»ἕως θανάτου ἀγώνισαι περὶ τñς ἀληθείας, καὶ Κύριος ὁ θεὸς πολεμήσει ὑπὲρ σοu.« • »Pro iustitia agonizare pro anima tua, et usque ad mortem certa pro iustitia: et Deus expugnabit pro te inimicos tuos.« (Sir. 4:28/33)
"At this table we do not commemorate the martyrs in the same way as we commemorate others who now rest in peace, so as to include them in our prayers. Rather, we commemorate them in order that they may pray for us and help us to follow in their steps. The martyrs practiced that perfect love which Christ said could not be surpassed. They offered their brothers and sisters the same kind of meal as they themselves had received from the table of the Lord."
-- Sermon on John 84, 2
Prayer. O Body of Christ, holy Church, let all your bones say, "Lord, who is there like you?"