KAZAN ICON OF THE MOTHER OF GOD
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit:
By the intercessions of Thine All-immaculate Mother and of all Thy Saints, Lord Jesus Christ, our God, have mercy on us and save us. Amen
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1 Thessalonians 2:9-14
For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God. Ye are witnesses, and God also, how devoutly and justly and blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you that believe: As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children, that ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory. For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe. For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews:
And He was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered. But some of them said, "He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils." And others, tempting Him, sought of Him a sign from heaven. But He, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth. If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? Because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub. And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore shall they be your judges. But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils. He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth."
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KAZAN ICON OF THE MOTHER OF GOD
ABERCIUS THE WONDER WORKER, EQUAL-TO-THE-APOSTLES AND BISHOP OF HIEROPOLIS
Troparion of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God Tone 4
O fervent intercessor, Mother of the Lord Most High,/ thou dost pray to thy Son Christ our God and savest all who seek thy protection./ O Sovereign Lady and Queen,/ help and defend all of us who in trouble and trials,/ in pain and burdened with sins,/ stand in thy presence before thine icon,/ and who pray with compunction, contrition and tears/ and with unflagging hope in thee./ Grant what is good for us, deliverance from evil,/ and save us all, O Virgin Mother of God,/ for thou art a divine protection to thy servants.
Troparion of St Abercius the Wonderworker Tone 5
Thou didst emulate the zeal of the Apostles/ and shine forth like a morning star,/ and thy works showed thy God-given power:/ Thou didst guide the erring to God, O Hierarch Abercius.
Kontakion of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God Tone 8
O peoples, let us run to that quiet good haven,/ to the speedy helper, the warm salvation, to the Virgin's protection./ Let us speed to prayer and hasten to repentance./ For the Mother of God pours out her mercy, anticipates needs and averts disasters/ for her patient and God-fearing servants.
Kontakion of St Abercius the Wonderworker Tone 8
The whole Church honours thee as a great Hierarch and as a companion to the Apostles./ By thy prayers keep the Church unconquered and unshaken by heresy, O glorious Abercius.
St Abercius the Wonderworker, Equal to the Apostles
In the time of the Emperor Antoninus (138-161), St Abercius wasbishop in the city of Hierapolis in Phrygia. The great majority ofthe town's inhabitants were pagans, and St Abercius governed hislittle flock with a heart greatly saddened by the great number ofpagans and idolaters, and with fervent prayer to God that He wouldbring them to the true Light. At the time of a rowdy idolatrousfestival, Abercius became inflamed with godly zeal and went into thetemple, smashing all the idols. When the furious pagans tried tokill him, three young madmen fell down before the man of God,foaming at the mouth and bellowing. The man of God drove the demonsout of them, and they were healed and became calm. Seeing this, thefury of the pagans turned to marvelling at Christ's wonderworker,and five hundred of them were immediately baptised. Little bylittle, everyone in the city of Hierapolis came to believe in Christand was baptised. The proconsul of the region, Publius, had a blindmother whose sight Abercius restored by prayer, and both Publius andhis mother came to faith in Christ, along with many other people. Inold age, Abercius was summoned to Rome, where he healed theEmperor's mad daughter. The Lord Christ appeared to His faithfulfollower several times. People from far and near came to him forhelp in chronic sickness, and the demons not only feared him butwere obedient to his commands. At the order of the Lord Himself, hepreached the Gospel throughout Syria and Mesopotamia, and went tohis beloved Lord in great old age, in the city of Hierapolis at theend of the second century.
The Prologue From Ochrid -
of St. Nikolai (Velimirovic) Bishop of Zhicha