a father’s prayer on the martyrdom of his son

O God, we remember not only Bahram but his murderers, not because they killed him in the prime of his youth and made our hearts bleed and our tears flow, not because with this savage act they have brought further disgrace on the name of our country among the civilized nations of the world: but because through their crime we now follow more closely thy footsteps in the way of sacrifice.

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Romanian witness

O Lord, whose holy saints and martyrs
   in all times and places have endured
      affliction, suffering and tribulation,
   by the power of the Holy Cross,
   the armor of salvation:
so likewise, we pray, send your Holy Spirit,
   the Comforter and Advocate of all Christians,
   to sustain these Churches in their
      martyrdom, witness and mission.
The world without provocation hates your Church,
   but you have taught us not to despair.
Therefore, you who are a God at hand
   and not a God afar off,
   grant these Christians the power to lift up
   their hands, their eyes and their hearts
   to continue their living witness
   in unity with the universal Church,
   to the glory of your most holy name.

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