Prayer to St. Anthony and St. Theodosius of the Caves

Having exalted thyself to virtue, having fallen in love with the monastic life, having attained to the desire of valor, thou didst dwell in a cave, and having adorned thy life with fasting and light, in thy prayers, for thou wast bodiless, thou didst remain in the Dust of the earth, as a bright luminary, and having shone forth, O Father Theodosius, pray to Christ God to save our souls. Let us honor the star of Russia today, which has shone forth from the east and has come to the west, and has enriched this whole country with miracles and kindness, and through all our deeds and the grace of the monastic rule, Blessed Theodosius. Having escaped from the worldly revolt, you followed Christ in the gospel by rejecting the world, and having lived an equally angelic life, you reached the quiet refuge of the Holy Mount Athos, having come to Mount Kiev with the blessing of the fathers, and having made a hard life there, you enlightened your Fatherland, and having shown the path leading to the Heavenly Kingdom to many monastics, you brought this Pray to Him, O Venerable Anthony, that he may save our souls. Having laid thyself to God, most beloved of all from thy youth, O venerable One, Thou didst follow love with all thy soul, but imputing the corruptible world to nothing, thou didst make a cave in the earth, and in it thou didst strive for good against the invisible enemy of wiles, like a radiant sun, thou didst shine forth to all the ends of the earth, and didst pass away rejoicing thou to the Heavenly Hall. And now, with the Angels of the Lord standing before the throne, remember us who honor your memory, so that we call you: hail, Anthony, our father. Let us now honor the mental sun and bright moon of the original Pechersk saints, together with the entire Cathedral of the Venerable ones, for they enlighten the church firmament, enlighten the afflicted in the darkness of their passions, and offer help from Christ God through their prayers in all their sorrows, and ask for deliverance for our souls. Chosen from all sorts of saints of God, holy Reverend Pecherstia, who have shone forth virtuously on these mountains, the earth has not hidden you, but the sky has opened to you and the village of paradise. Thus we offer praiseworthy songs to God, who has glorified you, in your memory; but you, as those who have boldness, who honor your council, protect us from all troubles by your prayers, as our intercessors and intercessors to God. O saints of Christ, our venerable Fathers Anthony and Theodosius, and all the saints of the Kiev Caves, most luminous lamps, who first shone forth on the land of Russia through the holiness of the monastic life, patrons of the city of Kiev and of our entire fatherland! To you, warm prayer books and unashamed intercessors, we diligently flow, asking for comfort and help in our needs and sorrows. Help us, servants of God (names), our intercessors! Strengthen us in the most holy faith, preserve the Church of God from pernicious heresies and schisms, teach us to always do the commandments of God and all the ecclesiastical traditions that the father has commanded us, awaken to us benevolent fathers and warm prayer books, so that we may glorify the name of the Life-giving Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit forever. Amen.

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