Sunday, December 02, 2007

Proto-Romanian Saints: The Scythian Monks

Dionysius Exiguus,
The Father Of The
Anno Domini Era,
And The First Known Medieval Latin Writer
To Use A Precursor Of The Number

Nicetas Of Remesiana,
The Author Of The
Te Deum Laudamus.

John Cassian,
Friend And Disciple Of Saint
John Chrysostom,
Founder Of
Saint Victor's Abbey In Marseille,
Had A Great Influence On St.
Benedict Of Nursia,
The Founder Of Western Monasticism;
Condemned The Teachings Of
Augustine Of Hippo.

Having cleansed yourself through fasting, You attained the understanding of wisdom, and from the desert fathers You learned the restraint of the passions. To this end through your prayers grant our flesh obedience to the spirit. For you are the teacher, O venerable John Cassian, of all who in Christ praise your memory.

Kontakion - Tone 4

As a venerable monk, You consecrated your life to God, and radiant with virtue, O John Cassian, You shine like the sun with the splendor of your divine teachings, Illumining ever the hearts of all who honor you. Entreat Christ earnestly in behalf of those who praise you with fervent love.

Apolytikion in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone

The image of God, was faithfully preserved in you, O Father. For you took up the Cross and followed Christ. By Your actions you taught us to look beyond the flesh for it passes, rather to be concerned about the soul which is immortal. Wherefore, O Holy John Cassian, your soul rejoices with the angels.

Kontakion in the First Tone

Thy words breathe forth the sweetness of heavenly cassia, dispelling the foul odour of passion and pleasures; but with the sweet fragrance of thy discretion and temperance, they make known the spiritual ascents in the Spirit, leading men on high, O righteous Father John Cassian, divinely-sent guide of monks.

The Icon Called Extreme Humiliation,
The King Of Glory,
Illustrating The
Theopaschite Formula
Of The Scythian Monks:
One Of The Trinity For Us Has Suffered.

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