January 9, 2013 + A Letter to a Soldier


by St. Basil the Great
From
The Fathers of the Church: A New Translation, Vol. 13, p. 231

Although we must thank the Lord for many things of which he has considered us worthy in our travels, we judge that the acquaintance with your Honor which was granted to us by our good Master is our greatest blessing. For, we have come to know a man who makes clear that It is possible even in the military life to maintain a perfect love toward God, and that it behooves the Christian to be distinguished not by the style of his dress, but by the disposition of his soul.

Even at that time, therefore, we were most desirous of meeting you, and now, as often as we call you to mind, we enjoy the happiest thoughts. Accordingly, act the man, and be strong, and always strive to nourish and augment your love of God, in order that the abundance of His blessings to you may continue to increase. Moreover, we need no other proof that you remember us, since we have the testimony of your deeds.

 

 

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Martyr Polyeuctus of Melitene, in Armenia

Troparion - Tone 4

Your holy martyr Polyeuctus, O Lord, through his suffering has received an incorruptible crown from You, our God. For having Your strength, he laid low his adversaries, and shattered the powerless boldness of demons. Through his intercessions, save our souls!

Kontakion - Tone 4

When the Savior bowed his head in the Jordan, the heads of the dragons were crushed; when Polyeuctus was beheaded, the deceiver deceiver was put to shame.