A Prayer to the Holy Martyr Varus for Those Having Reposed Outside the Orthodox Faith
(Feast Day: October 19)
O holy, wondrous martyr Varus, who, burning with zeal for the Heavenly King, didst confess Him before thy torturers and didst greatly suffer for Him! Now the Church doth venerate thee, as one glorified with the glory of heaven by Christ the Lord, Who granted thee the abundant grace to approach Him boldly. And now, standing before Him together with the Angels, rejoicing on high, beholding the Most-holy Trinity clearly, and enjoying the Uncreated Light, remember the suffering of our relatives, friends and loved ones who have died outside the Faith, and accept our pleas, and as thou didst intercede for the unbelieving ancestors of Cleopatra and didst free them from eternal suffering, remember those who have died unbaptized and have been buried in an ungodly manner, and pray earnestly that they may be delivered from eternal darkness, that we may all, with one mouth and one heart, praise the most merciful Creator unto the ages of ages. Amen.
The Prayer of St. Joseph of Optina to Pray Privately for Those Having Reposed Outside the Orthodox Faith
(+May 9, 1911)
Have mercy, O Lord, on the soul of thy [newly] reposed servant(s) (Names), departed this life in separation from Thy Holy Orthodox Church. Unsearchable are Thy judgments. Account not this my prayer as sin, but may Thy holy will be done. Amen.
The Life of St. Varus can be read online here:
Dismissal Troparion and Kontakion of St. Varus can be read online here:
Icon can be seen online here:
--Hierodeacon David (Colburn)
On Jun 29, 2009, at 1:05 PM, emrys@...
Found out the name and location of the parish which has the icon of Saint Varus
Again from Jion West:
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> If anyone comes across a store which sells icons of St. Varus, or if the service is located online somewhere, would you please post the link to the list? Many thanks.
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This was placed on another Ortho dox list in 2003 by Jon West. The priest of this church was a Father Kevin (IIRC) and he was distributing icons of Saint Varus. With a bit of sleuthing you might locate him...
Today when visiting an ROCOR parish church, when I went up on the Rhand side
to light a candle in front of the Russian-Greek style crucifix, I noticed on
the rhand side a candle in front of a Saint ( Varsas?).
I was mesmerized by the prayer at the bottom of his icon. I read it three
or four times. It said that he prayed for the family of Cleopatra ( not the
Queen from Marc Antony's time) and they were saved. They were never
baptized. The rest of the prayer was imploring God's mecry to save all of
those who have never been baptized or been able to receive a " proper burial
The priest told me that this Saint was many years after St Gregory of Nyssa
and it was ok to pray for those who are deceased who were never Christian,
regardless of their choices made or rejected.
I thought it was one of the most charitable things I have seen. It really
Would anyone care to tell me more about this Saint and where I can read