TODAY is the feast day of St Hilda (+680), Abbess of Whitby in north east England.
FOR the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord; it shall cover them as water.
THOU hast acquired mercy towards thy neighbour, and Orthodox faith and love towards God, O God-blessed, honored St Hilda; therefore the spiritual grace of God rested upon thee, O holy mother; wherefore we implore thee that by thy prayers those who bless thee may be preserved in the faith.
General Menaion, Office for a Nun.
From today’s liturgy. Source.
O THOU my strength, O Lord, O thou my power also; O thou my God, O thou my joy: When thou visitedst our poverty, thou didst not leave the Fatherly bosom. Therefore with the prophet Habakkuk I cry to thee, Glory to thy power, thou lover of men.
THOU didst receive the Archangel’s message, and wast made a throne of Cherubim, and in thine embrace, O Theotokos, thou didst bear the hope of our souls.
Or this Cross-Theotokion.
To the melody, ‘On the third day, O Christ &c.’
WHEN she that bare thee, O Christ, saw thee crucified, she cried out: What is this strange thing I see, my son? How canst thou die hanging in thy flesh upon a tree, thou who givest life?
As often happens, the melody set for this hymn answers the question placed on the Virgin’s lips. Ingenious.
ON the third day, O Christ, thou didst arise from the grave, as it was written, raising up our forefather together with thee; therefore the race of men glorifieth thee, and in hymns it singeth the praises of thy resurrection.
Vespers for Friday in Renewal Week. Source.