FOR with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light we shall see light.
Today is the feast of St Symeon the New Theologian (+1022). You can find out more at GOARCH.
Symeon was accustomed to pass on his experiences as if they had happened to someone else.
I HEARD (he said) from a priest-monk who had confidence in me as his close friend:”I have never celebrated the liturgy, without seeing the Holy Spirit, just as I saw him come upon me when their ordained me, and the Bishop said the prayer for a priest, with the Euchologion resting on my wretched head.”
When I asked him how it saw him then, and what form it took, he said:
“Simple, and without form, except as light: and at first as I was in amazement, seeing what I had never seen. As I was speculating as to what it might be, he spoke to me secretly, as if with a voice in the mind:
‘This is the way I am accustomed to visit Prophets, and Apostles, and also those chosen today by God, and saints. For I am the Holy Spirit of God’.”
To him be glory and might unto the ages. Amen.
St Symeon the New Theologian, “Theological and Practical Texts” §153. This is my non-expert translation. See also Palmer, Sharrard and Ware, Philokalia Vol 4 p. 62-63.
O JOYFUL Light of the holy glory of the immortal,
heavenly, holy blessed Father, O Jesus Christ.
Having come to the setting of the sun, having beheld the evening light,
we hymn the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, God.
Meet it is at all times to hymn Thee with reverend voices,
O Son of God, Giver of Life.
Wherefore the whole world doth glorify Thee.
BEING unable to look upon the glory of thy beauty, O Master, the ranks of the Cherubim, all-veilèd beneath their wings, cry aloud unceasingly the threefold hymn, as they glorify the three-Personed might of thy single divine rule.
Thy radiant beams, O Unsetting Sun, grant unto the hearts of the servants of thy household, enlighten our souls and ransom us from our many sins, thou that alone art all-merciful; and O thou three-personned One, make us worthy also of thy unsullied life.
O Godhead, all radiant with light of one honour and threefold Sun, and which worketh light: shed thy light upon them that celebrate thee with faith, and rescue them from the deep darkness of evil doing. Make them worthy of thy surpassingly bright tabernacles, for thou art supremely good.
WITH wisdom did thy son, O Virgin, fashion man aforetime. And through thee, O all-praised Lady, he refashioned him when he had fallen into decay. And he hath filled all them that ever glorify thee as true Theotokos with the divine light of the Sun that knows no evening.
BY thy willing and life-giving death, O Christ, thou shatteredst the gates of Hades as God, opening unto us the Paradise of old, and rising from the dead thou didst rescue our life from corruption.