Symeon the New Theologian

Symeon the New Theologian

Συμεών ο Νέος Θεολόγος 

"The roof of any house stands upon the foundations and the rest of the structure. The foundations themselves are laid in order to carry the roof. This is both useful and necessary, for the roof cannot stand without the foundations and the foundations are absolutely useless without the roof—no help to any living creature. In the same way the grace of God is preserved by the practice of the commandments, and the observance of these commandments is laid down like foundations through the gift of God. The grace of the Spirit cannot remain with us without the practice of the commandments, but the practice of the commandments is of no help or advantage to us without the grace of God."

Reading from the Synaxarion:

Saint Symeon became a monk of the Studite Monastery as a young man, under the guidance of the elder Symeon the Pious.  Afterwards he struggled at the Monastery of Saint Mamas in Constantinople, of which he became abbot.  After enduring many trials and afflictions in his life of piety, he reposed in 1022.  Marvelling at the heights of prayer and holiness to which he attained, and the loftiness of the teachings of his life and writings, the church calls him "the New Theologian."  Only to two others, John the Evangelist and Gregory, Patriarch of Constantinople, has the church given the name "Theologian."  Saint Symeon reposed on March 12, but since this always falls in the Great Fast, his feast is kept today.

St. John Studios (Imrahor)

 

Apolytikion in the Third Tone
Since thou hadst received within thy pure soul God’s enlightenment, O righteous Father, thou wast shown to the world as a blazing light which drave away its thick darkness and moved all men to seek the grace of the Spirit which they had lost.  O all-holy Father Symeon, intercede with Him to grant great mercy unto us who honour thee.

Kontakion in the Third Tone
Shining with the Three-Sun Light, thou wast a true theologian of the Holy Trinity, the Lord divinely-transcendent; from on high, thou wast made rich with wisdom of discourse and didst pour forth the divine streams of godly wisdom; whereof having drunk, we cry out:  Rejoice, thrice-blessed Symeon, taught from above.

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