Saint Irene Chrysovalantou

Feast Day: July 28th


The Life of Saint Irene: Saint Irene often read the Lives of the Saints in her Cell, imitating their Virtues to the best of her ability…

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Prayers

Akathist Hymn

Apolytikion: Not a temporal kingdom on Earth didst thou obtain, but Christ, thy most comely Bridegroom, vouchsafed thee Heavenly Crowns, and thou reignest as a Queen with Him Eternally; for thou didst dedicate thyself into Him with all thy Soul, O Irene, our Venerable Mother, thou boast of Chrysovalantou, and mighty help of all the Orthodox.

Kontakion: Leaving all the world behind with its impermanent glory, thou wast wedded unto Christ, the King Immortal and Holy, bringing Him as precious dowry thy maiden beauty and thy trophies won through abstinence over demons. O Irene, our Venerable Mother, entreat thy Bridegroom to show His Mercy to us.

Megalynarion: The beauty of Cappadocia, leading Chrysovalantou without error, the fountain pen of Heavenly Peace, Venerable Irene, we honour thee with hymns.

Doxastikon: Come, all the faithful, let us hasten with diligence to Irene the God-Bearer, for behold, she stands among us at the annual feast of her Memory, granting the gifts of peace, distributing to each as they are worthy, as we have all been Blessed by her gifts, and we behold the Grace-filled mind with which she was rightly made worthy of. The lamp of Virginity, the treasury of dispassion, the overflowing vessel of Mystical fragrances, for in the House of God, she received this anointing, having the honour of rest. Therefore, she was adorned like the Angels with the Angelic Glory with which she was made worthy, and she ceaselessly intercedes with God, the Bestower of Peace, to grant peace to the world, and to save our Souls.


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