VENERABLE TITUS OF THE MONASTERY OF THE CAVES IN KIEV

January 27

From the Prologue

At first, Titus was a soldier. When in battle he sustained a head injury, Titus withdrew from the world to the Monastery of the Caves in Kiev where he was healed and then was tonsured a monk. Titus spent his time in unceasing mourning for his earlier sins. Before his death Titus was informed through a heavenly apparition that all of his sins were forgiven. His relics repose in the Caves of Theodosius.

HYMN OF PRAISE

SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

Saint John, a trumpet forged of gold,

Heralded to mankind, the mercy of God,

Miraculous mercy, which even loves the sinners,

Wonderful mercy, that shines through the sun,

And with the moon, amazes the earth,

In the cradle of the stars, mercy, he is rocking,

The awesome mercy from bloody Golgatha,

Where God Crucified forgives the crime of the world,

Mercy of fear, forgiveness and glory,

Mercy which the angels sing,

Of which the whole of creation drinks,

Which only the saints glorify,

Mercy which is a balm to the ill,

Joy to the simple, foolishness to the scribes,

Antidote for the proud and a punishment for the vain;

The mercy of God, which all creation enjoys,

Which is poured out like a current of air,

Mercy that covers all sins -

Such mercy - unknown until Christ,

Eternal glow, from Christ radiated.

O Teacher of God's mercy,

Pray to God that He forgives our sins.





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