Sunday, July 3, 2011

Holy New Martyrs of the Turkish Yoke

Joyous feast! On this third Sunday after Pentecost we commemorate the Holy New Martyrs of the Turkish Yoke who suffered after the Ottoman Turkish conquest of the last remnants of the East Roman Empire and the Balkans. Hierarchs, clergymen, and faithful all witnessed to Christ regardless of their level of learning, their class, or their ethnicity. Muslim converts to Orthodoxy who were martyred for their faith are also included amongst the New Martyrs. More on today's feast can be found here and here. May the New Martyrs' blessings and prayers be with us all!

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