Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Euphemia the Great Martyr

Happy Nameday Euphemia!!!!!

Euphemia the Great Martyr

Reading from the Synaxarion:

Saint Euphemia was from Chalcedon and lived in virginity.
According to some, she suffered martyrdom during the reign of Diocletian,
in 303; according to others, in 307. Her sacred relics are
preserved in the Patriarchate in Constantinople.

Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone
O Lord Jesus, unto Thee Thy lamb doth cry with a great voice: O my
Bridegroom, Thee I love; and seeking Thee, I now contest, and with Thy
baptism am crucified and buried. I suffer for Thy sake, that I may reign
with Thee; for Thy sake I die, that I may live in Thee: accept me
offered out of longing to Thee as a spotless sacrifice. Lord, save our
souls through her intercessions, since Thou art great in mercy.

Kontakion in the Fourth Tone
Thou strovest valiantly in thy sacred contest; and even after death,
thou makest us holy with streams of healings, O all-famed Euphemia.
For this cause we venerate thy most holy dormition and with faith we
stand before thine all-ven'rable relics, that we be freed from illness
of the soul and also draw forth the grace of thy miracles.

Reading courtesy of Holy Transfiguration Monastery
Apolytikion courtesy of Holy Transfiguration Monastery
Kontakion courtesy of Holy Transfiguration Monastery

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