A blessed (Western Orthodox) All Saints’ Day

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On this day of salvation, we commemorate the Holy and Wonderworking Unmercenary Healers Cosmas and Damian, as well as the Glorification of our Righteous Father among the Saints, the Wonderworker and Priest, St. John of Kronstadt. The ancient Orthodox West, together with modern Western RIte Orthodox Christians, however, keep the Feast of All Saints on November 1, and, on November 2, commemorate All Souls of the Faithful Departed.

So, in honor of the Western Orthodox All Saints Day, we have a hymn for Vespers of the Feast, Christe, Redemptor omnium. A good thing it is to invoke the intercessions of all the Saints, especially on this night which has, sadly, been too often put to evil purposes by those laboring under impious delusion.

1. O Christ, Redeemer of us all,

Protect Thy servants when they call,

And hear with reconciling care,

The Blessed Virgin’s holy prayer.

2. And ye, O ever blissful throng

Of heavenly Spirits, guardians strong,

Our past and present ills dispel,

From future peril shield us well.

3. Ye Prophets of the Judge adored,

Ye twelve Apostles of the Lord,

For us your ceaceless prayer outpour,

Salvation for our souls implore.

4. Martyrs of God, renowned for aye,

Confessors ranged in bright array,

Let all your orisons unite,

To bear us to the realms of light.

5. O sacred Virgin choirs, may ye,

With Monks of holy ministry

And every Saint of Christ, obtain

That we His fellowship may gain.

6. From lands wherein Thy faithful dwell

Drive far away the infidel;

So we to Christ due hymps of praise

Henceforth with eager hearts may raise.

7. To Thee, O Father, born of none,

And Thee, O Sole-Begotten Son,

One with the Holy Paraclete,

Be glory ever, as is meet. Amen.

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