Sunday, March 02, 2008

Synaxarion of the Fourth Sunday of Lent

Kontakion of John Climacos in Tone One

O wise and blessed John, you gave us your teachings as fruits ever ripe to liven the hearts of those who hear them well. Your doctrine is like as ladder that leads to heavenly and everlasting glory the souls of those who honor you, O father John our teacher.


O our father, you have become the dwelling place of God; you shine with your virtues, with faith, hope and love, as the most pure gold; you expound the divine precepts, and practiced asceticism as one who was liberated from the flesh. You acquired wisdom, courage, chastity, and humility, by which you were raised on high. Illuminated by constant prayer, you attained the tabernacles of Heaven, O father John, our teacher.


On this same day, the fourth Sunday of the Fast, we celebrate the memory of our Father John, the author of “The Ladder.”

O John, while living, you seemed dead to the body. Now that you appear dead and without breath, you live forever. You left your book, through which you ascended on high, clearly teaching the ladder of ascent to Heaven to everyone.

By the prayers of Your saints, O Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

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