Gleanings from Orthodox Christian Authors and the Holy Fathers

misc_hymns

The stars that shine and the powers in motion
all vanish in the splendour of Thy light,
and remain still before the power of The stars that shine and the powers in motion
all vanish in the splendour of Thy light,
and remain still before the power of Thy greatness.
Thou alone art visible,
Thou revealest the image of the Father almighty,
and thus Thou manifestest the sublimity of the Father and the Son.
As the Father is almighty in the heavenly sphere,
so arr Thou, the Son, in our universe
the first-born, the guide and lord of all power;
Thou, from the beginning, art the second grandeur,
that comes from that of the Father;
art the foundation of all the world.
Thou art our archetype,
the mind which ordains and the one who steers;
Thou art the way and the door that opens into light.
Thou art the image of justice;
Thou art our ever-shining star.
To Thee we render thanks, praise, and blessing.
Before Thee we bend the knee
and we ask, with trust, that we be made holy.
Grant that we may be ever strong in faith,
sound in mind and body
to sing for ever and without ceasing Thy praises,
that Thou, the Immortal, the Infinite, the Eternal
may be celebrated in every place.
Thou art the model and essence of the Spirit,
Thou art our blessed Father,
our king and our God.
With eyes fixed on Thee, we shall not die, O Lord;
if we confess Thy name we shall not be lost. Anonymous hymn on papyrus from Egypt







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