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CLAUDE DELAVAL COBHAM
Exerpta Cypria
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thought that which he had seen was a vision. And when he went and heard the blessed Jonas, and called him by name, and heard the manner of his translation, he was glad at heart and rejoiced, and they saluted one another, and he returned again to his dwelling. And what shall I more say ! He drove ont many evil spirits from men, and healed nnhealable sicknesses. He caused waters to spring np in dry places, and by his prayers often brought down rain from heaven. And through his charms God wronght many other wonders, ami after this he gave his precious spirit to God in peace and in a good old age. By the intercession of Thy saint, 0 Christ onr God, have mercy upon us. Amen. November 6. Commemoration of our saintly father DEMETKIAXOS, Bishop nf Ketheria in Cyprus, the wonder-worker. This man uf God, who was barn in the days and under the rule of the Christ-bating King Theophilos, and from his swaddling clothes, like a second Samuel, was nnmbered among the chosen ones of God, was a Cypriot by race, from the district of Ketheria, and a village called Syeà, from a virtuous and God-fearing father, the priest of the village, and a pious and God-loving mother. His parents took counsel together to have him married, bnt he would not: at last they persnaded him and married him with a maiden of genti ο birth, veiy beautiful, and of one mind and heart with the saint. And when by the grace of the Holy Spirit they were joined in wedlock, for three months they guarded their virginity unstained : then his wife went to rest iu the Lord, and was translated to eternal mansions, a virgin unspotted, a blameless wife, pure iu the Lord, and deemed worthy to share with the wise virgins the peace of heaven. Thereon the saint, giving himself up to the sternest austerities and self-denial, aud taking on him the garb of monkhood, for his virtues aud heaven-pleasing qualities, at the entreaty of the sainted bishop Eustathios, became a priest; and later, on account of his gentle, calm, in eck, quiet, tender and modest bearing—I might say for his signal and imposing virtue—by God's will shone out as Bishop of the city Ketheria, leading in holiness and God-pleasing ways the Hock divinely entrusted to him, according to the fitting rule uf episcopal perfection. Bnt the Barbarians of Babylonia came to the island of Cj'prns and overran it all, and reached to the saint's diocese, ravaged his nock and carried away many Christians prisoners to Babylon. But the saint was exceeding grieved to be deprived of his flock, and like another wondei-ful lerenrias, followed the Barbarians and thuir captives even to Babylon, and with toils and vigils, with nightlong prayers to Cod and tears that flowed as a fount, again he freed the people of the Ixml, and led them back to Cyprus, blessing and glorifying God. And thus the saint after a blameless and holy life reached extreme old age, and went in peace to his Lord, performing constantly miracles. Through his saintly intercession, 0 God, have mercy upon us. Amen. July 1. Commemoration of the blessed martyr CuXsTAXTlXE, the wonder-worker. Even though thou striltest Constantino with the s word His dead body shall smite the enemy of the Lord. On the rirst of July Constantine was beheaded. These saints wore from different places, and altogether in number three hnndred. They went to worship at the Holy City Jerusalem, and when they had adored all the Holy Places, they went to the desert of Jordan, and there abode. On a certain day they all came to the seashore, they fonnd a ship and entered therein, and sailed and came to the famous island 222 EXCERPTA CYPRIA.

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