St. Xenia of St. Petersburg

Beatitudes on 8: From the canon of the Saint, 4 from Ode 3; and 4 from Ode 6.


1 & 2.  Hearkening to John, the beloved disciple of the Savior, who saith: “He who loveth the world hath not the love of the Father in him!”, thou didst hate the sin-loving world and didst hasten to the house of the Father, O blessed one.


3. Making thyself a fool for Christ’s sake, filled with wisdom which transcendeth the world, and perceiving with a pure eye things yet to come as though they were in the present, O divinely wise Xenia, thou didst emulate the prophets of God.


4. Fervent prayer became food for thee, O righteous one; mockery and ridicule, thy sweet drink; humility of mind, thy vesture of adornment; and the effulgence of the Spirit, thy crown.


5. Pilot us, who are imperiled on the sea of life, O blessed one, guiding us to the right calm haven, and praying to Him Who alone is able to save us.


6. Desiring to do good deeds, we commit evils; and though we know the commandments of God, we neglect them and sin.  Help us who are weak, O kind-hearted Xenia.


7. In our behalf cry out with a mighty voice to the Lord Whom thou didst serve, O Xenia, as Moses did in the wilderness; and God, Who desireth to save men, will hearken unto thee.


8. If thou dost not stretch forth thy hands unto us, O Mother of God, we will have no way to escape the pit of destruction; wherefore, we cry to thee: Save us, O Mistress!


Troparion & Kontakia


Tone 4: Having renounced the vanity of the earthly world, /

thou didst take up the cross of a homeless life of wandering; /

thou didst not fear grief, privation, and the mockery of men, /

and didst know the love of Christ. /

Now taking sweet delight of this love in heaven, /

O Xenia the blessed and divinely wise, //

pray for the salvation of our souls.


Glory… Tone 3:  Having been as a wandering stranger on earth, /

sighing for the heavenly homeland, /

thou wast known as a fool by the senseless and unbelieving, /

but as most wise and holy by the faithful, /

and wast crowned by God with glory and honor, /

O Xenia, manly-minded and divinely wise. /

Wherefore, we cry to thee: /

Rejoice, for after earthly wandering //

thou hast come to dwell in the Father’s house.


Both now… Tone 6: O protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, /

O mediation unto the Creator unfailing, /

disdain not the suppliant voices of sinners, /

but be thou quick, O good one, to help us who in faith cry unto thee; /

hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, //

thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.


The Epistle


Reader: The Prokimenon in the 4th Tone: Wondrous is God in His saints, the God of Israel.

Choir:  Wondrous is God in His saints, the God of Israel.

Reader:  In congregations bless ye God, the Lord from the wellsprings of Israel.

Choir:  Wondrous is God in His saints, the God of Israel.

Reader: Wondrous is God in His saints.

Choir:  The God of Israel.


Reader: The Reading is from the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Galatians:

[Gal. 3:23-29 (§208)]


Reader: Alleluia in the 1st Tone.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: With patience I waited patiently for the Lord, and He was attentive unto me, and He hearkened unto my supplication.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: He set my feet upon a rock, and He ordered my steps aright.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [Matt. 25:1-13 (§104)]


Communion Verse:  In everlasting remembrance shall the righteous be; he shall not be afraid of evil tidings. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


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