After my death our beloved Church abroad will break three ways ... first the Greeks will leave us as they were never a part of us ... then those who live for this world and its glory will go to Moscow ... what will remain will be those souls faithful to Christ and His Church. ~St. Philaret of NY


St. Catherine the Great Martyr
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Let us praise the divine Catherine, 
the all-lauded bride of Christ, 
the protectress of Sinai, our help and support;  
for with the sword of the Spirit, 
she brilliantly silenced the sagacious ones of the impious.  
And being crowned now as a martyr, she asketh great mercy for all.

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O ye martyr-lovers, 
rise up in solemn chorus now in inspired manner 
and acclaim the supremely wise Catherine;  
for she preached Christ in the stadium and trampled upon the serpent, 
and spat upon the knowledge of the philosophers. 

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