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On November 25 in the Holy Orthodox Church we commemorate the holy Great-Martyr Katherine of Alexandria.

Her mother was secretly a Christian who, through her spiritual father, brought Katherine to the Christian Faith.  In a vision, Katherine received a ring from the Lord Jesus Himself as a sign of her betrothal to Him.  Katherine was greatly gifted by God, well educated and very beautiful.  When the iniquitous Emperor Maxentius offered sacrifices to the idols and ordered others to do the same, Katherine boldly confronted the emperor and denounced his idolatrous errors.  The emperor, seeing that she was greater than he in wisdom and knowledge, summoned fifty of his wisest men to debate with her on matters of faith and to put her to shame.  Katherine outwitted them.  In a rage, the emperor ordered all fifty men be burned.  By Katherine’s prayers, all fifty confessed the Name of Christ and declared themselves Christians before their executions.  During the torture of Katherine, an angel of God came to her and destroyed the wheel on which the holy virgin was being tortured.  Afterward, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself appeared to her and comforted her.  After many tortures, Katherine was beheaded at the age of eighteen, on November 25, 310.  Her miracle-working relics repose on Mount Sinai in Egypt.

By her intercessions, O Christ God, have mercy upon us.  Amen.
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