Many are the honours, O Luke, which virtue hath given thee

WHAT shall we call thee, O Full of grace?

The Heavens? For thou hast caused the Sun of Righteousness to dawn.

Paradise? For thou hast blossomed with the flower of incorruption.

Virgin? For thou remainedst incorrupt.

Pure Mother? For thou hadst in thine embrace a son who is God of all.

Beseech him, that our souls may be saved.

To the Theotokos, at the First Hour. Analogion.

**

An icon of St Luke painting the Vladimirskaya icon of the Theotokos

An icon (16th century) of St Luke painting the Vladimirskaya icon of the Theotokos.

**

WHAT shall we call you, O saints?

Cherubim? For Christ is borne upon you (2 Rgns [2 Sam] 6:2).

Seraphim? For ye are wont to give him ceaseless glory (Rev 5:11-14).

Angels? For ye have turned aside from the body (cf. Mk 12:25).

Powers? Ye work in wonders (Acts 4:29-31).

Many are your names, and still more are your spiritual gifts!

Speak ye for us, that our souls may be saved.

To the Saints, Saturday morning, at Matins, Plagal of the Fourth Tone. Analogion.

**

Today is the feast of St Luke the Evangelist.

WHAT name shall I give thee, O Apostle?

Heaven? For thou didst tell the glory of God (Ps 18[19]:1).
Lightning flash? For thou didst bathe the world in illumination.
Cloud, raining down divine streams?
Mixing bowl, (Pr 9:2) pouring forth a wine of wisdom potent with divinest strength, which maketh the heart glad?

Speak for us, that our souls may be saved. […]

**

Opening page of the Gospel According to St Luke

“A fitting historian of the Apostolic teaching, unto us didst thou preach the good news which is Christ.” The opening page of the Gospel According to St Luke.

**

WHAT next shall I call thee, O Visionary of God?

Most tireless minister of mysteries of Christ?
Wise master-builder of the tabernacle seen by the heart’s eye? (cf. Heb 9:11-12)
Engraving the tables of grace, thou hast fully written down the New Law, which came forth from Sion and was preached by thee?

Speak for us, that our souls may be saved.

WHAT next shall I call thee, O glorious one?

Safe treasury of the heavenly gifts?
Skilled physician of both souls and bodies?
Fellow worker of Paul and companion of his journeys, recorder of the deeds of the Apostles?

Many are the honours, O Luke, which thy virtue hath given thee. Speak for us, that our souls may be saved.

BY what title shall I next address thee, O thou who art inspired by God?

Disciple? For unto us didst thou preach the good news, which is Christ.
Physician? For thou dost tend the passions of souls.
Lampstand, blazing with light for the heart’s eye?
Ground and foundation of the faith, for thou fashioned for us the all-reverend Gospel?

Speak for us, that our souls may be saved.

**

Glory be…

O APOSTLE of Christ, and historian of divine doctrines, and ground of the Church: as companion of Paul, the vessel of election, and also an imitator of him, thou in truth hast saved hearts lying in the darkness of ignorance, hearts sunk in the depth of destruction, drawing them forth by thy discourses of God, as from the tossing of a mighty swell.

Wherefore we ask thee, admirable Luke, jewel of the people of Antioch: make intercession with the Saviour and God, for them that in faith keep thy ever-venerable memory.

Now and forever…

Theotokion

TRINITY of infinite power, who alone art Three Persons, at the intercessions of thy holy Disciple and divine Apostle, and of the Ever-Virgin, save us who raise our hymns unto thee.

At Vespers for the Feast. My non-expert translation, from Analogion. There is a contemporary English translation at Anastasis.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s