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Artemius of Verkola
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The holy [[saint]] '''Artemius of Verkola''' (or Verkolsk) the [[Righteous]] Child [[Wonder-worker]] lived in Russia in the 16th century
was only 12 years of age when he was struck
dead by lightning
. His [[feast day]] is celebrated on the date of
repose, [[June 23]], as well as on [[October 20]].
Artemius was killed by lightning, people at first believed this was God's judgment upon him. "Some years later, the village [[reader]] beheld a light over the place where the incorrupt body of the Righteous Artemius lay." [http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=103006]
[[relics]] were taken to the church of St. Nicholas in 1577, where they performed numerous healings. In 1918, Soviets desecrated his relics and threw them into a well.
:By the command of the Most High, the sky
darkened with rain clouds,
:lightning flashed, threat'ning thunder clashed,
:and you gave up your soul into the hands of the Lord, O Artemius most wise.
:Now as you stand before the Throne of the Lord of All,
:you grant healing unfailingly to those who come to you with faith
:and you pray to Christ our God that our souls may be saved.
==External Links and Sources==
*[http://www.antiochian.org/VillageCamp/saints/Artemius St. Artemius of Verkola] ([[Antiochian Village]])
He lived in Russia
asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=103006 Holy Righteous Artemius] ([[OCA]])
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