Saturday, August 22, 2015

ISIS desecrates the Church and Holy Relics of St. Julian of Emesa

St. Julian (Elian) of Emesa (Homs), the Martyr and Unmercenary (source)
  
News sites are reporting that, among the many atrocities of ISIS throughout the Middle East, they have recently demolished the 1500 year old church built at the site of the martyrdom of St. Julian (Elian) of Emesa (Homs), and have desecrated the holy and wonderworking relics of this Martyr and Unmercenary of the Church. Let us mourn this great loss for our Church, and let us repent of our sins, as we cry out to the Lord in the words of the Psalmist:
  
"O God, the nations have invaded your inheritance; they have defiled your holy temple, they have reduced Jerusalem to rubble. They have left the dead bodies of your servants as food for the birds of the sky, the flesh of your own people for the animals of the wild."
Psalms 79:1-2
  
Στίχοι
Χριστὸς τέτρηται χεῖρας ἥλοις καὶ πόδας,
Ἰουλιανὸς προστίθησι καὶ κάραν.
 
Verses to St. Julian from the Synaxarion
Christ was pierced with nails in his hands and feet,
And Julian offered up his head.
 
Apolytikion of St. Julian in the Third Tone
Julian, saintly champion and healer, intercede with our merciful God to grant our souls remission of sins.
(The apolytikion of St. Panteleimon the Great Martyr, substituted with the name of St. Julian, according to the above source, taken from: http://goarch.org/chapel/saints_view?contentid=143)
  
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

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