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.
O Logos, light unaltered of light, unbegotten Father, we have beheld light, the Father, and light the all-holy Spirit today in Your light appearing upon Mount Tabor, guiding with light all creation.
Φῶς ἀναλλοίωτον Λόγε, φωτὸς Πατρὸς ἀγεννήτου, ἐν τῷ φανέντι φωτί σου, σήμερον ἐν Θαβωρίῳ, φῶς εἴδομεν τόν, Πατέρα, φῶς καὶ τὸ Πνεῦμα, φωταγωγοῦν πᾶσαν Κτίσιν.