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Akathist to our Venerable Mother Alipiya

         Kontakion 1

Chosen from out of the many in the host of Holy New Martyrs, thou hast appeared in latter days to comfort and edify people gone astray, O constant intercessor for the city ofKiev. As thou hast love so inexpressible, we dare to offer thee our humble praises, crying: Rejoice, our mother Alipiya, filled with great love in thy heart.

                 Oikos 1

The Angels were amazed to see a frail woman in these latter days worthily emulate the image of  ancient fathers, combining in herself gifts of the Holy Spirit shown to serve theChurchofChrist, and we exclaim of thee:

Rejoice, thou who art enlightened by the word of wisdom;

Rejoice, thou who showest forth the word of knowledge.

Rejoice, thou who art strengthened by faith;

Rejoice, thou who art glorified with the gift of healing.

Rejoice, O great worker of miracles;

Rejoice, O special prophet.

Rejoice, thou who hast instilled Christ in thy heart;

Rejoice, thou whose life was spent in humility.

Rejoice, thou who didst bring thy body joy through fasting;

Rejoice, thou who hadst strengthened thy soul with prayer.

Rejoice, thou who hadst made almsgiving thy rule;

Rejoice, thou who hast covered the sins of the weak.

Rejoice, our mother Alipiya, filled with great love in thy heart.

           Kontakion 2

Seeing before thee the Image of Christ our God, thou didst heed the words of the Apostle that we have here no permanent city, and didst eagerly rush to follow Christ and serve Him alone throughout thy  life.   And having counted everything earthly as nothing, and proceeding toward the Heavenly Homeland, thou didst cry:  Alleluia.

             Oikos 2

Enlightened by Divine Reason, from childhood thou didst prepare thy heart to be the throne of our Lord God.  Thou didst not fear to leave thy homeland and thy people, to endure shortages and offense, to wander from church to church.  Thou didst find nourishment in Divine quiet, and, didst emulate all the  saints, the God-pleasing ones who wandered in the deserts and in the caves of the earth, the ones of whom the world was not worthy.  To thee, we vain ones thus cry out:

Rejoice, glory of the Church Triumphant;

Rejoice, intercessor and boast of the Church on earth.

Rejoice, quiet manifestation of Divine grace.

Rejoice, constant amazement to those who are infirm;

Rejoice, from childhood filled with the Holy Spirit;

Rejoice, clairvoyant, seeing into the souls of men.

Rejoice, honored for humility by the Lord our God;

Rejoice, by Him blessed to be a Fool for Christ.

Rejoice, God-chosen child of the city ofPenza;

Rejoice, holy scion of pious parents.

Rejoice, thou who didst direct praying for our parents;

Rejoice, who in prayer didst carry thy parents’ Cross.

Rejoice, our mother Alipiya, filled with great love in thy heart.

          Kontakion 3

As thou workest miracles through the power of the Most-high, O venerable mother, no one coming to thee  goeth away unconsoled: to the sick thou bringest healing, to the sorrowful, maternal comfort,  to sinners despairing of salvation, correction and quick forgiveness from the Lord God.  To whom but thee should we then come, crying out to God in repentance:  Alleluia.

          Oikos 3

Possessing a heart that through the Holy Spirit came to know the Lord’s love in hard times of trial for the Russian Church, when the Lord called archpastors and pastors, monastics and lay people to bring themselves as innocent sacrifice, then with the  choir of holy New Martyrs didst thou, Venerable Mother, say that not sorrow, nor narrow straits, nor death could separate thee from the love of God.  Wherefore with unworthy praises do we hope to honor thee:

Rejoice, true child of Christ’s Church;

Rejoice, thou who for Christ’s sake didst endure prison.

Rejoice,  thou who didst love ascetic struggles of New Martyrs;

Rejoice, thou who wast not ashamed to be called a Christian.

Rejoice, thou who didst meekly pray in prison;

Rejoice, thou who didst not respond in kind to persecutors.

Rejoice, thou who with good didst vanquish malice;

Rejoice, thou whose patience hath shamed the foe.

Rejoice, thou who art become one of the New Martyrs;

Rejoice, thou, miraculously saved from thy sufferings.

Rejoice, thou who helpest us in time of trial;

Rejoice, thou who consolest those in despair.

Rejoice, our mother Alipiya, filled with great love in thy heart.

       Kontakion 4

The enemy of mankind, who throughout thy life wished to shame thee, raised up a storm of malice, but could not sway thee, O our venerable mother  Alipiya.  Thou didst cross unharmed over all manner of temptations. Now hast thou found a quiet harbor and enjoyment of paradise according to the words: “I will grant to the victorious to eat of the Tree of Life.”  Thus direct also thy spiritual children, teaching us to sing to God with one voice and one heart: Alleluia.

         Oikos 4

Having heard of thy great love for those who suffer, all peoples stream to thee, and despondency abates, despair vanishes, sinners sick at heart find consolation and thank God that there is such a woman of prayer.  Wondrous are Thy works, O Lord, and so we joyously cry out:

Rejoice, consolation of the sorrowful;

Rejoice, carer for those gone astray.

Rejoice, compassion for the suffering;

Rejoice, satiation for the hungry.

Rejoice, thou who hast found room for all in thy heart;

Rejoice, thou who burnest with love for each and everyone.

Rejoice, woman of most fervent prayer;

Rejoice, devoted advocate of the Orthodox faith.

Rejoice, thou who hast a kind charitable heart;

Rejoice, our long-suffering mother.

Rejoice, thou who showest kindness to those condemned by all;

Rejoice, intercessor for us before God.

Rejoice, our mother Alipiya, filled with great love in thy heart.

              Kontakion 5

The Lord hath worked a most-glorious miracle with thee, O venerable mother Alipiya, when the Apostle Peter appeared to thee in prison and, having mercy on thee, led thee out, just as the Apostle himself had been saved by the Angel of the Lord.  For that reason thou throughout thy  life thou didst revere the Holy Apostle, crying out in thanks: Alleluia

                       Oikos 5

Seeing the Lord’s mercy come upon her, the Holy One saw her liberation from the prison as a sign: henceforth to dedicate her life to charity,  and to be of service to the sick.  Wherefore she brought to God her humble prayers for the resurrection of the dead young girl, and for the deliverance from famine  of the impoverished folk whose stock animal she healed.  There is no malady over which thy heart did not feel pain, and no sorrow over which thou didst not mourn.  Wherefore, with all our soul do we so bless thee:

Rejoice, for thou didst demonstrate the miracle of Resurrection;

Rejoice, for in so doing thou didst emulate Venerable St. Sergius.

Rejoice, for with thy prayers thou didst heal wounds;

Rejoice, for at thy blessing did tumors disappear.

Rejoice, for thou didst keep secret grace-filled healing treatment;

Rejoice, for thou didst flee from human fame and glory.

Rejoice, thou who by means of food didst work healing;

Rejoice, thou who with thy cloak dost now bestow healings.

Rejoice, for thou didst take pains, not to receive this gift, but to please God ;

Rejoice, for the Lord God bestowed this gift upon thee.

Rejoice, worker of many wondrous miracles;

Rejoice, for out of love for thee the Lord doth hear thy prayers.

Rejoice, our mother Alipiya, filled with great love in thy heart.

              Kontakion 6

O Venerable Mother: thou hast shown faithful obedience to the Gospel words: the commandment to love thy neighbor as thyself, and that no one hath greater love than he who layeth down his life for his friends.   Day and night didst thou labor for thy neighbors, with compunction entreating our Lord God to help his errant children, feeding and healing, edifying, and comforting them.  With thankful lips do we then cry: Alleluia.

           Oikos 6

In our land hath shone forth the beneficial light of thy great virtues.  As inSt. Petersburgwith Blessed Ksenia, as inMoscowwith Blessed Matrona, so did the Lord stay with our city, and there appeared to us a woman emulating the struggles of Venerable Fathers of theKievCaves.  For she did love the Caves Lavra, and there performed great ascetic feats.  In that, we faithful, do rejoice:

Rejoice, for to the end thou didst adopt the image of a Fool for Christ;

Rejoice, for thou didst emulate Ksenia of St. Petersburg.

Rejoice, for thou didst call thy visitors thy children;

Rejoice, for throughout life thou didst not lie down in a bed.

Rejoice, thou who didst  weigh down thy body with heavy chains;

Rejoice, thou who didst  signify each new child taken on by hanging a key from thy  neck.

Rejoice, for with that key thou didst open the person’s soul;

Rejoice, thou who wast gratified to love the Lord our God.

Rejoice, for by God’s grace thou didst lead sinful souls to healing through repentance;

Rejoice, for thou didst converse with Angels.

Rejoice, thou who didst take nourishment from little food;

Rejoice, thou who on Wednesdays and Fridays never took in any food..

Rejoice, our mother Alipiya, filled with great love in thy heart.

              Kontakion 7

Wishing to do the Lord’s will, thou didst submit thyself to Elders Kronid and Damian, cutting off thine own will,  moving into the hollow of a tree and there disposing thyself toward the good.  Marveling at such ascetic feats, do we in praise sing: Alleluia

                    Oikos 7

The Lord did show thee to be a zealous pillar at the Caves Lavra, where in illness and physical suffering thou wast filled with the Holy Spirit. Humbling thy flesh with fasting and cold, in spirit didst thou  soar to the gathered Venerable Fathers, and strengthened by them didst achieve spiritual heights.  Recalling such devotion, we thus cry:

Rejoice, thou who wast clothed by Elder Kronid in the angelic rank;

Rejoice, thou who hadst cast aside thoughts of the body.

Rejoice, thou who through prayer didst vanquish temptations;

Rejoice, thou who through patience didst cut off self-will.

Rejoice, thou who didst pray to God by night;

Rejoice, thou who didst love unceasing prayer.

Rejoice, thou who didst regard thyself as but dust among men

Rejoice, thou who didst accomplish humility;

Rejoice, thou who didst live in the cramped quarters of the tree;

Rejoice, thou who ever wast standing firm;

Rejoice, thou who didst never give thy flesh over to comfort.

Rejoice, true image of complete self-denial.

Rejoice, our mother Alipiya, filled with great love in thy heart.

                Kontakion 8

Now is a strange, most-marvelous wonder shown to all the faithful.  The Lord, long suffering and plenteous in mercy, hath not been angered with us to the end by our lawlessness; recalling His mercy both in days of old and still today, He hath given us thee, O wondrous mother, an intercessor and consoler, who hath lived with us and who knoweth our illnesses. Thus hath she filled our hearts with hope and joy, crying: Alleluia.

                Oikos 8

O Venerable Alipiya, when new persecutions were visited upon the Church of Christ, thou didst  come, all aflame with love for God, to that place where thou didst continue service done by the Goloseyev Fathers, shining forth the light of faith and piety to the entire world.  Many people gathered to receive thy blessing. Thou didst abide there, as in a desert, to the end of thy life, and even now, thou grantest aid unstintingly to those who come to thee, crying:

Rejoice, thou for whom hills and gullies were places to pray;

Rejoice, thou who there didst battle unclean spirits.

Rejoice, lover of maintaining desert silence;

Rejoice, holy protectress of that place.

Rejoice, thou who didst  entreat God to grant a healing spring;

Rejoice, thou who didst bless its waters with thy prayers.

Rejoice, thou whose water brings healing;

Rejoice, thou who didst struggle in spirit  for salvation.

Rejoice, thou who didst stand guard over demolished churches;

Rejoice, thou who didst instruct that the Angel of the Throne should be honored.

Rejoice, great boast of the Goloseyev Hermitage;

Rejoice, glory shining from from that Monastery.

Rejoice, our mother Alipiya, filled with great love in thy heart.

            Kontakion 9

All those who, hemmed in and burdened by various earthly matters,  misfortunes, and sorrows,  came to thee for prayer and blessing, didst thou, O venerable mother, comfort like unto a parent comforting his child in times of sickness of sorrow: with your assistance bringing them extreme joy, and with maternal love lightening the load of their woes. For through thee  even unbelievers and atheists have come to God. We humbly pray thee: to us who come to thee in times of misfortune, temptation, misunderstanding, and doubt, speak words of consolation, instruction and encouragement, that  having been shown thy great favor and kindness, we might sing to God in thanks: Alleluia.

                 Oikos 9

Man’s oratory is insufficient to describe the greatness of God’s mysteries, past or future, how thou didst foresee the present, didst read human thoughts as if written in a book, how thou didst grant healing to those chilled by the evil one, how by thy prayers the suffering received easing of their maladies, how earthly elements did heed thy voice. Therefore do we, at a loss to understand, say:

Rejoice, thou who with a two-week fast didst obtain rain for the earth;

Rejoice, thou who could direct that there be no rain.

Rejoice, thou who didst clearly foretell the tragedy ofChernobyl;

Rejoice, thou by whose prayers the Lord did lessen the resultant woes.

Rejoice, thou who did show compassion both for  dumb creatures and for our land in woes;

Rejoice, thou who didst warn of the suffering to come in Passion Week

Rejoice, revealer of those fomenting schism;

Rejoice, for thou didst criticize the impious.

Rejoice, for thou by signs didst condemn the new calendar;

Rejoice, for thou as a Fool for Christ with vivid words didst reveal God’s mysteries.

Rejoice, for thou with seeming madness didst reveal the madness of the world;

Rejoice, O faithful, blessed and true servant of the Lord.

Rejoice, our mother Alipiya, filled with great love in thy heart.

                Kontakion 10

Filled with the salvific fruits of ascetic struggle, thou wast in particular invested with humility, O Venerable Mother Alipiya, and keeping from holding a high opinion of thyself, thou didst entirely devote thyself to serving others.   It is a marvel to see thee walk about in old patched clothing, and with bright eyes receiving all, rich and poor, leaders and simple folk, with equal love, and speaking useful needed words to each.  Wherefore we loudly say from the depths of our souls: Alleluia

                  Oikos 10

Thou didst appear as an unassailable wall and intercessor for the city ofKiev, O all-blessed Mother Alipiya. Let not  our prayers to be in vain, for it is by thy blessing that we live.  For we have no others,  merciful ones of prayer before God like unto thee. We are thy children.  Should we merit punishment by God’s righteous judgment, be thou for us a compassionate mother, as we believe that thou canst implore  the Lord on our behalf, and out of the abundance of the heart do we joyously proclaim:

Rejoice, salvation of those who love and honor thee as intercessor;

Rejoice, bringer of health to souls and bodies.

Rejoice, humble preacher of Christ’s Gospel;

Rejoice, devoted keeper of Apostolic traditions.

Rejoice, for thou didst humbly offer succinct criticism to sinners;

Rejoice, for thou wast one who is impartial.

Rejoice, for in thy cell thou wast made worthy to see the saints.;

Rejoice, for thou didst endure attacks of the enemy for thy love for people.

Rejoice, thou who didst never abandon thine asceticic struggle;

Rejoice, O thou, devoted to the Demiev church.

Rejoice, for in that church thou didst venerate the icon of Holy Apostles Sts. Peter and Paul;

Rejoice, thou who didst watch over that church in prayer.

Rejoice, for by thy words thou art established in that church..

Rejoice, for thou didst bring with you joy to that church.

Rejoice, our mother Alipiya, filled with great love in thy heart.

              Kontakion 11

Thou didst bring most tender chant to the Most-holy Trinity at thine end, and like unto the ripened wheat, didst thou say together with the Apostle: “the time of my departure is at hand.  I have fight a good fight, I hve finished my course, I have kept the faith.” And now a crown of truth hath been prepared for thee, one given thee by the Lord, the righteous Judge.  Rejoicing in thy glorification in heaven, we sinners cry: Alleluia.

               Oikos 11

Thou wast a radiant lamp, O most-glorious Alipiya, that is not put under a bushel, but on a candlestand, to bring light to all.  Let thy light so shine before men, that they might see thy good works, and glorify our Father, which is in Heaven.  Moved by love for thee, we call:

Rejoice, for after thy repose thou art not separated from us;

Rejoice, for at thy death thou didst bless thy children with the Cross.

Rejoice, for thou didst direct that this blessing be preserved;

Rejoice, for thou didst promise not to leave the orphans.

Rejoice, intercessor before the Lord who cannot be  put to shame.;

Rejoice, one who prayeth to the Theotokos without cease.

Rejoice, abundent manifestation of love and compassion;

Rejoice, benevolent champion of our souls.

Rejoice, for consistent with thy name, thou dost remain untroubled;

Rejoice, for thou dost reap the fruits of eternal joy.

Rejoice, thou who with the Fathers of the Caves bringest God praise, honor and glory.

Rejoice, for thou singest a new song in theKingdomofHeaven.

Rejoice, our mother Alipiya, filled with great love in thy heart.

              Kontakion 12

Thou didst receive God’s grace to direct us onto the path of truth, and not allow our souls to perish.  Thou dost entreat the Lord that He save us and allow us in eternal life to joyously meet with thee, that  by thy prayers we might attain to theHeavenlyKingdom, to the Church Triumphant, and cry out to the King:  Alleluia.

                   Oikos 12

Hymning thy glorious death and repose with the saints, thy spiritual children bore thee away, with hearts filled with much sighing and sorrow, but  recalling thy words that thou art not dying, they follow thy testament, come to thy holy relics,  and with both hearts and lips cry unto thee:

Rejoice, thou from whose relics many miracles appear;

Rejoice, thou who gatherest new children from the ends of the earth.

Rejoice, source of marvelous sweet aroma;

Rejoice, O thou before whose relics candles miraculously light.

Rejoice, whose place here is illumined with heavenly light;

Rejoice, for new children offer heartfelt prayers to thee about their woes.

Rejoice, for thy image doth pour forth tears;

Rejoice, for sweet-smelling myrrh doth stream from it.

Rejoice, for there many possessed by demons receive healing.

Rejoice, for thy help is quickly given them.

Rejoice, O thou who easily drawest them from the abyss of perdition;

Rejoice, for through thy miracles, atheist hearts are enlightened by faith.

Rejoice, our mother Alipiya, filled with great love in thy heart.

                Kontakion 13

(to be read thrice)

О most wondrous mother Alipiya! Accept these chants of praise, sung from hearts inflamed with love for thee.  As in the past, so now continue to grant thy maternal aid to all of us in need of thy intercession before God.   And as thou thyself knowest our sorrows, so dost thou also know deliverance.   Meet it is that we hymn our God: Alleluia.


Repeat Oikos 1, and Kontakion 1.


O our venerable mother, Alipiya!  In thy unwavering compassion and mercy, pour out upon us – the  poor, weak and disparaged – but a small drop of thy gifts from our Sovereign Lord.   Take us under thy  help and intercession, free us from all evils and severe illness, entreat the Lord that He forgive us our sins, and by thy prayers do thou raise us up, the weakened ones.  Allow us not, the unworthy  servants [insert names] to utterly perish; be thou our refuge and help, leave us not without consolation, that we may all glorify the All-holy Name, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.


О, great boast  of Christ’s Church, O protecting wall and consolation of the city of Kiev, o Venerable Mother Alipiya! We fall down before thee and pray thee: be our unflagging intercessor before Christ our God, for we believe that shouldst thou entreat man-loving God, all will be granted thee out of the sea of His kind grace.  Disdain not our plea, O thou whom we sinful ones entreat, as God is a lover of mankind, while we, on account of many sins dare not stand before Him.   It is for thee, O Holy One, to plead on behalf of sinners, and for God to have mercy on those in despair.  Ask, O Venerable One, for each according to his need:  Quickly comfort and heal the ill, for thou dost work many healings, causing the mute to speak, the blind to see, those with fractured bones to rise from their bed of pain.  Thou canst  ask all this of the Lord, O Venerable One, if thou but pray to Him on our behalf.  Make excruciating tumors to be no more.  As thou didst heed a mother’s prayers,  and didst by night appear unto the youth, showing the world a great miracle of healing, so do thou grant quick healing to those suffering from burns.  In these difficult days, when lawlessness and injustice reign, ask on behalf of the offended, those unjustly condemned, those imprisoned, those suffering persecution because of envy,  lies, and greed, intercede and rid them of slander and attack,  for the Lord hath granted thee abundantly to intercede on their behalf.  Bless and unite good marriages.  Grant unto mothers in labor successful birth, and keep them and their children from all harm.  Hear the fervent prayers of parents exhausted by grief over their children, so that their children might come to their senses, see the truth, evade the snares of the evil one, and find salvation eternal.  Accept the prayers of children sorrowing over  parents, that by thy prayers, their parents might see the light of Christ’s Gospel.  Likewise, console the childless, and grant them fruit of the womb, that by thy blessing and maternal teaching, more true Christians might appear before the Lord. To those in need of thy help to perfect Christian marriage, send the Lord’s blessing as a companion to them throughout life, that through thy assistance to them, they might as families, as “little churches,” offer service to Christ God.  And most of all, grant peace, calm, and sincere love, that we might be true disciples of Christ.


As thou didst appear to the man dying of drunkenness, and through thy blessing didst heal him of his sickness, so also grant to those who have given themselves over to alcoholism and drug abuse, those bereft of spiritual strength to leave their soul-corrupting waywardness, both spiritual strength and  clarity of thought.  By thy prayers, invisibly send down from the Lord to those who are alone and helpless,  both consolation and the recognition of Christ’s true love, that they might know that our friends – angels and saints – invisibly watch over us.  Accept the pleas of those suffering and in need, and by thy prayers grant them unexpected help, that they might have thee as their benefactor in their earthly life.


As thou didst safeguard the sorrowing woman bent on leaping from a great height and doing herself and her child harm, and didst save them both from the abyss of destruction, so be a quick comforter to all the faint of heart, to those despairing over life. We likewise pray thee, O Venerable One, that as thou didst preserve unharmed the youth struck down severely on the road, so keep us from a sudden death.  Pour out thy  help maternal upon students; grant them an increase in intellect, that they not be sorrowed in the difficult course of their education.  Grant quick and proper resolution to troubles and difficulties in the many and various circumstances of daily life. Hear the prayers of those who sorrow and have gone astray, of those outside the saving ark of the Orthodox Church, that All-merciful God, Who knoweth their fate, might save them and bring them to knowledge of His truth. Send down to soldiers strength of body and spirit to performGod-pleasing service, that the Lord might keep them from all evil.


As thou, in love for the Lord and for His people, didst pursue ascetic struggle unto salvation,  so do thou teach monastics to properly follow the Lord’s path, and strengthen them in their ascetic labors and in the carrying of their Cross. Grant unto bishops and priests true firmness in the Orthodox Faith, that they might faithfully, sincerely, shepherd  Christ’s flock, rightly dividing [the Word of His truth], and walking irreproachably before the Lord. Grant unto our leaders and authorities wise governance of our people, that in concert with the Church, our land might be at  peace and calm.


By thy prayers, open unto us the doors of God’s mercy and deliver us from all evil.  Grant us not be ensnared by the nets of the evil one.  O Venerable One, entreat our Merciful Lord for us, who are repentant, that according to the multitude of His mercies, He might forgive us our faults.  And by thy prayers, do thou continue to preserve us uncondemned, to the end,  that saved through thy help and intercession, we might always send up glory, praise, thanks, and worship to God, One in Trinity, Creator of all.  Amen.

At Great Vespers

At Great Vespers, Blessed is the Man: 1st Antiphon.  At Lord I have cried: sticherae 8, in the 5th tone.

Podoben [pattern melody]: O Co-eternal Word…

Rejoice now, O Kievan land,/ for thou hast received an unfading treasure./ In thee has blossomed a great ascetic,/ one quick to help in troubled times, most-marvelous Alipiya,/ given the grace to fill the souls of those in sorrow with  tenderness and joy / to heal the sick / and to pray for our souls./

Thy most honorable feast has come, o thou who hast wisdom divine, bringing the light of hope and faith into our lives,/ with the sweet fragrance of eternal life,/ and so rejoice, be glad, o city of Kiev/ in glorious celebration,/ fittingly bowing down to keep bright memory of venerable Alipiya,/ who resteth peacefully in Heaven. /

O come faithful peoples assembled, /through repentance cleansed of a multitude of sins, / and let us praise most marvelous Alipiya,/ an emulator of piety and one living like unto the saints.  Let us lovingly kiss her honorable relics, and say: Rejoice o Blessed Alipiya, boast of our native land, pray that by faith those who revere thee might be saved../


Disdaining all desire for rest, with fasting didst thou enlighten thy soul, and with the beauties of ascetic labors didst thou adorn thyself. Thy glorious feast, shining with the light of the Spirit of God, illumines our souls, who in faith sing thy praises, O venerable Alipiya./


Other sticherae, in the 6th tone: Podoben: Putting aside all :


Thou didst put aside all earthly pleasures,/ and filled thyself with great courage,/ like a soaring bird thou didst roam the earth,/ abiding in piety and resolve,/ keeping thy bodily feelings in check. / Thy strict way of life was unto salvation for thee,/ who dost appeal to God in our behalf. / Do thou implore Him, o blessed Alipiya,/ that our souls be saved./ (Twice)


Placing all thy faith, O Venerable One, in the Lord,/ thou didst take up thy Cross and follow after Christ./ Considering as nothing all human glory,/ thou wast made worthy to receive heavenly glory,/ and now in life incorruptible dost rejoice together with the angels./  Wherefore do thou pray to Him before Whom thou now standest,/ thatHe grant to our souls great mercy./


Thy entire life is a song of love: / to the Lord, for thou didst serve Him, and for His sake didst follow the narrow path of monastic life;/ to His people, for thou didst dedicate thy life to serve thy neighbor and all those who suffer and grieve./  Pray without ceasing, to Christ, O venerable Alipiya, /that our souls be saved./


Glory, in the 5th tone : O worthy one, preacher of Christ,/ now thou dost appear in the sight of all the faithful,/ for thou didst embrace martyrdom, emulating the stylites,/ showing thyself to be an heir to the venerable ones,/ the fasters’ boast, monastics’ most excellent cultivator,/ most-wondrous prophet and most marvelous worker of miracles./  Do thou, Alipiya, who art become like  Blessed Ksenia and Matrona of Moscow,/ pray that our souls be saved./


Both now, the Theotokion.


Evening Entrance. Prokeimenon of the day. Three readings.


Reading from the Wisdom of Solomon


But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and there shall no torment touch them. In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die: and their departure is taken for misery, And their going from us to be utter destruction: but they are in peace. For though they be punished in the sight of men, yet is their hope full of immortality.  For God proved them, and found them worthy for himself. As gold in the furnace hath he tried them, and received them as a burnt offering. And in the time of their visitation they shall shine, and run to and fro like sparks among the stubble. They shall judge the nations, and have dominion over the people, and their Lord shall reign for ever. They that put their trust in him shall understand the truth: and such as be faithful in love shall abide with him: for grace and mercy is to his saints, and he hath care for his elect.


Reading from the Wisdom of Solomon


But though the righteous be prevented with death, yet shall he be in rest. For honourable age is not that which standeth in length of time, nor that is measured by number of years. But wisdom is the gray hair unto men, and an unspotted life is old age. He pleased God, and was beloved of him: so that living among sinners he was translated. Yea speedily was he taken away, lest that wickedness should alter his understanding, or deceit beguile his soul. For the bewitching of naughtiness doth obscure things that are honest; and the wandering of concupiscence doth undermine the simple mind. He, being made perfect in a short time, fulfilled a long time: For his soul pleased the Lord: therefore hasted he to take him away from among the wicked. This the people saw, and understood it not, neither laid they up this in their minds, That his grace and mercy is with his saints, and that he hath respect unto his chosen.


Reading from the Wisdom of Solomon


But the righteous live for evermore; their reward also is with the Lord, and the care of them is with the most High. Therefore shall they receive a glorious kingdom, and a beautiful crown from the Lord’s hand: for with his right hand shall he cover them, and with his arm shall he protect them. He shall take to him his jealousy for complete armour, and make the creature his weapon for the revenge of his enemies. He shall put on righteousness as a breastplate, and true judgment instead of an helmet.  He shall take holiness for an invincible shield. His severe wrath shall he sharpen for a sword, and the world shall fight with him against the unwise. then shall the right aiming thunderbolts go abroad; and from the clouds, as from a well drawn bow, shall they fly to the mark.  And hailstones full of wrath shall be cast as out of a stone bow, and the water of the sea shall rage against them, and the floods shall cruelly drown them. Yea, a mighty wind shall stand up against them, and like a storm shall blow them away: thus iniquity shall lay waste the whole earth, and ill dealing shall overthrow the thrones of the mighty.Hear therefore, O ye kings, and understand; learn, ye that be judges of the ends of the earth. Give ear, ye that rule the people, and glory in the multitude of nations. For power is given you of the Lord, and sovereignty from the Highest.


At the Litya, sticherae of the church

And sticherae for the Saint, in the 3rd tone, special melody:


How can we, O venerable Alipiya, fail to praise thee and to marvel at thy angelic life,/ thy chaste thought, humble quiet meekness, thy unstinting charity,/ how thou wast adorned with all the virtues,/ by which thou didst receive the inexpressible joys of theHeavenlyKingdom.


Chosen by God O venerable mother,/ instructed on finding refuge in life,/ thou didst live through cares of much sickness and deprivation,/ and now, O our great helper, venerable Alipiya,/ thou art singing with the angels, songs of praise to the Redeemer,/ and praying without cease for all of us ,/ that Christ grant us His grace and mercy.


Directing thy mind toward God,/ thou didst not take uncleanness into thy soul./  Living in the world, O venerable Alipiya, /thou didst inscribe on thy heart a clean slate,/ filling it with grace of the Holy Spirit, dispassion, and sincere love,/ by thy prayers thou dost cleanse the souls of those who run to thee/ from that which sullies the spirit.

Glory, in the 6th tone

Not having this vain world’s acquisitiveness,/ knowing thou wouldst be scorned,/ choosing to live by the Apostle as a fool for Christ,/ preferring happiness to come over that which is corruptible,/ O unconquerable passion-bearer of Christ, / who didst defeat the devil through humility,/ and like poor Lazarus of old, now living in Abraham’s bosom,/ do thou pray to God for all of us.

Both now…, the Theotokion.


At the apostikha, in the 5th tone. Podoben: The Co-eternal Word:

Amid the host of New Martyrs who are wedded to Christ,/ those eagerly sacrificed as pure offerings for Christ’s sake didst thou appear, O blessed Alipiya,/ a pure incorrupt sacrifice, a dedicated offering for Christ,/ putting to shame the devices of thy torturers,/ wherefore thou art worthy of being magnified and glorified O Venerable One,/ for thy suffering.



Wondrous is God in His saints, the God of Israel.


Thou didst appear, O blessed one, in prison with courageous soul,/ showing a martyr’s strong determination:/ not hail, not  straitened circumstances, not woman’s frailty,/ nor evil tricks of thy satanic torturers could shake thy firm resolve in suffering. / To thee the Lord did grant divine deliverance,/ for He hath bountiful great mercy.

Verse: Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His Saints.


O venerable mother, thou didst love abuse and ridicule as if enormous praise;/ reproaching thy body with fasting, vigil and chains, thou showedst true humility,/ and with unceasing prayer, embraced us all with Christ’s love.  And so to Him, O venerable one,  in theHeavenlyKingdom  do thou pray.

Glory, in the 5th tone

Nоw hath shone forth a holy festival forKiev,/ in which abide thy holy relics, O all-blessed mother, Venerable Alipiya. / For those who stream in faith unto thy precious reliquary,/ thou bringest deliverance from woes and easing of sicknesses./  The Venerable One prays that the lost be set upon right paths to the Lord,/ that by her prayers we might attain the Heavenly Kingdom and great mercy.

Both now, the Theotokion.
Troparion, Tone 4

Тhou dost add to the number of the choir of Kievan Saints/ O venerable mother Alipiya. / In thee the Lord showeth a sign of His mercy,/ magnifying thee, the humble one,/ healing the sick and giving comfort to the grieving,/ as thou art quick to hear the voices of those in need of thy intercession,/ as thou art one of strong and most-kind prayer,/ who savest people from misfortune and evil circumstance./

At Matins

At: God is the Lord,  the troparion of the saint, twice. Glory, both now: the Theotokion.

After the 1st reading, we chant the Sedalen, Tone 6: Special melody: Putting aside all…

Burdened by the storm of sin,/ assailed and almost capsizing,/ we look up to God’s mercy and cry aloud:/ Lord! Accept Thy Venerable Ones’ prayers as earthly flowers, as spiritual sweet aroma./  With them, before Thy Throne, Venerable Alipiya appealeth:/ grant to Thy people, Lord, grace and great mercy.

Glory…both now…, the Theotokion

Afflicted by all the enmity of the foe/ as by wounds drawn to us as severe punishment by the multitude of our transgressions,/ we humbly cry out to thee:/ O pure one, with thy maternal prayer,/ do thou save us, who are deserving of all condemnation.

After the 2nd chanting of the Sedalen, in the 8th tone . Podoben: The secret command…

Bearing divine grace of the Holy Spirit, O mother Alipiya, thou wast gloriously taught by Christ God, / for thou dost pour forth like grace-willed waters, thy miracles, from which we drink and hymn thy memory

Glory…both now…, the Theotokion

O all-pure mother,/ Virgin Theotokos, shine down upon us the pure light of repentance, and dispel the darkness of our countless transgressions, drive away our enemies’ evil machinations/ and extend thy hand to us, who do glorify thee.


After ‘Praise ye the Name of the Lord,’ the Magnification:

we glorify thee, O venerable mother Alipiya, and we honor thy holy memory, for thou dost pray for us to Christ our God.


Psalm:  I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry.


After the polyeleion, the sessional hymn, in the 6th tone.  Podoben: On the third day.

O venerable and God-bearing mother,/ thou didst take into thy heart the image of Christ the Savior,/ meek and humble of heart; thou didst come to hate self-pride and glory,/ and storing in the depths of thy heart God-pleasing works as incorruptible treasure,/ didst show marvelous patience, courageously saying:/ while life on earth may be bereft of glory, yet Paradise is sweet;/ the labor is difficult, but to take it on is blessed./  Wherefore, do thou implore Christ God that our souls be saved.

Glory…both now…, the Theotokion

We run to thy intercession o Theotokos, /and we fall down to ask forgiveness;/ accept from sullied lips our daring pleas,/ and this, the wretched chant that we raise up to thee in praise

Hymn of degrees, in the 4th tone, 1st antiphon

Prokeimenon, in the 4th tone : Wondrous is God in His Saints, the God of Israel.

Verse: In congregations bless ye God, the Lord from the well-springs ofIsrael.

Let every breath: Gospel: Matthew, pericope 104.


After Psalm 50, stichera in the 6th tone:

O venerable mother,/ who can express in words the greatness of thy soul,/ the love with which thou came to love us, /o faithful marvelous servant of the Lord, /thy precious life of sincere humility, illumining the world with wonders./  As one with daring before Christ our God,/ ask that He grant peace unto our souls.


Canon to the Theotokos with 6 troparia, and two canons to the saint, with 8 troparia.

Canon, in the 4th tone.  Ode 1

Through theRed Sea’s deep theIsraelof old marched dry shod, and by Moses’ hands, outstretched in the form of a cross, routed the power of Amalek in the wilderness./

O venerable mother Alipiya, pray to God for us.

The breath of grace still lives throughout the Kievan land,/ having no scarcity of Venerable Ones./ This blessed land is the Theotokos’ province, faithfully protected by the Sovereign Lady,/ who sendeth forth her worthy one Alipiya to work her miracles and turn hearts of atheists to faith,/ lest people who had lost their way die unrepentant.

O venerable mother Alipiya, pray to God for us.

The Lord turns His eyes to His righteous ones, and inclines His ears incline to their prayers. / This cometh not by some compulsion but by God-pleasing love for Him./ To thee, O Venerable mother Alipiya, hath he vouchsafed great mercy./

O venerable mother Alipiya, pray to God for us.

Like unto Holy Hierarch Nicholas in Myra, who gave the world an inexhaustible sea of miracles, / so hath the fame of thy wonders spread to many lands,/ and Orthodox and non-believers, righteous ones and sinners,/  hearts far and near have come to love thee./ recognizing how kind and close thou art to human hearts,/ how thou dost visit the sick and speak with the suffering,/ shining peace upon their souls and giving them unexpected aid./

O most-holy Theotokos, save us.

What shall we render unto thee, O Lady, for thine abundant mercy?/ Thou didst not abhor us for our many sins, but mercifully didst visit us./  Truly thou O Pure One art our Intercessor before God/ and Heaven and earth do rejoice in thy name./

Another  canon,  6th tone. Ode 1.

Traversing the deep on foot, as though it were dry land,/ and seeing the tyrant Pharaoh drowned,Israelcried aloud:/ Let us chant unto God a hymn of victory!/

O venerable mother Alipiya, pray to God for us.

O great King, enlighten my mind and cleanse my soul, mercifully dispel the darkness of transgressions,/  that I might worthily hymn the glory of Thy new Worthy One, Blessed Alipiya./

O venerable mother Alipiya, pray to God for us.

Fom thy youth didst thou love Christ, Who humbled Himself for our sake, and joyfully didst emulate Him, with all thy heart leaping to heed His call: Follow Me./

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Blossoming with radiant gifts of the Holy Spirit,/ thou didst appear a most bright light ray of the Kievan land,/ O divinely-wise mother Alipiya,/ wherefore now standing at the Throne of Glory,/ do thou pray for the legacy of thy land./

Both now and ever, and unto Ages of Ages. Amen.

O merciful Sovereign Lady, teacher to all ascetic laborers,/ teach us to  work and act in ways pleasing to thee,/ that we might hymn thy merciful assistance./

                                 Canon, in the 4th tone.  Ode  3 .

Thy Church, O Christ, rejoices in Thee and cries: Thou, Lord, art my strength, my refuge and my firmament./

O venerable mother Alipiya, pray to God for us.

The Lord both knows and wants to glorify His Saints,/ and grants mercy according to their prayers,/ for He doth love the poor, humble in heart, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,/ those with pure hearts and merciful, the peacemakers /and those who suffer for the truth, enduring abuse and slander,/ wherefore now having performed all this for Him with love,/ thou dost rejoice and art glad,/ for great is thy reward in Heaven./

O venerable mother Alipiya, pray to God for us.

The people’s surging toward thee cannot be restrained, their love for thee is immeasurable, for in sorrow and joy, misfortune and evil circumstance, they fall down before thee and ask for thy help before the Lord./ They know that it not flesh and blood that has revealed thee, but our Heavenly Father, showing thee through miracles, that He doth crown thee a true servant of Christ God, a possessor of great gifts, and abundant mercy./

O venerable mother Alipiya, pray to God for us.

Christ our Savior saith that him that loveth me will I love,and him tht glorifieth me will I glorify;/ God is glorified in His Saints, and Saints are glorified by God.  Do thou, O mother Alipiya, abundantly glorified by the Lord and living in theHeavenlyKingdom, remember us sinners and pray for our souls./

O most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Rejoice, the only one to never have committed sin, O mother of Christ our God, who hast devoted thyself to comforting the Apostles and the Christian people./


Another Canon, in the 6th tone.  Ode 3

There is none as holy as Thee, O Lord my God, Who hast uplifted the horn of Thy faithful and established us on the rock of the confession of Thee, O Good One./

O venerable mother Alipiya, pray to God for us.

Fom infancy following after Christ, thou didst leave family and homeland, carefully seeking out and finding many dwellings, and delving for  wisdom as for a pearl, remained a wanderer, experiencing cruel and blessed life./

O venerable mother Alipiya, pray to God for us.

Thou didst devote thyself entirely to God, spending a hidden life for the Lord, a life filled with difficulties and sorrows, offering to Him thy sorrows as a pure sacrifice./

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Fleeing from human fame and glory,/ denouncing with feigned madness the madness of the world,/ guided by the grace of the Holy Spirit, and holding thyself to be nothing,/ thou didst manifest Christ’s victory./

Both now and ever, and unto Ages of Ages. Amen.

О all-praised Mother!/ thou still protectest Kiev with thy favor, wherefore we all sing out to thee:/ rejoice, thou who in thy Dormition dost not abandon us./


Sessional hymn, in the 2nd tone

Like unto gold cleansed by the fire of suffering,/ thou didst take on  strength and power from the Holy Spirit, to serve God with perfect love,/ using ascetic struggle as a spear to pierce through godlessness,/ and coming as a Fool for Christ,/ do thou, O Venerable Alipiya, pray that our souls be saved.


Glory…both now… the Theotokion

Thou art the boast of all the holy righteous ones, O pure one, wherefore we pray unto thee: pray with them to the Lord that our souls be saved./


Canon, in the 4th tone.  Ode 4

Seeing Thee, the Sun of righteousness, raised upon the Cross, the Church stands in order and fittingly cries out: Glory to Thy power, O Lord!

O venerable mother Alipiya, pray to God for us.

Like a sheep among wolves didst thou, O mother Alipiya, show forth thy loftiness of spirit: enduring cold, nakedness, attacks, – thou didst not fear either their mocking or their hateful tricks,/ but with other Neomartyrs didst  prepare thy soul for departure at the hour of death, to Christ God, our Model for ascetic struggle./ Yet being one chosen to engage in new struggles, thou wast marvelously saved./

O venerable mother Alipiya, pray to God for us.

Marvelous and wondrous works hath the Lord wrought: As in Christian days of old those who confessed Christ and prepared and cleansed the soul through martyrdom, were joined to the ranks of Martyrs, so thou, O mother Alipiya, communicant of that grace, wast made worthy to be a confessor of the Orthodox Faith./

O venerable mother Alipiya, pray to God for us.

What human tongue can tell the trepidation of thy soul, when thou, prepared for death as a pure sacrifice, wast given help by Holy Apostle Peter, who led thee out of prison and into an unpopulated, savage place.  Long was thy journey along shores and cliffs, with wounded body, but with spirit  strengthened by the Lord./

O most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Our minds are small, our hearts poor and weak, in fear and trepidation are our souls, but moved by love, we offer thanks to thee, O Sovereign Lady, for thy mercy, O Virgin Mother./


Another Canon, in the 6th tone.  Ode4.

Christ is my power, my God and my Lord, the honored Church doth sing, crying out in godly manner with a pure mind, keeping festival in the Lord.

O venerable mother Alipiya, pray to God for us.

Enduring with angelic meekness streams of abuse and torture from the devil,/ thou didst desire to suffer imprisonment for Christ,/ and drawing sustenance from suffering as if from manna,/ thou didst await the hour of death./

O venerable mother Alipiya, pray to God for us.

Like a divine warrior didst thou attain victory for the King over all,/ victory attained by those who patiently endure, breaking the bonds that hold the body.