When King Henry II found out that his son had rebelled against him, he became so angry that he ordered his execution. The son fled from one city to another until he was arrested finally in a city in France. Just before being put to death, he asked to be taken to his father to apologise for his rebellion. When his request was denied, he begged to be attired in sackcloth and to be taken from his bed and cast in ashes until his death, thus expressing his deep regret for his rebellion against his father.
When the father heard of his son’s death, he wept bitterly, saying, “I wish I had died in his stead.”
→ English translation of the story here at St-Takla.org: القلب المنكسر!
“Let us sigh and pray now.
Lamentations belong to the wretched and prayers to the needy.
Prayers will pass and be replaced with praise,
And tears will end and be replaced with gladness”
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