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== [[Hymn]]s ==
 
== [[Hymn]]s ==
[[Troparion]] (Tone 4)
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'''Troparion (Tone 4)'''
 
:Having renounced the vanity of the earthly world,
 
:Having renounced the vanity of the earthly world,
 
:Thou didst take up the cross of a homeless life of wandering;
 
:Thou didst take up the cross of a homeless life of wandering;
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: Pray for the salvation of our souls.
 
: Pray for the salvation of our souls.
  
Troparion (Tone 8)
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'''Troparion (Tone 8)'''
  
 
:In you, O mother was carefully preserved what is according to the image.
 
:In you, O mother was carefully preserved what is according to the image.
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:Therefore, O Blessed Xenia, your spirit rejoices with the Angels.
 
:Therefore, O Blessed Xenia, your spirit rejoices with the Angels.
  
[[Kontakion]] (Tone 7)
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'''Kontakion (Tone 7)'''
  
 
:Having loved the poverty of Christ,
 
:Having loved the poverty of Christ,
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:Beseech Christ God, that by repentance
 
:Beseech Christ God, that by repentance
 
:We may be delivered from every evil thing.
 
:We may be delivered from every evil thing.
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'''Troparion of St. Xenia of St. Petersburg, Tone 8:'''
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:Christ the Lord has revealed you to be a new intercessor for
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:the Orthodox; you willingly endured evil in your life and
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:lovingly served both God and man. We zealously run to you
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:in misfortune and sorrow. We hope in you and cry from our
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:hearts: Put not our hope to shame, O blessed Xenia.
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:Another Troparion of St. Xenia of St. Petersburg, Tone 5:
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:Having lived as a stranger in the world, O Xenia, you
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:outwitted the deviser of evil by your feigned foolishness.
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:You received from God grace to foresee and foretell things
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:to come. Now you have been translated from earth and are
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:numbered with the choirs of Angels.
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'''Another Troparion of St. Xenia of St. Petersburg, Tone 4:'''
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:Having renounced the vanity of this world, you took
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:up the cross of a homeless life of wandering. You did
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:not fear grief, privation, and scorn, but knew the love
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:of Christ. Now taking sweet delight in His love in
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:heaven, O blessed and divinely wise Xenia, pray for
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:the salvation of our souls.
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'''Kontakion of St. Xenia of Rome, Tone 2:'''
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:As we who honor you with love, O Xenia, celebrate the
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:memory of your strange way of life, we sing the praise of
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:Christ, who in all ways grants you the strength of cures. Ever
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:entreat him on behalf of us all.
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'''Kontakion of St. Xenia of St. Petersburg, Tone 4:'''
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:You gave your wealth to the poor, O Xenia, and
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:accepted poverty out of love for Christ; and having
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:lived in a manner rivaling the Angels you were counted
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:worthy of glory on high.
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'''Another Kontakion of St. Xenia of St. Petersburg, Tone 3:'''
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:A wandering stranger on earth ever signing for the heav-enly
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:homeland, you were considered a fool by the senseless
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:and unbelieving, but were known to be wise and holy by the
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:faithful. God crowned you with glory and honor, O Xenia,
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:strong minded and divinely wise. Therefore, we cry to you:
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:Rejoice, for after earthly wandering you have come to dwell in the Father’s house.
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==Akathist Hymn to the Holy Xenia of St Petersburg==
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'''Kontakion 1'''
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:O HOLY and blessed Mother Xenia, chosen favorite
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:and fool for the sake of Christ, who elected to
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:undergo the struggle of patience and the suffering
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:of affliction, we who honor your holy memory offer you
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:hymns of praise. Help us against our enemies, visible and
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:invisible, that we may cry unto you:
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:Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!
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'''Oikos 1'''
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:AFTER the death of your husband, O blessed Mother,
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:you sought the life of the angels and rejected the
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:beauty of this world and all that is in it - the lust of the eyes,
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:the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life; and you acquired
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:the understanding of Christ. Wherefore, you hear these
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:praises which we offer unto you:
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:Rejoice, for you were the peer of Andrew, the fool for the sake of Christ!
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:Rejoice, for you renounced your own name, referring to yourself as dead!
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:Rejoice, for you assumed foolishness and took the name of your husband, Andrew!
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:Rejoice, for you called yourself by a man’s name, renouncing woman’s weakness!
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:Rejoice, becausefor the sake of Christ you accepted voluntary poverty!
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:Rejoice, for who distributed all your substance to good people and to the poor!
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:Rejoice, for by your foolishness you have taught us to reject the vain wisdom of this age;
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:Rejoice. good comforter of all who have recourse to you in prayer!
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:Rejoice, for you were full of wisdom transcending the world!
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:Rejoice, for you preferred mockery and ridicule to earthly glory!
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:Rejoice, for you have been glorified by God;
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:Rejoice speedy helper in time of trouble and despair!
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:Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!
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'''Kontakion 2'''
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:PERCEIVING your manner of life as strange, for your
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:spurned your home and all worldly riches, your kins-men
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:in the flesh thought you deranged; but the people of
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:Saint Petersburg, seeing your humility, lack of acquisitive-ness,
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:and voluntary poverty, singed unto God:
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:Alleluia!
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'''Oikos 2'''
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:O BLESSED XENIA, you hid the understanding given you
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:by God under an apparent mindlessness; and amid the
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:vanity of the great city you lived like a desert-dweller,
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:unceasingly offering your prayers up to God. And, marvel-ing
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:at your manner of life, we cry out to you in praise:
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:Rejoice, for you took upon your shoulder the heavy cross of foolishness which God had given you!
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:Rejoice, O blessed one who bore it without hesitation!
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:Rejoice, for you hid the radiance of grace under an assumed insanity!
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:Rejoice, for your foolishness was most wise!
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:Rejoice, for through extreme humility and feats of prayer you acquired the gift of clairvoyance!
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:Rejoice, for you showed forth this gift for the benefit and salvation of the suffering!
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:Rejoice, for you beheld the sufferings of the people clairvoyantly, as from afar!
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:Rejoice, for your prayers brought relief to those in pain and distress!
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:Rejoice, for you prophesied to the good woman the birth of a son!
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:Rejoice, for you entreated God, that He grant that woman a child!
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:Rejoice, for you hurry to entreat the Lord in behalf of your neighbors!
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:Rejoice, for you have taught all to flee to God in prayer!
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:Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!
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'''Kontakion 3'''
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:BY the power given you by God from on high, you
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:manfully endured burning heat and bitter cold, cruci-fying
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:your flesh and the passions and lusts. Wherefore,
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:enlightened by the Holy Spirit, you cried out unceasingly
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:unto God: Alleluia!
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'''Oikos 3'''
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:WITH the sky as your roof and the earth as your bed,
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:O blessed one, you spurned the comfort of the flesh
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:for the sake of the Kingdom of God. And we, beholding
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:your manner of life, cry out to you with compunction:
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:Rejoice, for you gave your earthly home to the people!
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:Rejoice, for you sought and received the shelter of heaven!
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:Rejoice, for you possessed nothing that was earthly, but enriched all spiritually!
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:Rejoice, O treasurehouse of the gifts of heaven!
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:Rejoice, for you accounted every material thing as nothing!
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:Rejoice, for you were thus freed from every loss!
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:Rejoice, for you endured hunger and cold in ragged clothing!
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:Rejoice, for by your life teach you us endurance!
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:Rejoice, for you showed forth the love of God for all!
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:Rejoice, for you have been adorned with the fruits of piety!
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:Rejoice, for you showed the world patience and guilelessness!
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:Rejoice, O our fervent intercessor before the throne of the Most High!
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:Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!
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'''Kontakion 4'''
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:THE tempest of life which assailed Saint Petersburg you
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:weathered by meekness and guilelessness, O blessed
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:Mother, and you acquired dispassion toward this corrupt
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:world; therefore, you sing unto God: Alleluia!
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'''Oikos 4'''
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:HEARING of you, that, having endured a multitude of
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:afflictions for Christ’s sake, you comfort the sorrow-ful,
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:strengthen the weak and guide the lost to the straight
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:path, the suffering hasten to your aid, singing unto you:
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:Rejoice, for you loved the path of Christ with all your heart!
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:Rejoice, for you joyfully bore the Cross of Christ!
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:Rejoice, for you endured every offense offered you by the world, the flesh, and the devil!
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:Rejoice, for you thus emulated the ascetics of the desert!
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:Rejoice, for you were full to overflowing with the gifts of God!
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:Rejoice, for you freely bestow spiritual gifts upon those in need!
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:Rejoice, for you showed love for your neighbors!
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:Rejoice, for you offered consolation to the suffering!
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:Rejoice, for you shed unceasing tears of repentance!
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:Rejoice, for you wipe away the tears of those who weep!
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:Rejoice, for you sought neither comfort nor warmth for yourself!
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:Rejoice, for you were wondrously warmed by the grace of the Holy Spirit!
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:Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!
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'''Kontakion 5'''
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:YOUR holiness, O blessed Xenia, was like a divinely
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:guided star illumining the sky of Saint Petersburg; for
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:unto all perishing in the madness of sin you showed the
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:path of salvation, calling all to repentance, that they might
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:cry out to God: Alleluia!
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'''Oikos 5'''
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:SEEING your feats of prayer and your endurance of heat
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:and cold, pious folk sought to alleviate your sufferings,
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:offering you clothing and food; but you distributed all these
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:things to the poor, desiring to maintain your struggle. And
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:we, marvelling at your voluntary poverty, cry out to you
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:thus:
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:Rejoice, for willingly endured burning heat and freezing cold the sake of Christ!
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:Rejoice, for you were warmed by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit!
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:Rejoice, for you remained continually in prayer!
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:Rejoice, for you never tire in interceding for mankind!
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:Rejoice, for by all-night vigils in prayer you preserved Saint Petersburg from misfortunes!
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:Rejoice, for many times you averted from it the wrath of God!
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:Rejoice, for every day of the year you prayed at night in a field!
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:Rejoice, for by your fervent tears youwarmed the cold earth!
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:Rejoice, for you tasted the sweetness of paradise in poverty of spirit!
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:Rejoice, for in this sweetness you left behind all earthly things!
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:Rejoice, for you abide wholly in God!
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:Rejoice, for you delight in the bridal banquet of your Master!
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:Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!
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'''Kontakion 6'''
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:ALL who have been delivered by you from different
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:ailments, misfortunes and sorrows - the rich and the
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:poor, the old and the young - proclaim the holiness of your
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:life, O blessed one of God; therefore, and glorifying you, we
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:cry out unto God: Alleluia!
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'''Oikos 6'''
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:THE GLORY of your struggles shone forth, O blessed
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:Mother, when at night you secretly carried stones for
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:those who were erecting the Church of the Smolensk Icon
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:of the Mother of God, lightening the tasks of the builders;
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:and mindful of this, we sinners cry out to you such things
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:as these:
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:Rejoice, for you teach us to perform virtuous deeds in secret!
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:Rejoice, for you call all to feats of piety!
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:Rejoice, for you aided those who were building the churches of God!
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:Rejoice, for you loved the holiness of the Church!
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:Rejoice, for you labor for the Lord of the vineyard!
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:Rejoice, for you ease our labors on the path of salvation!
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:Rejoice, for you continually call upon the name of the Lord!
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:Rejoice, O speedy helper of those who have recourse unto you!
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:Rejoice, for you have found rest in Christ your Master!
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:Rejoice, O good comforter of all the sorrowful!
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:Rejoice, for you sanctified your city by your painful footsteps!
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:Rejoice, O eavenly aid of the city of Saint Petersburg!
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:Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls !
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'''Kontakion 7'''
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:DESIRING to deliver from sorrow the mourning physician who had buried his wife, you commanded a
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:certain maiden to hasten to Okhta, there to take him as her
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:husband and to console him. And they did as you said,
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:singing unto God in joy: Alleluia!
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'''Oikos 7'''
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:A NEW WONDER you revealed in your prayer, O
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:blessed Mother, when you said unto a pious woman:
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:"Take a five-kopek piece, and it will go out!" thus prophesying
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:that fire would strike her house; and at your supplication the flame of the fire was extinguished. Therefore,
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:mindful of these things, we cry out praises unto you:
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:Rejoice, for you unceasingly grieved over your sins!
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:Rejoice, for you extinguish the sorrows of the people!
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:Rejoice, for you bore suffering in body and soul!
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:Rejoice, for before God you show forth boldness for the suffering!
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:Rejoice, O inextinguishable lamp burning brightly in prayer to God!
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:Rejoice, O our intercessor amid misfortunes and perils!
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:Rejoice, for you save from perdition those beset by the passions!
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:Rejoice, for you turn pious virgins away from marriage with unbelievers!
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:Rejoice,foryoucrucifiedyourfleshwithconstantmortif ication!
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:Rejoice, for you deliver from despair those who have been wounded by a curse!
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:Rejoice, for your defender was the Most High!
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:Rejoice, O speedy defender at an unjust trial!
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:Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!
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'''Kontakion 8'''
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:AS A HOMELESS wanderer you trod the path of your
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:life in the capital city of Russia, bearing afflictions and
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:reproaches with great patience; and, abiding now in the
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:heavenly Jerusalem, in joy you sing unto God: Alleluia!
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'''Oikos 8'''
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:YOU were all things to all, O blessed Xenia - comfort for
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:the sorrowful, protection and defense for the weak, joy
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:for the grieving, clothing for the poor, healing for the sick;
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:therefore, we cry out unto you:
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:Rejoice, for you dwell in the mansions on high!
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:Rejoice, for you pray there for us sinners!
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:Rejoice, O good one, who show us a model of service to God!
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:Rejoice, O provider of our every need!
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:Rejoice, O protectress of the persecuted and oppressed!
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:Rejoice, for you by your supplications help the Orthodox people!
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:Rejoice, for you endured much affliction and grief!
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:Rejoice, for you defend the afflicted who pray to you!
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:Rejoice, for you rebuke those who abuse their fellows!
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:Rejoice, for you put to shame unbelievers and those who babble!
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:Rejoice, for you were clothed in rags and tatters!
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:Rejoice, for God has adorned you with the splendid raiment of righteousness!
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:Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!
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'''Kontakion 9'''
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:O BLESSED MOTHER, you endured all illness, bodily
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:poverty, hunger and thirst, and the reproach of
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:iniquitous people who considered you to be insane; yet,
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:praying to the Lord, you continually cried out to Him:
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:Alleluia!
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'''Oikos 9'''
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:EVEN the most eloquent of orators are unable to
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:understand how by your foolishness you reproved the
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:madness of this world, and by your weakness you put the
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:mighty and wise to shame, for they do not know the power
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:and wisdom of God which are in you; but we, receiving your
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:aid, sing to you such things as these:
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:Rejoice, O bearer of the divine Spirit!
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:Rejoice, for with the Apostle Paul you boasted in your weakness!
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:Rejoice, for you reproved the world by your feigned foolishness!
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:Rejoice, for you spurned the glamor of this world for the sake of salvation!
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:Rejoice, for you disdained the beautiful things of this earth!
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:Rejoice, for you loved the good things of heaven with all your heart!
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:Rejoice, for you were attentive unto the inner voice of the Lord!
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:Rejoice, for you call us to the path of salvation!
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:Rejoice, O dread denouncer of drunkenness as a sin!
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:Rejoice, for you were renowned for your kindness and love!
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:Rejoice, O holy protectress of the Orthodox family!
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:Rejoice, for in Christ you found comfort for your sorrows!
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:Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!
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'''Kontakion 10'''
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:DESIRING to save your soul, you crucified your flesh
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:with its passions and lusts; and, utterly denying your-self,
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:you set your cross upon your shoulder and followed
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:after Christ with all your heart, singing unto Him:
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:Alleluia!
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'''Oikos 10'''
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:You are a firm rampart and an unassailable refuge for
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:those who pray to you, O Mother Xenia; therefore, by
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:your supplications help us against our enemies, visible and
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:invisible, that we may cry to you:
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:Rejoice, for you worked diligently in the garden of Christ!
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:Rejoice, for you move us to spiritual labor!
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:Rejoice, for through steadfastness of faith you escaped the devil’s snares!
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:Rejoice, for you deliver us from the snares of the enemy!
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:Rejoice, for you offered yourself unto God like incense in a censer!
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:Rejoice, for you bring the peace of God into the hearts of the people!
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:Rejoice, for you shed rays of Christian love upon all!
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:Rejoice, for you extinguish the spirit of malice in the hearts of the oppressed!
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:Rejoice, for you impart blessing unto good children!
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:Rejoice, for by mystic supplication you heal their ailments!
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:Rejoice, for through foolishness you attained heavenly wisdom!
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:Rejoice, for you have shown forth the wisdom of God to the afflicted world!
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:Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!
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'''Kontakion 11'''
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:THOSE who have been saved from misfortunes, sorrows
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:and all dangers offer you hymns of praise, O
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:blessed Xenia, and with you joyously sing unto God:
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:Alleluia!
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'''Oikos 11'''
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:YOUR life, O holy Mother, has been shown to be a
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:radiant light illumining the people amid the darkness
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:of this life; for you have delivered those who have fallen into
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:the mire of sin and directed their path to the light of Christ.
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:Therefore, we cry out to you:
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:Rejoice, O favorite of Christ, who while in the world lived above the world!
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:Rejoice, for you enlighten the Orthodox with the light of God!
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:Rejoice, for you by your many labors acquired great grace!
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:Rejoice, for you shone forth with the grace of God in the darkness of sin!
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:Rejoice, for you set your hope upon the Almighty!
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:Rejoice, for on the path of salvation you give a helping hand to the desperate!
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:Rejoice, for you were clad in the brilliant robe of unwavering faith!
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:Rejoice, for you strengthen those who are weak in the Faith!
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:Rejoice, for you were renowned for your kindness and love!
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:Rejoice, for you put to shame the spirits of malice!
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:Rejoice, for your ways were those of an ascetic of the wilderness!
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:Rejoice, for by your manner of life you amazed the angels!
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:Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!
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'''Kontakion 12'''
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:YOU pour forth grace in abundance upon those who
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:honor your memory and flee to your protection, O
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:blessed Xenia; therefore, upon us who pray to you do you
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:also pour forth streams of healing from God, that we may
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:cry out to Him:
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:Alleluia!
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'''Oikos 13'''
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:HYMNING your many wonders, O blessed Mother, we
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:praise you and entreat you with all our heart: Forsake
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:not us sinners amid our grievous circumstances, but be-seech
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:the Lord of hosts, that we fall not away from our
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:Orthodox Faith, but that, strengthened in it by your
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:prayers, we may cry out to you:
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:Rejoice, for you teach us to have sympathy for the suffering!
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:Rejoice, for you bear our infirmities with all your heart!
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:Rejoice, for you instruct us to crucify the flesh, together with the passions and lusts!
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:Rejoice, for you come to our aid amid every spiritual battle!
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:Rejoice, for you hear our every supplication!
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:Rejoice, O intercessor and protectress of those who honor your memory!
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:Rejoice, for you who traveled the path of tribulation!
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:Rejoice, for you thereby obtained everlasting salvation!
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:Rejoice, for you give joy to those who hasten to your tomb!
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:Rejoice, for you are a speedy helper in every misfortune!
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:Rejoice, for yout light has shone forth before all!
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:Rejoice, for you ever mediate the salvation of your people!
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:Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!
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'''Kontakion 13'''
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:O HOLY and blessed Mother Xenia, who bore a heavy
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:cross during your lifetime: Accept from us sinners this
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:entreaty offered unto you. By your supplications protect us
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:from the assaults of the spirits of darkness and from all who
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:plot evils against us. Beseech our most compassionate God,
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:that He grant us power and might, that we may bear our
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:own crosses and, following Christ, may go forth, singing
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:with you to Him:
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:Alleluia!
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''This kontakion is recited thrice, then Oikos I and Kontakion I are repeated.''
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'''Oikos 1'''
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:AFTER the death of your husband, O blessed Mother,
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:you sought the life of the angels and rejected the
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:beauty of this world and all that is in it - the lust of the eyes,
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:the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life; and you acquired
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:the understanding of Christ. Wherefore, you hear these
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:praises which we offer unto you:
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:Rejoice, for you were the peer of Andrew, the fool for the sake of Christ!
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:Rejoice, for you renounced your own name, referring to yourself as dead!
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:Rejoice, for you assumed foolishness and took the name of your husband, Andrew!
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:Rejoice, for you called yourself by a man’s name, renouncing woman’s weakness!
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:Rejoice, becausefor the sake of Christ you accepted voluntary poverty!
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:Rejoice, for who distributed all your substance to good people and to the poor!
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:Rejoice, for by your foolishness you have taught us to reject the vain wisdom of this age;
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:Rejoice. good comforter of all who have recourse to you in prayer!
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:Rejoice, for you were full of wisdom transcending the world!
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:Rejoice,foryoupreferredmockeryandridiculetoearthly glory!
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:Rejoice, for you have been glorified by God;
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:Rejoice speedy helper in time of trouble and despair!
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:Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!
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'''Kontakion 1'''
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:O HOLY and blessed Mother Xenia, chosen favorite
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:and fool for the sake of Christ, who elected to
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:undergo the struggle of patience and the suffering of
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:affliction, we who honor your holy memory offer you
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:hymns of praise. Help us against our enemies, visible and
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:invisible, that we may cry unto you:
 +
:Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!
 +
:Prayers to Blessed Xenia
 +
 +
'''Prayer 1'''
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:O BLESSED WANDERER XENIA, heir to the Kingdom
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:of the Father, who were homeless on the earth
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:and most simple in the manner of your life! Like those who
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:in the past fell down before your tomb, so do we, who have
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:recourse unto you, now ask: Pray that, as the Lord says, our
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:steps may be guided rightly toward the doing of His
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:commandments, and that the soul-corrupting iniquity sown
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:by the godless may not prevail over our generation. O you
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:who hid yourself from the wise of this age, yet were known
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:to God, ask humility, meekness and the pledge of love for
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:our hearts, faith in prayer, hope in repentance, strength in
 +
:labors, the mercy of healing in sickness, and restoration of
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:our whole life from this time forward, that, blessing you, we
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:may with compunction confess the Father, the Son, and the
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:Holy Spirit, the consubstantial and indivisible Trinity, unto
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:ages of ages.
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:Amen.
 +
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'''Prayer 2'''
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:O HOLY AND MOST BLESSED MOTHER XENIA,
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:who lived under the protection of the Most High and
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:were strengthened by the Mother of God, and who en-dured
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:hunger and thirst, cold and burning heat, oppres-sion
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:and persecution: You have received from God the gift
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:of clairvoyance and the power to work miracles, and you
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:rest under the shelter of the Almighty. The Holy Church
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:now glorifies you as a fragrant blossom. Praying before
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:your holy icon, we ask you, as one who is alive and with us:
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:Accept our petitions, and offer them up before the throne
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:of the loving Father of heaven; and, since you have boldness
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:before Him, for those who have recourse unto you ask
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:eternal salvation, compassionate blessing upon our good
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:works and undertakings, and deliverance from all misfor-tunes
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:and sorrows. In your holy supplications before our
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:most merciful Savior, intercede for us, the unworthy and
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:sinful. O holy and blessed Mother Xenia, help our children
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:to receive illumination by the light of holy baptism and the
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:seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit; raise our youths and
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:maidens in faith, honesty, and the fear of God, and grant
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:them success in their studies; heal the infirm; send down
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:love and concord upon families; account monastics worthy
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:to fight the good fight and protect them from oppression;
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:make our pastors steadfast in the might of the Holy Spirit;
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:preserve the Orthodox faithful in peace and tranquility;
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:and pray for those who at the hour of their death are
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:deprived of the communion of the Holy Mysteries of
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:Christ. You are our trust and hope, speedily hearkening to
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:us and delivering us, Unto you do we send up thanks, and
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:with you do we glorify the Father, the Son, and the Holy
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:Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.
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:Amen.
  
 
== Sources ==
 
== Sources ==
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*[http://www.monachos.net/forum/showthread.php?5466-St-Xenia-of-St-Petersburg-employment]
 
*[http://www.stxenia.ca/en/stxenia.html Life of Blessed St. Xenia of Petersburg]
 
*[http://www.stxenia.ca/en/stxenia.html Life of Blessed St. Xenia of Petersburg]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xenia_of_Saint_Petersburg Wikipedia: Xenia of St. Petersburg]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xenia_of_Saint_Petersburg Wikipedia: Xenia of St. Petersburg]

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Xenia of St. Petersburg

Our venerable Mother, the Blessed Xenia of St. Petersburg, (Russian: Святая блаженная Ксения Петербургская [Xenia Grigoryevna Petrova - Ксения Григорьевна Петрова]; who in grief over the death of her husband distributed all her possessions and took up a life as a fool-for-Christ. Her life was centered on God, and she sought protection and comfort only in Him while wandering among the poor of St. Petersburg. She is commemorated on January 24.

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Life

Little is known of her early life. Neither the dates of her birth nor of her death are known. Her birth is believed to have been about 1731 and her death about 1803.

The wife of Colonel Andrei Feodorovich Petrov, who served as a court chorister, Xenia fell into great grief upon the death of her husband when she was 26 years old. Appearing to have lost her mind from her grief, Xenia distributed her possessions to the poor, and keeping and dressing only in the clothes of her husband she wandered the streets of St Petersburg among the paupers. She called herself by her husband’s name: Andrei Feodorovich. Her life was centered on God, seeking protection and comfort only in Him. During the nights, she refused refuge and went into the fields where she prayed through the nights.

When relatives of Xenia tried to help her with necessities she replied , “I do not need anything.” The people of St. Petersburg came to love her as she placed the Kingdom of Heaven before earthly possessions. The people considered her presence in their homes as good signs. Her acceptance of services and bread from merchants, however small, brought them great sales as their customers, who loved the saintly Xenia, frequented those who helped her.

Xenia possessed the gift of clairvoyance. She foretold the deaths of the Empress Elizabeth, in 1761, and of the imprisoned John IV Antonovich, the great-great-grandson of Tsar Alexis, in 1764. After her death her grave became a place of pilgrimage. Portions of the dirt from her grave brought healing for many of the pilgrims.

Epitaph

The only record of "vital statistics" that has been left to us concerning Blessed Xenia is the epitaph on her gravestone:

In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Here rests the body of the servant of God, Xenia Grigorievna,
Wife of the imperial chorister, Colonel Andrei Theodorovich Petrov.
Widowed at the age of 26, a pilgrim for 45 years,
She lived a total of 71 years.
She was known by the name Andrei Theodorovich.
May whoever knew me pray for my soul that his own may be saved. Amen.

Hymns

Troparion (Tone 4)

Having renounced the vanity of the earthly world,
Thou didst take up the cross of a homeless life of wandering;
Thou didst not fear grief, privation, nor the mockery of men,
And didst know the love of Christ.
Now taking sweet delight of this love in heaven,
O Xenia, the blessed and divinely wise,
Pray for the salvation of our souls.


Troparion (Tone 8)

In you, O mother was carefully preserved what is according to the image.
For you took up the Cross and followed Christ.
By so doing, you taught us to disregard the flesh for it passes away,
But to care instead for the soul since it is immortal.
Therefore, O Blessed Xenia, your spirit rejoices with the Angels.

Kontakion (Tone 7)

Having loved the poverty of Christ,
You are now being satisfied at the Immortal Banquet.
By the humility of the Cross, you received the power of God.
Having acquired the gift of miraculous help, O Blessed Xenia,
Beseech Christ God, that by repentance
We may be delivered from every evil thing.

Troparion of St. Xenia of St. Petersburg, Tone 8:

Christ the Lord has revealed you to be a new intercessor for
the Orthodox; you willingly endured evil in your life and
lovingly served both God and man. We zealously run to you
in misfortune and sorrow. We hope in you and cry from our
hearts: Put not our hope to shame, O blessed Xenia.
Another Troparion of St. Xenia of St. Petersburg, Tone 5:
Having lived as a stranger in the world, O Xenia, you
outwitted the deviser of evil by your feigned foolishness.
You received from God grace to foresee and foretell things
to come. Now you have been translated from earth and are
numbered with the choirs of Angels.

Another Troparion of St. Xenia of St. Petersburg, Tone 4:

Having renounced the vanity of this world, you took
up the cross of a homeless life of wandering. You did
not fear grief, privation, and scorn, but knew the love
of Christ. Now taking sweet delight in His love in
heaven, O blessed and divinely wise Xenia, pray for
the salvation of our souls.

Kontakion of St. Xenia of Rome, Tone 2:

As we who honor you with love, O Xenia, celebrate the
memory of your strange way of life, we sing the praise of
Christ, who in all ways grants you the strength of cures. Ever
entreat him on behalf of us all.

Kontakion of St. Xenia of St. Petersburg, Tone 4:

You gave your wealth to the poor, O Xenia, and
accepted poverty out of love for Christ; and having
lived in a manner rivaling the Angels you were counted
worthy of glory on high.

Another Kontakion of St. Xenia of St. Petersburg, Tone 3:

A wandering stranger on earth ever signing for the heav-enly
homeland, you were considered a fool by the senseless
and unbelieving, but were known to be wise and holy by the
faithful. God crowned you with glory and honor, O Xenia,
strong minded and divinely wise. Therefore, we cry to you:
Rejoice, for after earthly wandering you have come to dwell in the Father’s house.

Akathist Hymn to the Holy Xenia of St Petersburg

Kontakion 1

O HOLY and blessed Mother Xenia, chosen favorite
and fool for the sake of Christ, who elected to
undergo the struggle of patience and the suffering
of affliction, we who honor your holy memory offer you
hymns of praise. Help us against our enemies, visible and
invisible, that we may cry unto you:
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!

Oikos 1

AFTER the death of your husband, O blessed Mother,
you sought the life of the angels and rejected the
beauty of this world and all that is in it - the lust of the eyes,
the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life; and you acquired
the understanding of Christ. Wherefore, you hear these
praises which we offer unto you:
Rejoice, for you were the peer of Andrew, the fool for the sake of Christ!
Rejoice, for you renounced your own name, referring to yourself as dead!
Rejoice, for you assumed foolishness and took the name of your husband, Andrew!
Rejoice, for you called yourself by a man’s name, renouncing woman’s weakness!
Rejoice, becausefor the sake of Christ you accepted voluntary poverty!
Rejoice, for who distributed all your substance to good people and to the poor!
Rejoice, for by your foolishness you have taught us to reject the vain wisdom of this age;
Rejoice. good comforter of all who have recourse to you in prayer!
Rejoice, for you were full of wisdom transcending the world!
Rejoice, for you preferred mockery and ridicule to earthly glory!
Rejoice, for you have been glorified by God;
Rejoice speedy helper in time of trouble and despair!
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!

Kontakion 2

PERCEIVING your manner of life as strange, for your
spurned your home and all worldly riches, your kins-men
in the flesh thought you deranged; but the people of
Saint Petersburg, seeing your humility, lack of acquisitive-ness,
and voluntary poverty, singed unto God:
Alleluia!

Oikos 2

O BLESSED XENIA, you hid the understanding given you
by God under an apparent mindlessness; and amid the
vanity of the great city you lived like a desert-dweller,
unceasingly offering your prayers up to God. And, marvel-ing
at your manner of life, we cry out to you in praise:
Rejoice, for you took upon your shoulder the heavy cross of foolishness which God had given you!
Rejoice, O blessed one who bore it without hesitation!
Rejoice, for you hid the radiance of grace under an assumed insanity!
Rejoice, for your foolishness was most wise!
Rejoice, for through extreme humility and feats of prayer you acquired the gift of clairvoyance!
Rejoice, for you showed forth this gift for the benefit and salvation of the suffering!
Rejoice, for you beheld the sufferings of the people clairvoyantly, as from afar!
Rejoice, for your prayers brought relief to those in pain and distress!
Rejoice, for you prophesied to the good woman the birth of a son!
Rejoice, for you entreated God, that He grant that woman a child!
Rejoice, for you hurry to entreat the Lord in behalf of your neighbors!
Rejoice, for you have taught all to flee to God in prayer!
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!

Kontakion 3

BY the power given you by God from on high, you
manfully endured burning heat and bitter cold, cruci-fying
your flesh and the passions and lusts. Wherefore,
enlightened by the Holy Spirit, you cried out unceasingly
unto God: Alleluia!

Oikos 3

WITH the sky as your roof and the earth as your bed,
O blessed one, you spurned the comfort of the flesh
for the sake of the Kingdom of God. And we, beholding
your manner of life, cry out to you with compunction:
Rejoice, for you gave your earthly home to the people!
Rejoice, for you sought and received the shelter of heaven!
Rejoice, for you possessed nothing that was earthly, but enriched all spiritually!
Rejoice, O treasurehouse of the gifts of heaven!
Rejoice, for you accounted every material thing as nothing!
Rejoice, for you were thus freed from every loss!
Rejoice, for you endured hunger and cold in ragged clothing!
Rejoice, for by your life teach you us endurance!
Rejoice, for you showed forth the love of God for all!
Rejoice, for you have been adorned with the fruits of piety!
Rejoice, for you showed the world patience and guilelessness!
Rejoice, O our fervent intercessor before the throne of the Most High!
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!

Kontakion 4

THE tempest of life which assailed Saint Petersburg you
weathered by meekness and guilelessness, O blessed
Mother, and you acquired dispassion toward this corrupt
world; therefore, you sing unto God: Alleluia!

Oikos 4

HEARING of you, that, having endured a multitude of
afflictions for Christ’s sake, you comfort the sorrow-ful,
strengthen the weak and guide the lost to the straight
path, the suffering hasten to your aid, singing unto you:
Rejoice, for you loved the path of Christ with all your heart!
Rejoice, for you joyfully bore the Cross of Christ!
Rejoice, for you endured every offense offered you by the world, the flesh, and the devil!
Rejoice, for you thus emulated the ascetics of the desert!
Rejoice, for you were full to overflowing with the gifts of God!
Rejoice, for you freely bestow spiritual gifts upon those in need!
Rejoice, for you showed love for your neighbors!
Rejoice, for you offered consolation to the suffering!
Rejoice, for you shed unceasing tears of repentance!
Rejoice, for you wipe away the tears of those who weep!
Rejoice, for you sought neither comfort nor warmth for yourself!
Rejoice, for you were wondrously warmed by the grace of the Holy Spirit!
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!

Kontakion 5

YOUR holiness, O blessed Xenia, was like a divinely
guided star illumining the sky of Saint Petersburg; for
unto all perishing in the madness of sin you showed the
path of salvation, calling all to repentance, that they might
cry out to God: Alleluia!

Oikos 5

SEEING your feats of prayer and your endurance of heat
and cold, pious folk sought to alleviate your sufferings,
offering you clothing and food; but you distributed all these
things to the poor, desiring to maintain your struggle. And
we, marvelling at your voluntary poverty, cry out to you
thus:
Rejoice, for willingly endured burning heat and freezing cold the sake of Christ!
Rejoice, for you were warmed by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit!
Rejoice, for you remained continually in prayer!
Rejoice, for you never tire in interceding for mankind!
Rejoice, for by all-night vigils in prayer you preserved Saint Petersburg from misfortunes!
Rejoice, for many times you averted from it the wrath of God!
Rejoice, for every day of the year you prayed at night in a field!
Rejoice, for by your fervent tears youwarmed the cold earth!
Rejoice, for you tasted the sweetness of paradise in poverty of spirit!
Rejoice, for in this sweetness you left behind all earthly things!
Rejoice, for you abide wholly in God!
Rejoice, for you delight in the bridal banquet of your Master!
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!

Kontakion 6

ALL who have been delivered by you from different
ailments, misfortunes and sorrows - the rich and the
poor, the old and the young - proclaim the holiness of your
life, O blessed one of God; therefore, and glorifying you, we
cry out unto God: Alleluia!

Oikos 6

THE GLORY of your struggles shone forth, O blessed
Mother, when at night you secretly carried stones for
those who were erecting the Church of the Smolensk Icon
of the Mother of God, lightening the tasks of the builders;
and mindful of this, we sinners cry out to you such things
as these:
Rejoice, for you teach us to perform virtuous deeds in secret!
Rejoice, for you call all to feats of piety!
Rejoice, for you aided those who were building the churches of God!
Rejoice, for you loved the holiness of the Church!
Rejoice, for you labor for the Lord of the vineyard!
Rejoice, for you ease our labors on the path of salvation!
Rejoice, for you continually call upon the name of the Lord!
Rejoice, O speedy helper of those who have recourse unto you!
Rejoice, for you have found rest in Christ your Master!
Rejoice, O good comforter of all the sorrowful!
Rejoice, for you sanctified your city by your painful footsteps!
Rejoice, O eavenly aid of the city of Saint Petersburg!
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls !

Kontakion 7

DESIRING to deliver from sorrow the mourning physician who had buried his wife, you commanded a
certain maiden to hasten to Okhta, there to take him as her
husband and to console him. And they did as you said,
singing unto God in joy: Alleluia!

Oikos 7

A NEW WONDER you revealed in your prayer, O
blessed Mother, when you said unto a pious woman:
"Take a five-kopek piece, and it will go out!" thus prophesying
that fire would strike her house; and at your supplication the flame of the fire was extinguished. Therefore,
mindful of these things, we cry out praises unto you:
Rejoice, for you unceasingly grieved over your sins!
Rejoice, for you extinguish the sorrows of the people!
Rejoice, for you bore suffering in body and soul!
Rejoice, for before God you show forth boldness for the suffering!
Rejoice, O inextinguishable lamp burning brightly in prayer to God!
Rejoice, O our intercessor amid misfortunes and perils!
Rejoice, for you save from perdition those beset by the passions!
Rejoice, for you turn pious virgins away from marriage with unbelievers!
Rejoice,foryoucrucifiedyourfleshwithconstantmortif ication!
Rejoice, for you deliver from despair those who have been wounded by a curse!
Rejoice, for your defender was the Most High!
Rejoice, O speedy defender at an unjust trial!
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!

Kontakion 8

AS A HOMELESS wanderer you trod the path of your
life in the capital city of Russia, bearing afflictions and
reproaches with great patience; and, abiding now in the
heavenly Jerusalem, in joy you sing unto God: Alleluia!

Oikos 8

YOU were all things to all, O blessed Xenia - comfort for
the sorrowful, protection and defense for the weak, joy
for the grieving, clothing for the poor, healing for the sick;
therefore, we cry out unto you:
Rejoice, for you dwell in the mansions on high!
Rejoice, for you pray there for us sinners!
Rejoice, O good one, who show us a model of service to God!
Rejoice, O provider of our every need!
Rejoice, O protectress of the persecuted and oppressed!
Rejoice, for you by your supplications help the Orthodox people!
Rejoice, for you endured much affliction and grief!
Rejoice, for you defend the afflicted who pray to you!
Rejoice, for you rebuke those who abuse their fellows!
Rejoice, for you put to shame unbelievers and those who babble!
Rejoice, for you were clothed in rags and tatters!
Rejoice, for God has adorned you with the splendid raiment of righteousness!
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!

Kontakion 9

O BLESSED MOTHER, you endured all illness, bodily
poverty, hunger and thirst, and the reproach of
iniquitous people who considered you to be insane; yet,
praying to the Lord, you continually cried out to Him:
Alleluia!

Oikos 9

EVEN the most eloquent of orators are unable to
understand how by your foolishness you reproved the
madness of this world, and by your weakness you put the
mighty and wise to shame, for they do not know the power
and wisdom of God which are in you; but we, receiving your
aid, sing to you such things as these:
Rejoice, O bearer of the divine Spirit!
Rejoice, for with the Apostle Paul you boasted in your weakness!
Rejoice, for you reproved the world by your feigned foolishness!
Rejoice, for you spurned the glamor of this world for the sake of salvation!
Rejoice, for you disdained the beautiful things of this earth!
Rejoice, for you loved the good things of heaven with all your heart!
Rejoice, for you were attentive unto the inner voice of the Lord!
Rejoice, for you call us to the path of salvation!
Rejoice, O dread denouncer of drunkenness as a sin!
Rejoice, for you were renowned for your kindness and love!
Rejoice, O holy protectress of the Orthodox family!
Rejoice, for in Christ you found comfort for your sorrows!
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!

Kontakion 10

DESIRING to save your soul, you crucified your flesh
with its passions and lusts; and, utterly denying your-self,
you set your cross upon your shoulder and followed
after Christ with all your heart, singing unto Him:
Alleluia!

Oikos 10

You are a firm rampart and an unassailable refuge for
those who pray to you, O Mother Xenia; therefore, by
your supplications help us against our enemies, visible and
invisible, that we may cry to you:
Rejoice, for you worked diligently in the garden of Christ!
Rejoice, for you move us to spiritual labor!
Rejoice, for through steadfastness of faith you escaped the devil’s snares!
Rejoice, for you deliver us from the snares of the enemy!
Rejoice, for you offered yourself unto God like incense in a censer!
Rejoice, for you bring the peace of God into the hearts of the people!
Rejoice, for you shed rays of Christian love upon all!
Rejoice, for you extinguish the spirit of malice in the hearts of the oppressed!
Rejoice, for you impart blessing unto good children!
Rejoice, for by mystic supplication you heal their ailments!
Rejoice, for through foolishness you attained heavenly wisdom!
Rejoice, for you have shown forth the wisdom of God to the afflicted world!
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!

Kontakion 11

THOSE who have been saved from misfortunes, sorrows
and all dangers offer you hymns of praise, O
blessed Xenia, and with you joyously sing unto God:
Alleluia!

Oikos 11

YOUR life, O holy Mother, has been shown to be a
radiant light illumining the people amid the darkness
of this life; for you have delivered those who have fallen into
the mire of sin and directed their path to the light of Christ.
Therefore, we cry out to you:
Rejoice, O favorite of Christ, who while in the world lived above the world!
Rejoice, for you enlighten the Orthodox with the light of God!
Rejoice, for you by your many labors acquired great grace!
Rejoice, for you shone forth with the grace of God in the darkness of sin!
Rejoice, for you set your hope upon the Almighty!
Rejoice, for on the path of salvation you give a helping hand to the desperate!
Rejoice, for you were clad in the brilliant robe of unwavering faith!
Rejoice, for you strengthen those who are weak in the Faith!
Rejoice, for you were renowned for your kindness and love!
Rejoice, for you put to shame the spirits of malice!
Rejoice, for your ways were those of an ascetic of the wilderness!
Rejoice, for by your manner of life you amazed the angels!
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!

Kontakion 12

YOU pour forth grace in abundance upon those who
honor your memory and flee to your protection, O
blessed Xenia; therefore, upon us who pray to you do you
also pour forth streams of healing from God, that we may
cry out to Him:
Alleluia!

Oikos 13

HYMNING your many wonders, O blessed Mother, we
praise you and entreat you with all our heart: Forsake
not us sinners amid our grievous circumstances, but be-seech
the Lord of hosts, that we fall not away from our
Orthodox Faith, but that, strengthened in it by your
prayers, we may cry out to you:
Rejoice, for you teach us to have sympathy for the suffering!
Rejoice, for you bear our infirmities with all your heart!
Rejoice, for you instruct us to crucify the flesh, together with the passions and lusts!
Rejoice, for you come to our aid amid every spiritual battle!
Rejoice, for you hear our every supplication!
Rejoice, O intercessor and protectress of those who honor your memory!
Rejoice, for you who traveled the path of tribulation!
Rejoice, for you thereby obtained everlasting salvation!
Rejoice, for you give joy to those who hasten to your tomb!
Rejoice, for you are a speedy helper in every misfortune!
Rejoice, for yout light has shone forth before all!
Rejoice, for you ever mediate the salvation of your people!
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!

Kontakion 13

O HOLY and blessed Mother Xenia, who bore a heavy
cross during your lifetime: Accept from us sinners this
entreaty offered unto you. By your supplications protect us
from the assaults of the spirits of darkness and from all who
plot evils against us. Beseech our most compassionate God,
that He grant us power and might, that we may bear our
own crosses and, following Christ, may go forth, singing
with you to Him:
Alleluia!

This kontakion is recited thrice, then Oikos I and Kontakion I are repeated.

Oikos 1

AFTER the death of your husband, O blessed Mother,
you sought the life of the angels and rejected the
beauty of this world and all that is in it - the lust of the eyes,
the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life; and you acquired
the understanding of Christ. Wherefore, you hear these
praises which we offer unto you:
Rejoice, for you were the peer of Andrew, the fool for the sake of Christ!
Rejoice, for you renounced your own name, referring to yourself as dead!
Rejoice, for you assumed foolishness and took the name of your husband, Andrew!
Rejoice, for you called yourself by a man’s name, renouncing woman’s weakness!
Rejoice, becausefor the sake of Christ you accepted voluntary poverty!
Rejoice, for who distributed all your substance to good people and to the poor!
Rejoice, for by your foolishness you have taught us to reject the vain wisdom of this age;
Rejoice. good comforter of all who have recourse to you in prayer!
Rejoice, for you were full of wisdom transcending the world!
Rejoice,foryoupreferredmockeryandridiculetoearthly glory!
Rejoice, for you have been glorified by God;
Rejoice speedy helper in time of trouble and despair!
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!

Kontakion 1

O HOLY and blessed Mother Xenia, chosen favorite
and fool for the sake of Christ, who elected to
undergo the struggle of patience and the suffering of
affliction, we who honor your holy memory offer you
hymns of praise. Help us against our enemies, visible and
invisible, that we may cry unto you:
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!
Prayers to Blessed Xenia

Prayer 1

O BLESSED WANDERER XENIA, heir to the Kingdom
of the Father, who were homeless on the earth
and most simple in the manner of your life! Like those who
in the past fell down before your tomb, so do we, who have
recourse unto you, now ask: Pray that, as the Lord says, our
steps may be guided rightly toward the doing of His
commandments, and that the soul-corrupting iniquity sown
by the godless may not prevail over our generation. O you
who hid yourself from the wise of this age, yet were known
to God, ask humility, meekness and the pledge of love for
our hearts, faith in prayer, hope in repentance, strength in
labors, the mercy of healing in sickness, and restoration of
our whole life from this time forward, that, blessing you, we
may with compunction confess the Father, the Son, and the
Holy Spirit, the consubstantial and indivisible Trinity, unto
ages of ages.
Amen.

Prayer 2

O HOLY AND MOST BLESSED MOTHER XENIA,
who lived under the protection of the Most High and
were strengthened by the Mother of God, and who en-dured
hunger and thirst, cold and burning heat, oppres-sion
and persecution: You have received from God the gift
of clairvoyance and the power to work miracles, and you
rest under the shelter of the Almighty. The Holy Church
now glorifies you as a fragrant blossom. Praying before
your holy icon, we ask you, as one who is alive and with us:
Accept our petitions, and offer them up before the throne
of the loving Father of heaven; and, since you have boldness
before Him, for those who have recourse unto you ask
eternal salvation, compassionate blessing upon our good
works and undertakings, and deliverance from all misfor-tunes
and sorrows. In your holy supplications before our
most merciful Savior, intercede for us, the unworthy and
sinful. O holy and blessed Mother Xenia, help our children
to receive illumination by the light of holy baptism and the
seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit; raise our youths and
maidens in faith, honesty, and the fear of God, and grant
them success in their studies; heal the infirm; send down
love and concord upon families; account monastics worthy
to fight the good fight and protect them from oppression;
make our pastors steadfast in the might of the Holy Spirit;
preserve the Orthodox faithful in peace and tranquility;
and pray for those who at the hour of their death are
deprived of the communion of the Holy Mysteries of
Christ. You are our trust and hope, speedily hearkening to
us and delivering us, Unto you do we send up thanks, and
with you do we glorify the Father, the Son, and the Holy
Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.
Amen.

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