My Beloved Ones,
As we continue through the summer I have reflected much on two saints whose feasts we commemorate this month. Though these two young ladies lived many centuries ago, I believe they have much to teach us about the difference between power and faith. The first, is St. Marina (commemorated on July 17), and the other is St. Paraskevi (July 26).
St. Marina was born to a pagan father, and when the girl’s mother died, her father entrusted her to the care of a woman, from whom St. Marina learned about Christ. Of course, this angered her father, who disowned her and had her put in prison at age 15.
Construction is underway for Panagia Chapel.
Leaving her father's wealth, and desiring Christ sincerely, the Martyr found heavenly glory and riches; and protected by the full armor of grace, she trampled the tyrant by the power of the Cross. Angels admired her struggles, saying "The enemy has fallen, defeated by a woman; the Martyr is proven a crowned victor, and Christ reigns to the ages as God, who grants His great mercy to the world."
Ὄλβον λιποῦσα πατρικόν, Χριστὸν δὲ ποθοῦσαι εἰλικρινῶς, δόξαν εὕρατο ἡ Μάρτυς, καὶ πλοῦτον οὐράνιον, καὶ τῇ παντευχίᾳ περιπεφραγμένη τῆς χάριτος, τῷ ὅπλῳ τοῦ Σταυροῦ κατεπάτησε τὸν τύραννον· ὅθεν Ἄγγελοι τοὺς ἀγῶνας θαυμάζοντες, ἔλεγον· Πέπτωκεν ὁ ἐχθρός, ὑπὸ γυναικὸς ἡττηθείς, στεφανῖτις ἀνεδείχθη ἡ Μάρτυς, καὶ Χριστὸς εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας βασιλεύει ὡς Θεός, ὁ παρέχων τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.