Prayer to Saints Gerasim, Pitirim and Jonah, Bishops of Perm

O Holy Hierarchs of Christ Gerasimus, Pitirimus, and Jono! To you, as children to the father, in humility of heart, with faith and love, we all flow and tenderly pray: through your intercession with the equal-to-the-Apostles Stephen, ask the Lord for repentance and forgiveness of all our voluntary and involuntary sins, so that we may flourish in true faith and piety and become worthy of His unspeakable mercy. Wake up, Holy Hierarchs of Christ, warm intercessors for us before God, so that the Lord may pacify and strengthen His Holy Church, so that those who do not believe may be converted to the faith, so that those who err may be enlightened, and so that temptations and disorders may cease. Protect the Russian state with your intercessions and pray to the Lord, our suffering country of Russia, from the fierce atheist and their authorities, let them be freed, and let the throne of Orthodox rulers be raised up; His faithful servants, in sorrow and sorrow day and night crying out to Him, let our belly hear the many-painful cry and let our belly lead us away from destruction, and having lived a silent life in this eez, we will have a Christian end and a good answer at the Last Judgment of God, and we will be heiresses of His Heavenly Kingdom forever and ever. Amen Chosen by the Lord to succeed equal-to-the-Apostles Stephen, high priest and angel of the Church of Velikopermsk, champion of our salvation and warmest prayer book for us to God, Gerasim, Pitirim and Jono, with spiritual songs we praise you with love, our enlighteners. But you, who have boldness in the Lord, intercede with the equal-to-the-Apostles Stephen for our salvation, so that we may call you: Hail, Gerasimus, Pitirimus, and Jono, warm intercessors for us before God to the Church of Velikopermsk, Gerasimus, Pitirimus, and Jono, who have lived on earth as an angel, now stand with all the saints before the Throne of the King of Glory, interceding for your flock to the Lord. For this reason we delight you here: Rejoice, to the Throne of the Life-giving Trinity that is coming. Rejoice, who have been jealous of the angelic life on earth. Rejoice, you wonderful companions of the saints now. Raduytesya, trisvetlyya sveshy, nevechernim Troichesky light shining. Rejoice, O chosen vessel of the Most Holy Spirit. Rejoice, you who have great boldness for Christ your God. Rejoice, with equal-to-the-Apostles Stephen, the enlightener of the Dynasty. Rejoice, the flock of Perm, who have gone astray like a sheep, and have brought them to Christ. Rejoice, Gerasimus, Pitirimus, and Jono, who are warm intercessors for us before God, Having seen the heart-knowing Lord your firm permission to lay down his soul for his friends, He sets you up as successors to Equal-to-the-Apostles Stephen on the roof of the Church of Velikopermsk, so that the light of the holy Gospel may shine forth through you in the darkness and shadow of death to the sedyaschim, and the people enlightened by you will sing a song of praise to God: Hallelujah. Having obeyed the will of God with a clear mind and a pure heart, and having taken up the good yoke of Christ, our fathers Gerasim, Pitirim, and Jono diligently followed in the footsteps of the equal-to-the-Apostles Stephen into the spiritual fields, holding the new reins and abundantly sowing in them the seeds of the Word of God. Wherefore, giving thanks to the Lord, we praise you, saying: Hail, God-enlightened preachers of the faith of Christ. Rejoice, O luminaries, who hast enlightened all who exist in the darkness of idolatry. Rejoice, who by the seed of the Word of God has petrified the hearts of men and spiritually engendered them. Rejoice, for the broadcasting of your teaching will spread to the whole country of Perm. Rejoice, ye fishers of those who have gone astray, who have caught the words of your Lord and these words. Rejoice, you who have worn out spiritual riches from inexhaustible treasures. Rejoice, you who are plunged into the depths of godlessness and brought to the haven of salvation. Rejoice, successor of the apostles, full of spiritual gifts. Hail, Gerasimus, Pitirim, and Jono, warm intercessors for us before God, strengthened by the power of God, armed with the weapons of the Cross of Christ, good-conquering warriors of the Heavenly King, who have courageously resisted the enemy of salvation, the devil, who snatches out of his jaws the souls of those saved by you, and with them cry out to the Lord the song of victory: Alleluia. Having in your heart a firm hope in the all-powerful help of God, you venerable ones are not afraid of the wrath of the spirit of malice, which sought to destroy you; but having overcome this by fasting and prayer, you are worthily pleased with this title: Rejoice, you have received unalloyed grace from God. Rejoice, fortified by the power of God and grace. Rejoice, you who have overcome the devil by prayer and fasting. Rejoice, thou who hast shone forth the darkness of idolatry with divine words. Rejoice, who have melted the heavy ice of unbelief with the warmth of the Divine Spirit. Rejoice, you who have loved One Christ, and have taken up His cross on your shoulders. Rejoice, you who have destroyed the mental enemies of the militia with the full armor of the cross. Rejoice, for by the power of God you have destroyed the infirmity of polytheism. Rejoice, Gerasimus, Pitirimus, and Jono, who are warm intercessors for us before God, and have raised up a storm of malice and hatred against you, the devil, seeking your ultimate destruction, so that his kingdom may not be destroyed. But you, who by humility and meekness overcame his wiles, transformed evil wolves into meek lambs by the power of God, O ye who are wise to God, crying out with them to almighty God: Alleluia. Having heard the gospel proclamation of your Great Dynasty, O most blessed fathers, and having been overcome by the love of God, I turn to the true faith and ask for baptism. But you, as true shepherds, receiving with love all those who seek salvation, have longed to eat them with the font of baptism, giving them to drink with the dew of the Spirit of God, and feeding their souls with the bread of heaven. Rejoice, you who have preached the gospel of Christ to those who do not know God. Rejoice, you disciples of Christ, who have brought many people to him by the washing of baptism. Rejoice, you who have multiplied the granary of Christ with the divine seed. Rejoice, thou wickedness of the serpents who have clothed them naked with the robe of grace. Rejoice, blessed luminaries, enlightening the souls of the darkened ones. Rejoice, as the divine salt, the rottenness of the beauty that has healed. Rejoice, rivers of spiritual and divine grace filled. Rejoice, rays of the Sun of Christ’s truth, who have enlightened our country. Rejoice, Gerasimus, Pitirimus, and Jono, who are warm intercessors for us before God. For the stars of the theotokos have shone forth in the firmament of the church, O holy Hierarch of Christ, enlightened by the Sun of the glory of Christ God, and they have shone with a quiet, flickering light on the land of idols, and like the star of Bethlehem, they have shown the way to Christ, so that the people enlightened by you may cry out to Him a God-like song: Alleluia. Seeing your spiritual children around you, and filled with great joy for their salvation, O our all-blessed fathers, you have glorified the Lord with all your heart, and you have joined your newly enlightened flock in love, and you hear this praise from all: Rejoice, teachers of those who err, and shelters for those who are saved. Rejoice, pillars and confirmation of the Orthodox Church. Rejoice, nourishment of the poor and consolation of the poor. Rejoice, intercessors for the poor and widows, and quick help in distress. Rejoice, be merciful to all who have been in need of mercy. Rejoice, thou who art a refuge in adversity, and deliverance from sorrows. Rejoice, you have made the barren field of your flock fruitful. Rejoice, my flock, which has been handed over to you by God, who have pretty much fallen. Rejoice, Gerasimus, Pitirimus, and Jono, who are warm intercessors for us before God. The preachers of the gospel teaching used to show their flock, not only in word but also in deed, the image of the divine virtues, the teachers of godly wisdom, so that all who see your good works may glorify the Heavenly Father, crying out to Him: Alleluia. The light of the true faith of Christ has risen in the land of midnight with your good news, equal-to-the-Apostles enlightener, banishing the flattery of demons-idols have fallen, and temples have been erected to the True God. But We, having received salvation, cry out to you sitse: Rejoice, You mystery-makers of the Trinity, who have dispelled the darkness of polytheism. Rejoice, luminous dawns of the Holy Spirit that exist. Raduytesya, Orthodoxy mentors and piety uchitelie and purity. Rejoice, you who have sown the seeds of faith in the hearts of children through the teaching of books. Rejoice, you who have destroyed the temples of idols by the power of God. Rejoice, who created the temples of the Most Holy Trinity through the temples made with hands. Rejoice, good shepherd, and bring your flock to the pasture of the spirit. Rejoice, lamps, on the candle stand of the Church of permskiyavstavlenii. Rejoice, Gerasimus, Pitirimus, and Jono, who are warm intercessors for us before God. Desiring to strengthen your flock in the true faith of Christ, the chief shepherds will truly manifest themselves, O holy hierarchs of God, who supply elders and young men everywhere with enlightening teaching from books, so that all people may intelligently sing to God the song: Alleluia. The new grapes of Christ, planted by your labors in the land of Great Passion, are true workers and keepers; you have brought abundant fruit to the Lord, for you are faithful servants of Christ, who have entered into the joy of your Lord; you exult eternally in heaven; you are pleased with the fruits of the earth: Rejoice, for the fruitful olives have flourished in the house of God. Rejoice, you who have cleansed the field of Christ from the tares with a spiritual sickle. Rejoice, you who believe in the pure wheat gathered together in the granary of Christ. Rejoice, for the vines of Christ’s vine have borne many fruits. Rejoice, O wine of divine gladness that hath been poured out to all the faithful. Rejoice, never-fading flowers, ennobling the souls of believers. Rejoice, rivers of the divine mind, singing the Church of God. Rejoice, rabbi of the blessed, in the joy of your Lord you have entered. Rejoice, Gerasimus, Pitirimus, and Jono, who are warm intercessors for us before God. The wanderers and sojourners in their earthly life who followed the Shepherd Commander Christ, did not have anywhere to bow their heads, for the sake of your constant labors for their flock; they did not have any rest, they nazirated you, crying out to God: Alleluia. Having loved the Lord with all their heart, and all the worldly people, as they were in the end, did not spare their lives for their flock: Este, Gerasim, and Pitirim, holy martyrs of Christ, who glorified the Lord with a martyr’s end. Marveling at your great zeal for the salvation of men, we cry out to you now: Rejoice, you who have clung to the Lord with all your mind. Rejoice, you who have loved the Lord with all your heart. Rejoice, for gold is in the furnace with the fire of suffering tempted. Rejoice, you sweet-smelling sacrifice and perfect offering made to your former God. Rejoice, who through the blood of martyrdom have consecrated the land of your flock. Rejoice, fair and light-bearing adornment of the holy Martyrs. Rejoice, you who have laid down your soul for your flock. Rejoice, you who have received richly the reward of your labors from God. Rejoice, Gerasimus, Pitirimus, and Jono, who are warm intercessors for us before God. Having been all in God, John the Prelate, thou didst bear equal labors and labors for thy flock, performing the work of the martyrs of the prelates, to whom thou wast a successor in the prelacy; having accomplished thy work as a martyr, without shelter, thou didst rest peacefully in the Lord, singing joyfully to Him: Alleluia. Because of the greatness of God, O God-enlightened preachers, you have softened the hearts of those who do not know God with the streams of your tears; I warm you with the warmth of prayer and prepare you for the habitation of the Most Holy Spirit, so that you may hear this thanksgiving from the hearts that you have quickened: Raduytesya, the divine radiance of the darkness of passion dispersed. Rejoice, who have watered the field of the Church of Velikopermsk with the streams of your tears. Rejoice, who have extinguished the evil of the enemy’s exploits of love. Rejoice, who enlightens us with the light of truth and warms us with the warmth of faith. Rejoice, like industrious bees, a honeycomb of virtues gathered together. Rejoice, I have perfect love for my flock and for all the people who have acquired it. Rejoice, who instruct all to divine knowledge. Rejoice, and now your flock from the height of heaven, who are building up with grace. Rejoice, Gerasimus, Pitirimus, and Jono, who are warm intercessors for us before God. Having received the hope of salvation, the people rejoice in their enlighteners, and are richly filled with the fruits of the Orthodox faith, praising God, singing with one mouth to Him: Alleluia. The wall and fence of your spiritual flock have been, O bishop of God, but do not fear kings and princes for the needs of the earth, and your spiritual children have kept them from many troubles. For this reason we offer you our praises: Rejoice, comfort in adversity, and intercede for the offended. Rejoice, friends of all who are sincere in their sorrows. Rejoice, good shepherd, who protects your flock from mental wolves. Rejoice, warriors of invincibility, armed with the full armor of the Cross. Rejoice, fortifying our kings and protecting our Fatherland. Rejoice, the steadfast hope of all the faithful. Rejoice, as the lambs are unkindly, in the midst of fierce wolves that have passed. Rejoice, like the arrows of heaven that sting the spirits of wickedness. Rejoice, Gerasimus, Pitirimus, and Jono, who are warm intercessors for us before God. The Church of Christ brings to the Savior God a hymn of praise about all the benefits and mercies of God that you have shown, our enlighteners: Strengthen us also who are weak, so that we may always be one in mouth and one in heart, and we may sing to our Benefactor God: Alleluia. Luminous lamps, which have enlightened our country with the light of true faith, we see you, God’s saints Gerasima, Pitirim and Jono, strengthening you in the fulfillment of the work of Christ, for the building up of His Church, for the glory of God and the salvation of our souls through the heavenly intercession of your successors in the archpastoral ministry. O believer, I cry out to you concerning these things: Rejoice, to the height of the virtues of the east. Rejoice, you who have walked blamelessly in the ways of the Lord. Rejoice, who by spiritual poverty have acquired a treasure that is not hidden in heaven. Rejoice, you who have made for yourself a clean dwelling place for the Spirit of God. Rejoice, who have been clothed with the robe of salvation and the garment of incorruption. Rejoice, who have imitated Christ the Saviour in meekness and humility. Raduytesya, dispassionate soul and mind purity decorated. Rejoice, by abstinence you have appeared without a cloth. Rejoice, Gerasimus, Pitirimus, and Jono, who are warm intercessors for us before God. Leading the grace given to you from the Lord, all who flow through faith to your tomb, O holy One of God, will draw healing from infirmities and deliverance from passions without fail through your intercession, with grateful lips crying out to God for this: Alleluia. Singing of your sacred memory, our God-bearing fathers, we fall down with faith and emotion before your precious icon, and as you are with us, we cry out to you: Rejoice, you who by faith ask for the healing of the infirmities of the soul and body and give them. Rejoice, O pious and protecting one, in peace and love. Rejoice, consolation to those who are monastics, and strengthening to those who labor in the preaching of the gospel. Rejoice, the Church of the Fathers is a magnificent decoration. Rejoice, most honourable blessing, laid in the foundation of the Church of Perm in Christ. Raduytesya, our Fatherland and the country of Permskiya pokrovitelie. Rejoice, we are protected at the Last Judgment of God. Rejoice, intercessor for our eternal salvation. Rejoice, Gerasimus, Pitirimus, and Jono, who are warm intercessors for us before God. O most glorious and glorious hierarchs of Christ, Gerasimus, Pitirim, and Jono, who ever stand before the Throne of God, accept this little supplication of ours, as a fervent sacrifice of our hearts, and together with the equal-to-the-Apostles Stephen, beseech the Lord Almighty for all the people of the Russian land, so that having lived a quiet and silent life in this eez, we may be worthy to sing praises with you in eternal joy To God: Alleluia. [This kontakion is pronounced three times.] [Next, repeat the 1st ikos and kontakion: Angels of the Church of Velikopermsk, Gerasim, Pitirim and Jono, who have lived on earth as an equal angel, now stand with all the saints before the Throne of the King of Glory, interceding for your flock to the Lord. For this reason we delight you here: Rejoice, to the Throne of the Life-giving Trinity that is coming. Rejoice, who have been jealous of the angelic life on earth. Rejoice, you wonderful companions of the saints now. Raduytesya, trisvetlyya sveshy, nevechernim Troichesky light shining. Rejoice, O chosen vessel of the Most Holy Spirit. Rejoice, you who have great boldness for Christ your God. Rejoice, with equal-to-the-Apostles Stephen, the enlightener of the Dynasty. Rejoice, the flock of Perm, who have gone astray like a sheep, and have brought them to Christ. Rejoice, Gerasimus, Pitirimus, and Jono, who are warm intercessors for us before God. Chosen by the Lord to succeed equal-to-the-Apostles Stephen, Primate and angel of the Church of Velikopermsk, champion of our salvation and warmest prayer book for us to God, Gerasim, Pitirim and Jono, we praise you with love with spiritual songs, our enlighteners. But you, who have boldness in the Lord, intercede with the equal-to-the-Apostles Stephen for our salvation, so that we may call you: Rejoice, Gerasimus, Pitirimus, and Jono, who are your intercessors for us before God

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