July 2 The Placing of the Honorable Robe of the Most Holy Theotokos in the Church of Blachernae

Read about the Placing of the Robe of the Theotokos here

The Feast of the Placing of the Robe of the Most Holy Theotokos in Blachernae also marks the canonical establishment of the Russian Orthodox metropolitanate in Kiev. By the blessing of the Mother of God and by the miracle from Her holy Robe not only was the deliverence of Constantinople from the most terrible siege in all its history accomplished, but also the liberation of the Russians from the darkness of pagan superstition to life eternal. Together with this, the year 860 brought recognition to Kievan Rus from Byzantium, and signified the emergence of the young Russian realm into the arena of history. 

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of the Theotokos from the Menaion

Translations copyright by Br. Isaac E. Lambertsen, drawn from the Menaion of the Orthodox Church, in 12 volumes (in English), published by the St. John of Kronstadt Press, 1180 Orthodox Way, Liberty TN 37095; www.sjkp.org.  Authorized only for private devotional purposes.  Further distribution, reproduction, or incorporation into other documents is prohibited without prior permission from the publisher.  All rights reserved.

O Mistress, full of grace divine, thy precious robe hast thou given to thy city as a treasure which cannot be taken away, protection and glory, an impregnable rampart, a treasury of healings, an ever-flowing fount of miracles and an ever-saving haven for the tempest-tossed. Wherefore, we hymn thee, O all-hymned and pure one.

To us, thy servants, O pure Mistress, hast thou given thy robe and thy precious cincture as a divine foundation and a wall of defense.

O all-pure one, thou hast shown forth the temple which doth enshrine thy robe to be a beauteous paradise which emitteth the fragrance of the Spirit.

O all-holy one, sanctify the souls and bodies of us who with faith honor thy holy robe as most precious.

O thou who gavest birth unto the King and Lord of all, thou hast shown forth thy precious and holy robe as an indestructible rampart for the city which ruleth over all.

Rejoicing, let us glorify the grace of the Virgin, and let us honor her most holy robe, from whence proceedeth all health for the afflicted.

With faith let all of us who have been saved by her birthgiving bless Mary, the Theotokos, the pure vesture and tabernacle of the Word of God, the animate cloud and jar of manna; and let us touch the precious robe, wherewith holding the Master, she bore as babe Him Who hath robed Himself in our flesh. Through Him was human nature caught up to the life and kingdom that are above all. Wherefore, we cry aloud with joy: Rejoice, O Virgin, thou boast of Christians!

With a mind uplifted and a contrite heart let us glorify the most exalted throne of the King, the all-holy and highly favored Maiden.

O chosen abode of God, thy robe which lieth in this thine honored abode do we honor as the holy ark and protection of the pious.

Every man is renewed who approacheth and kisseth the holy shrine containing thy splendid robe, O pure Virgin.

With thankful voices we hymn thee, the Mediatress of all that is good for us; and, kissing thy precious robe, O Maiden, we cry out: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord.

Having the sacred garment of the all-pure Virgin set as a noetic candle upon the candlestick of the altar, we ever illumine the eyes of our hearts.

In no wise hast thou deprived thine unworthy servants of thy sacred touch, O Virgin; for in place of thy living body thou hast given thy robe unto all.

Lo! With hymns of joy we honor thee, the bed of Solomon; and surrounding thy precious robe as it were a second ark of holiness, we receive salvific healings, O Ever-Virgin.

Now, O Virgin, thy divine shrine, which containeth thy precious robe, is revealed as a source of light emitting rays of healing, dispelling the darkness of infirmities; and with love do we venerate it.

Today all the powers of heaven rejoice with us at the veneration of thy robe, as do all the apostles, prophets, martyrs, the righteous and the venerable, O Mistress who alone art ever virgin.