St Hilda: Mercy towards her neighbour, Orthodox faith and love towards God

TODAY is the feast day of St Hilda (+680), Abbess of Whitby in north east England.

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FOR the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord; it shall cover them as water.

Habakkuk 2:14

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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.

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Whitby Abbey from across the River Esk. © Steve Fareham, Geograph. Licensed for reuse.

Whitby Abbey from across the River Esk. © Steve Fareham, Geograph. Licensed for reuse.

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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.

Theotokion

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.

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2 thoughts on “St Hilda: Mercy towards her neighbour, Orthodox faith and love towards God

  1. We are lucky to have lots of ancient places like that. It’s a pity they have been ruined by such as Henry VIII, though I suppose it adds to the mystique. A tongue-in-cheek Jane Austen drily said,

    The Crimes & Cruelties of this Prince, were too numerous to be mentioned, (as this history I trust has fully shewn;) & nothing can be said in his vindication, but that his abolishing Religious Houses & leaving them to the ruinous depredations of time has been of infinite use to the landscape of England in general, which probably was a principal motive for his doing it, since otherwise why should a Man who was of no Religion himself be at so much trouble to abolish one which had for ages been established in the Kingdom.

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