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Cleopatra and Her Son, John

October 19

Τhe Venerable Cleopatra was a witness to the martyrdom of Saint Varus and reverently brought his relics back to her homeland of Palestine and buried them, building a church over the grave. Her son, John, had attained an honourable rank as an officer, and to his mother’s surprise, he suddenly died. Being distraught with grief, she turned to Saint Varus, begging him to return her son. Saint Varus appeared to Cleopatra in a dream, together with her son, both in dazzling white garments and extremely joyful with crowns upon their heads. Saint Cleopatra realised that her son was indeed in Paradise together with Saint Varus and thus brought comfort to her soul. She then lived for seven years next to the church she built over the relics of Saint Varus and her son, John, where she spent the remainder of her life in prayer and fasting, soon reposing in peace.

Ἀπολυτίκιον.
Ηχος δ´. Ταχὺ προκατάλαβε.
Ὁσίως τὸν βίον σου, διαγαγοῦσα σεμνή, τὴν χάριν ἐτρύγησας, ἐκ τῆς ἁγίας σοροῦ, Οὐάρου τοῦ Μάρτυρος· ὅθεν τῆς οὐρανίου, μετασχοῦσα εὐκλείας, πρέσβευε τῷ Σωτῆρι, Κλεοπάτρα Ὁσία, δοθῆναι ἡμῖν πᾶσι, πταισμάτων συγχώρησιν.