Faith, Hope and Love
(Vera, Nadezhda and Liubov)
and their Mother Sophia
September 17 (Sep 30 Civil)
O holy and most praiseworthy Martyrs,
Faith, Hope and Charity,
and wise mother Sophia of these glorious daughters:
to you do we now hasten in heartfelt prayer,
for what better representation can we have before the Lord,
than faith, hope and charity, the three cornerstone virtues,
which, bearing their names, ye embodied in fact.
Entreat the Lord to shield us,
save us and keep us in every sorrow and trouble,
as One Who is good and loveth mankind.
Pray that His glory, like a sun that never setteth,
and which ye now see as becometh Saints,
be with us in our humble prayers;
may the Lord God forgive our sins and iniquities,
and have mercy on us sinners who are unworthy of His generosity towards us.
Pray indeed for us, ye holy Martyrs,
unto our Lord Jesus Christ, to Whom we send up glory,
together with His Father Who is from everlasting,
and His All-holy, and Good, and Life-creating Spirit,
now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.
From "Polny Sbornik Molitv" p. 246.
Translated by Fr John Shaw
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