"For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood." - Saint Paul
"O Lady, cease not to watch over us; preserve and guard us under the wings of thy compassion and mercy, for, after God, we have no hope but in thee." - Saint Ephrem the Syrian
"Christianity is an ascetic religion, a teaching on gradual liberation from the passions, on the means and conditions of gradual acquisition of virtues, conditions both internal, that is, personal struggle, and external, that is, dogmatic tenets and grace-filled Mysteries, all having one purpose: to heal human sinfulness and lead us to perfection.” - Metropolitan Anthony (Khrapovitsky) of Kiev and Galich
_____________________________ Christ and the Theotokos
Kontakion of the Ascension: After fulfilling for us your plan of redemption and joining the things of earth with those of heaven, you gloriously ascended, O Christ our God, without abandoning us, but remained with us forever and proclaimed to those who love you: "Behold, I am with you. No one has power against you!"
Theotokion: It is truly right to bless you, O Theotokos,
ever blessed, and most pure, and the Mother of our God:
more honorable than the cherubim, beyond compare more glorious than the seraphim —
without corruption you gave birth to God, the Word.
True Theotokos, we magnify you!
Michael the Archangel
Troparion: We, though unworthy, pray to you, Commander of the Heavenly Hosts. Prayerfully guard us under the wings of your bodiless splendor. Protect us, who fervently turn to you and cry: "Deliver us from harm, as Commander of the Highest Powers."
Saint Silouan the Athonite
Troparion: O all-blessed Father Silouan, flaming zealot of the Seraphims' love for the Lord and fervent imitator of Jeremiah, who wept for the people,hearing the call of the Mother of the Lord of Hosts, with wise courage you spewed out the sinful serpent and withdrew from the snares of the world to the Mountain of Athos, where, in labors and prayer joined with tears, in abundance you acquired the grace of the Holy Spirit with which our hearts are enflamed. Being streghened by you, we cry out with compunction: 'My Lord, my Life, and the Joy of your saint, save the world and us from all cruel things!'
Saint John Chrysostom
Troparion: Grace shining forth from your lips like a beacon has enlightened the universe: it has shown to the world the riches of poverty; it has revealed to us the heights of humility. Teaching us by your words, O Father John the Golden-Mouthed, intercede before the Word, Christ our God, to save our souls.
Saint Raphael of Brooklyn
Troparion: Your proclamation has gone forth throughout North America, calling the scattered sheep into the unity of the church. Hearing your voice, they responded to your teaching, and through your writings you instructed them in piety. Now, guided by your example, O Father Raphael, we sing hymns of praise unto Christ our God: Glory to Him Who gave you strength! Glory to Him Who granted you a crown! Glory to Him Who, through you, grants healing to all!
Saint Herman of Alaska
Troparion: O blessed Father Herman of Alaska, North Star of Christ's holy Church, the light of your holy life and great deeds guides those who follow the Orthodox way. Together we lift high the Holy Cross you planted firmly in America. Let all behold and glorify Jesus Christ, singing His Holy Resurrection.