There, after great exploits, he was found worthy at last to suffer torture and a martyr’s death for the faith.
All the righteous, all the saints, all the holy martyrs were happy.
Next to these costly and artistic engravings were several of the roughest Russian prints of saints and martyrs, such as are sold for a few farthings at all the fairs.
But the martyr likes sometimes to divert himself with his despair, as it were driven to it by despair itself.
Before that day He had come down, He had visited some holy men, martyrs and hermits, as is written in their lives.
You laugh like a little child, but you think like a martyr.
Why can there not be among them one martyr oppressed by great sorrow and loving humanity?
Like a martyr?
When the Church, regarding him as a saint, was burying him, suddenly, at the deacon’s exhortation, "Depart all ye unbaptized," the coffin containing the martyr’s body left its place and was cast forth from the church, and this took place three times.
Men reject their prophets and slay them, but they love their martyrs and honor those whom they have slain.
Here is my question: Is it true, great Father, that the story is told somewhere in the Lives of the Saints of a holy saint martyred for his faith who, when his head was cut off at last, stood up, picked up his head, and, ’courteously kissing it,’ walked a long way, carrying it in his hands.
Meanwhile, in their solitude, they keep the image of Christ fair and undefiled, in the purity of God’s truth, from the times of the Fathers of old, the Apostles and the martyrs.
She beseeches Him, she will not desist, and when God points to the hands and feet of her Son, nailed to the Cross, and asks, ’How can I forgive His tormentors?’ she bids all the saints, all the martyrs, all the angels and archangels to fall down with her and pray for mercy on all without distinction.
What’s more, you don’t need such a martyr’s cross when you are not ready for it.
And now it’s happened …. that is, if he hasn’t murdered me, but only his own father, it’s only because the finger of God preserved me, and what’s more, he was ashamed to murder me because, in this very place, I put the holy ikon from the relics of the holy martyr, Saint Varvara, on his neck….
That’s just what’s made me wretched all my life, that I yearned to be honorable, that I was, so to say, a martyr to a sense of honor, seeking for it with a lantern, with the lantern of Diogenes, and yet all my life I’ve been doing filthy things like all of us, gentlemen …. that is like me alone.
Don’t forget either the parables of Our Lord, choose especially from the Gospel of St. Luke (that is what I did), and then from the Acts of the Apostles the conversion of St. Paul (that you mustn’t leave out on any account), and from the Lives of the Saints, for instance, the life of Alexey, the man of God and, greatest of all, the happy martyr and the seer of God, Mary of Egypt—and you will penetrate their hearts with these simple tales.
"This is from Kiev, Dmitri Fyodorovitch," she went on reverently, "from the relics of the Holy Martyr, Varvara.
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Many believe that all of the Apostles were martyred except John; however, the Bible reports only on the martyrdom of James.
For 250 years it was a martyrs’ church; the persecutions were fueled by the refusal of Christians to worship the state and the Roman emperor.
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