Icon Akimov 102.122 «St. Roman, «the Melodist» (Sweet-Singer)»
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"Venerable Roman nicknamed Sweet-Singer being Greek by birth was born in the middle of 5th century at Emesa (Hems) in Syria. Being educated he was ordained to the diaconate and assigned to the Church of the Resurrection in Beirut. Under the Emperor Anastasius I (401-518) Roman moved to Constantinople and became a clergyman in Patriarchal Cathedral of St. Sophia. He was assiduous in assisting at liturgies, though did not excel either by voice, or by ear for music. However Patriarch Euphymius loved Roman and even brought him closer for explicit belief and и virtuous life.
The Patriarch liking to the youth made some vergers burn with envy, and they started oppressing the young clergyman. At one of carol services they pushed Roman to the ambon, and made him sing. The cathedral was overcrowded; the office was recited by the Patriarch himself in the presence of the Emperor and court retinue. Embarrassed and frightened St. Roman began to sing prayers quaveringly, faintly and inarticulately, and ultimately brought shame upon himself publicly. St. Roman retuned home quite dispirited and at night prayed long and intently before the icon of the Mother of God, unburdening his sorrow. The Mother of God attended his fervent supplication. She Herself appeared before him, gave a paper scroll and commanded to eat it. And a wonder happened: Roman received a beautiful melodious voice together with a gift of versification. In surge of inspiration he immediately his famous kontakion for the festival of Christmas.
Next day St. Roman came to the Cathedral for Night Office on Christmas Eve. He insisted on being allowed singing again on the ambon. And this time his voice was so splendid, his hymn sounding so fine, that Roman enraptured the audience. Both the Emperor and the Patriarch thanked St Roman, people calling him Sweet-Singe. Since then St. Roman had beautified liturgies by his marvellous voice and inspirational prayers.
Beloved by everyone St. Roman became the singing teacher in Constantinople, and raised grandeur of Orthodox liturgies high. For his gift of versification poetic he was considered superior among ecclesiastical hynmwriters. More than a thousand of prayers and hymns for various feasts are ascribed to him. Particularly famous is the akathist to the Annunciation of the Mother of God that is sang on the fifth Saturday of the Lent. By its pattern the rest akathists were written. Venerable Roman deceased in 556.
St. Roman is commemorated on October 14 (1)."
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