THE HOLY MARTYR LUARSAB II

June 21

From the Prologue

Luarsab's father, George X, suffered for the Faith and was poisoned by a Persian Shah. Luarsab, however, was cast into prison near Shiraz where he languished for seven years. Then, by order of Shah Abbas I, he was hanged in prison with two of his servants on July 21, 1622 A.D. A heavenly light was seen over his grave.

HYMN OF PRAISE

SAINT JULIUS AND SAINT JULIAN

When Julius and his brother Julian

To the Most-high God built

The ninety-ninth church,

Julian, then a tomb constructed

For his brother, holy Julius

And, when to the brother, the grave he showed,

Julius to him, meekly spoke:

Prepare yourself, my brother in the flesh,

This grave for you, was built,

Prepare yourself before God to go,

Before your brother the sinful Julius.

And God, to Julius designated

A hundredth church, yet to build

On a certain isolated island.

As the most glorious Julius said,

As he said, so it happened,

Before the older, the younger brother rested in peace,

And the older brother, the hundredth church added,

And when the hundredth, on the island, he built,

Then he, also, in eternity took up habitation.





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