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

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Praying with Icons: St. Cecilia of Rome

Pray for us, St. Cecilia of Rome, that we may
be granted the strength to care for the poor of
our cities even as we die, and that we too may
be so dedicated to the Church that we leave
our earthly treasures for Her holy purposes.

Pray for us, virgin and Holy Martyr, that we,
who long to praise the Lord for all time, will
be given the grace to make of our lives a tiny
sacrifice of praise and a song of love for all
who love God to enjoy as it fills their hearts.

Lord, we ask that, just as Cecilia of Rome is
a model for those who seek to live boldly for
the Lord, we be blessed with all the abilities
necessary to live for You, willing to die for
the sake of the Love who sang us into being.

Note:  The above is a picture I took of an icon of Saint Cecilia of Rome which I purchased from orthodoxmonasteryicons.com, the online store for the Paracletos Greek Orthodox monastery.

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