Tribute to a New Martyr – Our Holy Father Philoumenos of the Brotherhood of the Holy Sepulchre by Sofia Kioroglou

Tribute to a New Martyr – Our Holy Father Philoumenos of the Brotherhood of the Holy Sepulchre

Martyred at Jacob’s Well, 16/29 November, 1979

Dispeller of the powers of evil
You vanquished the serpent
Well done thou good and faithful servant
Because you have been faithful over little things

At the hands of your extremist assailants,
You suffered a martyric death, tortured and massacred
You have inherited the Earth and reigned in the heavens
Amongst the elders offering incense before the throne of the Lamb

Sofia KioroglouSofia Kioroglou is a Greek poet, writer and perennial traveller to the Holy Land and Egypt. Her recent entry to the Festival for Poetry was singled out at the Best of February and her poems have been selected in the 26 Most Commented Writers Category of Pengician. Her poems can be found online and in print in Lunaris Review, In Between Hangovers, Galleon Literary Journal, Pengician, Galway Review, Verse-Virtual, Dumas de Demain, Books’ Journal, Poetic Diversity, Every Writer, Winamop and Aenaon to name but a few. She has work forthcoming this March in Basil o’ Flaherty. She was one of the winners in the International Competition of Epok.gr this January and her work won a distinction in the Poetry Contest of Unesco Club for the return of the Elgin Marbles to Greece. Her work is mentioned in the Winningwriters Magazine this February.

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