Prayer to Great Martyr Barbara
Dec 4 (306 AD)
Holy, glorious and all-laudable Great-Martyr of Christ, Barbara!
Gathered here [in thy Divine church; or-- before the shrine of thy relics] , before thy holy icon, and lovingly venerating therein the suffering of thy martyrdom, and in them, Christ Himself -- the First of Passion-bearers and
their Judge, Who granted thee not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for Him;
praising thee in hymns, we entreat thee as a known intercessor for our yearning:
pray with us and for us unto God, that He in His loving-kindness mercifully hearken unto us, who entreat His goodness, and deprive us not of all those things we ask that are needful unto our salvation and sustenance;
granting us a Christian ending to our life, painless, blameless, peaceful, in the Communion of His Divine Mysteries; and unto all those in every place and every grief and adverse circumstance who seek His love for mankind and help, may He bestow His great mercy, that, aided by the Grace of God and thy warm intercession, and kept in well-being of soul and body, we may glorify the God of Israel Who is wondrous in His Saints, and is never distant from us with His help: now and ever, and unto ages of ages.
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