Saturday, February 16, 2008

From the Menaion - 16 February


On 16 February, we commemorate the holy martyrs Pamphilos, Valens, Paul, Seleucos, Porphyros, Theodulos, Julian, Elias, Jeremiah, Samuel, Isaiah and Daniel.

Cherishing You above all things, O Word, Pamphilos voluntarily surrendered his head and died as the first in line. Like Paul, Seleucos and Valens joyfully suffered their decapitation. Burning with love for Christ in their souls, two proven witnesses are cast into the fire. The servants of error crucified on a tree Theodulos, the servant of the True God who had been sent to the cross. By their beheading, five athletes joined the glory of martyrdom to their names taken from the prophets. By a sword, on the sixteenth, the unforgettable Pamphilos drew his last breath.

By the prayers of Your saints, O Christ our God, take pity on us and save us. Amen.

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