Ἀπὸ τῶν πολλῶν μου ἁμαρτιῶν, ἀσθενεῖ τὸ σῶμα, ἀσθενεῖ μου καὶ ἡ ψυχή, πρὸς σὲ καταφεύγω τὴν Κεχαριτωμένην, ἐλπὶς ἀπηλπισμένων, σύ μοι βοήθησον.
(Translated by me:) Due to my many sins, my body is weak, and so too my soul; to you who are abounding in Grace do I flee, the hope of the hopeless, may you help me.
Is it such a coincidence that the Theotokos is called upon to help the weak, the sick, the needy? Surely not.
Christ asks us, ‘Do you want to be made well?’
Quoting our dear brother Romanos (here):
I wrote in an earlier post on the topic of compassion:
Metr. Anthony Bloom writes:
And finally from Romanos’ blog:
Elder Paisios of the Holy Mountain
God gave the name Panteleimon (all merciful) to St Panteleimon for this reason.
St Panteleimon, mediate for people's illnesses, from darkness, into His Light.