I would be remiss not to mention that today new calendar is
St. Irene of Chrysovalantou's day!
I still remember my Godmother asking me
who I had chosen as my Patron Saint!
10 days before I was chrismated,
I found her!
St. Irene's icon and story was in the church bulletin
and her bravery, determination and decisiveness captured my
now I would say it is her gentleness and peace that keep me
returning to her,
asking her prayers...
My official name's Saint is
St. Irene is still my first patron;
though St. Herman of Alaska was my first Saint who I knew loved me...
I still remember looking at the iconostasis of my first church
and looking at St. Herman.
Today I had lunch a good friend's house
and remembered that last year too I was blessed with a meal
at a friend's house!
It is such a blessing to ask one's patron's prayers daily;
By the prayers of the Saints
lies our salvation.
Not a temporal kingdom on earth didst thou obtain,
but Christ, thy most comely Bridegroom, vouchsafed thee heavenly crowns,
and thou reignest as a queen with Him eternally;
for thou didst dedicate thyself unto Him with all thy soul,
O Irene, our righteous Mother, thou boast of Chrysovalantou,
and mighty help of all the Orthodox.
Leaving all the world behind with its impermanent glory,
thou wast wedded unto Christ, the King immortal and holy,
bringing Him as precious dowry thy maiden beauty
and thy trophies won through abstinence over demons.
O Irene, our righteous Mother,
entreat thy Bridegroom to show His mercy to us.