“Hear my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications! In Your faithfulness answer me, and in Your righteousness. Do not enter into judgment with Your servant, for in Your sight no one living is righteous. For the enemy has persecuted my soul; he has crushed my life to the ground; he has made me dwell in darkness, like those who have long been dead. Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is distressed. I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your works; I muse on the work of Your hands. I spread out my hands to You; my soul longs for You like a thirsty land. Answer me speedily, O Lord; my spirit fails! Do not hide Your face from me, lest I be like those who go down into the pit. Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, for in You do I trust; cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to You. Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies; in You I take shelter. Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness. Revive me, O Lord, for Your name’s sake! For Your righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble. In Your mercy cut off my enemies, and destroy all those who afflict my soul; for I am Your servant”. #Greekorthodox #orthodox #orthodoxy #orthodoxchurch #orthodoxchristian #easternorthodox #liveorthodoxy #liveyourliturgy #faith #love #christian
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Saint Bartholomew Martyr. Saint Bartholomew was one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus. Little is known about his birthdate and where he died, althoug it is known he was tortured to death in Median region or in the Athropatene one in 68 AD in Albanopolis (Armenia) or in Baku (Azerbaijan) He was introduced to Jesus by the apostle Philip. Bartholomew (known in John's Vangel as Natanaele) was sceptic about Jesus, but was soon convinced by the Messiah Himself through a simple sentence (Jesus said he saw him while he was under the fig tree and when Bartholomew was convinced by this, Jesus said: "Just because I told you I saw under the fig tree? You'll see bigger things") He spread the Gospel of Christ in the Middle East, sources say even to India (Eusebius of Caesarea, Saint Jerome). According to the texts the Saint was killed by beheading. It is also argued that the Saint was removed of the skin alive and hanged him upside down. He is believed to have been killed on August 24. Today he is conserved in Benevento, Italy. There are many representations of His martyrdom through paintings, icons and statues. Famous is the statue of Marco d'Agrate posing in the Milan's Duomo. Michelangelo Buonarroti's depiction of the Saint on the Last Judgement, posing with his skin on his arm, but with his unskinned body (someone says Michelangelo painted himself). Another one is the painting of Giovanni Battista Tiepolo "Martirio di San Bartolomeo" in Venice. - - - - - - - - - - - - #catholic #saints #orthodox #christianfaith #christianity
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