[This is the first of many canons which I will be posting. St. Arsenius the Cappadocian is famous mostly because he baptized St. Paisius the Athonite, but his claims to our attention go deeper than that. I have organized the canon in the Greek fashion, in that the irmos is given as a fragment (to inform the chanter how to chant the troparia following). NB. “Saint of God, pray for us” precedes the first two troparia. “Glory to the Father etc.” precedes the third troparion and “Now and ever etc.” precedes the fourth. My source for this canon will be added soon.]
SUPPLICATORY CANON TO ST. ARSENIUS THE CAPPADOCIAN
Ode 1. Having crossed the sea.
Since you have acquired true joy, inspired Father Arsenius, deliver those who run to your protection from every despondency and madness of the enemy.
You arose like a new star, illuminating us with your holy life; wherefore drive away the gloom of our passions by your intercessions, O saint.
You wholly abstained from the passing cares; therefore you deliver the mind, soul and heart of those who draw near to you, Father Arsenius, from pains.
Heal, O Maiden, as you are sympathetic towards me, my badly wounded heart, and request the forgiveness of my offences by your intercessions with your merciful Son.
Ode 3. Of the apse of Heaven.
As of old you delivered the greatest number of people from various kinds of diseases, O saint, by your intercession with the Lord, so deliver us from unclean passions and from every evil circumstances, Father Arsenius.
Having magnified in your life the Lord of all, you have acquired the greatest glory, Father Arsenius; wherefore deliver us from great dangers and from the attacks of the destroyer of all.
O servant of the Lord and champion of the faithful, holy Arsenius, guide us all to the calm and saving harbors, to life without pain and everlasting.
In order to save the world, the cause of all things took flesh from your pure blood, O Maiden; wherefore heal my sickly flesh and illumine my mind with the light of grace.
Preserve, divine Arsenius, by your prayers from every sudden attack and evil circumstances those who run to your fervent protection.
Tone 2. With fervent intercession.
Earnestly entreat Christ, Arsenius, to give us the forgiveness of our offences and healing of passions and health of soul and body and progress in living a reverent life, so that we may attain to divine glory.
Ode 4. I have heard, O Lord.
Made splendid with the gifts of the divine Spirit, holy Father, freely take pity on us and deliver us from oppressive distress.
Beg for divine strength, Arsenius, to be given to my utterly exhausted soul, so that I may escape every deception and treachery of the destroyer.
As you saved demoniacs from the power of the adversary, so also deliver, Arsenius, us from his unexpected attacks.
You were a divine mountain, densely-shaded with your opulent graces, O Mother of God, from which the Savior descended to the world and saved mankind.
Ode 5. Illumine us.
Raise our heart, holy father, to the perfect love of Christ, guiding us in peace, Arsenius.
By the mystical rains of your intercessions with the Lord completely extinguish the flame of the passions which causes us to waste away, Father Arsenius.
Crush, wise saint, the subtle contrivances of the enemy, preserving us unharmed by his scheming, we always beg you.
Direct us to the better life, Virgin; ward off the attacks of the enemy and grant peace to our souls.
Ode 6. My supplication.
You showed forth from God, Arsenius, the saving grace of miracles; wherefore heal all the illnesses of our souls and bodies at every time; preserve me from them untouched, Father, for I have fled for refuge to your protection.
Change the bitter storm of my passions by the stillness of your warm intercession into rest, Father, and guide me safely to the harbor of the divine will, for you have boldness with the Lord.
Numbered in the choir of the saints, as one who has completed his life in a holy fashion, grant sanctification, joy and peace to the monastery of the Theologian, Father, which has acquired your divine relics as a divine treasure.
Since you bore the creator and savior of all from your immaculate womb, save me, Maiden, from the madness of the enemy, and fortify me with the fear of my creator, so that I may walk steadfastly the road of his holy will.
Preserve by your intercessions, divine Arsenius, from every attack and evil circumstance those who run to your fervent protection.
Ode 7. The youths from Judea.
With ardent purpose, barren women came once to your divine relics and became mothers rejoicing in their children with your help, thrice-blessed Arsenius.
By your cleansing intercession remove the wounds of my soul and give me genuine means of repentance, as my ardent defender, holy Arsenius, and fellow-citizen of the angels.
The monastery of the Theologian has acquired a divine prize, Father Arsenius—your divine relics, which belong to the faithful, conveying to them divine grace and invisibly filling them with heavenly joy.
Having spread out on us the incorruptible grace of your protection, always ward off from us every wile of the murderous enemy and direct us to the path of salvation.
Ode 8. The King.
With the holy staff of your divine visitation, guide us as sheep, Father, to the deathless and mystical pastures.
Behold from above those who stand reverently by your relics and give to them, Father, the abundant manifestation of your help.
Protect unceasingly with your fatherly assistance those who lie in terrible slavery, saving them alive from harm and dangers.
Heal, Maiden, my ailing soul and furnish me with tears of repentance, so that I may glorify you, O Full of Grace.
Ode 9. Fittingly the Mother of God.
Deliver the multitude of the Orthodox Christians who magnify you from all the madness of our enemies, visible and invisible, divine Arsenius.
Being in the chorus with the saints, beseech with them on behalf of us, divine Arsenius, who celebrate your divine victories.
Now that you praise God in Trinity with the angels in the heights, holy Father, ever beseech him to save us who praise you.
We hymn you, Virgin, as the Mother of God, and we cry out the Rejoice with never silent voices to you, for by your intercession Maiden we are ever saved.