The martyrs live on to heal and do wonderful things

Saints Menas (or Minas), Eugraphos, and Hermogenes received the crown of martyrdom in the year 235, at the hands of the Roman Emperor Maximinus. See Daily Orthodox Readings.

St Menas is called the Most Eloquent, because of his gift for convincing others of the truth of the Christian faith.


THESE are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.

They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.

For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

Apocalypse 7:14-17


St Menas Kallikelados

St Minas Kallikelados (+235)


BURNING with God-given zeal, high-minded Hermogenes and Menas extinguished the fire of godlessness, and by faith they appeared like lamps of devotion shining all around, kindling light for all men.


WHEN the Virgin and pure Lady thy mother saw the the utterly lawless people nail thee unjustly to the tree, as Simeon foretold her tender heart was run through. O Panagia, nursing us in thine immaculate embrace, in which thou didst hold God, shelter us from every violent impulse, pure Theotokos, the world’s hope.

Or this Cross-Theotokion.

WHEN thou wast crucified thou didst make the whole world shake, long-suffering Lord, but thou didst firmly establish the souls of the faithful. Therefore, we also sing praises, and worship with longing love, thine incomprehensible power.

These hymns are sung to the same melody, proper to this hymn:

THOU didst arise on the third day, O Christ, as it is written, raising up with thee our forefather: therefore the race of men giveth thee the glory, and singeth the praises of thy Resurrection.

Friday in Renewal Week. Source.



THROUGH self-mastery mortifying the smouldering urges and stirrings of the passions, the martyrs of Christ receive grace to chase away diseases from the sick, even living on after their deaths to do marvellous things – truly a wonder of wonders! for their bare bones blossom with cures. Glory to thee, our only God.


LET us cry out unto Christ our God, the Son born of the Father before the ages, and in these last times incarnate from a Virgin without seed: Holy art thou O Lord, who exalteth our horn.

Prayers at Vespers and Matins for December 10. Source.


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