It's (almost?) back-to-school time for many in our community ...Students of all ages are invited to bring their backpacks (book bags, etc) to be blessed, either this Sunday, August 28, or the one following, September 4.
More Centennial Photos
Thanks to Rachel Ketz for sharing these great photos from our Centennial weekend - and Phyl Schock for uploading them to our website!
Martyr Susanna the Queen of Georgia
This Sunday we will celebrate the holy
martyr Susanna, Queen of Georgia.
Saint Shushanik (Susanna) was the wife of the Georgian prince Varsken, the ruler of Hereti (a province of southeastern Georgia) was under Persian control at that time, Varsken was essentially the viceroy for the Persians). Having been raised in a pious Christian family, she was deeply penetrated with love and the fear of God.
At that time Kartli was under heavy political pressure from Persia, and Prince Varsken visited the Persian king Peroz in hopes of encouraging more friendly relations between the two countries. He willingly denied the true Faith, converted to the worship of fire, and promised the king to convert his wife and children upon his return to Hereti.
Having approached the border of Hereti, Varsken sent messengers to Tsurtavi, the city in which he ruled, to ensure that his subjects met him with due respect. The blessed Shushanik, having learned of her husband’s betrayal, fell to the ground and wept over him with bitter tears. Then she took her four children, deserted the palace, and sought refuge in a nearby church.
That evening Shushanik was visited by her spiritual father, the elder Jacob, who predicted, “Varsken’s cruelty and mercilessness are unmistakable. Know that terrible trials await you. Will you be firm and unbending in your position?”
“I would rather die than unite with him and destroy my soul!” she answered.
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