Wednesday, November 01, 2006

For All the Saints

From the Hymn of First Vespers (Christe, Redemptor Omnium)
...And hear with reconciling care
The blessed Virgin's holy prayer.
And ye, O ever blissful throng
Of heavenly spirits, guardians strong,
Our past and present ills dispel,
From future peril shield us well.
Ye Prophets of the Judge adored,
Ye twelve Apostles of the Lord,
For us your ceaseless prayer outpour,
Salvation for our souls implore.
Martyrs of God, renowned for aye,
Confessors ranged in bright array,
Let all your orisons unite
To bear us to the realms of light.
O sacred Virgin choirs may ye,
With Monks of holy ministry,
And every Saint of Christ obtain
That we his fellowship may gain....
From the Hymn of Lauds (Jesu, Salvator Saeculi)
...Mother of God, in time of need,
For contrite hearts salvation plead.
Let all the bright Angelic choirs,
The ranks of Patriarchal sires,
And Prophet Saints, devout and meek,
Forgiveness for our errors seek.
The Baptist, Thy great harbinger,
With heaven's appointed Keybearer,
And all Apostles strive to win,
From God remission of our sin.
So may the sacred Martyr band,
Confessors, Priests, adoring stand,
And every Virgin chastely pray
That he would purge our guilt away.
Your suffrages, ye Monks, unite
With all the citizens of light
To speed our vows, combine your powers
That life's eternal prize be ours.

I note both of these hymns follow the general progression so familiar to those acquainted with the Byzantine liturgy:

And again we offer unto Thee this reasonable service for all those who in faith have gone before us to their rest: Patriarchs, Prophets, Apostles, Preachers, Evangelists, Martyrs, Confessors, Ascetics, and every righteous spirit made perfect in faith: Especially our all-holy, immaculate, most blessed and glorious Lady Theotokos and ever-virgin whose supplications look down upon us, O God.

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