Saint Mary of Egypt
In thee the image was preserved with exactness,
O Mother; for taking up thy cross,
thou didst follow Christ,
and by thy deeds
thou didst teach us to overlook the flesh,
for it passeth away,
but to attend to the soul since it is immortal.
wherefore, O righteous Mary,
thy spirit rejoiceth with the Angels.
Having escaped the gloom of sin, O blest Mary,
and shining brightly with the light of repentance,
thou didst present thy heart to Christ, O glorious one.