April 8

From the Prologue

A great champion of the Orthodox Faith. At the time of the Third Ecumenical Council (Ephesus, 431 A.D.), Celestine wrote an epistle against Nestorius, the heretic. He died peacefully in the year 432 A.D.



Holy apostles, chosen ones of God,

You ran the race and reached the goal.

The vanity of the world, they despised; to God, they reached out,

The worldly they sacrificed, the eternal, they acquired.

Their love for Christ, stronger than all other powers,

To them, it shone through the darkness of paganism.

The race is over, the battle obtained,

The army of heroes brought to Christ.

In Christ there are many victorious wreaths,

Even if you want, you could be wedded.

Apostles holy, pray to God,

That He deprive us not of the Kingdom of Heaven.

Redeeming the Time

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