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май. 17, 2009 | 09:32 pm

Текст акафиста святому священноисповеднику Алексию Товту, «Апостолу униатов Америки», публикуется по машинописи, полученной из Свято-Тихоновского монастыря (Православная Церковь в Америке, Пенсильвания, США), где почивают святые мощи защитника Православия, как св. Алексия называют в США.

Akathist Hymn to Our Holy and Righteous Father Alexis of Wilkes-Barre
Confessor and Defender of Orthodoxy in America
Kontakion 1
O chosen confessor and defender of the Faith, our Father Alexis, we offer this song of praise honoring your struggles, patience, and great sufferings. They revealed you as a new man of God, leading your people back to the true Faith. As you have boldness in prayer before God, free us, your children, from every adversity that we may cry out to you: Rejoice, O Father Alexis, Confessor and Defender of Orthodoxy in America.
Ikos 1
In Austria-Hungary, you were raised by your God-loving parents. Though poor in worldly possessions, you became rich in divine knowledge. You learned to distinguish truth from falsehood. Standing now before Christ, together with the ranks of angels and all the saints, you have been glorified in heaven and on earth. Therefore, we who have been enlightened by you cry out with joy:
Rejoice, blessed one raised in the fear of God.
Rejoice, for you inscribed the Law of God in your heart.
Rejoice, for you sought the discerner of the human heart.
Rejoice, for you found the One whom you desired.
Rejoice, lover of the truth.
Rejoice, enemy of falsehood and lies.
Rejoice, teacher seeking the Source of divine Wisdom.
Rejoice, warrior following Christ the Commander.
Rejoice, new wise man following the star in the East.
Rejoice, new apostle to us in the West.
Rejoice, bulwark of the Faith.
Rejoice, vanquisher of heresy.
Rejoice, O Father Alexis, Confessor and Defender of Orthodoxy in America.
Kontakion 2
Envious of your God-pleasing life, the enemy of mankind sought to ensnare you O long-suffering Father. But like Job of old, you patiently endured the test. Losing both wife and only child, you continued to seek the Lord, in humility, singing to Him: Alleluia.
Ikos 2
Deprived of an earthly family, you became a father to orphans, and a teacher for those seeking truth. Acquiring a heavenly knowledge, you surpassed your own teacher in wisdom and zeal. Therefore, we offer to you, who were made wise by God, such praises as these:
Rejoice, for you taught that the beginning of wisdom is the fear of God.
Rejoice, for your words were confirmed by your deeds.
Rejoice, for you kept the Commandments of the Lord.
Rejoice, for from childhood you committed yourself to serve Christ alone.
Rejoice, for you loved Him more than all else.
Rejoice, for you sought His voice in Holy Scripture.
Rejoice, for you meditated on how He cared for His Church.
Rejoice, for you were zealous for divine order in all things.
Rejoice, adornment of Presov.
Rejoice, boast of Carpathian Rus'.
Rejoice, new blossom of the Orthodox Church.
Rejoice, joy of the Orthodox in North America.
Rejoice, O Father Alexis, Confessor and Defender of Orthodoxy in America.
Kontakion 3
The power of divine grace and your own good will, O blessed one, enabled you to grow like a cedar of Lebanon, planted in the courts of the Lord. Before every new obedience and cross set before you, you bowed your head, singing to God: Alleluia.
Ikos 3
Like a new Abraham, you left your country, kin and father's house to journey to a distant and foreign land, for God desired you to cultivate a great nation of Orthodox believers. Wherefore we, your spiritual children, rejoice at your selfless obedience and cry out to you:
Rejoice, for you left behind the homeland of your fathers.
Rejoice, for you inherited the heavenly city.
Rejoice, for you ran the long and difficult race to salvation.
Rejoice, for you abandoned worldly honor and glory for the sake of the Kingdom of Christ.
Rejoice, for you went to save others and saved yourself as well.
Rejoice, for you were obedient to the voice of God in your heart.
Rejoice, for you escaped the nets of error.
Rejoice, for you made your way to the Light of Truth.
Rejoice, faithful pastor who cared for his flock.
Rejoice, meek sheep following the Good Shepherd's Voice.
Rejoice, other-worldly pilgrim on this earth.
Rejoice, apostle to our land.
Rejoice, O Father Alexis, Confessor and Defender of Orthodoxy in America.
Kontakion 4
Undaunted by a storm of persecution which threatened you and your flock, you continued your journey toward Christ. No threat or action of your superiors could prevent you from giving thanks to the Lord, calling out to Him: Alleluia.
Ikos4
Hearing about your courageous stand before those who claimed authority over you, all were amazed. How could a single priest dare to stand against them so firmly for that which is true? Steadfast in the faith, you strove to protect your sheep from the ravening wolves, Wherefore, marvelling at your divine boldness, we cry out to you:
Rejoice, good shepherd who would lay down your life for your sheep.
Rejoice, for the howling of wolves could not make you leave your flock.
Rejoice, new David, armed to fight Goliath.
Rejoice, new Gideon, trusting in God against all odds.
Rejoice, new Elijah, of unquenchable zeal.
Rejoice, new Paul, whom no skillful speaker can dispute.
Rejoice, new Moses, undaunted by Pharaoh's mighty hosts.
Rejoice, new Samuel, hearing God instead of man.
Rejoice, new Jeremiah, suffering with your people.
Rejoice, new Job, never imputing folly to the Lord.
Rejoice, new defender of the Faith, willing to endure all for the truth.
Rejoice new confessor, with a never-silent tongue.
Rejoice, O Father Alexis, Confessor and Defender of Orthodoxy in America.
Kontakion 5
For your people, you were a divinely-ordained star, leading back to the Orthodox East, and your flock did not abandon you in adversity, for they knew that you were their shepherd who had taught them to sing: Alleluia.
Ikos 5
Thirsting for the Orthodox Faith, your flock blessed you on your journey to far-off San Francisco, where you were joined to the Church of your forefathers. Wherefore we cry to you:
Rejoice, merchant in search of fine pearls.
Rejoice, for you found the Pearl of great price.
Rejoice, for you broke the yoke of oppression.
Rejoice, for you brought your people back to the Faith of their heart.
Rejoice, glory and boast of the Orthodox Church.
Rejoice, joy of the North American faithful.
Rejoice, dove flying toward the ark of the Church.
Rejoice, for you took refuge under the heavenly Eagle's wings.
Rejoice, for you embraced the Faith that established the universe.
Rejoice, for you drank from the fountain of divine wisdom.
Rejoice, for you found the Faith of your fathers.
Rejoice, for with It you enlighten us all.
Rejoice, O Father Alexis, Confessor and Defender of Orthodoxy in America.
Kontakion 6
What ineffable joy entered your God-loving heart when you and your flock were reunited to the Church of your fathers. And your flock, prepared by your divinely wise preaching, glorified God for His great mercy, proclaiming to all: Alleluia.
Ikos 6
From this new Triumph of Orthodoxy, you shone with the grace of God, which was not bestowed on you in vain. Thus strengthened, you prepared yourself for the cross before you. Wherefore we cry out to you:
Rejoice, for you were persecuted for righteousness' sake.
Rejoice, for you were the object of slander and lies.
Rejoice, model of patience who endured afflictions and sorrows.
Rejoice, for you did battle in the depths of your heart.
Rejoice, for the Lord enabled you to cast down the powers of darkness.
Rejoice, for you ceased to be the disdained servant of a harsh master.
Rejoice, for abuse did not cool your God-loving heart.
Rejoice, for in all things you glorified the Lord.
Rejoice, for your enemies called you an impostor and fraud.
Rejoice, for your flock recognized you as a guardian of the Truth.
Rejoice, lover of the people of God.
Rejoice their preservation from destruction.
Rejoice, O Father Alexis, Confessor and Defender of Orthodoxy in America.
Kontakion 7
Your one desire was to please God, O Heavenly Rod of Christ the Lord. Disdaining hardships, you led your children out of bondage to Pharaoh into the green pastures of the heavenly Kingdom, where you now cry to God: Alleluia.
Ikos 7
Like a householder bringing out of his treasure things new and old, so you brought forth divine teachings, O scribe of the Kingdom, divinely wise Alexis. And we, fed by your teachings together with your newly-illumined people, call out to you with such words as these:
Rejoice, for your eyes were ever turned to the spiritual East.
Rejoice for you taught your people to look to the East for the truth of the Orthodox Faith.
Rejoice, for you pointed Eastward where the True Faith is preserved.
Rejoice, for the Sun of Righteousness illumined your soul.
Rejoice, for Christ's light and beauty captured the hearts of your flock.
Rejoice, for He is the Pillar of Fire you followed by night.
Rejoice, for you proclaimed that He alone is the Head of the Church.
Rejoice, for you stood upon the Rock of the divinity of Christ.
Rejoice, for you taught the infallibility of God, not man.
Rejoice, for you exposed falsehood by the divine Light of Christ.
Rejoice, radiant lamp shining your light before men.
Rejoice, enlightener of our land.
Rejoice, O Father Alexis, Confessor and Defender of Orthodoxy in America.
Kontakion 8
You were stranger and sojourner in this land, ever looking toward the heavenly Kingdom, O Father Alexis. Working to earn your own bread, you shared it with the poor while teaching them to sing: Alleluia.
Ikos 8
Wholly caught up in your love for Christ and His most pure Mother, you taught your spiritual children that nothing could separate them from the love that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Wherefore, trusting in your intercessions and with love for you we cry out:
Rejoice, faithful servant of the God-man, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Rejoice, fulfiller of His divine commands.
Rejoice, for His grace-filled words were sweeter than honey in your mouth.
Rejoice, for His humility was ever before your eyes.
Rejoice, for His love for sinners was the model for your own.
Rejoice, for you embraced His zeal for the House of the Lord.
Rejoice, for you loved the purity of the Orthodox Church.
Rejoice, for you despised all human innovation.
Rejoice, for you ever honored the heavenly Queen.
Rejoice, for she protected you in your struggles.
Rejoice, for you taught that she was a child of Adam yet gave birth to God.
Rejoice, for she was your consolation and hope.
Rejoice, O Father Alexis, Confessor and Defender of Orthodoxy in America.
Kontakion 9
All were amazed at your courage in battle, O valiant athlete, our Father Alexis, for you were undaunted by the threats of your enemies. Your actions themselves revealed that you feared God alone and not man. Wherefore, we cry to you: Alleluia.
Ikos 9
The most eloquent of orators are unable to praise your great struggles worthily, O divinely wise Alexis. Living in poverty, robbed by thieves, stoned by your enemies, you endured all and forgave all, O blessed one. And we sinners, instructed by your life, cry to you:
Rejoice, confessor suffering at the hands of impious men.
Rejoice, for you forgave those who cast stones at you.
Rejoice, for you were slandered for the sake of the Faith.
Rejoice, for you were led before magistrates and courts of law.
Rejoice, for the false witnesses could not agree.
Rejoice, for your good life shone brighter than their lies.
Rejoice, for you always had the name of God on your lips.
Rejoice, for you called on the Lord and refused to despair.
Rejoice, for you trusted in the help of the Mother of God.
Rejoice, for you were not disappointed in your hope.
Rejoice, for you were condemned by men, yet saved by God.
Rejoice, for in dying, yet you live.
Rejoice, O Father Alexis, Confessor and Defender of Orthodoxy in America.
Kontakion 10
Your sojourn on this earth proved a good example of how we should lay down our lives for our friends, O faithful laborer in the American vineyard of Christ; for thousands of Galicians and Carpatho-Russians returned to Orthodoxy through you. Wherefore with them, we your children here on earth cry to God: Alleluia.
Ikos 10
You were a wall and haven and treasury of loving-kindness for your people, O righteous Father Alexis, adornment of the Church of God. Teaching them the commandments of Christ, you worked with them until the faith of Christ took root in them. Wherefore, we who are also instructed by your teachings, cry out to you:
Rejoice, instructor of the love of God.
Rejoice, teacher of abstinence and self-control.
Rejoice, lover of the lives of the saints.
Rejoice, for you suffered the little ones to draw near to the Lord.
Rejoice, for you taught us to love one another.
Rejoice, for you kept your people from judging others.
Rejoice, for you taught that the Faith is spread more by example than by argument.
Rejoice, for being tolerant, you never compromised the Truth.
Rejoice, for you taught us how to control the tongue.
Rejoice, for you always spoke the truth.
Rejoice, for you were all things to all men.
Rejoice, for through you, many were saved.
Rejoice, O Father Alexis, Confessor and Defender of Orthodoxy in America.
Kontakion 11
Foreseeing your approaching death, O saint favored by God, and having completed the task that God appointed for you, you humbly declined the office of bishop. Instead, you prepared yourself for your last journey from earth to heaven, where you unceasingly cry to God: Alleluia.
Ikos 11
Your death, O holy Alexis, was a rest from unceasing struggles and sufferings; a passing over from the worse to the better. Archbishop Platon praised you as the Father of the Russian Church in America. And we too join him in singing to you:
Rejoice, glorious founder of the Church in Wilkes-Barre.
Rejoice, new apostle traversing our land.
Rejoice, first priest of Minneapolis.
Rejoice, wise instructor who shows all where to seek the Truth.
Rejoice, first pilgrim to the Monastery of St. Tikhon of Zadonsk.
Rejoice, preserver of Slavic piety.
Rejoice, planter of Orthodoxy in Pennsylvania.
Rejoice, nurturer who feeds all the faithful.
Rejoice, beacon of Bridgeport.
Rejoice, lamp illumining the ends of our land.
Rejoice, golden trumpet of the Gospel of Christ.
Rejoice, uniter of those who were divided
Rejoice, O Father Alexis, Confessor and Defender of Orthodoxy in America.
Kontakion 12
Your holy relics, O Confessor of the Faith, our Father Alexis, are shown to be a vessel of grace given to us by Christ our God. We earnestly have recourse to them and, through your intercession, receive remission of sins, crying out to God with all our Heart: Alleluia.
Ikos 12
Praising the struggles of your much-suffering and most-wondrous life, O new Man of God, our Father Alexis, we praise, glorify and bless you with heart-felt love as our heavenly protector and defender. And now, O holy one, with the grace given to you from on high, continue to sanctify, enlighten and instruct us, your sinful children, that uncondemned, we may cry to you:
Rejoice, shepherd who took the lost sheep on his shoulder.
Rejoice, priest who offered those same sheep to the Lord.
Rejoice, for the son who was dead is now alive.
Rejoice, for the one who was lost is now found.
Rejoice, sower sowing the good seed of the Word.
Rejoice, tireless laborer in the vineyard of Christ.
Rejoice, unmercenary physician of the sick.
Rejoice, good comforter of the suffering.
Rejoice, gracious encouragement of the despondent.
Rejoice, intercessor for our souls.
Rejoice, guardian of the Holy Orthodox Faith.
Rejoice, protector of our land.
Rejoice, O Father Alexis, Confessor and Defender of Orthodoxy in America.
Kontakion 13
O holy and righteous Father Alexis, apostle to our land and defender of our Faith, accept this, our hymn of thanksgiving. Entreat the all-good God to increase His mercy toward us, to make us steadfast in true faith and piety and to preserve us from all misfortune; that through you we may be accounted worthy, as children with their father, to sing to God forever: Alleluia. (Recite this Kontakion 3 times)
Ikos 1
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n Austria-Hungary, you were raised by your God-loving parents. Though poor in worldly possessions, you became rich in divine knowledge. You learned to distinguish truth from falsehood. Standing now before Christ, together with the ranks of angels and all the saints, you have been glorified in heaven and on earth. Therefore, we who have been enlightened by you cry out with joy:
Rejoice, blessed one raised in the fear of God.
Rejoice, for you inscribed the Law of God in your heart.
Rejoice, for you sought the discerner of the human heart.
Rejoice, for you found the One whom you desired.
Rejoice, lover of the truth.
Rejoice, enemy of falsehood and lies.
Rejoice, teacher seeking the Source of divine Wisdom.
Rejoice, warrior following Christ the Commander.
Rejoice, new wise man following the star in the East.
Rejoice, new apostle to us in the West.
Rejoice, bulwark of the Faith.
Rejoice, vanquisher of heresy.
Rejoice, O Father Alexis, Confessor and Defender of Orthodoxy in America.
Kontakion 1
O chosen confessor and defender of the Faith, our Father Alexis, we offer this song of praise honoring your struggles, patience, and great sufferings. They revealed you as a new man of God, leading your people back to the true Faith. As you have boldness in prayer before God, free us, your children, from every adversity that we may cry out to you: Rejoice, O Father Alexis, Confessor and Defender of Orthodoxy in America.
Prayer 1
O great favorite of God and teacher of piety, our righteous Father Alexis! During your earthly life you were a loving Father to your flock, shining forth upon the American land as a radiant beacon, planting in the souls of your people the wheat of true doctrine and uprooting the tares of falsehood and ignorance. Falling down before your grace-filled relics, we praise and glorify God, Who has given us such a fervent intercessor for our souls. Since you possess great boldness before God, we entreat you to pray that He will not judge us according to our iniquities, but rather deal with us according to His great mercy. From you we have inherited the holy Orthodox Faith as a priceless spiritual treasure. By your prayers, preserve us from soul-destroying heresies and schisms, and grant that we may stand steadfast and unshaken in the traditions of our fathers. Pray for our hierarchs and priests so that they, in turn, may pour forth ceaseless prayers for the salvation of the flock which Christ has entrusted to them. By the grace given to you by God, grant to all who beseech your aid everything that is good and profitable for their salvation. Heal the sick, encourage the fainthearted, console the sorrowful, strengthen the weak, help those who are suffering any sort of distress or affliction. O Father of Orthodoxy in America, beseech the Lord to send down His rich mercy upon all who honor your holy memory and who, with faith and love, have recourse to your heavenly intercession. May we always remember your wise counsels and imitate your God-pleasing virtues so that we may be granted the heavenly Kingdom of Christ our God, to whom is due all glory, honor and worship, together with His Father, Who is from everlasting and His all-holy, good and life-giving Spirit; now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.
Prayer 2 (Before his holy relics)
O holy and righteous Father Alexis, great favorite of Christ and new Man of God, you now stand in heaven before the throne of the all-holy Trinity. Bending the knees of our heart and falling down before the holy shrine of your precious relics, we unworthy sinners praise, bless and magnify God, Who glorified you, and showed us, through you, His great mercy. With contrite hearts and tears of repentance, we entreat you to intercede before our merciful Master that we may be granted remission of our many sins and remain steadfast and uncompromising in the true Faith. You strove in your earthly life to enlighten those in darkness and the shadow of death with the light of the Holy Orthodox Faith. You sought to entreat all to do the will of God. So now also entreat the Lord to illumine the eyes of our hearts that we may grow in faith and piety; to kindle the flame of true prayer in the hearts of the faithful of this land; to instill in His pastors divine zeal to care for the flocks entrusted to them; to grant wisdom and grace to our right-believing hierarchs that they might protect the faith of our fathers which you so earnestly sought out to strengthen us all to bear the cross set before us; and to grant us divine grace to endure all and forgive all. O holy Father Alexis, entreat the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, to dispel the storm of passions which beset us and to direct our gaze from this transitory life to the heavenly and eternal one. Cease not, O blessed Father, to pray for the Orthodox faithful of this land. Delivered from temporal and eternal misfortunes, may we magnify you, our helper and intercessor, and glorify our Master and Lord, Jesus Christ, to whom is due all glory, honor and worship, together with His Father who is from everlasting, and His all-holy, good and life-creating Spirit; now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.
Prayer 3
O holy Father Alexis, pillar of Orthodoxy and chosen vessel of the Truth of Christ, we come to you as one who received special grace from God. You put to shame the tyrants' deceits by your wisdom, and trampled demons underfoot by your righteous life. Entreat God that we also may be granted this same wisdom and love for virtue. By your intercession, illumine our darkened souls that we may receive the light of Truth and remain steadfast in the Faith. As you once proved foolish the wisdom of this world, so now incline our hearts to the fear of God that we may begin to learn true wisdom. As you once dispelled impiety with the example of your blameless life and refused to walk in the counsel of the ungodly, so now teach us to live piously and to walk in the way of the Lord. As you once returned to the bosom of the Orthodox Church and partook of the Fountain of life, so now help us to guide those gone astray and give drink to those in this land who are thirsting for the water of life. O holy confessor Alexis, beseech the Lord that He look down with mercy on our Orthodox faithful and water with His grace the seed which you planted, that it may continue to flower and bring forth fruit a hundredfold. May we, having been counted worthy of blessings in this life, be vouchsafed the blessings of heaven; now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

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