St. Seraphim of Sarov Orthodox Church


Across the cold chains of the centuries, I feel the warmth of Thy breath, I feel Thy blood pulsing in my veins.  Part of time has already gone, but now Thou art the present.  I stand by Thy Cross; I was the cause of it.  I cast myself down in the dust before it.  Here is the triumph of love, the victory of salvation.  Here the centuries themselves cannot remain silent, singing Thy praises.

No one can put together what has crumbled into dust, but Thou canst restore a conscience turned to ashes.  Thou canst restore to its former beauty a soul lost and without hope.  With Thee, there is nothing that cannot be redeemed.  Thou art love; Thou art Creator and Redeemer.  We praise Thee, singing:  Alleluia!

Blessed are they that will share in the King's Banquet: but already on earth Thou givest me a foretaste of this blessedness. How many times with Thine own hand hast Thou held out to me Thy Body and Thy Blood, and  I, though a miserable sinner, have received this Mystery, and have tasted Thy love, so ineffable, so heavenly.

-- from the Akathist Hymn, “Glory to God for All Things”

 

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