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.