Friday, March 07, 2008

From the Menaion - 7 March


On 7 March, we commemorate the holy hieromartyr bishops of Cherson: Ephrem, Basil, Eugene, Agathodore, Capiton, Etheres and Elpidios.

Since he never bowed his head to any idol, Ephrem lost his head under the sword. Basil was dragged away by the arms of the pagans, but he cut off the arms and legs of error. Three comrades-in-arms followed the Prophet: "I bared my back to those who scourged me." Capiton, lifting up his hands in prayer to Heaven, passed to God, but his feet went first. By means of a river, O Etheres, you sailed towards God who loved you, and who had bathed you in the river of Baptism. March seventh unites in one feat the seven hierarchs, victims of the same fate.

By their holy prayers, O our God, have pity on us and save us. Amen.

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