Saturday, October 25, 2014

St. Nicholas Cabasilas on St. Demetrios as an Imitator of Christ

St. Demetrios the Great Martyr and Myrrhstreamer, depicted with his disciples, Sts. Nestor and Loupos the Martyrs (source)
"Like He Who bore witness with a good confession before Pontius Pilate, [St. Demetrios] also gave a good confession. Learn that he was also given up to be bound. The Master received the wound in the side, and you, also received wounds in this place. He was seized and died on behalf of men, and on behalf of Him, and [his fellow] men, was he also killed. O you who are another Christ, having become an imitator of Christ! Therefore, the whole city receives boldness with reverence on behalf of the martyrdom of the Great Demetrios, and takes boast in him."
-St. Nicholas Cabasilas of Thessaloniki
(amateur translation of text from source)
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

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