As the prophets beheld, as the apostles have taught, as the Church has received, as the teachers have declared, as the world has agreed, as grace has shown forth, as truth has been revealed, as falsehood has been dispelled, as wisdom has become manifest, as Christ awarded; Thus we declare; thus we affirm; thus we proclaim Christ our true God, and honor His saints in words, writings, thoughts, sacrifices, churches, and holy icons; On the one hand, worshiping and reverencing Christ as God and Lord, and on the other, honoring the saints as true servants of the same Lord of all, and offering them proper veneration.
This is the faith of the apostles. This is the faith of the fathers. This is the faith of the Orthodox. This is the faith on which the world is established. Therefore, with fraternal and filial love we praise the heralds of the faith, those who with glory and honor have struggled for the faith, and we say: to the champions of Orthodoxy, 'faithful emperors, most-holy patriarchs, hierarchs, teachers, martyrs, and confessors: May your memory be eternal. (Eternal be their memory. Eternal be their memory. Eternal be their memory.)
Let us beseech God that we may be instructed and strengthened by the trials and struggles of these saints, which they endured for the faith even unto death, and by their teachings, entreating that we may to the end imitate their godly life. May we be deemed worthy of obtaining our requests through the mercy and grace of the Great and First Hierarch, Christ our God, through the intercessions of our glorious Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary, the divine angels and all the Saints. Amen.
You who are uncircumscribed in divine nature, O Master, in the latter days were pleased to become incarnate and therefore circumscribed. For in Your assuming flesh You also adopted all of its distinctive properties. Therefore when we depict the image resembling Your outward form, and relatively reverence it, we are lifted up to a love for You. From Your holy icon we draw the grace of healing; and in this we follow sacred traditions that the Apostles handed down (Sticheron from Festal Vespers of Triodion).
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