the whole inhabited earth.
Rejoice, sanctification of all the earthly and heavenly elements.
Rejoice, Thou Blessing of all the seasons of the year.
Rejoice, Thou Conqueror of all assaults and temptations that come from the world, the flesh and the devil.
Rejoice, unhoped for Reconciliation of those who are at daggers drawn.
Rejoice, Amendment without their knowledge of unrepentant sinners.
Rejoice, Thou who dost not turn away those despised and forsaken by all.
Rejoice, Thou who dost pluck from the pit of destruction those that indeed despair.
Rejoice, our Joy, protect us from every ill by Thy precious Veil.

Kontakion 13

 

O all-praised Mother, Most pure Lady, Virgin, Theotokos, to Thee do I lift up the eyes of my soul and body, to Thee do I stretch forth my hands grown feeble and I cry from the depth of my heart: look down on the faith and humility of my soul; shelter me with Thy almighty protection, that I be saved from all assault and distress, and in the hour of my death, be by me, O Thou all-blessed, and deliver me from the torment prepared for me because of my sins, that, venerating Thee, I may ever cry: Alleluia! 
 
(repeat Kontakion 13 and Alleluia three times)

Ikos 1

 

Archangels and angels with John the Forerunner, John the Divine and the choir of all the saints, were present with Thee, their Queen, in the Church of the Blachernae and hearing Thy moving supplication for all the world, they cried out with wonder as follows:
 
Rejoice, O pre-eternal good will of God the Father Who has no beginning of days.
Rejoice, timeless and most pure who contained God the Son.
Rejoice, Thou chosen dwelling-place of God the all-holy Spirit.
Rejoice, Thou never-ceasing wonder of the angelic hosts on high.
Rejoice, Thou all-threatening terror of the dark forces of hell.
Rejoice, Thou whom the many-eyed cherubim meet in the air.
Rejoice, Thou to whom the six-winged seraphim ascribe praises.
Rejoice, Thou whose most precious veil we born on earth thankfully venerate.
Rejoice, our Joy, protect us from every ill by Thy precious Veil.

Kontakion 1

 

O Chosen by the pre-eternal God, Queen of heaven and earth higher than all creation, who hast in days past entered praying into the Church of the Blachernae we, offering Thee with thanksgiving due veneration, flee with faith and compunction under Thy shining vestment for we lie in darkness. And Thou who hast invincible power dost set us free from every affliction that we may cry to Thee: Rejoice, our Joy, protect us from every ill by Thy precious Veil.

First Prayer

 

O all-holy Virgin, Mother of the Lord of the hosts on high, Thou Queen of heaven and earth and almighty Defender of our country, accept from us Thine unworthy servants this song of praise and thanksgiving and bring our prayer up to the throne of Thy God and Son, that He be merciful towards our unrighteousness, and extend His grace to those who honour Thy name and venerate with faith and love Thy wonder-working ikon. For we are not worthy to be forgiven by Him hadst Thou, O Lady, not made Him merciful towards us, for all things from Him are possible to Thee. Therefore we run to Thee as Thou art our swift and undoubted Protector. Hear us who pray to Thee: overshadow us with Thine almighty veil and ask from Thy God and Son zeal and vigilance for our shepherds, wisdom and strength for the souls of those who govern our cities, righteousness and impartiality for our judges, understanding and humility for our leaders, love and concord for the married, obedience for our children, patience for those who have been offended, the fear of God for those that offend, stoutheartedness for the afflicted, restraint for those that rejoice, and for all of us the spirit of understanding and godliness, the spirit of mercy and meekness, the spirit of chastity and truth. Yea, O all-holy Lady, be merciful towards Thy feeble people: gather together the dispersed, guide on the right way those that have gone astray, uphold old age, make the young pure, bring up the children and look down upon all of us with the care of Thy merciful protection. Raise us from the depth of sin and enlighten the eyes of our hearts to see salvation. Be merciful to us both here and yonder, during our wandering in the land of this earth and at the Last Judgement of Thy Son: and make our fathers and brothers who have departed this life live the eternal life with the angels and all the saints. For Thou, O Lady, art the glory of those in heaven and the trust of those on earth. After God, Thou art the hope and Defender of all who flee to Thee with faith. We then pray to Thee and to Thee as our almighty Helper, do we commend ourselves and one another, now and for ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
 

Second Prayer

 

O my most blessed Queen, my all-holy hope, Receiver of orphans and Defender of the strangers, Helper of those in poverty, Protector of the sick, behold my distress, behold my affliction. On all sides am I held by temptation, and there is none to defend me. Help me then as I am weak, feed me as I am a pilgrim, guide me as I have strayed, heal and save me as I lie without hope. For I have no other help, nor advocate nor comforter, save Thee, O Mother of all the afflicted and heavy laden. Look down then on me, a sinner lying in sickness, and protect me with Thine all-holy Veil, that I be delivered from all the ills surrounding me and may ever praise Thy Name that all men sing. Amen.

 

Gebet bei Regenmangel

verfasst vom heiligen Kallistos

von Konstantinopel

 

Herr, der Du durch Deinen Propheten Elias die Dürre aufgehoben, durch Regenströme das Antlitz der Erde bewässert und Dein Volk mit einer Fülle von Früchten versehen hast, gib Du auch jetzt, bewogen durch Deine Güte, die Deinem Wesen eigen ist, der Erde lindernden Regen, dass die Früchte des Jahres reifen. Du bist es doch, der die Gewässer der Erde an ihren Orten gesammelt und die von ihnen bedeckte Erde sichtbar gemacht hat, der ihr befahl, verschiedene Früchte zu unserem Genuss wachsen zu lassen. Du bist es, der zur Zeit Noahs wegen der Sünden der Menschen die Quellen der Abgründe und die Tiefen des Himmels aufschloss und das Antlitz der Erde überflutete zur Vertilgung allen Lebens. Du bist es, der durch die Wasser sein Himmelszelt verhüllt, der die Wolken erhebt und ihnen befiehlt, sich in Regentropfen aufzulösen: Du bist es, der das Meereswasser hoch führt und es ausgießt über das Antlitz der Erde. Du bist es, der die Regenmengen festsetzt und übrigen Regen absondert, die Ströme mit Wasser füllt, die Erde befeuchtet und ihre Bäche zur Vermehrung ihrer schönen Früchte tränkt. Du bist es, der das Meer geteilt und den Fluss gangbar gemacht hat, der Wasser aus dem Felsen quellen ließ und seine Bitterkeit in Süße verwandelte. Die Natur der Gewässer erkennt ihren Gebieter, ihren Schöpfer und verweigert nicht ihren schuldigen Gehorsam: Wenn sie Dich, den Gebieter, über uns erzürnt sieht, bringt sie entweder, übermäßig bewegt, Verderben, oder hält sich verborgen, und Dürre erfasst die Erde, glühend wird die Luft, die Gewächse der Erde vertrocknen, und wir fallen in die Hände der Not. Doch wenn sie Dich wieder als menschenliebenden, milden und versöhnenden Gott erblickt, hält sie Regen bereit und Regengüsse strömen auf die Erde herab, die Luft ist wohltuend und, Deinem Gebote gehorsam, lässt die Erde eine Überfülle von Früchten aus ihrem Innern hervor sprießen, Dich nun, den Schöpfer und Erhalter aller, flehen wir an und sprechen: Erbarme Dich unser, Herr, erbarme Dich unser! Gedenke, dass wir das Werk Deiner Hände sind, nimm Rücksicht auf die Schwachheit unseres Wesens, denn Du bist es, der uns erschaffen hat! Sieh auf die Bedrängnis der Vögel, das Klagegeschrei des Viehes, das Weinen der Kinder, das Wehklagen der Jugend, das Elend der Alten, die Entbehrungen der Waisen, die Einsamkeit der Witwen, die Dürftigkeit der Armen und die flehende Stimme Deines ganzen Volkes. Neige Dein Antlitz gnädig zur Erde und tränke sie mit reichlichem Regen, denn wenn sie Feuchtigkeit entbehrt, lässt sie ihre Gewächse verwelken, Mensch und Vieh aber verderben. Als Du einst mit der Flut den Untergang herbeiführtest, dachtest Du an Noah, der in der Arche auf jenen unermesslichen Gewässern getragen wurde. Du gedachtest seiner, der Vögel, der Rinder, der wilden Tiere und der Kriechtiere, und Du ließest Wind über die Erde wehen, und das Wasser fiel. Und Noah und die Tiere mit ihm hast Du gleichsam als Samen für eine zweite Welt bewahrt. Auch jetzt, da Du durch Austrocknung der Luft mit Hunger und Tod drohst, gedenke des auf Dich vertrauenden Volkes. Gedenke auch der Vögel und der Haustiere und führe einen taubringenden Wind herbei, damit die Dürre aufhört, und lass die Samen der Erde zur Nahrung der Menschen und Tiere reifen, und würdige alle wieder Deiner Fürsorge, denn Du bist es, der Gras für die Rinder und Pflanzen zur Ernährung der Menschen wachsen lässt, Du bist es, der das Brot aus der Erde hervorbringt, Wein hervor quellen lässt und das Gesicht der Menschen mit Öl salbt, damit wir an den vor Dir gespendeten Gütern teilhaben und in Herzensfreude Deine Güte verherrlichen können, des Vaters und des Sohnes und des Heiligen Geistes, jetzt und immerdar und in alle Ewigkeit. Amen.