Saturday, October 1, 2016

They have revived all men

Brothers, we shall hymn with praise the tongues of the disciples
Because, not with elegant speech,
But in divine power they have revived all men.
Because they took up His Cross as a reed,
So that they might again use words as fishing lines
           and fish for the world
Since they had speech as a sharp fishhook,
Since the flesh of the Master of all
Has become for them a bait, it has not sought to kill
But it attracts to life those who worship and praise
The All-Holy Spirit.

Saint Romanos the Melodist 
As a harmonious harp of lofty wisdom from on high
and an expounder of things seen in God-inspired ascents, 
we extol thee, Father Romanos, and we hymn thee. 
As a trumpet of the gifts that pass the mind of man, 
do thou rouse us to divine and saving watchfulness,
as we cry to thee: Rejoice, O Father elect of God.

No comments: