Saturday, December 09, 2006

The All-Lauded Bride of Christ

Fourth Tone

O Lord Jesus, unto Thee Thy lamb doth cry with a great voice:
O my Bridegroom, Thee I love;
and seeking Thee, I now contest,
and with Thy baptism am crucified and buried.
I suffer for Thy sake, that I may reign with Thee;
For Thy sake I die, that I may live in Thee:
accept me offered out of longing
to Thee as a spotless sacrifice
Lord save our souls through her intercessions,
since Thou art the great in mercy.

Apolytikion Plagal of the First Tone

Let us praise the all-lauded and noble bride of Christ,
the godly Catherine, the guardian of Sinai and its defense,
who is also our support and succor and our help,
for with the Holy Spirit's sword,
she hath silenced brilliantly the clever among the godless,
and being crowned as a Martyr, she now doth ask great mercy for us all.

Kontakion Second Tone

Rouse up now a choir
O ye that love the martyred Saints,
august and inspired
acclaiming the supremely-wise
Martyr Catherine, who hath proclaimed and preached of Christ in the stadium,
and hath trampled the serpent down,
and spat on the knowledge of the eloquent.


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