Fr John Whiteford has some important words to say about þis in his sermon entitled, ‘What Is the Significance of the Feast of the New Martyrs of Russia’? He says in opening,
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Particularly if you’re not from a Russian background, you might ask, “What is the significance of celebrating the new martyrs and confessors of Russia to us here today in Houston, Texas?” The answer to that question is found in one of the earliest accounts of the martyrs, actually the very earliest account of the martyrs outside of the New Testament: the martyrdom of Polycarp. . . .
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Holy New Martyrs of Russia, pray for all of us sinners!
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