He who places his hope on thee, O Virgin all-glorious, will prosper in all he does.

Inscription on Byzantine coin during reign of Romanus III

Friday, December 01, 2006

Columba, Enlightener

By your God-inspired life You embodied both the mission and the dispersion of the Church, Most glorious Father Columba. Using your repentance and voluntary exile, Christ our God raised you up as a beacon of the True Faith, An apostle to the heathen and an indicator of the Way of salvation. Wherefore O holy one, cease not to intercede for us That our souls may be saved.

Troparion, Tone 5

Alban, Protomartyr

In his struggle your holy martyr Alban, Gained the crown of life, O Christ our God. For strengthened by you and in purity of heart, He spoke boldly before the judges of this world, Offering up his head to you, the Judge of all!

Tone 4

Edward, King and Martyr

Celebrating the newly manifest commemoration of the holy King Edward, who shone forth of old in the virtues and suffered undeservedly we all bow down before the Icon of his honored countenance and in gladness cry out: Truly Thou art wonderful in thy Saints, O Lord!

Troparion, Tone 4