"After my death our beloved Church abroad will break three ways .... first the Greeks will leave us as they were never a part of us ... then those who live for this world and its glory will go to Moscow ... what will remain will be those souls faithful to Christ and His Church." St. Philaret of NY 1985

Canon to St. Philaret (unofficial)

St. Philaret service

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Joanna Higginbotham

AttachmentThu, Nov 17, 2016 at 4:06 PM
To:  list parishioners Annunciation parish Tennessee

Dear Everyone,

last Sunday the priest at Holy Nativity in Portland, Fr. Constantine
Parr, told us a story from when he was a new convert back in the early

It happened that he visited the ROCOR Holy Trinity parish in Oxnard,
California, when St. Philaret was serving.  After the Liturgy there
was a meal, and when Constantine got to the dining hall there were no
empty seats.  Constantine just stood in the doorway, looking over the
dining room, when Fr. Philaret's ultra-deep-voiced English-speaking
deacon over to him.  He asked Constantine to come sit at the head
table with Fr. Philaret.

Needless to say, Constantine was astonished,  "Are you talking to me?"

Indeed he was talking to Constantine.  It turned out that St. Philaret
did not understand how an American would come to be baptized in the
Orthodox Church.  The meal was spent with Fr. Philaret asking
questions, wanting to know Constantine's conversion story, and the
deacon acted as the interpreter.

I've asked Fr. Constantine to put this story in writing in his own
words.  It would also be wonderful to include his conversion story, –
what he told St. Philaret.  If I get that account, then I will post it
on the St. Philaret blog.

link to the melody for St. Philaret's kontakion tone II (spec. mel.
"Searching the heights...")
ROCOR-MP website, but it's SJKP music
tiny url in case longer url breaks up in the email

love in Christ,

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PDF copy of unofficial service pending ecclesiastical approval.  It is ok for me to share it privately, but not to post it.  Eventually the loose leaf menaion service will be available from sjkp.

Here is the canon from the service::

Canons according to the Typicon; and that of the saint, with 8 troparia, the acrostic whereof is "Rejoice now, O all the world, in Philaret”, in Tone II—

Ode I
Irmos: Let us sing unto the Lord a new song, for He all-gloriously
saved Israel, delivering them from slavery; and the sea covered the tyrannical enemy.
Russia now joineth chorus with us, singing new songs of glorification unto the wondrous Philaret, who ever prayeth for our deliverance from tribulations.
Even great China, benighted in the gloom of ungodliness, held within its bosom a
flame of grace divine, the valiant confessor Philaret, who prayeth for it on high.
Jesus, having tried and tested His holy hierarch and found him worthy, brought him out of peril and set him to watch over the spiritual sheep of His Australian fold.
Theotokion: O the surpassing love of the Mother of God, who in her miraculous icon hath truly shown herself to be the joy of all who sorrow and a mighty protection for us all!

Irmos: The heavens of heavens, which declare Thy glory, O Savior,
move the multitudes of the angels to sing Thy praise; and men chant: There is none holy save Thee, the God and Lord Who hath brought all things out of non-existence into existence!
In multitudes let us gather, O ye faithful, to chant the praises of Philaret, the chosen hierarch of our Savior, crying with him: There is none holy save Thee, the God and Lord Who hath brought all things out of non- existence into existence!
Christ brought thee out of the spiritual famine of godlessness into a foreign land, as of old He saved His chosen people, bringing them into the land of Egypt, O Philaret; wherefore, thou didst cry: There is none holy save Thee, O my God and Lord!
Egypt enslaved the Hebrew children until God raised up Moses to lead them to the Promised Land; and thou, O Philaret, hast in our times led thy people out of bondage to the ungodly, and out of error to true faith in Christ Jesus, our God and Lord.
Theotokion: Never let us cease proclaiming the glory of the Mother of God, whose praises countless hosts of angels unceasingly sing; for there is none holier among those born of earth than the all-immaculate Theotokos, the Queen of the ranks of angels.

Kontakion of the saint, in Tone II: Spec. Mel.: "Seeking the highest..."—
Ascending on thy virtues as upon a fiery chariot, thou art united to the noetic ranks on high, O Philaret. Wherefore, thou art now a converser with the angels, O holy one, praying unceasingly with them to Christ God in behalf of us all.
Ikos: The discourse of thy teaching was apostolic, O divinely wise Philaret, and the breadth and depth thereof were filled with the Holy Spirit and made accessible to all, for thou didst instruct thy flock in simplicity of speech, that their understanding might be enlightened; and like the great Philaret of Moscow thou didst wholly become a clarion of the Trinity, sounding forth entreaties to Christ God in behalf of us all.

Sessional hymn, in Tone VIII: Spec. Mel.: “That which was mystically commanded..."—
Pondering the words of thy grace-filled homilies, O saint of God, we make haste to the sepulcher that holdeth thine incorrupt relics, as to a coffer that containeth treasures of gold and precious stones; and drawing forth
spiritual wealth therefrom, we are spiritually enriched beyond words. And, praising Him Who hath made thee a font of healing, we cry: Rejoice, O holy hierarch! Twice
Glory..., Now & ever...: Theotokion—
Pondering what was mystically commanded, the incorporeal one made haste to stand forth in the house of Joseph, saying to her who knew not wedlock: “He Who bowed down the heavens in His condescension will be wholly and immutably contained within thee. And seeing Him taking on human form in thy womb, with awe I cry unto thee: Rejoice, O Bride unwedded!”

Ode IV
Irmos: Thou camest forth from a virgin, neither a mediator nor an
angel, but Thyself incarnate, O Lord, and hast saved me, the whole man; wherefore, I cry to thee: Glory to Thy power, O Lord!
Over the pernicious passions that assail the souls of men didst thou triumph, O blessed father Philaret, and thou wast like an angel in the flesh, unceasingly crying: Glory to Thy power, O Lord!
When the ungodly sought to persuade thee to return to a Russia in thrall to the godless, O holy one, thou didst manfully refuse; wherefore, enraged, they tortured thee, but thou didst remain steadfast.
Over the mighty Amur didst thou pass, O saint of God, like as Joshua crossed the River Jordan to the Promised Land; and in China thou didst teach thy people to cry: Glory to Thy power, O Lord
Theotokion: Akhtyrka beheld the wonders of God poured forth upon the poor and afflicted through the miraculous icon of the Theotokos, which in latter times was divinely bestowed upon the holy Philaret.

Ode V
Irmos: Night hath passed; the day hath drawn nigh, and light hath
shone upon the world. Wherefore, the ranks of angels praise Thee, and all things glorify Thee.
Love for the young and fatherly care for the well-being of their souls led the holy Philaret to set forth for them the Law of God; and, saved in piety, they glorify God.
Like as the stars of heaven shed their rays amid the night sky, shedding fair radiance upon the earth, so do the divine words of Philaret enlighten men's souls.
The ranks of angels continually praise the King of heaven, and Philaret, who serveth Him with fear, now likewise glorifieth Him with gladsome hymns.
Theotokion: Having the words of the Lord to Whom thou gavest birth as a lamp for our feet, O Mistress Theotokos, we stumble not amid the darkness of our evil times.

Ode VI
Irmos: O Lord, disdain not the entreaty of Thy servants, which they
offer from the depths of their hearts; but as Thou didst bring the Prophet Jonah forth from the belly of the sea monster, so save us from the noetic and soul-destroying beast.
Even though the humble Philaret was the least of his brethren in the hierarchal rank, yet did Christ choose him to preside over the Council of Bishops, just as He chose the all-comely Joseph to rule over his elder brethren in the land of Egypt.
Woe unto you, O ye whose hearts are grown cold! Yet heed the instructions of Philaret, that, duly warmed ye may escape the soul- destroying beast, and all his cunning temptations and skillful machinations, wherewith he beguileth men's souls.
Over the fate of Bethsaida and Capernaum did Christ the Savior lament, foreseeing their downfall; and, imitating Him, the merciful Philaret sorrowfully lamented
the fate of the Orthodox who were forsaking their goodly inheritance.

Theotokion: Round about thy throne in the heavens, the armies of the angels stand arrayed, offering up praises to thee, O most pure Queen, and interceding with thee before thy Son and God, to spare those imperiled by the soul-devouring beast.
Kontakion & Ikos from the Octoechos in the tone of the week

Irmos: Imitating the cherubim, the youths danced in the midst of the
furnace, crying: Blessed art Thou, O God, for in truth and judgment Thou hast brought all these things upon us because of our sins! All-hymned and all-glorious art Thou for all ages!
Living on earth, we find ourselves in the midst of a fiery furnace of temptations, and we despair of our salvation; but do thou, O venerable Philaret, pour forth upon us the divine dew of thy precepts, that the burning of our passions may be quenched.
Dance now and clap your hands, O ye faithful, and cry out in thanksgiving unto God our Benefactor; for despite our countless sins He hath given us a mighty intercessor, who hath taught us to sing unto Him: All-hymned and all-glorious art Thou for all ages!
Imitating the bodiless ones, O pious Philaret, throughout thy long- suffering life thou didst cry out with them: Blessed art Thou, O God, Who reignest in truth and dost exercise impartial judgment, and all-hymned and all-glorious art Thou for all ages!
Theotokion: Never let us cease to sing praises to the all-pure Theotokos, joining our poor voices to the sonorous chanting of the cherubim; for having given birth to the King and Lord of hosts, she receiveth the homage of angels and men, as the Queen of heaven.

Îrmos: Let the angels unceasingly hymn, let men ever glorify, and let
all creation bless the Lord.
Philaret dwelleth with the hosts on high, and with them ever lifteth his
voice to glorify the Lord.
Heavenly mansions await those who serve the Lord, and there the
faithful Philaret doth dwell.
Triadicon: In unceasing hymns the angels bless the Trinity, and with
them the holy one likewise singeth.
Theotokion: Let us give praise to the all-holy Maiden, whose Kursk-
Root icon protecteth us from evil.

Ode IX
Irmos: O ye armies of the angels and multitudes of men, with
unceasing hymns let us magnify the all-glorious wonder and awesome mystery, the supernatural conception and ineffable birthgiving!
As the priests of old were charged with preserving the sacred Ark of the Covenant, going with the armies of Israel into battle, so was it given thee to guard the sacred Kursk-Root icon.
Rebuking those who had fallen into error, the blessed hierarch sought to convey to them the precious unity of the Holy Orthodox Churches; but many mindlessly spurned his words, reviling him.
Entering the courts of our God with praise, escorted by the angelic hosts on the day of their commemoration, O most venerable Philaret, thou dost untiringly intercede for all who call upon thee..

Theotokion: The hosts of angels and men join chorus in unceasing hymnody, seeking to praise what even the angelic mind cannot comprehend: the mystery of the incarnation of God through the Theotokos.