Monday, September 24, 2007

Speech Therapy

Some of you will know, from previous blog posts and private emails, that DD4 has had quite major speech and language problems for much of her short life so far.
This last academic year, she has had some speech therapy sessions and intensive work with two of the staff at her school, as well as fairly intensive work recommended by the speech therapists , done at home by me.

Last year, she scored on the 5th percentile for sentence structure. I found that utterly heartbreaking at the time.

This year, on her re-evaluation using the same test, she scored 63rd percentile, which is a phenomenal improvement. As her Speech therapist said, she no longer has a problem and many of her normally speech developed classmates would be coming up with scores much lower than that if they were tested.

We are doing the Happy Dance here.
Abby has tried so very hard and been so very patient with all the extra work she has had to do, some of it repetitive and tedious, and now she is able to chatter non-stop.

Two years ago, we feared she would never be able to do this.


My heart is overflowing with thankfulness.
Glory to God for His blessings !
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Wash Day !




Yesterday it was raining, which was a pain considering I had three loads of washing to dry and we don't have a tumble drier :-)

Today, it is a glorious drying day, and yesterday's wash is on the line with another load waiting to go out shortly.

There is something profoundly satisfying about seeing clothes billowing on a washing line. Although wet weather is a nuisance and makes me long for a tumble drier, I would miss not hanging my clothes out to dry.........
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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Spam For Thought !

Sometimes, I think that I am so self-centred, stupid, selfish and stubborn that God sees fit to use some interesting tactics to bring me to my senses.

Today I had a spam message which was trapped in my Gmail account Spam trap, which read
"Compliments orthodoxmum, get rid of that self-esteem once and for all."

That is exactly the message I needed :-)

Which I am sure will come as a surprise to the seedy site that generated the message, LOL.
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Cooking Once A Week

I would so love only to have to cook once a week :-)

Read about Supper Swap here !
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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Making Money

The new Terry Pratchett Discworld book , Making Money, is out on Thursday.
It stars Moist von Lipwig, our hero from Going Postal.

I hope it is as funny as Going Postal.........

Counting the minutes :-)
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A Sign Of The Times ?

When we get to the stage where a lout urinates on a dying woman in a street and gets his thuggish friends to film it on a mobile phone because he thinks it would be good on YouTube, there is no hope left for this country.

I despair.

Lord have mercy on us all.
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Talk Like A Pirate Day

Today is international Talk Like A Pirate day.

Avast, me hearties ! etc.


Appropriate light-hearted resources for raising your very own young pirate successfully can be found here.
I laughed till I cried :-)


If you have the urge to rent or buy pirate movies, there are plenty listed here.
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It`s Cold

All of a sudden, in the space of 24 hours, Autumn has arrived.

The nights are cold, the early mornings are chilly and it is becoming increasingly more difficult to motivate myself to get out of bed.

Last night I put the secnd duvet on the bed. Now I sleep under a tog rating of 30 and my feet are still cold.
You just can't win !

This morning it is cold and horrible, and raining. Even the tortoise is sulking, and will very soon be going to sleep in the garage till April next year. I'm rather tempted to join him :-)
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"Eruption" on a Violin

Not even in my wildest dreams did I think that anyone could play Eddie Van Halen`s "Eruption" on a violin.
It has been done, people !

Go here to see :-)
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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Old Believers

Rather a nice article about the Orthodox Old Believers here.
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Monday, September 17, 2007

Nature, Red In Tooth And Claw



The bird you can just see in the above picture is a female wild sparrowhawk who has just caught and killed a large wood pigeon, a few doors away from my house.


And here she is , in close up.
The glories of zoom lenses and digital zoom :-)
A magnificent hawk indeed, and a very rare photo opportunity of these shy and nervous hunting birds.
Probably my photo of the decade !
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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Amish

I have always had a great respect and fondness for the Amish, which is reinforced by this news story showing their committment to rejecting hostility - even when their own children have been killed and maimed by a gunman, they have helped and supported that gunman`s widow.

Christianity in action.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Happy Millenium !

I haven't totally lost my marbles; in Ethiopia, their calendar has just started the new Millenium.

May they have a happy and blessed New Year !
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Boosting Russian Birthrates

Only in Russia could couples be urged to take time off work, stay home and make babies.

I kid you not :-)

If a baby is born on June 12th next year, Russia's national day, the parents will get a prize.

Full story here.
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Orthodox Roundup

Slightly late, for which I apologise :-)

Joshua's parish is featured on Ancient Faith radio !

How clean and well-kept is your spiritual garment ? Go here to find out.

The Cold War seems to have been re-ignited; with a New Jersey parish disagreeing with the decision to reunite with the Moscow patriarchate. Christopher also blogs about how exotic animals are to be found at Orthodox monasteries and about how one should profitably read or listen to the Holy scriptures.

James at Paradosis gives much food for thought, as ever ! Would you have described St John Chrysostom as deserving an R rating ? Only a small town newspaper would write about a weeping icon in such a nice way :-)
James' article on what the post-modern Jesus would do is absolutely brilliant !

Fr Stephen's blog is one of my major sources of quality meditative articles. He has four articles about icons, which I commend:
here
here
here
and here.

His article about communion with Christ and the marriage union is superb.

MaryLeah provides a glorious painting of an Orthodox baptism to illustrate her post , and also tells us about Nestorian Christianity in Ancient China !

Katherine greets us at the start of the New Year with a great resource for teaching our kids about the 12 Great Feasts. Thank you so much for this !

Papa Herman travelled to Platina for the 25th anniversary of the repose of blessed Fr Seraphim Rose and gives us details of podcasts .

Pactum Serva talks about the problems of Sola Fidei as practised by many Protestant groups, and how church growth can be interpreted by statistics.

Jordanville has been blessed by a visit from the Reigning Icon of the Theotokos. Video here.

Till next time !
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Rebuilding

The Orthodox church of St Nicholas, which used to nestle at the base of the Twin Towers before 9/11 is going to be rebuilt.
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Dead Or Alive

The sticky question of when someone is truly dead may be up for re-analysis.

Professor Allan Kellehear of the University of Bath is questioning whether brain death should be used as the major defining criterion for describing someone as dead and then going ahead to harvest their organs.
There will be a conference at Bath this week to discuss issues of "death, dying and disposal".

It is a very interesting article.
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Custody Of The Eyes

...and of the mind and the heart.

Sigh.

I have been thoroughly enjoying reading fanfiction based in JK Rowling's Harry Potter universe.
For the most part, rollicking good fun.

However, I learnt the hard way - Caveat Emptor.

There is much that is loving, good and true in HP fanfic, but equally, there is much which is not. Sometimes it is only when you get a substantial way through the story that you find elements that you really wish were not there.

Don't get me wrong; there are ratings for stories, so you can choose which levels of gratuitous sex and violence you are prepared to read, but even whilst actively avoiding unsavoury stories , you can end up inadvertently reading things you would not buy from a bookstore.
And of course, the temptation is to continue reading, as you have already invested time in reading the preceding XYZ number of chapters.

The universe JKR created contains some horror and violence, but is generally wholesome. Why wannabe authors have to pervert her universe leaves me shaking my head in mystification. I have read some stories which have not been in anyway profitable to my spiritual life.
Sigh.
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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Remembering.....

9/11.

Memory Eternal to those innocent souls who perished.
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Do You Hate Housework ?

Do You Hate Housework ?

There is an answer !
This elderly couple moved into a hotel 22 years ago and have been there- and loved it - ever since :-)

Oh, I am sorely tempted some days :-)
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Monday, September 10, 2007

DH has gone back to work today; his eye is miraculously almost fully healed after surgery on Thursday evening.
The young ones are back in school, and are thoroughly enjoying their new teachers.

The big ones - well !

DoomHamster is in the process of renting a flat very close to where she works, which will save her time and expense in travelling each day.
I have been lucky that she has been at home for so long, but I will miss her terribly when she moves to her new home.


Last night she and I were discussing things, and she looked at me and said "Just think, Mum, there will be another Orthodox home being set up !" - which is completely true. She will be given her icon of St Tatiana of Rome from the icon corner here to take with her, and she has a lot of her own icons too.

DD2 has taken the plunge and accepted the offer of a well-paid permanent contract with the legal firm where she did her summer job instead of returning to finish her second year of college course (equivalent of A level).
To be honest, she is lucky to get a full time job at all, let alone a well-paid one in our area. Decent jobs are rarer than hens` teeth here, I 'm sad to say.

The house is peaceful, tranquil and tidy - well, till the young ones get home from school !

Have a blessed day, y'all !
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Saturday, September 08, 2007

Nativity Of The Theotokos

A blessed and happy Feast to you all !
I commend to you a truly delightful illustrated post about this Feast from Life at the Onion Dome !

May the Holy Theotokos pray for us all !

Tes presvyas Tou Theotokou Soter, soson imas !
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Friday, September 07, 2007

The McCann Saga

In an amazing twist of events, the doctor mother of missing - apparently abducted- child Madeleine McCann is now a suspect in the case of her daughter`s disappearance, apparently following the results of forensic evidence from the apartment.

If that is the case, it seems very unlikely that the child could still be alive.

Story here.
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Eye Eye !

DH`s surgery went smoothly, and this morning when we removed the dressing, the eye is healing up well with minimal bruising, though there is some swelling . He is pain-free, which is also good, and gad a good night`s sleep.

The last time he had this operation, he had a black eye for a week !
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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Back to School

My two young cherubs went back to school today.

Their classmates all looked as if they had grown at least two inches taller over the summer break.
DD3 at age 9 is currently in age 12 clothes for school. I have visions of her being taller than me this time next year, if she carries on growing at this rate !

DH has to have eye surgery this afternoon, so my mum will be looking after the young ones after school whilst I am at hospital with my husband.

It is an outpatient procedure, so we should be home by this evening, God willing.
Needless to say, we are not looking forward to it, though he has had the same procedure done several times before for a recurring problem.
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Pavarotti Is Dead

I was sad to read of the death of the great tenor Luciano Pavarotti today.

He died at home, surrounded by his family, after battling courageously with cancer of the pancreas.

May his Memory be Eternal, and may God grant comfort to his family and friends.
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Drilling for Oil

At least, that is what it felt like at the dentist`s today.

I had an awkward(in his words!) filling to be done, so with the usual huge quantities of novocaine, as my teeth are notoriously difficult to render inert, and my right face from eyebrow down to collarbone numb, he and I were both hopeful of a relatively pain-free experience.

Without boring you with all the distastefully graphic details, it didn`t work, the pain was excruciating and if it wasn`t for the fact he literally had me corralled in a headlock in order to complete the work, I would have made a dash for the exit door, complete with a mouthful of surgical instrumentation attached to every surface.
Except also for the fact he would probably have billed me for the equipment :-)

Thinking about my stress levels, he was probably quite lucky to escape without bodily injury. I of course did none of the aforementioned things, but lay there, fists clenched and with tears running down my cheeks. Especially when he said brightly, "I know it hurts, but it will only take another minute".

It made labour with an OP positioned baby feel like a walk in the park.

And to think I pay for this pain.

I must be mad.......

It was not pleasant. But he is still a darn good dentist !
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Monday, September 03, 2007

The Plague Pit

No, not a trashy horror novel but our family`s health, LOL.

I have a streaming cold and sinusitis.

DD3 has a vile sore throat and a fever.

DD4 woke up last night with raging cystitis so we got very little sleep, what with running back and forth the toilet every ten minutes for a few hours, till her medication started to take effect.

DH has a infected swollen cyst inside his inner eyelid, and will need surgery on Thursday to have it excised.

Mercifully DD1&2 are well.
So far :-)
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Another Milestone

My beautiful second daughter is 18 today.

I simply cannot believe where the time has flown to - it seems like only yesterday that I held her, newborn, in my arms, and watched her smile at me. Now she is an adult- clever, funny, hardworking and loving.

Many Years, My precious sunshine girl :-)
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Saturday, September 01, 2007

St Xenia of St Petersburg

I have a great affection for St Xenia, and was delighted to find this page devoted to her, and also the Akathist :-)

AKATHIST HYMN TO THE HOLY XENIA OF
SAINT PETERSBURG

Kontakion 1
O HOLY and blessed Mother Xenia, chosen favor
ite and fool for the sake of Christ, who elected to
undergo the struggle of patience and the suffer-ing
of affliction, we who honor your holy memory offer you
hymns of praise. Help us against our enemies, visible and
invisible, that we may cry unto you:
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!

Oikos 1
AFTER the death of your husband, O blessed Mother,
you sought the life of the angels and rejected the
beauty of this world and all that is in it - the lust of the eyes,
the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life; and you acquired
the understanding of Christ. Wherefore, you hear these
praises which we offer unto you:
Rejoice, for you were the peer of Andrew, the fool for the
sake of Christ!
Rejoice, for you renounced your own name, referring to
yourself as dead!
Rejoice, for you assumed foolishness and took the name
of your husband, Andrew!
Rejoice, for you called yourself by a man’s name, re-nouncing
woman’s weakness!
Rejoice, becausefor the sake of Christ you accepted
voluntary poverty!
Rejoice, for who distributed all your substance to good
people and to the poor!
Rejoice, for by your foolishness you have taught us to
reject the vain wisdom of this age;
Rejoice. good comforter of all who have recourse to you
in prayer!
Rejoice, for you were full of wisdom transcending the world!
Rejoice, for you preferred mockery and ridicule to earthly
glory!
Rejoice, for you have been glorified by God;
Rejoice speedy helper in time of trouble and despair!
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!

Kontakion 2
PERCEIVING your manner of life as strange, for your
spurned your home and all worldly riches, your kins-men
in the flesh thought you deranged; but the people of
Saint Petersburg, seeing your humility, lack of acquisitive-ness,
and voluntary poverty, singed unto God:
Alleluia!

Oikos 2
O BLESSED XENIA, you hid the understanding given you
by God under an apparent mindlessness; and amid the
vanity of the great city you lived like a desert-dweller,
unceasingly offering your prayers up to God. And, marvel-ing
at your manner of life, we cry out to you in praise:
Rejoice, for you took upon your shoulder the heavy cross
of foolishness which God had given you!
Rejoice, O blessed one who bore it without hesitation!
Rejoice, for you hid the radiance of grace under an
assumed insanity!
Rejoice, for your foolishness was most wise!
Rejoice, for through extreme humility and feats of prayer
you acquired the gift of clairvoyance!
Rejoice, for you showed forth this gift for the benefit and
salvation of the suffering!
Rejoice, for you beheld the sufferings of the people
clairvoyantly, as from afar!
Rejoice, for your prayers brought relief to those in pain
and distress!
Rejoice, for you prophesied to the good woman the birth
of a son!
Rejoice, for you entreated God, that He grant that woman
a child!
Rejoice, for you hurry to entreat the Lord in behalf of
your neighbors!
Rejoice, for you have taught all to flee to God in prayer!
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!

Kontakion 3
BY the power given you by God from on high, you
manfully endured burning heat and bitter cold, cruci-fying
your flesh and the passions and lusts. Wherefore,
enlightened by the Holy Spirit, you cried out unceasingly
unto God: Alleluia!

Oikos 3
WITH the sky as your roof and the earth as your bed,
O blessed one, you spurned the comfort of the flesh
for the sake of the Kingdom of God. And we, beholding
your manner of life, cry out to you with compunction:
Rejoice, for you gave your earthly home to the people!
Rejoice, for you sought and received the shelter of
heaven!
Rejoice, for you possessed nothing that was earthly, but
enriched all spiritually!
Rejoice, O treasurehouse of the gifts of heaven!
Rejoice, for you accounted every material thing as nothing!
Rejoice, for you were thus freed from every loss!
Rejoice, for you endured hunger and cold in ragged
clothing!
Rejoice, for by your life teach you us endurance!
Rejoice, for you showed forth the love of God for all!
Rejoice, for you have been adorned with the fruits of piety!
Rejoice, for you showed the world patience and guilelessness!
Rejoice, O our fervent intercessor before the throne of
the Most High!
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!

Kontakion 4
THE tempest of life which assailed Saint Petersburg you
weathered by meekness and guilelessness, O blessed
Mother, and you acquired dispassion toward this corrupt
world; therefore, you sing unto God: Alleluia!

Oikos 4
HEARING of you, that, having endured a multitude of
afflictions for Christ’s sake, you comfort the sorrow-ful,
strengthen the weak and guide the lost to the straight
path, the suffering hasten to your aid, singing unto you:
Rejoice, for you loved the path of Christ with all your
heart!
Rejoice, for you joyfully bore the Cross of Christ!
Rejoice, for you endured every offense offered you by the
world, the flesh, and the devil!
Rejoice, for you thus emulated the ascetics of the desert!
Rejoice, for you were full to overflowing with the gifts of God!
Rejoice, for you freely bestow spiritual gifts upon those in need!
Rejoice, for you showed love for your neighbors!
Rejoice, for you offered consolation to the suffering!
Rejoice, for you shed unceasing tears of repentance!
Rejoice, for you wipe away the tears of those who weep!
Rejoice, for you sought neither comfort nor warmth for
yourself!
Rejoice, for you were wondrously warmed by the grace of
the Holy Spirit!
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!

Kontakion 5
YOUR holiness, O blessed Xenia, was like a divinely
guided star illumining the sky of Saint Petersburg; for
unto all perishing in the madness of sin you showed the
path of salvation, calling all to repentance, that they might
cry out to God: Alleluia!

Oikos 5
SEEING your feats of prayer and your endurance of heat
and cold, pious folk sought to alleviate your sufferings,
offering you clothing and food; but you distributed all these
things to the poor, desiring to maintain your struggle. And
we, marvelling at your voluntary poverty, cry out to you
thus:
Rejoice, for willingly endured burning heat and freezeing
cold the sake of Christ!
Rejoice, for you were warmed by the indwelling of the
Holy Spirit!
Rejoice, for you remained continually in prayer!
Rejoice, for you never tire in interceding for mankind!
Rejoice, for by all-night vigils in prayer you preserved
Saint Petersburg from misfortunes!
Rejoice, for many times you averted from it the wrath of God!
Rejoice, for every day of the year you prayed at night in
a field!
Rejoice, for by your fervent tears youwarmed the cold
earth!
Rejoice, for you tasted the sweetness of paradise in
poverty of spirit!
Rejoice, for in this sweetness you left behind all earthly
things!
Rejoice, for you abide wholly in God!
Rejoice, for you delight in the bridal banquet of your
Master!
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!

Kontakion 6

ALL who have been delivered by you from different
ailments, misfortunes and sorrows - the rich and the
poor, the old and the young - proclaim the holiness of your
life, O blessed one of God; therefore, and glorifying you, we
cry out unto God: Alleluia!

Oikos 6
THE GLORY of your struggles shone forth, O blessed
Mother, when at night you secretly carried stones for
those who were erecting the Church of the Smolensk Icon
of the Mother of God, lightening the tasks of the builders;
and mindful of this, we sinners cry out to you such things
as these:
Rejoice, for you teach us to perform virtuous deeds in
secret!
Rejoice, for you call all to feats of piety!
Rejoice, for you aided those who were building the
churches of God!
Rejoice, for you loved the holiness of the Church!
Rejoice, for you labor for the Lord of the vineyard!
Rejoice, for you ease our labors on the path of salvation!
Rejoice, for you continually call upon the name of the
Lord!
Rejoice, O speedy helper of those who have recourse
unto you!
Rejoice, for you have found rest in Christ your Master!
Rejoice, O good comforter of all the sorrowful!
Rejoice, for you sanctified your city by your painful
footsteps!
Rejoice, O eavenly aid of the city of Saint Petersburg!
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls !

Kontakion 7
DESIRING to deliver from sorrow the mourning physician who had buried his wife, you commanded a
certain maiden to hasten to Okhta, there to take him as her
husband and to console him. And they did as you said,
singing unto God in joy: Alleluia!

Oikos 7
A NEW WONDER you revealed in your prayer, O
blessed Mother, when you said unto a pious woman:
"Take a five-kopek piece, and it will go out!" thus prophesying
that fire would strike her house; and at your supplication the flame of the fire was extinguished. Therefore,
mindful of these things, we cry out praises unto you:
Rejoice, for you unceasingly grieved over your sins!
Rejoice, for you extinguish the sorrows of the people!
Rejoice, for you bore suffering in body and soul!
Rejoice, for before God you show forth boldness for the
suffering!
Rejoice, O inextinguishable lamp burning brightly in
prayer to God!
Rejoice, O our intercessor amid misfortunes and perils!
Rejoice, for you save from perdition those beset by the
passions!
Rejoice, for you turn pious virgins away from marriage
with unbelievers!
Rejoice,foryoucrucifiedyourfleshwithconstantmortification!
Rejoice, for you deliver from despair those who have
been wounded by a curse!
Rejoice, for your defender was the Most High!
Rejoice, O speedy defender at an unjust trial!
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!

Kontakion 8
AS A HOMELESS wanderer you trod the path of your
life in the capital city of Russia, bearing afflictions and
reproaches with great patience; and, abiding now in the
heavenly Jerusalem, in joy you sing unto God: Alleluia!

Oikos 8
YOU were all things to all, O blessed Xenia - comfort for
the sorrowful, protection and defense for the weak, joy
for the grieving, clothing for the poor, healing for the sick;
therefore, we cry out unto you:
Rejoice, for you dwell in the mansions on high!
Rejoice, for you pray there for us sinners!
Rejoice, O good one, who show us a model of service to God!
Rejoice, O provider of our every need!
Rejoice, O protectress of the persecuted and oppressed!
Rejoice, for you by your supplications help the Orthodox
people!
Rejoice, for you endured much affliction and grief!
Rejoice, for you defend the afflicted who pray to you!
Rejoice, for you rebuke those who abuse their fellows!
Rejoice, for you put to shame unbelievers and those who
babble!
Rejoice, for you were clothed in rags and tatters!
Rejoice, for God has adorned you with the splendid
raiment of righteousness!
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!

Kontakion 9
O BLESSED MOTHER, you endured all illness, bodily
poverty, hunger and thirst, and the reproach of
iniquitous people who considered you to be insane; yet,
praying to the Lord, you continually cried out to Him:
Alleluia!

Oikos 9
EVEN the most eloquent of orators are unable to
understand how by your foolishness you reproved the
madness of this world, and by your weakness you put the
mighty and wise to shame, for they do not know the power
and wisdom of God which are in you; but we, receiving your
aid, sing to you such things as these:
Rejoice, O bearer of the divine Spirit!
Rejoice, for with the Apostle Paul you boasted in your
weakness!
Rejoice, for you reproved the world by your feigned
foolishness!
Rejoice, for you spurned the glamor of this world for the
sake of salvation!
Rejoice, for you disdained the beautiful things of this earth!
Rejoice, for you loved the good things of heaven with all
your heart!
Rejoice, for you were attentive unto the inner voice of the Lord!
Rejoice, for you call us to the path of salvation!
Rejoice, O dread denouncer of drunkenness as a sin!
Rejoice, for you were renowned for your kindness and love!
Rejoice, O holy protectress of the Orthodox family!
Rejoice, for in Christ you found comfort for your sorrows!
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!

Kontakion 10
DESIRING to save your soul, you crucified your flesh
with its passions and lusts; and, utterly denying your-self,
you set your cross upon your shoulder and followed
after Christ with all your heart, singing unto Him:
Alleluia!

Oikos 10
You are a firm rampart and an unassailable refuge for
those who pray to you, O Mother Xenia; therefore, by
your supplications help us against our enemies, visible and
invisible, that we may cry to you:
Rejoice, for you worked diligently in the garden of Christ!
Rejoice, for you move us to spiritual labor!
Rejoice, for through steadfastness of faith you escaped
the devil’s snares!
Rejoice, for you deliver us from the snares of the enemy!
Rejoice, for you offered yourself unto God like incense in
a censer!
Rejoice, for you bring the peace of God into the hearts of
the people!
Rejoice, for you shed rays of Christian love upon all!
Rejoice, for you extinguish the spirit of malice in the
hearts of the oppressed!
Rejoice, for you impart blessing unto good children!
Rejoice, for by mystic supplication you heal their ailments!
Rejoice, for through foolishness you attained heavenly
wisdom!
Rejoice, for you have shown forth the wisdom of God to
the afflicted world!
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!

Kontakion 11
THOSE who have been saved from misfortunes, sor
rows and all dangers offer you hymns of praise, O
blessed Xenia, and with you joyously sing unto God:
Alleluia!

Oikos 11

YOUR life, O holy Mother, has been shown to be a
radiant light illumining the people amid the darkness
of this life; for you have delivered those who have fallen into
the mire of sin and directed their path to the light of Christ.
Therefore, we cry out to you:
Rejoice, O favorite of Christ, who while in the world lived
above the world!
Rejoice, for you enlighten the Orthodox with the light of God!
Rejoice, for you by your many labors acquired great
grace!
Rejoice, for you shone forth with the grace of God in the
darkness of sin!
Rejoice, for you set your hope upon the Almighty!
Rejoice, for on the path of salvation you give a helping
hand to the desperate!
Rejoice, for you were clad in the brilliant robe of unwaver-ing
faith!
Rejoice, for you strengthen those who are weak in the Faith!
Rejoice, for you were renowned for your kindness and love!
Rejoice, for you put to shame the spirits of malice!
Rejoice, for your ways were those of an ascetic of the
wilderness!
Rejoice, for by your manner of life you amazed the angels!
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!
Kontakion 12

YOU pour forth grace in abundance upon those who
honor your memory and flee to your protection, O
blessed Xenia; therefore, upon us who pray to you do youalso pour forth streams of healing from God, that we may
cry out to Him:
Alleluia!
Oikos 13

HYMNING your many wonders, O blessed Mother, we
praise you and entreat you with all our heart: Forsake
not us sinners amid our grievous circumstances, but be-seech
the Lord of hosts, that we fall not away from our
Orthodox Faith, but that, strengthened in it by your
prayers, we may cry out to you:
Rejoice, for you teach us to have sympathy for the
suffering!
Rejoice, for you bear our infirmities with all your heart!
Rejoice, for you instruct us to crucify the flesh, together
with the passions and lusts!
Rejoice, for you come to our aid amid every spiritual
battle!
Rejoice, for you hear our every supplication!
Rejoice, O intercessor and protectress of those who
honor your memory!
Rejoice, for you who traveled the path of tribulation!
Rejoice, for you thereby obtained everlasting salvation!
Rejoice, for you give joy to those who hasten to your tomb!
Rejoice, for you are a speedy helper in every misfortune!
Rejoice, for yout light has shone forth before all!
Rejoice, for you ever mediate the salvation of your
people!
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!

Kontakion 13
O HOLY and blessed Mother Xenia, who bore a heavy
cross during your lifetime: Accept from us sinners this
entreaty offered unto you. By your supplications protect us
from the assaults of the spirits of darkness and from all who
plot evils against us. Beseech our most compassionate God,
that He grant us power and might, that we may bear our
own crosses and, following Christ, may go forth, singing
with you to Him:
Alleluia!

This kontakion is recited thrice, then Oikos I and Kontakion I are repeated.

Oikos 1
AFTER the death of your husband, O blessed Mother,
you sought the life of the angels and rejected the
beauty of this world and all that is in it - the lust of the eyes,
the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life; and you acquired
the understanding of Christ. Wherefore, you hear these
praises which we offer unto you:
Rejoice, for you were the peer of Andrew, the fool for the
sake of Christ!
Rejoice, for you renounced your own name, referring to
yourself as dead!
Rejoice, for you assumed foolishness and took the name
of your husband, Andrew!
Rejoice, for you called yourself by a man’s name, re-nouncing
woman’s weakness!
Rejoice, becausefor the sake of Christ you accepted
voluntary poverty!
Rejoice, for who distributed all your substance to good
people and to the poor!
Rejoice, for by your foolishness you have taught us to
reject the vain wisdom of this age;
Rejoice. good comforter of all who have recourse to you
in prayer!
Rejoice, for you were full of wisdom transcending the world!
Rejoice,foryoupreferredmockeryandridiculetoearthlyglory!
Rejoice, for you have been glorified by God;
Rejoice speedy helper in time of trouble and despair!
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!

Kontakion 1

O HOLY and blessed Mother Xenia, chosen favorite
and fool for the sake of Christ, who elected to
undergo the struggle of patience and the suffering of
affliction, we who honor your holy memory offer you
hymns of praise. Help us against our enemies, visible and
invisible, that we may cry unto you:
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!
Prayers to Blessed Xenia

Prayer 1
O BLESSED WANDERER XENIA, heir to the King
dom of the Father, who were homeless on the earth
and most simple in the manner of your life! Like those who
in the past fell down before your tomb, so do we, who have
recourse unto you, now ask: Pray that, as the Lord says, our
steps may be guided rightly toward the doing of His
commandments, and that the soul-corrupting iniquity sown
by the godless may not prevail over our generation. O you
who hid yourself from the wise of this age, yet were known
to God, ask humility, meekness and the pledge of love for
our hearts, faith in prayer, hope in repentance, strength in
labors, the mercy of healing in sickness, and restoration of
our whole life from this time forward, that, blessing you, we
may with compunction confess the Father, the Son, and the
Holy Spirit, the consubstantial and indivisible Trinity, unto
ages of ages.
Amen.

Prayer 2
O HOLY AND MOST BLESSED MOTHER XENIA,
who lived under the protection of the Most High and
were strengthened by the Mother of God, and who en-dured
hunger and thirst, cold and burning heat, oppres-sion
and persecution: You have received from God the gift
of clairvoyance and the power to work miracles, and you
rest under the shelter of the Almighty. The Holy Church
now glorifies you as a fragrant blossom. Praying before
your holy icon, we ask you, as one who is alive and with us:
Accept our petitions, and offer them up before the throne
of the loving Father of heaven; and, since you have boldness
before Him, for those who have recourse unto you ask
eternal salvation, compassionate blessing upon our good
works and undertakings, and deliverance from all misfor-tunes
and sorrows. In your holy supplications before our
most merciful Savior, intercede for us, the unworthy and
sinful. O holy and blessed Mother Xenia, help our children
to receive illumination by the light of holy baptism and the
seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit; raise our youths and
maidens in faith, honesty, and the fear of God, and grant
them success in their studies; heal the infirm; send down
love and concord upon families; account monastics worthy
to fight the good fight and protect them from oppression;
make our pastors steadfast in the might of the Holy Spirit;
preserve the Orthodox faithful in peace and tranquility;
and pray for those who at the hour of their death are
deprived of the communion of the Holy Mysteries of
Christ. You are our trust and hope, speedily hearkening to
us and delivering us, Unto you do we send up thanks, and
with you do we glorify the Father, the Son, and the Holy
Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.
Amen.

Troparion of St. .Xenia of St. Petersburg, Tone 8:

Christ the Lord has revealed you to be a new intercessor for
the Orthodox; you willingly endured evil in your life and
lovingly served both God and man. We zealously run to you
in misfortune and sorrow. We hope in you and cry from our
hearts: Put not our hope to shame, O blessed Xenia.
Another Troparion of St. Xenia of St. Petersburg, Tone 5:
Having lived as a stranger in the world, O Xenia, you
outwitted the deviser of evil by your feigned foolishness.
You received from God grace to foresee and foretell things
to come. Now you have been translated from earth and are
numbered with the choirs of Angels.

Another Troparion of St. Xenia of St. Petersburg, Tone 4:

Having renounced the vanity of this world, you took
up the cross of a homeless life of wandering. You did
not fear grief, privation, and scorn, but knew the love
of Christ. Now taking sweet delight in His love in
heaven, O blessed and divinely wise Xenia, pray for
the salvation of our souls.

Kontakion of St. Xenia of Rome, Tone 2:

As we who honor you with love, O Xenia, celebrate the
memory of your strange way of life, we sing the praise of
Christ, who in all ways grants you the strength of cures. Ever
entreat him on behalf of us all.

Kontakion of St. Xenia of St. Petersburg, Tone 4:

You gave your wealth to the poor, O Xenia, and
accepted poverty out of love for Christ; and having
lived in a manner rivaling the Angels you were counted
worthy of glory on high.

Another Kontakion of St. Xenia of St. Petersburg, Tone 3:

A wandering stranger on earth ever signing for the heav-enly
homeland, you were considered a fool by the senseless
and unbelieving, but were known to be wise and holy by the
faithful. God crowned you with glory and honor, O Xenia,
strong minded and divinely wise. Therefore, we cry to you:
Rejoice, for after earthly wandering you have come to dwell
in the Father’s house.
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