He who learns must suffer, and, even in our sleep, pain that we cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God. - Aeschylus

Monday, January 2, 2017

Praying with Icons: Saint Demetrius the Great-Martyr

Pray for us, St. Demetrius, that we may follow your
example of peaceful, loving resistance to an empire
which seeks to destroy what is good and holy, these
temporal forces of violence which preserve regimes
that oppress the poor, Your least brothers and sisters.

Pray for us, holy Great-Martyr, that we be granted a
generous heart like yours, a humble heart which the
Lord will not despise, a heart which is moved to let
go of all our treasures stored up on the earth so that
we might find the heavenly treasures in God's light.

Pray for us, Myrrh-gusher, that even in death we all
aid those who have yet to hear a life-giving Gospel,
that by our holy deaths, the life and death of Love's
own Son would be given quiet voice, Your martyr's
witness the ultimate kerygma, a sign of Christ's rise.

Have mercy on us, O' Lord of Hosts, that we might
have the grace of final perseverance, that our death
will be the holy end to our lives in service to Christ
the Son and filled with the Holy Spirit, each breath
sending forth prayers to You until the final moment.

Note:  The above is a picture I took of a silver-plated icon of St. Demetrius which was purchased from the Paracletos Greek Orthodox monastery.

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