“Mar Sabba” by Sofia Kioroglou

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IMG_3668Mar Sabba – Poem by Sofia Kioroglou

Dotting the wilderness of the Judean Desert
hanging dramatically down the cliff edge of a deep ravine
Mar Saba stands imperiously, overlooking the Kidron Valley
Despite the restriction on women entering the main compound,
I feel an impalpable presence here at the Women’s Tower

Hopefully, I know this unique sentiment won’t be taken by Crusaders,
No gesture of good will justify the unjustifiable looting
Mar Sabba will not remain in Italy, the gross injustices he’ll rectify
Back to the Holy Land, his relics the glory of God will signify

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St. Savvas the Sanctified during his lifetime told his disciples that his incorrupt body would be removed from his monastery and later would rest in the Lavra which he founded. He said this return of his relic would come before…

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