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The Discovery of the Relics of the Holy Martyrs at Eugenius (345-408)

February 21, 2019 - February 22, 2019

The Discovery of the Relics of the Holy Martyrs at Eugenius (345-408); 2 John 1:1-13; Mark 15:22-25, 33-41. Abstention from meat and foods that contain meat.

 

During the persecutions against Christians, the relics of the holy martyrs were usually buried by believers in hidden places. So at Constantinople, near the gates and tower in the Eugenius quarter, the bodies of several martyrs were found. Their names remain unknown by the Church.

When miracles of healing began to occur at this spot, the relics of the saints were discovered and transferred to a church with great honor. It was revealed to a certain pious clergyman, Nicholas Kalligraphos, that among the relics discovered at Eugenius were the relics of the holy Apostle Andronicus of the Seventy and his helper Junia (May 17), whom the Apostle Paul mentions in the Epistle to the Romans (Rom 16:7). In the twelfth century, a great domed church was built on the spot where the relics of the holy martyrs were discovered. This work was undertaken by the emperor Andronicus (1183-1185), whose patron saint was the holy Apostle Andronicus.

Troparion — Tone 4

Your holy martyrs, O Lord, / through their sufferings have received incorruptible crowns from You, our God. / For having Your strength, they laid low their adversaries, / and shattered the powerless boldness of demons. / Through their intercessions, save our souls!

Kontakion — Tone 4

As bright lights you shone forth from the earth / dispelling ungodly darkness; / and illuminating the faithful, O divine martyrs, champions of the Trinity.

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February 21, 2019
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February 22, 2019
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