Prayer to St. Cyril, Bishop of Turov

O chosen servant of Christ and of the Gospel precepts, most zealous of all the Russian lands, golden-tongued teacher, we glorify you, intercessor for all those who diligently run to you in faith, for you stand before the Holy Trinity with boldness, and pray for us, your unworthy children, so that in the firmness of Orthodox faith and virtue we may live and sing to you with emotion: rejoice, Cyril Chrysostom, the God-wise mentor of repentance. From infancy you learned the angelic life from God-loving parents of a noble family, and more than that you did not love the riches, nor the glory of corruption, nor the joys of this world; you imputed all things to your mind; you received the understanding of the wisdom of books from well-known Greek teachers, and more than that you diligently applied your mind from youth to the teaching of the Divine But you, Cyril, loved prayer, solitude and fasting. Now encourage us also to such virtues, who sing thankfully to thee: Rejoice, thou wonderful branch of the city of Turov, which hast brought forth good fruit; rejoice, for thou hast loved the One Lord and His commandments from our young years. Rejoice, for thou hast comforted thy pious parents by diligent study; rejoice, for thou hast received the bookish mind from the teachers, the eminent Greeks. Rejoice, you who have prospered in the wisdom of the books and the wisdom of God; rejoice, you who have received the wisdom of God from the Holy Scriptures. Rejoice, you who have nourished your mind in the works of St. John Chrysostom and the Holy Fathers of Byzantium; rejoice, you who have preserved chastity, humility, and meekness from your youth and have carried it through all your life. Hail, Cyril Chrysostom, God-wise mentor of repentance. Seeing the sad end of the life of the flesh, you despised the world of rebellion, but loved the sorrows and narrowness of the monastic community, you came to the monastery of St. Nicholas from your parents ‘ house, and there you received the angelic image, obeying the abbot, you were a good zealot, constantly crying out to God in prayers: Alleluia. Perfect mind and passionless desire to acquire and all earthly despising, priceless beads, Christ, in the most holy abode you have found. There, too, you soon raised yourself to the holy office and the burden of abbotship; you taught the monks mutual brotherly love and firm obedience and self-denial. But We, who are moved by zeal for your God, as we sing to your God-wise mentor: Rejoice, you who fertilize your soul with fasting, tears, and prayer vigils; rejoice, you who earnestly teach self-denial and obedience to the monks. Rejoice, you who have placed the fear of God as the foundation of the monastic virtues; rejoice, you who speak unceasing prayer with your mouth and heart. Rejoice, for thou didst surprise the brethren of the monastery with the gift of reasoning; rejoice, for thou didst instruct them in words of argument and idle talk. Rejoice, for thou hast corrected the lawless and negligent with severity and admonition; rejoice, for thou hast wept unceasingly for the peaceable and idlers of idleness. Hail, Cyril Chrysostom, God-wise mentor of repentance. We are strengthened by the power from above, for you have found an incorruptible treasure for your soul, and you have not only taken care of other people, but also of those who are in the world: you were a spiritual guide and preacher of truth to all those who wander in darkness, but now deliver us also from the vanity of life by your prayers to God, crying out to Him in the simplicity of your heart: Alleluia. Having great care for the organization of the common life of the monks, Bishop George was appointed abbot of the vladychnia monastery of Boriso-Gle by Bishop George, and there, not only as a monk, but also as a mentor to all the people of the city of Turov who come to you for salvation, you became a mentor, sick with your heart for them and with tears with the emotion of the Almighty and the Good Queen Theotokos for the forgiveness of sins. Where you were filled with the light of grace-filled boldness, but now grant us God’s mercy and teach us to cry out to you with love: Rejoice, for you have quenched your spiritual thirst as a well of living water; rejoice, for you have constantly asked God for the salvation of penitent sinners. Rejoice, for through repentance thou didst encourage those who had promised their passions to renew themselves; rejoice, for thou didst draw those who were drowning in lust out of the depths of sin. Rejoice, everlasting consolation to all the sorrowful and sorrowful; rejoice, O mentor of monks and ascetics of piety! Rejoice, even now monastic life and solitude are a gracious inspiration to those who love it; rejoice, those who strive for piety are greatly enriched. Hail, Cyril Chrysostom, God-wise mentor of repentance. Rejecting the tempest of the enemy’s temptations and imitating the ascetic of the Christian East, you left your abbess and, having ascended to the pillar, closed yourself up, and there in the narrow cell you spent your days and nights in prayer, protecting yourself from the vanity of the world by strict fasting and God-thinking, you wrote many God-inspired creations there, glorifying God with an angelic song: Alleluia. Hearing the birds of heaven singing and seeing the beauty of God’s creations, you prayed in your pillar for the whole world, pondering on high and testing what is the will of God; you were an Angel’s companion, you were enlightened by pure kindness, you were inspired by the Spirit of God, you gave forth the bright teachings of your divine Wisdom and prayers, and the Russian land was enlightened. But We rejoice in your exploits and labors, and we roar in exultation: Rejoice, blessed pillar-bearer, recluse, preivious and praiseworthy; rejoice, thou who abidest day and night in repentance and prayer. Rejoice, Thou who hast left many writings and prayers for our edification; rejoice, Thou golden-tongued teacher of the flock of Turov and of all the Russian land. Rejoice, for thou didst lift up thy body to the cross, and didst lift up thy body to the pillar; rejoice, thou didst receive help from the Lord in thy struggles. Rejoice, you who do not quench the desert spirit in the midst of the rumor of everyday life; rejoice, you who multiply the talent given from God a hundredfold. Hail, Cyril Chrysostom, God-wise mentor of repentance. Seeing in thee a new star rising in Holy Russia, O Lord, prepare thee for the prelate’s service, and after the repose of Archpriest George, bring many people with the Prince of Turov to thy pillar to pray to thee as bishop of this ancient city. But you, Father Cyril, tearfully praying, gave up everything to the will of Christ God, and when you received an answer from the Unworthy, you sang with thanksgiving: Alleluia. Seeing in you a pure lamp of faith burning and understanding the Truth of the most wise teacher, Archpastor Konstantin of Kiev, at the request of Prince Yuri and the boyars of Turov, as a worthy vessel of God’s grace, place you on the ancient pulpit of the city of Turov and all the land of Polessky, so that you may enlighten people there who are in the darkness of paganism. But we, marveling at the wonderful providence of God for you, offer our blessed praises to you: Rejoice, for you were named a blessed and righteous prelate and made a bishop; rejoice, for you yourself were made a saint by the holy hierarch. Rejoice, you who have received the highest ecclesiastical rank with humility; rejoice, you who have revealed the true image of meekness as an archpastor and shepherd. Rejoice, gracious host of hierarchs of the Russian Church; rejoice, you have been praised by the living spirit of faith and piety of many. Rejoice, for thou hast appeared a vigilant worker of Christ’s grapes; rejoice, for thou hast entered into the joy of thy Lord. Hail, Cyril Chrysostom, God-wise mentor of repentance. A preacher of true piety and repentance, O Father Cyril, when you could not bear the idle feasts in your city, and as a good soldier of Christ, you rebuked all the games of devils and pagan dances, admonishing the lost sheep with a wise word, but teaching the faithful to cry out to the One True God: Alleluia. Thou didst shine forth, O Father Cyril, as the most luminous sun to the flock of Turov and all the Russian lands, lighting up the hearts of Christians with the Orthodox teaching, dispelling the darkness of superstition and impiety. And now, O golden-tongued Divine rhetorician and teacher, all those who are hungry and thirsty for truth are satiated by the sweetness of your writings and gratefully cry out to you: Rejoice, O teacher of Orthodoxy and Chrysostom of the Russian land, who guides us to the path of salvation; rejoice, O leader, who leads all those who are blind with their spiritual eyes to Christ. Rejoice, sower of righteousness, who freest the faithful from the charms of sin; rejoice, Adamante, who hast established the true spirit of faith and piety. Rejoice, O flock of the church, guardian of superstitions, heresies, and schisms; rejoice, consumer of pagan idols, and extirpator of drunkenness. Rejoice, turning those who have fallen away and gone astray to the right faith; rejoice, fill your mouth with grace, proclaiming golden words. Hail, Cyril Chrysostom, God-wise mentor of repentance. Although imitating Saint Nicholas of Myra to preserve the unity of the Russian Church, you, O Blessed Cyril, the heretic bishop and schismatic Theodore of Suzdal, reproached us with such reproach, as you denounced the madman Arius at the Council of Kiev and together with all the hierarchs anathematized him, but to God, who by the Holy Spirit contributes to the cause of justice, you sang thankfully Victory song: Hallelujah. The new guardian of the purity of Orthodoxy for the whole Russian land, O Lord, having vanquished the false teaching and heretical impiety by the Spirit of Truth, thou didst truly call upon the great Prince Andrew the God-loving, O Father Cyril; in the spiritual wisdom of that thou didst nourish as a child of the church, so that we also are strengthened by thy prayers, and humbly cry out to thee: Rejoice, blessed protection of the unity of Holy Russia Hail, holy father, our praise and consolation. Rejoice, zealous zealot for the welfare of the temples of God; rejoice, pacifier of national troubles and ecclesiastical divisions. Rejoice, deliberate peacemaker, mentor of peacefulness; rejoice, unfading lamp of truth and love to the Russian Church. Rejoice, Thou who didst inspire the wise and unselfish to be a ruler and judges; rejoice, Thou who didst offer up incense to God for the propitiation of those who are at war. Hail, Cyril Chrysostom, God-wise mentor of repentance. A strange and God-fearing miracle is seen, for through your zeal a new great church is being built on Zamkova Mountain, and the Orthodox Faith is being strengthened not only in the city of Turov, but throughout all of White Russia. But we, who diligently wait for the dispensation of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of our mansions, now with you, O God-wise Cyril, from the mouths of the wicked, dare the Founder of our salvation to cry out with one voice: Alleluia. All the law, which according to the God of life was revealed in yourself, and which you, O Blessed Cyril, are a preceptor and preacher, you have truly appeared as Chrysostom to all Russia. Many are the lessons of the Gospel and prophetic Writings that are read on the feasts of the Lord, such as prayers to God for every hour and day of the week, the canon of repentance, praises to the saints, instructions by monks and pastors, and many other things you have written, and you have given up to the Russian Church in your time; thus even now you show all the faithful that the paths to the Kingdom are right To Christ, may they thankfully cry out to you as a teacher of the God-wise: Hail, relentless guardian of church sermons; hail, great rhetorician of Orthodoxy and spiritual Knowledge of God in Russia. Rejoice, for you are zealously jealous of the deanery of the church’s ministry; rejoice, for the river of reasonable paradise, you will make all Russia drunk with the saving teaching. Rejoice, for the mouth of the evil serpent is ever barred, and you inspire the faithful to spiritual feats; rejoice, for you show the path of truth to those who are blinded by the eyes of the soul. Rejoice, you call the careless servants of the Church to sobriety and a good conscience; rejoice, you strengthen the wordy flock of Christ’s shepherds who are burning with the spirit of love through your blessing. Hail, Cyril Chrysostom, God-wise mentor of repentance. O Father Cyril, you have endured all sorrows and reproaches for the sake of righteousness, according to the Scriptures: For there is no prophet without honor, but only in your own house, and you have constantly admonished and admonished your flock in your preaching, so that all may call upon the name of the Creator and God in repentance, and with boldness we tenderly offer up the song: Alleluia. Vitistva especially lacking, in ezhe skazati about your patience, when the golden words of your golden people nezumnii not heed, obache suemudriem and lizheverem human omrachakhusya, in drunkenness, fornication and other passions, aki in the mire of the flesh drowning; we, your children, the words of your wisdom in our hearts priyavshe, you cry with tears: Rejoice, Thou accuser of ambition and humanity; rejoice, thou corrector of the lawless and blasphemous with strict admonitions. Rejoice, for thou hast suffered sorrows for the flock; rejoice, for the enemies of the Lord, thou hast meekly implored with tears. Rejoice, Thou who hast overcome all enmity and opposition by the love of Christ; rejoice, thou who hast subdued the hearts of those who are petrified by thy kindness and simplicity. Rejoice, for through your life you have taught many people patience and meekness; rejoice, for you have established many in the virtues of faith, hope, and love. Hail, Cyril Chrysostom, God-wise mentor of repentance. To save the multitude of the faithful, the Lord revealed to the land of Polessk on the cross the image of His Mother Kupyatitsky; but you, Father Cyril, having endured many sorrows in the declining years of your righteous life, you received admonition from above and retired to your native monastery, where you took monastic vows. All-night vigils, outpourings of tears and sufferings of diseases, To the Merciful and Righteous Requester of God we sing: Alleluia. A wall of intercession and help to the Orthodox people, thou didst appear, praising the evil spirits with fervent prayer and tears, protecting them from error with wise advice, warming their hearts with divine love; thou didst save many from the work of the enemy, thou didst appear as a shining light of spiritual guidance to the prince and people; we pray to thee, Father, that even in this last time may not be impoverished lamps of faith and piety in the lands of Russia, but you, who live in heaven, receive this song from us who are unworthy: Rejoice, an indestructible pillar of Orthodoxy and a tearful prayer book for the whole world; rejoice, in spiritual reasoning like the blessed and wise elders and for your children sorrowful. Rejoice, for you drive the evil spirits away from the faithful; rejoice, for you weep sorrowfully for those who live unworthily. Rejoice, you who seek the benefit of your neighbors more than your own; rejoice, you who have taught and adorned the multitude of monks and priests. Rejoice, you who forbid the faithful to depart from the communion of the church; rejoice, you who praise and bless those who love the temples of God and the holy things. Hail, Cyril Chrysostom, God-wise mentor of repentance. Bring us a praiseworthy hymn, we beseech you, Reverend Cyril, that Holy Russia, our long-suffering land, and your city may rejoice in a new life pleasing to God, and all the more so plead for us, your children; that we may not be ungrateful for the many mercies of the Lord to us sinners, and that we may not give ourselves up to despondency and neglect, and that we may diligently sing to God the victory song Song: Hallelujah. Through your bright, equal-to-the-angels and sorrowful life, you have enlightened the whole Russian land, O Saint Cyril. Even at the time of your departure, the Angels sanctify your blessed soul in the heavenly abode and ascend: but your precious body was found incorruptible by your successor, Saint Lawrence, who bore witness to your sanctity; your holy relics were hidden until the time of God’s providence, so that they might be preserved from the reproaches of the Hagarites; but we earnestly ask God for the remission of our sins and iniquities and to thee we cry: Rejoice, O saint of Christ, who hast ended the course of thy life in piety; rejoice, who art united with all the saints for ever and hast inherited eternal glory. Rejoice, you who have rested in the villages of heaven after the labors of your earthly journey, and who have not known the corruption of your body; rejoice, you who have inspired all with reverence for the holy things by your holy relics hidden for a time. Rejoice, that through the prayers of the pious you may reveal your holy body for the worship of the faithful; rejoice, that then in the truth of Orthodoxy you may convince many people without a sound, and glorify your land with spiritual flourishing. Rejoice, for with your golden words you have guided the lost sons to the right faith; rejoice, for even now the ancient city of Turov is your fatherland, and you have always defended and confirmed all of White Russia from unrest. Hail, Cyril Chrysostom, God-wise mentor of repentance. You have received the grace of the wisdom of books and many heavenly gifts, Most Blessed Cyril. For this reason, the Holy Hierarch and all God-loving people glorify you, as a saint of God and the most glorious Chrysostom of the Russian land, constantly marveling at your wonderful gifts and labors, and exclaiming to the Gods: Alleluia. Singing your most glorious memory, O God-bearing Father Cyril, we wish you to please with dignity, and as we appeal to the intercessor for the people of Belarus and for all Orthodox Russia: be a diligent intercessor for the salvation of all the faithful, those who love your golden words and those who pray through your prayers, now together we praise you with a loud voice in joy: Rejoice, for Rejoice, O God-bearing one, who hast clothed our hearts with life-giving drops of grace. Rejoice, for in this time of trouble, godless one, you help us to root out errors; rejoice, for you water our hearts with divine dew, which have been burned with the dryness of sin. Rejoice, for your fingers are moved by God, and you show your people the way out of the yoke of sin; rejoice, for with the preaching of the God-inspired teaching of Christ, you circumvent Holy Russia like the sun. Rejoice, for our sinful souls are represented by the Heavenly King; rejoice, for the angels rejoice in you and the people rejoice. Hail, Cyril Chrysostom, God-wise mentor of repentance. O most glorious and glorious our Father Cyril, honourable Saint Chrysostom, who most of all in Russia has shone forth, and who has enlightened all the ends of Russia by the holy and most luminous teaching of Christ. Accept this song of praise from us who are unworthy, and through your warm intercession at the Throne of God, ask forgiveness for our sins, confirmation in faith and good deeds, deliverance from troubles and sorrows, so that we may live the rest of the summer of our life in piety, crying out to God: Alleluia. [This kontakion is pronounced three times.] [Next, repeat the 1st ikos and kontakion: From infancy, you learned the angelic life from God-loving parents of a noble family, especially since you did not love the riches, nor the glory of corruption, nor the joys of this world; you imputed everything, as omens; you received the understanding of bookish wisdom from fair Greek teachers, and even more so your mind from youth diligently directed to the teaching of the Divine Scriptures and sacred books prayer, solitude and fasting, you have loved, Cyril. Now encourage us also to such virtues, who sing thankfully to thee: Rejoice, thou wonderful branch of the city of Turov, which hast brought forth good fruit; rejoice, for thou hast loved the One Lord and His commandments from our young years. Rejoice, for thou hast comforted thy pious parents by diligent study; rejoice, for thou hast received the bookish mind from the teachers, the eminent Greeks. Rejoice, you who have prospered in the wisdom of the books and the wisdom of God; rejoice, you who have received the wisdom of God from the Holy Scriptures. Rejoice, you who have nourished your mind in the works of St. John Chrysostom and the Holy Fathers of Byzantium; rejoice, you who have preserved chastity, humility, and meekness from your youth and have carried it through all your life. Hail, Cyril Chrysostom, God-wise mentor of repentance. O chosen servant of Christ and of the Gospel precepts, most zealous of all the Russian lands, golden-tongued teacher, we glorify you, intercessor for all those who diligently run to you in faith, for you stand before the Holy Trinity with boldness, and pray for us, your unworthy children, so that in the firmness of Orthodox faith and virtue we may live and sing to you with emotion: rejoice, Cyril Chrysostom, the God-wise mentor of repentance.

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