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Ursula
Agatha
Catherine
Christine
Agnes
Barbara
Emerentiana
Fausta
Liberata
Dorothy
Apollonia
Febronia
Susanna
Cecilia
Lucia
Anastasia
- At the End of the Bow
- A Little Pinch
- Rise and Shine Catherine
- To Train Up a Child
- Wolf You Down
- Chains
- Only a Stone's Throw Away
- Miracles (The Public Execution)
- The Story Repeats the Same
- The Offer
- Fighting Fire (with the Fire Within)
- Speechless
- The Capital Come
- A Beat for a Beat
- See the Lightness (See the Light)
- Off to Resurrection
   
Above are listed all the saints that Martyroterapia consists of
and the titles of the songs made by The Execution of Music for every saint
or every Martyroterapia painting by Dmitri Zudov.

Click on the name of the saint to see the painting and to see the lyrics and other information.
You can come back to the index by clicking the saints name above the painting.







Ursula

Dmitri Zudov, "St. Ursula", oil on canvas, 200 x 100 cm, 2007
Dmitri Zudov: St. Ursula

At the End of a Bow
(a song for Ursula)

You are lost
No one shows
compassion
oh nothing

You are lost
Your compass points / aimlessly at
nothing

You are lost
You have crossed
paths with an arrow

You are lost
You've lead your life
oh - so narrow

You are lost and no one shows compassion - Nothing

The only one
that knows
your destination
is the Arrow
that has a point
in your end
and the start
in the other

The only one
that knows
its destination
is the Arrow
that has some heart
to tell the end
is the start
of another

You are lost
You're found
The wind howls
through your heart

The wind howls
through your heart
You know it's...
The Arrow


(Lyrics by Poesiloe of EXEofM, Added 161108, edited 170309, 140409 and 080114)


A Brief Summary of Ursula's Tale:
Ursula, an English princess, didn’t want to marry an idol-worshipping prince, so she tried to thwart his proposal by demanding three conditions: that he give her ten noble virgins, each with a thousand maidens (including a thousand of her own); that she be given three years to see the sites of the saints; and that he and his court become Christian. To her surprise he agreed, and they all set on the pilgrimage to Rome. On their way back to England, in Cologne, the Huns attacked and butchered all of her entourage. Ursula was killed by an arrow aimed straight to her heart.


Attribute: Arrows



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Agatha

Dmitri Zudov, "St. Agatha", oil on canvas, 100 x 200 cm, 2007
Dmitri Zudov: St. Agatha

A Little Pinch
(a song for Agatha)

You have a smile
I can’t resist
but behind it
there’s a cloudy mist
creeping from your lungs a beast
miasmal, to say the least
makes the air
too heavy to breathe
around you
I feel deceased

You have to get it off your chest
You have to get it off your chest

And I think I do have the best
solution to get it off your chest

Cut by cut
and inch by inch
You’ll be let
from your sins

Cut by cut
and inch by inch
You’ll be let
from your sins

You might feel a little pinch

You might feel a little pinch


(Lyrics by Poesiloe of EXEofM, Added 181108, edited 160209 & 020814)




A Brief Summary of Agatha's Tale:
When Agatha refused to marry a Roman prefect called Quintian, she was persecuted by him for her Christian faith. She was sent to a brothel in order to get her to change her mind. When she still didn’t want to marry him, her scorned admirer sentenced her to death by being burnt at the stake. However, she was saved from this fate by a mysterious earthquake. Enraged by her cheerfulness throughout the ordeal, the prefect ordered her breasts to be cut off. Then she was thrown into a dungeon without medical attention. Her wounds healed and she was rolled over hot coals. On the way back to the dungeon she eventually died. She is often depicted iconographically carrying her excised breasts on a platter. The shape of her amputated breasts, especially as depicted in artistic renderings, gave rise to her attribution as the patron saint of bell-founders and as the patron saint of bakers. More recently, she has been venerated as patron saint of breast cancer patients.


Attribute: Scissors



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Catherine

Dmitri Zudov, "St. Catherine", oil on canvas, 210 x 110 cm, 2010
Dmitri Zudov, "St. Catherine", oil on canvas, 210 x 110 cm, 2010

Rise and Shine Catherine!
(a song for Catherine)

Like clockworks
This machine works
Round and round
and up and down

And it's about time
to rise and shine
It's about time
to rise and shine
Catherine! It's about time!
Catherine!
Now! Rise and shine!

You can break the clock
but the time won't stop
You can shake your head
but the sword won't drop

You can break the clock
but the time won't tell
if you made it in time
In heaven or hell


(Lyrics by Poesiloe of EXEofM, Added 300608, edited 170309)



A Brief Summary of Catherine's Tale:
Catherine of Alexandria tried to convert the Roman Emperor Maxentius so that he would stop persecuting Christians. Because of her great beauty he didn’t want to send her to execution. And so he tried to speak Catherine out of her religion with fifty of his best philosophers. Every one of them converted instead, and the furious Emperor condemned Catherine to death on the breaking wheel. When Catherine touched the wheel it shattered into small pieces. The Emperor had her beheaded with a sword. Today the breaking wheel is commonly known as Catherine wheel.


Attribute: Catherine wheel



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Christine

Dmitri Zudov, "St. Christine", oil on canvas, 110 x 210 cm, 2008
Dmitri Zudov, "St. Christine", oil on canvas, 110 x 210 cm, 2008

To Train Up a Child
(a song for Christine)

From time to time
I rake all the leaves
fallen down to the ground
from the home tree

You’re the fruit of my loins
an apple of my eye
So you must now see
how it’s so hard to admit
you’ve lost that touch
that touch of the leaves
they keep clinging as if
life depended
on it

They keep clinging as if
life depends on it

Keep clinging as if
life depends on it

Oh you must now know
that in the end we return
decay back to our roots
back to where we were born


(Lyrics by Poesiloe of EXEofM, added 110309, edited 160114, 201214)


A Brief Summary of Christina's Tale:
Christina crashed all of her father’s sculptures of heathen gods. Because of that her father Urbanus, a magistrate, sentenced his daughter to be tortured. He carried the punishment himself torturing her with many different methods for example iron hooks and a breaking wheel. He also burned her in fire, drowned her into a lake tied to a millstone and tortured her with poisonous snakes. She always survived. After her father’s death, his successor, Dion, continued to torture her. Eventually, she did, infact, die.


Attribute: Rake



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Agnes

Dmitri Zudov, "St. Agnes", oil on canvas, 120 x 210 cm, 2008
Dmitri Zudov, "St. Agnes", oil on canvas, 120 x 210 cm, 2008

Wolf You Down
(a song for Agnes)

Do you remember the tale about emperor’s new clothes?
Do you remember how the story finally unfolds?

Somehow it comes back to me
when I watch your hair as it grows
from your head down to your toes
your true figure's unveiled...

From head to toe
From head to toe
I’d like to eat you up
From head to toe
From head to toe
I’d like to wolf you down


(Lyrics by Poesiloe of EXEofM, added 110309, edited 100409 and 160114)


The Roman Prefect Sempronius wished Agnes to marry his son, and on Agnes’ refusal he condemned her to death. As Roman law did not permit the execution of virgins, Sempronius had Agnes dragged naked through the streets to a brothel. But her hair grew and covered all her body. All the men who attempted to rape her were immediately struck blind. When led out to die she was tied to a stake, but the bundle of wood would not burn, whereupon the officer in charge stabbed and beheaded with a billhook. Agnes of Rome is often depicted with a lamb on her side, because her name resembles the Latin word for lamb (agnus).


Attribute: Billhook (Billhook in wikipedia)



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Barbara

Dmitri Zudov, "St. Barbara", oil on canvas, 200 x 110 cm, 2008
Dmitri Zudov, "St. Barbara", oil on canvas, 200 x 110 cm, 2008

Chains
(a song for Barbara)

Oh dear, so chaste
looking always down
You were so humble,
kept your eyes on the ground

You never had
thoughts by your own
All you could see was
what was allowed

Till you were locked all inside
into a tower
where you were bound
in rusty chains
for days and days

And you took a look
so chastely down
From the window
high above the ground
You lift your eyes up to the skies
the very first time in your life

You let yourself
fly far and wide
You let yourself
Free of mind
You saw yourself
The very first time
And you were free
From the chains of your life

And you could see it so clearly now
What you were not allowed to see
You had the right
to be Yourself
And think yourself
to be free


(Lyrics by Poesiloe of EXEofM, added 181108, new version 050912)



A Brief Summary of Barbara's Tale:
Barbara's idol-worshipping father kept her locked in a tower to prevent men from seeing her radiant beauty.
When he was away on a journey, Barbara was baptized there in the tower. After that she ripped off the faces of her father's idols. When her father returned and noticed his defaced idols, he tried to kill her. Her prayers opened a hole in the tower wall and she was miraculously transferred to a mountain pass. There some shepherds found her and betrayed her to her father. When she still refused to denounce her faith she was sentenced to death. And her father beheaded her himself.


Attribute: Chains



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Emerentiana

Dmitri Zudov, "St. Emerentiana", oil on canvas, 120 x 200 cm, 2007
Dmitri Zudov, "St. Emerentiana", oil on canvas, 120 x 200 cm, 2007
Only a Stone's Throw Away
(a song for Emerentiana)

In the water surface
you see yourself
but you don't like the image
you see of yourself
You pick up a pebble
from the riverbank
and throw it away
as if to retaliate

You pick up a pebble
from the riverbank
and throw it away
as if to pay back the pain
The rock it skims and
skims to the other side
of the whole wide river
as if to retaliate

You are not an icon
You are not some saint
(Only a stone's throw away)

In the old tombstone
you see your name
but it's not the way you
want to see yourself
You lift up the tombstone
over your shoulders
and throw it away
as if to retaliate

You are not an icon
You are not some saint
(Only a stone's throw away)

On the water surface
you see yourself
walking away
as if to retaliate

You're at a stone's throw away
Only a stone's throw away


(Lyrics by Poesiloe of EXEofM, Added 010309)


A Brief Summary of Emerentiana's Tale:
Some days after Agnes was killed, Emerentiana was caught praying by her tomb by a crowd of pagans. She was so angry for them for killing her friend Agnes that she claimed to be Christian as well. After refusing to leave the burial grounds she was stoned to death by the crowd.


Attribute: Rocks



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Fausta

Dmitri Zudov, "St. Fausta", oil on canvas, 120 x 200 cm, 2007
Dmitri Zudov, "St. Fausta", oil on canvas, 120 x 200 cm, 2007
Miracles – the Public Execution
(a song for Fausta)

This is
a public execution
of miracles

Tonight
Ladies and gentlemen
You're about to see miracles
Miracles happening
right before
your eyes

Tonight
You’re going to see
a woman sawed in half
You’re going to see
nails hammered
through her head
You’re going to see her
thrown into a boiling cauldron
full of hot hot oil

We work miracles
You an I
Tonight

And we will see
that she survives
this all
and no harm is done

Tonight
We will work miracles

Cos this is
the public execution of miracles
and we can do whatever
we’ve always wanted to
like saw ourselves in two

wouldn't you
do it too
like we do?

Yes you
you can execute
miracles too
Yes you
you take part of
in this stage show too
Yes you
Yes it's true
you can execute
miracles too


(Lyrics by Poesiloe of EXEofM, Added 010309, edited 240309)


A Brief Summary of Fausta's Tale:
Fausta, a girl of thirteen, was locked up in a wooden trunk and sawed in half and burned in the fire. Fausta and even the trunk remained unharmed. She was thrown to be eaten by vultures, but the creatures didn’t touch her. She was also pierced with nails driven into her head and other parts of her body. Finally, she was thrown into a boiling cauldron with her first torturer St. Evilasius who converted seeing Fausta survive all his torture repertoire. The story of Fausta has said to have inspired the famous stage magic trick “Sawing a Woman in Half”.


Attribute: Saw and nails



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Liberata

Dmitri Zudov, "St. Liberata", oil on canvas, 116 x 215 cm, 2008
Dmitri Zudov, "St. Liberata", oil on canvas, 116 x 215 cm, 2008
The Story Repeats Itself
(a song for Liberata)


They say history repeats itself
They say history repeats itself
and here we meet again
my old friend
here we meet again
my old friend

I am hurting here again
I am hurt here again
I am hurt here again

Hammer flash and the lightning
I am hurt here again

They say lightning
never strikes twice
the very same place
the very same place
yet here we meet again
my old friend

and I am hurting here again
I am hurting here again
Hammer flash and the lightning
I am hurt here again
I am hurt here again
Once again

This one heck of a circle
When will we ever learn?
When will it strike us
to be liberated?
Be liberated
to be liberated
Be liberated


(Lyrics by Poesiloe of EXEofM, added 280209, edited 160114)


A Brief Summary of Liberata's Tale:
Version 1:
The king of Portugal sent his daughter princess Liberata to marry the king of Sicily against her will. By the time the ship reached Sicily her prayers were answered and she had grown a long full beard, just like Jesus had. When the king of Sicily saw this, he immediately called off the wedding and ordered her crucified - just like Jesus.

Version 2:
The king of Portugal wanted his daughter princess Liberata to marry the king of Sicily despite her vow of virginity. She prayed for help in resisting the marriage, whereupon she grew a beard and mustache just like Jesus had. The suit was withdrawn and her father was so furious he had her crucified.

Liberata is also known as Wilgefortis (Uncumber in England): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilgefortis


Attribute: Hammer and nails



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Dorothy

Dmitri Zudov, "St. Dorothy", oil on canvas, 210 x 110 cm, 2010
Dmitri Zudov, "St. Dorothy", oil on canvas, 210 x 110 cm, 2010
The Offer
(a song for Dorothy)

And a little boy came to me
With a basket full of dreams


(Lyrics by Poesiloe of EXEofM, added 161108, edited 170818)


A Brief Summary of Dorothy's Tale:
Dorothy refused to worship idols and was sentenced to death. On the road to her execution, a young Roman lawyer, Theophilus, jeered at her and taunted her for her piety. He called out, “Send me some of the fruits and flowers from that garden you speak of, where you are going to your bridegroom.” She responded, “Thy request is granted.” As she knelt at the executioner’s block, she prayed for Theophilus’ wish to happen. After she died, a basket of three apples and three roses was delivered to Theophilus by an angel child. Theophilus recognized that the apples and the roses were not native to the arid steppes of Cappadocia.


Attribute: Sabre



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Apollonia

Dmitri Zudov, "St. Apollonia", oil on canvas, 130 x 215 cm, 2010
Dmitri Zudov, "St. Apollonia", oil on canvas, 130 x 215 cm, 2010
Fighting Fire With Fire Within
(a song for Apollonia)

Step into the fire
with the fire within
Step into the fire
with the fire within

Spit it out
Empty your mouth
Say what you say

And the fire within
rises up in a smoke
up to the skies
up with the surprise
And the winds they have wings
to take you where you belong
and the winds they have wings
to take you where you belong


(Lyrics by Poesiloe of EXEofM, added 161108, edited 171108)


A Brief Summary of Apollonia's Tale:
Apollonia of Alexandria was tortured by pulling her teeth out with pliers, that is why she is the patron saint of dentists and toothaches. After her teeth were gone she was threatened to be burned alive in bonfire if she wouldn't bow before heathen gods. To do so, she was released for a moment, and she took the opportunity to take her own life instead by jumping into the fire. She burned to death.


Attribute: Pliers



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Febronia

Dmitri Zudov, "St. Febronia", oil on canvas, 120 x 200 cm, 2007
Dmitri Zudov, "St. Febronia", oil on canvas, 120 x 200 cm, 2007
Speechless
(a song for Febronia)

I’m speechless
My soul it sings

I’m speechless
My soul it sings

I’m muted
mutilated
My soul it sings

Music
My mother tongue
My mother told
to sing along

I’m muted
mutilated
My soul it sings


(Lyrics by Poesiloe of XoM, added 030309)


A Brief Summary of Febronia's Tale:
When the nuns in the convent heard that the pagan soldiers were coming to get them they went hiding. But sick Febronia and two other nuns who were nursing her were left in the convent and the soldiers took young virgin Febronia with them. They tried all kinds of torture methods to get her to pray for their heathen gods, but sick Febronia was too tired to get a word from her mouth. The torturers got fed up with that and cut her tongue off with shears. She still didn’t speak, so they cut her breasts away too. And her arms and legs. After her throat was cut she died. She was buried in the convent.


Attribute: Shears



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Susanna

Dmitri Zudov, "St. Susanna", oil on canvas, 120 x 210 cm, 2008
Dmitri Zudov, "St. Susanna", oil on canvas, 120 x 210 cm, 2008
The Capital Come
(a song for Susanna)

All the roads lead to
the capital city
All the roads they lead to
the capital city
And all the riches flow to
the capital city

and all the roads
were paved for you to strut
and all the roads
were paved for you to strut
to shake your jewellery

Why don’t you shake
your jewellery?

You want the stones
you want the dust
you want your stones
to be uncut

You want the stones
you want the dust
you want your necklace
be uncut

You want the stones
you want the dust
you want your stones
to be uncut

for you it’s never ever enough
for you there is never enough
All the roads
were paved for you to strut
You turned away
the crown jewels / Cut

You got a stone
you bite the dust
You got a stone
you bite the dust

And all the blood will flow to
the Capital Come
and all the cuts will lead to
the Kingdom
Come


(Lyrics by Poesiloe of EXEofM, added 280209)


A Brief Summary of Susanna's Tale:
Diocletian, the Emperor famous for large-scale persecutions against Christians, adopted a form of governance called Tetrarchy (leadership of four people) to be able to rule the whole Roman empire. First, he granted a co-emperorship to Maxentius to be in charge of the Western regions of the Roman Empire. Then he appointed two Caesars, Galerius and Constantius Chlorus to help the two Emperors. Galerius was also named Diocletian’s successor should he pass away, ie. the next Emperor. Diocletian ordered his only unmarried relative Susanna to marry Galerius, so that Diocletian’s family would at least somehow stay in power, but Susanna refused (she wanted to be the bride of Christ). She was beheaded with an axe.


Attribute: Axe



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Cecilia

Dmitri Zudov, "St. Cecilia", oil on canvas, 120 x 200 cm, 2007
Dmitri Zudov, "St. Cecilia", oil on canvas, 120 x 200 cm, 2007
A Beat for a Beat
(a song for Cecilia)

Beat
Beat the plowshares
into songs
and the songs
into swords

Beat
Beat the swords
into hooks
and the hooks
into spears

Beat
Beat the spears
into swords
and the swords
into beats

Beat
Beat the swords
into beats
and the beats
into songs

Beat
Repeat the beat
and the song
will beat the beat

Sing this song
Sing this song
and the song
will beat the sword

And we will be at it in the beat


(Lyrics by Poesiloe of EXEofM, added 010309, edted 120309)


A Brief Summary of Cecilia's Tale:
Cecilia wanted to hear only heavenly music, so she broke all the musical instruments in her wedding. Although she married, the married couple didn’t want to defile themselves with sex, because Cecilia wanted to be pure when she would later marry Jesus in heaven. When they were betrayed to the authorities as Christian, she was locked into her bathroom by building a stone wall behind the door and the bath water was boiled hot enough to kill her. She survived, but was later baheaded by using a billhook. Cecilia is the Patron Saint of Musicians.


Attribute: Bill (Wikipedia definition of Bill (weapon))



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Lucia

Dmitri Zudov, "St. Lucia", oil on canvas, 100 x 200 cm, 2007
Dmitri Zudov, "St. Lucia", oil on canvas, 100 x 200 cm, 2007
See the Blindness
(a song for Lucia)

Strike me blind
See the light
Rip my eyes

I’ll

see the light


(Lyrics by Poesiloe of EXEofM, added 060309)


A Brief Summary of Lucia's Tale:
Lucia was known for her dazzling eyes, which she once plucked out herself and sent to a lustful suitor on a platter in an attempt to convert him. She succeeded and her eyes grew back more beautiful than before. Lucy took her mother to the tomb of St. Agatha to be cured of internal bleeding (which she was). Lucy gratefully gave away the family fortune to charity, with her mother’s blessing. But her fiancee was outraged, and he betrayed Lucy by outing her as a Christian to the authorities. They tried unsuccessfully to deflower her in a whorehouse but were struck blind instead. She was killed with a dagger through the neck. She is the patron saint of the blind. The name Lucia derives from the Latin word for light, lux.


Attribute: Pincers & dagger



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Anastasia

Dmitri Zudov, "St. Anastasia", oil on canvas, 116 x 215 cm, 2007
Dmitri Zudov, "St. Anastasia", oil on canvas, 116 x 215 cm, 2007
Off to Resurrection
(a song for Anastasia)

My heart is
ready to suffer
My soul is ready to die

You know that I have to go now
before we can meet again

You know I have to die first
before the resurrection

So there’s no need for crying
I’ll just go and die for a while

Do you hear?
They’ve come to call me
They’ve come to call me Resurrection
Do you hear
how they call me?
They call me for Resurrection

I’ll just go and die for a while
So there’s no need for crying
I’ll just go and die for a while

I’ll get my coat
close the curtains
and go

I’ll just go and die for a while

and I’m off


(Lyrics by Poesiloe of EXEofM, added 020309)


A Brief Summary of Anastasia's Tale:
When the Diocletian’s soldiers came to get Anastasia, all she could say to the other nuns before the soldiers took her away was: “My heart is ready to suffer, my soul is ready to die”. Her name Anastasia (Anastasis) means Resurrection.


Attribute: Shears



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