Today we had a Holy Service in the morning, as we commemorate in our Church Tradition 4 martyrs, St. Sophia and her daughters Faith, Hope and Love.
These Saints were from Italy and contested for the Christian Faith about the year 126 AD, during the reign of the Emperor Hadrian. Faith was twelve years old, Hope, ten, and Love, nine; each was tormented and then beheaded, from the eldest to the youngest. Their mother Sophia mourned at their grave for three days, where she also fell asleep in peace; because of her courageous endurance in the face of her daughters' sufferings, she is also counted a martyr. The name Sophia means "wisdom" in Greek; as for her daughters' names, Faith, Hope, and Love (Charity), they are Pistis, Elpis, and Agape in Greek, and Vera, Nadezhda, and Lyubov in Russian.
Removal of the pilling mat continued today at our building site.